Burlington Event Photographer | Shaw 40th Anniversary

In December, Brian and I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Mr. and Mrs. Shaw's 40th Anniversary Party. With the help of their two daughters and some of their closest friends, they walked into Fleming's Steakhouse and were completely surprised to see their friends and family waiting for them. It was a beautiful dinner, and I know both Brian & I were glad to have been able to photograph such a lovely family!

Melissa - Thank you for asking us to be a part of this beautiful evening, it was a pleasure meeting you all! :)

I'm on a BOAT!!

Hello Family, Friends, and the newly engaged! We are so glad you are stopping by our blog this week! Please feel free to peruse our featured posts on the left sidebar, as well as stop by our portfolio.

This week will be pretty quiet as we are currently taking our very first cruise! Yay! We are visiting Jamaica and Haiti and will be back on the 19th, all sun tanned and relaxed - holla! I know Brian and I are both excited to share photos and video of our trip when we get back. :)

Please feel free to contact us while we are gone and we will return your emails when we return!

Thanks for reading and have an awesome week!

Much love,

The Watts

Coming Soon | Briana & Chris' Sparkly Durham Wedding

It's been a busy and productive last couple weeks of the year in the editing queue! Our latest production is quick teaser for Briana and Chris's upcoming highlights for their wedding. Enjoy it and get excited for the final pics and video!

PS - I've been peeking over Ari's shoulder at the edits on the photos and they are looking awesome!

~Brian

 

I Wish We Met A Long Time Ago....

Penny: I wish we met each other a long time ago. When we were kids.
Dodge: It couldn't have happened any other way. It had to happen now.
Penny: But it isn't enough time--
Dodge: It never would have been.

- Seeking A Friend for the End of the World


It's that time of year where everything starts to quiet down. It's a beautiful time of year, where we end most nights with editing and egg nog. We have so many changes up our sleeve for 2013 and we are excitedly easing into the end of one year and the beginning of another. 

As we hope to be more active here on the blog in the coming weeks, here is a sneak peek of what we have been working on...


A super adorable engagement session at Fearrington Village (like squeal with excitement kind of adorable!)

These two are soooooo sweet! Gah! :D


And a super secret session with the sweetest couple at Starlight Meadows...

Stay tuned to the blog in the next couple of weeks to see more of these two beautiful couples!

Have a happy week!


 

Coming Soon...

I know we've been  quiet this month, and as we near closer to our move and the winter, we plan to totally remedy that and get back to my usual talkative self.

But, never fear! We have still been keeping busy behind the scenes. Here is what we've been working on...


Tune in next week to see Thiago & Axel's stunning Gibsonville wedding at The Diamond Room.

Gibsonville Wedding Photographer & Cinematographer

We partied down at LeKisha & Erminio's Raleigh wedding at Solas...

Raleigh Wedding Photographer & Cinematographer

And we cannot wait to share the fun engagement session at the NC State Fair featuring Kim & Wally!

Raleigh Engagement Photographer & Cinematographer

We'll be posting these in the next two weeks so keep an eye out and keep visiting us! Have a happy Friday!

 

 

 

Coming Soon | Thiago & Axel's Parisian Wedding

Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime. Say the word and I will follow you. Share each day with me, each night, each morning.... 

Love me. That's all I ask of you.

- Phantom of the Opera

 Sometimes the pieces just fall together. Sometimes there are little snippets of wonder and romance and mystery that come together to make a wedding something magical. Something... epic. 

That was the kind of day it was. The venetian masks, the carousel, the parisian theme decor, and the sweet sweet love - thats what surrounded Thiago & Axel on their wedding day.

Watch our teaser below to see for yourself....

Axel & Thiago - the Wedding Teaser from Faces in Focus Photography on Vimeo.

 

 

Focused on a Cure | Piggin' Out For Pink

Breast Cancer. Two words nobody likes to hear. Two words that affect 1 in 8 women, and their families.

Brian and I recently had the amazing opportunity to meet and document the stories of ten powerful women who have fought to keep breathing in their battle against cancer. Julie and her bag of tricks. Kim and the unfailing support of her husband. Rosemary and her continuous survival, support, strength. These three and many more remind us how strong we truly are and what faith, family, and friends can do for us.

"Keep Breathing" - the Fight for Life from Faces in Focus Photography on Vimeo.

