Charlotte NC Photo Session: Not Looking Like Your Past

We go through so much in life that we can forget who we are, or we’re forced to either become a new person or reclaim the person we was.

For Myra, after facing multiple life challenges, she decided to reclaim the person she is: Resilient, Strong, and Optimistic.

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Encompassing all of that within a photoshoot can be challenging within itself. Add in the fact that were were shooting in a city I’ve never shot in before.

We were in Charlotte, N.C. for the Iota Sweethearts’ Third National Conclave, where I was the conference’s photographer and Myra was a delegate.

This shoot was truly an adventure. While I’ve visited Charlotte multiple times, this was my first time shooting in the Queen City. Shooting in new environments is fun, but it can also be quite challenging, especially in an unfamiliar area.

We ended up shooting at the fountain in front of the Bank of America Corporate Center. And it was easy for Myra to show off the person she truly is.

Charlotte, NC Event Photography: 2019 ISI Conclave

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Recently I had the distinct honor of being the photographer for the 2019 Iota Sweethearts, Inc. National Conclave, which took place in Charlotte, N.C.

Raleigh NC Modeling Session - A nomad in corporate america

Across the street from my office is a pile of rocks.

They look like ordinary rocks - or so I thought.

Up close, they look like something that reminds me of the mountains of Afghanistan. And it didn’t hurt that Mecca dressed the part.

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Photographers are always looking for cool spaces to shoot, especially those that don’t require special access or come with the risk of arrest. And especially those that can make it seem you’re in another country.

But who knew that one would find such a cool space that’s surrounded by corporate buildings?

As we most things in western Wake County these days, I’m sure this space will be another corporate building in a year or two. But for now, I’m enjoying the space, and the imagination it has given us.

Raleigh NC Headshot Session - Taking a New Look at Yourself

Most of the time we view photography as a service.

You need pictures of something. Photographer shoots pictures of that thing, then delivers photos of that thing. Service completed.

But photography doesn’t always have to be so transactional. There’s nothing wrong with having pictures of yourself just to see yourself in a different light.

Chrishonda is someone who gets that.

During a recent professional headshot session, I wanted to take some photos that were more personality and less transactional, which allowed her to take a new look at herself:

Don’t go cheap on wedding photography

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It’s one of the biggest questions in wedding planning: How much will the photographer cost?

There are plenty of websites with the answer, which is about 10 - 12 percent of your total wedding budget. To add a dollar amount, wedding photography, on average, ranges from $1,150 to $3,000, according to WeddingWire. This amount can very depending on where your wedding is (a Washington, D.C. wedding photographer will cost more than one in Washington, N.C.) and what your package includes (prints, albums, etc.).

So you may think that’s a lot of money for one person. And I get it, we all have budgets. But here’s why spending the money is worth it:

Because your wedding is a luxury. And you should treat it as such.

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Do you need a wedding dress to be married? A wedding venue? A wedding party? No, you do not.

But do you want those items? Of course. After all, they’re part of the large catered party you’re planning, and unless you regularly have those (and if you do, invite me!), then your wedding is a luxury.

As with any luxury, you’re paying for quality. And we know what that looks and feels like. There’s a reason you want to sit in first class. Drive a Mercedes Benz. Watch the game in box seats. 

Each of those items have higher price points because you know what you’re getting - and you know what luxury is not.

Now I get that there are other elements of your wedding that are important:

Food? Yes, everyone needs to be fed. But do you remember what you ate three days ago? 

Makeup? You want to accentuate your beauty. But how long do you keep makeup on? 

Wedding dress? I’m approaching 12 years of marriage, and the last time my wife’s wedding dress saw the light of day was on our wedding day.

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I’m not saying that food, makeup, and your wedding dress aren’t important, but your pictures are the only wedding item you’ll engage with long after your wedding. From albums to prints and annual reminders on social media, your wedding photos will be the only tangible item from your wedding day you’ll refer to years later.

Think of it this way: You’re putting a lot of time and effort into your once-in-a-lifetime event. Would you want your hard work represented in - and your memories based on - cheap photos?

You know how the saying goes: You get what you pay for. 

Have any wedding photography questions or want to schedule a consultation? Send Stan a message!