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Editor’s Choice Award winner for 2016!

Inspiration & Design Photography wins Editor’s Choice Award 2016!

I was beyond surprised to open my inbox today & find out that I won the 2016 Editor’s Choice Award! The email said CONGRATULATIONS,  pop the champagne! Since it’s still morning I will refrain from that, however, I may do a happy dance in my office 🙂

This is more than just winning an award, it’s about not giving up. It’s about trying new things. It’s about finding your way when you are feeling lost. For those of you who read my blog posts, you know that 2015 was the first year of submitting my work for publication. I had no idea what my efforts would bring, but I figured it didn’t hurt to try. And what a wonderful end to my first year of effort!

I was feeling  like a guppy in a new area of the ocean filled with talented Beluga whales!! But in that large sea of talent, I knew that I needed to try to make a name for myself  as a somewhat newbie to the Charlotte Market area. Since my business had ALWAYS grown via REFERRALS, it felt foreign to be in an area so saturated with talent and competing with many photographers who had been in the area for a long time gathering a ripple of referrals and vendor connections.

Entering my work has helped my google rankings, encouraged my little guppy heart and hopefully will help me swim with the Beluga whales once again!

2016 Editor's Choice Award

The Editors’ Choice Awards honor Two Bright Lights members whose talent was continually recognized by top print magazines, blogs and websites. Your hard work and commitment to getting published places you among the top 5% featured, from a community made up of over 40,000 photographers and event professionals. Using Two Bright Lights, you and your colleagues were featured in media outlets that included POPSUGAR, The Knot, Green Wedding Shoes, Borrowed & Blue, Munaluchi Bride Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons and Southern Weddings Magazine.


Wedding Do-over Contest Extended

Wedding do-over contest extended until February 29th!! Get your entries in!

I was really excited when I decided to run a Wedding Do-over Contest. I was thrilled about the idea of helping bridal couples that had ruined wedding photographs by offering my services free of charge to do a styled shoot for them.

I have heard so many horror stories over the years and continue to hear sad stories of couples who were heart broken over their awful wedding photos. Photos so bad they didn’t post even one on Facebook.  Photos that they paid for and a year later still don’t have. Photos that were taken but the photographer went out of business. Memories that were captured, but the card they were captured on, was lost or damaged. I’ve heard just about every scenario imaginable. I bet most of you reading this post knows of someone who has a wedding photo story, that doesn’t end well.

The editor of Every Last Detail even shared her story in hopes of helping future brides not make the same mistake. You can read her story HERE

wedding do-over contest extended

I thought I would receive numerous stories, but I did not. I even paid to promote this free offer, so more couples would hear and have the opportunity at a chance to redo their wedding photos. But with no valid entries, there can be no winners.

I know time can slip away and opportunities can be missed. But I don’t want that to be the end of the story. Therefore, I want to offer one more opportunity to you or someone you know, who could really use a do-over! Get the word out to the person(s) you know who need to hear about this contest.

See the original entry requirements HERE . Get your entries to me by midnight on February 29th email to Any winners will be announced March 5th.


Voted one of the Best Photographers in Charlotte NC

Inspiration & Design Photography was chosen as one of the best photographers in the area!

I was thrilled when I received an email  October 2015,  from Forrest Kolb at Expertise, stating that out of hundreds of photographers, I had been selected as one of the best wedding photographers in Charlotte!

“My name is Forrest Kolb and I’m the Director of Community at I’ve been excited to finally connect with you to share the great news that we have chosen Inspiration & Design Photography as one of our Top Picks for wedding photographers in Charlotte!

We’ve spent the past few months going through literally hundreds of wedding photographers in and around Charlotte and your business made our list of best wedding photographers in the area.”

Thank you Forrest, I feel VERY HONORED  to be chosen for this award, because Charlotte NC, has some of the BEST photographers I’ve seen. We have so much talent in our area, which makes me even more  HUMBLED to be one of a select few.

Thank you to EXPERTISE for their effort and research and thank you for this Award!


Best wedding Photographers in Charlotte NC


Wedding Photo Do-Over Contest 2016

Do you hate your wedding photos? If so, enter my wedding photo do-over contest for a chance to win!