Many many thanks to Karen Goforth of Irresistible Portraits, the woman behind this four year old organization. Last Friday, she hosted Piggin' Out for Pink - a fundraiser for Focused on A Cure. So many incredible sponsors joined together for a truly fantastic night at the Vintage Motor Club.

Piggin' Out for Pink Fundraiser for Focused on the Cure
Piggin' Out for Pink Fundraiser for Focused on the Cure
Focused on a Cure Fundraiser Event from Irresistible Portraits
Focused on a Cure Fundraiser Event from Irresistible Portraits
Metals featuring Breast Cancer Survivors from Irresistible Portraits
Metals featuring Breast Cancer Survivors from Irresistible Portraits
Metals featuring Breast Cancer Survivors from Irresistible Portraits
Metals featuring Breast Cancer Survivors from Irresistible Portraits
Stunning decor at Vintage Motor Club in Concord
Stunning decor at Vintage Motor Club in Concord
Vintage Motor Club hosted the Focused on a Cure Fundraiser
Vintage Motor Club hosted the Focused on a Cure Fundraiser
Karen Goforth of Irresistible Portraits
Karen Goforth of Irresistible Portraits
Breast Cancer Awareness Fire Truck in Concord, NC
Breast Cancer Awareness Fire Truck in Concord, NC
Piggin' Out for Pink Fundraiser
Piggin' Out for Pink Fundraiser
Beautiful decoration at Vintage Motor Club
Beautiful decoration at Vintage Motor Club
Focused on a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness
Focused on a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness from Focused on a Cure
Breast Cancer Awareness from Focused on a Cure
Focused on a Cure by Irresistible Portraits
Focused on a Cure by Irresistible Portraits

If you would like to donate to Focused on a Cure, please visit www.irresistibleportraits.com

Tuesday Randomness: Marriage Licenses & Doctor Who

I know, I know. My blogging has been terrible. You've missed me haven't you? Well, I hope so anyway! It's been a busy few weeks, but business translates into gorgeous sessions posted right here! We can't wait to share what we've been working on. But in the meantime, here are some laughs to make up for this slight blogging hiatus. 

 

Weird, this looks an awful lot like Brian and my marriage license. Except ours also states, "You will buy me candy weekly."

 

True story. 

 

I recently rewatched every episode so I'm on a kick right now. Don't laugh. Stop what you're doing and watch it. Now. Trust me! 

 

Tune in Thursday to see our latest wedding album design, from Araceli & Jonathan's Pine Lake Pavilion wedding!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week! :)


Much Love,

Ariana

 

Coming Soon | Caitlyn & Daniel's Wedding

Big fluffy clouds, a rustic barn astride a cornfield, farm machinery mixed with roses...what a wedding Caitlyn & Daniel had!  We are hard at work editing and putting together their memories for that big day.  In the meantime, please enjoy a sneak peak of their upcoming Highlights Film.  

Enjoy your Monday!

Caitlyn & Daniel - the Wedding Teaser from Faces in Focus Photography on Vimeo.

 ~Brian

 

The Hayloft | 07/28/12

We are so excited for Caitlyn and Daniel who got married this past Saturday at The Hayloft. It was an epic party - I laughed, I cried.... I boogied. It. Was. Awesome. Here's a glimpse of the gloriousness to follow in the coming weeks! 


And brace yourself, because this next shot of Caitlyn & Daniel, literally made my jaw drop - they are so stunning!

Many thanks and admiration to Morse Entertainment, JuliePatoolies, Pepper Moon Catering, Makeup by Lindsay, and Crystal at The Hayloft - you guys put together an amazing event! So glad to have worked with you all! :D

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Tuesday Randomness: Broken Brains and Ikea

Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it. - Braveheart

I shouldn't tell you this, but apparently when I get busy, my brain stops processing normal functions. Like the other day, I was looking at a PDF sent to me with all the pages rotated sideways. I spent five minutes looking at it with my head sideways, before I realized I could ROTATE the page. Also there were several days last week when I literally FORGOT TO EAT. Brian had to like shake me and remind me to eat. I guess it's a side effect of wedding season. Fortunately, I've still got walking, breathing, and eating candy down, so at least those things are continuing as they normally would.

