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Early Mother’s Day

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I know it’s early to celebrate Mother’s day, but today my sister became a Grandma!  That makes me a Great Aunt.  I don’t feel old enough for that kind of title.

Today I want to celebrate life, birth, babies, Moms, and Grandmas.  Here’s too the joy and privilege of being a mother.

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Crest Center Asheville

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It’s high on a hilltop, yet so close to downtown Asheville.  Crest Center is such a great place for a wedding.  Here are a few photographs from early Spring by Luxe House Photographic.

Garments:  Brooke Priddy, Ship to shore Shop,   http://shiptoshoreshop.com/

Floral Design:  Jessica Gregory, Aria Floral.  http://blueridgeflowers.com/

Hair:  Danielle Travers West one salon http://www.westonesalon.com/

Make up: Zack Russell at Make up at Grove Arcade http://www.makeupatga.com/

Location http://thecrestcenter.com/

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Mother’s Day Mini Sessions

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It’s Spring and Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! In honor of Asheville’s Mothers (past, present, and future…and let’s not forget Mother Earth!) Rene Treece Roberts (Luxe House Photography) and Jesse Kitt  (Jesse Kitt Photography) are offering Mother’s Day *mini* portrait sessions on two separate days! Jesse Kitt Photography will be shooting on April 29th and Luxe House Photography will be shooting on May 5th.  Not only is this an opportunity for you to get those Spring photos of your little ones, that incredible family portrait that you have been wanting, it is a chance for us ALL to give back to this community that we SO love!

 Each session will take place in a beautiful natural setting that has YET TO BE ANNOUNCED will be 20 minutes long, and can include up to 5 family members.  You will receive the hi res files with unlimited printing rights for only $150.00! And get this! Rene and Jesse will donate %50 of all proceeds to a LOCAL children’s charity Rainbow in my Tummy! (http://www.rainbowinmytummy.com/) Yay! We win by getting to be a part of it all,  Asheville’s kid’s tummy’s win, and of course you and your family wins with those incredibly special images for you to keep FOREVER!

  Space is limited so to secure your spot you will need to contact Rene or Jesse (depending on your day of choice) and a $100 deposit will be required. The balance will be due by the day of your mini session. Please share with your neighbor and spread the love!!!  We look forward to celebrating Mother’s with you!

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From the Grove Park Inn to the Rockhouse Vineyards

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Luxe House Photographic had the privilege of photographing the elopement of Charlene and Alex last week.  I was welcomed with a quick mountain thunderstorm as I arrived at the grand  Grove Park Inn. While the couple finished their last details of getting ready, the skies cleared and painted themselves a beautiful blue.  After a lovely walk and portrait session around the grounds, we headed south.   More thunderstorms, road closures, and detours did not stop this sweet couple from their long awaited ceremony.  To our great delight we arrived at the Rockhouse Vineyards, a small family winery nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Among the grapevines and mountains they said their “I dos” and then naturally….enjoyed some locally crafted wine!!

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Still peeking…

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At the early spring shoot, throughout the hills of Asheville and surrounding mountain, streams and hilltops….Indie Bridal brought to you by Asheville’s finest wedding magic makers.

Photography: René Roberts, Luxe House Photographic http://www.luxehousephotographic.com/

Garments:  Brooke Priddy, Ship to shore Shop,   http://shiptoshoreshop.com/

Floral Design:  Jessica Gregory, Aria Floral.  http://blueridgeflowers.com/

Tiny cakes:  Jodie Rohden, Short Street Cakes.  http://shortstreetcakes.com/

Jewelry:  Gabriella’s Handmade Jewelry Designs, 68 college Street Asheville, NC

Décor:  Sara Legatski, 86 Lexington Asheville, NC

Hair:  Danielle Travers West one salon http://www.westonesalon.com/

Make up: Zack Russell at Make up at Grove Arcade http://www.makeupatga.com

Location:  Hidden River http://hiddenriverevents.com/

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Sneak Peek

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Coming soon, Photographs from our early Spring bridal shoot…..

Photography: René Treece Roberts, http://www.luxehousephotographic.com/

Garments:  Brooke Priddy, Ship to shore Shop,   http://shiptoshoreshop.com/

Floral Design:  Jessica Gregory, Aria Floral.  http://blueridgeflowers.com/

Hair:  Danielle Travers West one salon http://www.westonesalon.com/

Make up: Zack Russell at Make up at Grove Arcade http://www.makeupatga.com/

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DIY Asheville favorite!

