Richmond Headshot Photography: A trio of fun

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I love it when someone’s need and perfect timing coincide with each other.

This session started out with Jill, a long time friend of mine, asking when I was going to be in Richmond, Va. It so happened that her text came two weeks before a pre-scheduled trip to the RVA. And while I had no plans to shoot, why would I turn down an opportunity to do so?

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What I enjoyed about this session was the variety. Jill wanted more traditional headshots while her two friends were along for the ride and wanted some nice professional photos.

While most people get headshots for professional reasons, there’s nothing wrong with having pictures done just for the fun of it.

Cary Event Photography: NPHC Easter Egg Hunt

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One of the great things about being a member of an organization like Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., is the opportunities I have to give back to the community - especially when it involves making kids happy.

I happened to have my camera with me as I volunteered at the Raleigh NPHC Easter Egg Hunt at Harold D. Ritter Park in Cary. Despite the dark clouds and the damp ground from the previous night’s storms, dozens of kids and their parents came out to collect easter eggs filled with candy and stickers.

I’m a strong believer that photographers should also use their talents for good. We can’t give away shoots all the time, for we are running a business, but we should take the occasional opportunity to give back to our communities.


Raleigh Event Photography: LLS Student of the Year

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I’m a strong believer of photographers using their skills to help others.

When I previously lived in North Carolina, one of the groups I volunteered with was the North Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

I become involved with the organization through shooting a fashion show that benefited LLS, and that grew into me shooting a few of their fundraisers, including Light The Night, Man & Woman of the Year, and Student of the Year. 

When I returned to the Raleigh-Durham area, I wanted to continue my relationship with them, which resulted in me shooting this year’s Student of the Year event. 

Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for high school students where they raise funds for LLS. The event culminates at a gala at the Raleigh Marriott City Center where they announce the student who raised the most funds.

It was wonderful donating my photography services for a great cause. I’m looking forward to doing more things like this.

Raleigh Union Station Photo Shoot: A Second Chance for Memorable Moments

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Photographing someone’s wedding is one of the most precious responsibilities a photographer can have, but if they screw it up, there’s no second chance. Not only do the mistakes last a lifetime, but the wedding couple never forgets, a fact Christina and Royal can attest to.

“Mr. Chambers…your brother mentioned that you’re a renowned photographer,” Christina wrote to me in a Facebook message, referring to one of my Iota Phi Theta fraternity brothers. “Are you still in the photography business?”

Do birds fly, lol.

My real answer was more professional, of course, but the ensuing conversation centered around her desire for pictures of her and her husband because “our wedding pictures were crap” and that “friends & family took better pictures.”

Although I didn’t take the crappy wedding photos, her words impacted me because a bad impression of any photographer hurts the entire photography profession. If a bride’s trust in a wedding photographer was betrayed, then why would she trust a professional photographer for anything else, especially if friends and family took better pictures?

Christina and Royal wanted simple pictures. A few posed shots along with photos of them playing spades. My immediate thought was Raleigh Union Station, which has quickly become one of my favorite places to shoot since moving back to the Raleigh-Durham area in September.

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While Christina and Royal live near Winston-Salem, they were willing to drive to downtown Raleigh. I love it when clients are willing to make a true investment into the quality of their photos. Photo shoots are not just about the photographer giving direction – it’s a collaborative effort that can yield great results.

Here’s another way they were truly invested – Christina was in the early stages of the flu and was fighting a 100.2 fever on the day of our shoot. While one could tell in person that she wasn’t feeling well, her sickness wasn’t noticeable in the pictures.

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Speaking of pictures, I love when I capture couples that are just being themselves. Sure, a couple that’s not used to having professional pictures taken will need some posing guidance, but in my experience, the best pictures are often the unscripted ones, and Christina and Royal were no different.

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But the best part was what Christina and Royal got out of the experience.

“When we learned that Stan was back in NC, we immediately jumped on the opportunity to have him recreate the moment we lost,” she wrote in her review. “He did an amazing job. I will recommend him to anyone who’d need a memorable moment captured professionally and with class.”

More importantly, I’m glad Christina and Royal recaptured some of the magic that was lost through their “crap” wedding photos.