welcome spring! baby boy 9 days new ~ family of 3 {charlotte outdoor newborn photography}

April is here and Spring is finally in full bloom! The K family welcomed their baby boy into the world just 9 days ago and he is absolutely perfect! I first met his parents at our maternity session and have been anxiously waiting for his arrival (as I know they were too :)). Baby K was nice a cozy in his mama’s belly though and finally made his debut about a week late. He was a dreeeam at his newborn session – I got lots of sleepy photos as well as some bright, wide awake images that are always special to capture too! His parents have special matching tattoos and we did one of my favorite family of 3 newborn photos featuring them holding their little guy  <3 After their studio session we went back to the field nearby and caught the last little bit of sunset. Here are some sneak peeks from our session.  Enjoy!

welcome spring! baby boy 9 days new ~outdoor newborn photography

welcome spring! baby boy 9 days new ~ awake newborn photography

baby boy 9 days new ~ family of 3 {charlotte newborn photography}

baby boy 9 days new ~ family newborn photography

baby boy 9 days new ~ family newborn photography

wide awake baby boy  ~ charlotte newborn photography

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the littlest sister at 11 days young ~ new family of 6 {charlotte newborn photos}

It was a huge honor to meet this new family of 6 who just welcomed the littlest sister to their home only 11 days ago! Baby E’s beautiful mama is Lindsay Hart, another local photographer in Charlotte, so I was thrilled for her to contact me about doing her little girl’s newborn photos. Lindsay brought E to my studio first and we did her individual photos first. Once the rest of the family arrived we got the sweetest sister shot evvver! Baby E’s big sister ADORES her. She was so happy to cuddle and give her little sis hugs and kisses. We caught the last bit of daylight for a few family photos outside near some gorgeous trees in bloom. Of course Lindsay had the most AH-mazing wardrobe picked out – it’s so awesome to meet and work with another photographer here in town <3   Here are a some sneak peeks from our time together.  Enjoy!

the littlest sister at 11 days young ~  {charlotte newborn photos}

the littlest sister at 11 days young ~ {charlotte newborn photos}

the littlest sister at 11 days young ~ {charlotte newborn photos}

mama, little girl and baby sister at 11 days young ~ new family of 6 {charlotte newborn photos}

the littlest sister at 11 days young ~ new family of 6 {charlotte newborn photos}

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full of wonder at 9 months! ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

It’s always love seeing Baby M and her family! At 9 months old she is all smiles and full of wonder :) She and her parents came for the next stage of her First Year package. It’s been so much fun to watch her grow from newborn to 3 months, to 6 months and now 9! Her tiny little teeth and big blue eyes are just TOO sweet <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

full of wonder at 9 months!  ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

full of wonder at 9 months!  ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

full of wonder at 9 months!  ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

full of wonder at 9 months!  ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

full of wonder at 9 months!  ~ family of 3 {fort mill baby photographer}

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handsome baby H ~ 11 days new {fort mill newborn photographer}

Baby Boy H has arrived! What a handsome little guy! At only 11 days new he was AH-mazing at his newborn session. So incredibly chill and calm. Total dream baby :) I first met his family and big sister at their maternity session and they are so in love with this sweet boy. There is no question how much his big sis adores her new baby brother…this shot of the two of them melts.my.HEART. It’s an honor to capture this special time for the H Family! They have been amazing to work with AND we had two stunning sessions. Doesn’t get much better than that <3 Here are some sneak peek photos from our time together <3  Enjoy!

handsome baby H ~ 11 days new  {fort mill newborn photographer}

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handsome baby H ~ 11 days new  {fort mill newborn photographer}

handsome baby H ~ 11 days new  {fort mill newborn photographer}

handsome baby H ~ 11 days new {fort mill newborn photographer}

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my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU {lake wylie sc child photographer}

Last week was incredibly busy because my sweet baby boy Charlie turned 3! Every year I take the boys out around their birthday for a photo shoot…and every year it is generally painful. They want nothing to do with the camera, want to climb all over me or dance around like monkeys. But not this year.

About 9 months ago I signed up for one of Meg Bitton‘s workshops called Souls.Imagined.YOU. When I contacted Meg last June to ask about her workshops of course almost everything was sold out for 2013. I knew that I needed someone to come in and help me grow to the next level in my photography work. I was pretty sure Meg was the person that could do that (every single workshop of hers gets rave reviews!) and so I signed up for this before it was even listed on her calendar. Now, a week into it I can honestly say that she IS the person and it was WELL worth the wait. <3  

The very first day Meg was able to pinpoint what I was doing well and what areas needed focus. She was spot on in her observations. Light bulbs started going off! It has been EXACTLY what I needed to breathe life back into my photography. We still have another week to go but I am so grateful to have gotten the direction she has given so far…seeing things from a new perspective is just incredibly helpful and refreshing.

Last weekend my assignment was to do my annual birthday photo shoot with Charlie, using everything I learned about myself and my work. It was the first time EVER we left a photo shoot smiling. Charlie even said to me when we got in the car, “Mommy, I had a real good time.” Heart.melted. Here are some of my favorite new photos of my baby boy for his 3rd birthday.  I can not WAIT to thank Meg in person when she and Mary come to Lake Wylie for their workshop this June <3 Enjoy!

