Bianca Gets Married!

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Bianca Gets Married!

 

Branding sessions are my faves and Bianca of The Crawford Austin Agency is one of my favorites to shoot with, BUT today I’m excited to share not one, but TWO, personal sessions that Bianca and I created together.  I’m so grateful for Bianca and her belief in my business over the years and the fact that we’ve become friends is just an added bonus!  So when she asked me to shoot her engagement and bridal sessions of course I jumped at the opportunity.  And as much as I love capturing my client’s in their business element, I love when they ask me to  share in their private moments as well.

 

Bianca and Kurt’s engagement session was originally slated for NoDa, but on a bright, sunny day that was a no go.  People were milling about EVERYWHERE and parking was slim to none, so I contacted Bianca and told her we needed a backup plan.  We moved to uptown Charlotte, a favorite shooting area of mine, and it worked out perfectly!  The trees were in full bloom and it made way for a gorgeous backdrop to tell their love story.

 

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Finding a location that had an indoor option for Bianca’s bridal session was a bit of a harder feat.  I always encourage my bridal portrait clients to find a location that’s scenic both inside and outside that way if the weather decides to not cooperate we have the option of going indoor.  Bianca decided that we’d shoot at the SC State Museum located in downtown Columbia, SC and I was excited to shoot somewhere new!  While we didn’t venture into the museum itself, the lobby area, both downstairs and upstairs provided plenty of options for her session.  Plus, Bianca was a stunning bride so we could’ve have literally shot anywhere and she would’ve glowed.  I am so excited for Bianca and Kurt’s journey into married life and am so thankful that I was able to witness their union in person.  I know they’re in for many exciting days ahead and I can’t wait to witness it all.

 

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Carmen C. | Charlotte Branding Session

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Carmen C. | Charlotte Branding Session

 

Carmen of Brand Stories The Blog reached out to me regarding a branding session that we did back in March of this year and we quickly hit it off!  She then inquired about signing up for my Echo Collection package which allows entrepreneurs, bloggers, creatives, etc to work with me several times throughout the year at a discounted rate, giving you images to consistently use for your social media accounts, website, marketing materials and more.  So today you guys are in for a treat and getting two sessions in one blog post since I’ve had the opportunity to work with her twice now.

 

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Her initial session took place in uptown Charlotte and was fun, vibrant and showcased who she is as a person and business owner.  It was a great way for us to get to know one another and see if we’d like to continue working together over the next 365 days.  The first session with a client always gives me a good feel for who they are and what message they want to portray in their images.  Carmen’s second session which took place this past June was just one block away from her original session, but gave a completely new feel.  We met at Amelie’s (a Charlotte staple) and got some great casual shots as well as shots of her working and being in her element.  I’m already anticipating what our next session will be!

 

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Carmen is a brand strategist with over 14 years of experience developing and building brands in highly competitive markets.  She specializes in building marketing plans through digital, brand and experiential marketing.  She enjoys learning and staying abreast of industry trends and personal development.  You can connect with Carmen on her website or Instagram account.  And if you’re in need of consistent imagery for your brand and want to learn more about the Echo Collection then I’d love to connect with you!  Contact me today to ask any questions you may have or to book your session.

 

 

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Ashley M. | Columbia Realtor Session

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Ashley M. | Columbia Realtor Session

 

I’m truly thankful for the connections that I get to make through this little business of mine.  My makeup artist, Whitney of Whitney Elise Beauty referred her friend and fellow boss babe Ashley aka The Real Estate Diva to me for some updated branding images.  Ashley and her mom, Michelle, who is now part of her team and I had a ball getting to know one another during our time together.

 

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We started their session at a beautiful model home in Columbia, SC where I was able to capture images of them as a team as well as individually making sure to show off not only their professional sides, but their fun personalities as well.  I love when I’m able to connect with my clients on a personal level and they’re able to relax and have fun in front of my lens and that’s exactly what happened during our time together.

 

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After moving locations we headed to one of my favorite areas in downtown Columbia, SC known as The Vista.  Lots of people were out and about in this busy area due to a perfect Southern day, but we managed to get some great shots even while having an audience in tow.  I’m excited to see where Ashley’s budding business takes her in the future and just by following her social media accounts I know she’s passionate about what she does and has her client’s best interest at heart.  If you’re located in the NC, SC or GA region and looking to buy or  sell your home then definitely check Ashley and Michelle out!  You can find them on Instagram as well as Facebook!  And if you’re a realtor needing some updated branding images for your business then I’d love to chat!  Contact me today so we can begin planning your session!

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Tylah + Antoinette | Confetti Heart Wall Session

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Tylah + Antoinette | Confetti Hearts Wall Session

 

Being in business for 8 years there’s not much new under the sun that I get to shoot.  Families, brands, engagements, seniors, birthdays…I’ve done them all.  And while each session varies due to the wide range of clients I get to work with for the most part each one is similar to the next.  But today I get to talk about something I’ve never had the opportunity to do before…mother and daughter branding sessions.

 

I worked with Antoinette of Invocare Clinical Research earlier this year for her business branding session and then a few months later had the opportunity to do a branding session with her daughter Tylah, creator/owner of House of GAR (Girls Always Rule).  Antoinette’s session took place in downtown Rock Hill and we vibed so well!  I love it when I meet clients that I automatically gel with and they immediately feel like old friends.  Learning about Invocare, which is a medical research site network, dedicated to the advancement of medicine was so interesting to me because it was a field I knew absolutely nothing about before discussing it with Antoinette.

 

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Following that session, Antoinette reached out to me about getting some images for her daughter Tylah as she began her entrepreneurial journey.  I was so excited for this opportunity because I love it when parents see a something inside their child that lights them up and then helps them to achieve that goal.  Antoinette and her husband are doing an amazing job with fostering Tylah’s creativity and being her own boss.  I’m so excited to learn more about Tylah’s brand, which will be a premiere brand for girls featuring her line of children’s makeup!  This is just the beginning for Tylah and with her amazing parents backing her endeavors she’s going to go on to do amazing things.  Stay tuned for what’s to come from both of these ladies!

 

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April Turns 40!

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April Turns 40!

 

Milestone birthdays should be celebrated to the fullest!  Lavish spa days, birthday drinks with your loved ones and of course a fabulous photoshoot has to be on the agenda as well!  I was so excited when April contacted me about helping her to ring in the big 4-0 a few months ago.  She and her husband BROUGHT it for their love story session last year so I knew that she was going to pull out ALL the stops for this session and she did NOT disappoint.

 

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With three looks that reflected her elegant and fun sides we had a blast catching up and making this session as memorable as possible.  A modern and chic (and might I add new) apartment complex in Columbia, SC was the backdrop for our session and it went so well with each one of her looks.  Her white gown played perfectly with the piano room that guests enjoy during their down time.  Her blush sequin dress was fitting for the interior of the complex with it’s lush furniture and beautiful lighting.  And then finally her fun and flirty dress was great as we captured her outside with balloons in tow.

 

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I know this year will be epic for April and I’m so thankful that she allowed me to play a small role in helping her to celebrate it.  And if you have a milestone (or other) birthday coming up soon then I’d love to do a life celebration session with you!  There’s no better way to capture this moment in your life than getting glammed up and treating yourself to a photoshoot.  I personally think it is the perfect way to kickstart your much deserved celebration.  You can never go wrong with loving on yourself, right?  Contact me today so that we can begin planning your session!

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