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Nicole and Phillip: Family focused Brawley Estate Wedding, Mooresville NC

They are more “lighthearted and fun than serious and romantic”. Above all else–they wanted their Brawley Estate wedding day to fun and a celebration of family and friends as they start their life together. (after years of long distance!) Personal, special touches made the day about more than ‘pretty things’ (though they were all pretty) […]


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Bluesky + Elly’s Photography now: Weddings by Bluesky!

I once heard a quote that being a business owner is like being a single parent.   …when the ‘baby cries there is no one to hand her to. Same goes for celebrations:  your business baby ‘grows a few inches, takes their first steps or gets into Julliard’…and you celebrate mostly alone. For years, though […]


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What to bring to your engagement session?

Now that you know why an engagement session may be important to you, possible Charlotte, NC engagement session locations (that will be both meaningful and beautiful) as well as how the right clothing can pull it all together— lets chat on the day of your session and WHAT TO BRING AND WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME: […]


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What to wear for your engagement session

What to wear for your engagement session GOAL: CAPTURE YOUR PERSONALITIES/CONNECTION (AND WHAT YOU WEAR PLAYS A PART IN THIS.) Though your story/your personalities/your connection is what we focus on during our engagement session planning. We have also learned after a decade of photographing—clothing that you feel yourself in, that you love, and feel comfortable to move/connect […]


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Do I even need an engagement session?

Today we answer the biggest questions since the one in which you replied ‘yes!’  😆 Do I need an engagement photography session at all? AND How to get my soon-be-spouse excited,  if so. ANSWER:  We believe engagement sessions can be just valuable as your wedding photography experience and should be celebrated as a completely independently—not simply another ‘to do’ to rush through on […]


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Best Locations for your Charlotte Engagement Session

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: The go-to question always seems to be ‘What location is best for our Charlotte engagement session?’  First—deep breath.  We have you covered.  Along with our Pinterest boards and blog posts featuring everything from the lovely shores of Lake Norman, Uptown Charlotte rooftops, or prowling the streets of Plaza Midwood—there  are so many amazing Charlotte locations […]


Bungalow 1325: A Unique Space for a Unique Bride (Charlotte's only rentable bridal suite)

Located in the heart of Historic Plaza Midwood, Bungalow 1325 is a one-of-a-kind space designed especially for brides like you. 
With more than 1,000 square feet of impeccably designed space, Bungalow 1325 is owned by award-winning photographer Cass Bradley — and as you would expect, it was created to be photographed. 
The intimate space comes complete with distinctive décor, picture-perfect vignettes, natural lighting, an honor bar and so much more.  
Brides and photographers alike find the Bungalow particularly ideal for a private bridal suite to primp and prep before your wedding. The historic house offers more than double the space of a standard hotel suite, providing ample room for a pre-wedding glam session with your girls and a private moment, should you need alone time before you walk down the aisle. 


Katie and Ryan Private Estate Lakeside Elopement – Charlotte, NC

Katie and Ryan Private Estate Lakeside Elopement – Charlotte, NC   2 years ago today–these two were married at a private residence on the lake.  Just the two of them and less than an hand full (as in-3) of their dear friends by their side. Ryan made the arrangements for the day to deliver her […]


Empowered Portraits: Makaila James Boutique (Empowered Portraits Branding Experience)

Empowered Portraits: Makaila James Boutique owner: Meet Monica  (Empowered Portraits Branding Experience) For Monica,  (owner of Makaila James Boutique) clothing can be more than cloth and trends–it can impact how a woman sees herself.   And, this is what she strives to do for her clients (who are often mamas who need to ‘get-their-groove-back or […]


Ditch the nerves: Preparing for your Empowered portraits session (Beauty Boudoir and Branding)

One things we have learned is the sooner we ‘get the nerves and logistic’ out of the way–the sooner we can focus on making our Empowered portraits experience a meaningful one.
So let’s address the most common questions we receive as it relates to being the most prepared and confident for your experience: