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Is summer officially here yet?  It feels like it in the Carolinas.  Which is why I love this area so much… I am a complete warm-weather person.

My clients always ask me if I take loads of beautiful pictures of my own child.  And, I do sometimes.  When the weather is warm and we’re outside all the time, I tend to keep my camera nearby at all times in case of moments like the ones below.  While we live in the ‘burbs, I am lucky enough to have a few close friends with enviable property– lots of land, roaming chickens and hens, flower fields, tire swings, old barns and all the kinds of things that keep kids entertained for hours, and make for lovely photos. One day I too will have a ton of property and alpacas, but that is another story.

This is what Summer is supposed to be like as a kid.  I spent most of my childhood summers in the mountains of Western PA, where I played with all the neighborhood children at my grandmother’s until the 10:00 whistle blew from the local fire department.  We ran barefoot, swung from monkey swings, climbed trees, rolled down grassy hills, ate tart wild cherries, and caught fireflies.  Summers were so, so good.  Each day was a new adventure, there was always something to explore (and we did get in trouble quite a bit too!).

It’s my hope that Willow feels the same magic associated with summer days that I’ve always felt.

Charlotte children's photographer's outdoor portrait

She loves to pick flowers for me.  We’ve already put flowers in vases of different colored water and watched them turn colors…

Photo of a child picking daisies.

This is my child…. a watermelon eatin’ FIEND!  I swear some days she will not eat anything else.  So… this is her these days: sticky chin, in her yellow tutu swimsuit with fairy wings.  The tree that she’s standing in front of is so special to us.  It’s *her* tree.  It’s a willow tree that was a gift to us from our neighbors on our driveway when we drove home from delivering our Willow, festooned with pink bows.  It was just an itty bitty tree then, and it’s grown so much since.  It makes a perfect shady spot for picnics.  I always say that if/when we leave this house, it MUST come with us!

Willow rose loves watermelon!

And this shot… well, it’s not Willow actually.  It’s a beautiful little girl that is friends with my daughter and was playing with Willow at the time.

Handful of wildflowers

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  • anneMay 27, 2011 - 12:45 am

    love these! love the tire swing one/the texture of it. yay for watermelon season! and what a great thing you have going with that willow tree..how special!

  • ShallyseJune 22, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    I’m not originally from the South, but this session is the perfect embodiment of how I always imagined a Southern summer before ever living here. Just gorgeous!

  • CharleneJune 23, 2011 - 6:14 am

    Love the butterfly wings! So cute.

Le Printemps… my most favorite season of all.  Can it really be here already?  Are the trees really flowering and the windows open to the fresh breezes?  Could my heart ever be happier?  This is by far my most favorite time to work as a photographer.  Greens are beginning to emerge on branches and children want to get outside to play!  I love looking at the world through my camera.  These were taken when Willow and I went for a walk and I brought my camera.  Isn’t she a sweetie?  I love her so much.

Vintage styled child portrait taken using natural light in field near Charlotte NC

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Child photographer in Charlotte NC makes vintage styled portrait of daughter

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  • anneMarch 8, 2011 - 12:35 am

    i love the first one! think kate and willow would be great friends 😉

  • anneMarch 13, 2011 - 1:39 am

    so beautiful. love the last and the first.

  • Rebekah FolkmanMay 9, 2012 - 4:16 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your artistic style!!!!!!! You are a WONDERFUL photographer!!!! I am 15 and have a Nikon D5’100“. Do you do photography sevices? I love your style, especially the sunlight and vintage. I would like to create a website similar to yours. Could you give me a reference through email? thanks 🙂 Your extrodanary

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my own family.  To be honest, I’ve been wrapped up in holiday pictures for so many other families lately that I haven’t had time to think about my own.  Pictures, that is.

This is turning out to be the most wonderful Christmas season ever.  Willow is 3 now (as of Nov 15) and just loves anything that has to do with Christmas– lights, reindeer, Christmas music and of course Santa.  I’ve been trying to do one Christmas craft a day with her– baking cookies, making a gingerbread house, ornaments, etc.  It’s fun to start my own traditions with my family.  Everyone has their own traditions and it’s what makes Christmas so magical.

This time of year always makes me go back and reflect on things.  I guess it’s getting to be the end of the year and all that– the wrapping up of 2010 and opening of a brand new year like a giant wrapped present.  This past year was a big one.  When I look back through this blog on all the beautiful faces of the people I’ve had the chance to work with, I feel so incredibly blessed.  Every session I’ve done, I’ve taken some wisdom from. Every family has left their imprint in my heart.  When I photograph someone, I want to really reveal something about that child or person, or couple or family, and this incredible beauty emerges as I look beneath the surface.  When you find beauty, how can you help but love it?

