category: Portraits




Charlotte Engagement Photography: Abigail and Chris

After postponing Abigail and Chris' engagement session because of cold, rainy weather, we were rewarded with an amazing spring day and had a great time wandering around Charlotte.

Both are big Carolina Panther fans so we spent some time at the stadium and then took a walk around the city.

I'm looking forward to working with them again at their June wedding in Charlotte.

Abigail and Chris at Bearden Park

Abigail and Chris at Bearden Park

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Relaxing at Freedom Park

Relaxing at Freedom Park

Enjoying the day

Enjoying the day

Monochrome moment

Monochrome moment

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Happy couple

Happy couple

Beautiful spring day in Charlotte

Beautiful spring day in Charlotte

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Fun moment

Fun moment

Panther fans

Panther fans

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A walk in the park

A walk in the park





Charlotte Engagement Photography: Maggie and Todd

February weather in the Carolinas is often a bit of a roller coaster. And when we got a small snowstorm last week I was concerned about our Saturday engagement session for Maggie and Todd.

But, as if often the case in Charlotte, the weather rebounded nicely. And even though we still had a few small patches of snow on the ground, we were able to spend a very pleasant afternoon wandering around Uptown Charlotte.

This easy-going, attractive pair were great to work with and I even got an assist from Maggie's mother Debbie, who was nice enough to hold a photo reflector and keep track of things as we moved around downtown.

I'm looking forward to working with everyone again at the wedding in June!

Maggie and Todd get cozy on a February morning

Maggie and Todd get cozy on a February morning

Wonderful couple

Wonderful couple

A reflective moment at the Firebird outside the Bechtler Museum

A reflective moment at the Firebird outside the Bechtler Museum

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Kiss

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Framed

Framed

Having some fun

Having some fun

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

It's all done with mirrors

It's all done with mirrors

Attractive pair

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Ballet Photography: Studio Session with NCDT's Jamie Dee

As part of my ongoing project doing studio photography with ballet dancers, I had the pleasure or working with the lovely and talented Jamie Dee of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

I've been fortunate to photograph Jamie in performance numerous times in the past few years and it was great to get this chance to work with her.

Thank you again to friends Teresa and Kevin Chelko for their hospitality in giving me the chance to work in their amazing studio space.

Jamie Dee

Jamie Dee

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We did a few portraits

We did a few portraits

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Charlotte Engagement Photography: Stephanie and Drew

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Stephanie and Drew following their engagement.

Stephanie is the daughter of my sister-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie and Cliff. Our children have grown up together and I've had the pleasure of seeing her and her siblings grown into wonderful young adults. We have been very blessed to have such a close relationship to her family and we will be excited to share their joy at the wedding on the Carolina coast this fall.

Congratulations you two, it was a pleasure working with you and I'm looking forward to celebrating with you in October!

Stephanie and Drew

Stephanie and Drew

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This was their serious pose

This was their serious pose

Drew really wants his dog Tuck in the wedding, Stephane not as much

Drew really wants his dog Tux in the wedding, Stephanie not so much

We did get one serious one

We did get one serious one

Deb and Cliff's back yard was a good spot to shoot

Deb and Cliff's back yard was a good spot to shoot

We had a beautiful day for the shoot

We had a beautiful day for photography

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Stephanie's father, Cliff, gave me a great assist with a reflector on this one

Stephanie's father, Cliff, gave me a great assist with a reflector on this one

Kiss

Kiss





Charlotte Family Photography: Anne, Kelly, Darcy and Bridget

After photographing their October wedding in 2007, it was wonderful getting a chance to spend some time with Anne and Kelly as we documented family life five years later with their two children.

It a gorgeous fall morning for a fun photo shoot at their south Charlotte home.

It was such a pleasure catching up with this delightful couple and getting a chance to meet their beautiful children.

Anne and Kelly out for a spin with Bridget, left, and Darcy

Anne and Kelly out for a spin with Bridget, left, and Darcy

Mother and daughter

Mother and daughter

Time for some fun

Time for some fun

Outfit change

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Another version of the group

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Kelly and Bridget

Kelly and Bridget

Timber!

Timber!

Darcy is always having fun

Darcy is always having fun

More play time with dad

More play time with dad

Bridget in the window light

Bridget in the window light

Darcy finally slowed down to read with Kelly

Darcy finally slowed down to read with Kelly

Anne and Kelly on their wedding day outside Belk Chapel

Anne and Kelly on their wedding day outside Belk Chapel





Charlotte Portrait Photography: Carolyn and Paul Silas for Dress for Success

I recently had the privilege of photographing Charlotte Bobcat Coach Paul Silas and his lovely wife Carolyn.

They are the Honorary Chairs for "Look At Her Power," a fundraising event for the Dress For Success program.

