Uptown Charlotte Senior Portraits

May means graduation for most of my senior clients. To celebrate, I’m featuring them on the blog all month long, starting with this handsome University of North Carolina, School of the Arts (UNCSA) senior.  He is graduating this weekend and will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the fall to pursue a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Directing.

Meet my new friend Stewart. I photographed his senior session in the fall and he absolutely killed it. He looks like a model working the Uptown Charlotte runaway. Because he attends school in Winston-Salem, we only had one weekend to shoot his senior portraits. Luckily the weather cooperated. It was beautiful in Charlotte this day. Stewart started his senior pictures in a sharp three-piece suit, then transitioned to a more casual look and even donned his UNCSA gear to commemorate his senior year.  All three looks fit his personality so well.    

Stewart was one of only four candidates admitted to Carnegie Mellon’s directing program. It was his first choice school and as you can imagine, he and his whole family are over the moon. I’m so proud of him too. You know we love the arts in my family and truly understand that this is a BIG DEAL. My daughter is already eyeing BFA programs across the country.  Carnegie Mellon is easily one of the best.

Congratulations Stewart and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your senior year. I loved working with you all and can’t wait to photograph Mel in a few years.   

Uptown Charlotte senior portraits for guys
Uptown Charlotte senior portraits for guys
Uptown Charlotte senior portraits for guys near Knight Theater and Mint Museum
Uptown Charlotte senior portraits for guys
Dressy senior portraits of a UNCSA high school senior in Uptown Charlotte.
Senior boy in three-piece suit and tie photographed in Uptown Charlotte, NC
Uptown Charlotte senior portrait for guys
Uptown Charlotte senior portraits with the family
Senior portrait on the steps of Charlotte's Mint Museum
Senior portraits on the steps of Charlotte's Mint Museum
Siblings hugging during son's senior portrait session in uptown Charlotte, NC
Portrait of siblings taking during the son's senior portrait session in uptown Charlotte, NC
Candid picture of a mother and son hugging during his senior portrait session
Candid picture of a senior boy
Senior portrait of a guy casually dressed in uptown Charlotte
Sibling portrait taken during the son's senior portraits
Candid picture of a high school senior laughing at his family off camera
High school senior portraits in uptown Charlotte, one of father and son
Portaits of a high school senior wearing his UNCSA shirt

I’ll be featuring high school seniors all month so come back next week for another new session. In the meantime, please visit my senior portfolio or click here for more senior sessions from the blog.

Abbe McCracken, award winning photographer

meet Abbe

Welcome to my blog! I’m a child and family photographer based in Charlotte NC.


Parents always ask, “what if my kid doesn’t listen?” My answer: that’s actually perfect. Don’t tell your children I said so, but personalities shine when listening ears fail. I welcome the silly. I want the giggles. I watch for honest smiles, real connections and stolen family moments.


This applies to your big kids and high school seniors too. Wink, Wink.

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