OLD SALEM PAINTINGS | WINSTON - SALEM ARTIST, BILL EDWARDS

In March 2017, we strolled through the streets of Old Salem. He would point to the buildings that interested him, and I happily photographed them. He had a vision to create a calendar of Old Salem buildings. Fascinated by the history, array of colors, and mostly the challenge, 98 year old artist Bill Edwards had dreamed of putting together a calendar of his watercolor art. He explained to me that every true to life detail of the buildings needed to be represented in his paintings, with the only added liberty being to remove vehicles out of the background. This is to ensure that Old Salem is authentically represented in his work. 

Born in Alabama in August 1919, Bill Edwards has story after story to share of his colorful life. With a special knack to grow anything, his picturesque art studio is nestled in his back yard garden, currently boasting blooms of a camellia named after him - The Japonica 'Bill Edwards' Camellia. Bill Edwards traveled the world aboard the USS Memphis Flagship of the Atlantic Fleet in World War II. Some of the many places that he visited surround him in beautiful paintings in this studio. Bill Edwards moved to Winston - Salem in 1957, and opened his art studio in Clemmons, NC in 1982. After chatting it up with my mother in the produce section of the grocery store, he has been welcomed into my family for Easter and Thanksgiving celebrations for many years. 

I put together a gallery of photographs for Bill Edwards to choose from our day at Old Salem. He narrowed them down, and then had them transferred to slides. He then projected the images onto a screen, and began to sketch. Over one hundred hours went into the watercolor paintings for his calendar, and a countless number of foot taps as Bill Edwards loves to listen to jazz while he works. He even sang while I photographed him in his studio. 

I'm proud to have played a small part in this beautiful masterpiece. 

 

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ELI + FAMILY | NEWBORN LIFESTYLE

This family = family goals! I was so impressed with how Aundrea and Michael manage parenthood with such ease. They welcomed the cutest little guy, Eli, to their family. Eli's siblings, Samuel and Hazel, were an absolute joy to spend time with! They built a fantastic pillow fort while I was there, and I enjoyed a private concert from Hazel. She's quite the performer! 

Photographing a family in their home is such an intimate experience. I love how the images will always bring the family back to not only the day the photography session took place, but remind them of other memories that happened within the walls of their home. 

Eli is lucky to be part of this special family! I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to photograph him during his first week.

 

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MADISON | SENIOR PORTRAIT

From rock hoping through a peaceful stream, to walking through a pasture with the most friendly horses I've ever met, to climbing a boulder to catch the last bit of sunlight - my evening with Madison was perfect! We had the best time and she is such a natural beauty. It's always a pleasure to photograph her!

 

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OWEN ON THE FARM | FAMILY OF THREE

Owen was a joy to spend the evening with at Aw Shucks Farm! He looked so handsome with his suspenders, and his hair styled perfectly :) We had the farm all to ourselves and he was able to explore the soda shop and run back and forth through the empty train car. I loved capturing his excitement over straws and apples, and watching his face light up with the sweetest smile! It's always a pleasure to photograph this sweet family.

 

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SPENCER | NEWBORN LIFESTYLE

What a pleasure it was to meet sweet baby Spencer, and spend time with his big brother George. It was a bonus when George shared his knowledge of Thomas the Train and friends with me!

Congratulations on your new addition - he is a joy!
 

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