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.

Photography Reviews & Recommendations

“Fantastic experience with Abbe! Such a pro! Able to get the perfect shots year after year. 3 kids and this year we made it hard with our new puppy! We love our family book and Christmas cards. Great location suggestions, too! Thanks, Abbe!” Jen McDonald (Charlotte, NC)

“Our pictures far exceeded our expectations!! Abbe is a natural. Highly recommend!” Shirley Lamm (Matthews, NC)

Abbe not only creates beautiful memories for our family, but is an absolute pleasure to work with. She plays with the kids and makes everyone feel comfortable. She snaps the cutest ‘everyday life’ shots that we will treasure forever! We just moved to Charlotte and she has already photographed our family twice. Our newborn session was wonderful and we plan on many more sessions with her. Can’t recommend highly enough!!Kristin Hall (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is fabulous! We treasure our pictures she has taken of our family over the years. She has a gift for capturing everyone’s true personality.” Alison Efird (Charlotte, NC)

“Thank you again for wonderful family photos. We had a wonderful experience with Abbe for the fourth time. I always treasure her photos of our family.” Melinda Wilkinson (Matthews, North Carolina)

“Abbe is amazing! Not only do I have fabulous pictures to hang in my house but she puts up with my crazy crew (that includes 2 teen boys who hate to take pics, a daughter who is a camera hog and a crazy pup in the mix too) 🙂 We have used Abbe for 6+ years and every year the shots she is able to capture of my family seems to get better!” Patricia Daniel (Matthews, NC)

“Abbe is a marvelous photographer with great social skills. She photographed our entire family of ten (ages 3-74) and she got us all smiling and enjoying the experience. She’s the best!!” Larry Polsky (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe did an amazing job photographing our family. She is very talented and made it so fun our girls even enjoyed it! We highly recommend her and will definetly use her again!” Melissa Sprinkles (Mooresville, NC)

“Abbe is the best! We have used her several times. She makes it fun for the whole family, even the dog!! She met us at a location that we chose and she had never been too. She arrived early, scouted out a couple good spots and we could not be happier with our photos. We will definitely use Abbe again.” Karen Webb (Charlotte, NC)

“Once again, Abbe did a great job capturing great shots of our family. She is the best!” Howie Webb (Charlotte, North Carolina)

“My family (kids aged 21, 18, and 13) had never had professional photographs taken before. My 18 year old son was just about to leave home to join the Navy so I quickly contacted Abbe. She was booked but she moved heaven and earth to squeeze us in. The photo session was fun and easy. And the photos were absolutely unbelievable!! They are an absolute treasure that I am so thankful to have. If you are considering some special photographs, look no further. Abbe is the very best!” Leah Jackins (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe was awesome! She took great family photos and did an amazing job with my 1 year old! She is very talented and we can’t wait to use her again! So glad to have such a wonderful photographer in the Charlotte area. We are very happy with our experience.” Elizabeth Tilley (Indian Trail, North Carolina)

“Abbe did an amazing job photographing our extended family! From the Grandparents to the Grandbabies and everyone in between Abbe made us all feel comfortable while she sorted out our positions and making sure we looked great. Even with a fussy infant, a 3 year old and a 5 year old who weren’t always cooperative, Abbe got some really great pictures of all of us, we are so happy with how things came out! If you’re in the Charlotte NC area and looking for a family photographer I’d definitely recommend Abbe McCracken Photography.” Amanda Watson (San Jose, California)

“Our family had so much fun with Abbe McCracken!! All three kids (ages 16, 14, and 12) were laughing and enjoying themselves, and our sweet dog enjoyed himself as well!! Don’t know how she is able to capture all those sweet, special moments, but she did!! We love our pictures!!” Beth Cotton (Charlotte, NC)

“We had a fantastic experience with Abbe McCracken. She was able to do the impossible and get incredible pictures of our wild and crazy family. Even my daughter who never sits still. Abbe is wonderful to work with, fun, great with kids and we’ll definiltey use her again.” Angie Koehl (Charlotte, NC)

