I graduated with Ali in 2009 from West Forsyth High School. I was so excited when she booked me as her photographer for her College Graduate Photos! 

She scheduled her time, and we chose a location together. 

Before her session, we messaged each other inspirational photographs, many from Pinterest. I loved all of her ideas! 

I arrived to our location 30 minutes early to scout out good spots for her. She arrived with her many props! I absolutely loved that she was prepared and brought her own, personal props that mean a lot to her. I brought a chalkboard for a little variety. 

A week later, she got engaged!!! This is your year Ali Thurlo!

Here are our top 10 photos!

Snow White Inspired Photoshoot

On the day after one of North Carolina’s rare snow storms, my sister and I got some warm starbucks and headed to Goodwill. We were looking through the dresses when we found a beautiful, long, red, ball gown.

I held it up to Hannah and it looked like it might fit! But what would we use it for? A photo shoot of course!

We had been wanting to create a disney character photoshoot, but had been taking too long trying to plan one.

After we saw this dress, we just jumped to it and created a Snow White inspired photoshoot in the remaining winter wonderland snow!

Behind my Mom’s apartment, is a path that goes through the woods and into an open field. We walked this paths, taking photos along the way!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our first themed photoshoot! Sometimes it’s more rewarding to just jump into your creation!

Photo Diary: My favorite moments of 2013

With one more day left in 2013, I am looking back and appreciating this wonderful year. A year full of happy memories and life changing events

2013 started with surprising my family with Times Square’s 2013 New Years glasses I bought during my internship in NYC

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In January, Weston and I started dating

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In February, we celebrated my sister Hannah’s Sweet Sixteen!

and I performed in Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s production of Legally Blonde

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In March, Weston and I found Lake Junaluksa

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In April, we celebrated my 22nd Birthday

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In May I graduated from UNC School of the Arts from the School of Film Making

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and moved to Charlotte

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In June, my family and I ran the Marine Mud Run

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and went to my first drive-in movie theater

In July, we took a trip to N.Y and celebrated my Mom’s 50th birthday with our N.Y family!

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August was an event filled month:

An hour before we left on vacation, I passed my license test!

Weston and I celebrated in Savannah and St. Augustine

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when we came back, I got accepted for my first full time job working as a camera operator and editor for a wedding video company

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Weston, Logan, and I ran the ROC race in Charlotte

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In September, I bought my first car!

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and visited Atlanta for the first time

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In October, we went to the Log Gap Halloween Bash, a Logan Maine’s creation. 

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In November, I treated myself to a crane

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and the Maines treated us to the Eagles concert!

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followed by a Thanksgiving full of travels and family

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and I released my short film, “Little Theater” 

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In December, I had my first vendor stand at the Meridian in Greensboro

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created a music video for Moby’s contest

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and had a Christmas full of family memories and amazing presents

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2013 was truly a year of great experiences and life changing moments. I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Mailed out wedding dvds today! 
Completed a project from start to finish is the best feeling! 
Go small businesses! 

Mailed out wedding dvds today! 

Completed a project from start to finish is the best feeling! 

Go small businesses! 

http://genero.tv/watch-video/37257 

Here it is! My latest music video. I think it’s the best quality video I have been able to create so far. I definitely do not regret investing in a crane. I entered the video into Moby’s music video contest for his song “Almost Home”. I have no idea if we are going to win, but I think we do have a good chance to be in the top 5. Moby picks the winner. The winner gets $6,000! Give it a watch :D

A quiver crafted by Weston Maines, Master of Props, for the new music video. He wanted to go to Lowe’s to get supplies, but I steered him to JoAnn Fabrics. He found cork board, which he used to create the cylinder shape. Then he wrapped it with forest green burlap type material. Tied together with a sort of thick twine/rope. I think some super glue was involved as well. 
I love it!

It’s weird watching an intangible idea in your mind suddenly become real and tangible. 
It exists. 

A quiver crafted by Weston Maines, Master of Props, for the new music video. He wanted to go to Lowe’s to get supplies, but I steered him to JoAnn Fabrics. He found cork board, which he used to create the cylinder shape. Then he wrapped it with forest green burlap type material. Tied together with a sort of thick twine/rope. I think some super glue was involved as well. 

I love it!

It’s weird watching an intangible idea in your mind suddenly become real and tangible. 

It exists. 

story boards for my new music video!
All UNCSA students would roll their eyes when teachers explained the importance of storyboards. However, as I planned this video I found them to be necessary. As I thought of shots, I tried to explain them to Weston, my partner in crime, but he would say he can’t quite imagine it. I printed out some storyboards (google ya’ll) and began to draw exactly what I saw in my head. I also collected some “look book” reference photos so Weston & Hannah (our actress/my sister - hehe) can better understand what I envision. 
It worked! and definitely helped later on set when they knew what I was going for.
The first cut of the music video is now finished. It’s surreal to look back on these storyboards. What once were intangible concepts I had trouble communicating, are now tangible images everyone can clearly see. 
Gosh love that part about film making.

story boards for my new music video!

