Silvercord Event Photography Raleigh N.C.: Blog http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Silvercord Event Photography Raleigh N.C. (Silvercord Event Photography Raleigh N.C.) Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:21:00 GMT Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:21:00 GMT http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v36/u50084811-o1046852353-50.jpg Silvercord Event Photography Raleigh N.C.: Blog http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog 120 42 Wedding photography at the Leatherwood Mountain Resort in Ferguson North Carolina http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-the-leatherwood-mountain-resort-in-ferguson-north-carolina As many of you know who are longtime readers of my blog, I LOVE mountain weddings! This gorgeous wedding day held at the Leatherwood Mountain Resort was no exception. :) 

My clients V & S were married on a warm October afternoon in a sunny green valley at the foot of the soaring hills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Thier wedding was just lovely and my videographer Gregg and I had a great time afterward chatting with V & S while we captured the happy couple's portraits on the property surrounding their ceremony spot.

The wedding reception was held in the arena next to the main barn at Leatherwood. This turned out to be a pretty neat place to take pictures of V & S as they celebrated with their family and friends because the abundant natural light afforded to us by the setting sun really gave a soft & warm mood to the reception photos. 

Cheers to V & S! 

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Check out the video highlights featuring some bonus photos and footage from throughout the day below!

Leatherwood Mountain Resort Wedding Day Highlights Trailer

 

If you have any questions about my photography service or photographing a wedding at the Leatherwood Mountain Resort in Ferguson NC please contact me anytime!

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I am so grateful to live near one of the sweetest couples on the planet, O & N. They are just the very best neighbors I could ever ask for! My son has grown up playing over at their house and their son has spent many days hanging out at my own. O & N share similar interests as my husband and myself, we are all suckers for the outdoors, great music and campfires. I have waited for what seemed like forever for this day to arrive (lol O.!) and their wedding day did not disappoint. 

My videographer husband Gregg and I got started at thier house early in the morning filming the get ready portion of the day and then travelled into Raleigh to meet up with the coulple at their wedding venue, Cafe Luna.

I couldnt have been more pleased that O & N decided to get married at the lovely Cafe Luna in downtown Raleigh North Carolina. Yay!  Although this wedding venue is somewhat of a challenging  place to take pictures at ( due to the yellow ambient lighting and pink/yellow walls) I have figured out a long time ago how to properly balance my cameras custom color settings to capture the best images here that show off just how pretty this restraunt truly is.  Cafe Luna is awesome for wedding photo's, the food is ridiculously good, and the staff is clearly dedicated to providing an exceptionally fantastic experience for couples and their families on their wedding day. Yep, I notice how local restaurants and event venue catering staff treat my clients and their families because if they suck at their job it makes my job as a wedding photographer much harder. Unhappy -wedding guests- equal- crappy candid -photos during the reception. Nobody wants that! This is one of many reasons that I am always stoked to photograph a wedding at Cafe Luna, I know that my clients and thier familes will be treated well.

Raise a glass to toast great neighbors, shared smores and true love!

Congratulations O & N, love you guys :)

-Sally 

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PS. Hey N & O, Thanks for this sweet Thank you note, the insainly awesome goodie bag and and for the kick ass  review on Wedding Wire! You two are the best'st :)

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CHECK OUT THE WEDDING VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS BELOW

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If you have any questions about my photography service or photographing a wedding at Cafe Luna please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

 

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(Silvercord Event Photography Raleigh N.C.) cafe luna wedding cafe luna wedding photography cafe luna wedding videography raleigh wedding photographer raleigh wedding photography raleigh wedding venue http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-cafe-luna Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:24:58 GMT
Wedding photography and videography highlights at the Embassy Suites in Cary NC http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-photography-and-videography-highlights-at-the-embassy-suites-in-cary-nc One of the best parts of being a wedding photographer is the opportunity I have to work alongside some truly special people. From the moment I met the bride, T. featured here in this post, I knew that fate had placed her in my path. She and her fiance are super brainy engineering types with fun-loving and outgoing personalities, exactly the kinds of folks that I enjoy spending time with. As a bonus, the bride is a huge John Adams fan and her fiance F. has a kick-ass taste in random music genre's to boot and is a Steelers fan too, lol! (ya, I am super nerdy when it comes to President John Adams, he is my great X8 grandfather after all and I may have a black and gold Terrible Towel in my camera bag at all times) 

It only gets better from there because their families turned out to be just as awesome as they are. By the time the wedding day had ended I am not sure who had more fun, the family's and friends of the couple or myself and my crew! (Yes, I had my second photographer Warren on hand and my videographer Gregg there to capture all of the things going on from every angle.) This wedding which was held at the Embassy Suites in Cary was an absolute joy to photograph, truly a celebration of love between T. & F. and the unification of two families coming together as one.

Here is a highlight video from their wedding...

Wedding day Highlight VideographyA highlight reel of a few of the moments captured during T & F's wedding day at the Embassy Suites in Cary NC. Wedding photography and videography by Raleigh NC Silvercord Event Photography. These are some of my favorite photo moments that Warren and I captured throughout the day!

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Congratulations T. & F. !!

Thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer :)

~Sally~

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

 

 

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Website Changes this week, bold color in the dark! http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/website-changes-this-week-bold-color-in-the-dark Hi, everyone!

So if you're a regular visitor here at Silvercord you probably have noticed the change in color scheme here on the website. Yup, we have gone dark! 

I came to this decision after recently updating my wedding photography portfolio and felt it was time to make a change here on my site in order to highlight the fact that I really, really, really love creating bright, sharp black and white photo's and crisp, bold colored images.

 

 

 

 

I admit that it's kinda scary doing something as drastic as this, but I think that the contrast between the bright photos featured here and the new dark wallpaper theme complements one other in a more honest manner.  It sure is different though! Most other wedding photographers here in the Raleigh NC area have bright white or gray websites with galleries filled with hazy natural light backlit photos (which is trendy right now) but after years of doing this wedding photographer thing every day, I have decided to just go all out to best show you what kind of photography style I truly enjoy creating best.

