Amy - Clover, SC Maternity Photography

What do you get when you take a gorgeous mama-to-be to a beautiful farm just before sunset? MAGIC!

Amy and her husband Josh are expecting their first child, a little boy due in January. Keep an eye on the blog for their little guy's newborn photos once he arrives!

Amy keeps her horses at a nearby farm, so we decided to hold her photo session there so that one of her horses could make a guest appearance in the photos.

Matt, Kristi and Brand New Baby C - Charlotte, NC Newborn Photographer

Remember that gorgeous mama-to-be that I posted a few days ago? Well, guess what? It's a BOY! I was so honored to get the chance to photograph Matt and Kristi's brand new little guy when he was only 7 days old. This was my first newborn shoot and let me tell you, this adorable little man already had a mind of his own!

Evidently I caught Baby C when he was going through a growth spurt, he slept for about 10 minutes and allowed me to get some cute shots of him wrapped up on a blanket that Kristi's grandmother had made for her and her sister when they were little girls. After that, he was up and ready for action! Despite more feedings and super short cat-naps than I could count, he refused to sleep unless either his mom or dad was holding him tight. I think he thought he might miss something! So, we rolled with it and went for more lifestyle type shots. It was a long day for everyone, but I was really pleased with the emotion that was captured in the photos of this beautiful family.

And that wide-awake little guy was deep asleep 10 minutes after I left...

Kristi's sister is a close friend of mine, so I was happy to get a few shots of baby C with his very excited twin cousins, as well.

Michael, T.J. and Little Miss R - Lake Wylie, SC Child and Family Photography

I did a session with a wonderful family just as the leaves were starting to turn. Their little girl had some of the most beautiful, sparkling brown eyes I have ever seen!

My little guy - Lake Wylie, SC Child Photographer

We had this amazing field of yellow flowers across the street and my "little model" and I took some time one day to check it out!

While the flowers weren't too fantastic for my seasonal allergies, they made a great photo backdrop and a certain little boy thought they were great to run through and shake around.

Merry Christmas to all!

Now that I got my very belated Halloween post out of the way...

I can wish a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! I hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter and lots of photos!

Happy (very belated) Halloween!

I know Christmas has already passed, but I've been so busy shooting and editing that I didn't get a chance to post on the Speechless blog at Halloween. I just couldn't let the year end without wishing you a Happy (belated) Halloween from myself and a few of the cutest kids I know!

Instead of Christmas in July, how about Halloween in December? :-D

 My little pirate and me... Arrrr, Mateys!

My wonderful neighbor Kim and her two boys!

Kristi - Clover, SC Maternity Photography

Check out this gorgeous Mama-to-be! I had the pleasure of photographing Kristi just before her baby shower and I only wish I looked this fantastic when I was pregnant!

Kristi and her husband decided not to find out if their baby was going to be a boy or a girl. Talk about suspense! Luckily, you won't have to wait nearly as long as their family and friends did to see pictures of their adorable little one. Look for those shortly in a future blog post!

Sorry it's been so long...

Whew! Long time, no post! I've been busy shooting and editing while we had some gorgeous fall weather, and have sadly neglected my blog. I promise to have some new posts for you soon with loads of gorgeous pictures from recent maternity, newborn and family sessions! Good things are coming, just hang in there and I'll be back soon! :-D

Family Session Sneak Peek - Lake Wylie, SC Family Photographer

I posted a few pictures on my facebook page from the fabulous family session that I photographed on Sunday (so check those out, if you haven't already) and I wanted to post a few more on the blog. Enjoy the sneak peek! I'll be posting more from this session in the near future....

Session Preparation: What to Wear, Family Edition

Your family session is booked, now what? It's time to find fabulous outfits for you and your family that will make you look and feel your best!

Here are 10 tips and some inspiration that I've put together to help you figure out what to wear for your upcoming family photo session.

1) Ladies, pick your outfit first! If you are the type of person who can walk into any store and immediately find something in your size that you love, then you can safely ignore this tip. But if you're like me and often struggle to find something that you think you look great in, then you should definitely start by choosing an outfit for yourself. This way you are not limited by the selections you've already made for the rest of your family.

