Monday, February 20, 2017

Eloise is One!


For the past year I have really enjoyed seeing the Howell family!  Erin and Patrick have always been a lot of fun to have in front of the camera.  I can remember a handful of years ago having photographed them for the first time on the University of Alabama campus for their engagement photos.

It's been a true honor and joy to have them include my photography services for their first born, Eloise!  Seeing her grow and change over the past year has been very rewarding.  This past weekend was our final session from their 'Watch Me Grow' package.

Looking back on all our sessions with her really is amazing to see how much can change within a year.

I loved our three part series, having taken place at the comfort of their beautiful home with each session.  From newborn, 6 month to her final session of one year, it is really something to look back and see the similarities yet changes that take place in a child's first year.

Thank you again for the opportunity!  I really enjoyed documenting this stage in Eloise's first year!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Puerto Rico

For the past week I have been traveling through Puerto Rico with my husband and some of our friends.  It's been a very rewarding experience.  We rented a car and stayed along the southeast portion of the island.. which has some of the most beautiful beaches that I personally can recall from all my world travels.

Prior to our travels, I thought long and hard on what photo gear I wanted to pack and how in depth I would be photographing the region.  I wanted to leave my travels feeling refreshed and work free but at the same time, I would of hated myself for not bringing atleast one nice camera body and a select lens.. so after much deliberation, I decided on my fisheye because firstly,, it's such a small, compactable and light weight lens that it's easy to manage and walk around with .. and the later is because it captures the most of the environment within the frame.

I did find it aggravating when I saw a gorgeous shot of an individual fishing or walking on the street that would be perfect for my 50mm or a 30mm lens but I made my one lens choice work and was happy with the results for the most part.  The fisheye worked great for those large scenic shots when I wanted to capture the vastness of something.. such as the amazing 17th century apartment we rented while staying in Old San Juan.  It was inspiring to say the least, with high ceilings, heavy wooden shutters and doors, marble floors and an amazing open air space.

This little get-away left me with more appreciation for this region and the people that live there.  From hiking through the rain forest to swimming the Caribbean to exploring the aged cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.. it was all equally inspiring to capture.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Baby Cooper

I have really enjoyed meeting some of the fresh faces for the new year!  This past week I got to meet and photograph another beautiful newborn baby.. His name is Cooper and he just turned three weeks this past Friday!

He is a handsome little fella and I couldn't of been happier to take part with his first photo session. Krisi and Chase were kind enough to let me join in on their new chapter in life called parenthood. I was fortunate enough to document their wedding day so this means all the more to me to take on this journey..

These first time parents make a great team and capturing this time in their life has been very rewarding.  I love seeing these two as new parents and hope that they are enjoying this new year having a new name.. 'mom and dad'!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Emma Grace ventures

I have been looking forward to the moment that I would meet Emma as I have been friends with Amber and Frankie for about ten years now!

I can remember when Amber and Frankie broke the news that they were expecting this past summer when we were all vacationing in Hilton Head.  I was so happy to hear the news and now fast forward several months later and it all makes perfect sense as I see them parenting together.

Getting to experience this new mom and dad as first time parent's was so special to me.  I was happy to have gotten the chance to hang out the evening before our session the following morning. I seriously must have asked them a hundred questions.. 'how does this work, what does that do, how often is she eating, what is that called and so many more.'

Yep, I learned a lot about that latest baby stuff the past couple days and even got to hold the sweet baby while we sat and watched t.v.

I enjoyed holding and bonding with the new model I was to photograph the next morning :) 

Thank you for opening your home to me during this special time in both your lives. The Cascio family were great hostess and it allowed my overnight trip to Charlotte feel like I was right at home.

It was great to be back in Charlotte!!  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Newborn Minis 2017

With the changing dynamics of my business, I am in the process of incorporating different mini sessions and portrait packages that will hopefully be beneficial for all individuals.. After several years of photographing mini-holiday family sessions with success, I feel it only fair to offer these smaller versions of my full sessions year round!

There are many individuals I come across who are expecting or have inquired with my services who really don't need but a few great images of their new baby.. This is a great alternative for those who want to stay within their budget or who really just want a handful of great photos to use towards their baby announcement without needing to go through an hour long process!

These newborn sessions are good for individual baby sessions up to two weeks old!  The twenty minute session focuses on the baby in the comfort of their home.. The session can take place in the nursery, the living room or the parent's bedroom as these sessions are lifestyle based, with an emphasis on natural portraiture.

If you prefer the hour long session that is a little more extensive.. these portrait sessions start at $250 and go up from there.  So hopefully, there is a little something for everyone!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Transitions

What a year!!  I can personally say that 2016 was good to me and my family and hope it was the same for you too.  I do know that with the arrival of our new year that I am embarking new territory.

I told myself back in 2006, when I opened the business, that I would give myself 10 years in the wedding industry.. as many of you that know me, know that I never foresaw myself as a traditional wedding photographer in the first place. I just happened to find myself there as referrals were strong.. so I continued on for many years until I realized it was time for a transition.

So, fast forward to now and you will see the transitions I have made over the years as I have slowly added my lifestyle approach that I once used in weddings to newborn and other portrait sessions.

Hopefully this year, I want to find my niche in not just newborn/infant photography but in those individuals who desire portraiture stripped raw of all the bells and whistles of props and fads.

Yes, this year I hope to not only continue to stay true with what my vision is but also attract individuals who desire the sweet, intimate moments in photography that I like to call 'lifestyle' based portraiture.

So.. what is new for 2017?  I wouldn't say too much but I would say that you will see more newborn & children lifestyle sessions and less weddings.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Laurel Grace

Such a great time well spent with the Hughes family last week.  I always enjoy our sessions together!  This go around, we had us a new addition to the family sessions.  Her name is Laurel Grace and she is just three months!!

I must admitt that this little lady has got it made!  Laurel Grace has two awesome older siblings to help look after her!  Audrey and Jonah continued to shower their new baby sister with love and affection during our session, that it made photographing this trio all the more sweet!

Laurel Grace's first photo session with me was special as I have had the amazing opportunity to watch and photograph Jonah and Audrey grow up over the years.

Hats off to Kevin and Lindsay as they celebrate their first Christmas together as a family of five!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


I got to see Madaline again today for her head shots!!! She is doing the Ms. Reflections pageant this year at Bragg Middle School. It sounds like she is going to have an awesome time and by judging how natural she is in front of the camera, this pageant is going to be a walk in the park for her!!

She has the prettiest smile and such a beautiful head full of hair that I know she is going to look perfect for the big event!!

It's amazing to think that over ten years ago I met Madaline for the first time for a handful of photos. As a matter of fact, I do believe we did some black and white head shots of her for a canvas.

This little lady was just four years old at the time!  Having the opportunity to put Madeline back in front of the camera again was special for me.  Thank you so much !!!

I'd love to wish her the best of luck and also hope that she has an awesome time at the pageant!!

An Irish Christmas

Twelve days and counting!!  The Christmas countdown will soon be in the single digits and so will my portrait sessions.  We are on the final homestretch of some really fun, awesome and creative sessions for some of my clients.

I have really come to admire Kristen with her beautiful sense of style and grace.  She has an awesome vision when it comes to incorporating themed photos for Christmas time.  It really adds a lot for dramatic effect and, I mean.. anyone who can control a huge IRISH WOLFHOUND has my respect!

Deeds is just barely one year and can easily see over my head if she were to jump up on me!

Last year, Kristen and I met and she asked if I would be interested in doing a photo for her cards last year when Deeds was just a pup.. so I was extremely happy to hear from these guys again for this year.