Musings : A Personal Journey

Today's entry is a little more of a personal dialogue, an introspective musing. I'm writing moreover to reflect and gain perspective. If you gain a seed from this post, I rejoice. If not, I at least hope it was an interesting read. (Much love!)

On occasion, I take a few moments to look back at where I started. Not a few months, not even just two years, but all the way back to when I received "my" first camera. In reality, it was my parents camera that I asked to use often - quite like most kids ask for candy or to borrow the car. I wasn't interested in the candy or the car, though. If I had that camera in hand, I was happy - transported to a world where I could make my own adventure, create my own reality. 

Last night, finding it difficult to sleep, I decided to take a similar moment. Usually, I simply enjoy the memories and am thankful for progress. This time was different. This time, the support I have received over the years stared back at me. 

From countless friends and family I dragged in front of my camera, bugs I chased, cats and dogs I followed around and gave (way too many) treats to, my mom who threw rocks for at least one hour into the lake at sunset to help me get the exact photograph I wanted - which eventually ended up getting published thanks to a friend who' shared my photograph with his mother who just happened to be the editor of a state magazine, to anyone and everyone who had me sneak up and grab a "candid" snap of, my sister who let me photograph her engagement portraits, and even my cousin who asked me to photograph their wedding (my very first). Each of these experiences began to shape the path I would take - photographically and as an individual. They helped me realize what I loved to photograph - even if I wasn't sure at the time - get caught up in moments and details and, most of all, they have helped me time and time again to realize I cannot do this alone.

Along the road...

Grandaddy overlooking the cow pasture at Grandaddy and Gramma's farm in Pennsylvania.

Grandaddy overlooking the cow pasture at Grandaddy and Gramma's farm in Pennsylvania.

[Allison] Tyler Brood, my childhood best friend. Taken our eighth grade year at the lake behind our North Carolina home.

[Allison] Tyler Brood, my childhood best friend. Taken our eighth grade year at the lake behind our North Carolina home.

My cousin Jennifer and one of her kittens at their home in Pennsylvania.

My cousin Jennifer and one of her kittens at their home in Pennsylvania.

My sister and her husband, then fiancee, at Saint Mary's Glacier in Colorado.

My sister and her husband, then fiancee, at Saint Mary's Glacier in Colorado.

Mandy, a high school friend. This was one of my first "model" portrait sessions.

Mandy, a high school friend. This was one of my first "model" portrait sessions.

Anna, my life-long best friend. Taken our Freshman year of High School at a Garden in Greensboro, NC.

Anna, my life-long best friend. Taken our Freshman year of High School at a Garden in Greensboro, NC.

Anna, again, taken during our Sophomore year of college on a trip back home. This is one of the photographs from a session we decided upon as a reflective documentary of her personal journey.

Anna, again, taken during our Sophomore year of college on a trip back home. This is one of the photographs from a session we decided upon as a reflective documentary of her personal journey.

Self portrait at our High Point home back in my high school years, another emotive piece.

Self portrait at our High Point home back in my high school years, another emotive piece.

My cousin's Pennsylvania wedding - my very first!

My cousin's Pennsylvania wedding - my very first!

My first born niece, Emma.

My first born niece, Emma.

My college friend Saly was kind enough to pose for a project my Freshman year studying photography at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia.

My college friend Saly was kind enough to pose for a project my Freshman year studying photography at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia.

My cousin Brianna, along with my aunt and two other cousins, came down from Minnesota for a visit. During her visit, my aunt and cousin wanted some "Senior" portraits taken. I was in High School, at the time, and I believe Bri was a Sophomore?

My cousin Brianna, along with my aunt and two other cousins, came down from Minnesota for a visit. During her visit, my aunt and cousin wanted some "Senior" portraits taken. I was in High School, at the time, and I believe Bri was a Sophomore?


I realize more and more each day just how precious of a gift photography is. It has been a treasure to reflect on friendships, precious moments for those closest to me and remember loved ones who have since passed on. As I walked through each album, each image sparked a memory, a deep rooted emotion and refreshed my love for what I do. This is a walk I would like to provide for each person I photograph. To document their journey and preserve stages in their life so they may more vividly remember the path that life has taken them on. And so it is with hope, love and a new-found focus that I look forward to each life that will be preserved and each memory commemorated.

Musings : Storybook Workshop

It was an honor to be asked by EVE Studios, a Professional Networking Business in Concord North Carolina, to teach a photography workshop for their associates. Adding a fun twist, they requested we theme our workshop using storybook characters from our childhood. Reminiscing on our favorite stories, we decided to focus on Esmeralda of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ariel of The Little Mermaid, Snow White of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Alice of Alice in Wonderland.

