isabella santos foundation – 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

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I had the great privilege of photographing The Isabella Santos Foundation’s 5K for Kids Cancer again this year. In 2012 I got my feet wet at the race, then really got to dive into the event in 2013! Now each year I feel like I get to come home and see all the amazing familiar faces I’ve come to profoundly respect for their drive and enthusiasm.

This year they are celebrating 10 years – TEN!! SO incredible and they have achieved some insane milestones along the way. The organization was created in honor of Isabella Santos who lost her 5 year battle with Neuroblastoma in June 2012. She was seven years old. “The goal of the foundation is to raise money and awareness for Neuroblastoma research, provide financial assistance to families with children who are suffering from cancer as well as provide financial support for organizations that support children with cancer.” You can learn more about them by following their facebook page HERE.

If you have the chance to attend a 5K for Kids Cancer you will be surrounded by pure joy. Face painting, bouncers, hula hoops, a picture booth and SO much more! This year the bouncers were bigger and better than ever and they had a TON of fabulous food vendors there dishing out yummy goodies after the race. It is truly a fantastic time for all ages, not to mention it is done for an incredible cause. Cancer sucks, but childhood cancer leaves an even bigger sting on my heart personally. No parent should ever have to lose a child. <3

Also, if you haven’t seen their new apparel brand Cancer Messed With… you need to go check it out NOW!

“Cancer Messed With is an apparel brand that allows you to show support for your love one, a friend, a teammate… anyone who is fighting cancer.  Not only are you giving them the encouragement they need to fight this disease, but your purchase is also helping find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Cancer Messed With was founded by friends at The Isabella Santos Foundation.  Through Isabella’s fight and her parent’s persistent battle, Cancer Messed With became a slogan that people in the community resonated with.  This message became a vision intended to help someone show support for any person and any cancer.”

Please enjoy some favorite photos of this fabulous event – a big hug to Isabella’s family, and everyone who attended and donated. Cheers!

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

isabella santos foundation - 2017 5k for kids cancer {charlotte professional photographer}

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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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

2016 {online} maternity retreat – charlotte photography workshop

By | ~, maternity, photography workshops

Eeeek! So thrilled to finally be able to make this announcement! 🙂

I am teaching at the 2016 {online} Maternity Retreat on April 25-29th <3 You’ll learn from me and other top maternity photographers right from your own home. Curious who all will be teaching?! Here is the line up:

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How Does It Work Exactly??

All you need to do is follow these 3 steps!

Step #1. Get your ticket! (This super early bird sale of $149 ends promptly at 11:59 PM PST, March 13th, then the price goes up)

Step #2. On April 20th, 2016, you’ll receive your log-in information for the Retreat website along with a bonus invite to our private Retreat Facebook group to connect with other attendees and instructors.  Instructors will be in the group to answer questions until May 6th

Step #3.  On April 25th + 26th,  each morning at 8AM PST, we’ll release a set of videos

I will be covering my workflow for a typical maternity session (studio, gardens, lake) with behind the scenes video! I’ll also share how I create custom art in editing through compositing and other artistic effects. You’ll also get to be part of a LIVE Q&A with me during the week!! 

All sessions are recorded prior to the retreat – so if you aren’t online when each set of videos is released – don’t worry…the recording stays up (PLUS, you will be able to download the sessions so you have them for life!  So if you want to ensure you have them for life, be sure to download them – AND back them up! )

NOTE: Sessions will range from 30-45 minutes.  Some will be video footage of the instructor in action showing specific poses, while other topics will be presented in a slideshow or interview format. These are not professionally filmed, so if that’s a deal breaker for you, please wait for a future retreat!

There will be an #AskTeacher thread in the FB group plus we will be hosting  4 live Q&A sessions (via Google Hangouts) with many of the teachers  – so bring your questions!

Q&A Schedule

Wed, April 27th
12PM Pacific Standard Time
Emily Lucarz, Eden Bao, Chaunva LeCompte, Stephanie Robin

Wed, April 27th
5PM Pacific Standard Time
Meg Bitton, Beth Wade

Thurs, April 28th
12PM Pacific Standard Time
Kansas Pitts, Meranda Olson,  Alli Peck, Tiffany Burke,

Thurs, April 28th
5PM Pacific Standard Time
Shawn + Adam Ravazzano

Click my special link below TODAY to sign up for the special $149 rate!

