Susie & Katie | an at-home engagement session in Durham, NC

Durham is one of those towns where strangers easily become friends. A few years ago, my favorite coffee shop opened. Cocoa Cinnamon makes the best vanilla latte in town and all its employees are kind and creative and gifted at what they do. Among the staff is a smiley and personable barista named Susie. She  memorizes your name and favorite drink. She remembers to ask about your dog or how your recent vacation was or if you're feeling better after a nasty cold. She's caring and I adore her. As we became friends, she introduced me to her partner Katie who is unreasonably cool  and incredibly funny. Since then, we've shared in tea tastings with Jeremy from Sangha, opening-night dinners at new restaurants and a 90s dance party at The Pinhook that did not quit.

These photos reflect this special couple well: sincere, gentle, warm, inviting. Also, their dog Remi is an unmatched goon. I could not be more excited to shoot their Haw River Ballroom wedding this fall!  K&S, you both are treasures and I'm grateful to know you!