“We love Abbe! We’ve had 2 photo sessions with her and plan for many more. She is so friendly and easy to work with. With young kids, you really need someone who can charm them into relaxing, smiling and being their best selves during photo session – she has a real gift for this. People are always blown away by how amazing her family photos are.” Laura Stanley (Charlotte, North Carolina)

“I highly recommend Abbe McCracken Photography. She provided professional assistance with the whole process, from picking clothing to hanging the prints. The photo session was fun for the kids and us and she captured so many great moments both posed and candid. I am very happy with the quality of the prints, canvas and album I ordered.” The Chambers Family (Charlotte, NC)

“I cannot say enough good things about Abbe! She is amazing! From the first moment we talked to her, she talked us through each step of the process from ideas about where to do pictures to clothing option. She takes her time and makes the photo session fun! We have used her twice now. Once for family pictures and again for senior pictures of our daughter. She had an eye like no other that captures the personalities of everyone. Not only do we have incredible pictures, we have fun memories that will last a lifetime!” Melissa McFarlane (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is so helpful and easy to work with! She is great with kids and makes it as painless as can be for them. We were so pleased with how the photos came out!” Katie Coleman (Charlotte, NC)

“She is a patient and talented photographer and her “eye” sees into the heart of the client and captures that image every time! You won’t be disappointed!” Erica McGee (Charlotte, NC)

“Amazing family photographer! Great natural shots that captured each child’s personality. So easy to work with. We were beyond pleased.” Erin Cook (Charlotte, NC)

“Wow. I would say, as a football coach, the idea of a photography session isn’t what I would call a great Saturday. Wow, was I wrong. I think that Abbe’s photography speaks for itself–it’s the manner in which she makes, no enables, the shoot to be a family experience. Without the photographs ever being shown, Abbe’s direction and caring allowed me to view my wife in all her beauty and see the joy my son brings to me. Once I viewed her photos of our family, I was stunned. I’m, generally speaking, against family photos–seems too much like 1950– but Abbe’s work made me change my mind— so much so we have two of her family portraits displayed in our home and two more of our son as well. Great work. Great Saturday. Great photos. Couldn’t be more pleased.” Mark Nabors (Memphis, TN)

“I can’t recommend Abbe McCracken Photography enough. From the first consult through the photo shoot and delivery of final photos Abbe is professional, sweet, patient, and all around lovely. My family will be having photo shoots with Abbe McCracken for years and years and years. Thank you Abbe!” Kate Shreve (Charlotte, NC)

“I have worked in the photog business for many years, and I can easily say that Abbe is the best! My toddler loved her and every picture she took was a work of art. I would definitely recommend her if you’re looking to capture some memories because she has a way of capturing families in their element.” Becky Smith (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is the absolute BEST – so personable and fun, and her photos really bring out the best in everyone!” Jaime Bettencourt (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe has an amazing ability to make an instant connection with her clients. The fun and comfort we had with her was reflected in the beautiful photographs!” Amie Rucker (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is our absolute go-to photographer. Not only is her work absolutely stunning, she is also exceedingly professional, communicative, timely and great to work with! We have used her twice already, and don’t plan to use anyone else ever again! Thanks, Abbe, for leaving us with memories we will treasure forever!” Aimee Greeter (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe was amazing from the beginning to the end. Our family session, that included a two year old, was fun and carefree. Abbe allowed my children to be themselves and their individual personalities SHINE in the photos! Friends and family were amazed by the photos. Abbe captured such a sweet period of time in our lives. Thank you!!!” Jamie Tallent (Charlotte, NC)

“We loved working with Abbe, she is an amazing photographer! I have 2 teens that were not crazy about having their photo taken- by the end of the session they were smiling, laughing and even asking for MORE individual photographs. Her photography really captured the spirit of my children as well as my 9 yr old Lab.” Annie Koch (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is a TRUE Professional with a sweet personality! She has a special talent in capturing precious moments. Abbe covered my daughter’s baby shower and our newborn session … Her photos were a TRUE reflection of her talent and high quality work!! She has great style and I would highly recommend her to capture your special memories too!! Abbe IS the Best Photographer in Charlotte!!” Donna Staak Durant (Cornelius, NC)

