Oh, Goodness Fine Portraits » Winston-Salem Portrait Photographer

Well, only two words work for me right now. Oh, Goodness! How can it be time to say goodbye to this amazing group of seniors that I had the pleasure of working with this year?

Everywhere I go lately, I’m running into them having dinner with their family, shopping for last minute supplies or being recognized before they head out the door. Admittedly, I am a sap and it grips my heart a bit. Maybe it’s because I know as a mom, just how hard it is to say goodbye to your senior/rising freshman. It’s also because I have come to know all of these wonderful kids and their parents this year. I know just how much they will be missed. But on the flip side of that, I know just how much they have to contribute to the colleges they will be attending. Each has a bright future ahead of them and will leave a mark as they learn and grow.

So hats off to the Class of 2016! Thank you for asking me to create portraits of you at this important time in your life. My best wishes travel with you and I anxiously await to hear how you’re settling in and loving the universities you have chosen! Here’s a look at them (in no particular order!)


Grace…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Savanna…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Anne Hayden…Furman University

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Emma…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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McLean…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Melanie…Auburn University
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Payton…The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Quinn…SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design)
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Virginia…The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Kyle…Western Carolina
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Charlie…Dayton University
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Madison…The University of Georgia
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Ashley…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Abbey…Appalachian State University
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Courtney…Roanoke College
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Brittany…High Point University
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Jacob…The University of Alabama in Huntsville
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Marissa…North Carolina State University
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Morgan…Furman University
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Nicholas (Pasquale)…Clemson University
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Sarah…The University of Virginia
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Worth…Clemson University
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Ellie…Wake Forest University
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Graham…Clemson University

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Hunt…Ole’ Miss
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Jackson…Clemson University
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Jared…The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Maggie…The University of South Carolina
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Nathan…North Carolina State University

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That’s a pretty impressive list of schools there! I’m so proud of all of them and what the’ve accomplished…they are outstanding students and great kids. Blessed to have been part of their lives!

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We are so excited to announce a very different portrait session…one with a huge purpose…to benefit Cancer Services.

We are proud to support many of Winston-Salem’s most deserving charities. One of them is Cancer Services located in Winston-Salem. Cancer Services provides just about anything a cancer patient needs, other than medical care. Their purpose is to surround cancer patients with the resources they need to feel knowledgeable about what is happening…they connect folks with the experts. It’s an amazing service and one that several of my friends have utilized and benefitted from.
Connolley framed image copyFor 4 days in August and September, we are donating our time, and that of sought-after make-up artist Colleen Kelly, to create beautiful portraits that feature women. A two hour session that includes hair styling, airbrush makeup and studio portrait time will be gifted to anyone who donates $150 to Cancer Services. You don’t have to be a cancer survivor…this is for anyone who wants to treat themselves or someone they love to a custom portrait session…a day where the recipient will feel like the most special and beautiful person on the planet, while donating to a great cause.

Lindy framed 2On August 26th and 27th and September 15th and 16th, we will create amazing images that celebrate you or the women in your life. From those sessions, gorgeous wall prints, albums, boxed collections and gift prints will be available for purchase. Not sure about this? Imagine having images that really show you at your best. We could do an entire session of just you. Or you could bring your significant other along and showcase your relationship…perhaps for the first time since your wedding! Or invite your mom to come along and we will feature both of you to show your relationship. You might choose to bring your sister or even your children (up to 4 people per session) and we will produce amazing sibling or mother/child portraits (no matter how old your children are.)

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As women and/or moms, often we don’t allow ourselves the privilege of being doted on. This is a day for you. To spoil you, make you look and feel your best and then offer you the chance to have images to hold on to and remember for your entire life. Images that will remind you of who you really are and pieces to share with your children so that they can always know just how beautiful and special their mom is.

This video will give you an idea of the experience you will have at Oh, Goodness – Fine Portraits. It features Lindy and Don. Lindy happens to be a cancer survivor and brought along her husband to celebrate 30 years together. We featured both of them together and then Lindy on her own.

Isn’t it time you spoiled yourself or someone you love? Click here or go to Cancer Services website, click on Donate on their menu and be sure to select the Celebrate Your Life Fundraiser. We will be in touch to schedule your portrait session.