As a wedding photographer, nothing makes me more sad than hearing stories of couples who had bad photography experiences on their wedding day & bad or no photos from their wedding. Whether you chose a  “cheap photographer”, took someone’s offer of FREE wedding photography or paid darn good money and still got bad results. I am here to help! That why I created this wedding photo do-over contest!

wedding do-over contest

I have heard about photo horror stories often enough to know how heartbreaking it is.  You have all your wonderful memories and know how beautiful your wedding day looked & felt. BUT how can you tell your story without the images?

A lovely bride reached out to me recently to see if I could edit/fix her wedding photos. She sent me a link to her photos, which were taken by another photographer and I could clearly see that she had planned and created  a GORGEOUS wedding in a beautiful location with all the pretty details you could imagine! As I looked at her images, my heart sank. I knew there would be very few I could salvage. (more…)

WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!!

Inspiration & Design Photography wins WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!

I was thrilled when I opened my inbox today! Why, you ask? Well, because I received notification that I was chosen again this year for the WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2016!

This means a lot to me. I put my heart & soul into serving my clients & creating quality images of their wedding day. Having my clients acknowledge their gratitude for that hard work makes this award possible.

About The Couple’s Choice Award

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top 5% of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 1.2 million newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2015 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award 2016!

I am thankful to WeddingWire for creating the couple’s choice award program and for the opportunity to receive this award each year. I’m also over-the-moon thankful, to every client for taking the time to express their gratitude in a review for me. Your words give other brides the guidance & confidence they need, when it comes to the hard task of choosing the perfect vendors for their wedding day. Here’s what one bride had to say:

“This award absolutely made a difference when I was picking vendors. If a vendor had that seal, I knew that enough engaged couples liked their services that I would, too. It helped me decide between two DJs that were otherwise equal.”

Check out Inspiration and Design Photography’s reviews HERE


Vendor Highlight – Overlook Barn Wedding Venue

Overlook Barn wedding venue now open in Banner Elk, North Carolina

Katie & David are the proud owners of Overlook Barn  wedding venue. The property is in Banner Elk, NC on top of Beech Mountain, which, at 5,506 feet above sea level is the highest town in Eastern America.

Overlook Barn wedding venueVenue Images by: Michelle Lyerly Photography

Barn weddings have been all the rage in the last few years and their popularity doesn’t seem to be fading. This venue features 4500 square feet of indoor event space can accommodate 250 people for a seated dinner or 300 for cocktail hour. Includes a catering prep area, built-in bar area, and stage for your DJ/band. It includes a styling room for the girls and a polishing room for the guys. As well as a fire pit area and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains!


Featured on WeddingWire

Congratulations to Ceasarine & Anthony once again. Your wedding was featured on Weddingwire!

This purple infused wedding was full of fun, culture and beauty! View their feature HERE or view their full blog post HERE

Featured on Wedding WIre

Featured on Urban Style

Denise & Brandon’s wedding was featured on Urban Style, just in time for their one year anniversary!

I have to say this wedding is making the wedding publication rounds!!  And you will be seeing more of these two on up coming publications.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors, this gorgeous couple & to Urban Style for publishing their wedding!

View the feature HERE

Featured on Urban Style

Featured on Brown Sparrow Wedding!

Ceasarine & Anthony’s wedding at the Victorian Crow’s Nest Featured on Brown Sparrow Wedding!

If you haven’t had a chance to see these photos yet, you need to see this vibrant culture rich wedding featured again today, this time on Brown Sparrow Wedding! I get excited EVERY TIME I see a new feature published! This wedding had so much color, beautiful Afrian clothing & unique cultural details. And of course, an over-the-top happy couple.

Their love for each other as well as their beautiful wedding inspired me and I loved capturing their amazing day.

View the feature HERE or view their wedding blog post HERE


Featured on Brown Sparrow Wedding


Featured on Borrowed & Blue

Ceasarine & Anthony’s Wedding Featured on Borrowed & Blue!

What a truly sweet and amazingly gracious couple. I couldn’t be more happy that their colorful wedding is featured on Borrowed & Blue today!

I loved their bright colors and the way they brought their African heritage details to their beautifully designed wedding! I’ve never seen such a happy bride. She glowed and smiled the entire day! And why not, she married an amazing guy!

Congratulations Ceasarine & Anthony to your first feature, with more coming.

View their featured wedding at the Victorian Crow’s Nest  HERE or to see their full blog post click HERE

Inspiration & Design photography featured on Borrowed & Blue