Geeky NoDa Engagement Session in Charlotte

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I love that all of our clients are wildly unique! Some are all about romance while others are all about goofy faces! Some are foodies while others are gamers. The one thing that ties all of our couples together, is their desire to have their personalities reflected in their photographs. Something that happily keeps us coming back to this job over and over!

Hilary & David in NoDa

Meet Hilary & David a mix of both romance & silly, foodie & gamer. When we met them earlier this year we instantly connected! We’re both uber geeky and are kinda sorta foodies! We opted to start their session at an arcade in Charlotte’s NoDa district. Abari is full of amazing vintage games right up Hilary & David’s alley! Not to mention they have a killer Yoda mural on the outside of the building that makes the inner geek in me squeal!

Part Deux – Lake Norman State Park

Afterwards we grabbed some lunch at Cabo Fish Taco before exploring all that NoDa has to offer! I’ve been itching to shoot here for awhile, all of the bight colorful murals are so hard to resist! We powered up with some coffee from Smelly Cat Cafe then made the journey north bound to Lake Norman State Park. We were hoping for a little more greenery, everything is so close to blooming! But the quiet winter look is still beautiful and we managed to find a small patch of green at the end!

Why Engagement Sessions Rock!

Getting to know Hilary & David, how they interact together, will help us on their wedding day. We can look for specific things and prepare for awesome moments. Telling their unique story. We know that David’s snuggle tolerance is limited while Hilary will take ALL THE SNUGGLES! We know they live for sarcastic humor & will happily make faces at my camera. We know that these two, are absolutely crazy for each other and their wedding day will be a non stop fun fest! We can’t wait for May!

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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Geeky NoDa Engagement in Charlotte | Hilary & David

The Forest Theater Chapel Hill, NC Geeky Engagement Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photogaphy

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When you think of an engagement session what pops into your mind? A pretty garden with lots of sunlight & fragrant blooms where the couple smiles dreamily at each other and then back at the camera? Yeah…that’s not what we’ve got here. Prepare yourselves for some seriously delicious awesome sauce!

When Aine & Joe first reached out, they came over to our little apartment and hung out with me for 5 hours! That’s right friends, 5 hours. They win the longest wedding consult ever, but I loved every. single. minute! I kinda wish they didn’t live all the way near Raleigh, because I have a feeling there would be many more of those amazing hang out sessions…like AAAAAAALL the time!

So in getting to know our couples I love to look for connection points, aka things we share in common. Usually Daniel and I share at least one sometimes two things in common, when we reach three I get super giddy because I know we’ll be good friends. Well I’m pretty sure Aine, Joe, Daniel, & I share like 50 things in common! We talked about our geeky passions like Harry Potter & Star Wars, then Daniel & Joe moved easily into their musical passions, while Aine & I talked about our adoration for animals and how we keep collecting them!

When their engagement session finally arrived, I couldn’t help but dance inside as we drove out toward Chapel Hill. We started at Joe’s very cool place of employment, the B-Side Lounge in Carboro, NC. Another wonderful commonality that we share is a love for board games! So they busted out Ticket to Ride and had an amazing time “fake” beating each other at the game. Oh the shenanigans!

The light fades fast in the winter, so as we drove to the next location we did a little sun chasing! We found this amazing spot at the end of a side road that looked just like a path out of the Deathly Hallows! I halted our car and waved frantically for them to stop as well and we managed to snag that sunshine JUST in time before it went down.

Our adventure continued and took us to The Forest Theater in Chapel Hill which provided a perfect seat to read some comic books & make snarky remarks at one another. And what geektastic photoshoot would be complete without an appearance by a Star Wars light saber umbrella?! I think these need to be required at every engagement I shoot now. ?

We did eventually put our cameras down, but we had SO much fun that we couldn’t stop the party! We ended our evening hanging out at one of my personal favorite coffee spots in Chapel Hill, Caffé Driade and talking late into the night! The perfect way to wrap things up!

So when you envision an engagement session…what do you think of now?

XOXOXO,
Mabyn

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The Forest Theater Chapel Hill, NC Harry Potter Engagement Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photogaphy

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Chapel Hill, NC Harry Potter Engagement Photographer Mabyn Ludke Photography

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Geek Love in Chapel Hill, NC – Aine & Joe’s Engagement

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!

XOXOXOXO,
Mabyn

 

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

PEW! PEW!

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