If you’ve been around any Social Media in the last 5 years (Facebook and Instagram especially) you’ve noticed the explosion of wedding photographers onto the scene. This is the result, mainly, of the advancement and relative accessibility of digital photography. There are so many in my area in particular (Charlotte, NC) and I cannot imagine […]

The goal of these sessions is to capture the essence of motherhood: it’s beauty, loveliness, and tenderness that mothers have with their babies. The session will be April 14, and includes Hair and Make Up by my professional, award-winning stylist. The Ivy Place is a gorgeous, privately-owned working homestead in Lancaster, SC. Sessions also include […]

When Kaleigh and Blake first contacted me about their winter wedding, I was thrilled. My husband and I were also married in the winter (in Ohio!) so the idea of something outside the norm of weddings in the south really appealed to me. Winter has this lovely pure pretty light, that tends to not be […]

Katie and Donavon said I Do on a beautiful June day, with clear sunny skies and perfect temps. They are really sweet together, and had so many dear friends and family around them, that you could definitely fee how much love there was for these two. Many times, I’m asked to photograph weddings in churches […]

When I met with Jill and her mom to chat about wedding photography, my process, ect. we immediately connected. One, Jill is very kind, gracious, and she is a teacher (special place in my heart for those teachers!) Second, she asked if I like BBQ. Seriously folks, photographers (and all vendors working your wedding) love […]

In the US, over 50% of engagements happen at the holiday season (between Thanksgiving and New Years) and after that initial excitement of being engaged to the one you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with wears off, there is the small matter of planning a wedding. I joke when I say small […]

Winter newborn sessions, and if I’m being honest, sessions in the winter in general have become my favorite time of year to photograph on-location. The light during the winter months is soft and clear and bright since so many of the leaves have fallen. Everything is less orange and green. And I can usually get […]

When I was contacted a year ago to photograph Emily & Alan as they took they marriage vows and partied with their closest friends and family, I knew we would all make a great team. And, really, in today’s photography world (where you can throw a stone and hit a photographer ) relationships are key […]

Many times, I have the privilege of photographing families over many years. Maternity, newborn, milestones, and more. Usually, families who invest with me value and love photography. Not only as art, but also documenting these fleeting moments that deserve to be captured lovingly. I’ve had the honor of photographing this sweet family many times over […]

Honestly, I’m just in-love with this session. The light. These people. This tree. I am beyond thrilled to be the photographer for these two in January at the Levine Museum of the New South in 2019! They will be my first wedding of 2019 and I know kicking off the year with these people and […]

If I could tell you how much I just love these two and their epic Founder’s Hall wedding for just a hot min. here… Julianne and Steven are one of my all-time fav. couples. Completely trusted in the vision for their wedding and for me to capture it. I am so in-love with how everything turned […]

Hello All! So excited to be offering these Glitter Sessions again this year! This will be the final go for 2018 as the fall busy wedding season is coming up. Sessions are SUNDAY AUG. 5th. There are literally a handful of these left, so don’t miss out! Sessions are for one child only as it […]

For all my sessions, I include a simple setup of baby (ies) by themselves. I think this is important because it allows for uncluttered, timeless images of baby without being just “lifestyle”. Don’t get me wrong, I love lifestyle images, but if we have for a brief moment the ability to create something more, and […]

It’s no secret, I love Disney. Now there aren’t Mouse-themed rooms in my home and I don’t have Dumbo sheets, but I love going to Disney World. The parks are probably the only place in the world where all my children can ride 90% of the rides and me and my husband can completely unplug. […]

This adorable baby shower was such an awesome celebration of these sweet people and their little babies. The Duke Mansion is a classically southern cite to hold a little celebration (as well as a gorgeous wedding!) Their staff is hospitable and professional, making sure there this nothing left unattended. Truly a southern staple of grace and […]

Is this winter? Spring? I have no idea but I love it. I am so over anything cold or rainy. I want warm spring evenings and fires on the deck and snuggles and soccer and playing in the dirt with my kids. It reminds me of the warm front that came through just before the […]

