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Best Photographers For Kids In Charlotte

September 28, 2012 6:00 AM

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Capturing the essence of a child in a natural, candid moment takes more than technical mastery, so when it comes to the photos you want on the wall, leave it to the pros. Parents, save yourself the stress. Pick the outfits, corral the kiddos and then hand off the hard work. Charlotte’s best family photographers promise picture-perfect images, creating special memories of love for for everyone.
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Becca Bond Photography

Charlotte/Fort Mill area
Charlotte, NC
(704) 302-3952
www.beccabondphotography.com

Price: from $600

Don’t be surprised if Becca Bond blends a little of her family therapy background into the photo shoots. Asking questions is one real way to connect with kids. Here’s one: Want to tell me something funny that happened on a family vacation? Storytelling is another method she uses to break the ice with a shy child. A pre-consultation session lasts around 20 minutes. Photo shoots take place on location, with a priority of fitting the family personality. Viewing the images takes place back in the studio, offering snacks and tea to avoid rushed decisions. Images are projected on a large screen, and if clients send in snap shots of a living room wall, special software will show what the final product looks like in that space. Products include albums, art image boxes and DVDs. She even collaborates with a jeweler for some finished pieces.

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Mary Ebert Photography

Charlotte, NC
(704) 807-2247
www.maryebert.com

Price: from $300

Most of Ebert’s clients enjoy outdoor photo shoots. Keeping it hip and fun for tweens and teens is a must, so she chooses places like downtown Waxhaw for its rustic, old-country charm. Freedom Park in Charlotte is a popular location for its backdrop of nature and flora as well. Ebert specializes in capturing the personality of a child in natural lighting. She gives the time it takes to get on kids’ levels and make a connection. She offers wardrobe recommendations during the pre-consultation meeting as well. Making it affordable for families is a priority. Final products include wall collections, albums, charms, jewelry, totes and keychains.

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Kate Weaver Photography

South Park area
Charlotte, NC
(704) 643-2244
www.kateweaver.com

Price: from $500

Asking lots of questions, Weaver takes plenty of time to get to know the family and kids during the pre-consultation meeting. Just out the backdoor of her studio is a greenway, a convenient and popular photo location for her clients. The outdoor setting includes a waterfall, making it fun for kids to run around and be themselves. Her props barn includes an antique sofa, creating relaxed, comfortable outdoor seating for all ages. For final products, the canvas gallery-wrapped pictures are a hit with families, as well as portrait boxes, Christmas cards and graduation announcements. Calling it a boutique studio, Weaver says she maintains fewer clients so as to work with them more closely.

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Dimples and Curls Photography

2413 Bonterra Blvd.
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 628-6585
www.dimplesandcurlsphotography.com

Price: from $400

Christine Bryk and her mom are the creative brains behind this business catering to newborns through toddlers. For newborns, most moms call before they give birth. Bryk says she likes to get them in less than 14 days to capture the unique characteristics before they fade. The props, such as diaper covers and caps, are handmade by her mom. They customize work to hobbies, occupations and themes. For instance, a molar cap was made for a dentist’s newborn. The pre-consultation session includes a questionnaire, getting a better understanding of the client’s desires. A cake-smash photo shoot for first birthdays are a must with Dimples and Curls.

Pastel Photography

Charlotte, NC
(440) 228-6503
www.pastelphotography.com

Price: from $150 sitting fee

Candid, relaxed images are not easily captured, and they take a little planning. Mindy Harris captures the essence of childhood at its most spontaneous. A chair sitting in the middle of a wildflower-speckled field provides a quaint backdrop or a child on its back, lying in a blanket of fresh, green grass makes for a bright, spring photo. Simplicity, surrounded only by the hues of mother nature, elicits a wholesome goodness. Shoots take anywhere from one to two hours. Choose from your home, a nearby park or a cute local destination where your family is comfortable.

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Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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