“Abbe is AMAZING!!! My family and I just moved to Charlotte and I knew I wanted Abbe to capture our family’s newborn photos. She did a beautiful job! I have a 3 year old and a newborn. Abbe was wonderful getting them to participate! She made the session fun and relaxing, was very personable, and professional. I absolutely LOVE her work! I am so thankful she could do it and we will use her for years to come.” Holly Cantwell Clark (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe took incredible pictures of my family. She truly captured the personalities of my children. I would recommend to anyone with no hesitations.” Allyson Neeriemer (Matthews, NC)

“Thanks so much for our amazing pictures! I love how you were able to capture our personalities without even really knowing us that well. We had such a great time with you. We all want to hang out with you again!” Missy McFarlane (Waxhaw, NC)

“Abbe did a great job photographing my family of 3 girls. We needed some updated family pictures to include our 2 year old and she amazingly managed to capture some great shots of everyone! Normally, my kids are very shy, but they warmed up to her very quickly. I loved all of the pictures and had a hard time choosing my favorites. We will definitely be using her again in the future!” Jennifer Camp (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe was fantastic!  She rolled with it when my high energy kids would rather tackle than pose, and produced some fabulous and authentic photos in the process.  She captured big smiles, beautiful light, and all the joy and chaos a two and five year old can bring.”  Joy Johnson (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is SO talented and we were thrilled with our pictures!” Marty Pizzo (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe brings great passion and creativity to the table on all of her projects. The quality of her work is just astounding; truly beautiful photographs that perfectly capture the moment! She has worked with me on a number of projects, and whether it’s indoors or out, a large group setting or one-on-one, she always gets the shot!” Evan Kinsley (Matthews, NC)

“Once again, Abbe has done an outstanding job with our family photos. This is the third time we have used her. She does a great job with the kids getting them to smile exactly when needed. She makes the process easy and fun! We used our last photo session for Christmas cards, and I’ve never had so many compliments on a card. Looking forward to our session next year!” Tara Hackney (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is an amazing photographer! She has a knack for bringing out the best in everyone through her photography. She makes you feel so relaxed, as a matter of fact, her sessions are so fun that you forget you are being captured through a lens! I love her work!!”
Pam Bennett (Charlotte, NC)

“Our experience with Abbe was great from start to finish. She helped with all the details and made it fun along the way – wardrobe, location, custom wall art design. Her photos are beautiful – gorgeous light, beautiful colors, natural shots capturing all those personalities. Abbe’s customer service is also top notch; she went above and beyond to make sure we were thrilled with our wall art. We will treasure it for years to come.” Karen Hockey (Waxsaw, NC)

“Abbe is absolutely fabulous to work with! My family typically dreads having pictures taken, but they had such a great time with Abbe! Smiles all around! She had such fresh ideas for family pictures that were traditional yet fun! She was always available for help whether it was suggesting a location for the shoot or picking out wardrobes. Truly a gifted photographer! Thanks Abbe for my beautiful family pictures!” Ben Wallach (Charlotte, NC)

“After seeing Abbe’s awesome work through a friend at work, I hired Abbe to photograph my family. Wow! It was one of the easiest photo shoots we’ve had. While she shot for almost an hour, it felt like fifteen minutes! Not only was she fun and energetic, but she did a great job of making the kids feel comfortable and really brought out their personality, even my youngest and shyest one. At one point towards the end, it was obvious that my oldest was done. However, Abbe still managed to catch another shot of him smiling (which I did not see at all:) & also caught a tender moment between him and me. I loved EVERY picture & I can’t wait to work with her over and over again!!” Susan Waterstreet (Matthews, NC)

“Abbe is amazing! She is fun, creative, super talented, and worked miracles to get the sweetest pictures for our family of six children!” Tamy Elam (Matthews, NC)

