Riggio Family

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  |  PORTRAITS

Several years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to photograph Raven and Michael's wedding on the coast of North Carolina. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful in every sense of the word.

A few years later Raven and Michael had their first child and I was honored to document him as a little guy. Now, the family of three has grown to a family of four with the latest addition to their family.

The portrait session began with their youngest being baptized at their family's church.



What a blessing to have generations of family members!





After the baptism, we headed to their family farm where everyone had a great time on the heavy machinery.











One of the true treasures within my line of work is the ongoing relationship that I'm able to have with my clients. I absolutely love being able to document a couple from the beginning of their marriage to the years that follow as their family grows. The Riggio family is a prime example of this. They're one of those families that you just want to have around for days on end. I consider myself blessed to call them clients and friends.



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Another blessing

Friday, June 6, 2014  |  PERSONAL

It's been a few weeks since our son entered the world and we are already incredibly blessed by him. For those of you who aren't familiar with his birth story, I'll spare you all the details, but let's just say it was eventful. The birth itself was fantastic, but shortly thereafter he was diagnosed with meconium aspiration and was rushed to UNC's NICU by ambulance. Seeing a loved one hooked up to 100% oxygen while physicians and nurses whisper details to one another is an experience I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. It was heart-wrenching to see him struggle and I felt completely powerless to intervene in any way. I know that there are many of you reading this who have experienced these same feelings and much more... my heart goes out to you.

Thankfully, Schuller (pronounced "Shoe-ler") bounced back with the help of antibiotics and the phenomenal care of the NICU team at UNC. I cannot say enough about the care we received at UNC (and I'm not a die-hard TarHeel fan, so there's no allegiances here). My wife and I stayed with Schuller for a week while grandparents spoiled our other children... yet another blessing to have family come to our aid.

The photograph below is one that my wife captured the day that we were set to leave. I'll never forget this moment as it was the first moment where I could take Schuller outside of the hospital walls and pray over him. Psalm 103 is a passage that I frequently pray over our family and has been such an encouragement through both joyful and difficult times.

For those of you who rejoiced with us and prayed with us through this time, I wish to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have been a blessing to our family.



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Awaiting the arrival

Tuesday, May 13, 2014  |  PERSONAL

Our son should be arriving any day now and that means that our place is abuzz with making sure we have the right bags packed, babysitters for our children, and diapers ready to go. Fingers crossed, I *believe* we're ready to go, but only time will tell!

I snapped this photograph of my beautiful wife last night and it took me back to when our firstborn was days away from arriving. That memory seems like yesterday and yet it's been over 4 years... I'm sure I'll look back on this photograph with similar fond memories of anticipation!



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Rollin and Jennifer

Tuesday, February 4, 2014  |  WEDDINGS

Rollin and Jennifer had an absolutely beautiful wedding at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had the privilege of meeting Jennifer while photographing her sisters wedding in 2010 and am so incredibly honored to capture these images for her and Rollin this past year. Congratulations Rollin and Jennifer!!!





















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Ben and Alexandra // Wedding

Monday, December 9, 2013  |  WEDDINGS



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