Oh, fall photography. It will be on us again before we know it. School will be back in sessions (we are homeschooling this year, pray for us and our girls!) and summer days will cool to breezy fall, my favorite time of the year in Charlotte.

I have in the 6 years I have been a professional, real-and-true business photographer-boss-lady offered “mini sessions” to my clients. Sometimes they have been wonderful, but more often than not I’m left with a feeling of rushing little kids and my clients into “perfect holiday card family pictures” which truthfully hurts my soul. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.

But if I’m being completely honest, it’s burdened me as an artist, and as a photographer who knows and sees her clients trying so hard for great images that authentically convey their family dynamic. It’s been stifling, and it has been down right painful to herd people in like cattle and scramble to take the very best images I can in 20min. Dump a gallery of digitals on you and move on to another family. That’s not me and it certainly isn’t taking care of my families.

So, I’m doing something radical. Something that will hopefully be freeing to my clients. I’m no longer offering mini sessions.

Gasp! I know… But trust me, I think we can all do better.

But what am I going to do? Ah, here is the wonderful freeing part for both you and me: Signature Portrait Sessions.

Who’s signature you ask? Mine and Yours. We will make these images together. We will come up with a plan to take pictures in a place you’ve always wanted. To be real. To take our time. To remember the moments and all the feels you have with the people you love.

I will be real here.

Scheduling and timing out outdoor photography 4 months out makes me want to put a fork in my eye. And every year, someone gets left out. I want the best for my clients from me. I want them to have the best weather, the most gorgeous sunset, the prettiest leaves. I want them to not worry about the kids running around. I want them to take their time. Enjoy this time. Cuddle each other.

So, from now on, no crazy minis.

What I am offering from here on out is Signature Portrait Sessions. You and me for up up an hour. Picking out outfits, getting comfortable with each other. Being yourself in front of my camera.

Signature Portraits will come with a $200 print credit towards what you love from the session. And I’m going to come to your home, bring all the samples and fine photography goods in the world, and we will pick out things that will be enjoyed everyday. Together. No guessing sizes. No wondering what a vivid metal will look like (it looks AWESOME by the way!)

But WHAT ABOUT THE DIGITAL FILES!!!

See, I know what you’re thinking. 😉

Oh the digital files. I love and hate them. Both as a mother who has 10,ooo of them and I can’t ever find them to show my kids, and as an artist who doesn’t want the former to happen to her clients. We live in a sea of digital files, don’t we? They are everywhere. Phones. iPads. MACS. PCs. Watches. Social Media. Ugh. So much digital clutter.

But, I get it. You and I both want them. They make us feel more secure about our pictures and we can share them with friends and family far way. So with each print or piece you love from the session (excluding some albums) you will get that matching file. Tada. Boom. Problem solved. You can have your cake and eat it, too.

In the meantime, here is how the booking will be for fall and through the holiday season:

If you’re interested in a Sig. Session for the fall, please email me soon! I will release dates and times available for sessions at the end of July and they will fill up quickly. All you need to do is pay your session price ($295) and then we will get a tentative (weather depending) date on the calendar. We can shoot at a variety of locations I love in town or we can go to the mountains. Literally we are free to choose what we want to do for YOUR session.

I am really and truly excited about this season of photography and cannot wait to hear and see all my beautiful families again!

xoxo

Amanda

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All things simple and beautiful.

Thank you to this sweet family as we took our time to get meaningful images they will love forever.

 

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Little Rose has the perfect nursery. Muted pinks with wispy creams and delicate details. It’s the perfect calm place to comfort your new little girl in the middle of the night or play tea party on the floor. It’s all timeless whimsy. And I kinda wish I could live there. 😉

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These are my favorite types of images from nursery sessions. The simple and fun play on perspective.

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Baby showers are one of my favorite events to photograph. The anticipation and excitement of your first baby is almost unmatched in this world. And gathering your close friends and family to celebrate this new little person is such a wonderful occasion. It’s a joy to photograph, and Erica and Jack’s baby shower was so much fun. Full of pink sparkly details, a gorgeous cake, and lots of baby games. And to see their families rally around them in such exuberance over their new little girl was really sweet to witness.

Here are a few of my favs from this South Park baby shower welcoming their new baby girl:

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All I can say is baby E and her little sister are some of my favorite teeny clients from 2016.

