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Special Events Photography in the Carolinas

Lifestyle photography showcases your life as it really is, no posing. I like to call it the art of the everyday. It mainly aims to capture people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner. Many times the approach is more documentary because the goal is to tell stories. All of my children’s portraits and family photo sessions contain elements of lifestyle photography but lifestyle is always my main approach for special events such as children’s birthday parties, youth sporting events, family reunions, Bar Mitzvahs and more. The images below showcase special event photography happening in and around the greater Charlotte area.  Please visit my professional photography portfolio for modern portraits and additional lifestyle images of families, children, newborns and babies.

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Stories Behind the Special Events

The first five images below are from a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, North Carolina. This session was so special to me because my client trusted me to capture traditions that are different from my own. I’m so honored that she had this much faith in me. My work was a great match for her because she wanted the story of her son’s Bar Mitzvah documented using a mix of casually-posed portraits and lifestyle photography. She wanted someone who would capture the big moments and the small ones no one else saw. This event had a gorgeous mix of black and white images and bold color inside the temple. Click here to see more of this Bar Mitzvah on the blog.

Black and white image of a Bar Mitzvah processional at Temple Beth El in Charlotte NC Bar Mitzvah reading with grandparents at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC Father giving son last minute encouragement before his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, NC Bar Mitzvah family portrait in front of the Jerusalem Wall in Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC Black and white image of two fathers embracing after a Bar Mitzvah at Temple Beth El in Charlotte NC

Temple Israel is also on the grounds of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Charlotte, NC. Below are a few sample shots from a Bar Mitzvah rehearsal in Temple Israel. Photography is not permitted during the actual ceremony at this temple so families are given time during rehearsal to capture special moments. I absolutely adore the stained glass in Temple Israel. The colored light shining through the windows adds such nice warmth and interest to the images. Posed family pictures were taken outside on the temple grounds prior to rehearsal.

Bar Mitzvah portrait in Temple Israel - Charlotte, NC Bar Mitzvah rehearsal photography in Temple Israel, Charlotte, North Carolina

Christenings are a wonderful way to celebrate the Christian faith. The images below were taken at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC. Family members flew in from all over the United States so we wanted to document their attendance on this special day. See more pictures of this cute boy in the blog post Christening Day.

Family portrait after baby christening at Myers Park United Methodist, Charlotte, North Carolina Sweet family of three outside Myers Park Methodist Church after baby boy Baby christening photography - special events in Charlotte, NC

This birthday boy and his family hosted a party featuring the reptiles of Cold Blooded Encounters in their home. I loved attending this party as much as I loved photographing it. The kids were fearless and the adults (including me) were fearful. This was such a unique birthday party and I’m still so appreciative to mom for inviting me to capture it. See more of this Wild Little Birthday Party on the blog.

Birthday photography - Colorful image of boy blowing out candles. special event photography - birthday party with Cold Blooded Encounters (Charlotte, NC)

Youth sports photography is becoming so popular. Children are finding their focus at an early age and thus really excelling in their chosen sport. Parents want to capture these moments and milestones. Here is one of my favorite gymnastics images of a young girl executing a perfect middle split on the balance beam. I love the lines and symmetry in this image.

Special event, sports photography image of a young gymnast completing a split on the balance beamBaseball is one of my favorite sports to photograph. My son plays in the South Charlotte Recreational Association baseball league so I find myself shooting at the ball field a lot. The image below is not my son. It’s one of his teammates strapping on catcher’s gear. I was photographing in the dugout when I turned around and saw this. I knew I was going to love the pops of red, blue and black in this image. I still do.

Sports photography of South Charlotte Recreational Association youth baseballHere’s my son (#7) in the dugout waiting his turn at bat, followed by a few more of my favorite youth baseball images. Check out these blog posts for more baseball photography: Fall Baseball, Youth Sports Photography and Baseball Memories.

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Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts in Matthews, North Carolina stages many amazing plays and musicals every year. Among those are the annual spring student productions. Here are a few sample images from A Year with Frog & Toad and Into The Woods Jr. I grew up loving the stage so being a part of the photography team at Matthews Playhouse is a real treat for me. I love capturing these talented kids in action.

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 Abbe McCracken is an award-winning, natural light photographer specializing in joyful baby, child and family photography. Abbe serves the Charlotte, NC metro area including Matthews, Ballantyne, Blakeney, Weddington and beyond. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers and is the two-time recipient of Charlotte Smarty Pants’ Best Family Photographer (2016, 2015). Other recent awards include Hulafrog South Charlotte’s Most Loved Family Photographer and Charlotte Parent Readers’ Favorite Family Photographer.