I’ve also been remembering the Christmases I’ve had as a child.  My parents always did so much to make the season magical for me and my brother Ron.  One school morning, I think I was in middle school, my mom told me that me and Ron did not have to go to school that day.  She was going to take us to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore to go Christmas shopping and see the sights (this was exciting for us, as we lived in Annapolis, and Baltimore was the ‘big city’.).  What a cool thing for my mom to do!  While all the other kids were in school, there we were in Baltimore city, enjoying the holiday spirit and shopping.  I couldn’t remember if I properly ever thanked her, so I made sure to call her and tell her what a special thing that was.  I want to be that kind of mom for Willow.

As big a year as it was for my business in 2010, it was also a big year for my family and personal life.  Me, Chris and Willow have all grown a bit.  Well, Willow has grown a lot.  And tested us as parents.  Nothing can prepare you for parenthood, you just have to jump in and do the best you can do.  Willow is turning into an amazing little girl and I am *so* proud of her.  She is spirited, sensitive, bright, creative and so incredibly loving.  She loves to dance, do yoga, craft, and I don’t think she ever stops singing (something that she got from her grandmother.)  In fact, at this moment, she is downstairs with her dad singing Rudolf.

And.. here she is…

making cookies

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merry xmas

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I can’t believe it’s 2010 already!  The past 10 years went by so quickly, it feels like it was just yesterday that we were all gonna party like it was 1999.

Reflecting back on 2009, I feel such intense gratitude.  Truly, I am living “the dream” that I have been chasing for so long.  Being a custom family photographer is the best (and only) job I could ever imagine doing. I sometimes cannot believe the amount of success that I’ve had in this past year.  I pour my heart and soul into my work, and the fact that I am able to stay consistently busy just makes me feel validated and really, really thankful.

I really want to thank *ALL* of my clients.  Thank you for inviting me into your lives, homes, and hearts to take on the important task of creating portraits of your family.  I know the importance of these images, they are more than pieces of art gracing your walls, they are going to be handed down for generations.  “This is what I was like when I was little” your kids will tell THEIR kids and grandkids one day!  The joy that exudes in those moments where we are all playing and frolicking will forever be preserved as YOUR family! That is your beautiful, joyous, loving family.  What a wonderful way to be remembered!   Thank you for trusting me to make the pictures fantastic even when I ask you to do silly things.  Thank you for the amazing emails and sometimes tearful calls after you receive your galleries letting me know that you appreciate the work that I’ve done.  The feeling that you’ve given ME is just as intense and amazing.  Thank you for referring me to your friends and family, for thinking that highly of me as a professional as well as my photography.

I am so excited about this coming year!  I have some plans that will benefit all of my clients.  One thing that I am going to be working on in the new year is my service to you.  My resolution is to give each client individualized time with me, not just during your sessions, but during the ordering process as well.  The focus this past year was to build, build, build.  This year, the focus is going to be on quality of service.

Another exciting thing that is in place is the work on my wedding photography business with Alicia Williams.  We are called Love As Art, and are looking to book 6 weddings in 2010.  We already have 3 and it’s only January!  Weddings are intense and a lot of work on our end, but also extremely rewarding!  It is a different avenue, and one that was at first very intimidating to me.  I have since completely fallen in love with those falling in love 🙂

I wish everyone a joyful, healthy, and prosperous 2010!

XOXO

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It’s so hard to believe that these pictures were taken a few short days ago.  The weather has changed a lot since then and we are all in sweaters with the heat kicked on, making that fresh heat smell.  I love that smell.  It’s like the coziness of fall.  My amazing child photographer friend, Alicia, and I took our kids to the Cherry Place Farm in Rock Hill.  Being photo mommies, we of course brought our cameras in tow.  What a beautiful place!  They have animals and even let you feed them, a very talkative donkey, a corn maze, a hayride that takes you to a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin hospital where you can adopt and paint your pumpkin, a big table filled with corn kernels and sifters that provides hours of entertainment for toddlers and younger kids.  And tractors you could ride.  And a rocking chair.  The best thing about it is the owners are so lovely.  If any parents are looking for something fun to do this fall, I could not recommend this more!

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With her bff, Olivia.  At least I want them to be BFF’s and I think Olivia’s mommy does too.  Willow just needs to learn to be nicer and gentler to her friends.
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Willow’s rockin her rain boots with doggies on them.  She is obsessed with them and wanted to wear them to bed.  I think the doggies have something to do with that.

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  • amanda james photographyOctober 14, 2009 - 2:25 am

    what a great find! gorgeous photos- the lighting looked yummy!!!

  • becOctober 15, 2009 - 2:22 am

    It was delicious evening light. I just love it this time of year. I guess I love it all the time but it has a more golden feeling to it right now.

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