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For a long time, I thought my job was the thing that would fulfill my life. Once I was a professional photographer it would ALL fall into place right? I mean photographers have the best life ever and I’ll have all this time to be creative and do the things I love! The perfect life….Yeah right.

The reality of being a photographer who runs her own business smacked me pretty hard in the face. I was working tirelessly for years before I realized that my life had become my job. Now don’t get me wrong, photography & I will always be intertwined. It’s in my DNA to be a photographer, however, my family & friends would like to see me outside of the random occasion when I’ve decided my vitamin D deficiency needs some help. I realized that I needed to make time to have a life and ENJOY that life.

Once I did that, I quickly came to realize that outside of photography…I din’t have any hobbies…I was a pretty boring Mabyn. Since that reality check, I have discovered parts of my self or unburied treasures that had laid dormant for a long time. These treasures were quickly deemed “adventures” in my world. They ranged from silly YouTube videos to traveling to a new location in search for the perfect coffee shop! These new adventures filled my soul with a buoyancy that I desperately needed!

We need to have things outside of our daily routine that provide us with excitement and joy. Things that may be new or push us to go further. I quickly took on a mentality of “why not?” My friends things I’m a few cards short of a deck for this, but it’s proved to be very beneficial. The concept is if there’s something that interests me (within reason) whether it be a new skill or an opportunity that I want to learn/do then why not give it a try? This has lead to a YouTube channel, really incredible trips, & some new skills! Granted you can’t have adventures all the time, but man when you do, they’re so much fun!

Oh BTW side note, the whole reason I’m blogging this today is because it’s April 23rd. On this day in 2011 Dr. Who aired The Impossible Astronaut for the first time. You get extra awesome points if you “remember” why this is significant.

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So if you didn’t know that I’m a Whovian…then you’ve probably been living under a rock or Netflix binging for the past 5 years of your life (to which I give you triple the awesome points). Well if you know anything about Dr. Who, then you know that the 10th Dr. was pretty fantabulous and quickly found his way to my heart. Not only was he an amazing Doctor and actor, but he has a big beautiful heart that makes me love him more. So you can only imagine the high pitch squeal that resonated through Panera bread when I found out he was coming to Raleigh!

My good friends Ariana & Brian jumped on the adventure train and we all bought tickets to Wizard World to meet David Tennant and enjoy the general geekiness of the event.

Wizard World is HUGE, we entered the giant conference center in Raleigh and just stood in awe of it all!


We then of course took awesome selfies because…SELFIES!

Then Ari & I promplty jumped in line to meet our favorite Doctor of all time. I managed to catch up popping up to peak at the crowd. Super happy David Tennant!


What do you say to someone you’re only going to meet for maybe 30 seconds and have them sign a photo? “Thank you for taking the time to come all the way from the UK to visit Raleigh.” In those few seconds he was genuine, warm, and appreciative, not something that many people in his position would be. I didn’t fan girl (woohoo!), I didn’t make a spectacle, I just appreciated his time and valued who he is and thats all you can do really.


During our line time we met a fantastic cosplayer, sam, we had so much fun chatting with her in line that I had no idea it took us an hour & 1/2 to get up to David. Here she is right after meeting him!

Make sure you check her out at The Bad Wolfe!


Ari & I had similar expressions after meeting David.


Totally worth it!


We then got to meander around the rest of the convention enjoying the plethora of geek that surrounded us.





Or…ride away….


The artists were INCREDIBLE!



You do this…I put it on the interwebz…Okay? Okay.


Guys, GUYZ! The cosplay was rockin’ and fed my soul…I seriously need to learn how to sew! Maybe a new adventure is a-brewin?




Overall it was an afternoon well spent! No regrets, awesome memories, and new adventures on the horizon! I hop you find your adventure soon!





Adventures in Wizard World – A Photographers Journey – Raleigh, NC

This nerdy couple loves their books! Photo by Mabyn in Greensboro, NC


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Meet my new North Carolina besties, Ariana and Brian! If you follow me in Facebook or Instagram, then you’ve probably see me take numerous selfies with this amazing duo! We’re birds of a Silver Feather!  😉  I just couldn’t resist! The pun was too easy! These guys are the brains, beauty, talent, and just all around awesome behind Silver Feather Studios!