Some of you won't like it. That's OK! I'd much rather these folks work with another talented photographer who can truly make them happy with a  style that suits their personal taste's best. I'm here to serve those of you who really connect with my work. I hope though, that maybe by showing off my best bold work on a darker themed website, by highlighting these photos in a manner that makes me stop and say "WOW" when I view them to my own computer, perhaps I'll be able to serve my future clients better by delivering them an expected  clean, colorful, consistently bright style that is unmistakably the mark of the SIlvercord Event Photography experience.

 

 

Thanks for your time and have an awesome week!

-Sally

PS. Be on the lookout for my next post this Wednesday morning that features a gorgeous wedding day in Cary NC.

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If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

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A few months ago I was contacted by a sweet lady named M. She wanted to know if I had ever photographed a wedding vow renewal ceremony. I told her yes, I have done that before and then I asked her how many years she had been married. She happily exclaimed "40 years"! How awesome is that?!  I asked her where she and her husband were married originally and it turns out that the special place was the glorious Duke Chapel in Durham North Carolina. M. told me that she really wanted to have her wedding photographs captured by a professional wedding photographer this time around and that she loved my work. I was delighted! We spoke about her son's and her dear husband W. and how he was the one who stood in line shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of millennials at Duke Chapel on the day that he was finally able to reserve the Church to host their wedding vow renewal ceremony. Yep, there is a wait time involved when it comes to reserving the Chapel, and YES as you will see in the gorgeous photos featured here it IS totally worth the wait!

 

I must admit, I have been waiting many years to finally have the opportunity to photograph a wedding here at Duke Chapel. This Church which is nestled in the heart of the Duke University Campus is absolutely gorgeous. With colored stained glass, soaring columns and a massive pipe organ, Duke Chapel define's the term "regal" in both stature and ambiance in equal measure. There is simply nothing else quite like it here in North Carolina. The kudos don't stop there though, the staff at Duke are very nice and extremely accommodating despite the fact that the Church has a number of (necessary) restrictions for photographers and runs a very strict timeline of events when it comes to hosting a wedding day. I was particularly impressed with the Duke Chapel Wedding Director B. Williams who was very kind and helpful when it came to planning out the particulars of the photography aspects of the ceremony. Because I was a teensy bit nervous given the awe-inspiring surroundings, Mrs. Williams warm smile was the perfect thing needed to set my mind at ease to start out on my adventure capturing M & W's wedding.

 Thanks, B.!

After the ceremony ended we all headed out to the North Carolina Arboretum in Chapel Hill for the reception. This is a fantastic place to hold an event such as this, with wide open spaces and pale colored walls that are just perfect for photography. M. & W. had a wonderful evening with their friends and family as they toasted 40 years of marriage with cheers and blessings for the next 40 to come. A reception filled with dancing, laughter,  treasured stories told between friends both new and old. Truly this is a marriage worth celebrating, as each and every one should be!

 

Cheers to M. & W. and thank you so much for choosing me to be your wedding photographer.

:)

-Sally

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P.S. Interested in getting married at Duke Chapel?

Check out this webpage which contains a wealth of helpful information to make your dream wedding day at Duke come true https://chapel.duke.edu/worship/weddings

Tell the wedding coordinator, Mrs. Williams I sent ya!

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Engagement and Wedding day photography story from Fayetteville N.C. http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/engagement-and-wedding-day-photography-story-from-fayetteville-n-c Check out this beautiful engagement and wedding love story that we photographed in downtown Fayetteville North Carolina!

From their vintage glam themed engagement photography session to their sweet wedding day at Studio 210 and reception at the Capital Room in downtown Fayetteville NC, this couple had their dream of a timeless love theme come true in each and every photograph that we captured together over the past few weeks. 

Here are few of the highlight photography moments from their engagement session and wedding day featured in the slideshow below.

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Bonus, here is a behind-the-scenes video from their engagement photography session at the train station. Turn up the sound to hear some of the couples favorite music that we added to this footage! 

Behind the scenes in Fayetteville NC, Vintage Glam inspired Engagement Photography VideoA behind the scenes highlight video of C and D's vintage inspired engagement photography session in downtown Fayetteville North Carolina.

Congratulations to C & D! You two were an absolute joy to work with and cheers to all of the happy memories to come :)

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

 

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Wedding photography at the Preston Woodall House in Benson NC http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/wedding-photography-at-the-preston-woodall-house-in-benson-nc I always look forward to photographing a wedding at the Preston Woodall House so I have been super excited to cover this day for my clients B & D for quite a while.

Arriving at the venue in Benson in the early afternoon I got started taking pictures of the bride D. as she and her best friend got ready for her wedding.

The abundant natural light filtering through the multi colored curtains cast a silvery lavender tinted glow throughout the room that was just gorgeous. Normally I would use a flash for the "get ready" portraits but this kind of natural light was just too beautiful not to take advantage of.

Once D. was finished getting dressed she and her fiancé B. held a no-peek, first-look session in the hallway on the second floor of the venue. There they exchanged handwritten notes and held hands for a few minutes before parting for the ceremony.

B. and D.'s wedding ceremony took place in the backyard of the venue under partly cloudy skies. A typical North Carolina summer day with hot weather and thunderstorms in the forecast, nonetheless this fact did not dampen the spirits of the bride and groom or their guests. They exchanged vows and sealed the deal with the kiss much to the delight of their family and friends in attendance.

After taking the families formal portraits B., D. and I took a few minutes to capture the couples pictures in the garden by the fountain on the side of the house. The happy couple took this time to relax and unwind a bit before The three of us headed inside to start the reception.

 

The evening got underway with B. and D. sharing their first dance in the Grand ballroom of the venue.  After a brief speech by the brides mother and a dinner blessing by her grandfather, the bride, groom and their guests enjoyed their dinner.

Heartfelt toasts to the bride and groom were delivered by the Best Man and Maid of Honor.  The tears were flowing and lots of hugs were given once the words ebbed. It was amazing to photograph these touching moments held between close friends.

After everyone's eyes were dried it was time to start the party! The DJ had the music pumping and everyone out here was having a blast. What a fun group to take pictures of as they laughed and danced while twirling on the dance floor.

Towards the end of the evening, the happy couple and I snuck away from the action to take a few last couples portraits on the front porch of the house. The gentle glow from the porch lights offered a romantic backdrop for these last few photos. What a perfectly lovely way to end this beautiful day!