I did however have a couple of breaks in the past few weeks, including a trip to Ikea in Charlotte. That was quite the adventure, I tell you. You see Brian and I are planning to move to a new 3 Bedroom Apartment in the next few months, which means I get to design a brand spanking new office. We also realize that, as our 3 year anniversary approaches, it's probably time for new living room furniture, so we're hitting up the furniture stores for a new set. So our trip to Ikea was our chance to maximize the space in our apartment and look for new creative pieces to enhance our new office. I knew that I wanted a relaxed area I could work with, with lots of organized storage and places to store my sample albums and display my canvases. And, thanks to Pinterest and Ikea, i found the perfect colors and accessories. Here are a few pics from my office inspiration board on Pinterest.

 

 

 

Source: etsy.com via Ariana on Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

I can't wait to get started on it, and get a nice new workspace to focus in!


In other news - if you follow me on Instagram (@arianawatts), you would have seen that my Martha Stewart side came out a little bit. I made a watermelon baby carriage for a baby shower, and it was adorable!!

 

Told ya! Adorable! :D So adorable, nobody wanted to eat it! It was pretty fun and easy to make too.  I actually surpised myself a little bit!


Well that's the latest for me. We have an exciting weekend coming up with Caitlyn & Daniel's wedding, and are getting geared up and ready for what is bound to be an amazing wedding! Hope you all are enjoying your week. Have a happy Tuesday!


Ariana

 

FAQ: What is an Engagement Trailer?

For this week's FAQ post, I'm tackling a topic near and dear to my heart, our Engagement Trailers!  Perhaps you've seen these short videos that accompany our engagement shoots and wonder what they're all about?  Wonder no more!

1 - What is a Faces in Focus Engagement Trailer?

A Faces in Focus Engagement Trailer is a short video that comes with every single engagement session we shoot.  Set to music that fits our couple and around 2-5 minutes long, it's a short preview of the love and excitement surrounding the big day "coming soon".

2 - Why call it a trailer?

Ever gone to see a movie at the theatre and sat through a trailer or two (or 10 it seems like nowadays)?  Same idea with our trailers, a short video to get you excited for the big event!

3 - How can I get one?

Our Engagement Trailers are complimentary with each and every engagement session you book with Faces in Focus.

4 - Who can I share it with?

Everyone!  We use the video-sharing service Vimeo for our videos, so you can easily share, post, tweet, link, email, text... you get the idea.  Part of the fun of getting engaged is sharing your love for each other with all your friends and family and our photos and Engagement Trailer let you do just that.

5 - You got any examples?

Sure we do, check some out!

 

 

 

6 - How do I schedule one?

Click HERE to fill out our form and schedule your own engagement session and trailer! We can't wait to hear from you!


~Brian

 

Sleepless in Seattle

“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic.”

- Sleepless in Seattle

For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably were relatively aware that I was on the other side of the country a little over a week ago. And yes, I DO think a Sleepless in Seattle quote was called for and NOT corny. Mmmkay?

Anywho, I had the privilege of visiting my family and watching my aunt graduate from the University of Washington with her PhD!! Awesome, right? I was a majorly proud niece, I’ll tell you that. It was my first chance to see not only Seattle, but the West Coast, and I had a fabulous time. I fully intend to go back and do all the touristy Seattle things that people do, but for my first trip, I got a great glimpse of the city, and absolutely loved it, despite the four days of rain we enjoyed.

Here is a glimpse of my trip, in Instagram pictures, because now that I officially have an iPhone, I intend to take WAY more pictures. Sure I’m like two years behind but, better late than never right? Check it, ya'll! :)

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As always, thanks for reading!

Ariana

Coming Attractions

Jamie: It's my favorite time of day, driving you.
Aurelia: [in Portuguese] It's the saddest part of my day, leaving you.
-Love Actually

Our favorite photog Ariana is out-of-town (without me!) this week, so stewardship of the site is squarely on yours truly.  Fear not!  While I don't have the predilection to shouting certain phrases (holla...no), I can certainly keep you up to date on with all the goings on.

"Paradise" Vacation Film - if you've been keeping up with the blog the last couple weeks you caught Ari's awesome post of her pics captured from our recent vacation to the mountains of Virginia.  I plan to complement that with a short film of our adventure coming soon!

Chris & Briana's Engagement Session - we had an absolute blast shooting this recent downtown Raleigh session!  And you can expect the photos and video to hit the blog very soon...

Scott & Candace's Wedding - this couple raised the roo...they took it to another leve...they (insert hyperbole here) their special day and we can't wait to show everyone the results!

