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April 29, 2013

Thanks for visiting! We’re now located over here at our new site: Grain & Compass. We’re offering videography in addition to our photography and we’re really excited to see where our new brand will take us. Feel free to contact us if you’d like to know more about booking a photo or video session, or you can shoot us an email: hello[at]grainandcompass[dot]com  We look forward to hearing from you!



February 19, 2013

We are so very pleased to announce that we’ll be launching our new website on Thursday, February 28th! That’s only 9 days away! We’ve been hard at work building our new site, and more importantly building our new brand. We’ve already been so overwhelmed with the love and support you’ve all shown us as we’ve been a little MIA here on the ol’ blog, but working hard behind the scenes. Throughout this whole process, it’s been very exciting for Tim and I to consider who we are as artists, what we want this extension of ourselves – Grain & Compass – to be, what sort of stories we want to tell, and why.

Here’s a little something I wrote for our new Facebook page – it describes much of what we’ve been thinking through and dreaming about.

At the depth of our being, we are relational. We want to know you, to hear your story, and to retell it in a beautifully honest way through our photos and video. We don’t take photos simply with the intention of making a beautiful image. Instead we strive to capture who you truly are, honestly and without pretention. We want to know you and for you to know us. It is through that process that we hope you become comfortable enough in front of the camera for us to capture your personality in an authentic way. The best photos are captured when you let go and allow yourself to be you.

In case you’re not terribly active on Facebook, you should know that in celebration of launching our new site, we’re hosting a little giveaway over there! Head on over and cast your vote by “liking” our new page AND “liking” your favorite photograph in this gallery. The couple with the most votes at midnight on Wednesday, February 27th is going to win a lovely little album ($450 value) from their session or wedding!

Speaking of weddings, our dates are filling up for this year! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to know more about what we offer in the way of photography and videography! We’re so stoked about all the couples we’ll be working with this year and can’t wait to share their stories with you.

January 3, 2013

This past year has been full of travel, family, learning, growing, and challenges. We’re so grateful for everyone who has supported and encouraged us through our transition of moving back to North Carolina from Seattle and establishing our photography business back here. We are also so thankful for the opportunity we had to travel to Bolivia to provide professional photographs and video for the non-profit Mosoj Yan. We’re thrilled as we look forward at the year ahead and dream of where our new endeavor Grain & Compass might take us! We’re glad you’re alongside us for this adventure!

2012 looked like this:

– Settle into our new jobs and home in North Carolina

– Adopt two puppies – Watson and Bentley

– Visit Tim’s family in Maryland

– Spend time with Asharae’s family here in North Carolina

– Celebrate with Lauren and Andrew in St. Louis

Prep for Paige’s (Asharae’s best friend‘s) wedding which Tim photographed nearly single-handedly

– Celebrate with Paige and Khang here in North Carolina

– Attend Tim’s younger brother Ben’s graduation in Indiana

– Asharae chopped all her hair off

– Celebrate with Courtney and Ryan in Ohio

– Attend Asharae’s younger brother Christian’s graduation in Chicago

– Photograph lots of amazing people

– Travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia with our friend Emily to see where Tim grew up and to work with Mosoj Yan

– Fight with our insurance company over stolen gear and such (State Farm is not being a good neighbor.)

– Celebrate with Tim’s brother Richard and new wife Lindsey in Ohio

– Photograph more amazing people

– Travel to Hilton Head, Blowing Rock, Morrow Mountain, The House in the Horseshoe, Raleigh, and other places for photo shoots and weekends with friends

– Complete a fun personal project I’ve been yearning to do

– Do the videography for our very first wedding – see the sneak peek here

– Visit family over the holidays and take the puppies on their first road trip

– Filling up our wedding weekends for next year – contact us if you’d like more information about our photography and videography!

Rebrand Asharae Marie Photography to include Videography services under our new identity Grain & Compass (coming very soon!!)


Enjoy a little review of 2012 via a few of our favorite photos and videos.

December 13, 2012

We have been on a long journey this past year as we’ve been brainstorming and reworking Asharae Marie Photography. Since the beginning of our business, we’ve desired to create honest, beautiful images that will be cherished and passed down for years to come. Asharae Marie has been our baby for the last three years and it has allowed us to travel to amazing places and document beautiful stories. We are so excited that our current business has provided us a springboard to delve into the world of videography in addition to our photography. With this new exploration, and our desire for a name that opens the door for videography ventures, we’ve created Grain & Compass.

We wanted a name with depth – one that is beautiful on the surface and beautiful when you dig into the meaning behind it. Here are the thoughts behind our new name. We’d love to hear what you think!

The words Grain and Compass each serve as symbols of what we hope our photography and videography work to be.

Grain comes from the imagery of wood grain in the cross-section of a tree. Each of the rings in the grain represents a year in time, and each ring tells the story of that year – did the area experience heavy rainfall, a drought, a fire? The grain retells that tree’s story. In the same way that a tree marks certain events and the passage of time through its wood grain, we desire to mark certain events with a photograph and the passage of time through video.

A compass is honest. It always points north, and it directs you on your path. In the same way, we desire our work to be honest and authentic. We choose to not over-process our photos and video for a reason. We want to tell your story as it actually happened, rather than create a false reality. We hope that in difficult times, you’re able to reflect on the photos and video of your wedding day, for example, and remember the celebration, the commitment, and the joy. In those times we hope our work goes beyond a simple photo or video – we hope it serves as a compass, showing you which way is “north” and directing you back to the truth.

We’re thrilled to be able to share a little preview of our new brand! Here’s our logo designed by the incredibly talented Matt Daniels! Check out his other work here.

In the next month we’ll be shifting from Asharae Marie Photography to Grain & Compass. We’re excited to have you alongside us for this journey!

For now you can check out our temporary site: Grain & Compass

Like our new Facebook page!

Follow us on Twitter!

Follow us on Instagram: grainandcompass

November 6, 2012

Before Asharae and I met with Lindsey, Michael, and Stella on beautiful Hilton Head, we thought it would be really special for them if we took some video during our time together.  Lucky for us, they agreed to our plan and we were able to photograph and film their baby girl’s first time at the beach. We love capturing people and showing who they are in an authentic, honest way.  Photographs capture a moment and freeze it forever – that is one of the reasons we love to take pictures.  A lot of responsibility comes with capturing something that won’t change.  There is also something that is so freeing and magical about being able to look back and know exactly what your face was like when you first saw your bride-to-be walking down the aisle.  Pictures help refresh and sometimes form our memories.  With a picture you can sit and dwell on a moment.  As photographers, we don’t want to just take pictures; we want to help you remember the emotions and details of those important times in your life.

Video not only allows you to revisit those important moments, but to see them in motion.  Pictures will always be worth a thousand words, but to be able to see motion brings a different kind of appreciation that pictures can’t capture.  Both are very special in their own way, but it’s the little moments like seeing Stella’s tiny toes curl and flex as she tries to stand up that have a different life to them as they move.

It was a joy to capture the movements of baby Stella that morning on Hilton Head.  It was equally joyful to capture the pure love that Lindsey and Michael have for their daughter.  It is in times like those that we really love the opportunity to be with people and capture them, whether that is with pictures or with video. We believe that amongst the seemingly mundane aspects of life, capturing pictures and video creates a sense of joy and appreciation for those easily “forgettable” moments.  They allow us to remember, reflect, and be grateful for who we are and what we have, not on who we “should” be or what we wish we had.

We are really looking forward to our new brand and can’t wait to capture your life moments with pictures and video. Contact us today if you’re interested in booking us to do photography and/or video for a lifestyle session or a wedding! We can’t wait to hear from you!