Congratulations D. and B. !

 

Check out more from this wedding day at the Preston Woodall House in the slideshow below..

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

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One can't help but smile when checking out these beautiful moments that LeAnne and I photographed at the Durant Nature Preserve a few weeks ago ...

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This wedding was an absolute joy to cover! Such a sweet couple, and with awesome family and friends too.

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What to wear for your Raleigh engagement photography session http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/what-to-wear-for-your-raleigh-engagement-session  

Although the Raleigh area is truly fantastic weather wise year round for outdoor engagement photos (one could just as easily wear a light blouse or a winter jacker in December depending on the date) the task of putting together an outfit for you and your fianc'e can be confusing.  Deciding what to wear for your engagement photography session can seem to be a daunting task but it does not have to be this way. I am always on the lookout for helpful information to pass along to my clients when it comes to planning their engagement photo shoots with me so I'm pleased to share this info that I found on http://digital-photography-school.com/clothing-for-portraits-how-to-tell-your-subjects-what-to-wear/ . Although the focus of that blog post pertains to the style of dress for group or family portraits I found that most of the information therein carries over to the realm of engagement photography.

Listed below is a summery of the best advice that I read in that above post that thought my own clients would appreciate in regards to clothing and the protection of just the right look that will reflect the way you truly are in your photos. 

  • Wear solid colored clothing so that the focus is on your faces and no one person stands out from the background . If you wear stripes, checkered patterns or flowers, you will stand out from one another thus breaking the unity focus of your engagement session. 
  • Choose muted tones that are a bit subdued so that you two are the subject not your clothes. Bright colors project (especially reds, oranges, and yellows), which also has the potential to make you look larger.
  • Choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesent look bigger than the other.  White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger.  White pants, dark top will make your bum look larger.
  • Select 1-3 colors for your couples portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and the have the two of you work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy and all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims in all lighter, softer tones.  
  • Choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach) because white just sticks out like a sore thumb and that is all that you will notice in your portrait. That being said if your wearing cute matching socks let me know and I'll make sure to get a photo of this too!
  • Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic because too much draws attention away from your faces
  • If your planning on getting a haircut or new hairdo, make your appointment at least 2 weeks prior to your portrait session . Again this seems like a no brainer but you’d be surprised! Fresh hair cuts rarely look their best the same or next day. Ladies need time to practice working it, men need it to grow out just a little. Allow some time to live with your new look before your portrait session.

These are all excellent suggestions on what to wear during your photoshoot.The idea is to keep the focus of my camera on the true connection shared between you the two of you when your looking into each others eyes or sharing a joke in between shots. Bright colors and checkered patterns can be very distracting elements in a portrait so the bottom line is that  its best to keep your wardrobe look minimalistic and generally neutral.

That being said remember that the info above is to be used as a guideline not a rulebook...

 

Beyond the particular specific optical reasons for choosing one wardrobe look or another the most important thing you can wear in your photos is a smile! If your going to choose anything special to wear make sure that you and your partner are comfortable and feel confident in your wardrobe choices. It's ok to compromise if your partner won't smile unless he's wearing his favorite plaid shirt or you simply feel more beautiful wearing a bright blue skirt.  After all, if your tugging at an annoying creeping hemline or he is fidgeting with his dress shirt collar your photos will reflect your general discomfort so instead be happy, be comfortable, and wear your hearts on your sleeves! 

Here are a few examples of my past photoshoots where my clients definitely had their wardrobe game on point and attitudes in sync 

  Working your look as a team will always result in better photos as pictured below....

 

Vintage retro inspired engagement photography Fayetteville NCVintage inspired engagement photography Fayetteville NCvintage inspired engagement photography  

 

In favor of going casual... 

When it comes to engagement photoshoots if jeans or shorts and a informal shirts are what you and your partner are most comfortable wearing then by all means be YOURSELF and wear what you want. As a bonus, there is a lovely contrast in viewing the epic romantic moments caught on camera of people who look like they are totally in sync with each other comfort wise no matter what they are wearing in any given situation. In other words you don't have to be wearing a gown to pull off a ballroom dip!

 

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Dressing up is fantastic...

Just because your photoshoot takes place on a farm does not mean that you have to dress like your working on one (even if you really do!) There is just something special about wearing a dress shirt or a elegantly simple dress in an unexpected place, such as while sitting on a tractor..

"red tractor engagement photography""red tractor engagement photography"Engagement photography session featuring a red tractor on a farm in Clinton NC as shot on location by photographer Sally Siko.   

Consideration of the weather and season is important too..

We are blessed to experience all four seasons here in the Raleigh North Carolina area so If its cold outside on photoshoot day wear a coat or a layers under a warm shirt or sweater. It is far better to be properly dressed for the elements then to be stressed out by shivering  while having your photo taken!

 

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Christmas themed + Engagement photography + Raleigh NCChristmas themed + Engagement photography + Raleigh NCA Christmas themed engagement photography session at Harris Lake , NC near Raleigh NC.


One last thing....

There is always room to break the color "rules" of keeping the tones and patterns muted or subdued in your style of dress. Sometimes the opposite is true and its great to go BOLD with your color choices, especially in lighting situations where the light is dim or the color quality of the light itself is a dominate feature of the photograph, such as in a bright sunset or wide open barren field. 

Engagement photography in a wheat field at sunset wearing bright colors

 

This photo of a happy couple in a wheat field wouldn't feel the same if the couple was wearing grey or black because the bright blues and aqua greens really draw your eyes to them and not just to that gorgeous golden background. When we scheduled this photoshoot I anticipated this color combination beforehand, recommended it to my clients who in the end were quite pleased with the results.

Crazy patterns on your clothing can still work too if the main base color is shared between you and your fiancé and at least one of you is dressed simply. Remember that color coordination is about linking the two of you together, not contrasting one another.

 

To sum it all up, choose your engagement shoot wardrobe style with your partner with an eye towards harmony and unity.

After all what else says team spirit more then wardrobe co ordination!