“I hired Abbe to take my daughter’s senior pictures but also took the opportunity to get a long overdue family portrait. The pictures are beautiful... I had a hard time choosing. The option to buy a digital package (especially for my daughter who couldn’t wait to share them on social media) was ideal. The qualify of the prints and canvas are awesome. I will definitely be hiring Abbe again for my son’s senior pictures in a few years. Thanks, Abbe!” Phillip Jordan (Matthews, NC)

“We had a fantastic experience with Abbe. She was great with the kids. They’re both young and were particularly challenging that day, but Abbe managed to get some wonderful shots of them in spite of tantrums and disinterest. We were so happy with the photos and pleasantly surprised at the quick turnaround time. Found our family photographer! Thanks, Abbe!” Meaghan Nocella (Matthews, NC)

“Thank you Abbe for such a quick and an easy way to share my photos of the family! I love it! Our fun times with all 11 of us are forever fresh in our minds with your mobile app! You are the best!” Sue Kenny (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe, these are INCREDIBLE!! I love pretty much!!! They are everything I hoped they would be. I am amazed at how your captured the personalities of each of the kids without even really knowing them very well. Really, amazed. As their mom, I love how the looks on their faces and the interactions between them (and all of us) are SO representative of who they are, and who we are right now. The boys together, the girls together, I love how you can see how they act towards each other in these pictures. We are in a phase of our life where Vivian just rules the house. As you have seen, the kids are crazy about her and I am so in awe of how you captured that for us. I realize the kids will get bigger and they will not treat her like this forever, so I am so glad to have this stage captured in these pictures. It is my hope that Vivian will know the joy she has brought to our family. I feel like you caught that better with your camera then I could ever explain to her in words. And the one of John’s freckles and eyelashes — WOW! That will be a favorite forever. And some of the ones of Kate’s sweet smiles….No clue how I am going to choose. And your editing! Would LOVE to watch you edit some day. I LOVE that these pictures look so good but don’t look “fake”.  I think that is a hard balance to achieve. Thanks so much for these and for all the time you put into them. They mean the world to me. You rock.” Maureen Osborne (Charlotte, NC)

“We have done two photo sessions with Abbe McCracken Photography and have loved working with Abbe. The pictures are amazing and the process was so much fun!” Amanda Britt (Charlotte, NC)

“We were absolutely thrilled with Abbe McCracken Photography! She captured such sweet moments with our kids and a gorgeous family portrait! Would totally recommend her and use her again!” Jennifer Voorhees (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe, thank you for an easy and fun experience. I appreciate all your help and we love our pictures!” Kimber Arrington (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is a true professional – from start to finish, she helped us create beautiful and expressive family photos that will last a lifetime. She provided recommendations on dress, location, and getting the kids to smile at just the right time. Taking pictures with Abbe is now an annual family tradition! I would highly recommend Abbe’s services to anyone looking to capture special memories.” Sarah Hyche (Charlotte, NC)

“Being new to the Charlotte, NC area, what was one of the first things we had to do? Find a photographer, of course! After spending time looking through multiple websites, reading reviews, etc…I felt instantly drawn to Abbe’s website. Her fresh outlook on photography, life and family was immediate and could be felt through her work and presentation. She is just as lovely and funny in person as her website portrays! Her attention to detail and her effort in capturing the best light for each photograph makes for wonderful composition. It was so wonderful to be added as part of her ‘client family’! Abbe was easy to coordinate our schedules around and based on our conversations live and on email, translate my non-photography jargon into real recommendations so that our family got the finished products we were looking for! No more being disappointed that we didn’t ‘quite’ get the shot we were looking for….we’re so happy we found AMP and are very happy to recommend Abbe!” Catherine Armstrong (Matthews, NC)

“I have been using Abbe for 3 years now. I am one of those moms that needs yearly pictures of her kids to capture just how much and how fast they change. My children love that they can goof off and have fun even though they have to do this just for mom. Abbe keeps them laughing all while capturing their sweet smiles. She is professional, quick and you get to see the finished product fast….no waiting around for weeks and weeks to see them. I highly recommend Abbe!” Ashley Warner Smith (Charlotte, NC)