The rate changes to $199 on March 14th so get your ticket now –>

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Look forward to seeing you in April! 🙂

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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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

dreamy imagery ~ using natural and studio light to create classic, artistic photography {breakout for clickin moms by beth wade}

By | ~, photography workshops

Tomorrow is the first day of registration for my Breakout Session for Clickin Moms!!

The BO topic is Dreamy Imagery : Using natural and studio lighting to create classic, custom art in a trendy world.

dreamy imagery ~ using natural and studio light to create classic, artistic photography {breakout for clickin moms by beth wade}

What is a Breakout Session exactly?

A cross between a webinar and a workshop, a Breakout Session includes a downloadable set of materials (such as PDFs, videos, and/or actions or presets) as well as access to an interactive online forum to share and discuss the Breakout topic with other registered students. Over the course of the session, students may also submit their questions to a dropbox for me. Toward the end of the Breakout term, those questions are gathered to form the basis of a one-on-one online interview with me that is recorded and made available to all participants for download.

More details on what the material is about:

Beth Wade is known for her classically stunning photography and for her ability to craft a dreamy, sensual and highly personal experience for every client. She weaves her artistic influences into her work, and she’ll share how she incorporates her love for other genres (including watercolor painting and digital art) into these sessions. Beth uses multiple light sources to craft her classic, dreamy images, and she shares how she uses both natural and studio lighting in her work while still maintaining a consistent feel to all of her images. Beth also shows you how she creates custom art by hand editing each photo and how she sets her work apart in a trendy world.”

dreamy imagery ~ using natural and studio light to create classic, artistic photography {breakout for clickin moms by beth wade}

What’s included?

~ 39 page PDF

~ Behind the Scenes shooting demo video

~ 9 editing videos (using ACR & CS6)

~ 5 Photoshop actions (for CS6)

~ Studio Set Up/Pull Backs (PDF)

~ Pre-Booking Questionnaire (PDF)

~ Equipment & Vendor list (PDF)

~ The chance to WIN a 2 hour online editing mentorship with me! 🙂

How do you register?

Registration will begin around noon on December 2nd! You can find the link on the CMU website.

~ There are unlimited spots for the class! So join us anytime between Dec 2-17!!

~ You do not need to be a member of CM to participate in the BO session!

Once you have registered you’ll receive an email confirmation that has instructions on how to access the material and also links to the Breakout Forum:

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my favorite things! beth wade cmpro for clickin moms {charlotte professional photographer}

By | ~, family, maternity, newborn

Guess what?!! I’m sharing a few of my favorite things on the Clickin Moms blog today! 🙂 Check it out!

http://www.clickinmoms.com/blog/the-favorite-things-of-photographer-beth-wade/

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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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

july 4th fireworks on lake wylie ~ independence day 2014 {charlotte professional photographer}

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Anyone who has followed me for a while knows that I am slightly obsessed with photographing fireworks on the 4th of July. It was first just part of a technical challenge that I set for myself, but every year that I shoot the show I just become more amazed with the lights, colors, movement, reflection and beauty of each shot. There is a big element of randomness to it because of the shooting method (and the fact that I have no clue what is about to go off)! I guess it feels a little like splattering paint against a canvas and seeing what results. Compared to my portrait work where I typically have a specific idea or vision, photographing fireworks is very freeing.

The weather yesterday could not have been more perfect (even with the threat of Hurricane Arthur off the east coast ;))! Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!! 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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

charlotte nc – lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

By | ~, photography workshops

Today was the final day of Meg Bitton & Pebbles and Polka Dots Photographys photography workshop at my home in Lake Wylie. There are no words that can truly describe this experience, but I am going to try.

It was about this time last year when I discovered Meg and Mary. Their work is honest, powerful and emotive. Each time I see one of their photos pop up in my newsfeed I stop to look – every.single.time. They each have a very recognizable, consistent style, yet the images they create always seem fresh and new. This is exactly what I dreamed of for my own photography. Getting the opportunity to not only learn from them, but meet them and host their maternity/newborn/child workshop has been life-changing.

After everyone parted ways today I came home and finally sat down to pull up my images from the past 2 days. I felt amazed, exhausted, a little unhinged, energized and SO so happy. This is the first in-person photography workshop I have taken and I don’t know how things usually go, but I can not imagine a more intense growth opportunity than what we learned this week. Here is a brief breakdown of all my feelings.