:)

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog! If you have any questions about engagement photography wardrobe strategy or just want to stay hello email me anytime at sbluta2@yahoo.com

-Sally 

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

 

 

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My favorite engagement photography session locations in Raleigh North Carolina http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/my-favorite-engagement-photography-locations-in-raleigh-north-carolina Where I love to photograph my client's engagement photography sessions locations in the Triangle and beyond...

 

As a wedding and engagement photographer, I am often asked where the best engagement photography session locations are in and around the Raleigh NC area. Luckily we are blessed with reasonably nice weather year round here in the Triangle so no matter the season, there is always someplace beautiful nearby to capture great photos with a pretty natural backdrop.

Here is my list ( in no particular order ) with info links of my favorite places to take my clients on photo shoots.

Raleigh Area

The JC Ralston Arboretum http://jcra.ncsu.edu

Yates Mill Farm Park http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/default.aspx

Harris Lake Park http://www.wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/default.aspx

Pullen Park http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Parks/Pullen.html

* Pullen Park is very, very, very, very BUSY on the weekends and parking is a pain in the a@#!. Always schedule an engagement shoot here on weekday mornings, the earlier the better!

Moore Square and surrounding streets in downtown Raleigh NC  http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/go/moore-square

The campus of NC State University  http://www.ncsu.edu/belltower/

The NC Museum of Art http://ncartmuseum.org

* The NC Museum of Art requires a permit, a client fee and appointment to be made ahead of the photo-shoot date!

Durham & Chapel Hill Areas

Sarah P. Duke Gardens https://gardens.duke.edu

* Duke gardens require's a permit, an appointment & charges a hefty fee to clients who want to take photos here!

American Tobacco Historic District in downtown Durham NC http://www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com

The University of North Carolina campus http://www.unc.edu/interactive-tour/landmarks/

North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill http://ncbg.unc.edu

 

EXAMPLES OF ALL OF THE ABOVE LOCATIONS MAY BE FOUND ON MY ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO PAGE LINK BELOW, CHECK IT OUT!

http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/engagement/photography/from/raleigh/nc/and/beyond

 

If you have any questions about my engagement photography service please contact me anytime!

Investment information regarding Silvercord Event Photography's Raleigh engagement and wedding photography price and service packages may be found here.

 

 

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Back to work and ready to go! http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/back-to-work-and-ready-to-go  

 

Hi, everyone!

It is great to get back to work. Yes, my trip to the Keys was pretty awesome but honestly everyday is a vacation here at Silvercord because I freak'n love what I do!

 

On that note, I don't have a new wedding to post today because I was out of town most of last week. That being said, I did photograph a wedding this past Saturday with my business partner LeAnne at the Durant Nature Preserve which I can't wait to deliver to my clients. I've pulled over 600 images for their final delivery and I'm super excited because these photos are just gorgeous!

 

If you all are interested, I expect that I'll have the photos posted from my stock (nature) photo assignment /working vacation in Key West up on this website in about 2 to 3 weeks. Haha, wait till you see the videos and photos huge alligator and the adorable little Key Deer that licked my hands while I was working. All in all, it's safe to say that my photographic journey through the Florida Keys did disappoint in the adventure department.

 

By the way, I'll be working at the incredible Duke Chapel this weekend to take pictures of a wedding vow renewal. The couple has been married for 40 years (how awesome is that!) and they have chosen to renew their vows in the exact spot where it all began. 

My client's original wedding photographer (back in the 1970's) wasn't able to get very many shots the first go around, so this time my clients are very happy about the idea of capturing the most amazing wedding day portraits of themselves and their families at this incomparably beautiful church. I am sooooooo excited to take pictures here and cannot wait for Saturday to arrive!

Lastly, thank you so much for reading my posts. When I started blogging I honestly didn't think anyone would read a word that I typed. Writing is something that is very challenging to me. Believe it or not, (haha) I prefer to tell stories through pictures and I worry that you guys might think I'm a driveling idiot with a dim grasp of the English language and a lame sense of humor each time I hit the publish button on these posts. 

After wrestling with that kind of thinking for a few years,  I realized that maybe that doesn't matter because at least I'm trying to share a bit of my world with all of you, perfect or not. 

I've found that since I've started sharing my pov here with you on this blog, I've started working with more and more like minded people in my life as a photographer. It's pretty cool actually to meet people in person who've got the same "go get 'em" work ethic mindset as I do. For what it is worth, I really enjoy working with couples who've got a great sense of humor ( Dad jokes are pretty rad ), nature nerds, history buffs, political geeks, those endowed with creative proclivities paired with an engineering degree and a type A personality. 

Haha! If you are none of those things that's awesome too because I love being around people who are totally different from me because I feel like there is much I still have to learn about my fellow North Carolinian's. In short, I love working with people. 

Hopefully, this kind of thing matters to my readers and clients, but who knows, maybe I'm all alone on this one haha!

That being said, I've received many messages of encouragement from you guys over the years that have kept me going on with this blog thing. I hope that you guys know that I really appreciate every kind thing you've had to say.

Thanks for everything, y'all are awesome! 

 

Till next week,

Sally

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A few of my favorite photos from my portfolio http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/a-few-of-my-favorite-photos-from-my-portfolio I will be on the road this week headed to the Florida Keys for a working vacation of sorts so I thought while I am away I'd share some of my favorite photos with you...

 

So far I've got plans to spend an equal amount of time taking photographs and videos for a tropically themed paid/stock photography assignment as well as doing a bit of snorkeling and beach combing under the palms at the Blue Water Key Resort. It's been about a million years since I have been down to this part of the country and I am really looking forward to spending some time with my family in our RV. 

I have embedded a brand-new Instagram feed below that will serve as my live "behind the scenes" photo blog. This week the feed will feature some of my personal photos ( non wedding related) from the road ahead and of my campsite. I hope that I'll be able to add a few pretty pics of the island itself that I'll be staying on and of the downtown Key West area. Going forward, I plan to use this Instagram account to give all of you a look at the various things that do as a professional photographer on a day to day basis. Honestly though, it might be kinda boring as there is usually a lot of sitting at my desk and writing emails involved but who knows, maybe it will be cool anyway, haha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking about the adventures to come this week has inspired a swell of gratitude for the people who have put me in this position in life. It has been an incredible year here at Silvercord Event Photography with a record amount of bookings, the addition of a Photo Booth service, the hiring of two additional photographers, hiring a videographer and not to mention the launching of a second business in South Carolina with my best friend, Silvercord South Photography. My husband and I could not be happier right now with our company Silvercord Event Photography, and it is all thanks to my amazing, wonderful, awesome clients and their families. I am profoundly grateful to wake up every morning and know that I get to work on their photos every day. 