“Our family had a fabulous experience with Abbe. She helped us with preparation for the shoot and helped our whole family feel at ease. We actually had fun during the photo session! The downtown location was so perfect for our family’s personality. The turn around on the photos was great and we are very pleased with the beautiful portraits documenting our daughter’s senior year as well as our family at this stage in our life.” Liz Alba (Charlotte, NC)

“Our photo session with Abbe was so much fun. She is obviously a master of her craft, extremely professional and energetic. Abbe was a wiz at keeping our family of 8 relaxed and engaged while capturing our personalities. Also, I love our photos! Abbe is an artist in every sense of the word.” Heather Hobbs (Indian Land, SC)

“Abbe was so great to work with. She had great location ideas and took a ton of great shots so that you have a lot to choose from. I particularly loved the outfit idea emails she sends before your shoot. I also loved that she was willing to come over and help me make our purchase choices. She was able to snap photos of your space and show your pictures in your home – this was awesome and really helped to figure out sizing/location for pictures! Would definitely recommend Abbe to capture your family memories!” Jane Roof (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe was so fun and really easy to work with. AND fast. She captured my family beautifully!” Rachel Busby (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe recently served as our staff photographer for Matthews Playhouse’s spring “School of Theatre” productions of “Into the Woods” and “A Year With Frog and Toad.” She was so fun and easy to work with. Abbe brought so many great ideas to the table when it came to staging shots of all the children in the performances, and she managed to get great shots of every single actor in BOTH shows. On top of that, the quality of her photographs is just phenomenal. We can’t wait to work with her again!” Evan Kinsley, Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts (Matthews, NC)

“Abbe is such a talented photographer! We were so fortunate to be her first newborn session. She came to our home when my daughter Emery was 10 days old. Abbe was so patient and loving. She spent the ENTIRE day playing with my 2 year old Quinn while setting up a variety of backgrounds in between feedings, diaper changes, and naps. Her beautiful photos capture the true essence of love between families. You will not be disappointed!”  Meredith Vesely-Easley (Pineville, NC)

“The moments captured by Abbe McCracken are like no other! Abbe is top notch in all that she offers from consultations, to the shoot, editing, product previewing to taking it into your home for you to treasure always. She is amazing with everyone she meets, babies to grandparents! There isn’t a smile she doesn’t uncover! Her work is impeccable and her ability to relate to her clients in each and every situation is amazing. I would highly recommend Abbe for any moment, milestone or event you want captured! Fantastic!”
Megan Kenny Walsh (Matthews, NC)

“Abbe is an AMAZING photographer and does a great job capturing the individual personalities of my girls! I highly recommend Abbe and can’t wait to use her again!” Jodie Pannell (Charlotte, NC)

“I just wanted to stop for a min and say thank you Abbe. You have really done a great job with our little Yasmine. The picture came out perfect!!! Not only are you talented but patient and kind. Your pictures are all over our home. Cant wait for the next session. I highly recommend Abbe.” Lina Benkirane (Charlotte, NC)

“We have been delighted with the family photos taken by Abbe on multiple occasions. She has a keen eye for capturing the perfect moment, both with expressions and surroundings. Abbe puts everyone at ease and can easily invoke a laugh and smile from children. She goes above and beyond in everything she does. Her turnaround time following the photo shoot is excellent and she is full of ideas about the best ways to showcase family photos. 5+ stars for her magnificent work!” Laura Miyashita (San Francisco, CA)

“Abbe is the exclusive professional photographer for my interior design business. I can not imagine anyone able to more perfectly capture the essence and ‘personality’ of the spaces we design! In addition to being extremely professional AND personable, she is ridiculously talented! She sees just the right angles and adapts with just the right lighting – giving every image layers of interest and a certain ‘glow’ that transforms what could merely be a ‘flat’ photo into a three-dimensional work of art. I simply love seeing my work through her magical lens!” Jodi Paige Kines (Belmont, NC)