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

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my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

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my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

my sweet boy turned 3! week 1 of souls.imagined.YOU  {lake wylie sc child photographer}

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easy going baby girl at 6 months ~ family of 3 {tega cay child photographer}

Yesterday I was so excited to see beautiful Baby A again! Somehow 6 months FLIES by and she has grown SO much since her newborn photos year. I first met her parents back for their maternity shoot and we weren’t sure whether or not she was going to come out! Last night we met back in my studio for the next stage of her First Year package. Baby A is THE most easy going baby!!! So relaxed and just enjoying the ride ;) and she has both mom and dad wrapped around her little finger, of course ;) <3 Here are a few favorite photos from our time together. Enjoy!

easy going girl at 6 months  ~ family of 3 {tega cay baby photographer}

easy going girl at 6 months  ~ family of 3 {tega cay baby photographer}

easy going girl at 6 months  ~ family of 3 {tega cay baby photographer}

easy going girl at 6 months  ~ family of 3 {tega cay baby photographer}

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gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

This is such a special maternity session! Pregnancy is truly an amazing gift and I loved meeting this soon-to-be family of 5. When I first spoke to Baby G’s mama on the phone she was giving me their family members and told me their youngest is a little over 4 months. It’s hard to imagine a greater blessing than having children 4 months apart. My parents adopted me an as infant so this family’s story holds a special place in my heart. Excited to share these sneak photos and can’t wait to meet baby girl for her newborn photos soon <3  Enjoy!

gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

gift of pregnancy ~ soon to be family of 5 {south charlotte maternity photographer}

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baby b is 9 months of pure joy ~ family of 3 {south charlotte child photographer}

I loved seeing this adorable family again last night for the next stage of their First Year package! Baby B is still one of my all-time favorite newborn sessions. His 6 month session last fall was insanely gorgeous too! Ladies, watch out because he is a little blue-eyed charmer :) For his 9 month session we met in my studio and caught some big smiles. Check out all those teeth! Outdoors he was giving his mama sweet eskimo kisses. She always has the BEST little boy outfits for him. The suspenders this shoot were just too.much.cuteness <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

baby b is 9 months of pure joy  ~ family of 3 {south charlotte child photographer}

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months of pure joy  ~ family of 3 {south charlotte child photographer}

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months of pure joy  ~ family of 3 {south charlotte child photographer}

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months

baby b is 9 months of pure joy  ~ family of 3 {south charlotte child photographer}

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website workshop for photographers ~ wordpress, seo and online presence {beth wade for clickin moms}

I can’t believe it is already March and the first run of my website workshop is almost here!! WordPress, SEO and Online Presence is a brand new workshop that I will be teaching for Clickin’ Moms. I have spent months creating this course material from scratch and I can’t even tell y’all how excited I am :)

Registration information can be found on my cmuniversity course page. But I wanted to highlight some specifics of the class and everything that we will be covering over the 4 weeks. My class is designed to help photographers that are starting out a new website completely from scratch, OR photographers that already have a site but need to do a re-brand, redesign or just learn how to market themselves effectively online.

Is your website an accurate reflection of your brand and your work?

Does it attract your target clientele?

Do you appear in a Google search for your city and genre of photography?

If your answer is not “Yes” then my website workshop is for you :)

WordPress, SEO and Online Presence focuses on the creation, customization and marketing of your blog and portfolio sites. Whether you are a hobbyist or in business, this course covers every aspect of developing a gorgeous, user-friendly website. Photographers don’t need to be bogged down with website development. We just need to know the most efficient, effective way to display our work beautifully and functionally online.

In Week 1~

we talk a lot about branding and reaching your target client. Week 1 is also review of blog basics, color theory as it relates to your brand and website design, choosing your business name, how to pick the best URL and several other topics related to building your business effectively through your website.

In Week 2~

we get into page content and good blog writing for SEO. So if you are doing your own blogging this info will be very valuable. This will give you tips for how to blog quickly, how often, what to post and how to/not to format it. 

In Week 3~

we talk about your portfolio, which images to display, the best order to display them, how to arrange your galleries, setting up your title/description/metadata to be specific per page, how to actually keep up with updating your portfolio images and the impact that NOT updating has on growing your client base.

In Week 4~

we talk about SEO related to social media and link building, plus how to market yourself on Google Adwords for the lowest cost, the impact it has on your SEO efforts, how to handle and respond to new online inquiries to increase your booking % and the best ways to display and introduce your pricing when dealing over email.

It’s a LOT of info, but I can’t wait to work with the awesome ladies who have registered for March! I’ll be breaking down alllll the details of blog and portfolio websites with video tutorials and PDFs that walk you through everything. In addition, because each student can choose the vendor they prefer I’ll be doing a lot of individualized tutorials too.

Please join me and my fabulous teaching assistants Lissa Chandler, Marissa Gifford and Melissa Stottmann on March 17th!

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website workshop for photographers ~ wordpress, seo and online presence {beth wade for clickin moms}


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sweet ginger girl at 9 months old ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

I met sweet Baby E and her family of 5 for the next stage of her First Year package. It’s been so much fun to watch her grow from newborn to 3 months, to 6 months and now 9! She is in the stage where she looooooves to be held…all the time. Her bottom two teeth have got to be the cutest thing ever! :) I met the V family at their home this time and just adore these photos! <3 Here are a few sneak peeks from our time together. Enjoy!

sweet ginger girl at 9 months old  ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

sweet ginger girl at 9 months old  ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

sweet ginger girl at 9 months old  ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

sweet ginger girl at 9 months old  ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

sweet ginger girl at 9 months old  ~ family of 5 {lake wylie child photographer}

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