Their parents are wonderful and kind and patient. And they chose all neutrals, which makes my heart smile.

This.

Be still. My heart.

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Their older daughter has the most curly hair. Ever. I loved it so much because my second also has the most curly mess of hair. Ever.

We use mountains of conditioner. And leave-in conditioner. And we fear chewing gum.

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Their mama ordered them matching Christmas pajamas. Because she’s awesome.

How simple and lovely is this new mom? I mean she had a baby like 10 days ago!

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Sometimes you meet folks and your like yes, this is going to be magical. Because you all are happy being you and everyone just goes with it and no one freaks out when the toddler jumps all over the bed. We just flow. Because life is a beautiful crazy wonderful mess and we’d have it no other way. <3

 

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On this dreary day while I let my older girls enjoy some friend time at the Harris Y, I’m sitting here wishing for warmer weather, knowing full-well that it’s pretty far off. So I thought I’d catch up on some blogging. One of my New Years resolutions is to blog at least once a week. This is a daunting task. Mostly because I hate blogging unless it’s something I REALLY want to talk about. And sometimes just sharing past photography sessions doesn’t seem very time-worthy since there is just so much on my plate during this season of life. Setting to do anything but have a glass of wine and watch Netflix seems exhausting.

But, I’m gonna try and get through it. 😉

I thought I’d begin with one of my favorite sessions from the fall/winter. Just a simple sweet session with a little girl and her parents. She picked out her own clothes. Which, are darling.

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Oh, autumn weather. I kinda miss you a lot sometimes.

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For years now, I’ve wanted to add film to my sessions.

Way back before my children were born, before Charlotte and sweet tea and roads that intersect with themselves (hello, corner of Sharon and Sharon) there was LA and film and script-editing, PA work, and publishing.

All back before I was a mommy. Before I drove an USV and bought Traders Joe’s yogurt and bananas like they were the last food on earth. And fed said bananas to my kids in that car. Ugh. That poor car.

There was film.

My sweet husband went to school for film. Taught me to love film and editing and the importance of a great film score. He was the first to teach me light (we’ve been together since high school, so think 1996) and jump cuts and why we all love Hitchcock.themanwithnoname

But I introduced him to Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns, so I think we are more than even.

All this to say, I love what film brings to the table. Life moving and breathing is something that cannot be captured in photography. Sure, a beautiful image captures something really special, maybe even the soul of a person in one single frame. But film also does this, too. And more.

On a side note, if you haven’t seen any of the Man with No Name Trilogy, stop whatever you are doing, call in sick for work, and Amazon this now. Like yesterday now. Seriously. Go.

Now what was I saying? Ah, yes. Babies and photography and all that jazz.

So after a year of shooting 10 weddings, then a year of getting pregnant and having our sweet and adorable third baby (also a funny story that you can read HERE) I finally have the time to storyboard out what I will offer with my baby sessions (Birth // Fresh 48 // In-Home Lifestyle).

During my baby sessions, we will shoot both film and photography, so my clients have lovely art to display on their walls and feel and touch. Images to send to far away relatives and baby announcements. And they will also have a lovely film to share with friends and family. And one day to show this new little life how excited they were to welcome him or her into their family.

So now I can proudly say this studio, that cares deeply about new life, will be offering FILM for our 2017 baby sessions! Lovely HD films to accompany your gorgeous images. Oh, my heart is full of the possibilities.

Here is a little preview of an in-home lifestyle film brought to you by the little crew at AMP.  Enjoy!

Baby N | Newborn Lifestyle Session Highlight Film from Amanda McQuade Photography on Vimeo.

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This has to be one of my all time favorite newborn sessions I’ve shot this year. I don’t even think I can pinpoint one specific reason why I loved it so much. Sometimes you just connect with people in this line of work. You gel with them. And the shoot (no matter how difficult or easy the baby may be) just flows so well.

It may be that this sweet family was transitioning into a family of five… and that soon my own little family would be growing, too. We recently welcomed little Henry and you can read about that adventure here. So I think I just had a lot of empathy for them. Their sleeplessness would soon be my sleeplessness. Her nursing anxiety would soon be mine. All while caring for and raising two other children.

The session took a little longer than most of mine take. There were two boys to wrangle – who were a dream… Really! No joke. So sweet and loving to their brother.

And the colors in the nursery were subtle, soft, calming. Some of my favorite tones at the moment.