The Clemson Tiger came out to celebrate Emily and Drew at the Red Fez Shriners Club in Lake Wylie, SC. Emily and Drew are high-school sweethearts, who tied the knot in a lovely May wedding on the lake. Special thanks to: Photography: Amanda McQuade Photography Videography: Three Stories Studios Ceremony + Reception: Red Fez Shriners […]

Karima and Lane are probably some of the most lovable people I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. They are funny, and clearly share a deep bond together. And their friends? I’ve never captured a more joyous reception, full of smiles and some pretty awesome dance moves. Seriously, these folks knew how to cut loose and […]

Nothing comes close to just a simple baby session. The beauty of how carefully and wonderfully they are formed over 9 months is truly breathtaking. All the perfect wrinkles and lines. Their flakey skin. Their delicate eyelashes. I kept baby Cannon’s newborn session simple, clean, and uncluttered. Choosing to focus on his details, sweet expressions, […]

Sunset light and one of my favorite fields for Kristin and Josh, who nailed their Charlotte engagement session. As a photographer, these are some of my favorite images to capture. The hope and anticipation of a lifetime together. Wishing them so much bless at their wedding in Main in 2018.  

For a while the weather this fall freaked me out. It was unseasonable cold, rainy, and dismal. I thought maybe we would just be over that beautiful fall light that breaks through the changing trees and gives that glorious orange sunset that you can’t get any other time of year in Charlotte (or the South for […]

Every year, I choose two gorgeous photo-gifts that are my favorite meaningful gifts for friends and family this 2017 Christmas season. ~ Number One: A Large Gallery Wrap Now, we all know what they look like and the quality is variable between consumer labs (some okay, some terrible) But my pro lab is perfect. Thick paper, securely […]

Little Miss M’s newborn session was a dream, filled with muted grays and pinks, warm tones, and dramatic light. My goal more and more with newborn sessions is connection. I am leading into less and less props. Maybe a bonnet, maybe a wrap. But why do we need anything else? What I love more and […]

Baby Ada. Her name fits her perfectly. A classic beauty, naturally cuddly and sweet. We photographed her first session at her parents home near South Park. Here are a few of my favorites from this naturally newborn baby session. Headbands by Created By Carli // Wraps by Little Beans Creations

Why Lindsey contacted me about photographing her little family in late summer, of course I was thrilled. It makes me happy when my clients trust me about where and when to photograph their families. I want you all to have the VERY BEST locations with ALL the SUN. I want my clients to relax and […]

  All things simple and beautiful. Thank you to this sweet family as we took our time to get meaningful images they will love forever.  

I met Alli and Sean last summer when they were in the beginning stages of planning their wedding. These two people. I really do adore them. They are so funny, down-to-earth, deeply-caring people. They booked me because they liked my style. Candid. Journalistic. Attentive to detail. They liked how they could enjoy their wedding without […]

Little Rose has the perfect nursery. Muted pinks with wispy creams and delicate details. It’s the perfect calm place to comfort your new little girl in the middle of the night or play tea party on the floor. It’s all timeless whimsy. And I kinda wish I could live there. 😉 These are my favorite […]

Baby showers are one of my favorite events to photograph. The anticipation and excitement of your first baby is almost unmatched in this world. And gathering your close friends and family to celebrate this new little person is such a wonderful occasion. It’s a joy to photograph, and Erica and Jack’s baby shower was so […]

All I can say is baby E and her little sister are some of my favorite teeny clients from 2016. Their parents are wonderful and kind and patient. And they chose all neutrals, which makes my heart smile. This. Be still. My heart. Their older daughter has the most curly hair. Ever. I loved it […]

On this dreary day while I let my older girls enjoy some friend time at the Harris Y, I’m sitting here wishing for warmer weather, knowing full-well that it’s pretty far off. So I thought I’d catch up on some blogging. One of my New Years resolutions is to blog at least once a week. […]

For years now, I’ve wanted to add film to my sessions. Way back before my children were born, before Charlotte and sweet tea and roads that intersect with themselves (hello, corner of Sharon and Sharon) there was LA and film and script-editing, PA work, and publishing. All back before I was a mommy. Before I […]

