Charlotte Wedding Photographer // Chris + Ashlee Wedding Preview - Separk Mansion Wedding

Chris and Ashlee could not have picked a better venue for their nuptials. Separk Mansion is absolutely stunning. It was perfect for them and even though ALL 150 guest they invited were in attendance their wedding still had an intimate feeling. Family and life long friends came from all over to celebrate these two. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. You could most definitely feel the love. Not just between Chris and Ashlee but from everyone in attendance. Such a gorgeous wedding and we are so happy to have been apart of it. My sister and I was are so honored they chose us to capture their love. We wish them nothing but happiness in the all the years to come.

Venue: Separk Mansion -https://separkmansion.com

Florals: Abbey Rose Florist - www.abbeyroseflorists.com

Charlotte Wedding Photographer // Toi + Gin Wedding Preview - Project 658

Toi and Gin had such a gorgeous wedding at Project 658 surrounded by their family and friends. We are so honored to have captured their love. Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your lives together. May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.

A preview of their special day…

Charlotte Wedding Photographer // Marcus + April Wedding Preview - Noah's Event Venue

It was an honor capturing Marcus and April’s union. Absolutely beautiful wedding surrounded by their family and friends at the Noah’s Event Venue. When I first met April a few months ago I just knew we would be a great fit. So happy they chose us to capture their special day. Her and Marcus are such an amazing couple. I just love their chemistry… the way they look at each other just blew me away. Perfect from beginning to end! From the decoration and florals, to the catering (soooo delicious) and the host NuffCed. NuffCed had us all cracking up and kept the party going. He was hilarious! Everything was absolutely perfect!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Berry! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Charlotte Baby Photographer // Sunflower Cake Smash - Happy Half Birthday Aeryn!!

Aeryn celebrating yet another milestone! Six (6) months and counting… she’s sitting up and her personality is shining as bright as the sun. The sunflowers were absolutely perfect. The perfect representation the most beautiful flower child. Keep shining baby girl!

Mom gave Aeryn her first taste of cake… she wasn’t sure of the sweet taste but she sure had fun smashing it lol.

Book your milestone session today!

Charlotte Photographer // Old South Vintage Family Session

Watching their family grow as they grow with me…

Tywanda and Elliot were my very first clients 1 January 2017 and since then I have photographed their family every year. Here we are on year 3 together. It’s really been amazing watching their family grow.

This year we decided to have the session at Old South Vintage rentals in Catawba, NC and thank goodness we chose an indoor location because it’s been raining here in North Carolina for several days straight. They had so many different amazing furniture pieces to choose from. I really enjoyed the vintage feel of the session.

Here’s a glimpse of their gallery….

Charlotte Birth Photographer // Natural Home Birth - Charlotte, NC

Wilson Family | Birth Story

Megan birthed at home with her husband and three children. She had the support of an amazing birth team as well. It was so beautiful to witness her children supporting her and not wanting to leave momma’s side. I truly enjoyed the relaxed and peaceful setting of the home birth. On 13 February, I witnessed a miracle. It was absolutely beautiful and I am so thankful to have been a part of their day. Megan is definitely a super woman. I am in awe of her strength. It was an honor to capture such an amazing moment for the Wilson Family.

WilsonBW-20.jpg

This is just a small glimpse into the birth of baby Zander…

Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. For all questions and inquires press the button below.

It's Bo Time! Bojangles Cake Smash Session // Charlotte Photographer

Who doesn’t love Bojangles?! Those biscuits, fries… & chicken! Chicken is definitely one of Luke’s favorite foods. Its no wonder why…. One hour after eating Bojangles Tywanda went into labor with Luke. 15 hours of labor and Luke Elliot was here on 23 October 2017. We knew we had to incorporate it in his cake smash somehow. No better way than to have a Bojangles cake smash! It’s Bo Time!! We ate good after this smash.

Awesome cake: www.facebook.com/cheekycakes

2018-10-23_0002.jpg

Charlotte Photographer // Unicorn Cake Smash Session

Just when I thought Carter wanted nothing to do with her photo session… cake cake cake!! Who doesn’t like cake lol!? Carter couldn’t wait to dig in when she saw it. We got all the smiles. Her cake was absolutely gorgeous and she loved every bit of it. Super cute session that ended with mom asking her “how old is Carter?” and she would stick up her finger with ONE!!! Too cute!

Cake: Anshalica Miles | https://www.instagram.com/destinys_delights_cakes

Backdrop: Baby Dream Backdrops | http://babydreambackdrops.com

Larry + Sharetha Cooper Wedding Preview // Riverwood Manor Wedding // Charlotte Wedding Photographer

I am always so honored when another photographer chooses me to photograph their memories and what a beautiful moment this was. Sharetha made such a beautiful bride. To Mr. and Mrs. Cooper I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and love.

Special Thanks to…

Makeup Artist - Monet with BMonet Makeup - https://www.instagram.com/bmonetmakeup/

Florist - Kinya Smalls - https://www.instagram.com/signaturearrangements.weddings/

Venue - Riverwood Manor - http://www.riverwoodmanornc.com

Charlotte Wedding Photographer // Keith + Candice Wedding Preview // South Charlotte Banquet Center

Sometimes I wonder how did I get so lucky to be doing exactly what I love and working with such amazing people. Keith and Candice’s wedding was absolutely beautiful. My sister and I are honored to have captured your special day. We want to wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness. Your wedding day will come and go, but may your love forever grow. Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together. May the years ahead be filled with lasting joy.