A few weeks ago I created a gallery of some of my all time favorite photos that I have captured and plan to add more photos to it every month. Some of the photographs are from weddings and engagements but I think that I'll be adding a couple of my nature shots to the gallery too in the near future. The process of selecting these images has been a happy one for me because each photograph still brings back so many great memories from that day that I snapped the pic.

 I care so much how my clients feel about their photos, and I wonder if they still smile when they turn the pages of their wedding albums remembering how that cake that I took a photo of tasted, how it felt to share that first dance under the DJ's lights when they scroll through their gallery online? I hope that they do! Gosh knows, I still feel it every time I post new photos to my public portfolio. Each image brings back acute memories of camera settings, music playing and the heart pounding excitement of getting THE shot. Beyond that, I can acutely feel what the overall vibe of the day was for each and every wedding I've photographed every single time I review one of the photos I've taken. Yeah, ok maybe that's a little odd but it's one of the reasons why I enjoy photographing weddings so much. Being a wedding photographer allows me to be around people on the happiest days of their lives, week after week. Whenever I edit their photos all of those happy memories come rushing back, which is just an incredible way to live when ya stop and think about it. Truly it is an indescribable joy to earn my living doing what I love, for those who are in love. 

Anyway, I guess that about wraps up my post this week. If you've got any thoughts about my favorite pic's gallery above I'd love to hear from ya so leave a comment if you're so inclined :)

Oh wait..one more thing, although I will be technically out of the "office" I will be available via email using the CONTACT page on this website (or use this LINK ) or via text at (919) 449-7331 throughout the week ahead so if you'd like to contact me to book a wedding or photoshoot that is not a problem. Heck if you just want to say hi, that would be cool too!

 :)

 

Cheers,

Sally Siko

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Silvercord Event Photography Q & A http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/silvercord-event-photography-q-a  

Why Silvercord Event Photography?

 

You've got questions, here are the answers

 

Q. Who are you?

A. Hi! My name is Sally A. Siko, I am the owner and lead photographer here at Silvercord Event Photography. I'm a professional engagement and wedding photographer who's team of photographers and videographers primarily serve clients in the Raleigh, Durham, and Triangle area of North Carolina. I am a native of Northern Virginia and have been happy transplant to the Triangle area for 9 years and counting. I've been married to my best friend Gregg (my awesome lead videographer) for about a million years and have 2 awesome kid's whom I love with all of my heart. 

I am partnered with photographer LeAnne Chelchowski, who runs our second studio which is based in Aiken South Carolina called Silvercord South Photography.

When Gregg and I aren't taking pictures we enjoy traveling all over our country in our RV, horseback riding, hiking, and fishing. Come to think of it, we tend to take a lot of photos when we are out doing those things too, haha! I mention this because we absolutely love to photograph outdoor weddings! Give us a camera, let us outdoors and we are happier than an otter in ice water. Although we adore an awesome beach wedding for the superb lighting conditions that are afforded when we take pictures on the sand, we particularly love covering weddings that take place in wide grassy fields high in the mountains, ones that are held in charmingly rustic backyard barns or at an old school lakeside venue. Suburbanites who have been fleeing the city life for as long as we can remember, we both grew up in Major Metropolitan areas ( Me Washington DC/ NOVA, Gregg Pittsburgh) however we spent much of our youth camping and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Appalachians.  Our shared sentiment of a primal connection with the simple joys found in the natural world was even carried into our own wedding day since Gregg and I were married on the rear patio of an old hunting lodge in the foothills of western Pennsylvania mountains which was followed by our honeymoon on our boat in a nearby lake during the following week. 

 

Q. Will you personally be the photographer for our wedding?

A. Yes. If you're getting married in N.C. or V.A.  from start to finish I will handle 100% of the work for every photo shoot. If you're getting married in S.C. or G.A. then my southern district partner LeAnne Chelchowski of Silvercord South Photography will photograph your event.

 

Q. Are you a full-time photographer?

A. Yes. All day every day! 

 

Q. Do you offer videography engagement and wedding day services in HD?

A. Yes, Silvercord Event Photography is a full-service videography production house offering our clients exceptionally beautiful video footage in crystal clear 1080 and 4K format.

 

Q. Do you offer a second or third shooter service just in case I think that I may need more than one photographer to cover my event?

A. Yes! Silvercord Event Photography currently employ's two dedicated professional photographers here in North Carolina with a third photographer who covers events in GA, SC and NC on demand.

 

Q. Do you have a studio location?

A. No. My team and I shoot entirely on locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia and do not operate a traditional brick and mortar studio.

 

Q. How long have you personally been a full-time photographer, and how many weddings have you photographed?

 A. 13 years as a fine art/ nature photographer and 8 years as a professional event and wedding photographer with 300 + weddings and counting…

 

Q. What size events have you handled before?

A.  5 to 400+ guests.  No matter the length of a guest list I can always find a reason to love taking pictures of your big day!

 

Q. Have you ever been published in a photography magazine?

A. Yep...Wedding Photography: Virginia Neighbors Magazine, The Munaluchi Bride, My Hometown Bride 

Fine Art:  PI Creative Arts International

 

Q. Do you bring backup equipment with you?

A. Yes ALWAYS! I carry multiple Canon SLR camera’s, Canon flashes, Canon lenses, high capacity memory cards and batteries on every photo shoot.

 

Q. Do you have a backup photographer ready to take your place if you cannot shoot our wedding?

A. Yes, my studio consists of multiple photographers that could stand in for me if for some reason I could not fulfill my duties as outlined and agreed upon in my service contract. If there is no other photographer available, I will refund you the entire cost of money paid to Silvercord Event Photography.

 

Q. Do your photographers provide a candid approach to wedding photography as well as traditional posing options when needed?