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Silas had a distinguished 16-year career in the NBA and he won three championship rings (two with the Boston Celetics and one with the Seattle Supersonics). He's also coached in San Diego (former home of the LA Clippers), the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets and was the first coach for LeBron James when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then replaced Larry Brown as the Bobcats coach last year.

As a sports fan and former journalist, I enjoyed getting a chance to hear about some of their experiences.  They are incredibly gracious and down-to-earth.

Best of luck with this excellent cause!

Carolyn and Paul Silas

Carolyn and Paul Silas





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Kendrick and Clay

I always know that a wedding that features a Kathy Allen Fine Wedding Cake is going to be an impressive event.
So I was excited and privileged to get the opportunity to document Kathy's daughter Kendrick's wedding to Clay at The Duke Mansion. And, as you would expect, the cake and the entire event, were spectacular.
Kathy is known to go above and beyond as she consults with brides to learn more about their dresses and flowers to help her create a masterpiece cake that fits seamlessly into the overall feel of the wedding.
The Duke Mansion was the perfect host for the event, which included an amazing palette of colorful flowers from Elizabeth House.
Adrian Howe of Beauty Sophisticate had the ladies looking gorgeous and Jessica Jonczak and the staff at The Duke Mansion made everything run seamlessly. I got another excellent photography assist from the talented Peter Zay.
You might say the event was, well...a piece of cake.
Congratulations Kendrick and Clay!
Kendrick and Clay

Kendrick and Clay

The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion

A grand entrance with one of Kathy Allen Fine Wedding Cakes as the centerpiece

A grand entrance with one of Kathy Allen Fine Wedding Cakes as the centerpiece

Another view of the magnificent cake

Another view of the magnificent cake

The flowers from Elizabeth House Flowers were spectacular

The flowers from Elizabeth House Flowers were spectacular

The setting for the ceremony

The setting for the ceremony

The dress

The dress

Kendrick's sister Lawson gets an assist from sister-in-law Olga

Kendrick's sister Lawson gets an assist from sister-in-law Olga

Graham comes to see his sister as she gets ready

Graham comes to see his sister as she gets ready

Getting ready

Getting ready

Lawson grabs a photo as Olga finishes her hair

Lawson grabs a photo as Olga finishes her hair

Touching up

Touching up

Kendrick gets a touch-up from makeup artist Adrian Howe

Kendrick gets a touch-up from makeup artist Adrian Howe

Kendrick checks her look

Kendrick checks her look

The ladies gather for some champagne

The ladies gather for some champagne

Kendrick and her mother admire her beautiful bouquet

Kendrick and her mother admire her beautiful bouquet

Kathy enjoys the moment with her daughter

Kathy enjoys the moment with her daughter

Adjusting the veil

Adjusting the veil

Kendrick spots her nephew as she makes her way to the ceremony

Kendrick spots her nephew as she makes her way to the ceremony

Waiting on the staircase at The Duke Mansion

Waiting on the staircase at The Duke Mansion

Clay, his father and the minister wait for their entrance

Clay, his father and the minister wait for their entrance

Love this image Peter captured of Kendrick waiting with her father Gary

Love this image Peter captured of Kendrick waiting with her father Randy

Graham escorts his mother to her seatGraham escorts his mother

Kendrick and her father from Peter's angle

Kendrick and her father from Peter's angle

Walking down the aisle

Walking down the aisle

One of the flower girls got a lilttle off course

One of the flower girls got a little off course

The vows

The vows

Just married

Just married

Finding a quiet spot

Finding a quiet spot

Time for some pictures

Time for some pictures

The ladies were pretty in pink

The ladies were pretty in pink

Kendrick and her sister Lawson

Kendrick and her sister Lawson

The extreme heat was a challenge, but Kendrick managed to keep her cool

The extreme heat was a challenge, but Kendrick managed to keep her cool

Kendrick's brother Graham and his wife Olga

Kendrick's brother Graham and his wife Olga

A kiss for the bride

A kiss for the bride

Time to party

Time to party

Father/daughter dance

Father/daughter dance

Clay dances with his mother

Clay dances with his mother

It's almost a shame to cut such a work of art, but Kathy gives a few pointers

It's almost a shame to cut such a work of art, but Kathy gives a few pointers

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

Kendrick hugs a friend

Kendrick hugs a friend

Enjoying the evening on the grounds of Duke Mansion

Enjoying the evening on the grounds of Duke Mansion

Time to dance

Time to dance

End of a sparkling night

End of a sparkling night





Charlotte Wedding Photography: Dana and Tom

The setting was perfect as Dana, Tom and their families prepared for their wedding on the farm property that has been in Tom's family since 1763.

But a potent spring storm had everyone scrambling as the rain poured down on the morning of the wedding. Plans called for the ceremony in a meadow not far from the farmhouse. Plan B called for the ceremony to be held under the tent that would also be used for the reception.

