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Charlie has a love and a passion for photography that began over twenty years ago with his first Pentax 35mm SLR film camera. Whether he's photographing a wedding or creating unique portraits that capture and reflect the personality of his subjects, he simply loves photographing people and it shows.

Senior Prom Photos

Yep, it’s senior prom season again and we’ve started a fun little tradition at our place where my daughter and her friends come by for prom photos before the prom. It’s really been a blast photographing for the kids and parents for the past couple of year. Cars and people everywhere and us trying to wrangle everyone for photos before they have to leave. Unfortunately, just as we’ve gotten into the swing of things, my daughter is graduating, but that’s how it goes with kids. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, they’re off to another phase in life. Maybe we’ll have to keep this tradition going for my younger daughter in a year or so. We’ll see…

 

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Professional Pet Portraits

We’re excited to be partnering with Training Your Best Friend, a dog training business in Wake Forest, to offer a great deal on professional portraits of your dog.

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What: Pet Portraits of your favorite dog!

When: One day only – Monday April 30th 2018 from 2-8:30pm. Must pre register

Where: Training Your Best Friend 230 Capcom Ave Wake Forest, NC 27587 Suite 107

How: How do I sign up? Call Christie at 919 435-0023 to reserve your time slot. Next, decide from the options below so you can let us know when you come in, and just bring your pet, and we’ll take care of the rest. We can take a check, cash or card on site.

Details: 

We’ll have a complete studio set up at Training Your Best Friend to create high quality professional portraits of your favorite dog. We’re still designing the set so we don’t have visuals just yet, but we’ll pose your pet and take a full body shot and a close up if you select an option with two digital files.

Portrait package options:

Package A: 2 digital files, & print package – $99

Package B: 2 digital files OR 1 digital file & print package – $79

Package C: 1 digital file – $59

Add ons: 8×10 – $19, 11×14 mounted – $79, 16×20 mounted – $129

Print package is 2-8×10’s & 2-5×7’s

Note: All digital files are edited high resolution printable files

 

Photo Tip – Composing Your Photos

Rule of Thirds – The easiest compostional form to use!

I’ve loved teaching photography over the years and through different venues like Wake Tech, NC State’s Technology Training Solutions division, and my own business. We like sharing some nuggets on the blog occasionally and all of these tips come from the boat loads of course content that we’ve developed over the years and that we will eventually incorporate into online courses! For more info, check out our photography training page here and enjoy the tip!

The rule of thirds is the easiest compositional form / rule to use because you can almost always use it regardless of the image you’re photographing!

First, let’s back up and define composition. Composition is simply the arrangement of elements in an image to make it more pleasing.

You almost always have a primary subject in an image. This is the main focal point or dominant subject in the composition. Most people naturally put this primary subject in the dead center of the image frame. While this can work some of the time, it usually doesn’t create very much impact and makes the image somewhat static. Try placing your primary subject off center and on one of the 4 power points in the frame (see diagram below). These 4 power points are areas in the frame where subjects will have the most impact from a compositional standpoint. Also (big tip here) when you have a horizon line in an image, put the horizon on one of the two horizontal third lines. If you want to emphasize the the sky, put it on the bottom third line, and if your image has more to emphasize in the foreground, put the horizon line on the top third line. Notice how in the lighthouse image below the horizon line is on the bottom third line and the lighthouse is on the left vertical third line. When you put your horizon line in the middle, it cuts the frame in half and divides the image. Give this a try and see how much it helps improve your images and happy shooting!

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Giving Back

Up at 5:00am on a frigid February morning, packing photography gear to drive an hour away, to photograph outside for 10 hours, and all for free.

Why would we do that? I’m glad you asked. We do that because it’s an honor and the least we can do to give back a little and be able to serve the veterans who serve and sacrifice so much for us.

We had an absolute blast photographing with a team of amature & professional photographers, for our 3rd year in a row photographing for Enduring Gratitude. You can learn more about them & what they do by clicking on the link, but I do want to share a few take aways from my perspective. My dad served full time and reserves in some capacity for 42 years so I’ve always had an appreciation for military service, but it’s so great to be able to give back to the vets a little and be able to do something for them. Two common themes I noticed throughout the day were humility and sevice. The combat wounded Green Beret key note speaker, who’s rousing speach was about how we should never stop serving, whether you are military or not, retired or not, was worth the price of admission alone.

