early birthday gift and more flash practice – charlotte family photographer

By my boys

This time last year I was ordering my first DSLR as my “early birthday gift to me” present. Fast forward one year: now I’m 2 camera bodies and 4 lenses deep, running this blog and booking family photo sessions. I would not have believed it if anyone had told me!

My early birthday gift this year is the 50mm 1.4 prime lens. I already knew it was going to knock my socks off because I LOVElovelove my 35mm 1.8…and it did.

Of course I had to take some practice shots tonight ūüôā but today has been so gray and dreary that I was also forced (oh, twist my arm!) to use my Nikon sb-910 speedlight. These are a few of my favorite SOOC snap shots from the boys dinner time and during a pre-bedtime puzzle activity with my husband helping Will.

Enjoy!

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A Day at the Beach

By my boys

July’s¬†photo challenge for Rock the Shot is a Day at the Beach – perfect! We took our 2nd annual family beach trip last month and I was able to get some fun photos, but this was my favorite shot all week.

This is my mom (YaYa)¬†and my son (Will). First of all, my mom RARELY goes down the the beach. She’s totally content to sit on the porch reading with a nice view and some salt air. So when I saw that she was headed that direction I grabbed my camera and followed her to document this momentous event ūüôā

William Thornton Wade¬†is named after my father who died suddenly in 2008. My son was also born 3 days after my late father’s birthday in August. Although I was adopted by my parents, Will has an uncanny resemblance to my father as a child. He and YaYa have always shared a special bond that is captured perfectly in this image. This photo is purely the result of me saying, “Will, can you go give YaYa a kiss?” <3

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Taken with my d7000

f/13

iso 100

1/160

12mm

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

at the playground – charlotte family photographer

By my boys

We live in River Hills, a gated community right outside of Charlotte. It used to be considered a retirement area but in recent years there has been a transition to more young families – like us!¬† As a result, the neighborhood voted to get new playground equipment several years ago. I’ll be forever grateful because the other “activity” typically scheduled for Camp Wade (besides the baby pool) is going to the playground. Will and Charlie love swinging, sliding and climbing…total boys.

Aside from the inconsistent lighting, the playground is one of my favorite places to take pictures. It’s hard not to smile when you’re having fun! ūüėČ

Enjoy!

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

beatin’ the heat – charlotte family photographer

By my boys

Today was one of the hottest days Charlotte has had in a long time. Record setting 107 degrees. Ugh! With 2¬† very active boys we always have to have an activity planned at “Camp Wade” (as my husband calls it) ūüôā Thankfully Will and Charlie love the water so beatin’ the heat in the baby pool is always at the top of our list.

Lately I’ve been attached to my wide angle lens, but decided to break out my all time favorite 35mm 1.8 for some up close and personal (also my favorite!) shots of the boys.

It’s a shame they aren’t happy kids…

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

berewick pool party – charlotte birthday photographer

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Kenyon had such a fun-filled birthday party last weekend! His mama made a VERY smart move by having it at the Berewick neighborhood pool – it was 107 degrees! All the kids had a great time mobbing one of the lifeguards…he definitely earned his pay that day ūüėČ

I’ve known Kenyon since he was about 4 and he has grown into such a handsome little man, inside and out. Here are a few favorites from his birthday pool party in South Charlotte. Enjoy!

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Beth Wade Photography is located outside Charlotte, NC in Lake Wylie, SC. Beth Wade is Charlotte’s premier newborn photographer specializing in artistic custom family photography. As a professional photographer, Beth captures maternity, newborn, baby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

Charlie’s Best of 2012 – Charlotte Family Photographer

By my boys

When I first started photographing my family it was hard, REALLY hard. Kids (especially toddler boys) move around a lot. No, constantly! I estimate that about 90% of my photos were of my oldest son’s ear (or the back of his head). It’s definitely still not “easy” but after taking 2,846,092,176 photos you start to learn how to angle your shots.

It’s always said that the 2nd child never gets the same kind of photo attention as the first – I have definitely proven this theory to be WRONG ūüôā A few days ago I posted Will’s Best of 2012 and had no problem finding enough images to do the same for my youngest son Charlie. Most of these were taken in our home or somewhere close to Lake Wylie (outside Charlotte, NC).

Here are some of my favorite “Charlie shots” from the first 6 months of 2012, generally in chronological order. Enjoy!

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in a FLASH – charlotte family photographer

By my boys

I got my new Nikon sb-910 speedlight today – yay! I’m still learning how to use the dang thing but I know I’m going to love it <3 For Will on the other hand, it might take some getting used to…

flash photography - charlotte family photographer

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photography bucket list – FiREWORKS! check!

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My photos from the Lake Wylie fireworks show at Camp Thunderbird!

via photography bucket list – FiREWORKS! check!.

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Will’s Best of 2012 – Lake Wylie Family Photographer

By my boys

It has been almost 1 year to the day that I have had my Nikon. I still can’t believe how far I’ve come since then! When I decided to make the jump from point and shoot to DSLR it was so that I could take better pictures for my vintage shop, but mostly to learn how to photograph my boys growing up.

I’ve just recently started this blog and all of my digital albums for the boys are on facebook. So today I thought, why not compile a “best of” for each of my sons? This might also help give me a little push to eventually put together a scrapbook for them too…

Here are some of my favorite “Will shots” from the first 6 months of 2012, generally in chronological order. Enjoy!

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lake wylie family photographer

lake wylie family photographer

lake wylie family photographer

lake wylie family photographer

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lake wylie family photographer

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Sweet baby feets – Lake Wylie Family Photographer

By my boys

There isn’t much sweeter than soft, tiny baby feet. My youngest son is about 1 and a half, but his feets are still my favorite! The other night my husband went into the boys room to get something and told me I should go check Charlie out. Generally this means cuteness overload ūüėČ

Here are a few shots I got of Charlie sleeping. I was a little afraid I’d wake him but he was out cold. I even pulled the curtain back to try and get some more light and he didn’t blink!

Enjoy <3

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