We began by choosing our favorite part of each story, for which we would create a small piece of the story world. Envisioning the sets we would build, exploring how we would construct an atmosphere well-suited to each story and character, designing wardrobe and styling each character was a thrilling experience. Getting on our hands and knees and adding a different element to our usual elbow grease was quite enjoyable.  We carefully sought elements to bring each set into context and the perfects model who not only resembled our chosen characters but could step into the story and embody each character.  

After one month of scheming, building, sewing and seeking we were excited to open the doors for our workshop. 

Meet Snow White.

Nikki Cee was wonderful as our Snow White. She was as graceful, sweet and elegant as you would have envisioned Snow White to be and, the best part, is that's who Nikki is in and out of character. In fact, I'm pretty certain Snow and Nikki are the same person! Not to mention that Nikki is a full-time Princess with Queen City Princess Parties. (You can also find them on Facebook at Queen City Princess Parties)

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{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Nikki Cee | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

Meet Esmeralda.

Emily Rinaudo, a model based out of Atlanta, Georgia, played Esmeralda for our workshop and was the epitome of a mysterious, compassionate, wild-at-heart gypsy. With dancing, intriguing eyes and beckoning each participant to have their fortune read, Emily fully fulfilled her character and was a joy to have with us!

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{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Emily Rinaudo | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

Meet Ariel.

Having an Ariel such as Shannon Rauch was a treat. Shannon not only shares Ariel's interest in trinkets and thingamabobs but is also a Real Life Mermaid!  Shannon has been a featured mermaid at the Denver Aquarium in Denver, Colorado, taken her fins to several resorts in the Bahamas for guest entertainment and will soon be embarking on a deep sea adventure to swim with Whale Sharks. Shannon also shares a passion for teaching children how to swim at local pools and bringing dreams to life swimming for children's birthday parties.

Follow Mermaid Shannon at Mermaid Shannon.

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{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Shannon Dawn Rauch | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

Meet Alice.

Krista Portas, a Charlotte North Carolina based model, portrayed our fashion-influenced version Alice of Alice in Wonderland. Her shared attributes with Alice helped embody her character but, Kristas mannerisms and focus on immersing herself in the story were truly realized the world we created for the workshop participants.

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{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Krista Portas | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

Our styling team was key in refining each look. Thank you, Bianca Mebane for a fantastic job with Hair and thank you, Kristin Shadrick for a great job with the Makeup.

It was a pleasure working with EVE Studios on this event and we look forward to including opportunities like this in our future.

Portrait Sale!

We like to save money as much as you and, since you all wonderful, we want you to save money with us!

This special was specifically created with those of you in mind who utilize headshots. You can be a Realtor, Designer, Dentist, Doctor, Model, Actor - anything! This is open to ALL professionals!

*SPOILER ALERT* We will only be offering this special for a limited time in select North Carolina locations - once in the Concord and Charlotte area and once in the Piedmont Triad. Take advantage of this while you can!

Limited Professional Special - $129
(A $300 Value)

  • 20 minute session
  • Your choice of either an Indoor or Outdoor setting
  • One outfit change
  • One retouched Portrait (8x10 Print or High Resolution Digital)
  • Ltd. Business Usage Rights

*Mention this blog and you will receive a Bonus Gift!*

There are only 10 sessions available. So, make sure to book as soon as possible.

To reserve your session, please contact Alyson directly at (336) 310-9439 or alysonlawton@aol.com.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!
 

What to Wear : Senior Portrait Session

What to Wear : Senior Portrait Session

Our clients often ask us what to wear for their portrait session. We know you want to look good, and we want to make sure you not only love your portraits, but don't have that little draw back in your head saying "Why did I wear that?!" - Let's face it, we've all been there.

So, here is our "What to" guide focusing on High School and College Seniors!

We recommend that you bring at least one formal outfit. Whether it be dress pants, a collared shirt and tie or your prom or commencement dress, a nice traditional outfit is a Go-To.

Why, cap and gown, of course! This is a cornerstone in your life, and what better way than to capture the cornerstone than with your cap and gown! Make sure that if you have Honors to bring your sashes!

Each of you have a signature style. Bring several outfits that you wear on a day to day basis. Own it!

In case you were wondering, Yes! Yes, you can have portraits taken with your guitar! Yes, you can have portraits taken with your dog, your truck, your mustang, your best friend, your chemistry set, your letterman jacket - You should be celebrated for everything that is you!

