Charlotte Wedding Photographer | eXtravaganza Depot | Bree + Jim

A couple weeks ago I had the privilege to be a part of Bree + Jim’s wedding at Bree’s church in historic downtown Concord. I so enjoyed this wedding with this wonderful couple! The whole day was relaxed and fun, the locations and details were stunning…a true celebration of Bree + Jim’s marriage. Beyond their obvious love for each other it was evident that they are dearly loved by others because the entire place was packed! I really loved everything about this wedding…historic ceremony location, beautiful flowers, stunning bride, the elegant reception, the fun portrait locations. This was my first reception at eXtravaganza Depot and it was amazing! Definitely a hidden gem for receptions in Charlotte. Thanks to my friend Vanessa Schrotenboer for second shooting again. She did another fabulous job and you can check out her perspective on Bree + Jim’s wedding here. Below are some of my favorites from the day…

Charlotte Bridal Photographer | Bree

I’m super excited to share these bridal portraits! Bree is an absolutely stunning bride in her modern dress and the location turned out to be amazing. I’ve been wanting to shoot at the “urban barn” for a while, and Bree’s bridal session was a perfect opportunity. Bree’s dress, the warm evening light, the barn, and the awesome chair that my friend Mindy let me borrow all came together exactly how I had envisioned! Bree + Jim got married a couple weeks ago, so stay tuned for their blog post! Until then, enjoy my favorites from Bree’s bridal session…

Charlotte Engagement Photographer | Stephanie + Taylor

I had a great time with Stephanie + Taylor on their “old fashioned picnic” engagement shoot! Taylor is an old friend and I’ve been so glad to see Stephanie come in to his life. I’m super excited to see them get married next month! Here are a few of my favorites…

Charlotte Wedding Photographer | Roof With A View | Shaynah + Michael

Last spring I had the pleasure to second shoot with my sister-in-law, the lovely Elisabeth Rose. Shaynah + Michael are good friends who we go to church with, so it was just an all-around great time. Second shooting is really a lot of fun because you’re free from the pressure to capture everything and you’re able to just relax and try new things. With all of the editing I had to do last year I never got around to these, so in honor of Shaynah + Michael’s one year anniversary today I decided to finally give them a go! Congratulations to you both and happy anniversary!

Charlotte Wedding Photographer | Bridal Portraits | Jeni on Film

The film portion of my recent bridal shoot with my sister Jeni. First time using Portra and I love how it looks! I love shooting with Jeni because she’s an artist and she really knows how to get her model on. Check these out…

Thoughts on Portra: properly overexposed (2 stops) skin tones look great. I love how this film seems to subtly saturate the skin tones without saturating the rest of the colors. Underexposed skin tones look pretty grey and yucky but that’s probably true of all film. Definitely has fine grain but I feel like I can see the grain more than with Fuji 400h which seems to give a smoother look overall. This is especially noticeable in the out-of-focus areas which tend to look harsh. That could just be the harsh bokeh that my cheapo 50mm produces. I would love to see what this film does with an 85mm f/1.4! Gotta keep saving my pennies…

Charlotte Wedding Photographer | Metropolitan Ballroom | Danielle + Frank

Danielle + Frank’s wedding is definitely one of my favorite weddings ever! Everything was well-planned and relaxed, and we had lots of time for pictures both before and after the ceremony. I felt complete freedom to be an artist, which was fun and refreshing. On top of that the fall light was AMAZING and Danielle + Frank were stunning in front of the camera! PLUS I started working some film (film!?) in to my workflow during this event and I’m here to tell you that I have fallen way in love with film. You’ll definitely be seeing a lot of it on this blog in the future.

The ceremony was held at St Gabriel’s on Providence Road, with the reception right across the street at Metropolitan Ballroom. What a great reception location! It’s a great room with abundant natural light. Here are some of my favorites from the day:

The stunning bride:

Frank looked super sharp!

The groomsmen showing off their gift from Frank: new watches!

Danielle + Frank have their “First Look”…

It was very emotional

The next two are film!

Love this one…


I don’t usually share the family photos on my blog, but the location and light that we found was just so amazing that I had to share these:

Beautiful reception details…

Danielle + Frank share their first dance…

What a great time! Danielle + Frank, thanks so much for letting me be a part of your special day! Congratulations, and best wishes for you in the future… – David

Charlotte Wedding Photographer | Danielle + Frank | Sneak Peek

One of my favorite weddings EVER!!

Charlotte Engagement Photographer | Vanessa + David

Meet Vanessa + David…they’re a super fun couple and we had a great time shooting their engagement photos! We found a great abandoned building in NoDa, threw in some amazing fall light, and we had a recipe for success. I always love engagement sessions because I get a chance to really get to know my clients and build a friendship, and I definitely count Vanessa + David as friends as a result of our time together. One cool fact about Vanessa is that she just completed her first half-marathon! I love learning stuff like that about all the people I get to meet. I can’t wait to shoot Vanessa + David’s wedding next year!

Charlotte Engagement Photographer | Vanessa + David | Sneak Peek

I had a fabulous time with Vanessa + David on Saturday shooting their engagement session in NoDa! Here’s a quick preview…

Charlotte Engagement Photographer | Danielle + Frank

I’m so happy to be a part of Danielle + Frank’s wedding in October! I love getting to do engagement sessions with couples as it gives us a chance to get to know one another before the wedding. For this session we started in South End and then finished up in NoDa. Danielle + Frank did a great job in front of the camera! They’re definitely a stunning couple. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding!