$1 summer movies in Charlotte ~Summer fun~

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Need some ideas to keep the kids busy during summer break?  Well if you are a new mom or new to Charlotte you may not know that a few of the movie theatres here offer $1 summer movies.

They are every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 17-August 13th!  Get there EARLY as the seats fill up fast!  I think they usually offer a l “kids meal” if you are looking for snacks (drink, fruit chews and popcorn)

Here is a schedule of the movies that will be shown at the Regal Stonecrest:

Week Dates Movies
Week 1 Tue June 17 Wed June 18 Hotel Transylvania
The Smurfs 2
Week 2 Tue June 24 & Wed June 25 Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
The Pirates: Band of Misfits
Week 3 Tue July 1 & Wed July 2 Authur Christmas
Despicable Me 2
Week 4 Tue July 8 & Wed July 9 Lego
Free Birds
Week 5 Tue July 15 & Wed July 16 Adventures of Tintin
Rise of the Guardians
Week 6 Tue July 22 & Wed July 23 Kung Fu Panda 2
Madagascar 3
Week 7 Tue July 29 & Wed July 30 The Croods
Epic
Week 8 Tue August 5 & Wed August 6 Turbo
Walking With Dinosaurs
Week 9 Tue August 12 & Wed August 13 Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Rio 2

For more information: http://www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express

They are also doing the summer movie express at the Phillips Place Theatre.

Ben’s 1st year ~Waxhaw Child and Family photography~

Oh so many ways your baby will change in that first year.  It’s simply AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love seeing all the cute stages of a babies first year.

3-4months – holding their head up

6-7 months – sitting up

1 year- crawling or walking and usually a few teeth!

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photography workshops – a real gem

As a photographer I try to always keep pushing myself and learning new techniques.  Each year I try to find one good photography workshop to help me be a better photographer :-)

As it would be for this year, I feel VERY lucky that I was following a photographer I admire on facebook because it lead to a gem of a workshop.  He only made one teeny tiny post about it on his facebook page – so if you weren’t following on facebook then you would never have known about it!

So what was it???  I got to hang out with this cool cat …. Zack Arias.   Not only is he a great photographer but it’s his personality that really draws you in.  He honestly and truly cares and wants you to be a better photographer.  He wants to help you grow.  It’s not all about the money money money (totally hearing that song in my head now) but about the passion and paying it forward to newer photographers of all walks.

So what did we do????  It was an informal workshop -a small group of us met up at his studio and he asked us each what was the main lighting issue that we wanted to learn and work on.  Each of the 9 of us got a chance for him to answer our very own personal lighting need/issue.  You NEVER hear of that!   There are all sorts of workshops/mentoring etc but NEVER have I had someone answer my direct question in such detail.  I was the only one there with ZERO off camera lighting experience and I was so nervous that everyone would cringe at this newbie but man – NOPE – they were all helpful and patient!  He walked me through an entire set up for corporate head shots from where to place the umbrella to what type of flash and how the remotes communicate with each other and the camera.  THEN – I got to be a fly on the wall and watch as he went through all sorts of other lighting set ups – how to quickly get a different look just by moving the umbrella.  He had a model there so we got to shoot our own images with each set up.  I’ll post some for you but be easy on me – I was just trying to get the settings right – not trying to build a portfolio :-)  OH ANDDDDDDD he let me try out all of his fuji gear (I have a new Fuji x pro 1 that i’m still trying to learn)!  I got to use and play around with all of his lenses – I’ve never seen another photographer just let me have at their camera bag/gear to man handle all of their stuff!

The informal workshop lasted from 9am until I dunno – about 10pm I think?  Not only did he give us all personal attention but he provided the BEST food.  I got to experience my very first doughnut covered in caramel and get this BACON!  It was AWESOME!  He also provided lunch and then we got invited back to his house as his wife (Meghan Arias) with a KILLER voice baked us up some gluten free lasagna (seriously the cheesiest lasagna EVER – so cheesy you didn’t even miss the gluten).  They had yummy local beers for us and some wine as well.  I still can’t believe it.  WHO does that?  Who feeds you at their own home AND provides all the drinks too?????  I think I may have paid more for my hotel stay than I did for the actual workshop (ok, not really but it wasn’t far off!)

So – find yourself needing a kick in the pants?  Keep an eye out on Zack’s facebook page for the next informal hangout- I promise you won’t regret it!  In the mean time – browse around his new dedpxl site – filled with lots of good tutorials, assignments and critiques and other random gems to expand your mind.

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Black and white photo collage for a dear friend

Wooden door in Germany

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A dear friend of mine that I miss terribly inspired me to put this collage together. Many entryways, doors, windows and paths from our travels through Europe. I’m hoping to add more images to this as I find lost photos … Continue reading

snow days in Charlotte ~Personal post~

I realize I am way behind in blogging out our recent snow days here in Charlotte but man our house has head the plague of sickness for the last month! Still – I wanted to take a quick moment and share what we did during our snow days here. Think snow cream and paper masks that the boys got for Christmas from their uncle and mom over here with a new camera to test out :-)
I have to say that I am completely in love with the Fuji x-pro 1 but man has it had a bit of a learning curve for me! Fun and frustrating all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tea party ~baby’s first year photography~

My little friend is getting so big! It’s so fun to see the “baby’s 1st year” participants as they grow! They change so much in that first year! This little guy is just about 6 months old during this photo session and is so smiley and in love with his big sister! I just love this age since they can sit on their own and they usually have a little bit of chub on their thighs and such loving personalities :-)

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Please contact me if you would like more information on our first year program. We usually do 3 photo sessions around 3-4 months, 6-7 months and 1 year old with a beautiful coffee table album with the 1st year images at the completion of the series.

Little stinker ~Waxhaw child photographer~

Oh my goodness he is just pure sweetness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The stars aligned and man we got SO MANY wonderful images of this little chunky monkey! This is my FAVORITE age to photograph! It’s around this 5, 6, 7, 8 month old stage that babies are so smiley, chunky and ohhhhhh they laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At around 7 months is when I suggest parents have their child’s portrait taken because they are usually able to sit at or around this age and they have a little meat on their bones by then too! and of course…it’s a great age for a sink bath full of bubbles!!!!!!!!!!!! I really meant to post these santa hat pictures at Christmas but yet again – things got away from me. Anyway – I hope you enjoy these images. I love the one of him looking up at the HUGE bear – this was TOTALLY his mom’s idea!

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I love family photo sessions ~Ballantyne area family photographer~

Especially when there is a baby involved! I loved meeting this wonderful and fun family! I was so happy that we were able to meet up when all the extended family was in town to welcome the new little man!

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