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Taylor and Caleb’s wedding at Valley Community Church and reception at Chockoyotte County Club was one I’ve been waiting for since they announced their engagement. I had the privilege of being part of Taylor’s sister’s wedding a few years ago, I did Taylor’s senior portraits, and their engagement, so their wedding was a reunion of sorts.

If you’re looking for some ideas, they had some really unique details at their wedding.

1. Krispy Kreme Donut “Cake” – it’s their favorite date spot and the place where they got engaged.
2. Guitar signing – Caleb plays the guitar so as a keepsake, all of their friends signed a guitar
3. In place of the typical sparklers, they opted for a streamer exit instead.

It was an honor for les atkins Photography to be part of their wedding. We wish them a lifetime of happiness!

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

Alex and Alex’s wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex was full of love, laughter, and dancing. Their friends flew in from across the country to celebrate their big day. There were so many great moments…from Alex’s first look with her dad to the couple’s choreographed first dance. They danced the night away capped the night off with a glow stick exit, a twist to the typical sparkler exit.

We wish these two many happy years together. I’ll have to say one of my favorite images is the one of them under the tree. The light came in perfectly through the branches. The Oaks at Salem is an amazing venue offering both a modern and rustic feel. Always a pleasure being at their venue.

Other Vendors included:
Bella Trio Spa & Salon, Jodi Galeazzo
Daniel’s Florist
All Events DJs
Rocky Top Hospitality

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

Martha and Zack’s were married in the same church her parents got married in. They then headed to The Farm at 95, which is a new venue, in Selma, NC.

We loved the way they made the day their own. Tradition was out the window! Zack actually brought in Martha’s wedding dress. They then decided to see each other before the wedding and spend some time alone.

Following the ceremony, greeted every guest who took the time to share their special day.

The night ended with lots of dancing, fun, and homemade doughnuts with family and friends. Did someone say doughnuts? Yes, I had to get a photo with those donuts!

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

Catherine & Dylan had a small family wedding in historic Appomattox Virginia. Prior to heading off to their reception, they made a stop for some “alone time” at the Historic Appomattox Battlefield Park. The park provided an amazing backdrop for some of our favorite sunset wedding images. These two smiled and laughed at each other all day. It was a joy seeing the love between them and documenting their wedding day. We wish them many happy years together!

les atkins Photography is one of North Carolina and Virginia’s most sought after wedding photographers. les atkins Photography is available for weddings in Richmond, Raleigh, Lake Gaston, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, South Hill, Greenville, and weddings throughout the southeast.

What do you need to know to plan your senior portrait session? If you’re a rising senior at Roanoke Rapids High School, Halifax Academy, Brunswick Academy, KIPP Pride High, or any of the other surrounding schools, here are a few things to consider as you plan out your senior portraits.

How do I pick a photographer for such a special occasion?

Having your senior photo captured is something that only happens once. It’s as big of a decision as choosing what you will wear to prom. While browsing a photographer’s portfolio, they display their best photos to encourage others to book them, and while these photos might look great with other people in them, how will they look with you as the focal point? Every photographer will have engaging and eye-catching photos on all of their social media handles, but the importance behind researching your photographer goes beyond what everyone sees posted online.

Ideally, you want to select a photographer whog is distinguished in their field, experienced in their work, and creative in their approach.

Your senior portrait session is important to you, and if you select the right photographer, that photographer will understand this, so they will know how to compose their photos with you in it, show you off in the most complimenting lighting, and make you look your absolute best.

You would want the best wedding photographer, and this senior portrait session is no different. Don’t even consider having a family friend capture your photos on a mobile device. You will want the highest in professional quality.

Which season is best to shoot in?

This is completely open to your own taste and personal preference. If you love the bright, sunny days of summer and the beautiful sunsets that occur often, or if you really love the tone your skin takes on during these warmer months, this is your season.

If water sports is your thing, summer is also a great time for those kinds of photos.

The leaves turn a crisp, gorgeous multitude of colors, and this changing of seasons proves to be one of the most popular of the year for family portraits, so make sure that you book your photographer early enough that you have your date locked in. Winter gives off more neutral tones and colder images, so if that is a style of photography you enjoy, then booking during this month will be something you will want to do. In addition, a photoshoot during the winter will give you something to look forward to amidst a slower time of year. If you wait until last minute, spring will be your final chance. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing because occasional showers make for interesting photo opportunities and also allow you to show off rain boots, raincoats, or even that colorful umbrella you never thought you would be able to have your picture taken with.

Whichever season you go with, as long as you pick a good photographer, they will know how to adapt to any of these seasons and produce the best photos imaginable.


What separates you from every other senior?

Find what it is that makes you unique. Whether it’s your personality, your hobbies, your specific skill set, or even your taste in fashion, exemplify these things during your senior portrait session and showcase your passion, drive, and pursuit of success. Each senior wants his or her photos to be both one-of-a-kind and wonderful.

Again, when you pick a great photographer, they will know exactly how to bring out these amazing qualities that make you truly unlike any other, and that is exactly how your senior portraits will be produced.

This will be an unforgettable experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, so take full advantage of it, take it serious, but have fun with it at the same time and you will fall in love with the outcome!