Home For The Holidays Portraits

If you have family coming in to town or are just having a family get together over the holidays, why not have family portraits created while everyone is together. We can come to your get together and photograph multiple groupings, individuals, and even a large group portrait of everyone together. We’ll even wake uncle Bob up for the portrait. There’s really no better time to have high quality professional portraits created than when everyone is together for Thanksgiving or Christmas and we have lots of great options for prints & portraits. Call us to plan your Home for the Holidays portraits. (919) 850-0492. Or email us at charlie@charlesdickensphotography.com.

Below are some portraits we created last year for this lovely family while everyone was dressed up to go see a play over Christmas.



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Senior Portrait Session

A few images from a recent senior session we photographed right here outside at the studio. Jessie was great to work with and we created some great images to take the place of the “big box studio” images she didn’t like from school. We love creating unique custom sessions for our seniors so they don’t look like everyone else’s photos at school.

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Photography Class Photo Shoot

A couple of fun shots from the photography class trip downtown last night. The students love the field trip photo shoot and I love to see them putting all the classroom info together and applying it to create some great photos. I love facilitating those “light bulb” moments in photography!

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Professional Business Head Shots

A professional business head shot we photographed in studio recently for an IBMer that just got promoted and needed a new professional image to “look the part”. She’s using the image for LinkedIn as well as on her company profile, so there are many uses for professional head shots! If you don’t have one (especially for LinkedIn) or need to update your current image, give us a call. We have packages that fit every need and budget!


Senior Portrait

A few images from a recent senior portrait session that we photographed right here outside the studio. With this senior, I wasn’t able to meet ahead of time for the design consultation and get to know him a little like we typically do, so I made sure to spend enough time up front at the session to build some raport. When mom saw the images, here is what she had to say:

“The pictures are awesome! Some of the best he has ever had taken! I think the time you took to talk to him and make him comfortable made a big difference.”

I think one of the key ingredients that enables us to capture the personality of our subjects so well is taking that time to get to know them and help them feel comfortable in front of the camera. I love photographing seniors because it’s such a unique milestone in life and we want our clients to enjoy reflecting back on this time in life via the professional portraits and wall art that we provide. Can’t wait to see mom’s reaction when we deliver David’s custom framed wall portrait!

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Downtown Family Portrait Session

Some classic family portraits shot before a play in downtown Raleigh. Some of the family was in from out of town and everyone was all dressed up for the play, so why not incoroporate family portraits! Great session with Angela and her family and the final gift wall portrait for her mom was a major hit. A few pull backs showing the set up, thanks to Chris Lewis!

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A just-in-time couples portrait session

What fun shoot with Jennifer & Michael! They were married at pullen park, had their engagement portraits photographed here, and of course wanted to include their new addition in some portraits here as well. A friend of theirs wanted to surprise them with portraits, so he hired me to photograph their couples maternity session. With only a few weeks before the due date, we had to scramble to make it happen, but we managed to squeeze in the session, they had a great time at the shoot, loved the images and everyone lived happily ever after, so far 🙂 They really were a great couple to work with and we wish them the best with their new addition and expanded family. What fun times ahead!

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Business portraits with a fashion flare

We had a gorgeous young lady come in recently who needed some professional business images and wanted the images with a little bit of a fashion look & feel to them, so what did we do? We broke out the large beauty dish (light modifier), changed to a fashion style lighting pattern, put up a nice high key background that was perfect for the occasion and outfit she had, threw in a flattering pose that worked well for the look she wanted, and there you have it – a gorgeous professional image with hint of fashion! (ok, well it’s not quite that simple) The client was super thrilled with the results. I love a creative challenge and being able to deliver exactly what a client wants when they have something specific in mind. It’s not the camera or the toys, it’s knowing how and when to use them. Love what I do!

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When is a good time to update your professional image?

Today I was photographing professional business head shots for a sales professional that works for a large company here in Raleigh. As we were discussing clothing options and the right expression for his image, he said he was already planning to come back in 6 months for an updated image. I was flattered but wasn’t sure why, so as we talked more he mentioned that he was planning to lose 40 lbs and get an updated image at that point.

Makes perfect sense. Any time you have a major change in appearance, you should consider updating your professional image that you use on on social media profiles such as LinkedIn as well as your business cards, website etc. Why? Good question, glad you asked. Regardless of whether you’re in a job search scenario, own your own business, or represent a company, chances are potential clients or employers will do a little research on you before deciding to do business with you or your company, or before deciding to interview you. What will they see? There is a very high probability they will see one or more of your social media profile images. So, what message will yours convey? What first impression will your image make for you? One sure way to create a bad first impression is to have a poor quality image or one that doesn’t represent how you currently look. Regarding the latter, when potential employers or clients meet you in person, and you don’t look like the image that represents you online, there is an immediate trust barrier that goes up, because in their mind, you misrepresented yourself. So if you’ve lost weight, had a significant hair style change, or any other changes affecting your appearance, you might want to consider updating you professional image.

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Professional Business Portrait for an Attorney

An image we created for a local attorney recently who works in down town Raleigh. His firm http://www.klisheldreth.com/ practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts etc. Sharp knowledgeable attorney, if you have a need for those services, I would highly recommend his firm.