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It’s rare that I get to work with a small business and produce black and white promotional images. I’m working with a local chiropractor’s office on building their storytelling platform, starting with a shiny new parallax styled WordPress site.

The office is filled with such a beautiful natural light, that I couldn’t resist converting the images to black and white. And given the minimalistic nature of their website design— I think this is going to look absolutely amazing. 

Here are just a few of my favorites! More to come once the site goes live! 

aproducersnotes:

Owning your business- be it a solo endeavor or a behemoth organization- requires a diversity of skills that you can hardly fathom when you begin traveling down this path of entrepreneurship.



No one really speaks to the roller-coaster in the beginning of your endeavor. They might elude to it, but to truly speak to the massive ups and downs of this path might be somewhat discouraging at the very beginning.



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Have my phone in my pocket, waiting for the call that Mary’s gone into labor!! I’ll be documenting the Saou’s first child’s entry into this world in just a few days! So excited and honored to be a part of such an occasion!

Every so often, I’m hired to shoot a wedding filled with pure joy and love. Last weekend was one such occasion. A dear friend from my time at UNC married the love of his life last weekend, and I was blessed enough to be asked to document the day.

Wow. Not only was the wedding itself filled with love and emotion- but the reception was an event to remember. A full bluegrass band, on a farm just outside of Chapel Hill- what a better way to celebrate such an amazing couple. There were dear friends from around the country- and the world- all gathered to celebrate. These are some of my dearest friends from a lovely time in my life- filled with academics, music, philosophical conversations and a community that I doubt I’ll ever find again. To see everyone gathered, dancing and letting it all hang out was pure bliss.

I know it’s a rare occurrence to document something so beautiful- and to participate at the same time- but it truly was the best wedding I’ve ever photographed and attended. Here’s a little sample, though there are thousands of images yet to edit. And I have to say, my little Canon G12 made this shoot even more amazing. I had to join in the dancing- I just couldn’t watch the joy any longer- I had to participate! And dancing with that little camera in hand allowed me to capture images that truly show the joy, the laughter and all the little images that really shouldn’t be placed on the internet- but will live in infamy among a circle of friends for some time to come.

Thank you Aaron and Maren! Truly an amazing celebration!

Parents to be! Mother & Daughter

Photographing Mary’s baby shower was a pure delight! Such a loving and happy family! Mary has hired me to document the birth of their first child and I can not wait to experience such an amazing moment with this family!

Just a few shots from Mary’s baby shower. Mary has hired me to document the birth of her first child in July! Should be an amazing adventure!

These images were taken in a 1:1 format with a Canon G12. It was my first real experiment with the camera in a professional setting and the creative outlet was a blast!

While on a portrait shoot for Whole Foods last week, I had the lovely opportunity to photograph the most stunning farm and intriguing farm animals. There’s a farmer inside of me dying to get out! Click this link to see more of this Virginia farm!

Could the Nelson kids be any cooler? Chilling in Paris, wearing clothes they picked out while shopping. Yes, he’s wearing a Fedora. Cool. And I was lucky enough to be hired to document their family vacation in Italy and France.

Personal documentary photo shoot in Italy and France.

Waiting for the south-bound Amtrak.

Brothers.

Several years ago, I produced a documentary on the issues of inner-city crime and poverty of Durham, N.C. I spent 4 months doing “ride-alongs” with the Durham Police Department and working with community members in the housing projects of the city. The Mac placed first in the country at CPOY and first in the state of NC for multimedia projects at the North Carolina Press Photographers Association. 

I little quaint walk in the Italian Alps at Riva Del Garda. I don’t think this town could possibly be more beautiful. Image by Crystal Street from the StorytellingTraveler.com collection.

A little glimpse at the final leg of the Tour de France, 2011.

Truly missing Paris right now. Image by Crystal Street

All dinners should have such lovely ambiance. Shot with my digital Holga (aka Droid w/the Vignette app) while on assignment in Riva Del Garda, Italy.

A little stormy afternoon at the beach. Taken with my “digital holga.”

ps- If you click on this link, you can purchase a canvas print to help distract you while you work diligently at your desk. :)

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