Happy Independence Day everyone! As we all celebrate this time of our nation’s independence and all of our freedoms that we so richly enjoy, let’s take time to also thank our service professionals and brave soldiers who keep us safe every single day.
As an annual ritual, I have a fun and creative Americana portrait session with some of my models and Catherine Harrison and Makaila Efird did not fail to impress and help me create amazing images celebrating this holiday.
We met at the beautiful lakes in Catherine’s neighborhood and had a great time flying the red, white and blue.
I’m so excited to have completed my first DJP Me Model Shoot with my 2016 model team. Five beautiful ladies meet me at the dance studio for New Attitude Performance Arts Center for a fun fashion shoot to showcase some of the trends and styles for the spring and summer seasons.
Spring is here and it was the perfect time to highlight the latest trends for the season.
I had the young ladies focus on three styles for this shoot:
- Skinny jeans or high waisted jeans
- Skirts and dresses
The ladies did an AMAZING job selecting their outfits and representing these styles and the images are brag worthy. Check out the big Reveal Video with all the image from the shoot.
SEE THE REVEAL VIDEO HERE
Check out the awesome images below!
I got together with one of my amazing young clients Bailey Tignor for a fun Americana photoshoot in downtown Rock Hill, SC. Bailey is a lovely young lady who I’ve had the pleasure of photographing on multiple occasions. She and her mother are family friends and loyal clients and I have a ball every time Bailey and I get together for a shoot.
The theme was Americana to celebrate the coming Independence Day holiday. We steered clear of the classic flag hugging poses and opted to just celebrate the American Flag colors. For this shoot young Bailey actually scoped out all of the locations while she was driving around downtown Rock Hill. She found some amazing locations around the downtown area while driving around and quickly shot me photos from her phone for me to review.
The shoot was amazing and fun even with overcast skies. We squeezed every bit of sunlight we could out of the late afternoon day and ended up with dozens of beautiful images.
Enjoy your Independence Day and enjoy these beautiful images.
This first location is an old train perched in an abandoned parking lot right as you enter downtown Rock Hill.
This next location was a beautiful mural wall along one of the main downtown roads. We attracted quite a bit of attention at this location as people stopped to compliment Bailey and ask for my business card!
With the sun fading fast we made it to our final location – A beautiful park with a fountain dancing in the background.
Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas are full of beautiful locations to have a portrait session. From rural farming land to the urban Uptown region, there are so many places in this town to really have a great portrait session. I love on location shoots for various reasons but mostly because my clients and I can determine which location really works well with their personality, chosen attire and the overall look they want to achieve in their portrait session.
So here are 10 of my favorite locations in and around the Charlotte, NC area for on location portrait sessions.
1. The Boardwalk at the University Hilton Hotel–
I’ve done a ton of portrait sessions here and the look is amazing. It can be quite busy on the weekends, but some careful placement and patience yields amazing images at this location. From family sessions to senior prom and creative sessions, this location always delivers.
Collin Shirley (Class of 2016) Senior Portrait Session
2. The Fort Mill Dairy Barn –
Also known as the Anne Springs Close Greenway, this is the spot if you’re looking for a beautiful rural setting. This sprawling area has so many different backdrops for that country look and feel. You may even be able to get a beautiful horse in your background.
3. Tyvola Business Park –
This is off the beaten path and not in an obviously picturesque place, but this gem is tucked away on the back side of an office complex and has beautiful water features and lush greenery throughout. Best of all is that it’s secluded and not well-known so you’re not waiting for “moving scenery” to pass by.
4. Baxter Village in Fort Mill, SC –
Right in the heart of Fort Mill, SC this collection of shops and eateries is nestled right in front of a beautiful, quaint community of homes. Cute shops line both sides of the streets and there are plenty of amazing spots to create beautiful images.
5. In or Around Your Own Home! –
I have so much fun surprising people with wonderful portrait locations in and around their own homes. You’d be surprised how the right composition and lighting can create an unlikely location that yields amazing images.
6. Your School Court or Field –
As long as we can safely and LEGALLY access the court or field of your sport we can capture you in your element and create some amazingly edgy and dramatic sports images.
7. Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC –
Winthrop’s campus is BEAUTIFUL and I have not even scratched the surface of amazing places to shoot. If you’re a native of the Rock Hill area I’m sure you could show me some amazing places that I hadn’t even thought of.
8. The RiverWalk in Rock Hill, SC –
The proximity of Rock Hill, SC to Charlotte, NC and the fact that I live right in between the two means that I have the both to two cities with beautiful locations all around. This gem is also full of character and drama for late evening portrait sessions.
9. First Ward Park in Uptown Charlotte –
With the tall beautiful buildings of Uptown Charlotte in view this is a perfect place to capture the beauty of the park environment and still incorporate an urban feel.
10. A Cool Edgy Indoor Location –
I typically like outdoor locations for my sessions but ocassionally I’ll find an edgy indoor location like this dance studio where my daughters dance. The black wall is funky and makes a creative backdrop for this fun session.
These are just a very few of the hundreds of locations in and around Charlotte for having a portrait session. Maybe you have a favorite park or location where you would love to have a portrait session.
Diamond and I had an amazing teen portrait session in Uptown Charlotte a few months ago. Diamond is one of the young people in my youth ministry at New Life Fellowship Center. She was a winner of one of my Instagram Photo Contests and we met up at an Uptown park for her session.
The weather was gloomy but it added to the drama of the lighting I was using and made for some great images. It was threatening rain the entire time and we were losing daylight quickly, but we made our way around the park and got some amazing images. I loved Diamond’s outfit and she had plenty of blingy accessories compliments of her mother’s jewelry box!
Diamond quickly learned about what I’m known for during portrait sessions – going all out to demonstrate poses that I want my clients to do. My philosophy is, “Don’t say it, show it!”. Diamond is already and lively giggly young lady, but seeing me with hands on hips or over my head sent her over the edge. She couldn’t stop laughing at me. We really had to take a minute in between images so she could compose herself. Always a fun time at my portrait session and the beautiful images show it.
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