8 Years And Counting…
What’s this? A midweek blog post?! Why, yes it is! You may be seeing these a bit more frequently since I have so many wonderful sessions to share with you all and I would hate to have to share March sessions all the way in November. So definitely be on the lookout for the random midweek blog post every now and then. But that’s not what we’re here for today. Today I celebrate my 8 year photography anniversary! I seriously cannot believe that I have been on this creative journey for almost a decade. It’s been filled with amazing highs and even a few lows, but every single moment taught me something valuable that I still carry with me to this day.
And to celebrate this milestone I’m also sharing some AMAZING news! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you’ve already heard the announcement, but if you haven’t then you’re in luck. Starting in June I will be opening up weekdays as available shoot options! I currently work a full time job at an insurance agency with my dad and it’s been something I’ve loved doing for nearly 17 years now. But then along came this amazing photography journey which has created some wonderful opportunities for me. Over the last year business has seriously picked up and it’s had me booked out months in advance which meant I was unfortunately having to turn away some business because I couldn’t fit anyone else into my already packed schedule. I decided it might be time to open up a couple of weekdays to be able to accommodate more clients so after having a heart to heart with my dad we agreed that two Fridays a month would be a good start. Well he must’ve done something brainstorming because after that conversation he came to me and recommended that I open up ALL of my weekdays to allow for more sessions. I have to admit I was a bit blown away by his suggestion. Could he really manage things at the office without me on the days I was gone? Is this really something that I wanted? When all these years I’d never even CONSIDERED taking this photography thing full time? The answer is yes. So much yes! I don’t see myself being out of the office more than 2-3 days per week and could still come in on some of dates I have sessions if need be and yes, more time to pursue this passion of mine is exactly what I need.
So having said all of that, I am now available to book sessions on weekdays and weekends! If you’re used to me sharing my available weekend dates on social media I will continue to do so since I know those are coveted and go quickly, but now I will have more flexibility to shoot and meet and work with even more amazing people! So if you’re in the market for a branding, family, engagement/couple, bridal, birthday or senior session please contact me today so we can begin planning your next shoot!
Bianca C. | Romare Bearden Park Session
Romare Bearden Park is one of my favorite places to shoot in uptown Charlotte. It gives you both park and city vibes all at once. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte it’s a beautiful backdrop for any type of session as well as a great place to spend some time with your family or take your dog on a leisurely stroll. While I love shooting in this unique location, the morning of Bianca’s branding session wasn’t the most ideal. It was freezing cold and super windy. And since we were located in uptown the wind seemed to be amplified by 100 which made getting Bianca changed in the portable changing tent somewhat tricky. If you’ve ever wondered how many women it takes to hold down a pop-up tent to keep it from flying away I’ve got the answer for you. Three. It takes three women.
But even though this session was slightly more challenging than our others, it was still a ton of fun. With the help of Naida of Styled By Naida we managed to make it work and look effortless in the process. And that’s the whole goal, right? When sharing images of a session the viewer should never know the struggles we went through to get the shots.
Multiple wardrobe changes, moving locations within the park and bringing out a lot of Bianca’s personality made this shoot one for the books! By the end of it we were all ready to hop into our warm vehicles and head back home, but it was a fun adventure that I’m sure we will all talk about for a long time to come. And if you’re someone that loves a good adventure and are in need of updated branding images then I’d love to connect with you! Contact me today so we can create a session you’ll rave about.
Brittany S. | Law Firm Branding Session
I’ve had so much fun connecting with various entrepreneurs and business owners over the years. Brittany, a lawyer based in South Carolina reached out to me for my $100 Headshot Session and we met on a dreary, cold morning in January in uptown Charlotte. She told me about the law firm she was starting, Law Office of Brittany Sutton and when she indicated that she was covering creative law I was super excited to know more!
Sometimes working as an entrepreneur we feel like we have to figure things out on our own. A lot of times we go into business not getting all of our legal ducks in a row, so to speak. Either because money is tight or because we don’t know where to turn when it comes to all things legal we draft up contracts on our own that may not fully protect us in the event of a lawsuit from a client. Thankfully this has never happened to me, but there’s a first time for everything and if and when that day ever comes I want to make sure I’m fully protected and if you own your own business you should feel the same way. I definitely plan to pass along Brittany’s information to my fellow entrepreneurs that can use her services once she gets things up and running. Her professionalism and kind spirit from just the short time period we spent together let’s me know she will go far running her own business. I’m so excited to see where her career takes her and hope I get the opportunity to work with her again in the future. Once her business is up and running make sure to visit her website here. And if you’re in need of updated headshots then I’d love to chat with you about bringing your vision to life. Contact me today so we can begin planning!
Iris S. | Photographer Branding Session
So what do you do when you have a client that flies in from out of town specifically for their branding session and not only is it a cold winter morning, but then it also decides to rain? You improvise. For most rain dates I am able to reschedule the session for a future date, but that’s not always an option, as it was in Iris’s case. We connected via social media well before booking her session so when I heard she planned to fly in I was ecstatic! I love connecting with other photographers that I don’t get the opportunity to see on a regular basis.
Since the weather was not on our side that day we decided to take things indoors to warm up and stay out of the rain. A covered walkway right in the center of uptown Charlotte made for the perfect first location. During our session Iris told me all about her passion for shooting musicians in their natural element. I’ve since had the chance to view her images on her social media page and she definitely has an eye for making you feel like you’re right at the concert with her.
We moved on to our second location which also had a nice covered patio so even though we weren’t fully outside we were still able to get some great shots of her with some natural lighting. As photographers it’s up to us to see a vision and change it when necessary. It’s always important to have a backup plan and to execute it to the best of your ability when your original plan doesn’t pan out like you’d hoped. I was so glad that Iris was still able to get a full branding experience with me despite what Mother Nature had in store for us that day. And if you’d like to see more of Iris’s work or connect with her make sure to visit her website and Instagram account!