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Megan and Chris got married last October on a beautiful autumn day. They had almost 400 guests for a big family, non-traditional party with a rustic BBQ, homegrown flowers and colourful pom pom decor. They borrowed, grew their own, asked people to pitch in and did things differently but they had an amazing first weekend as husband and wife… and that’s what weddings should be about  – the love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Megan, The Bride:
Chris and I met in college and formed a tight connection very quickly. I knew he was the one for me and so when he asked my to marry him in July of 2008, it was a confident “yes”! We were in no real hurry to make it official and wanted to make sure the time was convenient for the bulk of our family and friends. October 2011 ended up being that time and it made for such a beautiful autumn Asheville wedding. I began planning our hitchin’ about 6 months before the big day and it was a lot of work to throw a party for our 450 invitees – but so much fun!
I researched potential wedding sites and then local dressmakers, cake bakers, party suppliers and more. It was very important for us to source as many local folks as possible – we met here and our lives together have flourished in these mountains. We wanted folks to get a little taste of Asheville when they came for the wedding weekend – and they did!
We decided upon a weekend-long celebration to take place at the Swannanoa4H Center and we able to provide rustic lodging for the majority of our out-of-town guests. Our friends and families put in lots of hard work at the camp and transformed the grounds and buildings into a welcoming, rustic-elegant setting for the ceremony and celebration.
We saved money on rentals and linens because tables, chairs and benches came with the rental of the 4H Center and we borrowed tablecloths from my husband’s work.  To decorate, we bought buckets of flowers from local farmer’s markets, cut huge bouquets of herbs and sunflowers from friend’s gardens and gathered wild grapevine and bittersweet. A good friend constructed the grapevine arch and made the batik the was behind us at the alter.
To make the boutonnieres, I used herbs and flowers from our garden and tail feathers from the roosters we harvested in the spring. The groomsmen wore their own duds and the groom put his suit together from various sources – all wore suspenders from an online source.The bridal party wore headpieces ordered from Etsy.com and my dress was altered by R.Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore Asheville.
The cake was baked by Short Street Cakes and and BBQ main courses were catered by Okie Dokie’s BBQ and the Warren Wilson College cafeteria. In-town guests brought potluck dishes and we provided kegs from Highland Brewing and other beverages.
It was a whirlwind of a weekend but it was so incredible – we felt so loved and so in love. Our wedding was exactly what we had hoped it would be – a huge (about 360 guests in the end), kid-friendly, non-traditional gathering of the people that we love – all having a great time!

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Top 10 reasons to hire a professional wedding photographer

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Why Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer?

Let’s face it. Weddings can get pretty expensive, and especially so considering today’s tough economy. So if you’re getting married, it’s likely that you’re looking for any way to save money. And one of those ways some couples consider saving money is to have a friend or family member photograph their wedding instead of a professional wedding photographer. Heck, digital cameras are everywhere nowadays, and everyone is a photographer. But is this a good idea? Well, you are the only one who can decide upon that answer, but here are a few of the reasons why we believe that you should leave your wedding photography to a professional wedding photographer.

Our Top Ten Reasons To Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer.

Reason #1 – Experience: During a wedding day, many of the most important moments only happen once – like the exchange of the rings, the first kiss and first dance. And one of the main benefits you receive by hiring a professional wedding photographer is having their photography experience behind you to make sure that you will be able to show these moments to your grandkids. These are not events that will happen again, or get replayed, so it is important to have a photographer there you can trust to document the shot – on the first try.

Reason #2 – Knows The Shots To Make: There are tons of photographs to make during the course of wedding day celebration, with some being more important than others. A professional wedding photographer will know those shots by heart (rather than having to look at a list) and ensure that all the important moments of the day are documented for you. This skill takes a while to develop and can’t be taught overnight, so if it’s the first time your photographer has shot a wedding, the photographer will likely miss a bunch of key shots.

Reason #3 – Ability to Anticipate and Catch Split-Second Action: This somewhat goes hand-in-hand with the previous reason, but goes a step farther. Not only will a professional wedding photographer know the shots that need to be captured, but the professional wedding photographer will be able to anticipate the action, and put themselves in the correct location for the best angle. Though weddings don’t move as fast as sporting events, they do move quickly and the photographer needs to be observant, ready, in the right place – with the right lens on at any given time. If any of these things are missing, your shot will be missing too.