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And so I wanted their session to be as unposed as I could get it to be. Journalistic, calm, stress-free. Many times, I think people hesitate to hire a photographer because they dread the pressure of perfect family photos. Personally I hate perfect family photos, or at least what we have been told for years is the perfect family photo.

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Certainly the above image is something that would not be considered the perfect picture of two brothers. But I love that about it. See the little guy isn’t smiling, but that’s really the point. I’m sure this little guy doesn’t smile all the time, even though he was super-happy during the session. Kids are pure, raw, and soulful. They don’t need any help conveying emotion in a picture. This is why I often tell my parents to not ask their little ones to smile during the session. My job isn’t to get a picture of them smiling. My job is to capture them. Their personality. Their movements. Little idiosyncrasies that make them unique and wonderful. The things you as parents want to remember.

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I want you to feel what I feel when I look through the lens.

The camera never lies, does it? We can immediately tell what is a fake smile, yes? What is a forced pose. What separates the pictures you love from the pictures you could give or take.

Family and newborn photography is especially crucial in this area (and wedding photography, too).

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These little guys. How sweet is this?!

If you connect with my style and you’d like to book your own newborn or family session, please fill out some info here. I’d love to pop over and document your little people. =)

xoxo

Amanda

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This sweet mom contacted me a while back to capture her fun little family that recently grew with the addition of their new baby girl who would soon turn 1 year. We met early one summer morning at a great little park in Dilworth to capture some candid moments of all of them together.

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Photographing parents cuddling or playing with their kids is one of my favorite way to candidly “pose” people. It’s not a traditional photo by any stretch. There are wrinkled clothes, imperfect poses, and no one is looking at the camera. But there is joy. A tremendous amount of joy and emotion is what connects us to images.

Let’s all think back to those Olin Mills portraits. I’m sure one word comes to mind: painful. I recall them being a pretty painful ordeal at my house… My poor dad would agree to them every three or four years only after my mom hounded him about getting a “family picture” taken… Ugh. We all hated them. My mother, bless her heart for trying.

Those portraits, like all those old traditional portraits, were painful because you couldn’t move. There was almost no personality to the images, unless you wore a terrible sweater, or used a can of hairspray on your mullet. For more awkward family photos please click HERE.

My sole purpose in my photography is to prevent your images from being submitted to the above link. How tragic!

Bless them.

Anyway, back to my sweet family who wanted to come out and grab awesome images of them and their kids, so that someday when they look back at these photos, they will love them! Instead of cringe at them like most of us 80’s kids do.

So they researched and hired a professional photographer to document this time for them in a lovely, effortless way.

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This family took my advice of just play with your kids and let me worry about the images seriously. Giggles. So many giggles.

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And when the almost 1 year old is a serious mover, you go with capturing that lovely fun smile upside down. Because it’s totally her.

 

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It’s that time of year again. Back to school and endless driving little ones to ballet and soccer.

But I love it. Cool breezes that carry the smell of apples and call for cozy sweaters.

Minis are over for the 2016 year.

Minis to come for Spring Peach Blossoms in early March!

Thank you!

Happy Holidays!

xoxo

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My newborn sessions aren’t what they used to be (in a good way!)

I used to spend so much of my shooting time arranging props and then getting some poor sweet baby to sleep in said prop. And then move from set up to set up, all while trying to keep baby asleep. It literally took up 75% of the newborn shoot.

A while back, I began to grow tired of props. They seemed meaningless in my newborn photography. And don’t get me wrong, there are some AH-MAZING newborn prop photographers out there! However, props don’t fit my style. They aren’t what I am passionate about. And so, in 2016, I decided to focus on just baby.

Babies need no help looking adorable. They are perfectly simply amazing just as they are, down to wrinkles and flaky skin. And I love those things. The details and movements of babies are fascinating. They are a witness of their Creator. Formed lovingly and fearfully in their mother’s womb.

Below is baby Nolan’s newborn images. Uncluttered with props. He’s photographed on a quilt his Nana made and with his lovey. Things he will always love. Items that bring meaning to the image instead of distraction.

He is just simply wonderful.

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These are images I hope this sweet Charlotte NC family will love forever. They are images I hope Nolan will love looking at when he is older. Photojournalism in it’s sweetest form.

Hugs.

