When You Bloom {North Carolina Senior Photography}

Hey! We're Josh & Alisha Croghan, a husband and wife wedding photography team based in the Carolinas. We love camping, nerding out, and telling your love story.

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Something really special starts to happen when you see confidence growing in somebody. 


They bloom.

This is a reflection from my last Senior Photography session in Downtown Roanoke – It is pretty typical to hear from our clients how uncomfortable they are in front of the camera. They sometimes start to go into detail about all the little things they wish they could hide, but typically they just get very quiet and retreat within themselves.

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This is especially true with our 16 – 18 year old clients. Parents are amazed at how their daughter can take selfie after selfie, but suddenly freeze up in front of someone else’s camera. But I have spent ALOT of time with teenagers and I’m starting to learn why. Unlike their phones full of filters and carefully posed pictures, they can’t control what images I shoot, or how I shoot them. They are at the mercy of my lens and whatever unflattering angle they fear I may photograph. They know that looking the pictures I take will show them how others see them and they start to think, what if I’m not good enough? In front of my camera, they are vulnerable – and that is a sacred place. Because of this, I have the amazing responsibility of helping people see themselves in a way they never have before.

Downtown Roanoke Senior Photography
Downtown Roanoke Senior Photography

During a session, it can take a little time to start getting our clients to open up, but eventually we start to see the smiles get a little wider. Shoulders will start relax a little, and eyes will begin to brighten. If I try hard enough, nervous laughter becomes a belly laugh and in those moments something special happens.

Typically, it is a no-no for photographers to show clients their photos in camera, but I like to break that rule. I will give him or her a sneak peak. This is my favorite moment, because now, they see what I see. I watch their confidence begin to grow and it happens. They bloom. I will look over and watch mom or dad, and they have tears in their eyes. They haven’t seen their child smile like this in a long time. Now I know the real fun can begin.

Downtown Roanoke Senior Photography
Downtown Roanoke Senior Photography

When I get asked why I love photography, this is why. It has the power to transform someone’s perspective. It is has the power to show a timid, sixteen year-old she is more beautiful than she can imagine. I love watching my clients bloom.

Downtown Roanoke Senior Photography

This was much of my experience with Haley. We spent one evening last fall in Downtown Roanoke with her and her mother. We started at the walkway between Downtown and the Hotel Roanoke. From there we snuck into  a few alleyways along the railroad tracks. We walked down Campbell Ave. to one of our favorite spots in front of the graffiti wall and ended our afternoon at Elmwood Park. Somewhere between that wall and the park is where she bloomed. Her confidence grew and her photographs got better and better. I can’t wait to do this again!

We're Josh & Alisha

Just two lovebirds, enjoying everyday life.

Photographers. Artists. Creatives. Parents to two. Nerds. Foodies. Lovers. Friends.

We have been friends since 2006, married since 2008, and capturing memories through photography since 2010. The years of experience in all three make us uniquely qualified to tell your budding love story. If the years have taught us anything, its that fulfilling, long-lasting marriages have a foundation of friendship, and are built with joy - and perhaps quite a few carbs! 

We strive to help you feel confident during your big day, and not awkward or stressed - so you can look back on joyful memories that tell your love story.

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Hi! I'm Alisha!

I'm so excited you're here! 

In addition to being a lady-boss photographer, I am a wife, a mom, a teacher and a follower of Jesus. Those things are the center of everything about who I am, what I do, and how I do it. That means I believe in how important family is, whether you are just starting your own, or are celebrating all of those special milestones. Josh and I have been married for over 12 years and photographing weddings and families for over 10 of those years. Our style has evolved over time, but we love capturing images that are bright, colorful, and tell the most important story - yours!

When we are not shooting, I love going on adventures with our two beautiful girls, trying new recipes, or catching up on my favorite shows with my hubby.

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Hi! I'm Josh!

I want to capture your day!

Having the opportunity to live in a town as beautiful as Kernersville, NC is great. Being able to be here with Alisha is even better. I've been married over twelve years to the love of my life and for most of that time we have worked closely as wedding photographers. Because of this, we have a unique outlook on the wedding experience. Having the opportunity to find the joy and love in that special day and share it with you and your family and friends is the best thing about what I do. That's why I never miss getting a photo of the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.

When I don't have a camera in my hands, I enjoy coffee dates and car-sushi with my bride, board games before bed, and binge watching Netflix.

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