Yes, in fact, my team and I are primarily “photojournalistic photographers". This means that other than the formal portrait session, we are the proverbial “fly on the wall” never interfering with the natural flow of the day's events. My approach for delivering images in a candid style comes in waiting for the moment when the eyes sparkle or the smile comes after the punchline is delivered with a joke between friends having fun at a wedding.   That being stated, I'm quite adept at posing my clients and their families as needed for their formal portrait session and can even answer the question "What do I do with my hands?"  lol, but I prefer to stay behind the scenes and out of the way when it comes to capturing the entirety of a wedding day.

 

Q. How do you know how many pictures will I receive?

A. This depends on exactly what the scenario is that I’m shooting is. generally speaking,  I strive to deliver between 60 and 100 photos per hour.

 

Q. What time do you arrive at the venue to set up your equipment?

A.  At least 30 mins before our official requested start time. I will not charge you for this prep time.

 

Q.  What are your policies regarding the downloading of digital files?

A.  Here at Silvercord Event Photography, you will be provided with an online gallery with all of your full size highest resolution photos available for downloading with printing rights that are included with every photo.

 

Q. What are your policies regarding delivery times?

A. All photographs and high -resolution JPEG files of the images will be delivered to you no more than 90 days after the day of the event.

 

Q. Do you offer Wedding Albums?

A. Yes! I include wedding album Photo Books in most of my wedding photography packages which you can order right from your online private gallery and then have your finished book shipped straight to your door.

 

Q. Do you offer Prints as well as digital files?

A. Yes! . A generous selection of printing formats are offered for sale via an al'a carte option as well so that you, your families and friends may order the printed images directly from your online private gallery too.  From art canvas, glossy, satin, matte to metallic prints Silvercord has it all. 

Q.  Do you provide a written contract?

A. Yes, absolutely! My service contract outlines everything that you can expect from me photography wise and is required to be completed and returned by you before booking their date.

 

Q.  I want to book you as my photographer. How do I do that?

A.  A reservation deposit of 50% of total hourly package price is to be paid and the signing of my service contract is required to secure your date in my book.

 

Q.  When is the final payment due?

A.  2 weeks before the wedding date

 

Q. Is gratuity included in the price?

A. Lol! That would be sweet of you to do that for me, but it is not customary to tip me. That being said, thanks in advance if you decide to do so!  

:)

Q.  What is the overtime charge?

A.  A simple flat rate of $250 per each additionally requested hour of photography coverage or a flat rate of $300 per hour for extra videography coverage. This may be paid via cash or PayPal at any time, including on wedding day. Don't worry, we love to work late! :) 

 

Q. How many hours of service coverage are you available for booking?

A. Four hours to unlimited hours!

 

Q. Do you offer coverage for the rehearsal dinner the night before a wedding?

Y. Yes!  This service is available at my flat rate of $250 per hour and includes all of the image rights that my wedding packages offer.

 

Q. Do you provide engagement photography too?

A. Yes!  Engagement sessions are $250 for a one-hour session and include all of the same printing rights and delivery as the wedding package.

 

Q. Do you provide engagement videography?

 Yes!  Engagement videography sessions are $525 session and include a still photographer and a videographer with all of the same printing rights and delivery as the wedding package.

 

Q. What are the locations in the Raleigh area that you recommend where we can take our engagement photos?

A. Harris Lake Park, Yates Mill Park, the JC Raulston Arboretum and Moore Square downtown Raleigh are just a few great places here in the Triangle that serve as lovely places to hold a photo shoot.  My extensive list of location suggestions may be found HERE.

 

Q. Do you allow clients to bring their dogs or other animals with them during an engagement session?

A. Yes absolutely! I'm all for you bringing your dog to your engagement photoshoots. I love animals and really enjoy photographing the bond that a happy couple shares with their furry friends.

 

Q.  What are the charges for travel?

A. No charge for travel within a 50-mile radius of Raleigh N.C.

+ 50 miles: $55-$100

+100 miles: $100-$155

+150 miles: $155-$200

+ 200 miles: $200-$255

+ 250 miles: $255-$300 + 1 or 2 night hotel accomodations ( maybe, depends on the location and photography start time)

+ 300 miles: call for a quote

 

 

If you have any additional questions please send Silvercord an email anytime!

-S. Siko


 

 

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Wedding photography on the beach at Ft.Fisher NC http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/wedding-photography-on-the-beach-at-ft-fisher-nc A fantastic day of wedding photography at Ft. Fisher and Wilmington North Carolina...

I have been packing and preparing like a mouse before a snowstorm because I will be hitting the road late tomorrow for an extended trip down south. In the midst of all this going on, I have this gorgeous wedding that I have to share with you guys before I leave.  

My clients E & A wanted to get married in a beautiful coastal area of North Carolina and they found the perfect ceremony spot at Ft. Fisher State Park near Kure Beach. This location is really unique in the way that the trees grow here at the beach. These knarled windswept oak trees look pretty darn epic in the background for photos and add a touch of old school Nautical Coastal Carolina flavor to the wedding day. 

Lucky for all of us, the weather at the beach was sunny and not too hot so everyone was in fine spirits as the ceremony got underway. There was a really romantic feel to all of it, from the sounds of the gulls crying overhead to the soft ocean breeze that carried the smell of salt and beach roses in the air. I thought it was particularly awesome that the couple's dog served as the grooms best man because dogs are awesome of course!

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After the ceremony concluded E., A. & I headed to the rocky shoreline to capture some couples portraits that would utilize the lovely blue Atlantic behind them. After we got the shots that they wanted we found our way to the shade of the oak trees to take a couple more pictures before driving a few minutes north to the Carolina Beach boardwalk. After all was said and done, this couples portrait session ended up being one of my favorites ever taken!

Once the couples portraits time ended we all drove into downtown Wilmington to meet up at their wedding venue, The Atrium by Ligon Flynn. I only ended up staying on for a few minutes during their reception but I managed to capture a few beautiful candid pic's of the happy couple and their guest having fun at this gorgeous indoor/outdoor venue. What a treat it was to be able to photograph this wedding, would do it again all over just for fun haha!

Cheers to A. & E.! 