All UNCSA students would roll their eyes when teachers explained the importance of storyboards. However, as I planned this video I found them to be necessary. As I thought of shots, I tried to explain them to Weston, my partner in crime, but he would say he can’t quite imagine it. I printed out some storyboards (google ya’ll) and began to draw exactly what I saw in my head. I also collected some “look book” reference photos so Weston & Hannah (our actress/my sister - hehe) can better understand what I envision. 

It worked! and definitely helped later on set when they knew what I was going for.

The first cut of the music video is now finished. It’s surreal to look back on these storyboards. What once were intangible concepts I had trouble communicating, are now tangible images everyone can clearly see. 

Gosh love that part about film making.

I framed one of my photos! Take pride in your art. 

I framed one of my photos! Take pride in your art. 

A bit of inspiration for all you artists out there. 

A bit of inspiration for all you artists out there. 

Here’s a short documentary I made as my final screenwriting project at UNC School of the Arts. 

It is definitely one of the hardest videos I have had to edit. They all told long and beautiful stories that I could’ve made an entire feature film with! However, I think it was best to create a short film, keep people’s attention, and have them wanting more. 

It was a delight to film and very fulfilling to finish. 

Perhaps, it will lead to a longer version of the like.

I hope you enjoy!

I hope you had a happy 2013 Halloween!

I hope you had a happy 2013 Halloween!

Here’s to the times when you feel strong enough to be your own inspiration. 

Here’s to the times when you feel strong enough to be your own inspiration. 

A music video my boyfriend thought up for his friends’ song. I laughed at his ideas and just went along for the ride. But once he put a camera in my hand, I suddenly got really into this crazy idea. 

This summer, I ran the Marine Mud Run with my Mom, Step Dad, and Sister. We didn’t take it too seriously and just had fun!

Afterwards, I heard they were looking for an editor for their 5th Anniversary Mud Run video. I emailed them right away and got the gig!

They sent me some videos they collected that were uploaded to youtube and googledocs via people who ran the race their friends who brought along cameras.

At first it was challenging. I didn’t have enough footage and I just couldn’t find the perfect song. Every song was cliche, The Final Countdown, Eye of the Tiger…

More videos arrived in my inbox, until I opened one 14 minute gopro footage video of the entire race! Perfect. This video combined with some others will do just grand.

However, I still needed to find a song!  I looked for dubstep remixes of those cliche songs, which were all just ridiculous.

I decided to change tracks and go with a Marine Cadence inspired song. As I listened to a couple dozen of them, they were all too scary and talked about brutally killing people just a little too much for this family friendly video.

Then I finally found the perfect song. A Marine Cadence remix that captures the country, fun, yet challenging atmosphere that their Mud Run provides on the day of the run under the warm sun.  

I scored the music to the video, added text from their website FAQ, and finished the video! 

They uploaded it to their facebook page today! and I finally got to share it on mine!

It always feels awesome to complete a project.

Mary & Jason’s wedding. 
I was lucky to get hired by Mary & Jason to film their wedding. The ceremony was great. My spot to film was not so great. I was stuck behind the pastor and two other people. Mary and I had thoroughly planned out where I was to stand. It should’ve been perfect! I stopped breathing for a second as I saw nothing but the pastor’s back within my camera frame. 
Thoughts that went through my head:
"Well at least I’ll get sound"
"Would they mind a shot of the pastor’s head?"
"Maybe it’s artistic?"
"Who am I kidding"
I considered the obvious solution, just move to a different spot. Well, that would’ve required me to disrupt the entire service by coming out from between the groom and best man….yeah not ok. 
So, I stood where I was and decided to get the best shots that I could. It wasn’t so bad! I got a couple of good ones, like the one above! 
I looked up to the balcony and saw my partner moving around and filming.  Thank goodness he was there!
What makes a successful photographer or film maker, is not the avoidance of impossible situations. 
What makes a successful photographer of film maker, is how they deal with the inevitable impossible situations, that can turn into creative victories. 

Mary & Jason’s wedding. 

I was lucky to get hired by Mary & Jason to film their wedding. The ceremony was great. My spot to film was not so great. I was stuck behind the pastor and two other people. Mary and I had thoroughly planned out where I was to stand. It should’ve been perfect! I stopped breathing for a second as I saw nothing but the pastor’s back within my camera frame. 

Thoughts that went through my head:

"Well at least I’ll get sound"

"Would they mind a shot of the pastor’s head?"

"Maybe it’s artistic?"

"Who am I kidding"

I considered the obvious solution, just move to a different spot. Well, that would’ve required me to disrupt the entire service by coming out from between the groom and best man….yeah not ok. 

So, I stood where I was and decided to get the best shots that I could. It wasn’t so bad! I got a couple of good ones, like the one above! 

I looked up to the balcony and saw my partner moving around and filming.  Thank goodness he was there!

What makes a successful photographer or film maker, is not the avoidance of impossible situations. 

What makes a successful photographer of film maker, is how they deal with the inevitable impossible situations, that can turn into creative victories.