Last month, Burton Photography  held its 12th annual Portraits on the Parkway mini-session event.  It was a week full of high energy, smiles, old friends, new friends and lots of  beautiful portraits!  A portion of the proceeds is donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.  The Moses Cone Estate and Flat Top Manor are undergoing necessary maintenance and restoration and are in need of funds.  We love walking the miles of carriage trails and we have many favorite portrait locations on the estate and are happy to host this event each year.

Jonathan and I love to create portraits of children of ALL ages but this event is geared specifically towards school aged kids 5-18 years old.  With only 10 minutes to create an amazing portrait, we have to work very quickly with children mature enough to follow directions quickly and easily separate from their parents.  We LOVE to have more time…choice of location…perfect time of day. All of those are possible with a full length portrait session where we have the opportunity to be really thoughtful and creative.  All that said, we are always so excited to shoot almost 50 sessions over the course of several afternoons/evenings.  It is exhilarating!!!

Here are some highlights from our Portraits on the Parkway 2017:


Cinemagraph Senior Portrait

July 27th, 2016

Cinemagraph Senior Portrait – An exciting addition to the beautiful portraits we create for our high school seniors is the ultra cool CINEMAGRAPH.  A cinemagraph is an amazing combination of still and moving images that is sure to get some love on your social media.

Portraits on the Parkway

June 19th, 2016

Portraits on the Parkway is three days of whirlwind fun full of old friends, new friends, and lots and lots of beautiful smiles.  We just finished our 11th annual PPW and look forward to many to come.  PPW sessions are for kids ages 5-18 and are a lightening fast 10 minutes each.  The event is fast-paced excitement from start to finish.  Here are some highlights from our finished proofs.  We love Portraits on the Parkway!!!

Blowing Rock, NC Portrait – Burton Photography…
We enjoyed creating this portrait of such a talented young man and loved hearing George play his guitar during the session!!! This portrait was created on the grounds of the Moses Cone Estate near Blowing Rock, NC. We are fortunate to live and work in such an amazingly beautiful corner of the world!

Burton Photography – The Farm, Asheville, NC
We photographed a gorgeous fall wedding for a fellow professional photographer’s daughter. The only thing more stunning than the incredible scenery was the beautiful bride.
I love the moments right before the ceremony when the bride and her father are preparing to walk down the aisle together and walk into a new stage of their relationship. It is often a tender, quiet time to reflect on what they mean to one another and the significance of having a special father/daughter relationship.
We were very honored to photography this wedding for Manny Cruz of Cruz Portrait. Design. His studio is located in Bradenton, Florida.

Burton Photography, Eseeola Wedding… Sometimes, it DOES rain on a wedding day here in the High Country. But that doesn’t mean that beautiful wedding day photography isn’t possible. In fact, with inclement weather, we can often get very creative, unique images. So while I know a bride isn’t wishing for her beautiful venue to go to weather “plan B”, we can still create gorgeous images – especially if the bride and groom have a spirit of adventure like Anne and Josh! Elizabeth Hempfling of Events by Elizabeth Ashley held everything together seamlessly and the folks at Eseeola are just fantastic to work with.
Burton Photography, Eseeola Wedding, Linville NC Wedding

Burton Photography, Blue Ridge Parway Portraits… We met Thad and Amy with their new additon, fur baby MAX, for family portraits at Doughton Park. The scenery was spectacular and provided a beautiful backdrop for creating memories that will last a lifetime. We love including pets in our family portraits becuase not only are dogs a man’s best friend, they help define a time period in our lives.

Burton Photography, Blue Ridge Parkway Portraits

Burton Photography, Blowing Rock portraits… My sweet grandbaby (also known as my favorite portrait subject) came to the High Country for a visit. She had a wonderful time throwing rocks into the stream at Price Park. She could have done it over and over again – for hours! The light was beautiful underneath the trees. We had a wonderful time creating these candid portaits of her. So sweet!
Burton Photography, Winston-Salem Portraits

Burton Photography Wedding – The Cliffs at Glassy Chapel…The beautiful Glassy Mountain Chapel is located in the Cliffs at Glassy in Landrum, South Carolina. The views are specacular! Elizabeth and Stuart saw to every detail of their AMAZING wedding. Every bit as stunning as the ceremony site, Hotel Domestique was the setting for the lovely, yummy, relaxed, sophisticated reception. Just BEAUTIFUL!

Burton Photography images win awards! Every year something amazing happens in Raleigh, NC. It’s Carolina Photo Expo which is an annual event sponsored by the Professional Photographers of North Carolina. We enjoyed several jam packed days of inspiring instruction and wonderful fellowship with our pro photog friends who are like family to us. There are some really exciting things on the horizon coming to our studio as a result. Here are our 8 merited images and a list of awards that they were given at the ceremony last night:


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