For any session, bring an outfit that when you put it on you feel like the best "you" there can be. If you feel like you, it's much easier to be open to the camera and ultimately that's the goal : To have portraits of YOU!


Make sure your clothes aren't wrinkled and are freshly washed. These portraits will hang on your walls, be passed out to your friends - this is how you will be remembered!

Take time to match your outfits. I've done it myself, accidentally wearing navy socks with black pants and shoes AND a brown belt. Yes, that was the same day. It was not my proudest moment.

Another important element to consider is choosing outfits bring out the best from your physical features. Seek out outfits that compliment your skin tone, accent your eyes or bring out the highlights in your hair.

(See our Color Chart on Pinterest for assistance in choosing the right color for you)


We love helping our clients with a wardrobe consultation. To book your Senior Session and schedule your wardrobe consultation, contact us at 336.310.9439 or alysonlawton@aol.com.


Aurora

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

{ North Carolina Wedding and Beauty Photography | Aurora | Alyson Lawton Photography | 1.336.310.9439 }

Musings from Sade : Getting Comfortable in front of the Camera

Having your photo taken can seem a bit nerve racking. Especially, when it seems that you never look quite as good in portraits as you do in reality. Most people face this problem, but it can be a bit easier to deal with.

Being photogenic is not an inherited talent, but a developed skill that can be learned through practice.

High Point, Oak Hollow Lake Portrait | Megan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point, Oak Hollow Lake Portrait | Megan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

First, focus on what makes you unique. One of the characteristics of photogenic people is their confidence in their appearance. Many times we get concerned about something wrong with our face - freckles, gap in your teeth, how squinty your eyes may get when smiling. I say, instead of trying to hide your unique appearances, embrace them!

High Point, Downtown Train Station Model Portfolio | Dylan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point, Downtown Train Station Model Portfolio | Dylan | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Second, show your emotions. It is easy to spot someone who is photogenic from someone who is posing; the foregoing does not have to fake their emotions. Despite the fact that getting your photo taken can be stressful, do not let it get in the way of your true feelings. Do not create the smile you think you need, use your regular smile. The same thing goes for the shape of your eyes and the curve of your cheeks. The more you allow your natural emotions to show on your face, the better your pictures will look. Always smile with your teeth, we never laugh at a funny joke with our lips together. When you are showing emotions your entire face is affected. Many people associate a look of happiness with just a smile. Your eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, and forehead are all altered equally as much.

High Point Portrait | Sade | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

High Point Portrait | Sade | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Make sure to allow freedom of movement in your entire face. Getting comfortable in front of the camera takes times, I recommend some fun music, a few silly dance moves and maybe even a couple of funny jokes.

Downtown High Point Senior Portrait | Aubrey | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Downtown High Point Senior Portrait | Aubrey | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

While it's great to prepare yourself for a session, keep in mind a great photographer will help you be confident, comfortable and bring out the best you.

- Sade
Assistant at Photography by Alyson Lawton 

Greensboro City Center Park Senior Portrait | Samantha | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Greensboro City Center Park Senior Portrait | Samantha | NC Triad Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer | Photography by Alyson Lawton

Wendy

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{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

{ North Carolina Beauty & Wedding Photographer | Wendy | Alyson Lawton Photography }

Weddings : For Engaged Couples Everywhere

For Soon-to-be-wed couples everywhere looking to save money in your wedding budget, this posting is for you.

Being a recent bride, I know the pressure of a tight wedding budget. Being in the wedding industry, I also know the pressure and the heavy prices you will face for pretty much every detail of your wedding day. Your cake, your dress, your venue - even down to stamps for the invitations and response cards, everything adds up! I can't tell you how overwhelmed I was. I was managing my full time small business - employee of one [me] - planning our wedding while sticking to a tight budget and balancing the "help" and opinions that family offered around every corner. It wore me down!

Being a photographer, yes, I am partial to setting aside a larger portion of the wedding budget for a good photographer who will provide quality images that you will love every time you look at them. Wedding memories are important. 

Why are photographs important? 

Because, aside from your wedding dress and accessories which will be put in a box or hang in your closet, your wedding photographs will be the only tangible memories you have left from your wedding day. 

You only have your venue and your decorations for the day. Your DJ and or band will be there and gone once their time is up and, in time, your gorgeous arrangements will die. For a short while after your wedding the time you spent with your guests, the smell of the bouquets and the warm atmosphere will be fresh in your memory. However, as time passes, we all forget. Wedding photographs preserve your precious moments. 

