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If you think I’m crazy for making my first family film during the busy spring photography season, you would be right. It was insane. BUT SO WORTH IT. Every year I fool myself into thinking that once the fall photo season and Christmas holidays are over, we can coast through spring and summer. And every year, April madness takes over. With […]

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Spoiler Alert: Charlotte’s winter storm last week was a total bust. I mean this was supposed to THE BIG ONE. Charlotteans all over town were so hopeful. But in typical Southern fashion, we all got overly excited, bought out all the grocery stores (I seriously saw pictures of shelves with no bread) and then, the snow didn’t […]

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Do you have a photography lover on your holiday list? If so, check out Charlotte Smarty Pants’ blog for my thoughts on the holiday season’s best photography gifts. My recommendations include instant cameras, accessory bundles, film, iPhones and even some of my favorite smart phone editing apps. If someone on your list is getting the iPhone 7, […]

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Someone recently watched Top Gun. And then watched it again. And again. All just before Halloween costume planning time. So none of us were a single bit surprised when Maverick was Jay’s character of choice. He rocked it too and lucky for me, he gave me one shot tonight. One shot. Lucky for him, I LOVE it. Here’s Maverick on […]

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If someone on your holiday list loves photography, then this might be your golden ticket to great gifts. The items below are perfect for all ages and stages of photographers. From novice to seasoned pros, these photography gifts are unique, fun, functional and memorable. Thank you Charlotte Smarty Pants for asking me to prepare this […]

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Do you need holiday card help? If so, creativity is just one click away. This beautiful new holiday card guide from Pinhole Press and the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) has it all! Everything from fun facts and creative ideas to original content from NAPCP member photographers like me. I love being a part of this incredible […]

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The busy fall family photography season is here. With Charlotte, NC temperatures in the 50s this morning, it even feels like fall. That means it’s time to nail down your family photo session attire! Here are some brand new looks that are all shop-able right now! My friend Kate Lemmon of Kate Lemmon Photography in […]

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Have you ever wanted to know what a professional family photographer has in his or her camera bag? Dental floss and wipes (plus a few awesome go-to lenses). Head on over to the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) blog where I’m sharing it all – my professional Nikon camera, my collection of prime lenses, my Lensbaby […]

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In Charlotte, NC the family portrait season is upon us! For me, Daylight Saving Time marks the start of the most wonderful time of the year. Longer days equals more gorgeous light which means I’m one happy family photographer. Don’t get me wrong, snow makes amazing pictures but I welcome spring with open arms. We are lucky that […]

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It’s hard to imagine loving a project more than I’ve loved this iPhoneography one. And it’s hard to believe I actually narrowed it down to 10 favorites (Ok, I didn’t. I just snuck in 2 bonus pics).  One year ago I started an Instagram 365 project with my iPhone only. I kicked it off January […]

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