Morgan and Jarrett by Noah Edwards

This was such a special day. It meant the world to me that Morgan and Jarrett would have me take part in this wonderful celebration. I enjoyed every bit of my time with these two and their loved ones. They were surrounded by so many incredible, talented, and kind people on their wedding day. It was truly a joy and an honor to witness the events of this day. 

Camry and Jordan :: Engaged by Noah Edwards

I met Camry and Jordan through mutual friends from our time at Liberty University. We spent the afternoon walking through downtown Lynchburg and explored a few corners of the Old City Cemetery. Towards the end of the shoot we brought Camry's dog, Winnie, in for a few shots. I had so much fun getting to know Camry and Jordan a bit more. I am so excited for them and this next stage in their lives, and look forward to celebrating at their wedding this Spring. 

Joy by Noah Edwards

I re-launched this blog back in the winter as part of my creative goals for 2015. Another one of those goals was to blog on a regular basis. Although in recent months I haven't been as consistent, I am pretty proud of how well I did earlier in the year. 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend time with some friends from church. We discussed the different paths that brought each of us to the church we are a part of and the places we are in life. At some point in the conversation we began talking about Instagram, photography, and blogging. Talking about blogging and photography made me realize how much I missed sharing photos and the stories behind them here on the blog. I know there probably aren't that many people that even read each post, but sharing them is one of the best parts of the process for me. 

When it comes to portraits and weddings, you have an opportunity to capture an array of emotions. Excitement, nerves, fun, and celebration, to name a few. However, i think the emotion that I enjoy capturing the most is pure Joy. Moments of pure joy trump all others and make you forget about the stress, worry, and anxiety that can often accompany the days leading up to a wedding or big event. 

When I see moments like the one with Jennifer below, I am reminded of why I love doing what I get to do. I get to help people remember these moments of anticipation and joy. In this moment, Jennifer was reading a letter and opening a gift that her husband Ryan gave to her just before their ceremony. They didn't want to see each other before the ceremony, so Ryan was standing on the other side of the door. They were both visibly anxious and excited for what was to come in the next few hours, but Ryan kept making Jennifer and everyone else laugh with his signature sense of humor. 

I hope to share more from this day in a post very soon, but for now I just wanted to share this moment. Mainly to remind myself that joy is a gift to be shared. 

Quick Detour to NYC by Noah Edwards

I know what you are thinking. New York City is not a quick detour. You would be right in that statement. However, a couple of months ago I found myself at a friends wedding in central Pennsylvania. I love New York and the thought of being so close to the city and not dropping in seemed wrong. The wedding festivities ended around 2:00 and I quickly got on the road to the city. I ended up driving to a parking garage right off the NJ turnpike and hopped a train into the city. 

It's hard to explain, but the few short hours I spent walking around in one of the world's busiest cities, was so relaxing and refreshing. For me, there is a certain release that comes from walking down a street not knowing a single person. I found myself looking at other people and wondering what their story was. There is an energy to NYC, Manhattan specifically, that is intoxicating. I understand why Taylor Swift is so obsessed. 

After a couple of hours walking around and ducking into a few shops to cool off, I made my way downtown. I stopped by Stumptown Coffee and grabbed a cup of cold brew before heading back to the train station. I got back to my car around 10:00 pm and set out back home to VA. 

Travel tip: Make sure you have plenty of cash for the tolls if you plan to take the interstate in or out of the city. I made the mistake of not getting cash, and I am still receiving little souvenir photos of my car and a fine accompanying them in the mail. 

The craziest part of this adventure is the fact that I was set to volunteer at church the next morning. With traffic and weather, I ended up driving straight through the night and straight to church the next morning. I was supposed to be there to serve at 7:30, and I pulled in at 7:35. Not bad, considering I was commuting from NYC for church that day. 

Here are a few iPhone shots from my short detour to the city. Such a fun and spontaneous experience, and I am ready for another NYC adventure, asap as possible!



Lynchstock 2015 by Noah Edwards

One of the best things about Lynchburg is the people. I was just talking to a friend last night about the different people I have gotten to know over the course of my 7 years in the burg. As a small town guy, from the mountains of NC, I never would have imagined that I would get to know people from literally all over the world. Whether in class, at church, or just a few feet away on your residence hall, the world is right outside your door when you live in the burg. 

There are few moments when you truly get a glimpse of the variety of individuals that call this place home. However, every once in a while an event or environment comes along that showcases the diversity of the people in this area. One of those is called Lynchstock. 

Lynchstock is quickly becoming the premiere music and arts festival in the central Virginia area. I have had the opportunity to attend the past two years and its incredible how much the event has grown in just a short amount of time. Bands, artists, vendors, food trucks, and businesses from all over the area come together to create this unique event experience. The hype for the event this year was off the charts, and it did not disappoint. It was a fun day and I left the event that evening completely exhausted. I am excited for the future of this event and look forward to seeing it continue to grow.