In addition to the outdoor shots, Sean and Jennifer wanted to feature some of the over-sized candy that would be available through their shop in a striking way. We got together a second day to do an indoor studio session with the boys. There is nothing like a bright white background to make the colors pop (or should I say SugarPop?! *wink wink*).

SugarPops Candy Photo Session SugarPops | part 3 | mooresville child photographer

My favorite part was capturing the m&m’s shower…

SugarPops Candy Shop Photos1 SugarPops | part 3 | mooresville child photographer

If you are interested in decorating your business with photos that feature your products, your clients, or your family, please contact me to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your needs and build a vision!

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I have been so excited to share the rest of the photos from my session with the owners of SugarPop’s, the new candy store that is opening in downtown Mooresville in November of 2012! But this being the busy season for photographers with the holiday season fast approaching, I haven’t had a lot of time to work on blogging. Being busy is a good thing though, right? (nodding my head!)

Collaborating with the Colas family to create the art that will be hanging in their candy shop has been a great experience. We decided to do two very different sessions: the first was at Fisher Farm Park. We wanted a variety of photos that featured some of the different candies that would be available at their store. There are so many types of candy so it was a challenge to decide which candies to use and how to feature them. And since SugarPop’s isn’t going to be only selling candy, we also wanted to feature some of the “pop” (or soda as we call it around here) that would be available at the store.

We lucked out with gorgeous weather, and Jen did a great job picking out brightly colored clothes and the denim overalls to add some great POPs of color! (see what I did there? LOL!) My friend, AnnMarie, who has a business creating custom items for parties and events helped me to set up the candy bar. If you ever want to give your party or event some of those special touches that will make your guests say “WOW,” be sure to visit her etsy shop Custom Event Creations to check out her gorgeous products! Every product is hand-crafted, and she offers all types of customization options to help you make your party special.

And now, get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth…

SugarPops Mooresville Photographer SugarPops candy store | mooresville family photographer

Mooresville Child Photographer Candy Photo Session SugarPops candy store | mooresville family photographer

Lake Norman Photographer SugarPops SugarPops candy store | mooresville family photographer

Lake Norman Child Photographer Soda Shop Photo Session SugarPops candy store | mooresville family photographer

Mooresville Family Photographer Candy Shop Photo Session SugarPops candy store | mooresville family photographer

Stay tuned for the next installment of photos from our candy shop studio photo session! And be sure to go check out SugarPop’s Grand Opening on November 3rd!

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Fall is always one of the busiest times of the year around our house. Between heading back to school, sports, and all of the fun holidays my days are packed! But when you add in the fact that it is also one of the prettiest times of the year and that lots of families like to have new portraits for holiday cards? Well, it can get just a little nutty.

Since there aren’t enough days in a weekend, and enough weekends in the fall to schedule all of the families who want to have their photos done, I am offering two days of mini sessions this year. What’s a mini session you ask? Well, it is the fun and personal attention found with a custom photographer but for a shorter amount of time. There won’t be time for clothing changes and photos of all the various combinations of your family that you get during one of my full-length sessions, but there will be time for individual pictures of children, a group photo of the children, and a few different photos of the whole family. You will end up with about 12-15 edited photos to choose from for holiday cards, to update the family portrait in your own home, and to make grandparents happy when they open a package with photos of their favorite people.

This year I am offering a few different packages because one size really never fits all! However, these sessions get booked quickly, so be sure to contact me soon to make sure that your family is on my schedule.

Fall Mini Sessions fall mini sessions are here!

Oh, and my referral program? It still applies to mini sessions! You will get a $50 print credit* to use for purchasing prints or digital files from your mini session. So be sure to pass this along to your friends!

* Print credits are good for purchasing gift prints, wall prints or digital files. They can not be used for photo books, gallery canvases, or custom cards.

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When working with small children, sometimes you just don’t get the photograph you envisioned straight out of the camera. Especially if there is more than one small child. And when there are three small children? Aged 4, 2 and 1? Well. It becomes even more of a, ummm,  let’s just call it a challenge

Recently I had the opportunity to enter into a collaboration with a new candy store that is coming to my town. If you are ever in Mooresville, NC, be sure to go check out SugarPop’s! We got together to shoot some photos that will be hung in the store when it opens in November of 2012. The photos primarily featured the three young sons of the store’s owners enjoying some of the candy that will be sold at the store. At the end of our session, we got a little silly and had the boys “tie up” mommy and daddy with multi-colored licorice laces!

I assure you that while this may sound fairly easy, trying to get all three boys (did I mention that they were young?!) to look at me and give their best evil villain faces all at the same time was just not happening. They had already consumed sugary soda, and some gum balls, and some lollipops, and were buzzing just a little bit with their sugar high. And a 1-year-old honestly does not understand what an evil villain face even is, let alone how to make one! But we kept trying, and I kept shooting, and thanks to a little photoshop magic I think we got a very fun final shot.