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One time a year, we offer a very special opportunity to save on your senior portraits. If you get in touch with us by September 15 to let us know you want to be on our senior calendar, you will save $300. Yep, you read that right. You will receive your session at NO CHARGE and also a $100 credit towards your portrait order. Your session just needs to be held by next summer! Easy, right?

You can email us at info@ohgoodnessfineportraits.com or call the studio at 336-829-5642. Let us know you saw our senior portrait special and we will set up a consultation to talk about your special day. We will find out exactly what look you want, help you with clothes and begin to plan out your senior session.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and working with you to create images that you will love for years and that showcase this very special time in your life!

  • August 5, 2016 - 4:34 pm

    Cheryl Smith - Would like to schedule a Senior portrait session for Sam sometime in the fall.
    Thanks so much,
    Home 336-924-2879
    Cell 336-575-9411

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It is always such a pleasure to be asked by a family to photograph a second wedding in their family. Such was the case with David and Hannah’s wedding. Just a few short years ago I met Hannah when I photographed the wedding of David’s sister. Back then, she was David’s girlfriend. Since that time, she has become his fiance and today everything was falling into place and she was about to become his beautiful wife. Hannah was clearly meant to be part of David’s family. She is not only beautiful and kind, but her sweet demeanor fits just perfectly with his family. And David’s fun-loving spirit makes him the perfect complement to Hannah’s wonderful family. I think truly, their’s is a relationship that was meant to be! They both have an amazing amount of respect and genuine fondness for each other that is unmistakeable when you are around them.

Their wedding day started at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC. This was the third in a series of crazy-rainy weekends in North Carolina. For three weeks we hardly saw the sun. And although it was raining (pouring actually!) outside, Hannah and David’s sunny dispositions made everyone forget the weather and focus on the love and events at hand.

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When you start with a gorgeous dress like Hannah’s, you know the day is going to be perfect. And those elegant charcoal bridesmaids dresses were to die for. You can see Hannah’s bridal session here! What a classic beauty she is.
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Hannah made sure to tell me about the inscription inside of David’s ring. It is actually her hand writing, reduced to fit inside his band. What an awesome idea!
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Krystal, from The Junction Salon did an amazing job on hair and makeup for Hannah and the mothers.
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The Oaks at Salem Wedding_0113.jpgA few sweet tears are shed as Hannah shared a gift with Alexis, her maid of honor.
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Just a precious and beautiful group of ladies who adore their friend, Hannah.
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Hannah had a first look with both her dad and brother before she headed off to the church. What a wonderful time to take in how beautiful Hannah looked on her wedding day.
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Down on the lower level of the house, David and his buddies had gathered together and were ready to celebrate David’s wedding and stand by his side. Natalie Schram second shot with me on this day and covered the mayhem that always ensues with guys getting ready for a wedding! Seriously, this group of guys were fabulous and had so much fondness for David and Hannah. It’s always a pleasure to see such friendships and support.


David and his sweet little nephew, Aiden had some buddy time. You can tell that Uncle David is more than a little proud of him.


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Time to head over to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, where tons of friends and family were beginning to arrive. Once there, Hannah had a few quiet moments to read a letter from David. I love this tradition and I have to think that years down the road, this letter, filled with expectation and love, will mean so much to both of them. Remembering just how you felt on that special day, and having it captured in words will be so meaningful.

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David is a light-hearted fun guy. I am not sure he expected to be so moved by the sight of his beautiful bride on this day. I was standing fairly close to him and it was very moving to see how filled with emotion and touched he was as he saw her come towards him.

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And they are happily ever after!

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Back to The Oaks for the real celebration. What a beautiful and fun bridal party!

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We took advantage of a brief break in the rain to take Hannah and David outside for a few bride and groom photographs.
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Hannah’s father hand-crafted the wooden boxes that adorned each table and held the centerpieces. Truly, this was a labor of love for his little girl. The gorgeous flowers were created by Tre Bella Florist in Durham. The flowers were light, elegant and a perfect compliment to the design of the entire day.

