Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem

Let’s jump into Walker + Davis’ photo session at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. Just one year ago, Walker + Davis hosted a stunning wedding at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. 

Photos at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. Brooke Grogan Photography.

Located in the historic heart of Winston Salem, Reynolda Gardens is a show stopping venue. 

Photos at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. Brooke Grogan Photography.

More than a century old, Reynolda’s Gardens and grounds were part of the original 1917 footprint for the Reynolda estate, which included a 16-acre, man-made lake, golf course, formal gardens, greenhouses, and woods. Although the landscape has changed over the years, many of its original structures and plans remain intact. Now, Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University serves as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural oasis open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk. Revive your senses as you connect with nature and immerse yourself in this peaceful landscape complete with lush, colorful gardens, scenic walking trails, and a waterfall.

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As a way to mark their one year wedding anniversary, Walker and Davis wanted to revisit the exact spot where they were married. Looking back, it seems like the last year has gone by in the blink of an eye – yet so much has changed. 

Photos at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. Brooke Grogan Photography.

With it being summer in North Carolina in August – the hottest time of the year, here are some helpful tips to make your summer photoshoot easy-peasy! Just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean your summer photos will be miserable. Planning ahead while considering these tips will have you feeling cool in the heat of the summer during your next photo session. Here are 3 helpful tips before you have outdoor summer photos taken.

Photos at Reynolda Gardens in Winston Salem. Brooke Grogan Photography.

Tip #1: Plan to have your photos taken in the early morning or at sunset

To avoid the super-hot temperatures in the summer months, plan to have your photos taken during the early morning hours, before 8 AM, or during sunset, between 7-8 PM. These are also beautiful times for ideal lighting. If you’re looking for those glowy golden hour photos, these windows of time will help to achieve that look you’re hoping for. 

Tip #2: Dress in lightweight or light-colored clothing

When preparing for your summer photos, think about what you’re going to wear. Choosing to wear light colors will help if you’re standing in the sun. Darker colors attract more heat than lighter colors. Lightweight clothing will also help to avoid becoming a sweaty mess. Make sure your clothing is breathable. Linen is a great example of this. 

Tip #3: Wear a little sunscreen

Putting on a light layer of SPF will help you not feel like you’re getting a sunburn during your photos. If you’re standing in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes, you may get a little pink or red. We don’t want you walking away from your session with a sunburn. Adding a little SPF beforehand doesn’t hurt one bit. Especially if you’re bringing little ones along to your session, you don’t want them to end up with a sunburn. 

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