Epic Wedding Photo # 4

This epic wedding photo from an epic wedding celebration story is # 4 in our studio countdown of epic photos by Steve Exum. It features a shot of Shawn Daelemans and Nick Hardy of Tracy’s Landing, Maryland getting married on a North Carolina Beach in October 2016.  Every wedding photographer loves a beach wedding. The landscape is beautiful in every direction and no matter the time of day or even the weather conditions, the beach is always beautiful. Combine a beautiful spot that with a fun loving wedding party and a bride that truly appreciates pushing the creative envelope, you have a formula for an epic wedding. I made this shot of Nick & Shawn kissing under incredible cloud formations at sunset barefoot in the sand. I new this decisive moment would make my top 10 when I pressed the shutter. I’m going to retell their epic story because it began with fireball shots and ended with canon-balls into the pool. So here goes … Nick married Shawn in front of Southern Comfort’s ocean front beach house in Ocean Isle, NC. Shawn and Nick booked their wedding with me months prior and when Shawn shared a collection of Pinterest wedding images that featured jumping groomsman, a bride in tug of war with the groom and many other spicy fun photos, I knew I had a bride with spirit. Shawn warned me to expect a rowdy group of friends, family, and wedding party. My second shooter, Alex Tricoli, and I arrived early to find Nick and his groomsmen doing fireball shots while ironing white shirts, khaki pants, and trying to tie sea green neck ties. Immediately, they tempted Alex with a fireball shot. Maybe rowdy was an understatement. While Alex documented groomsmen antics, I made photos of Shawn and her bridesmaids applying make-up and having their hair styled. Shawn looked stunning with flowers in her long brown hair, styled to one side. Her bridesmaids were equally equally beautiful in their sea green dresses, artfully applied make up by Natalie, and their manicured toes prepared for a barefoot beach ceremony. Our formula for a great wedding celebration was just getting started. Shawn’s dad, Greg Daelemans, walked hand in hand with his daughter under picture perfect skies. Our groom Nick, showing his sensitive side, wiped a couple of tears as Shawn and her dad walked down the sandy aisle to join him. It’s the partiers that are also the most sentimental. After reading personally written vows, trading rings, and sealing the deal with an epically long kiss, Greg Daelemans’ daughter became Nick Hardy’s wife. Now the real party could begin. FYI, a wedding reception without liquor, beer, or wine equals a very short party. This was definitely not the case for Nick and Shawn, thankfully.  I have shot hundreds of weddings and I can tell you the level of passion and energy on their dance floor, with tunes spun by Butch Barnes, fell within my top 10 all time favorite weddings. Even the guests at the rental beach house next door were dancing outside on their deck. The hardcore partying climaxed when father of the groom, Jim Hardy, cannonballed into the pool followed by his sons, Nick and Marshall, and a half a dozen friends. Nick and Shawn danced one last song followed by a wildly popular presentation of photos by Alex and me set to music and projected onto a big screen. The “official” party was over. As Alex and I were packing up gear the bride and groom invited us to stay for a beer and enjoy post wedding “fellowship” until 1 a.m. THAT, my friends, was a recipe for a perfect epic wedding. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/

Epic Wedding Photo # 5

This shot happened when Jenny married Jason to become Mrs. Jenny Elmore Paxton in Greenville, NC Sept 17, 2010. This was the second of three wonderful Elmore family weddings I documented over an 8 year period. I LOVE the Elmore family and all of their spouses and am grateful to parents Jennifer Elmore and John Elmore who poured unlimited creativity into these weddings making the photo ops beautiful. It helps having a mother who runs Jennifer Elmore Interior Design This era began with the wedding of Hannah Exum Elmore and Jack Elmore in 2008 in Snow Hill ended in June of 2016 when Jenny’s sister Janey Hachmeister married Chase.  Jenny and Jason’s  black tie affair in downtown Greenville was sandwiched in the middle. I like placing my couple’s in a signature spot and backing up a bit to immortalize the day. One of my goals as a wedding photographer is to create a piece of art you would proudly print big and hang on your wall. I alway begin my wedding  coverage by scouting great locations near the ceremony and the reception in search of an epic location. This colorful downtown mural was within a short walking distance and made for a perfect backdrop for Jenny and Jason. Happy New Year to the Elmore, The Paxtons, The Hachmeisters, and the Exums. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/

Epic Wedding Photo #6

Epic Wedding Photo # 6 – Ok, I love trees. I really, really love trees. In fact, I married my wife Molly under a beautiful sprawling tree in our front yard at our first house. While this will not be last tree shot I share, I promise, the next two epic wedding photos we post will involve great landscapes and NO TREES. There’s a pattern here obviously in my definition of what I think is an epic wedding photo, the subjects are relatively small surrounded by an amazing landscape. There something timeless and soul-nourishing about a beautiful landscape and a pair become one for eternity. So our countdown continues with a shot of Jennifer Bohannon and Patrick Bailey who were married at Dunes West Golf and River Club in Mount Pleasant South Carolina on Sept 1, 2007. This was one of those days plagued by the threat of rain that came and went all day. My two biggest accomplishments that day was first shooting this image under this giant palm tree and second, convincing the club wedding coordinator to bust a move by carrying all 150 white folding wedding chairs from the rainy outdoor location under the plan-B tent. She was reluctant to move the chairs because she did not think there was enough time to move and dry them. She was pushing to move the whole ceremony into the dark, ugly bar room and have people stand around. Yes, it’s true, we only had about 10 minutes to make the move but I convinced her I knew the groom Patrick and his half a dozen groomsmen who would be more than willing to help along with my second photographer and myself. We made the move and the ceremony happened under a big tent, nicely lit and ten times prettier than the club bar room. With a little hustle and a can-do spirit, we all made it work. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/