 

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

 

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Engagement photography and videography in downtown Fayetteville NC. http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/engagement-photography-and-videography-in-downtown-fayetteville-nc Last week I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement session in downtown Fayetteville North Carolina...

Inspired by one of my earlier vintage themed engagement photography sessions, my clients C  & D wanted to incorporate some of the elements of the yesteryear's gone by into their own photo shoot. We started our morning at the train station under a bright sunny sky. My videographer Gregg and I captured a bunch of really pretty portraits and clips of the happy couple as they chatted and snuggled with each other on the platform at the station. Although the temperature was well into the upper 90's that day, the shade afforded to us by the train stations platform canopy provided us with much-needed relief from the sun's rays shining down like lava in the sky. That being said, C & D were real troopers throughout the entire experience and never let the hot temps 'throw shade upon bright smiles.

After we finished up at the train station we headed downtown to snap off a few photos in front of their reception venue and then moved onto to the Market House to capture some additional portraits of the happy couple. This photo shoot was a real joy to capture and when all was said and done, we ended up with a set of really beautiful images and video clips ( as seen below ) that definitely captured the timeless bond that this couple shared. 

Cheers to C & D, I can't wait to cover your wedding next month! 

-Sally

Fayetteville NC Vintage inspired Engagement VideoA highlight video of C & D's vintage inspired engagement session in downtown Fayetteville North Carolina.

 

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An afternoon of wedding at the Lynwood Grill and Brewing Concern in Raleigh, NC http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/an-afternoon-of-wedding-at-the-lynwood-grill-and-brewing-concern-in-raleigh-nc  There are some pretty unique venues here in central NC that are absolutely awesome places to get married. If you're looking for a wedding location that provides a contemporary yet sweetly rustic ambiance during your reception than the Lynnwood Grill and Brewing Concern may just be the perfect spot.

This micro brewery is staffed by the nicest people who really understand what customer service is all about. I know it seems a little weird to read stuff like this written by a wedding photographer but over the years I've learned that the attitude of the staff at the various venues I've photographed can affect how the moods of guests at a wedding reception are impacted. When my clients and their guests are well taken care of by the staff of the wedding venue during their reception, they tend to be happier and more relaxed when I'm shooting their candid photos, thus making my job as a photographer a whole lot easier. 

The reason that I'm taking the time to include the sentiment in this particular post is on this day, the difference in the level of customer service rendered by various vendors made all the difference in the world as to how my clients would experience their day.

My clients T & J's wedding day was an interesting one, to say the least! Soon after I arrived to get started, I found out that the wedding officiant that the couple had hired to do their ceremony was running late. After about an hour or so, the bride J. finally was able to reach the officiant on the phone she found out that the officiant was home sick and had completely forgotten that she had a wedding to do that day. To make matters worse, the wedding officiant didn't even bother to call the couple to say that she wasn't coming. Yikes!!! 

Honestly, it was a kinda hard for me to take pictures of the couple during this time. There were definitely moments where it was possible that there might not be a wedding on this day after all. I hate seeing clients stressing on their wedding day and boy oh boy this was a difficult time to document. 

Then something absolutely incredible happened....

After a bit of discussion between the couple and their guests,  it was discovered that the grooms best friend just happened to be licensed to officiate wedding ceremonies here in North Carolina. How cool is that? 

What could have been a day marred by heartbreak ended up being infinitely better because this sweet couple ended up being married by the grooms closest friend, so awesome! 

The wedding was really fun to photograph this wedding ceremony as the grooms best friend read the passages over his iPhone. Through my lens, I could see that he was nervously excited but he and the couple were all smiles throughout the entire ceremony. It was clear that there was plenty of love to go around in this Trinity which is, of course, the best possible thing ever to experience on a wedding day. 

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After the ceremony ended, the party started in earnest and there were plenty of smiles to go around as the guests and the happy couple celebrated their nuptials. 

There was plenty of delicious food and golden brew on tap to go around. Making my way around the venue, it was a blast for me to use my long lens to capture all of the happy guests laughing and talking with one another. Candid photos really fun to take and this reception did not disappoint!

Oh, I even took my first 3D 360 photo of the couple and their guests here too! What a neat way to capture an event. 

3D 360 VR Raleigh wedding photography by photographer Siko of Silvercord Event Photography3D 360 VR Raleigh wedding photography by photographer Siko of Silvercord Event PhotographyIf you'd like to see this image in full 360 panorama 3D mode then go download the Ap "Google Cardboard Camera" then click on this link listed below to open the 3D version within the Ap.

https://vr.google.com/vrphoto/AIJsmdkNSa4mjq8cAAWAa-lfk3vFJ5ERKS2rZiGR7ttrdzDZi8Q2K_UkmXK1

You will be able to view this image while using a Google Cardboard VR viewer or via any commercially available VR headset.
If you'd like to see this image in full 360 panorama- 3D mode then go download the App "Google Cardboard Camera" then click on this link listed below to open the 3D version in the App.

https://vr.google.com/vrphoto/AIJsmdkNSa4mjq8cAAWAa-lfk3vFJ5ERKS2rZiGR7ttrdzDZi8Q2K_UkmXK1


You will be able to view this image while using your cell phone and a  Google Cardboard VR viewer or via any commercially available VR headset connected to the internet. 

Pretty neat, huh?

When everyone had finished their dinner T., J. and I managed to sneak outside to photograph the couples portraits on the front loading dock of the venue before the sun went down. This was a nice time for them to catch their breath for a few minutes and happily reflect on their day together. 

Raleigh wedding photographyby photographer Siko of Silvercord Event PhotographyRaleigh wedding photographyby photographer Siko of Silvercord Event Photography

When it was all said and done, I drove home thinking that this wedding was a great example of why it's so important that vendors should deliver on their promises. The staff at the Lynwood displayed exceptional levels of quality service that was most appreciated given the contrast of the situation with the wedding officiant originally hired. 

Yes, service delivered with a smile still matters in today's world and the kindness and poise shown by great friends can make all the difference in the world to a couple on their wedding day. 

Cheers to my wonderful clients T. & J., their awesome friends, and families and to the delightful staff at the Lynwood Brewing Concern for their bright smiles and open hearts. 