Recently "Good Morning America" aired a story featuring the budgeting process and money-saving decisions of their soon-to-be-married reporter and her wedding planner. Some of the money-saving tasks were valuable, however, their BIG recommendation for saving money was to hire a High School student to photograph the wedding. Now, I've met a few talented young photographers, but overall this idea terrifies me. 

Image courtesy of "F-Stoppers" blog 

Image courtesy of "F-Stoppers" blog 

No, I do not shudder thinking there is one less client out there for the rest of us. No, my shuddering is not even because I know hiring an amateur to handle a wedding dilutes and weakens the quality and integrity the photography industry provides to the public - though this knowledge is disturbing in itself.

I shudder knowing that your one wedding day is in the hands of someone who doesn't understand the process of a wedding day. 

I shudder knowing you are trusting a High School kid to know how to plan their time to capture precisely what you want without disrupting the flow of your important day or miss any of the pertinent moments. 

I shudder knowing that the amateur doesn't have backup equipment or the Know-How when something goes wrong. 

I shudder that the amateur does not have experience in all lighting situations nor the equipment to adapt to these situations. 

I shudder knowing that you are asking someone on prayer-and-whim timing to capture the pinnacle of each moment flawlessly. Moments that cannot be replicated. 

Not to mention, does this person have the time to edit your photos? Do you really want to wait 6 months until school is over to receive your photos? Will you even get your photos?

I implore to you Brides and Grooms who read this posting, please, PLEASE do not slight your wedding memories. Invest in a professional. Invest in someone you can trust, who has experience and will provide the time, equipment and professionalism you deserve. 

You've poured time, money, dreams and maybe even tears into deciding every detail of your wedding. You've taste-tested dozens of cakes and caterers; you've looked at flower arrangement after flower arrangement to find the perfect bouquets and boutonnieres; and, if you are anything like the average american Bride, you spent at least 176 hours finding your wedding dress. We haven't even touched the table arrangements, invitations, bulletins, drapery, bridal party wear or favors! Each element of your wedding is important. 

Wouldn't it be nice for each of your wedding details to be pristinely preserved? You will spend your day living in the moment. Your wedding photographs will keep your day alive for a lifetime. Trust a professional.

10 Ways to Spot a Fake : How to know your "Professional Photographer" probably ISN'T

EVERYONE seems to be a "Professional Photographer" these days. If you have some nice digital camera equipment, it has become easier to make the claim that you too are a professional. But, before I tell you how to know when a so-called "professional" photographer isn't a pro, let's start with my working definition of a "professional" photographer.
 

  • A significant amount of the total income is derived from work as a photographer
  • Has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of photography.
  • Knows how to use a camera in MANUAL MODE and rarely, if ever, uses the program modes.
  • Understands HOW to use a light meter, understands WHEN to use the exposure the light meter recommends and knows when and WHY to ignore the light meter.

But what if you don't claim to be a professional photographer and you don't understand all of this technical jargon? How would you spot a fake?
 

  1. The "pro" is only available in the evenings. (Translation : I have a day job)
  2. The "pro" is willing to do any job for around $75-100. (Translation : I have to pay for my expensive hobby or my spouse will kill me. The tell : No one can run a successful business model without accounting for the total amount of TIME required : prep time, session time, post-production time)
  3. The "pro" will give you all the images from your session immediately. (Translation : I haven't learned how to use software to edit the images.)
  4. Included in your $75 fee is a disc of your images. (Translation : This isn't a business, it's just a way to make a little extra money so I don't really have to sell you. The tell : A successful photography business model depends on sales! Professionals will often give you a CD for an extra fee or with a minimum order.)
  5. The "pro" takes 300+ images and gives them ALL to you on disc. (Translation : I have no idea what makes a great photograph. So, without a discernible eye, I think everything I do is good.)
  6. A 1 hour session takes hours longer than expected or a small family portrait session gets scheduled for 2-3 hours. (Translation : I have no confidence in my abilities as a photographer.)
  7. The "pro" shows up to your wedding/event with a pop-up on-camera flash. (Translation : I'm in way over my head! I've never photographed a wedding and have no idea what equipment I might need.)
  8. The "pro" claims they do everything : I am a food/fashion/wedding/landscape/portrait/editorial/nature/concert photographer. (Translation : I haven't been doing this long enough to know what I'm good at or enjoy doing.)
  9. When you ask the "pro" about the aperture they're using, they respond "Bless You!" (Translation : I don't know anything technical about photography. I just put my camera on P mode and let the camera make all the decisions.)
  10. The "pro" doesn't have any recommendations or suggestions about when would be a good time to schedule. (Translation : I know nothing about light or the difference between a good time or a bad time to shoot.) The professional should be there to guide you and offer their opinion about what would be best suited for your needs. i.e. someone who does maternity or newborn portraits should offer thoughts about when is the best time to capture that special moment.