Epic Wedding Photo #7

Epic Wedding Photo # 7 – Our 10 day countdown of epic wedding photos shot by Steve Exum celebrates the marriage of Kristin Felts Weldon and Rob Wells on Sept 8, 2007. Their adventuresome wedding story carried our crew down to Charleston, South Carolina where the live oaks are numerous and some are of epic proportions. I love an outside wedding under the shade of an oak. If you want a lot of shade to get married under a giant 1500 year old oak tree. Kristin and Rob became husband and wife under the sprawling giant limbs of the Middleton Place Angel Oak tree on John’s island. This giant tree is dwarfed by Kristin’s giant heart and her solid relationship with Rob. This wedding was the second Felts wedding for me in 2007. Kimberly Felts Castro another beautiful bride with a soul to match married Marcos Castro just 3 months prior that year. Thank you, Felts, Weldon and Castro families for the high honor to shooting 2 amazing weddings that year. For more info about a great wedding venue check out https://www.middletonplace.org. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/

Epic Wedding Photo #8

Epic Wedding Photo # 8 – Our studio countdown of the 10 most epic wedding photos by Steve Exum continues with a shot of Mandy Redwine and her beau Adam Lockner who were married October 11, 2008 on family land covered in Live Oak trees. This land backed up to the Intracoastal waterway near Ocean Isle Beach, NC. While this wedding was 9 years ago, I remember every aspect of that day including the weather and the constant threat of rain with overcast skies. Fortunately it never actually rained at any point that disrupted the outside ceremony. We dodged most of it with the exception of a few moments of drizzle. The challenge for a wedding photographer is that he or she must embrace the conditions, incorporate them into their wedding story and find beauty in it. I choose this image because life will bring challenges and it’s how you handle those challenges that either build cohesion in a marriage or destroys it. Adam and Mandy were unfazed by the weather that day and embraced the concept it is good luck for your marriage if it rains on your wedding day. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/


Epic Wedding Photo #9

This is a countdown of the most epic wedding photos shot by Steve Exum …. me! I’ve been shooting weddings for more than 2 decades and pride myself on telling a great story AND capturing a few timeless images that speak to the institution of marriage as something that has always been and always will be. Most of these images will incorporate elements that are as old as mankind, a couple and a beautiful natural landscape … except for this image. Photo #9 in my countdown features Elizabeth Williams & Stephen Johnson who were married outside at Fearrington Village August 18th, 2012 followed by a reception in the barn. So this man-made landscape is the entrance to that barn. I chose black and white for its classic impact. I asked Stephen to pick up Elizabeth and voila, the decisive moment was captured. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/

Epic Wedding Photo #10

For the next 10 days, we are going to post one epic wedding photo by Steve Exum from more than 20 years of documenting wedding stories. Many thanks to all my couples for the honor of telling your wedding story. This is a bridal portrait of Megan Kennedy Roberson who married Wesley Roberson at Summerfield Farms in Greensboro, NC. Megan and Wesley exchanged their vows under this old oak tree in June 2016. This series will end with my all time favorite photo of one of my best friends Steve Macomber and his wife Maggie. For more information about our wedding photography contact our studio at http://www.exumphoto.com/wedding-photography/



Exum Family Christmas Card 2017



Our 2017 Christmas card features conceptual studio photography with a heavy dose of Photoshop work to make our holiday family greeting card a success. Inspired by the incredible commercial success of the movie Elf, we created a storybook out of images that illustrate Buddy the Elf’s four creative ideas for celebrating the holiday with his dad: “Make Snow Angles for 2 hours, Go ice skating, eat a whole roll of toll house cookie dough as fast as we can and to finish, snuggle” I have to say this was the Exum Family’s most collaborative effort yet. Everyone loves Elf so everyone was on board. The behind the scenes video of me greeting shoppers in my Buddy the Elf costume is priceless. It’s a short film worth watching. Our team at Exum Photography wishes you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your continued support and friendship. We hope you enjoy the Exum Family Christmas card of 2017!

Watch hilarious behind the scenes of this years Christmas Card with Buddy!

Santa’s Elves Make Eyeballs

Carolina Eye Prosthetics based in Burlington, North Carolina shares a passion for making one-of-a-kind prosthetic eyes. A custom made eyeball is functional art so it only made sense to capture this creative process with a memorable Christmas card marketing piece to help promote their brand. The conceptional photograph of the staff dressed as elves crafting eyes in Santa’s workshop was the brainchild of sisters Anna, Clare, and Emma. The team at Exum Photography created this image for a direct mail card that was sent out to nearly 1000 eye doctors in the southeast. Eye doctors are a major source of patient referral for Carolina Eye Prosthetics.  Consider the visual expertise of Exum Photography for your next creative marketing effort.


Helping hearts, one paw at at a time!

While counting our blessings this Thanksgiving, we here at Exum Photography– in partnership with Fisher Wealth Management– encourage all our friends to consider adopting a new dog or cat from the Pet Adoption Center at the Alamance County Animal Shelter. This is a great way to show some Thanksgiving spirit, because those furry creatures need us as much as we need them! Having an animal companion is clinically proven to help reduce stress- so what better time than over the Thanksgiving holiday to find a stress reducer? Bring a little furry joy into your home when everyone comes together, because there’s always room for a pet at the Thanksgiving table…or under it. The team at Exum Photo and Fisher Wealth Management wish you and your pets safe travels, and a happy holiday weekend! For more information on pet adoption in Alamance County, visit Burlingtonnc.gov/pets or call (336) 578-0343