Days like this truly make my job as a wedding photographer a joyful endeavor! 

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

 

PS. Go check out the Lynwwood Grill & Brewing Concern's website at http://www.lynnwoodgrill.com/lynnwood-brewing-concern/  and the go have a beer and an excellant meal there, you wont be dissapointed! 

 

 

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Raleigh NC engagement session location spotlight- The JC Raulston Arboretum http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/raleigh-nc-engagement-session-location-spotlight--the-jc-raulston-arboretum One of the best things about being an engagement photographer here in North Carolina is that no matter the time of year, the weather here is always perfect for planning local engagement photo sessions...

Our temperature climate offers the possibility of the flourishing of many species of flowering trees, shrubs, and bushes. The autumn season sets the trees aglow with tones of gold, orange, and red which are truly stunning when used as a backdrop for portraiture. Even in the cooler months of winter, there are still wonderful photography opportunities to find here in central North Carolina. I have always thought that there nothing quite as beautiful as freshly fallen snow or the way that ice sparkles on tree branches after a storm.

Based in the heart of NC, The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is an amazing place to capture beautiful portraits of my clients. This Arboretum hosts thousands of plants from all over the world which serve as the perfect natural backdrop for outdoor photos. Whether it is spring, summer, winter or fall this garden is truly stunning all year round. A walk through the property will find meandering paths dotted with wooden benches under shady trees. With a million shades of green leaves mixed with stunning brightly colored flowers, it's hard to picture a more beautiful place to hold an engagement photography session.

This venue is open to the public and there is no admission fee which is always great! That being said, it can get quite crowded here on the weekends so I found it's best to schedule my client's photo shoots on weekday mornings at 9 am before it gets too busy. The JC Raulston Arboretum is open 365 days a year with amended hours in the fall and winter. Here's a link to their website if you'd like to learn more about this wonderful garden  https://jcra.ncsu.edu   and check out the slideshow below to see some examples of a few of my past engagement photography sessions at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

 

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Silvercord Event Photography announces local service for Columbia SC and Augusta GA http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/silvercord-event-photography-announces-local-service-for-columbia-sc-and-augusta-ga Hi everyone! I have big news...

Starting on September 1st, 2017 Silvercord Event Photography will be expanding it's local service territories to encompass the Clemson and Columbia, South Carolina areas and the Augusta, Georgia metro region under the operating name Silvercord South Photography.

I have entered a partnership with a longtime and trusted friend to open my second business and could not be happier! Photographer LeAnne Chelchowski will head up our new company and will serve as it's lead photographer and booking agent. Some of you out there who are longtime readers of this blog might be familiar with LeAnne's photography work as well as her custom photo book album design production services. She is an outstanding asset to my team and I am stoked to have her officially take the reins of her own company. Plus, she happens to have been my best friend for over 20 years and there is NO ONE ELSE ON THIS PLANET WHO I WOULD TRUST TO PHOTOGRAPH MY OWN WEDDING if my husband and I ever get around to renewing our vows, haha!

Silvercord South Photography will start accepting booking dates in mid-September of 2017 and will offer the same level of exceptional professional service that my clients here at Silvercord Event Photography have come to expect. LeAnne and I are so grateful for this opportunity to serve clients in this gorgeous part of the country and look forward to working with our happy couples to capture some beautiful memories together.

Keep an eye out for new posts written by LeAnne arriving on this blog next month to take advantage of some exceptional offers coming your way to kick off the debut of Silvercord South Photography.

 

Cheers,

Sally Siko & LeAnne Chelchowski

Silvercord Event Photography & Silvercord South Photography

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Wedding photography at the Oaks at Old Salem http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/wedding-photography-at-the-oaks-at-old-salem Sorry for such a brief post today but I've got to head out for an evening engagement session in a few minutes. That being said I wanted to make sure that I shared this afternoon that I spent photographing a wedding day at the Oaks at Old Salem in Apex, North Carolina. This suburban event venue is an absolute treasure here in the Triangle since it's close to everything, yet still boasts a ton of contemporary country charm. The owner of this gorgeous house was a photographer herself so the walls are thoughtfully painted in a range nice neutral colors that reflect the light off of camera flashes nicely. This is a great thing if your planning on getting married here and especially so if you intend to have the "get- ready" portion of your day photographed.

Check out the slideshow below....

The bride and groom tied the knot under the boughs of a huge oak tree next to the shimmering pond in the backyard. Such a pretty spot to get married!

A bonus unexpected awesome element of this day was the fact that the Groom is a Fireman and his crew surprised him with a visit from his station's antique pump truck. We ended up capturing a hilarious group wedding party photo of everyone piled onto that truck together, haha love it!

After the couple's formal pictures were taken, we headed back up to the house for the reception which was held on the back patio under a huge white event tent.  Although it was a very warm afternoon the couple and their guests had an excellent time together dancing and laughing well into the evening.

What a joy it was to be this couple's photographer, so much fun!

 

If you have any questions about my photography service please contact me anytime!

 

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A walk through the JC Raulston Arboretum in 360 3D, a VR photo tour for Google Cardboard http://sallysiko.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/a-walk-through-the-jc-raulston-arboretum-in-360-3d-a-vr-photo-tour-for-google-cardboard I love visiting the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Cary/Raleigh NC. The weather was absolutely gorgeous this morning to take a stroll through this garden's quiet paths which wind in and out of acres of flowers and trees.

Since it was such a beautiful day, I thought that this might be the perfect time to play around with a neat little application I have that allows me to take 360 3D still photos here at the Arboretum. I am still waiting on my 3D video camera to arrive on my doorstep and am impatient to get out and capture some cool 3D content so this will have to do for the time being, haha!

To view these images as a panorama or experience them as a full 3D image, download the Google Cardboard Camera App available in the App Store for Apple or Google Play.  

Once you've downloaded the Ap, click on these photos and you'll then be able to scroll through them as a 360 panorama or if you have a VR headset that works with your phone ( such as Google Cardboard or any other headset that will allow your phone run the Google Camera App), these images are available to view in full a 360 3D stereo format. 

 

 

I think that I may try and capture a couple of 3D wedding panos this weekend, should be fun!

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