A good photographer knows their craft! Anyone can buy nice equipment and let the camera make all the decisions. But, if you're going to spend good money to hire a photographer and put your important milestones in the hands of a photographer, make sure you know what you are paying for and that they have the experience with the field you are requesting.

And if you are a budding amateur, FANTASTIC! Begin to learn how to use the technology. Geek out about it! The idea is to eventually be in the driver's seat and understand how to be in control of the images you capture. If you want to gain experience to increase your knowledge base, begin by offering free sessions to friends until you are comfortable and build a portfolio.

Don't just take photographs, MAKE great photographs!

Have you ever had a bad experience with a so-called professional in an industry, only later ot realize that they may have misrepresented their experience? What do you wish you had done differently? What could they have done to be more forthright? 

Thank you to tanyaboogsphotography for letting us share this article. To view the original article and Tonya's work, click here

Ribbons & Roses : Becca

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{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

{ North Carolina Wedding Photographer | Becca | Winston-Salem, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com }

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Wrapping up 2014

Our wedding season is coming to a close with one final beautiful wedding this Sunday. We have a few family portraits ahead for the holidays, a fun engagement session with two very special people and a mere 22 days until a we come full circle on New Years Eve. The weather has turned cold, but we have our gears in overdrive and are running hot, ready for what's to come.

We thank you for being part of our family and for being our support. You have our deepest gratitude. Without you, we would be lost artists somewhere searching for inspiration. You've been our driving force and we can't wait for you to see where that force has brought us. 

As our family, we're bursting at the seams to share this news with you! We've been so excited, we've had to share tid-bits throughout the year of what's to come here and there in our blog posts and through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If we didn't we'd probably start laughing and crying all at the same time! 

We're going to be revealing our big change this coming May. In the meantime, it may seem we've gone away. 

Fear not!

We're here working away to make certain this change is deserving of you. Keep us in your hearts and minds as you will certainly be in ours. 

For now, stay warm, spread love and be a blessing.

With Love,

All of us here at PbAL

7 Steps to Looking Your Best for Your Portraits

You've scheduled your portrait session and now it's time to prepare. We want to help make sure you look your best. So, here's our seven step recommendation!

1. Get a good night's sleep.

You'll need to put your best foot forward for every day. A good night's rest is key to any successful day. Good sleep also means no dark circles, tired eyes or forcing your smiles.

2. Drink plenty of water.

Yes, yes, we know this sounds more like advice a doctor or mom might give you, but it's important advice for photographs too! See, water helps keep your skin clear and your energy up. Gotta keep those smiles fresh.

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3. Pick outfits which compliment your best features.

We all have that color that we know we look hideous in - mine's yellow. Whether you don't wear red because you have red hair, you are super pale, like me, and know that some days black really makes you look paste-y, or you have an olive tone to your skin so cool tones are really hard to match, we all have something.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we all have features we like to accent. For instance, teals are great with red hair, earth tones pull the warmth out of pale skin and blue eyes sparkle when you wear rosey colors. 

For some great resources on what colors will work for you, click here.

4. Coordinate Outfits.

This one can be tricky. You want everyone to wear something they look good in, because you just learned in step number three how important it can be to pick colors that compliment your best features, but what if the color that works for you doesn't work for someone else in your group?

Here's the easy answer number one : Pick a theme.

For instance, a theme of navy and white allows people many options : navy pants with a white top, white pants with a navy top, an all white outfit, an all navy outfit and not-to-mention there are plenty of navy and white patterns like polkadots and stripes which can be thrown in to the mix - top or bottom.

Now, be careful about being too matchy-matchy. Everyone is an individual and you don't want to lose their personality for an outfit.

Easy answer number two : Use complimentary colors.


Like the portrait below, rosey colors work well for the lovely red hair of the lady and blues work wonderfully for the gentleman's skin tone and eyes. Together, pinks and blues compliment each other.

5. Shoes.

Yes, shoes deserve their own step. You could have spent time coordinating the perfect clothing, but if you're wearing a pair of ratty tennis shoes, they're really going to draw attention. If you are wearing a nice outfit, you want to make sure people won't be distracted by mismatching elements. After all, these portraits are going to be the centerpieces of your walls and mantles. 

