Category: events


Forever Bridal Productions bridal show | caroline z photography | Durham event photographer

I had a great time attending Forever Bridal Productions bridal show this past weekend. I did not have my own booth at the show. Instead, I was helping another photographer friend with whom I shoot weddings as a second shooter. It was truly an amazing wedding related event with many different vendors catering to engaged couples. Interacting with many brides-to-be is a great and rewarding experience. You don’t only learn what the current expectations are but also how to approach different individuals. I made sure I visited every wedding vendor at the show. It was a huge task since there were over a hundred vendors. I was happy to see many old friends, but I also made many new ones. As a wedding photographer I know the importance of a relationship with other vendors. We all help each other and refer brides to those vendors who we think are best fit for a particular bride. Forever Bridal Productions bridal show was a great opportunity for me to make new contacts. Not to mention that the event itself was wonderfully organized and entertaining, starting with models presenting wedding attire on a runway and ending with free wedding cake samples.  If you are a bride looking for a vendor, I encourage you to visit one of the shows organized by Forever Bridal Productions. They have two main shows in January and August and two smaller shows in April and October. I am sure every bride can find everything she needs at those bridal shows. I am also happy to announce that I will have my own booth at the upcoming show in October. This show is going to take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Chapel Hill. Make sure you stop by to say hello and, more importantly, book your wedding date with me.

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Forever Bridal Productions

Savvi Formalwear and Bridal Shop

The Garden on Millbrook

Cake Couture Boutique

Creative Touch Designs

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Safe Haven Tuxedo Cat Ball | caroline z photography | Durham event photographer

Helping charities is one of my goals and photographing Safe Haven Tuxedo Cat Ball was an incredible experience. Safe Haven For Cats (http://safehavenforcats.org) is a wonderful no kill shelter for many cats who one way or another found themselves without a home. Besides taking care of homeless animals, they also offer medical assistance to pets, adoption events, and occasional promotions like free spaying and neutering services.  As an animal lover and advocate, helping organizations like Safe Haven is my pleasure and obligation. Safe Haven Tuxedo Cat Ball was a fancy event with many guests wearing beautiful gowns and tuxedos. Silent auction was one of the most important components in raising money for the shelter. Altogether, over $100,000 was raised! What an amazing and surprising outcome! The event itself took place at elegant North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh (http://www.northridgecountryclub.org/). Entertainment at Safe Haven gala included a photo booth managed by Russell Martin ( http://www.haveablastpictures.com/) and a DJ from Shansound Entertainment  (http://www.shansound.com/). You could see that guests had a really great time. Not to mention incredibly tasty dinner and deserts prepared by club’s own chefs. The biggest hit, however, was an appearance of a tiny five week old kitten. The little guy appeared on a stage for just a few minutes accompanied by ohhh’s and ahhh’s from all guests. She was just a reminder why events like Safe Haven Tuxedo Cat Ball are important and how important it is to donate the money needed to take care of her.

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Swing dance in Durham | caroline z photography |Durham event photographer

Swing dance in Durham | Duke Gardens

What a fun fun fun night it was when I photographed Swing dance in Durham! Swing is definitely an entertaining dance. It allows more freedom of movement, and it is pretty fast, so you better keep up with your partner. I was pleasantly surprised how many people in the class knew what they were doing. Not to mention that again I was jealous I was not the one dancing the night away! But I had lots of fun photographing the swing dance, and I did get to dance once or twice! I did well although I stepped on a foot or two 🙂 A few couples were so amazingly wonderful that I couldn’t help but stare at them alongside other participants. With total envy of course! I guess next time I simply have to take the class myself, but who will take pictures then? I was glad I had a chance to photograph the event. I met some amazing people including the instructor Richard Badu. Incredibly funny fella who made the whole experience so much more pleasurable. He made everybody feel at ease and comfortable no matter how inexperienced they were with swing dance in Durham. He was one of the guys who had their feet stepped on by me. Thank goodness for his good nature and forgiveness! So if you ever want to learn how to dance, head to https://gardens.duke.edu/ and click on events. They offer several different dance classes throughout the year.film The Discovery download

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