Hello! My name is Mina, I am a wedding photographer, storyteller, wife, dog lover, book reader, board game enthusiast, and too-sugary-coffee-drinker in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.
Most days you can find me working out of my little home office with a dog or two curled up near my feet - editing photos, curating galleries, designing albums, and putting together keepsake boxes! And if I'm not shooting or editing - you'll find me spending time with my wonderful little family - or getting together with friends and clients for drinks or dinner in this wonderful city I'm so glad to call home.
Photography has been my passion since I was very young, when my parents sweetly waited for me to take pictures of absolutely everything, literally everywhere. I love love itself, and seek to create luminous, beautiful images that tell the story of yours. I would love to get to know you and your sweetheart and help capture what is unique and lovely about your love. I look forward to meeting you!
Photo by Michelle Lange Photography
My husband, Fabian - my high school sweetheart, and the love of my life. We met when I transferred into his high school in junior year, and have been inseparable ever since. Our first date was to the homecoming dance, and exactly six years later - we married on his family farm in the rolling hills of Virginia. I am beyond lucky to have this wonderful man as my best friend and partner in everything. We laugh, travel, rock climb, play with our dogs, try new recipes, DIY, and dream together. He's my favorite person, and the wind beneath my wings. Plus, his handsome eyes crinkle up at the corners when he smiles and it melts my heart every time.
Photo by Michelle Mock Photography
Our pups - Raj, Rift, and whoever our current foster is. We found Raj, a fluffy black and caramel colored mutt (we think Golden Retriever, Chow, and Rottweiler) a few months before we got married. He's a deer-chasing, hard cuddling, obstinate little sweetheart who likes to pretend he doesn't need anyone but then mushes into your side when you're on the couch. Rift is a sweet little pit-mix as adorable as she is neurotic - equal parts scared of everything and full of love for the people she trusts. We started fostering dogs a little while ago, and it is one of my favorite things we do. You'll find whoever our third pup is at a given time playing with Rift while Raj suns in the yard.
I love heirlooms, I always have. Beautiful, cherished keepsakes that invoke a sense of history, love, and beauty. I have an old steamer trunk in my office in which I keep all my heirlooms and personal artifacts - the first letters Fabian ever wrote me, cards from my brother when I was away at college, little mementos from travels (my favorite is a little porcelain statue I bought in France while studying abroad), my childhood stuffed animals and, of course, my most beloved photographs. Photographs from when I married Fabian on his family farm, that take me back to the excitement, the kiss, the misty air after the rain. Portraits from our travels overseas, taken with sweet photographer friends in our first big adventure together as a couple - that conjure up the feeling of exploring new cities, enjoying little cafes, and looking at one another across a delicious meal, talking about anything and everything. The first pictures of us in high school (we look like such kids!), and at college graduation. Photographs of our dogs and all the dogs we've fostered (I can feel their wet noses on my cheek, and see them playing in our yard). Portraits of our parents, our siblings, all warm cheeked and happy at various family celebrations.
Photography is preservation, the beautiful frames holding memory and emotion for you to keep close and enjoy throughout the rest of your life. So that even on the rainy days you can have sun - so that when a loved one is gone, you can revisit the details of their face and remember their laugh - so that even on the days that you've argued, or marriage feels tough - you can be reminded of what you love about each other and yourselves, and see all the joy that is there to run back to. It's an emotional connection to moments past, and to every self you've been. It's emotional transportation, and warm remembrance. I believe this is what I hold most dear about photography, and the depth of what I love about creating collections of photographs and heirlooms for my couples and individuals I work with. I always feel like the most appropriate thing to say when I send a gallery or deliver a keepsake box, all wrapped with ribbon and love : "Here, I wanted you to have this." I want you to have lovely photographs and heirlooms that create this emotional warmth for you and your loved ones, and it means the world to me to be able to devote my life to this.
Photo by Harry Rybacki