The Best | Carrboro Portrait Photographer

I don’t do a lot of commercial work. Most local businesses are looking for simple, accurate representations of what their product looks like, or super-technical photographs of spaces and objects, and though I can do that kind of work, if you know my photographs, you know my strong suit is in the personal/emotive portrait department: it’s what I love, and I think that comes through.

Cray and Kathy Gunn wanted something different, though. They own Custom Carpentry Group here in Carrboro – a design and construction company specializing in residential additions, remodels and renovations – and like many small businesses that can’t always match the prices offered by big-box outfits, they attract clients with their beautiful custom work and an unflagging commitment to personalized service. They are their company, and if you work with CCG, you work with Cray and Kathy, so they felt like their website and ad materials needed to showcase who they were on a more personal level. And THAT, my friends, is what I do :D

After spending some time talking about what they wanted to convey and what kinds of clients they wanted to attract, we were able to capture everything they needed in all of twenty minutes. I think even Cray – who is not the biggest fan of having his picture made – didn’t find the process too painful… and walked away with some images that really capture who he and Kathy are as business owners and as a couple.

Custom Carpentry Group Headshots
Custom Carpentry Group Headshots
Imagine my delight, then, to see this in the Independent Weekly this week…
Indy Weekly Advertising

I love the design of the ad (apparently residential design translates well to graphic design), and more than anything, love that a construction company is showcasing their business with a real photograph of the people you’ll be working with, rather than a boring corporate headshot or some pie-in-the-sky image of what they can do. Couple all that with this…

Custom Carpentry Group

…and I think I know who is going to be doing all of my contracting work going forward :D

And a big congratulations to all my friends and favorite businesses featured in this year’s Indy Awards – you guys are amazing!

Independent Weekly Best Of Awards


Molly - How cool that they were voted Best of Triangle. They’re obviously very sharp to have hired you!

Kathy - Thanks for the props, Annemie! We were very sharp .indeed. to have hired you!! I gotta get you back over here cuz I’ve cut and colored my hair! Geez, if I get new photos every time my looks change, I may need a publicist!! And a trust fund. Anyone???

You rock!


New Tricks

Tonight I start ballet lessons… something I’ve wanted to do since, well, since right around the time I learned to pronounce the word ballet.

Baby Ballerina

Much to my would-be dancer’s chagrin, that particular dream never came to fruition, and my aspirations didn’t go much further than pilfering a lot of shoelaces to tie around my ankles. But I was recently inspired by my lovely new friend Elizabeth (who is both a talented photographer and a dancer/ballet instructor), and am now signed up for the introductory class offered for adults at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill. Swan Lake, here I come! :D

Buying these today was more exciting than it probably should’ve been… a dream thirty-plus years in the making:

Ballet Slippers
Wish me luck! (Or even better… if you live around here, come join me!)




Joda - What a sweet photograph. I don’t see how you could top that angelic pose.

kate - I think this might qualify you to say “I’m livin’ the dream!”. Hope it was fun. The pictures are very sweet.

Success! | Cauliflower Fried Rice

So after last week’s flop, the pressure was on to get dinner right this week. I’ve been meaning to try one of the recipes from my NYC friends’ blog (the Full Belly Sisters! All you crunchy mamas need to go check them out!!!), and this one has gotten such rave reviews around the internet that I felt like I couldn’t go wrong… and I was right :D  (My only disclaimer: I was rushed and these pictures are – admittedly – not going to land me any cookbook deals. So you’re just going to have to trust me that it’s worth looking past the photos!)

On the menu: Cauliflower Rice with Fried Eggs

Vegetarian Kid-Friendly Meal Ideas

  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed/vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil/butter
  • 7 scallions, chopped (keep white/light green ends separate from dark green tops)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower, raw
  • 3 cups of cooked brown rice, cold (preferably prepared with vegetable stock)
  • 2 cups cooked broccoli, chopped small
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tsp toasted sesame oil
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • additional chopped scallion tops for garnish
  • salt, to taste
  • Eggs – 1-2 per person

Working in batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles rice or cous cous. In a large pan or wok, saute the white/light green scallions over medium heat in 1 Tbsp each of vegetable oil and butter until fragrant. Add the cauliflower, tossing to coat, then press into the bottom of the pan and stir occasionally until it begins to brown. Add the remaining vegetable oil and butter, the cold rice, and adjust the heat to medium-high. Once the rice gets warm, add the broccoli and peas, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and toasted sesame oil. Stir to combine and heat for another 2-3 minutes until the peas and broccoli are warmed through. In the meantime, fry the eggs over-easy (or scramble if you’re not a fan of runny yolks). Plate the rice and top with a fried egg or two, then serve immediately with scallion greens to garnish and additional soy sauce as necessary. If you like some heat, you MUST try this with Sriracha… it’s amazing.

Vegetarian Kid-Friendly Meal Ideas
This was a huge hit with all of us… all the soul-food yumminess of fried rice, but made of mostly vegetables. Love it!
Vegetarian Kid-Friendly Meal Ideas



Kelly - Yum – I cannot wait to make this! Also, the blog looks amazing thanks for sharing and keep the fun recipes coming.

justine - Thank you so much for (a) trying out my recipe, (b) taking such lovely pictures, and (c) blogging about it! Really appreciate the very nice shout-out :-)