(Can't decide what shoes to wear?? Sometimes barefeet are a great option!)

6. Preparation is key.

Get your outfits ready a few days in advance. Last thing you need is to stress out right before a portrait session because the outfit you wanted to wear is dirty and now you have to either change the plan or do a last minute pesky task called laundry.

7. Allow plenty of time to get ready before your session.

Stress is the number one joy killer. In fact, it's one of the top ten criminals on Photographer's Most Wanted list. And the number one cause for stress? Running late or not having enough time to get ready. 

All in all, allowing plenty of time to get ready makes for a happier portrait experience overall.


Rachel & Ethan

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Rachel & Ethan | High Point University | Greensboro, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

The A-Team

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

I had a mini-session with The A-Team. Yep, the REAL A-Team *wink* The little cuties weren't quite sure about mommy when she put on the Lizard outfit. Made for some adorably honest portraits, though!

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | The Walkups | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better

50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better

As a professional wedding photographer, you are trusted with the huge responsibility of documenting one of the most important days of two people’s lives. Not only are you expected to fully capture all the big moments, small moments and everything in between, you are expected to create images that are beautiful and authentic and will bring tears to each viewer’s eyes. All brides hire you believing that you will meet all of these expectations, but unfortunately that is not always the case. We asked real brides whose weddings took place in 2014 what they thought their wedding photographers could have done better. These are direct quotes from anonymous brides who took this opportunity to express their true feelings. The answers may surprise you.

1. My photographer fled the area after giving us the raw photos digitally but before editing our photos and giving us our wedding photo book as required in the contract.  We did our own editing in Windows Live and printed them in BrideBox and they came out wonderfully!  What a relief!

2. Our photographer was very good but the one thing I regret is that he used a filter on almost every photo so many of the photos were not sharp and vibrant in color, which is what I prefer.

3. He could have gotten better low light photos during the reception. More fun shots with bridal party. Most of ours were posed and serious.

4. Could have communicated with me more prior to and after the wedding. We’ve been married for almost 2 months now and he has failed to respond to any of our correspondences regarding when we will get our pictures, or anything else at all. I almost feel like we will never hear from him and that he has stolen our money. Not even sure what to do.

5. Snapped more candid photos.

6. Listen to me better. I asked for specific shots that I wanted and he didn’t want to do the the day of the wedding. I got married at the Palace of Fine Arts, and I wanted pictures inside the dome and he did not want to shoot there. He could have at least said, “Okay let’s do a couple and them move here.” I also had to push for shots by some doors that he did not want to shoot and those ended up being the best pictures. Also he didn’t have many ideas, I had to tell him what to do next.

7. My photographer should have spent more time with me before the wedding to go over the details for the day.  They should have used a checklist for the specific pictures I wanted them to take.

8. I could name 20, but I wish he would have insisted on taking table shots so I at least had a good record of everyone at my wedding.

9. I wish they had gone to each table and taken pictures during dinner. They took a lot of pictures of the dance floor action, but not everyone was dancing so there are some guests I don’t have any photos of from the reception! 

10. COMMUNICATE!!!!

11. My photographer should have cleaned up my pictures a little better than how they were presented. I had some pictures that were actually blurry and partially blacked out… No Bueno!!! 

12. If there is a set plan/list of photos to be taken, be organized and able to stick to that plan. Stick to original requests as much as possible.

13. Be honest about how long it would actually take to get us our pictures and albums after the wedding.  Stop saying “I’m almost done” and just say “My volume is so high it will take me over a year to complete your order.”

14. Communicate better. Took more pics of details especially the DIY projects I worked my ass off for. Took more candids of guests.

15. More direction.

16. Our photographer convinced us to get the more expensive package which included a few extra hours of his time and a wedding album so we thought the album would be super nice. When we got it we were sooo disappointed… cheap materials and the picture quality wasn’t great.

17. There were plenty of things my photographer could have done better.  For one, the selection of pictures.  I had a ton of pictures of me and my bridesmaids, which I of course love.  However, I only had a handful of pictures of me and my husband.  I was so disappointed in the lack of pictures of the two of us.  I wrote out a list of specific shots I wanted taken, and he clearly did not even look at the list.  There was one family picture of my mother’s side (and only because my mom rallied up everyone) but no family or table shots of any other family.  I could go on… thank God for my videographer.

18. Made the timing of her exit more clear.

19. Had a 2nd photographer with him to catch more moments.

20. Communicated better regarding the pics we wanted… & giving it more of a “party” feel with more of the fun shots & better attention to detail.