“From the moment I met Abbe, I had an instant connection with her. She was so easy to talk to, and we found that we have so much in common; including cities that we have lived in, favorite college sports teams, to life raising a boy and a girl. Abbe’s professionalism is only a “plus” to the amazing work that she captures of you and/or your family. She really takes the time to get to know each person in your family, therefore making your session, more like a social hour, than a photo shoot! I can’t say enough good things about my experience with her.  We have enjoyed working with her so much that even after our year long sessions have been completed, we are scheduling a Christmas card photo session, because we just love working with her so much. Book Abbe for your session today, I can promise you…you will not be disappointed! In fact, your biggest problem will be sorting through all of the gorgeous photos and memories that she captures!” Jennifer Bailey (Charlotte, NC)

“Thank you Abbe for allowing my daughter to see the beauty that I see all the time.” Becky Gregory (Chester, Illinois)

“Wow! What a fabulous family portrait experience we had with Abbe. The kids had fun, parents relaxed and we received beautiful photos and great customer service too!” Anne Miller (Charlotte, NC)

“Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures. You really made our photo experience wonderful (which is hard to do!)” Lisa Drukenbrod (Huntersville, NC)

“So happy to have updated (and fabulous!) pictures of the family.  You are amazing and we look forward to another session.” Ashley Raley (Charlotte, NC)

“This is my forth time using Abbe and this time was to capture a picture of 4 generations of women in my family.  And as usual Abbe went above and beyond!  She is so patient and so talented.  She listens to her clients and captures exactly what you want.  Plus I never feel stress when I have to take three kids to take family pics especially when two are teenage boys.  In just a few weeks Abbe will take pics for me again of kids and our pup and believe it or not my teenagers keep asking when we are taking them.  They love Abbe because she makes it fun :).  Thanks again for capturing so many great memories for me!” Patricia Daniel (Charlotte, NC)

“Our photo session with Abbe was so much fun. She is obviously a master of her craft, extremely professional, and energetic. Abbe was a wiz at keeping our family of 8 relaxed and engaged while capturing our personalities. Also, I love our photos! Abbe is an artist in every sense of the word.” Heather Hobbs (Indian Land, SC)

“Abbe was wonderful to work with! Professional, fun, sweet and worked fast knowing that we had a 9 month old with a short attention span. The pictures are priceless and will be loved forever!” Megan Volkening (Charlotte, NC)

“Our family photos are so important to us. Abbe took such great shots and was so patient with our boys. She made it fun and enjoyable for all of us. I highly recommend Abbe!” Jennifer Neitzel (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe does adults too. I don’t like to be photographed, but needed some “real” non-selfie photos to mark turning point in life, and Abbe was great in capturing my personality in a very casual way–just like me. I have gotten loads of compliments on the photos!” Amy Andrews (Charlotte, NC)

“Abbe is a fun and energetic photographer with one of the most creative minds for photography I have come across. She has a real passion for capturing moments that will be treasured for a lifetime. She is always professional and always seems to know what I am hoping to capture in a session even when I am unsure. She has also been very instrumental in helping me determine the best ways to develop and display the priceless moments she has captured in my home with canvas and framing.” Kelci Smith (Morristown, TN)

“Abbe was amazing! She took my daughter’s senior pictures and also took pictures of all 3 of my children. The pictures were so wonderful that I had a hard time choosing which ones to get. Abbe took time to get to know my children; she made them laugh and smile as if it was a natural process. We will treasure the photos for years to come. I would highly recommend Abbe McCracken Photography! You won’t be disappointed.” Beth Cronin (Weddington, NC)

“Last year, I hired Abbe to photograph my kids because she’s my friend and I wanted to try someone new.  This year, I went back to Abbe simply because she’s so good at what she does. My girls are growing up so fast and I want a photographer who can really capture them. Abbe takes the time to connect with her clients which is so important especially with kids. And as a result, she gets those shots where my girls’ personalities really come through. She captures those playful, silly, honest moments in an amazingly beautiful photograph. Oh and an added bonus – she’s super cool.”  Helen Kim (Charlotte, NC) 


Abbe McCracken is an award-winning Charlotte, NC photographer specializing in joyful child and family photography. Serving Charlotte metro area including Matthews, Weddington, Ballantyne and the communities of Myers Park, Dilworth, Cotswald, Elizabeth, Southpark, Blakeney and beyond.