While I was working on editing this  particular shot, I thought “Hey! This might be a fun way to illustrate the joy of composite photos! I bet people would get a kick out of seeing this!” What is a composite photo you ask? Simply, it is taking parts of at least two different photographs and combining them into a single photo.

So, here’s the photo that I decided to use as my base picture:

Step 1 base1 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

This picture worked because the dad’s expression was hilarious to me, the 2-year-old was facing the right direction, and the 1-year-old was looking at his big brother. But I didn’t like that the oldest son’s face wasn’t visible.

So I erased him. Ha! That will teach you not to look at me!

Step 21 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

His little brother is now thinking “Hey! Where’d he go?!”

I had a great picture of the oldest brother doing a super hero/villain pose, so I copied that part into this photo. After all, he’s just too adorable to erase forever! I’m not a mobster ya know:

Step 31 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

Baby brother is now thinking “Wow! My brother is the coolest! He can disappear! He can reappear! He can do kung fu!”

So I could have stopped here, but I had an even better facial expression for our little 2-year-old:

Step 41 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

Oh yeah! Now that is looking much better! If you look really close you can see that he is supplementing his sugar buzz with a little bit of blue licorice…

I’ve just about got what I want now. But mom looked even cuter than this in yet another photo, so I decided to swap her too. Here is a glimpse at all the little pieces that are now layered on top of my base photo:

Hidden Base1 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

See what I mean about mom? She’s cute in every picture I took of her, but the way she is looking down at her sons in this picture, with her head sort of tilted towards her husband is better than the base photo.

And here is my final version:

Step 51 behind the scenes | photoshop magic

So. What do you think? I think photoshop is pretty cool. And I think that these parents are even cooler! And I think their sons will think they won the lottery for cool parents–after all, they own a CANDY store!!

I can’t wait to share more photos from our candy shop photo shoot.

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love babies? They are just such delightfully squishable little humans! Newborns are special, but once a baby hits about 6 months old, then the real fun begins. They are completely fascinated by the world around them, and are easily enchanted by the sound of a raspberry… Every little thing is something else to be explored, and investigated. And they don’t know how to say “no” or talk back to you yet!

Now, to hear me wax poetic about babies, some folks might think that I would like another baby of my own. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! Instead, I enjoy spending time with other people’s babies! Just for a little while, when I get to gush over them and help their parents remember just how precious they were when they were very small. And then I can hand them back and go back to enjoying my children who currently sleep through the night (unless there is a thunderstorm, then all bets are off)! And I get to share their complete yummy-ness with you.

Blair is an absolute doll who came to visit my home studio this summer. Isn’t she lovely? Aren’t her eyes just about the prettiest blue you’ve ever seen?

Lake Norman Baby Photographer 11 blair | 9 month session | mooresville, nc baby photographer

 

Lake Norman Baby Photographer 2 blair | 9 month session | mooresville, nc baby photographer

Mooresville Baby Photographer 1 blair | 9 month session | mooresville, nc baby photographer

Mooresville Baby Photographer 21 blair | 9 month session | mooresville, nc baby photographer

Mooresville 9 Month Baby Portraits blair | 9 month session | mooresville, nc baby photographer

And the best part is that her family may be moving to Mooresville permanently and I will get to take her pictures as she grows up! Thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter with me!

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I got together with this gorgeous family on the HOTTEST day of the summer of 2012! How hot was it, you ask? Well, on my way there the thermometer in my car recorded 104F! At 6:45 p.m. And for those readers not from the East coast and not familiar with the way humidity makes things even hotter, let me just say that it was positively sweltering. I brought along a cooler full of waters and a few Frogg Toggs to help keep everyone relatively comfortable and hydrated, and they brought along waters too–great minds think alike! They hadn’t seen the Frogg Toggs before, and were very impressed with how they helped. I don’t know how our family would survive baseball season without them!

Mom did a great job selecting clothes that photographed beautifully–such a nice mix of patterns, solids and color. Navy and white really lends itself to crisp, classic, summery photos.

I love when parents are as relaxed and comfortable with each other as J & D are! They have been together for over 20 years, and D’s infectious smile and mischievous nature made for an enjoyable evening together. Their attitudes really set the tone for the entire session, and it was obvious that their children were so comfortable in their own skin thanks to their loving and obviously affectionate family.

