July 3, 2020

Now that you have picked a date, your venue, and us to be your photographers, you can celebrate!  Those are some of the toughest decisions in the wedding planning process and you can cross them off your list!  YAY!!  Now onto the fun stuff…. like your ENGAGEMENT SESSION!   We include engagement sessions in our […]

COVID-19 and wedding photographers

March 22, 2020

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and worried about your wedding photography business right now, please know… YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  In particular, what does COVID-19 mean for all of us wedding photographers?  When the CDC officially recommended canceling or postponing weddings in the United States for next 8 weeks, our hearts just sank. Naturally […]

COVID-19 Quarantine

March 21, 2020

Well, who could have predicted the last few weeks’ happenings?  With every passing day, the news seems to get more and more bleak.  During this time of uncertainty and fear, much of America has become confined to their homes because of the Coronavirus, better known as the COVID-19 Quarantine.  How is this effecting you?  Do […]

Bella Lumiere VisionWhy am I a Wedding Photographer

March 7, 2020

A business’s vision is one of those things that doesn’t happen overnight – usually it’s a long process of figuring out what’s at the heart of why you do what you do.  So, why am I a Wedding Photographer? For me, it stems from my own personal experience with wedding photos.   I married my first husband […]

Bella Lumiere VisionWhy am I a Wedding Photographer

March 7, 2020

The Bella Lumiere vision is the foundation and compass for our business. It always will be! So what is vision? Andy Stanley says, “Vision, is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.”  For us, it serves as a guide for everything that we do before, during, and after […]

The History of Bella Lumiere

March 7, 2020

Bella Lumiere Photography began as a mother-daughter team in 2012.  My daughter loved photography so much that I would take her out to shoot everyday after work. We spent hours out and about “snapping” photos and “chatting” about everything. I cherished those times. Soon “Snap & Chat” was born and the goal of becoming a […]

Wilmington, NC Wedding Photographers

March 6, 2020

HELLO!! And welcome to our blog!  We are Matthew + Riley-Payton, Wilmington, NC wedding and portrait photographers.  We proudly serve the beautiful states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Most of our time is spent in the areas of Wilmington, Southport, Raleigh, Blowing Rock, Boone, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Florence, Columbia, and Charleston.  […]