~ amazed ~

Without meeting Meg and Mary, their insane amount of talent is clear. But the thing that amazed me most was to see how they do it all – family, kids, work, teaching, travel and still totally grounded. They are smart, business minded women who have created their own success. Running your own business isn’t easy…at all. There is SO much time and resource that goes into it. New photographers are popping up every day, yet are similarly burning out because they don’t understand all the things that you have to consider. There is a big difference between just being a photographer who works and making a career out of photography. It was amazing to learn about why they created their unique business models and how they make it work. No fear, no excuses. Their heart and soul goes into everything they do.

~ exhausted ~

Every single muscle in my body hurts – in the BEST way. A common misconception is that photographers just “click a button”. How hard can that be? Really. Let me tell you – if you want those amazing images, be prepared to sweat and get dirty. On the first day we were up to our ears in water. Second day, we sweated it out in my 85+ degree studio, then moved outside to a nearby forest and field in 90+ degree June weather. Mosquitos, ants, grass and a little rain didn’t slow us down for a minute.

~ unhinged ~

The best teachers are those that want you to grow and learn. They help you do that by giving you new ideas, more effective ways of reaching a goal, sharing what they have learned along their journey and what piece of your puzzle is missing. Then they tell you how to find that piece, where to look and how to excel. This is how Meg and Mary teach. If you show them a photo they tell you how to fix it, what you did right and if you did anything wrong. I think that a reeeally good workshop should unhinge you – take you out of your comfort zone and push you into a whole new light. There were so many takeaways that my mind is spinning and I can not WAIT to bring their wisdom into my own creative process.

~ energized ~

As an artist it is verrrry easy to get in a rut, second guess yourself, lose inspiration. But the passion and drive that they brought to us was contagious. Their vision for their own work and seeing beauty in unexpected places was a huge eye-opener. Meg and Mary do not teach you how to be like them, they teach you how to be YOU. An artist that creates what you LOVE, stands by it and doesn’t bend to naysayers. They instill a level of confidence that is truly energizing.

~ happy ~

Yes, we worked hard. But we laughed hard too. Meg and Mary have been doing workshops together for a while and their dynamic is nothing short of amazing. It was awesome learning from them, but equally awesome learning about them and hearing their stories. I think it’s safe to say they left here with a few new ones of their own. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite images from the workshop. I can not thank them enough for their guidance and kindness. Absolutely priceless.  <3

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

charlotte nc - lake wylie sc | 2014 newborn photography workshop {meg bitton ~ pebbles and polka dots photography}

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

By | ~, photography workshops

Tomorrow is the first day of registration for my Clickin’ Moms Business 202 course!! The first run of my website workshop Wordpress, SEO and Online Presence in March 2014 went GREAT. 🙂 Actually, it sold out <3 (please make sure to read some kind words and glowing reviews in the forum of the first class)!!

All the ladies I worked with were absolutely AH-mazing. They also worked their tails off. SO much so that for this next run we decided to split the material into TWO classes, a 100 and 200 level. This also allowed me to go back and add more detailed content to each new class for some of the most popular topics in the first class. 🙂

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  • Since your business and brand is uniquely individual to YOU, I do a great deal of personalized analysis and video feedback in 102 and 202. For this reason, I strongly recommend doing Full Participation! However, both classes will now be offered in Full Participation (FP $300) and Study Along (SA $150).
  • All graduates from the 200 level will be added to our BZ202 Facebook group! The idea behind the group is to have a place where everyone who graduates from the class can keep up with each other, ask business and class related questions, get critique or feedback, promote their page posts and share progress! We discuss forum topics, share things that are going well and working, and also things that we may be struggling with (because more often than not, you’re not alone!!). 

Now, here is the new breakdown!

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The 200 level* (BZ202) is Business 202: Internet Marketing, SEO & Online Presence and begins 7.14.14:

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 BZ202 is for you 🙂

This course is an advanced level 4 week program that focuses on building your photography business through internet marketing and using your website as your 24/7 online salesperson. You will get a complete online portfolio analysis, detailed overview of site statistics, marketing your business on social media, SEO tactics for improving rank and how to create a Google Adwords campaign. This course is ideal for any photographer looking to improve your current website, boost your online presence and generate new leads from your target market.