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Anna Loeffler, a friend of Hannah’s family, designed and created the cake for them. Yum!
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As the bridal party entered, the party got started.
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Love the quiet moments between the bride and her father and the groom and his mother. Both Hannah and David hold very special places in their parents’ hearts..always a tear-jerker for me!
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Music for the night was provided by Joe Bunn from Bunn DJ Company. They always do an amazing job of filling the floor because of their great selection of music. And this night was no exception! These folks were here to party people.
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Hannah and David met at ECU when they were in school there. Their special request was a group photo of their college friends. So awesome that they could be there to support them on this special day!
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Annnnnnd back to the party at hand!
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Hannah’s sorority sisters serenaded the happy couple in their age-old tradition.
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And this was not your ordinary get away car. One of David’s friends owns this vintage pickup truck. Such a perfect touch for a couple that is as real as it gets. They are down-to-earth, sweet and kind. No pretenses. And this suited them to a tee!
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What an incredible evening for Hannah and David celebrating their love and be surrounded by so many family and friends. It was such an honor to be part of their day. I have not a doubt that they will indeed live happily ever after because of their wonderful respect and love for each other and their amazing support system. Much love to you both!

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Jordan and Spencer’s beautiful and intimate wedding took place at Revolution Mills in Greensboro and I was honored to be there with them to share in all of the beauty and love that surrounded them that day. I would love to say that it was as beautiful outside as it was indoors, but alas, that would not be so. This, folks, was the weekend Hurricane Joaquin decided to rear its ugly head. Thankfully, in the end, the forecast of inches and inches of rain and hurricane-force winds on their wedding day did not materialize. But Mother Nature certainly didn’t cooperate in the way that we wish she had. But to Jordan and Spencer’s credit, their spirits were not dampened (get it???) and they reveled in the joy they felt on that day and enjoyed every minute of the love of their friends and family.

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Even now, weeks after the wedding, when I see the images below of Jordan’s lace gown, I am just awe-struck. Such a truly amazing and delicate gown and I think it really set the tone for the day. If you haven’t already seen Jordan’s bridal portraits that I posted just after the wedding, go visit. Her classic and iconic beauty is unmatched. And Oh My, those shoes. What a special touch!

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Before the wedding, Jordan took a few moments to read a lovely note that Spencer had delivered to her. Jordan is one of five girls in her family. I love these images of her sisters, bridesmaids, mom and future mother-in-law sharing in her joy as she read quietly to herself. There were moments of tears and laughter as she read through each carefully written sentence.

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Without a doubt, this is one of my favorite images of these sisters getting Jordan ready. I simply cannot imagine what it would be like to have five girls in the family. The love and laughter that filled that home throughout the years was I’m sure, something to behold. And the bond that they all share has to be one that is unmatched.
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Jordan’s dad gets to take a look at the first of his beautiful girls to walk down the aisle. Big sigh. Only four more to pay for!
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Down below, Spencer and his friends were getting their ducks in a row. My friend, and fellow photographer, Grant Blair, was on hand to work with them and keep them focused…not always an easy job when you are covering the groom! But Spencer was totally elated about this day and was easy to keep on track. I think “smitten” would be the best word to describe him with regards to Jordan. Since the moment I met him, it was quite obvious that he could not wait until this day. He is by far the extrovert in their relationship and hiding his feelings is not something he does well when it comes to Jordan!
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Not being one to relish a lot of attention, Jordan requested that she be allowed to share a first look with Spencer. She wanted to get the anticipation over with and get to share her excitement and feelings with him privately. And for a short time, the rain let up and we were able to go outside. Sweet, tender moments follow as they realize that this day they have planned for is finally here.
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Love these shots below. So sweet.
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Time to get back inside before the guests begin to arrive for the ceremony.
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Love this…to break the ice, the minister asked Jordan and Spencer to turn around and say hi to their guests. What a great way to get everyone to relax and share a laugh!
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Absolute favorite part of the ceremony…when Jordan was saying her vows and she literally broke into tears. The room was a puddle as the emotion of the day just got the best of her.
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Following a wonderful dinner by Visions, Jordan & Spencer just the cake provided by Tart Sweets of Winston-Salem.

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The Best Man and Maid of Honor had some wonderful words to share about the Bride and Groom. Always a fun time as they share stories that may or may not have been ones that the Bride and Groom wanted shared! Good for some laughs!
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First dances with Jordan’s father and Spencer’s mother.
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A moment that everyone wants to document!

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Now it was time to really cut the rug. And this crowd did not disappoint. They let their inner dancer shine!
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What a joy to share in this day with Jordan, Spencer and their families. I’m excited to hear where their futures take them and am so delighted I could be part of this day with them. Wishing you so much happiness!

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