We enjoy being able to give back, especially to those who have given so much for us.

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The volunteer dog handlers for the pheasant hunt.

The volunteer dog handlers for the pheasant hunt.

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Time to eat!

Time to eat!

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Mr. Louis, A WW2 Vet still knocking down clays at 92.

Mr. Louis, A WW2 Vet still knocking down clays at 92.

Mr. Louis, A 92 yr old WW2 vet that comes out every year. Such a treasure and I count myself lucky to have gotten the chance to chat with him, this year and last.

Mr. Louis, A 92 yr old WW2 vet that comes out every year. Such a treasure and I count myself lucky to have gotten the chance to chat with him, this year and last.

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Something a Little Different

We had a unique request from a past family portrait client to photograph some images of their twin daughters recently. The girls are both top notch gymnast and they needed some high quality images for their gymnastics websites for college recruiters to see. We secured the gym for early one morning, planned the shoot with the clients, discussing all the different shots they would need, and then we brought all the right lighting equipment we needed, and then had a blast photographing two great gymnast!

It’s always fun to get outside of your “box” and do something different and creative that stretches and challenges you! The clients loved the images and so did the girls. Oh and so did we! We certainly don’t specialize in sports photography, but love photographing creative projects like this for clients, so let us know what we can photograph for you!

Also, big thanks to the Raleigh School of Gymnastics for letting us use the gym!

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Business Portraits for Real Estate Team

I recently had the pleasure of photographing these professional images for this new husband and wife real estate team. Christine needed a head shot for her new business cards and they needed some images together for marketing pieces they’re working on. I love being able to create high quality professional images that help our clients grow their business! Win-win! You can check them out or connect with them over at InTrust Realty.

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Recent Senior Portrait Session

We’re going with “rustically casual” to describe this look. Not sure if that’s a real term, but I like it and the client loved the images, so that’s all that counts, right?

This was a fun but bitter sweet shoot for us, because this was the last of the Morgan children. We’ve had the honor and pleasure of photographing senior portraits for 3 out of 4 (missed the oldest) of the family’s children in their senior year of high school, and it’s been so much fun seeing them all grow through the years and move on to the next stages in life.

This senior portrait session was photographed in December, believe it or not. We have a great little rustic fence that used to be part of a horse pasture, and the quality and direction of the late afternoon sunlight, along with the evergreen pines, make it perfect for outdoor portraits year round.

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Check out our senior portait page here for more examples and info and contact us here for more information.

 

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Head Shot for College Portfolio?

We recently had a unique head shot request from a high school senior that was applying to college. She needed a professional portfolio head shot for her application to the theatrical program at Elon. We’ve done lots of acting portfolio head shots as well as professional head shots for grad students applying to med school etc, but haven’t been asked to create a professional head shot for undergrad application before, but it makes sense given the program she is applying for. Just goes to show that professional head shot images are more important than ever now a days. Contact us here if we can help you with yours.

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Home For The Holidays Family Portraits

We just recently booked a couple of family portrait sessions that we’ll be photographing over the holidays this year, while our clients have family in town. This got me thinking about some of my favorite memories of family and the holidays. Growing up, one of my favorite holiday traditions was “Thanksgiving at aunt Joanne’s”. Lots of fun stories and memories of hunting, the best home cooked country food ever, and a bunch of crazy fun relatives cutting up down in the country. Even then I always tried to wrangle everyone together for a rough group photo out on the front porch before everyone left. Check out “aunt Joanne’s” crowd below, circa 1995.

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I also realize lots of people may not think of Thanksgiving or Christmas in terms of a great time to have a family portrait created, but for many families, it’s the only time of year when the extended family is all together at one time and place. We have been fortunate over the years to have the opportunity to photograph for lots of families over the holidays and capture beautiful family portraits that mom and dad get enjoy on their wall all year long! Sometimes the older children may be the ones contacting us and they want to surprise the parents with a nice wall portrait of the whole family, or sometimes it’s the parents calling. Either way, our holiday family portraits are usually some of the most fun and memorable sessions we photograph for families.

Even if you don’t have us create a nice family portrait for your family this year, at least be that annoying person (like I was) that makes everyone pose for the group snap shot. Those images will only grow more valuable over time as you lose family members and your kids get older…

 

 

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