{Registration information and full course details can be found on my cmuniversity course page.}

What we cover: ~Week1- Writing Page Content and Blog Posts for SEO ~Week2- Complete Online Portfolio Analysis, Maintaining/Updating Your Galleries ~Week3- Engaging New Clients, Creating a Welcome Guide, Client Galleries, Online Ordering ~Week4- Site Statistics, Social Media Marketing, SEO Tactics, Creating a Google Adwords Campaign  What you get: ~weekly lessons in the form of multi-media PDFs ~weekly assignments, detailed feedback from peers and CMpro TAs ~personalized video feedback & tutorials

*Prerequisites:

~Photographers need to have a current website, feel established in their style and have confidence in their portfolio. Students without a website need to complete BZ102 before BZ202. ~There will be additional expenses (outside of the CM tuition) related to creating a client welcome guide IF you decide to purchase a template. PS, PSE or PowerPoint (Microsoft Office or MS Office for Mac) is required to design your own template. Plan to set aside a minimum of $4 per day for your Adwords Program.   business 202: internet marketing, seo & online presence

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The 100 level** (BZ102) is Business 102: Basic WordPress & Website Creation and begins 9.22.14:

Do you have a unique, professional website to display your photography online?

Does your business have a strong name, brand and custom URL?

Do you know how to create a simple text logo, custom header, blog posts and pages?

If your answer is not “Yes” then BZ102 is for you 🙂

This beginner level class focuses on how to create a basic WordPress blog and portfolio. In 3 weeks, we will intensively cover every aspect of how to design and build a gorgeous, user-friendly website from scratch. This course is ideal for any photographer who is looking to start a brand new blog and website or simply needs a more in-depth understanding of how to use WordPress.

{Registration information and full course details can be found on my cmuniversity course page.}

What we cover: ~Week1- Choosing Your Vendor, Custom URL, Your Brand, Goals for Your Website ~Week2- Navigating the Dashboard, SEO Friendly Site Structure, Customizations (CSS, Color, Font, Logo/Header, Widgets) ~Week3- Adding Content for Pages and Blog Posts, Establishing a Contact Form and Portfolio Gallery What you get: ~weekly lessons in the form of multi-media PDFs ~weekly assignments, detailed feedback from peers and CMpro TAs ~personalized video feedback & tutorials

**Prerequisites:

~Photographers will need a software design program (Photoshop Elements or CS6 recommended). ~There will be additional expenses (outside of the CM tuition) related to your URL/domain registration, hosting, WordPress themes and selecting a vendor (Creative Motion Design, ProPhoto, etc.) if you choose to do so. Average costs range from $50-$300. We will discuss these options in detail during Week 1.

business 102: basic wordpress and website creation

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my little bro gets hitched ~ west martello garden club {key west wedding photography}

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Last weekend my little bro got hitched to the gal of his dreams in Key West, Florida. Guess who had the honor of photographing the gorgeous event?? ME. 🙂 I was a bit surprised that they wanted me to capture their wedding (my niche is newborns so wedding photography is just a teeeny bit different than my usual shoot!), but I was absolutely beside myself that they wanted me to be part of this beautiful occasion. My husband was his brother’s best man so we decided to leave the kiddos at home and had ourselves a mini-cation/wedding weekend. SO MUCH FUN. I am thrilled to have a little sis now!! Not to mention that her family is the BEST!! And now they are my family too 🙂 I have been trying to narrow down some favorites for a sneak peek and it is just impossible. LOL But hopefully these images will take everyone back to this stunning Key West wedding.  <3  The ceremony was at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The reception was at the Key West Garden Club (aka West Martello). There is so much more I could say, but words can’t express how much I love these two people. They are just perfect for each other and I know they will be happy for many, MANY years to come. <3 Congrats to AJ & Peter!!! Here are a few highlights from your weekend – 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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

fine art watercolor framed print ~ bwp signature artwork {charlotte maternity-newborn photographer}

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Eeeek! I am absolutely thrilled to share a new custom product I will be offering to my clients! I have been looking for the perfect wall display, something that is a simply perfect fit with my photography style. Finally, I found it and I’m so in LOVE!! My clients (past and current) can now display their images as a Fine Art Watercolor Framed Print. <3

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Watercolor painting is very near and dear to my heart. My father encouraged me to sign up for a watercolor art class in high school and it quickly be can a favorite pastime.

The look that watercolor painting creates is unique ~ soft – textured – dreamy – luminous ~ yet similar to my photography style.

I am pleased to offer this custom piece of art that bridges my two creative passions. I have several displayed in the studio now but here are a few more product detail photos (which don’t do it ANY justice :)) Contact me for additional information!!

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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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.

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

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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.

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

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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 maternitynewbornbaby and family portraits in Charlotte, North Carolina, Lake Wylie-Fort Mill-Tega Cay, South Carolina and all surrounding areas.