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted any updates… blogs… so much as even a feeble Facebook update. We recently welcomed our third baby (more on him later!) and it’s been a sweet time of adjustment with one in school, one at home, and baby.

We are a family of five. It took a while for just that number to sink in. =)

But in the interim, I’ve so wanted to share Haley’s bridal session. She has an amazing heart. And she is stunning. I so enjoyed this shoot.

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Happy and curly little Harrison is one of the sweetest babies I’ve ever photographed. His fun and energetic mum and dad are amazing clients/friends of mine. I had the honor of photographing Harrison’s birth, which was a thrill! I will blog about that amazing time a little later… For now it’s all about Harrison enjoying his first few days at home in his fabulous aviation-themed nursery!

To me, newborn photography should be all about connection and documenting all the sweet little bits and pieces of your baby being this small only once. You’re trusting me with these small moments. We create them together, not only for you and your spouse, but for this little person who will someday wonder what their first moments were.

Here are a few of my favs:

Enjoy!

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This was such a sweet little session for a fun and energetic family that happily welcomed their third baby. I love organic photography, especially in newborns since they are already just so simply perfect and need nothing else. Just simple joy and hugs for this new baby brother.

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Carolyn is just a gorgeous lady. So sweet to chat to. Full of life and awaiting the new baby girl with her husband. Just loved meeting these two in the Fort Mill, SC peach orchards to capture a few natural maternity images for them to remember the time before the would grow into a family of three.

These are my favorite type of maternity images to capture. Natural and organic images with lovely light and soft colors. Here are a few of my favs.

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When this sweet mom called to book a family session, I was so thrilled. I photographed this little boy when he was just a tiny thing, and to see him again after 6 months was a real thrill. Seeing your clients grow and change over time is so rewarding and just the best part of what I do.

We caught the evening sun, just before dark Concord, NC. It was perfect light and allowed me to play with some creative lighting tricks I don’t normally get to do.

Here are a few favs.

xoxo

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This little bundle of love and cuddles made her debut in October of last year, bringing sunshine and joy to her little family. Big sister was very excited and gentle with her new baby, and so enjoyed posing for pictures. These types of images are one of my favorite parts of my job.

I picture many years from now, when they’ve grown up, sharing each others secrets and struggling together through the tween years, and college, and marriage. I picture them looking back together thought their first pictures together, which neither of them will remember very well. But the bond is clearly there. From the beginning. =)

Here’s a few of this sweet family lifestyle session.

xoxo

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This is what a family session should be:

all shot in under 30min (which is what I recommend for families with little ones).

All joy and love and sass.

Remembering to not smile at the camera. 😉

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giggles

suspenders holding up such little pants, and

the lovely fading summer sun.

 

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tiny fingernails

and sister snuggles, soft and delicate…

Welcome little Zane to the world.

 

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When the mommy of these sweet babies contacted me about documenting these two little miracles, I was thrilled. Logan and Olivia already (at just a few days old) have these amazing personalities but seeing them curl up to each other and fall asleep, which has to be the most lovely thing ever.

And for a mommy who just brought home TWICE the amount of baby we normally bring home from the delivery room, she was such a calm and collected mother. Being a labor and delivery nurse for years before little ones has it’s major advantages when welcoming multiple babies into the home at once. She was amazing!

Here is part one of our session together. Part two is all the fun themed props, ect. But these are my favs. All the lovely natural light and the sweet little trappings all hung about. It’s such a peaceful room I’m sure Olivia and Logan will love growing up in.

Cheers!

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Emily and Alan had a truly magical and blessed day for their October NC wedding because in the weeks leading up to their union, it poured. I mean so so much rain. In Charlotte. In October. And it was cold. Very unlike the usually gorgeous fall in the South.

But the sun was warm and bright for these two sweet kids, who tied the knot in Monroe, NC at the historic and charming, Victorian Crow’s Nest. The details for the reception were thoughtful and elegant, down to to little vintage keys and the antique tea cups with personal little tea bags.

Here are some of my fav. images from Emily and Alan’s supper-fun wedding reception, enjoy!

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Little Cooper was the BEST newborn. He slept almost through the whole session, hardly made a peep. Except for the fact that his mama missed out on maternity images because little Cooper came 3 weeks early. But, we will forgive him for the slight time-error on his part. 😉

I am totally kidding. Babies are neither early or late, they arrive precisely when God means them to; if I can steal a line from my favorite wizard.