21. He could have offered more ideas for the group photos. It seemed like he just wanted to get the job done and wasn’t thinking that creatively.

22. Given our photos back within the contract deadline. I understand that sometimes things get really busy, but be proactive in letting us know when we may expect it so that we’re not having to chase them down.

23. I wish we would have identified a place during the ceremony for the bridal party to make a brief pause for a photo on the way down the aisle.

24. Provided multiple family shots (and not just what he thought was the “best of”). I wish we could have gotten a shot of my brother and I just regularly posing, but he only gave us one of us smiling/laughing, which was great…just I wanted more than the one. Also, one other thing…wish he had gotten more couples shots that were artistic, but we were on a time constraint.

25. I wish our photographer would have taken more initiative and be creative.  Rather than us telling him which pictures to take and how I wish he would have as well.  Yes he did ask for a list of pictures that we wanted him to take, but with everything going on, the list was misplaced.  Afte looking at my digitals there were many picture opportunities that did not get taken advantage of.  Our pictures were also only edited when we asked for them to be edited.

26. Spend more time taking photos of the couple prior to the ceremony. (Different poses outside of the normal area)

27. Been more creative with location of the first look and bridal.

28. More party shots.

29. She didn’t take my opinion into consideration when designing my wedding album. I trusted her to be an expert since she does wedding albums all the time, but the final product was very underwhelming. Very cookie cutter and seems like she uses the same boring template for every book.

30. I LOVED my photographer. But I wish she had had more romantic and intimate pose ideas when she was photographing us alone as a couple. I found the ones we took a little stiff and in the rush of the moment couldn’t think of anything better myself.

31. Taken more photos with me with my guests at the reception.

32. Not rush us and have given us better direction for poses.

33. I wish my photographer had captured more photos of my friends and family, as well as photos of us interacting with them. At the end of the day, I only had one photo with my mother and her face is 3/4 hidden.

34. Ensure that I received a CD of my photos sooner as well as leaving them online for more than a month.

35. Lighting.

36. She should have been more open and nice. She was very closed off and not open to any suggestions.

37. Adjusted the lighting/brightness/contrast (I have no idea of the correct technical term!) of the photos from the reception which was in a hotel ballroom. Something about the lighting in those photos is very unexciting, which is in stark contrast  to all the others!

38. Not cancel on me the day before the wedding!!!

39. I have pictures but it would have great to have a real photographer. A lot of things got missed 

40. Taken more pictures of us at the reception before the dance.  He got pictures of us walking into the reception hall and then the next pictures are of us having our first dance… we ate and went around to see people for about 1.5 hours before we danced!  So there are not any pictures of us, our head table, us talking to guests, etc.  I wish he could have got more of us interacting with our guests, but instead he sat down and ate his dinner with the rest of everyone and didn’t pick up his camera again until we had our first dance.

41. Take all my important family pictures.

42. Listened to what I wanted. While I have nice photos to look back on, they did not look at or consider the shot list that they asked me to send them. There were certain photos I had really wanted and missed out on.

43. Could have taken more candids. I didn’t really get the shots like you see on Pinterest like in a field. I loved her but it would have been nice to have more direction from her.

44. Taken more whimsical pictures of us as a couple.

45. The photos came out fine, but during the whole consultation she was flirting with my husband!

46. Not only did it take forever to get my photos and wedding album, but the album itself is very cheap quality and looks like it was carelessly put together. The photos don’t really tell the story of my wedding day.

47. He seemed like he was really unprepared for the day. Fumbling around with camera settings and whatnot during important times like when we were walking down the aisle after saying “I do” and when my maid of honor was giving her toast.

48. Completely ignored my phone calls, emails, texts – everything! It’s been 3 months and I still haven’t heard from her even though in her contract she said 4-6 weeks is typical turnaround.

49. I thought my photographer would be a little more prepared. She didn’t really know where to be at the right time and she didn’t get any good shots of important things like the first kiss and my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle.

50. To be fair, he took a pretty healthy mix of photos and got pictures of all of my guests, but I really thought he would know better and take more photos of my bridal party and my family members. I only have one picture of me and my sister (who was also my maid of honor!) outside of the posed photos.

