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!
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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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Encaustic Portrait

July 9th, 2015

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium is melted and applied with a brush. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships. There has been a revival of the use of encaustic in the 20th and 21st centuries.

My encasutic portrait collages are made from a portrait printed on 100% cotton rag art paper, acid free archival printed papers, preserved elements from nature, found and decorative items, etc, fused together with encaustic medium. I was introduced to this technique by extraordinary Fine Art Photographer, Jennifer Thoreson.

Encaustic portraits are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving an encaustic collage in a car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustics tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your collage appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.

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Celebrating the special milestone of the first birthday with the creation of a One Year Portrait is a wonderful way to not only create a lasting memory, but also a family heriloom. This Winston-Salen, NC portrait was created in late December – a perfect opportunity for our subject to wear this classic coat and hat set. Beautiful!
Blowing Rock, NC Wedding

Jonathan created “Front and Center” this past February near Todd, NC. Even the harshest winters have amazing moments!
Burton Photography, Jefferson NC wedding

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