2) Go for coordinating, instead of perfectly matching, outfits. Look for pieces that work together instead of trying to find the exact same color shirt for each member of your family. Check out these examples on my "What to Wear" inspiration board.

3) Put away those white shirts! Bringing in some color will make your photos stand out! Remember the color wheel? Check out this page for help with selecting harmonious colors. Think about using complimentary (opposites on the color wheel) or analogous (side by side on the color wheel) colors for your clothes and accessories.

4) Think about where you want to use and display your photos. If you have your heart set on using your photos in a red and white Christmas card template or are planning to hang a photo on the blue wall in your living room, then pick colors that will work well in those settings.

5) Avoid busy patterns and pieces with branding or words. Your son probably loves his "Thomas the Train" shirt, but how will it look hanging on the wall in your home for years to come?

6) Go for classic looks that will stand the test of time to keep your photos from looking dated.

7) Don't forget to accessorize! This is a great time to break out your funky jewelry or a gorgeous scarf. The details matter and those items can really be the glue that pulls an outfit together.

8) Clean up fingernails and freshen up your polish - take this opportunity to indulge in that mani/pedi you've been waiting for an excuse to have! Be sure to think of your nail color as an extension of your wardrobe and pick colors that work with your clothing. While the men in your family might not be picking out polish colors, they should also take the time to make sure their nails are clean and trimmed. If you're planning to go barefoot in some of your photos, don't forget to take care of your toes, too!

9) Layers are a great way to add style to your photos! Especially as the weather gets cooler, adding layers of color and different textures can be both practical and fun.

10) Above all, the best accessory you can have is confidence! Whatever styles and colors you pick, feeling like you look your best is what will make your photos phenomenal. Take the time to indulge a little and make this a special experience, and I can guarantee that you'll be happier with the end result.

Morgan & Baylie - Lake Wylie, SC Family Photographer

I seem to have good luck with finding gorgeous sisters to photograph, and Morgan and Baylie were no exception to that! I just loved how my session with these two blonde-haired beauties turned out! I also had the chance to photograph Morgan with her boyfriend, Kyle, so look for those in a future blog post. We had a fantastic country setting and lovely weather for the photos which made my job even easier. I just love it when everything comes together like it did for this session!

Elizabeth - Lake Wylie, SC Photographer

I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures from a recent outdoor session with the lovely Elizabeth. She is truly as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. When we started the session, she told me that she didn't think that pictures of her ever turn out well, so I was happy to show her a few of the images on my camera LCD screen. It didn't take too long to convince her that, no matter what she had thought of photos taken of her before, she was going to love the ones from our session!

Dillon - Lake Wylie, SC Child & Family Photographer

This handsome guy is my own little man. He doesn't have much patience for the camera lately, but if I bribe him, we can usually reach some sort of agreement that buys me a few moments of modeling time. In this case, the bribe was pretending that he was a football player holding his treasured VT Hokies football.
Because my own son is so reluctant to participate in my practice photo sessions, it's actually a relief whenever I get to photograph other children who don't already know all of my attention-grabbing tricks. I do know that chasing my son has taught me a lot about how fast children move and how fleeting that split-second of a perfect expression can be.

The Tracy Family - Lake Wylie, SC Family Photography

I recently attended a workshop by the fabulous Amanda Padgett of Everyday Elements. The workshop was amazing and I not only learned some really great things about photography and editing, but I feel like I made 9 new friends of Amanda and the other ladies in attendance. Amanda has a wonderful personality and explains things in such an easy to understand way. If you're interested in photography or how to edit your photos (even snapshots), I hope you'll take a minute to check out Amanda's site.

As part of the workshop, we did a family photoshoot with the beautiful Tracy family. Sanda is actually a photographer herself, so it was a nice break for her to finally get some photos that she was in, instead of always being behind the camera. The photoshoot was quite a challenge, because we were shooting just after noon, with the sun high in the sky! It was a great opportunity to learn how to take gorgeous photos, even when the conditions are not ideal.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the Tracy family!

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