As we read through these brides’ responses, we realized a few common themes that kept recurring. First, lack of communication seems to be a huge problem between brides and their photographers. In any business relationship, clear communication is the most important aspect in order to ensure all parties are on the same page. There is nothing worse than going into a business relationship thinking you will receive one thing and then receiving a totally different product. Maintaining a clear path of communication is essential in order to meet expectations for both the wedding photographer and the bride. This means you need to take the initiative to make sure your bride understands what you are going to provide for her, before, during and especially after the wedding. Spend the time to communicate with her what it is exactly you will do on the day of and during the days following the wedding so that she feels comfortable trusting you with the important role of documenting her wedding day. Above all, do not ignore any correspondence you receive from her after the wedding, even if you are worried that she’ll be upset that your schedule is running a bit later than expected. She will only be more upset if you ignore her. Be open and honest with your clients so that you can manage and align expectations smoothly.

A second recurring issue with wedding photographers is that brides want their photographers to direct them to pose for photos and to have a shot list prepared so that nothing is missed. Although some brides felt that their photographers weren’t creative enough with the poses, it is evident that many brides prefer for their photographers to not only be open to pose suggestions, but to have a prepared list of poses that include portrait shots as well as whimsical, fun poses.

Another problem brides have with their photographers is that they were promised a beautiful wedding album, but the product they received was disappointing and of poor quality. When brides receive a wedding album with their expensive photography packages, they expect a superior, professional product. If you are going to include a wedding album as part of your packages, please make sure that you are only offering a product that will thrill your customers.

Finally, when documenting an event as important as someone’s wedding, be sure to take the time to find out who are the VIPs on the guest list. Your bride and groom will be extremely busy on the actual day and won’t be able to come over and tell you to take more photos of their family or best friends, so they’ll expect you to be one step ahead of them and already be snapping shots of those important people. Although it’s important to get a good mix of shots that include everyone and everything, more photos of those who are most important to your clients will only make them happier in the end.

To Photoshop or Not to Photoshop

There's been a big issue this year pertaining to Photoshopping and over-editing photographs, what editing does to body image, how ethical Photoshopped advertising actually is and the general misrepresentation Photoshop can cause. I'd like to discuss my views on Photoshop, why I use it and how far I take my editing. There are many facets to my reasoning, and I'll do my best to help you understand where I'm coming from.

To begin, I'd like to start with the basis of a portrait. The purpose of a portrait is to capture the essence of your subject in their truest form. Ideally, you want a natural body position, a pure smile and a walls-down-here-is-my-soul-at-its-deepest expression in their eyes. There are other elements involved in a portrait, but the focus is right on those two windows (the eyes) looking right at you and communicating personality. If there are distracting blemishes on your face, or dark circles that detract from that focus, I'll edit them. We all get blemishes. We all have bad nights of sleep. We're just human. That's how our bodies work. 

There is an integrity to the portraits I take of you. You want to look your best and I want you to look your best. So, I'll choose the right poses, the right light and do the minor touch ups as needed. I draw the line when it comes to changing what you actually look like. I don't believe in changing your eye color, making you skinnier or more plump; I don't believe in lengthening your neck, straightening your teeth or taking out your dimples. That's when the portrait transforms into a picture and not a true representation of you.

More controversially is the fashion side of this issue.  

When you look at a fashion ad, there is a part of that advertisement that appeals to you. Whether you think the clothes look cool, you can picture how awesome you'd look wearing those accessories or you are enticed by how appealing the model is in those clothes/accessories/makeup/lifestyle, your interest is peaked because of your personal positive appeal. That, your reaction, is the point of advertising. 

Brands gear their marketing towards the specific clientel they want to reach. If you don't find their advertising appealing, they've missed their mark. The most effective way to sell a product is through creating a glamorous appeal.

Here's the secret behind that glamorous appeal : models are normal people. Yes, they may be taller than the average human, but they are people, just like you and me. Makeup, styling, lighting and, yes, editing all factor in to creating the appeal you see in advertisements. There are many models and celebrities who have spoken out about being a blank canvas for a shoot. Once they have seen the final product, they don't recognize themselves and some have even wondered why they were chosen if the final product was beyond what they actually look like. That's the art to creating these photographs. 

Do some brands take this too far? Yes. Most definitely, yes. There are some brands who promote unhealthily skinny models and then edit them to be even skinnier. That's where they cross the line. Before they cross that line though, they are simply doing their job and creating an appeal that will lead to the purchasing of products. Plain and simple.

And that's just my two cents.

Ashton & Gunner

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Portrait Photographer | Ashton & Gunner | Winston Salem, NC | -Photography by Alyson Lawton }

Poise : Dawn

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Dawn | Photography by Alyson Lawton }

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}

{ North Carolina Model Photographer | Charlotte, NC | Photography by Alyson Lawton | www.alysonlawton.com}