Happy Holidays from Charlotte, North Carolina … though this picture was taken in Hawaii over the summer, so Mele Kalikimaka too!
For maybe the first time ever, we had our Christmas card done in July. It was so nice!! Because of my busy fall photography schedule, we are usually scrambling to design a card at the 11th hour. But not this year. We hired my amazing friend Barb Toyama to photograph our family while we were on vacation in Maui. She took so many amazing pictures. We loved every single one and I’m so grateful for these images. I’ve included a few favorites below. Lots of people asked if I liked being on the other side of the camera. Yes! I loved it. I loved being able to focus on my family time knowing that Barb would see us and capture the real us. That’s the beauty of what we as professional photographer do – we see you and we document it. Sometimes we have to draw you out and sometimes we have to reel you in (speaking to my own kids here), but we find you and help you see the real beauty that is your family.
Thank you to all of the families who trusted me to see and document their beauty in 2016. Every year I wonder if we can top the last one and every year we do. I have the most amazing clients – I can’t tell you all enough how appreciative I am to have your faith and trust. A lot goes into planning the perfect photo session and I am always so honored when families trust me to guide them through it all. Thank you all for giving me creative freedom to create. That may sound corny but I have a lot of clients who say “just do your thing.” For an artist, there’s no higher compliment or greater sign of trust. What a gift you’ve all given me.
Happy Holidays everyone and safe travels near and far! We are home in Charlotte for the holidays this year and looking forward to a little time off.
Here are a few favorites from our own Hawaiian family photo session with Barb Toyama.
Abbe McCracken is a multiple award-winning photographer serving Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas of Matthews, Ballantyne, Weddington and beyond. She specializes in joyful family and children’s photography. Abbe is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and is the two-time winner of Charlotte Smarty Pants’ Best Family Photographer (2016, 2015). Other recent local awards include Hulafrog South Charlotte’s Most Loved Family Photographer and Charlotte Parent Readers’ Favorite Family Photographer.