But enough blabbering from me! Feast your eyes on their gorgeous photos:

Lake Norman Family Photographer the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

Mooresville Family Photographer the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

Mooresville Childrens Photographer the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

Lake Norman Childrens Photographer the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

Mooresville Family Portraits the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

Trump National Golf Club Charlotte Family Portraits the j family | Mooresville, NC family photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When AnnMarie called to ask if I would be available to take first communion portraits of her daughter, I got such a thrill — it is just so cool when one of my clients calls me back to do new portraits! This was my first time taking photographs to document such a special occasion, so I was also a little nervous. But Emma made the entire experience just about perfect! I tried several times to have her look more solemn, or thoughtful, or prayerful, but that smile just couldn’t be contained. She was so excited to be in such a pretty, twirly dress! And she did look like an absolute dream.

One of the really cool parts of our session was while we took a few of the photos in AnnMarie’s bedroom, she showed me one of her wedding portraits, and the top of her dress looked almost identical to the one she had found for Emma! In fact, Emma was wearing several meaningful items: a pearl bracelet that her aunt had had made for her using pearls from her deceased grandmother’s pearl necklace; a cross that she had received as a gift, and a customized crystal rosary with her name spelled out on some of the beads.

Thank you for the opportunity to try something new, and trusting me to document this special event!

First Communion Photos emma | first communion session

First Communion Detail Photos emma | first communion session

First Communion Portraits emma | first communion session

First Communion Portrait Session emma | first communion session

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This photo session was a bittersweet celebration of a beautiful little girl’s first birthday. You see, Catherine has been one of my Little Sprouts babies. For the past year I have had the pleasure of working with this family to document some of the important milestones in the first year of her life. We met just days after she was born to capture the oh-so-fleeting newborn stage; then again when she was a smiley four-month-old, and was just starting to sit up; and then when she was eight-months-old and crawling and just brimming with curiosity. And so while I am so happy for her and her family, I will miss seeing them quite so frequently!

I love that our sessions become a blend of lifestyle photography that is a bit more photojournalistic and catches the moments where the family is interacting naturally with some studio-style images included to just feature our little star.

Lake Norman Family Photographer catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Catherine’s mom made the beautiful banner in the background to use at her first birthday party the week before, and it made a gorgeous accent for our photos!

Mooresville Baby Photographer catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Huntersville Family Photographer1 catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Lake Norman Baby Photographer catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Mooresville One Year Old Baby Photographer catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Lake Norman First Birthday Photographer catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

I have Maddy’s Fatty’s bakery from Cornelius make all of the cakes used for my first birthday cake smash photos. I love that their cakes are all natural, beautiful, and they taste delicious! Catherine was a little tentative with the idea of smashing the cake, though. She did not like getting her fingers messy, and was much more interested in inspecting the cake and frosting than she was in actually eating it!

Lake Norman Cake Smash catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Mooresville Cake Smash catherine | first birthday celebration session and cake smash

Happy Birthday, Catherine! And thank you to your family for trusting me to be your photographer throughout this year. I look forward to seeing you again once you are two!

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I think I might have the most gorgeous clients. Seriously! I don’t know if I am just lucky, or if it’s just the love that seems to shine through that makes them appear more beautiful.  This particular gorgeous family has been trying to schedule a session with me for nearly a year now, and we finally got a date that worked with their sons’ busy soccer schedules! M asked me for some suggestions for what to wear, and I gave her my usual tips: Pick two or three colors that go well together; feel free to mix in some patterns but be sure to also mix in some solids; think layers and accessories because they add great visual interest to your photos and look great when converting to black and white (which she tends to prefer hanging in her home).

As you can see below, she did an outstanding job! Look at all that texture. There is so much detail, but their faces are what really shine. And if you scroll down a bit to the color image, you can see she started with her son’s blue plaid shirt that had just a bit of red running through. She focused on the blues, but notice how they are all in the same general palette? Almost as if you were looking at one of those paint strips with the lightest blue ranging to the darkest blue. And then she POPPED by picking a red shirt for herself (layered under the light blue so that the red isn’t too overpowering) that matched the red stripe in her son’s plaid! And POP she should as the only chica in this family of guys.

mooresville family portraits the h family | mooresville, nc family session

And as per usual, there is no way I can stop with sharing just two photos of this family! The boys were so playful, and by the end they kept saying “how about if we take one doing ________?” Definitely a fun photo session for me too! So here’s a bit more for you to feast your eyes:

mooresville child photographer the h family | mooresville, nc family session

mooresville childrens photographer the h family | mooresville, nc family session

mooresville children photographer the h family | mooresville, nc family session

mooresville family photographer the h family | mooresville, nc family session

mooresville family photographs the h family | mooresville, nc family session

mooresville family photos the h family | mooresville, nc family session

Thank you for trusting me to capture your family as it was right then! I will never forget your “feats of strength” at the end!

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Spring Mini Sessions

February 25, 2012

 

As I mentioned in my last post, I am scheduling mini sessions to raise money and awareness for Batten Disease.

 

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to experience the fun of having family portraits made in a unique location with a custom photographer!

 

 

 

 

 

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