Suffice to say, a lot is coming down the pipe and we invite you to stay tuned...eh, keep your browser refreshed to keep up with the great stuff we have planned for our couples!  And if you would like to see a bit of what wanna-be hipster Seattle life is like, follow my wonderful wife on Instagram (@arianawatts).  And while I have you doing stuff, like our page on Facebook and have fun watching some of our films too! :-D

Have a great week!

~Brian

 

 

Featured | Vie D'Amour

Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me.

- Runaway Bride

 

May has been a whirlwind of activities, keeping us go go go! I've had everal chance to assist and work with some amazing photographers this month, including Karen Goforth of Irresistible Portraits and Jonathan McCardell of McCardell Photography! AND, we're excited to be sharing a super cute and fun senior session this week that we got to do in Mebane. Now with the exciting wedding of Candace & Scott coming up this weekend, I'm looking forward to a VERY exciting June!

To kick off this week, we are excited to see Kelsey & Brad's Elon Engagement on Vie D'Amour. We shot their engagement session last fall, and they just got married this month, so we are incredibly happy for them!

Hope you all have a fabulous week and end of May! :)

 

Ariana

 

The Kind That Awakens the Soul

The best love is the kind that awakens the soul; that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.

- The Notebook

 

If I had to move to anywhere in the world, I think I know for sure, it would be Lebanon, Virginia. Rolling hills and mountains, gorgeous views, and the most peaceful atmosphere in the world! I photographed this wedding and this engagement there last year, and I have loved this place ever since. Last weekend I had another chance to visit my friend Cherise and her new husband Stu, and I fell in love all. over. again. I'm looking forward to sharing images from our trip on Friday!

 

We are also pretty thrilled to have had the opportunity to have Jessika & Kevin's Duke Garden's Engagement Session featured on The Lovely Find! This is such a great blog - if you haven't been over there yet, go! It's a great resource for bride-to-be's!

 


Thanks for stopping by! 

Ariana


 

Doctor Who & The Month of May

Ahh! The wedding! That's right, you're getting married! That's it! Best day of your life, walking down the aisle... Oh, your body's a battleground, there's a chemical war inside! Adrenaline, acetylcholine, wham go the endorphins! You're cooking! Yeah! You're like a walking oven, a press cooker, a microwave, all churning away; the buttons reach boiling point and Shazam!

Doctor Who

Since last weekend I photographed two weddings with brides and grooms who are avid fans of the Doctor, I thought a Doctor Who quote was applicable this week!

I realized at the end of April, how quickly May has just filled up! We get to do some pretty cool new things this month. I'm assisting two photographers on two out of state (VA & SC) weddings - holla!! We've got two senior sessions this month, with awesome peeps. And Brian and I are taking a day to get in front of the lens - we're getting our own photo shoot with the incredible Liz Grogan Photography.

It's a great start of the month already, and we kick off June with a wedding at The Grand Marquise with these two adorable people:

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I'm excited!

Now, if you're following us on Facebook, you would have seen this week's sneak peek already. If you haven't though, stop over and like our page, stat!

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Araceli & Jonathan's Mebane, North Carolina Wedding at Pine Lake Pavilion

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Jessika & Kevin's Princton, North Carolina Wedding at The Gurley House.

Have a Happy Thursday!

The Lucky One

You should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute. 

- The Lucky One

Oh, how true that is! Thank you Nicholas Sparks, for giving me something to tell my husband every, single, day.

I saw The Lucky One over the weekend, and I have mixed feelings about it. I read the book a couple years ago and wasn't that in love with it. The movie wasn't exactly spectacular, but Zac Efron was quite the cutie, and he played the piano, so who cares?! Ha, I kid. It was a nice romantic reminder though, and even though I didn't cry, I did enjoy Zac Efron the movie!

So, public apology time! I promised an FAQ post last week, but I never had a chance to post it! I know, sad face. Fortunately, I will have that up on the schedule this week, for sure! So keep an eye out ya'll! :) In the meantime, I'll be sharing some images from a wedding I second shot for J. Darren Photography, last October at the gorgeous Hotel Concord. Here's a little sneaky peeky...


And in case you missed anything last week...

 

My Jelly Bean recommendations of 2012

An Engagement session at Coker Arboretum

A Chapel Hill Engagement Trailer

 

Feel free to visit these previous posts and leave some love!


Have a Happy Monday!

Ariana