We instantly bonded the first time we met almost a year ago at an end of the season photo party…yes we have those.  It wasn’t long before we realized that we all shared some pretty serious geeky addictions (i.e. Dr. Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and the list goes on and on)! Since then, our friendship has grown as we had our Geeksboro dates with Sherlock, business chats at Crafted, and now Silver Feather have invited me to shoot video with them on some of their weddings! It’s been pretty spectacular working with an amazing team like Ariana and Brian! I am so ridiculously grateful for their friendship and I can’t wait to see where our businesses go now that Ariana is MOVING INTO THE STUDIO! WOOHOO! That’s right, you know what that means, GEEK OVERLOAD ALL THE TIME! *Let the dance party commence!*

Our overall vision is to one day all have a studio space together, can you imagine the awesome that will explode from that space? It’s almost scary!…Almost.

So getting to shoot their new promo pictures for their website was just the icing on the cake. You mean I get to hang out with you more, at geeky location, AND take pictures? Oh twist my arm!

*Sigh* What a perfect day with friends!



Nothing says love like Dr. Who & video games!

The Tardis, Video Games, and a couple in love is the best kind of photo session in Mabyn's opinionNothing goes with wedding rings like an old school gaming console by Mabyn Ludke

That moment when you die in a video game!

Mabyn says couples who stay together, play video games together at Geeksboro in North Carolina!Double the cute with a reflection

Batman approves of this cuteness!

Batman approves of this cute couple in front of Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC by Mabyn Ludke PhotographySweet moments can happen anywhere, even in front of a comic book store in Greensboro! Mabyn Ludke PhotographyBatman approves of this cute couple by Mabyn Ludke Photography at Acme Comics

This is Ariana and Brian in a nutshell. I just love this photo!

Silver Feather Studios work their super hero moves in front of Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC. Photography by Mabyn Ludke


Ariana practices her superhero moves while Brian surrenders in front of Acme Comics. Photo by MabynAriana and Brian support their favorite geeky shows Firefly & Dr. Who in Greensboro, NC by Mabyn Ludke Photography

You guys are just hot, SO HAWT!

Greensboro is for geeky lovers! Bright pops of color showcase Silver Feather Studios personality so well! Photo by Mabyn LudkeSilver Feather Studios are the cutest couple ever in Greensboro NC with Mabyn Ludke Photography

Social media swagger!

Ariana and Brian are a social media savvy couple! Mabyn captured them taking a selfie in Greensboro NCBrian's colorful headshot for Silver Feather Studios. Taken by Mabyn Ludke PhotographyAriana's colorful headshot. Portrait taken by Mabyn

This bright overpass art is perfect for Triad wedding pros Silver Feather Studios personality by Mabyn

Work it Tyra! Show me dem smiez!

Ari gets her Tyra Banks on in Greensboro with Mabyn Ludke Photography

Give Ariana a comfy couch and The Fault in Our Stars and she'll be a happy camper! Photo by Mabyn Ludke

This nerdy couple loves their books! Photo by Mabyn in Greensboro, NCThis nerdy couple loves their books! Photo by Mabyn in Greensboro, NCA random couch in the middle of Greensboro, NC is the perfect place for these bookworms to relax and look cute with Mabyn Ludke Photography

Ariana & Brian’s Geeky You + Me Session – Greensboro, NC

A super hero themed engagement session at Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC

Sneak Peeks

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Last night I got to hang out with and, oh yeah, PHOTOGRAPH two of my favorite people in the world! Ariana and Brian are the super talented duo from Silver Feather Studios! I think you might be able to understand why we get along so well. I mean, other than the fact that they’re just fabulous! 😉 Check out their amazingly geeky sneak peek and I’m sure you’ll figure the rest out!


Ariana & Brian’s Geeky You + Me Session

A super hero themed engagement session at Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC

Super Hero Sneaks! – Greensboro, NC