Happy New Year! New site on the way!

 

I hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday season!  Have you set your 2015 goals yet?  I say go big or go home :-)  Ha!  Well we are definitely making some changes around here and to start – we are having the wonderful Ash of Laynie and Belle design us a new site.  So until then, we will not have an active website.  In the mean time I have added a LOT of new content to the menu (see above) to help answer questions about pricing etc that you would normally find on our website.  Oh AND I added some other new goodies as well. I’m certain that some of this new content is riddled with grammer and spelling errors as I am a horrible word smith.  Please email me when you find them so I can correct them :-)  Muchos gracias mi amigos!

Here is a quick little share of my wonderful fall family photos that my AWESOME friend/assistant Chaeli did for me :-)  Isn’t she the bestest!  XOXO Love you Chae!

If you are ever in need of garage door repair call Ameriserv

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I love giving my business to family owned and operated businesses.  I always feel like I get a more personal touch and they care more about your experience and customer satisfaction.  So keep that in mind if you ever are in need of garage door repair.  I would highly recommend Bob and Amber over at Ameriserv Charlotte.  I can say with 100% confidence that you will love working with them and they will take care of any of your garage door repairs/needs.  If you have any concerns or questions Bob even lists his direct phone number on his website so you can call and speak to him directly! That alone says a lot about how much your business means to him!

Newborn photography with the Fuji X-Pro 1

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I can’t say enough just how much I love my Fuji X-Pro 1.  It is just a beautiful camera that feels wonderful and a bit old school in my hands.  It reminds me of the 1st 35 mm camera I ever used (it was my dad’s).  I will admit though that it has taken me some time to really get use to this camera system but the pain has all been worth it.  I originally bought it to see if I could use it as a back up system for my main Canon gear since I would prefer to have the Fuji around for more of my personal work and hoped it could pull double duty in that department.  So far I have tested it out on  landscapes and head shots and it has done WONDERFUL!….. so I thought I’d give it a go at newborn photography.  Again thinking if I needed to use this as a back up system, would I be able to do all that I needed with this small mirrorless camera and the 35 mm lens and 60 mm macro lens.  Well it handled beautifully!  The 35 mm was a rock star!  Produces beautiful images straight out of camera.  I used the 60 mm as well for some up close baby features and it did very well but it was a bit hard to nail that focus (I find that macro lenses in general are hard because you have to manually focus for the best results).  Here are some of the images from my session :-)  If I had to complain- it certainly does not focus as fast as the DSLR system and there is still a lag between images that could drive you a bit crazy if you were trying to photograph fast moving toddlers.
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beautiful friends and beautiful family @Charlotte family photographer

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Sometimes it’s hard to wait until the end of the day to do a family photo session.  Little kids can get hungry and grumpy later in the day and it just takes a little more patience to wait until the sun is low in the sky to get everyone together and dressed for pictures but I’ll tell you that if you do… it’s soooooooooooo worth it.  The sun is just so beautiful in the late afternoon and I think Chaeli’s family photos show this off really well :-)

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We love large families ~Ballantyne Area family photography

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I was so happy to see Kiran and her beautiful family this year.  They are just all so nice and her kids have the BEST manners!  AND they are seasoned pro’s at taking pictures!  It was so stinking cute how all the big sisters where like little mama’s to their baby brother!  They each wanted their photo taken with him – I thought that was just so sweet!  Sigh – his future wife will have a lot to live up to!

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Caligirl steals the show ~Family photos with a cute dog!

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I’m telling you this has been the year of the dog for us this fall!  So many wonderful families have chosen to include their dogs (or dogs) in their family photos and we just LOVE IT!  Yes, you heard me right….we love having your dog in the photos too!  Seriously – how cute is this little baby named caligirl!!!!  Oh and the family is really cute too :-)

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High School Senior Pictures ~ Charlotte NC~

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Such fun and exciting times to be a senior in high school – getting ready to set out on so many new and exciting adventures.  Good luck Lindsey!  It was wonderful working with you and I know you will go off to do many wonderful things in the coming years!

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Beautiful North Carolina Family Portraits with fall leaves

I still think that I left my heart in Colorado but I have to admit that nothing is quite as beautiful as the fall in the Carolina’s!  Those beautiful leaves of such deep red, orange and yellow are breathtaking……making them the PERFECT backdrop for fall family portraits :-)  I was also super excited that Andrea wanted to include her newest member of the family in our photo session!  Isn’t he just beautiful too!  Ahhh..puppies!  Thank goodness they are so cute because I remember just how much work that puppy stage can be, but he was a perfect angel for our session!

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Beautiful fall family photos with the Sutherland’s ~family photographer Lake Wylie~

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If I were to say what my specialty is or what I enjoy photographing the most, it would be families. I really enjoy interacting with kids of all ages (especially when they aren’t mine!) and I honestly feel that a nice family portrait is truly important.  I love seeing everyone together, smiling and enjoying each other.  I truly believe that a nice family picture has a true place in this crazy overwhelming digital world where we are so bombarded with selfies.  Find the magic that is a real picture, a printed picture….and one that you are ALL in!

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Family photos with Alexis’s family ~Charlotte area family photographer~

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I am just in LOVE with this gorgeous green background from Alexis’s family session!  The blue outfits looks so good against it!  I’m so happy that I had the chance to see y’all again this year!  I can’t believe how much the kids had grown!  Hope you all have a wonderful Holiday!  Sorry I was so late to blog this session – in my mind I have already done things that much later I realize I have not!

 

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