Wedding Planner: Ivy Honeycutt, http://www.thesilkveil.com

Candace’s Hair and Makeup: Kristie Lavae www.instagram.com/kristielavaestylist

Bouquet: April’s Floral Expression, www.instagram.com/aprilsfloralexpressions

Charlotte Wedding Photographer // Julius + Keyona's Wedding Preview // Whitewater Creek Country Club Wedding

I met Keyona almost exactly a year ago.  She had a photo session with me to commemorate her birthday.  We had such a good time.  I felt like I'd known her forever.  She had such good energy and she was just an overall good person to be around.  A day later she called me and said, "Guess what?! I'm engaged!!".  Julius proposed and I couldn't be more happy for her.  

Yesterday Julius and Keyona said their vows and became one amongst close family and friends.  Gorgeous ceremony at the Whitewater Creek Country Club in Fayetteville, GA that went off without a hitch.  It's an honor to be a part of such a beautiful occasion.  

Charlotte Photographer // Breastfeeding: Nature to Nurture Mommy & Me

A beautiful mix of nature and nurturing 🍃

Sessions like this truly get me all in my feelings.  Mainly, because I know it's bigger than me.  As mother's we put so much pressure on ourselves.  We want to do right by our children and raise them to be respectful... respectable human beings.  If we only knew how powerful and beautiful being a mother really is.  Being a mother is so powerful.  Spending this time with Syan was amazing.  Her grace, beauty and gentleness towards her daughter was just amazing.  To me, she is nothing less than a goddess.  I am so honored to have capture this beautiful momma and baby girl... 

Please enjoy images from her session.

Beautiful headpiece made by www.facebook.com/britneyholdenShotsFiredPhotstylings and makeup by www.instagram.com/syancherelle.

Charlotte Photographer // Mommy & Me Session at Midtown Park

Mommy and Me Wearing Matching African Print Dresses

I couldn’t wait to share this super cute mommy and me session from this week. How cute are they?! Their dresses were absolutely perfect (made by mommy) and I am in LOVE!  I actually met Ashley a few months ago.  I ordered an African print dress from her for a styled photoshoot I planned and fell in love with her work.  I've been ordering from her ever since.  I was ecstatic when she wanted to book this mommy and me session.  We had the session here in Charlotte at Midtown Park.  It started to rain just as she arrived and as soon as we started the session the rain stopped.  I did a little happy dance and we got started.  Mommy and me sessions are sooo much fun.  Nothing like having your very own "Mini Me".  Here are a few images from their session.

Julian + Melinda's Wedding Preview // Charlotte, NC

The Cloud's are on CLOUD 9!  They're married now!  I've always heard it's never too late to fall madly in love.  Julian and Melinda's wedding was a great reminder of that.  Be patient in finding your soul mate.  Always such an honor to capture love and an honor to be chosen.  Enjoy a few highlights from Julian and Melinda's wedding.  

Charlotte Newborn Photographer // Newborn Sessions

The joy of holding your tiny little baby for the first time! But they grow up so fast and you do not want to miss this chance to capture portraits of them so you can cherish this moment in life forever. 

I would recommend booking before baby arrives so you can discuss how you can make your session unique to your family.  I like to photograph newborns when they are between 6 and 21 days old.  While they are still flexible and posable.  The sessions do last about 2 to 3 hours long to make time for feedings and extra snuggles.  

I like to work in family and sibling shots if requested.  These are easily some of my favorite shots.  Its often the very first family photo with the new family addition.  

We can also talk about incorporating family heirlooms.  Just another way to make your session unique and special to your family. 

CharMarie Photography studio is filled with props and outfits for your baby.   

Let's talk newborn safety.

The safety of your newborn is the most important thing to me. I am willing to make any accommodations for your baby that may be necessary for its safety and well-being. If you have any special needs, please feel free to talk to me about them when booking your session and I will be sure to do my best to accommodate. Thankfully, I can provide stunning and creative photos of your newborn while being sure that both you and your newborn are comfortable and safe the whole time.  

I would love to be your photographer.  It would be such an honor to capture these special moments and memories with you.

Newborn Portfolio // Newborn Pricing

Book Your Newborn Session Today

Charlotte Child Photographer // 5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Child for a Photo Session

1.  Mentally Prepare.  Let them know a week or so a head of time they are going to get their pictures taken.  Maybe even practice a little at home.  Talk about it and get excited together.  Make it something they look forward to. 

2.  Schedule.  This is no secret.  Children are happiest when their bellies are full and well rested.  I like to schedule children in the morning right after breakfast or after their afternoon/evening nap.  Always consider nap time when scheduling your session.

3.  Stranger Danger.  Show them a few pictures of me.  Head over to my ABOUT ME page and let them know a little bit about me.  I have a few pictures with me holding my camera and smiling.  That way when they see me with my camera they know exactly what I am going to do and I am a familiar face.  

4. Bribery.  A little bribery goes a long way.  Set aside a special treat or adventure for doing well during their photo session.   It could be as simple as letting them have their favorite dinner or spending time at their favorite park.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

5. EXPECATION.  My goal is to capture the true personality of your child.  With that being said... let all expectations go out the window.  I will have a plan set but for the most part I allow children to have fun and be themselves.  That's what makes capturing the milestones memorable.