Abriel + Kolter (and their four little ones!) | Raleigh, NC Photographer

Dave and I were out of town most of the weekend last weekend but returned just in time for a shoot in downtown Raleigh on  Sunday evening. I had received an email from Abriel a little over a month ago requesting to schedule a shoot for Abriel and her husband, Kolter, and she wanted to include their four dogs. Yes, FOUR DOGS!! 🙂 Dave and I waited for them to arrive that afternoon, and every time we would see someone with a dog, we would say nope… just two dogs…. nope…. just a lady and her dog. Finally we counted 1…..2…..3….4, and then we realized that the four adorable pups were accompanied by their GORGEOUS parents! Abriel and Kolter were made to be in front of a camera and they looked like they just stepped out of a magazine!! My photographer heart started to pitter patter because I knew it was going to be a great shoot!!! 🙂

Abriel and Kolter met when they were in high school and married when they were really young. When I asked them how they met, Kolter told me that they went to different schools and that his best friend was trying to hook her up with another one of his friends when they met. I told him that that didn’t sound like a very good best friend if he was trying to hook Abriel up with someone else! 🙂 They have been married for over five years now and Abriel told me that they are very much still “boyfriend and girlfriend”. I could tell what she was talking about when they interacted because they still have that young and fresh kind of love after even 7 years of being together!  It was so nice to see! Because they were married so young, they decided that they would first grow their family with puppies and wait a while on having kids of their own. Abriel sent me an email about “the kids” before the shoot and I absolutely adored how she described each of their own personalities! This is what she had to say about them…

“Bailor, who is the oldest, (7), is a shitzu/pekingese mix. We bought him after we had been dating about  3 months. So we’ve had him for quite awhile. He’s very calm, and sweet. Then after being married for about 3 months, we got “Truffles”, a yorkipoo with a witty and charming personality. She’s 5, and is extremely dainty and sophisticated. She’s extremely smart, and gentle-hearted. Truman, our 5 year old bichon frise, is the biggest of the bunch, and probably has the biggest “heart” as well. He’s a love, and a teddy bear! Then, last but not least, our new little addition: “Little Lamb”, who we call “L” for short, is a 4 month old precious Maltipoo. She is absolutely beautiful, and has a face that makes everyone melt.”

How cute is that?! She is one proud Mama! 🙂 I couldn’t have described them any better because they were all WAY too cute!

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I TOLD YOU! They are GORGEOUS!

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Abriel & Kolter, thank  you so much for allowing me to photograph you two and your family! To say it was a pleasure would be an understatement! I hope you like your images!

AND BY THE WAY……. Does anyone else think that they look like a grown up and sophisticated Kevin & Winnie off of the Wonder Years???

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  • Summer - April 18, 2010 - 11:48 am

    Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures, fantastic sun flare and kick ass shoes! Success!!

  • Kia Gregory - April 18, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Worked it! At first I thought, that couple is too young to have four little ones and sure enough they had fur little fur babies! Love it! The shot with the long shadow is awesome. Very fun!

  • Nichole Burnett - April 18, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    Gorgeous couple and gorgeous shots! You are so amazingly talented!

  • Jeanine - April 18, 2010 - 1:30 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, wow! Tara you did a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Love every single image so very much!!!

  • Hollie - April 18, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    these are so amazing, Tara. you’ve come a long way since having to photograph your hungover brother… haha 🙂

  • Catherine - April 18, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    These are stunning Tara! I love everything about them! What a gorgeous family.

  • Michelle Dixon - April 18, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    these are absolutely fantastic! gorgeous work!!!

  • kelly klatt - April 18, 2010 - 3:00 pm

    Dang-they do look like the adult Winnie and Kevin-only BETTER! Gosh, these are awesome! I love how your worked with the sun 🙂

  • Michelle Johnston - April 18, 2010 - 3:21 pm

    Absolutely stunning work
    and such a beautiful couple to photograph!

  • Jules - April 18, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    amazing light … loving the sunflare!!! gorgeous! love the pp on these!

  • Crissie Fields - April 18, 2010 - 5:36 pm

    OH MY GOSH TARA! I want to be these people… These are incredible! I felt like I knew their story just from viewing the photos because you captured their personalities so well! WOW! Too much fun and yes, you definitely lucked out on finding some super amazingly beautiful clients! xoxo

  • Sarah Wilkerson - April 18, 2010 - 8:12 pm

    Gorgeous couple + gorgeous photos!! You’re amazing!

  • Kelli - April 18, 2010 - 8:34 pm

    These people are beautiful! And I love these photos, they are perfect. They are so lucky to have you.

  • Jasmine Johnson - April 19, 2010 - 2:00 am

    These are stunning Tara! What a fun, beautiful couple to photograph. You have an amazing eye for light and location 🙂

  • tamsen donker - April 19, 2010 - 2:10 pm

    wow, incredible shots and gorgeous couple 🙂
    i just love your style!

  • Jen - April 20, 2010 - 7:39 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful!! I am in love with your style and processing 🙂 Great work!!

  • Rae - April 21, 2010 - 11:10 pm

    Amazing captures! Each image is stunning!

  • Heidi Marie - April 22, 2010 - 6:11 am

    These are beautiful!!! So much variety! Love your work!!! Yes they do look like Winnie and Kevin!

  • Sari - April 27, 2010 - 9:52 pm

    Tara, these are AMAZING!!! I have NO idea how they will ever pick!! Gorgeous work!

  • Darlene - May 15, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Fabulous shoot – the light is gorgeous and love the sun flares!

  • Carrie T - May 23, 2010 - 3:04 am

    Tried to post before and my computer spazzed….but….LOVE THIS SHOOT! Incredible pics 🙂

  • morgan - May 30, 2010 - 8:19 pm

    beautiful! I love these images.

  • logan - June 9, 2010 - 1:25 am

    Wow! You have some amazing images in here. Great job!

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