I’d been itching (for a while) to get out of the fields. So many family sessions in fields and woods and gardens. The problem is I’m easily board with the same photography over and over again (probably why I dislike studio photography) after a while everything starts to look the same. So I was thrilled […]

This has to be one of my all time favorite newborn sessions I’ve shot this year. I don’t even think I can pinpoint one specific reason why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just connect with people in this line of work. You gel with them. And the shoot (no matter how difficult or […]

This sweet mom contacted me a while back to capture her fun little family that recently grew with the addition of their new baby girl who would soon turn 1 year. We met early one summer morning at a great little park in Dilworth to capture some candid moments of all of them together. Photographing […]

I can be a spontaneous person. In fact, I’d say I’m more fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants than most. It’s how I like to work. It allows me to be creative in a way planning every little detail wouldn’t allow me to be. Recently, I heard a TED talk on this personality trait. Apparently, I am a procrastinator and this […]

It’s that time of year again. Back to school and endless driving little ones to ballet and soccer. But I love it. Cool breezes that carry the smell of apples and call for cozy sweaters. Minis are over for the 2016 year. Minis to come for Spring Peach Blossoms in early March! Thank you! Happy Holidays! […]

My newborn sessions aren’t what they used to be (in a good way!) I used to spend so much of my shooting time arranging props and then getting some poor sweet baby to sleep in said prop. And then move from set up to set up, all while trying to keep baby asleep. It literally […]

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates… blogs… so much as even a feeble Facebook update. We recently welcomed our third baby (more on him later!) and it’s been a sweet time of adjustment with one in school, one at home, and baby. We are a family of five. It took a while […]

ABOUT DAVID AND ECE First, they are funny. Like, seriously funny. And relaxed. And they thought they wouldn’t be natural in photos… Derp! They were awesome! They met in college. They fell in love. A Southern boy and a Middle-Eastern girl. Biscuits and curry. Love them. I met them for the first time on their […]

Happy and curly little Harrison is one of the sweetest babies I’ve ever photographed. His fun and energetic mum and dad are amazing clients/friends of mine. I had the honor of photographing Harrison’s birth, which was a thrill! I will blog about that amazing time a little later… For now it’s all about Harrison enjoying […]

This was such a sweet little session for a fun and energetic family that happily welcomed their third baby. I love organic photography, especially in newborns since they are already just so simply perfect and need nothing else. Just simple joy and hugs for this new baby brother.

Carolyn is just a gorgeous lady. So sweet to chat to. Full of life and awaiting the new baby girl with her husband. Just loved meeting these two in the Fort Mill, SC peach orchards to capture a few natural maternity images for them to remember the time before the would grow into a family of […]

When this sweet mom called to book a family session, I was so thrilled. I photographed this little boy when he was just a tiny thing, and to see him again after 6 months was a real thrill. Seeing your clients grow and change over time is so rewarding and just the best part of […]

This little bundle of love and cuddles made her debut in October of last year, bringing sunshine and joy to her little family. Big sister was very excited and gentle with her new baby, and so enjoyed posing for pictures. These types of images are one of my favorite parts of my job. I picture […]

some bright morning what will we see little Isla snuggled against her mama swathed in newness and love {Isla}    

This is what a family session should be: all shot in under 30min (which is what I recommend for families with little ones). All joy and love and sass. Remembering to not smile at the camera. 😉      

giggles suspenders holding up such little pants, and the lovely fading summer sun.   {little baby H}

tiny fingernails and sister snuggles, soft and delicate… Welcome little Zane to the world.      

When the mommy of these sweet babies contacted me about documenting these two little miracles, I was thrilled. Logan and Olivia already (at just a few days old) have these amazing personalities but seeing them curl up to each other and fall asleep, which has to be the most lovely thing ever. And for a mommy who […]

First let me say that Lindsey and Jeff are when you meet them one of those couples you just fall in love with. You know they are meant for each other. Her fun-loving personality and Jeff’s dry sense of humor play off each other so well. They seem to keep each other grounded and at the […]

Emily and Alan had a truly magical and blessed day for their October NC wedding because in the weeks leading up to their union, it poured. I mean so so much rain. In Charlotte. In October. And it was cold. Very unlike the usually gorgeous fall in the South. But the sun was warm and […]

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