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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEWS: CRAIG CARPENTER OF LUSTER STUDIOS

When I began planning our wedding, photography was a top priority. I knew how fast the wedding day would fly by and I wanted beautiful pictures to tell the story of the day. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect photographer than Craig Carpenter!

I did a lot of research, calling almost every photographer on my venue’s preferred vendor list. I loved Craig’s work, but talking to him made me even more confident about my choice. He seemed to really get my vision for our wedding day, especially the fact that I wanted a mix of formal photos as well as some candid, photojournalistic shots. Craig was readily available at all times via phone and e-mail. I was planning our wedding at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC, but I live in Washington DC. The fact that he was always available, even though I wasn’t in NC, was a huge help! Since Craig has such a great reputation, he knew my venue very well and he also knew my wedding planner. The fact that everyone had worked with each other before made things even easier!

Our wedding was April 16, 2011, which was the same day tornadoes came through the Raleigh/Durham area. I had been watching the weather VERY closely, hoping that it wouldn’t rain. The ceremony was supposed to be outside and I really wanted some outdoor pictures. After working with Craig for my bridal portraits, I had a lot of confidence in his abilities and he certainly delivered on our wedding day! He brought umbrellas, cute signs, and rain boots to use as props for the photos. There is one picture where I am looking out the window with all my bridesmaids. The bridesmaids are holding signs that say “Rain Rain go away!” It was such a cute picture!! Craig made sure to take advantage of every brief period of sunshine and we took lots of pictures outside. We even jumped in his car and went to the Old Well to take a few pictures. I had really wanted pictures in front of the Old Well and due to the rain I wasn’t sure it would happen. Craig made it work and put me totally at ease!!



We have gotten countless compliments from all of our friends and family about Craig’s professionalism and the quality of his photography. He really knew how to make us all feel comfortable, which I think is key to getting good photographs. He worked so hard the day of our wedding to catch every little moment. It seems like every time we look at our pictures we notice a new detail that we didn’t see before. Everyone was so surprised that we got so many outdoor, sunny pictures, despite the weather.

There are so many beautiful pictures it is hard to choose a favorite. I loved a picture of my husband and I during the ceremony. You could see both of our expressions and his sister was in the background. I also loved the pictures of my dad and I dancing. There were also a few pictures of my husband and I after the ceremony that really captured the happiness and love we were feeling at the moment. The emotion on all of our faces made the pictures priceless. Craig truly is a master at capturing emotion and telling the story of a wedding day! We are so glad to have found such an amazing photographer and I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Sara and Terence

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