Reason #4 – Posing & Coaching Skills: To shoot great portraits of couple’s, the photographer needs to have practiced it many times. If you have ever had an inexperienced photographer take your picture, you probably felt stiff and not knowing what to do, likely because you didn’t receive much coaching. The inexperienced photographer may have been too overwhelmed with operating the buttons on the camera to make sure you were positioned in the most flattering way.

Reason #5 – Lighting Skills: Advanced lighting skills are critically important to good wedding photographs. That’s because many of the venues where couples get ready or hold their receptions are very dimly lit, often times to create a special atmosphere. A professional will have the skills to shoot in even the darkest of light, where an amateur may struggle to get a usable frame or something in focus.

Reason #6 – Organization of Group Photos: This is an area where a professional wedding photographer can add value to your wedding photographs. These are important photos for many couples since weddings are often the only time the entire family gets together in one location. It can be very hard to successfully organize and arrange a large group of people if you haven’t done it before. Can you see everyone’s face? Are all the people there? And is the arrangement orderly and well constructed? And what about the people who have started drinking already and are feeling a little tipsy, distracted and are not following directions?

Reason #7 – Familiarity With Wedding Etiquette: During a wedding day, there are some things that a photographer just shouldn’t do, like walk right in front of the main aisle during the ceremony. Faux-paus like this won’t ruin your wedding, but they can raise your tension on an emotional day. A professional wedding photographer knows the “does and don’ts” throughout the day, and can make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Reason #8 – Post Processing and Editing Skills: After a wedding, it is common to come home with hundreds of images to import, sort, edit and then export. It takes a significant amount of time to do this, and a professional wedding photographer has a process for dealing with this many images at one time. Also, the professional wedding photographer is skilled in editing, and can make photos look their best in the digital darkroom from RAW image data, at the same time, making sure all the files are backed up in multiple locations so your wedding memories are safe and sound.

Reason #9– Equipment: Nowadays, everyone has a camera. Even cameras with really high “mega-pixels” as is the buzzword for most consumer grade products. And most cameras capture nice pictures given the right lighting situation, or when people are standing totally still. But what if the light isn’t good? Or what if the people are dancing? Rather, professionals worry about things like autofocus abilities, ISO levels and noise capabilities. These are some of the factors that allow us to catch sharp photos, in very dark places, even without a flash (which isn’t allowed in many churches). In addition, there are big differences between consumer and pro lenses. While they look nearly identical, pro level lenses often let in 8 to 16 times more light than consumer zoom lenses. And that can be the difference between getting sharp, bright photos – compared to dark, blurry ones.

Reason #10 – Access To Pro Level Photo Labs and Album Companies: There is a huge difference in the quality of the photo books and albums a professional wedding photographer will have access to in order to showcase your wedding photos compared to a consumer. Nearly all of the premium album and print companies reserve their services to a professional wedding photographer, leaving amateurs with more automated, and less premium, albums and photo books.

I read this post by Blue Wave Photo and just had to pass it on.

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Welcome to my new website!

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René Treece Photography

Is Now

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Thank you for visiting my blog.

 As many of you know, I am now René Roberts, wonderfully married and mother to an incredible little girl.

 I stll combine fine art, documentary, and candid photography with portraiture.

I work hard to speak a visual language through our images that is one of a kind, elegant, creative, unique, beautiful, emotive, fun, meaningful, magical, celebratory, colorful, relaxed, and timeless.

I hope to provide you enjoyment and inspiration through my images.

René

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Why not mix wedding photography with family vacation?  Having two weddings to photograph at the Mountain Magnolia Inn in two days back to back, I decided to bring my family and stay two nights at the beautiful Broadwing Farm in Hot Springs, NC.  We did all sorts of fun things like going out to eat at the Iron Horse, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, riding back roads through Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests, dipping our toes at paint creek, spotting great blue herons, hanging out with our friends, soaking in the mineral bath hot springs, and best of all, just relaxing at our sweet cabin.baby with flowerbroad wing farm view

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Wedding at the Mountain Magnolia Inn

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One of my favorite weddings this season!!  More photos can be seen in the gallery here:

Thanks and Credit to:

Photography: Luxe House Photographic w/ Rene’ Roberts and 2nd shooter Mike Belleme
Venue: Mountain Magnolia Inn
Food: Mountain Magnolia Inn
Cake: Joan Wussow
Flowers, programs & all decorations: Kara Nash Designs
Tent etc: Classic Event Rentals