Live In The Moments








Thank you for coming by to learn more about Raleigh Wedding Photographer, Chronicles Photography. Dawn Michelle Downey, owner of Chronicles Photography, is based in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Her photographic specialties are weddings and lifestyle imagery. Though Dawn is based in North Carolina, she is available for domestic and  international travel. She is now booking weddings and lifestyle sessions for the 2020 and 2021 season.


Meet Dawn!

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Hey there, beautiful person! It's me, Dawn Michelle Downey! 

Welcome to the uncomfortable, yet beneficial, part of my website where I talk about myself, rather than doing what I want to do; focusing on you, LOL.

When I think about what I want to say in this section, I think back to Dawn in High School. 

The things that stand out to me about her is that she was a cheerleader, she always had her camera to take pictures of friends, and she took selfies before selfies were even a thing!

Fast forward to today and these characteristics are still present in my life. My love for capturing moments has never wavered. (And I have the photo albums to prove it) 

I'm still a cheerleader, except now instead of hyping up teams to win, I hype up my couples to feel and look their best in front of my camera. 

And taking selfies back in the 90's shows a level of innovation, determination and creativity that I still possess when it comes to working with my clients. LOL. I enjoy my clients, but what counts most is that they enjoy their experience with me!

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My Approach

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You're engaged! Congratulations! Now it's time to book your engagement photos, your bridal session and your wedding day photography. But here's the thing...

You might feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, and you're dreading this part!!! Questions like what to do with my hands, how do I make this part of my body look bigger/smaller, and similar questions may come to mind. It's enough to make anyone anxious! 

I know how it feels to be on the other side of the camera and not have a clue of what to do. And, there's not a soul who likes the feeling of not knowing what to do. 

This is why I work with you to make you feel comfortable well before I pick up my camera. You will go into your session knowing exactly what to expect - all while receiving direction that is effective and easy to follow. 

For my clients, this translates into beautiful images that evoke natural emotion. Even my shiest bride leaves her session feeling empowered, excited to see her finished images and looking forward to her wedding day photography.



I. Let's Chat

We will set up a time to video chat to see if we're a good fit for each other. You two will leave your consult knowing about our entire process from the booking stage to your album delivery. And I will leave knowing more about who you are as a couple, as well as your photographic needs. Most video consults last about 45 minutes.



II. Make It Official

After your consult, I will send over an online proposal with links to sign your agreement and submit your 25% retainer.

Once these items are received, your wedding date is secured on our calendar and any other inquiries for that day are notified that the day is no longer available.



III. Engagement Session

This is where we get to have a bit of fun. Engagement sessions come with a planning session so that we can narrow down your vision for your location and attire. We also talk about best practices for a banging engagement session. 

My clients always leave their session on a high note and typically plan to go out afterwards.



IV. It's The Big Day!

OMG, the day is here! My assistant, second shooter and I travel to your location to capture all the action. Our shooting style mixes organic, photojournalistic images along with some posed images. Either way, the energy and emotion in each image is real. We are there every step of the way, enjoying each moment and telling your story through our lenses.



V. See Your Day Through Our Eyes

Shortly after the wedding, you will receive a sneak peek gallery with a few of your images. Your final wedding gallery of images will be ready within 6-8 weeks of your day. Album proofing begins 1-2 weeks after the delivery of your gallery, and your custom heirloom album will be delivered 4-6 weeks after your album proofing approval. Parent albums can also be ordered!

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Chronicles Photography exceeded ALL of my wedding photography dreams!! Dawn was awesome to work with! She came up with an awesome game plan for the day, it was EXTREMELY HOT the day of my wedding and she was such a trooper! Through sweat and all, she was able to capture amazing images of the entire day! I would 100% recommend Chronicles Photography to anyone who wants a job perfectly done!! 


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My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Dawn in July 2016. We interviewed two photographers, but loved Dawn from the start. Her portfolio showed so much diversity. And she captures moments, not just shots! She has such a warm, inviting, cheerful and humbling spirit. We booked her on the spot.  She truly enjoys what she does and it comes out through every picture she takes. 

Moments, not just shots!"

"She captures

Erica & Dorrell
a ballroom fete

Dawn went above and beyond anything that we could have dreamed. She spent time with us and got to know us as a couple. She was able to capture the special brand of love that we enjoy. Dawn's energy was AMAZING! She was fun and efficient when it came to corralling large groups for photos and flexible when things didn't go according to plan. We can't wait for another occasion to see her creative genius at work!

brand of love we enjoy!"

"She captured the special

Ayanna & Junior
an outdoor extravaganza

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