Charlotte NC Family Photographer | Joyful Children's Photography » Abbe McCracken is a Charlotte, NC professional portrait photographer specializing in joyful children's photography, family photography, newborn photography. Located in Matthews.

Photographing Adult Children | Family Photos in Charlotte’s Independence Park

Families with adult children should absolutely make time for annual photos. I love that this family still makes it a priority. And I love that this year they picked me to photograph them. Photographing families with older children can be tricky to schedule because many adult children live elsewhere and have their own busy schedules. I’m so glad we found one morning during which all five (Buckeye the dog totally counts too) family members were in Charlotte, NC. Meet my friends The Talaricos!

Mom is a photography lover herself and has an amazing eye for light. One of the first things she said to me during our pre-session planning was how much she loved my use of light. That’s a great thing to hear from someone who really knows photography ;-). Actually it’s a great thing to hear from any client because not only does it show a knowledge and appreciation of my work, it tells me what you as a client want to see in your final gallery. Knowing what you love helps me pick the perfect location and perfect time of day. This family session was photographed at Independence Park in Charlotte. Our start time was early. And when I say early, I mean REALLY EARLY. We were all en route to Independence Park by 7 a.m. I’m an early riser so it was perfect for me but here’s what else was perfect: the light. Look at the gorgeous light in these pictures!

Thank you Talarico family for trusting my recommendations and showing up ready for photo fun. I loved working with you all and hope I get to do it again and again and again. I know it gets harder to schedule as the kids get older, but we will find that one day, that one hour and we will make it work!

Enjoy viewing a few of my favorites from this gorgeous late summer family session featuring adult children.

Family portrait with older children and dog in Charlotte Family photos with adult children - mother and daughters in Charlotte Formal portrait of older children - two sisters - in Charlotte Candid portrait of adult sisters laughing in Charlotte

Gorgeous black and white candid family photo with adult children in Independence Park

Family photos with adult, older children in Charlotte Headshot of a gorgeous brunette taken during a family photography session Black and white portrait of college student with gorgeous backlighting Portrait of adult daughter with gorgeous backlighting, taken during a family photography session Black and white headshot of adult daughter with gorgeous backlighting, taken during a family photography session Gorgeous late summer couples portrait in Charlotte portrait of a dog amongst the flowers in Charlotte Family photos with adult children in Charlotte Family portrait with older children and dog in Charlotte


Abbe McCracken is an 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 2015 winner of Charlotte Smarty Pants’ Best Family Photographer, Hulafrog South Charlotte’s Most Loved Family Photographer and Charlotte Parent Readers’ Favorite Family Photographer.


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