No worries. We were able to capture some wonderful candid moments and some sweet newborn poses with little Cooper and his family. Everyone was all abuzz because he is the first grand baby. Gotta love those first little ones who blaze the trail for all the rest.

Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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I love late summer in the south at just the tipping point of fall when the trees are just about ready to change. This little part of the world in Charlotte NC begins to cool off and evening comes earlier every day. And being a photographer, I especially love those last two points. Early night means my little clients are photographed during optimal light. No hiding in the shadows to avoid harsh sunlight. And cooler temps means cozy sweaters and boots. Oh how I love winter boots!

Last year (yes, I am blogging from last year!) called me to book a family session during the last little bits of summer because they too love late summer! We hit it off and decided to shoot in NoDa, which is such a fun area if your little kids are over the age of 5. I say that because there is a lot of foot and car traffic. So, it’s best to keep those smaller ones in more open spaces where they can run and be kids and mom and dad aren’t worried about cars and people.

The K family was a dream. They love photography and clients like that are always special since they are booking me not to just document them all together; they also love art and see family photography not as point and shoot.

Here are just a few of my favorites!

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If you are interested in family photography in the Charlotte, Fort Mill, Waxhaw, or Huntersville areas please drop me a line via HERE. And happy summer!

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Every once and a while I get a call from a family who just wants me to come out to their home and capture some memories of them and their kids together. Very laid back and simple. Images they will love forever in a candid, organic way. And I love these types of photography sessions! They are such a perfect way to remember your little ones without getting all stressed out about photography. And it was this way when the M family called me to book their session.

As you can see from a few of their images, we just had fun being at their home, literally in their front yard. It was autumn and leaves were everywhere and the wind was just starting to have that nice cool breeze to it. We captured some sweet moments here between these parents and their first little baby girl, who had the BEST hair!  And looked so much like her beautiful mama.

Here are a few of my favs. from this sweet autumn home lifestyle session:

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I LOVE photographing families and newborn babies in Plaza Midwood.

Done.

But seriously, that part of Charlotte is old and eclectic in a way other parts of Charlotte just aren’t. The true craftsman style homes smack next to a dive bar. You can’t get more Charlotte than that in my op.

It’s also bustling with young professionals having sweet little babies, which is where I come in. =) Henry’s mum and dad called me a few weeks before his arrival to see if they could get some lovely lifestyle shots with them and their first baby. It’s funny, I always ask parents which style of photography for newborns they would prefer, and most of the time clients want a mix of both posed and lifestyle images. But every once and a while I get a client who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they hate babies in baskets. Hahaha! I LOVE it!

And these clients are awesome because they remind me that not all art speaks to everyone. And that is, no matter what people would say, what the thrust of photography should be: art in photographic form that speaks to you. And this is why I love lifestyle sessions. They challenge me to find the spaces in a home where people live. The cozy nooks, the warm over-stuffed chair, the nursery you’ve painstakingly color-coordinated. They all mean something. And my job is to capture it so that someday when you don’t live in that home anymore or your little ones grow up and life becomes quiet, that you can look at your pictures and remember the smell of a new baby and the endless nights you spent pouring into him or her.

Here are some of my favorite images of little baby Henry who I’m pretty sure isn’t so little anymore 😉

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I’d have to say, photographing toddlers under the age of 18 months is quickly becoming one of my favorite age groups to photograph! Sweet little baby Eleanor is 9 months old here. Her parents were wise and waited till she could really sit up to capture this sweet 6-9mo age. Baby Eleanor is turning into a lovely little girl, with such a fun personality. And the rolls. Oh my goodness. They are so sweet! I love that baby stage where they are getting around so well but are still very fat and rolly. It’s a great age to capture!

We chose an Uptown location for the shoot in the evening, so we could incorporate some lovely warm summer light. Eleanor was wonderful and happy with her little bonnet and sweet bunny. Here are a few of my favorite images from this Charlotte family photography session. If you’re interested in family or baby photography in the Charlotte metro area, please visit my pricing page here: Charlotte Family Photographer Pricing

Enjoy the summer days while they last!

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Sometimes, I get to photograph maternity images, which can be either a huge fail or a total success, photography-speaking. It’s so easy to have a “nailed it” session because baby bumps can be a little tricky to photograph in a meaningful/classic way with out seeming too cheesy. Think hearts on bellies.