Fortunately the storm blew through early enough to move the ceremony back to its original setting. The sun even made an appearance, but remnants of the storm were  persistent, gusty winds.

Dana and Tom live in New York City but they wanted to utilize the beautiful family property. It was a wonderful family affair with Dana's brothers and Tom's father and sister in the wedding party.

Following the beautiful outdoor ceremony, everyone moved to a cocktail hour outside the farmhouse before dinner in the tent.

Thanks to Janie Sellers, a friend of Tom's family, who served as wedding director. I had the pleasure of working with Janie several times when she had a wedding planning business and it was great working with her again. The Place for Flowers had everything looking great and Haines Barksdale of For Goodness Cakes created another masterpiece.

I got a great assist from from David Malament, a talented young photographer who came along to help document the day.

The night got a bit chilly but Tom's father built a huge bonfire that was good for keeping warm as well as for making smores.

Sparklers lit the way as the couple headed off for their new life together.

Dana and Tom take a stroll on the family property where they were married
Dana and Tom take a stroll on the family property that has been in Tom's family since 1763
There was a wonderful low-key, country feel to the wedding celebration
There was a wonderful low-key, country feel to the wedding celebration
There were plenty of four-legged friends on hand
There were plenty of four-legged friends on hand
Dana prepares to get dressed
Dana prepares to get dressed
Adding the earrings
Adding the earrings
Dana's father Brad checks on the progress before the wedding
Dana's father Brad checks on the progress before the wedding
Dana gets some help from her mother Barb
Dana gets some help from her mother Barb
Finishing touches
Finishing touches
Something old...
Something old...
Beautiful bride

Classic

A bouquet detail from David
A bouquet detail from David
Tom gets ready
Tom gets ready
Guests head out to the ceremony site
Guests head out to the ceremony site
A little help with directions
A little help with directions
The women head to the ceremony in this image from David
The women head to the ceremony in this image from David
Dana and her father wait to down the aisle from David's vantage point
Dana and her father wait to down the aisle from David's vantage point
Dana glances at Tom as she walks with her father
Dana glances at Tom as she walks with her father
Exchanging rings
Exchanging rings
A happy moment
A happy moment
Celebrating
Celebrating
Another kiss
Another kiss
Both families gather for a portrait
Both families gather for a portrait
A fun shot of the bridesmaids from David
A fun shot of the bridesmaids from David
What started as a rainy, stormy day turned into a beautiful, albeit windy, evening as David captured this portrait
What started as a rainy, stormy day turned into a beautiful, albeit windy, evening as David captured this portrait
I got off a few frames before a huge gust of wind almost knocked us over
I got off a few frames before a huge gust of wind almost knocked us over
The farm provided some great backdrops for photos
The farm provided some great backdrops for photos
Country kiss
Country kiss
A little time alone
A little time alone
Grandmothers head to the reception
Grandmothers head to the reception
Details from David
Details from David
Beautiful confection
Beautiful confection from For Goodness Cakes
Reception setting
Reception setting
Guests make a new friend
Guests make a new friend
Proper footwear required
Proper footwear required
Cocktail hour
Cocktail hour
The parents greet the guests
The parents greet the guests
Dinner
Dana's beautiful wrap belonged to Tom's maternal grandmother
Dana got a little emotional during the first dance
Dana got a little emotional during the first dance
A huge bonfire helped take the chill off the night
A huge bonfire helped take the chill off the night
Sendoff
Sendoff
Making their getaway
Making their getaway




Charlotte Portrait Photography: Kelley and Her "Kids"

Kelley first contacted us in November to get some photos with her "kids," English Bulldogs Lily, Lucas and Brutus.

We decided to wait for some nicer weather and recently got together to photograph the group.

Betsy gave me a hand as we worked to corral them for a family photo.

Thanks for having us out Kelley!

Kelley gives Lucas a big hug

Kelley gives Lucas a big hug

Kelley gets a little love from Lucas as Brutas moves out

Kelley gets a little love from Lucas as Brutus moves out

Brutas takes a breather during the photo shoot

Brutus takes a breather during the photo shoot

Family portrait: Kelley with Lucas, Lily and Brutas

Family portrait: Kelley with Lucas, Lily and Brutus





Something Special: Fall And Holiday Portraits

For a limited time, we’re offering special pricing for our fall and holiday portrait sessions.

These lifestyle portrait sessions are $200, and include  up to four people  ($25 additional for each person or pet).
Also a $50 print or product credit if order is placed in two weeks;  Private online gallery for one month; prints and products purchased a la carte.

Sessions will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis, and book very quickly.
Email or call us to reserve your  time.  We look forward to working with you!

The holidays will be here sooner than you think

The holidays will be here sooner than you think

Our lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to connect with family and friends

Our lifestyle portrait sessions are a great way to connect with family and friends