Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fields of Dream – {Waxhaw, NC family photography}

  I was recently able to work with a very special project by fellow photographer Julie Phillips Staley {In His Image Photography} called ‘Fields of Dreams’.  This event takes place in a gorgeous sunflower field in Waxhaw, NC, and is an exclusive event for children and their families affected by pediatric cancer.   It was an extremely humbling experience…the little irritations and nuisances that annoy on a normal day seem so tiny, petty, and insignificant when you see these small children putting up a brave fight against such a nasty disease.  There was no one there unaffected by these children-some smiling and happy to be out playing in the sunshine and flowers instead of sitting in a hospital room, some that seemed almost permanently sad and quiet from a lifetime of doctors and hospitals.  Bless these children and their families. <3

 

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Family photographs {Vancouver Island, BC}

In June, we took Jackson on his first international trip — to gorgeous Victoria, in Vancouver Island, BC (just a little north of Seattle, Washington).  My husband had a meeting that Jackson and I tagged along on (and I booked an awesome Rock the Dress session while I was out there!).

  This was my first trip anywhere in Canada, and Victoria just blew me away with its beauty.  I love to garden, so I was amazed at the gorgeous plant life and gardens there.  Everything just grows so big there-it has a wonderful, temperate climate that is perfect for gardening.

We stayed in the absolutely amazing Empress Hotel-definitely a must see if you visit there!  The service was extraordinary, and the rooms were beautiful and sooo comfortable!

 

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While Jay was in his meeting, Jackson and I took a tour bus around the city, and got off at the park just a couple of blocks from the Empress.  It was a huge, gorgeous park; with a petting zoo and free roaming peacocks–Jackson LOVED it!

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(He’s eating the bread I brought for the ducks…)

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(The baby goats loved him!)

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Charlotte Wedding Photography {Liane and Ryan} Bryan’s South End

I went to high school with Liane (just a couple years ago ;) ), and so I was so excited to get to photograph her wedding to Ryan at Byron’s SouthEnd.  Liane is just such a happy, vibrant person, it was a pleasure to work with her on such an important occasion.  And, with a big Italian family attending, I knew I was in for a fun night!

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North Carolina wedding photographerAren’t her green wedding shoes just adorable?  I LOVE fun wedding shoes!

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wedding photographers in charlotte ncOk, so how adorable is it that they did a choreographed dance routine when they entered the reception???

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I love how they incorporated their Charlotte roots into the table decor-every table had a Charlotte street sign-super cute!

NC Engagement Session {Lauren and Brandon}

Dairy Barn engagement photos

Lauren and Brandon are getting married at The Dairy Barn in Fort Mill, South Carolina this December, so that was a natural spot for their fun, rustic engagement portrait session.  The Dairy Barn has so much gorgeous land around, it’s a wonderful spot for fun and natural photographs.

Wedding photographer in scLauren and Brandon share a love of watches, and they collect them together.  They often gift each other a watch at holidays and birthdays, and they love to buy matching watches.

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Jackson LOVES the beach!

  Some of you may know, I’ve taken on a fairly light schedule of weddings this year in order to REALLY ‘BE THERE” for Jackson this year. ( Last year, I thought I was superwoman and could do a ton of weddings and portrait sessions and be a good mommy…enter my office assistant extraordinaire, Mimi, to help get me back on track when things started slipping. )  So, the past 8 months or so have been great for Jackson, including doing some of what his mommy and daddy love a lot–traveling! 

 

Jackson really adores the beach.  There’s something magical about a handful of sand and the roar of the ocean he really responds to.  I can’t wait to take him back in a few weeks (I’ll be there for a couple of portrait sessions — feel free to call and book yours while I’m there!).  Now, a few photos of the childhood joy of the biggest sandbox ever…

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Charlotte Wedding Photographer {Morgan and Tommy} Firethorne Country Club

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Morgan and Tommy’s wedding at the gorgeous Firethorne Country Club.  Morgan was really hoping for an outdoor wedding, but after on and off rain showers all day long (and some awful thunder and lightning), the wedding took place indoors in front of the huge and gorgeous stone fireplace.  Luckily, the rain stopped long enough to take some portraits outdoors on the lovely golf course around the clubhouse.  (Helpful hint: always ask the ‘rain plan’ of any venue you plan to have an outdoor wedding at!)

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NC Bridal Session {Nicole} Duke Mansion

  Nicole recently wed her longtime sweetheart in uptown Charlotte, so I can finally show her fabulous bridal portraits we took at The Duke Mansion! 

wedding photographer in CharlotteFirst off, I have to share these gorgeous shoes from my absolute favorite shoe designer–Christian Louboutin!  You can’t go wrong on your wedding day (or any other day, really!) with some red-soled glittery goodness!

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How amazing is this custom pink sapphire engagement ring?  I am a total sucker for a pink ring (mine is kind of the opposite of this-clear center diamond with 2 pink diamonds flanking it–but I adore this gorgeous groom-designed ring!)

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