So, it’s with caution and some serious thought that I approach maternity photography, probably more so than any of my other sessions. I would HATE for someone’s photography session to come off as a Pinterest fail. So I was totally pleased when this sweet couple had the same plan as my own: classic & simple.

I’ve also included some of their newborn session images in this blog. It’s kinda wonderful to see who was waiting inside his mama’s tummy.

Enjoy!

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Recently, one of my favorite places to shoot my family photography sessions has been Uptown Charlotte. There are some great little parks, hidden walkways, petite bridges, cozy nooks that make for perfect family photography, provided you go at the right time and on a pretty clear day. One of the aspects of outdoor photography that many people don’t consider is light, and not just any light, it has to be a certain type of light. It can become easy to get caught up in the location of a shoot, when really that is almost 3rd or 4th on my list. My #1 priority is the time of day because no matter where you shoot, if the light isn’t good (too bright, harsh, or too dim) there isn’t any cute background that will save it!

Such was the case with little LK and her sweet 6mo photography session. The light was a gorgeous orange, bright with no harsh shadows. LK was a happy little bird, cheery and mellow through her whole session.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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See that lovely sunset light?!? Gah, it’s what outdoor photography is all about! My favorite thing to photograph – ever! =) I hope you enjoy these little snippets from her gallery, they really feel like spring in the Carolina’s.

If you’re interested in newborn or family photography in the Charlotte area, please do give me a shout-out, soon! My calendar is already beginning to look a little packed.

Cheers!

Amanda

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It’s not often that I post sneaks of a session in just black and white, but these are really special. The light and angles of these images for little baby Hayden’s newborn lifestyle photography session really make them something more than just pictures. Hayden’s parents are fans of black and white images and I took more time with these images because I know they like that type of photography.

Baby Hayden was a sweet dream during his newborn session. And he had the softest cry of any newborn I’ve photographed.

Here are my favs in black and white. I hope you love them, too.

xoxo

Amanda

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This sweet Charlotte family wanted to do what a lot of my clients want to do in the fall: kill two photography birds by updating family and baby pictures, and getting those cute shots for holiday cards. Did I mention that Sept-Dec are my super-crazy-never-see-my-family months? Haha. They are for most professional photographers who live in such nice climates like Charlotte where we can be outdoors without freezing through December (well, sometimes we can!)

So we picked one of my favorite evening locations in Uptown Charlotte (Midtown Park) and got some great shots of them and their adorably-fat little baby girl.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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Back in October, I had the pleasure of meeting Emily and chatting a little about their wedding day and about photography/life in general. She is so easy to chat with, which makes a lot of sense because she’s a teacher. An amazing kindergarten teacher, who I could tell is very passionate about the kids she teaches.

While chatting, she mentions that her fiance is studying to be a pilot and the photographer in me immediately thinks, plane shoot! We were, thankfully, able to incorporate some fun planes in their engagement shoot.

Here are a few of my favorite images from Emily and Alan’s fun Charlotte engagement session:

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Cheers!

 

~am

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At the beginning of 2014, I decided I wanted to photograph weddings. I had been asked by a sweet friend to shoot her sister’s wedding, which I loved! So, I thought I’d throw it our there and see if couples were interested in my type of wedding photography. I was thrilled when I received a great response!

Amber and Anthony were one of the first couples that booked with me! Months before they could even see what my wedding photography would look like, they took a little leap of faith and decided I was the photographer for their Charlotte wedding.

I love these two. They are sweet together, soft-spoken, generous. They have an adorable daughter! Who was lovely and their wedding and kinda stole the show. =)

They chose an awesome location for their chilly November wedding: The Big Chill in Uptown Charlotte. It’s an amazing place for a wedding on a cold day. Roaring fires. Cozy cocktails. Really professional staff. I would recommend it for any  cold-weather weddings.

Here are just a few of my favorite images from Amber + Anthony’s lovely wedding day:

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Sunset light just at the end of the trees changing last fall. Right before everything is brown and dingy. Just catching that last bit of lovely winter light with this little family and their precious daughter.

Her red shoes are possibly my favorite thing ever. And the fur, too. Her mama was amazing and brought a few little hints of color for their session, which is perfect.

Sometimes all you need is a pair of red leather shoes. 😉

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