Hadley’s Newborn Session | Charlotte Area Newborn Photography

This was such a special session to be a part of and I’m so very happy to share images from baby Hadley’s newborn session today!

I first met Hadley’s sweet Mommy when my 13 year-old cousin Tristan was living us a few years ago.  She was his middle school math teacher and he adored her… once I met her I adored too!  She was sort of my saving grace that year as we took in a teenage boy and navigated the waters of all that that entailed.  I was pregnant and busy and it was just nice to know someone at his school cared!

Over the years we’ve bonded over photography & interior design (Sally’s a fabulous photographer in her own right, plus she gifted me the most incredible vintage gold bamboo mirror -I forever love her, haha!!) So, I was so thrilled when she asked me to photograph Hadley’s newborn session.  It was not an easy road getting Miss Hadley here, which made this all the more exciting and sweet.  Sally… you are the best!!  Thank you for allowing me to capture this very special moment in your lives.  Enjoy a few of my faves.  XOXO

Barker Family Christmas Tree Lot Session

Aaaand the blogging marathon continues!!  Next up… you might remember this lovely little family from my newborn session with them earlier in the year (here).

For this collaboration, Karly had an amazing, classic, Christmas-y vision set at a favorite local Christmas Tree Lot.  Between the outfits, props and finding the perfect date, to the actual session, we had so much fun making it happen! So many great shots, although these guys couldn’t take a bad picture if they tried! Wish I could shoot in this Cozy Christmas tree lot year round… already can’t wait for next year! Barker family… I just love you to pieces.  Enjoy a few of my faves…  XOXO

ps – photographers: a note for next year…  The weekend before Thanksgiving is a great time to shoot at a Christmas Tree Lot.  Most people wait another week to get trees… we practically had the lot to ourselves!

Bates Family Hoboken Train Station Session | New Jersey Family Photography

Thanksgiving night I never went to bed.

We were at Blake’s parents house on the lake with his whole family.  It was a blast.  We stayed up laughing and talking and then around 3am I left for the airport to catch a 5am flight to NY!!  Just the type of quick getaway, a crazy person like me needed to make my fall season complete, lol!

This was a big deal though… my sister and her adorable little family moved back to the states this year after living in Dubai for 6 years.  This big life change had to be documented and it had to be awesome!  I jumped at the chance-which is why I was totally fine missing a night’s sleep to go to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people!

I was there by 7:20am Friday morning and after biking the Hudson waterfront (we don’t waste time together!!) we were heading to the Hoboken train station to start our session!  And let me just mention here that the whole reason we planned our shoot around an “indoor” venue was that we worried about the cold New Jersey end-of-November-weather and what that meant for our pics.  AL Contraire!!  IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY!!  Man, we got so so lucky!  We could not have asked for better weather in November.

Now that crazy season has come and gone I can finally post a few of my favorites.  LOVE YOU BATES FAMILY!!  It was so totally worth it!  XOXO

Gross Family Favorites | Charlotte Area Family Photography

Happy New Year!  Today I’m playing catch from a very full and blessed fall/winter holiday season.  In the midst of the crazy, when I’m shooting almost every day and editing until all hours of the night, I typically don’t get to share as much as I like to!  For this reason, January has always been one of my favorites months… I get to slow down, reflect a bit, and start posting all my favorite sessions and images from the last few months of whirlwind!!

I’m kicking things off with a favorite… The gorgeous Gross family!  Our concept was almost 100% life-style editorial… with lots of candid, connected images.  I love when I get to capture a family “in motion”, just playing and enjoying each other!  Enjoy a few of my favorites, XOXO

Charlotte Today Show | Creative Christmas Card Ideas

Hey hey! Hope everyone’s Wednesday is off to a great start.  Today I’m playing catch up and posting last week’s segment recap (finally)!!  As usual,  I had a blast in the studio with Colleen and Eugene sharing Creative Christmas card ideas!  To view the segment, click here.

Prepping for the show really put me in the Christmas Spirit!  Here are a few of the ideas I shared:

This one is a lot of fun!  Who doesn’t love a good prop?!  I love the concept of WORD BUBBLES and playing on words with one of my favorite Christmas Carols: I’m dreaming of a…. you fill in the blank!!

For this idea, I put my kiddos in PJs and tried to get them “nestled all snug in their beds” for a “silent night”.  Wishful thinking with a three year old, but still made for some really fun shots!

How about a quick tip on how to shoot Christmas lights?  Here’s a before with the iPhone:

To get those lights to really blur in the background, pull your subject AWAY from the lights, and with your SLR, turn your aperture and shutter speed down LOW (f 2.0 and 1/30 for this shot) and watch those light start to twinkle!  Here’s the after:

I also love the WORD LETTERS idea!  We had so much fun shooting this and showcasing the girl’s personalities:)
Of course I still can’t get enough of floral wreaths… using any type of cozy prop, blankets, floral crowns can make your images have a very classic Christmasy feel!
And lastly, my favorite place to design/print cards is MINTED.COM.  Their designs are fabulous and the foilpress and letterpress are options are incredibly luxurious!  This year Minted has introduced completely custom cards… you upload your design (i.e. drawn by your kiddos) and minted prints a custom card either foil or letterpressed with the design.  What a unique family treasure!!

Thanks for watching!!  And here’s to you creating a fabulous Christmas card this year!!