Golden hour at Lake Norman

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing two vivacious young sisters at Lake Norman and it was by far my most favorite session to date. I loved it so much that I was inspired to take up blogging once and for all just to show off their gorgeous images.

When I headed to the lake that day I had no idea that I'd end up stuck in traffic for almost 3 hours or arrive at the location with no time to spare. I left my reflector in the car and quickly made my way to the beach in time to see the sun sinking low in the sky filling the scene with breathtaking orange light. I quickly adjusted my camera settings and began shooting and continued until sun down which was only around 40min from the moment I'd arrived. 

This was one of those rare perfect times when I remembered why I love my career. Knee deep in the lake, barefoot and in jeans I was shooting from my soul, feeling the joy that the girls radiated and noticing the simple perfect way that the last light of day told the story of the moment. 

(All images were shot using the Canon 5D Mark III and the Sigma 35 1.4 Art lens. All images are copyrighted by A. McHenry Photography LLC.)

Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows
— Helen Keller
A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life.
— Isadora James

The bond that these two sisters share touched my heart as joy and warmth surrounded us even as the early autumn air began to chill. I watched through the lens as the sun slipped lower taking with it the orange light and lending cool blue tones to the imagery until with one last breath the sky was painted orange again, a beautiful goodbye. 

A sister by blood, A friend by choice
— Unknown
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