Freely Nat | Echo Collection Sessions

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Freely Nat | Echo Collection Sessions

 

Ending my 2019 sessions with Natalie of Freely Nat with two more amazing shoots!  We’ve had a real blast shooting together this year and have come up with some amazing content for her blog.  I was happy to help her wrap up her final two shoots of this year, one featuring her biz bestie who runs the podcast Eye Speak It.  These two ladies were truly a joy to work with and capture!  The fun started the moment I greeted them and didn’t end until I put the camera away and we made our way back to our respective homes.  I love when women come together and put competition aside and truly support  one another.  Natalie and Kerri are the epitome of the phrase “community over competition”.  The aspect of this session that I loved the most was doing the podcast setup.  It was fun capturing Kerri in her element as she ‘interviewed’ Natalie.  It was a bit out of the norm from what I typically shoot and was a lot of fun!

 

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My final session with Natalie took place in one of my favorite Charlotte neighborhoods, NoDa…short for North Davidson street.  The artsy NoDa district is vibrant and quirky and was the perfect backdrop for Natalie’s first look which was a fiery red dress that popped against the murals that weave through NoDa.  Her second look was perfect for fall as she was bundled up in a chunky knit and cute booties.  She also brought along her oldest daughter for a few, fun quick shots showing them as they spend quality time together in her final look, showing mamas they can still be cute when going out with the kids.  It was truly a perfect way to wrap up our final session together.  I already know that Natalie is working on some great content for 2020 that I can’t wait to capture for her so make sure you stay tuned for that!

 

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Bianca S. | Lifestyle Photography

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Bianca S. | Lifestyle Photography

 

I’ve got a doozy for ya’ll today!  I’m sharing not one, not two, but THREE amazing sessions that I’ve had with Bianca this year.  If you caught our earlier session from this year back in January then you know she ALWAYS brings it to her sessions and these last few shoots of the year are no exception.  We started things out this summer at a new coworking space in Columbia, SC known as SoCo.  We met up at the Bull Street location where we managed to get lots of great shots showing Bianca in her element as she worked doing presentations and with clients.  This session was a lot of fun and gave us the opportunity to show another side of Bianca to her audience.

 

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Our last two sessions actually took place back to back.  With both of our schedules being tight towards the end of the year we had to make things work and it made for a really fun day!  We first got her and new husband Kurt together for some fun holiday lifestyle images.  Kurt is always a good sport and goes along with our shenanigans.  We capped off this session by heading into the woods for some super cute fall/winter images that are just screaming to be placed on a holiday greeting card.

 

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Our final session took us back to Bianca’s home and specifically her kitchen.  If you follow her on Instagram then you know that she’s recently got into baking.  I love to follow along on her IG Stories to see what she creates next so it only made sense for us to get her in the kitchen and capture images of her at work.  And the best part for me was obviously getting to taste her treats  once everything was said and done.  I had so much fun creating some serious #blackgirlmagic with Bianca for 2019 and am eagerly anticipating what’s in store for 2020 and beyond!

 

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The Holt Family | Rock Hill, SC Session

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The Holt Family | Rock Hill, SC Session

 

I’ve had the honor and privilege of capturing my friend Zaakira on a few different occasions, but this was my first time having the entire Holt family in tow and we had such a great time!  Family sessions with little ones can always be a bit hectic.  The kids usually are only in the mood to take photos for 5 minutes, dad usually doesn’t want to be there at all and mom is completely stressed trying to make sure everyone looks good and smiles on cue.  Well this couldn’t have been further from the truth the day of their session.  Zaakira may have been a bit stressed but she definitely didn’t let it show, her husband Malik was happy to be there and make memories with his family and the kids…well they were a pure JOY to work with!  I tell Zaakira all the time how well behaved her children are, but putting them into a photoshoot scenario can make even the best kids antsy and bored.  Well all three of them had fun hamming it up for the camera and making sure I caught all the fun moments in between.

 

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They will always be one of my favorite families to capture and I’m excited to watch them grow and change over the coming years.  I sometimes rethink shooting portraits outside of brands, but then I get a session like this and it makes me stick around just a  little longer capturing beautiful families that want to create lasting memories with one another.  So, if you’re a family that hasn’t updated their portraits in a while then what are you waiting for?  Now is the time to make it happen!  Contact me today to see how I can help you create new and fun memories for you and your loved ones.

 

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Tamesha B. | Mesha’s Sweet Treats

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Tamesha B. | Mesha’s Sweet Treats

 

I’m so proud of the session that I’m sharing today.  Not necessarily proud of myself because I shoot branding sessions day in and day out, but proud of the person that I had the chance to capture.  My cousin Tamesha, owner and baker extraordinaire, of Mesha’s Sweet Treats has taken the leap into entrepreneur life.  She’s worked in bakeries for years and dabbled in creating her own goodies, but now Mesha’s Sweet Treats is a full fledged business that she runs alongside her mother.  When she reached out to me regarding a branding session I was ecstatic!  I’ve had the pleasure treating myself to some of her desserts over the years so I was happy to work with her in this capacity and share with the world, visually, just how good her treats are!

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Over the course of our time together I was able to capture Tamesha in action showing her baking process from start to finish.  And of course the perk for me was capturing the finished products and then tasting them!  They do NOT disappoint.  We wrapped her shoot by capturing a few headshots that she’s able to use across the board from her website, to marketing materials to her social media accounts.

 

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I’m seriously proud of the woman and business owner she’s become.  And I cannot wait to see what her business blossoms into.  I know she has a seriously bright and SWEET future ahead of her.  If you’re in the Rock Hill area and in need of custom made goodies for your next event (or even just to take home and treat yourself with) then definitely check her out today!  And if you’re a baker, maker or other creative and in need of updated branding images then I’d love to chat with you!  Contact me today to see if I can help you bring your products to life.

 

 

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Shemaine P. | Sweet Pea Chic

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Shemaine P. | Sweet Pea Chic

 

I’ve been doing branding photography fairly consistently for the last couple of years, but oddly enough most of my sessions are with entrepreneurs and creatives that are service based.  So meeting Shemaine of Sweet Pea Chic was a nice change of pace since she offers physical products.  Sweet Pea Chic is a subscription based baby care box company that are designed with women in mind.  With an array of boxes to choose from: including boy and girl boxes and even boxes for moms that are trying to get pregnant!  Shemaine has truly thought of it all.

 

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Since our first session we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate on shooting her boxes for display on her website and social media channels.  And each time that we connect her business grows by leaps and bounds.  I just know in another year from now she’s going to have an entire team backing her efforts.

 

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Being able to watch a dream become a reality become a successful business is one of the perks of what I get to do.  And meeting so many amazing entrepreneurs build their empires is the icing on a very sweet cake!  I thank Shemaine so much for trusting me to help bring her brand visuals to life, for not only her personal branding images but the images of her baby care boxes as well.  And if you know someone that is expecting then you should definitely check Sweet Pea Chic out and gift your loved one something unique.  I promise you they’ll LOVE receiving these packages in the mail as a one time gift or a via a monthly subscription.  And if you have a physical product that you need to put a face with then I’d love to chat with you about my various branding packages to see how I can help you bring your vision to life!  Email me today so that we can begin planning for your session.

 

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