Natalie H. | Rock Hill Maternity Session

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Natalie H. | Rock Hill Maternity Session

Anytime I get the opportunity to work with my repeat Echo collection clients (click here to learn more about that offering) is a treat for me.  But when they celebrate special milestones and occasions I love it even more!  When Natalie, of Freely Nat, told me she was expecting and the ideas she had in mind for her upcoming maternity session I knew it was going to be something special.  Her session ideas are always creative and true to who she is as a person, mom and blogger so I knew this shoot would be no different.
Her initial vision was ethereal and so I knew my favorite wooded area would be perfect to fit her theme.  And since this area is filled with other great backdrops (which would nicely compliment her two other looks) I knew we couldn’t go wrong with our location selection.
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Adorned in a beautiful, tummy-baring gown and floral crown Natalie absolutely GLOWED!  I don’t have the opportunity to shoot many maternity sessions so anytime I’m presented with the chance I get so excited because the glow a mother has is like no other.  Her white gown popped against the neutral tones of the woods.  This look couldn’t have been more fitting or perfect for this beautiful evening as the sun spotted through the trees and shone upon Natalie in the most amazing way!
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And once she changed into her other two looks, and of course we added dad, Cleveland, to the mix I knew our other two shoot locations would work out as well.  I’m so thankful that Natalie and Cleveland allowed me to be a part of this special moment in their lives and as they sit and eagerly await baby Clayton’s arrival I wish their family nothing but love and lots of blessings!
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One Word: Transition

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One Word: Transition

Every year I start things out with a blog post all about my word of the year. It’s something that has come to mean a lot to me not only in my personal life, but also in my professional career. My word for 2018 was Leap. And boy did it ring out in almost every aspect of my life. I decided to put my fears aside and do some pretty cool things like took on my first destination wedding gig as a second shooter, I was a panelist at a business conference (and if you know me you know I HATE all forms of public speaking), and I recently began promoting my first workshop alongside Kristen of Lavish Moments/K. Marie Photography. Forcing myself to take actions on things was a great motivator to make my business even better.

And since leaping worked out so well for me it brought me to my 2019 word of the year, Transition. While taking these leaps in 2018 it allowed for some clarification in certain aspects of my business the biggest of which is ending my career as an intimate wedding/elopement photographer and putting my focus more on branding clients.

I’ve loved working with my past wedding clients and was so happy to end this part of my journey by shooting my sister’s wedding, but I’ve known for a while now that it was time to leave this behind to focus on my true passions. You may still catch me behind the lens at a random wedding or two as a second shooter so I’m not hanging up my hat completely, but moving out of this space as a lead photographer will allow me to put more of my time and energy into giving my branding and portrait clients an even more amazing experience.

My primary focuses from here on out will be brands and portraits (including families, maternity, couples and seniors). I am forever grateful to those of you that have been a part of this journey with me for the last 7 years and I’m truly excited to see what’s in store for the next 7 years and beyond. Seven is the number of completion in the Bible and while my story is far from over I am thankful for the ending this 7 years has given me. And with year 8 on the horizon in just a few short months from now I am excited about all of the beautiful beginnings!  To see more of what’s in store for my branding clients please check out my latest promo video from Sierra Collins Photography:

 

 

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Olivia + Brandon | Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding

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Olivia + Brandon | Raffaldini Vineyard Wedding
How appropriate is it to end my final client blog post for 2018 with my sister and her big day?!  It was a day filled with lots of love, laughter and a few happy tears.  I was truly honored when she asked me to capture her special day, and having captured her engagement session, the first day of her son’s birth, her bridal portraits and so many other special moments in between it was only right for me to be able to capture the biggest day of her life.
I’m also thankful to have a tribe of women that know when you need a little help.  My friend and fellow photograpHER, Sirena of Aneris Photography immediately offered her services as second shooter because she knew the day would be overwhelming for me being the sister of the bride and she wanted me to enjoy myself and not be tied to a camera the entire evening.  And my friend Sierra of Sierra Collins Photography did a phenomenal job capturing all of the wonderful emotions of that day through video.
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The intimate ceremony for Olivia and Brandon took place at Raffaldini Vineyards which holds a special place in my family’s heart since it’s a location we visit quite often for wine tastings.  My niece was a beautiful flower girl and my nephew couldn’t have been cuter as the ring bearer.  The weather was perfect and the wine definitely flowed during the cocktail hour.
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After that celebration we made our way via limo to Maggiano’s to enjoy an amazing dinner and dance the night away!  It was truly a magical day from start to finish and I’m so glad I was able to end my turn as a wedding photographer with this wedding.  I wish Brandon, Olivia and Landon a lifetime of love and happiness and I look forward to capturing many more memories for them!
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Vendors:
Photographer : Denise Benson Photography
Second Shooter: Aneris Photography
Videographer : Sierra Collins Photography
Venue : Raffaldini Vineyards
Event Planner : LaQuesha White
Reception : Maggiano’s 
Hair: Donna Heath
Makeup: Maranda Williams
Dress: New York Bride & Groom
Cake : Sylvia’s Cakes & Things
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Bianca C. | Charlotte Premium Outlets Session

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Bianca C. | Charlotte Premium Outlets Session
Want to know the way to my heart?  Combine two of my favorite things: photography and shopping.  Bianca always has the best ideas when it comes to photoshoots and as I’ve said more than once in the past she ALWAYS keeps me on my toes and our final session to end out 2018 was no different.
Each session that she and I collaborate on traces back to who she is and the things she enjoys doing.  The sessions are meticulously planned out and when the final vision comes together it’s beautifully executed.  Bianca is a shopper, as most of us women are, and she enjoys the occasional splurge and fun day out with her girlfriends so it was only natural to include two of her actual friends for some shopping fun at the Charlotte Premium Outlets.
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We made our way through the outdoor outlet mall taking group shots that were a lot of fun and then ended the session by showcasing Brittany Hennessy’s book Influencer.  Brittany was a speaker at Bianca’s Branding With Bianca conference and this shoot was our way of letting everyone know that Brittany would not only be attending the conference but that she would be the fireside chat guest alongside Bianca.
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I’m already excited for my 2019 collaborations with Bianca because I know they’re going to be fun and fabulous!  And if you’re a blogger that is looking to have an arsenal of images to share with your readers then I’d love to chat with you and see how I can help.  Contact me today so we can begin planning your session!
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Ashley T. | The Hive Community Circle

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If you’ve been around and reading my blog for at least a few weeks then you’re well aware that I love working with brands.  I love meeting new people and hearing all about the businesses they run and working with them to figure out ways that I can help them create brand visuals that are unique and fit their personality.  When Ashley reached out to me and told me about The Hive Community Circle I was excited to know more.  As someone that has always championed the rights of survivors, I knew this was an important cause and I was so glad to be able to play even a small role in helping Ashley bring the visuals to life.
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Ashley’s session took place in downtown Rock Hill, SC and we had a great time getting to know one another, learning about each other’s passions and then we even had the chance to pop inside one of my favorite cafes, Amelie’s (I encourage you to check it out if you’re ever in the area).
I loved getting to know more about Ashley and her organization.  The Hive Community Circle is a faith based organization committed to ensuring that all survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence receive equitable support and services to live healthy, safe, and stable lives free from all forms of violence.  If you are a survivor of assault I highly encourage to check them out and see if they can be of service to you.  You can find out more about Ashley and The Hive Community Circle on her website, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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And if you’re the owner of a non-profit organization and looking to update your brand visuals then I’d love to hear from you!  Please contact me today so we can discuss your passion and vision.
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