The world was quiet aside from the crunching of leaves along the trail. The weather had been rainy that week, but on that particular day it was sunny and still. Stephanie and Daniel met us with three additions to the shoot; their fur babies Harley Quinn and Finley and Stephanie’s friend and honorary dog handler Megan. Stephanie grew up near Kelli, another one of our CSP beauties, and met me at Brew in downtown Raleigh. We talked about she and Daniel’s wedding, and I loved seeing her face as she described her and Daniel’s upcoming wedding. “We’re very independent and total opposites” Stephanie described she and Daniel’s personalities. While Stephanie explained their differences, all I saw during the shoot was she and Daniel’s genuineness and caring natures. Daniel is a big Teddy Bear and Stephanie is so relaxed, even as she trekked through the woods in her heeled boots! Patrick and I loved getting to hang out with Stephanie, Daniel, and their whole family during their beautiful William B Umstead fall shoot.

Photographer: Christen Smith Photography

Location: William B Umstead Park