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Finding your beautiful

Murray Studios help women find their beautiful!

What an inspiring video. I believe every woman is beautiful, she just may not know it yet! I would like to honor Murray Studios for the amazing gift you gave these women!

Many years ago, when I was first learning photography, I found the magic of making women feel beautiful and that’s why I became a photographer.  Finding your beautiful may not always be easy. This video is a perfect example of the amazing power we have as photographers to show women how truly beautiful they are. And to make a special & lasting investment in their hearts.

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful. But many don’t. Sometimes they just need a little assistance bringing out their beauty. Other times they are gorgeous by the world’s standards, but they can’t see it. What we believe about ourselves is what we see when we look in the mirror, not always the reality of the reflection we see.


Uptown Charlotte Fashion Session

Uptown Charlotte Fashion Session

Thankfully the day was a gorgeous 70 degrees for this uptown Charlotte fashion session! Not bad for early February. But the wind was horrendous. It was blowing our hair EVERYWHERE! We spent most of the day pulling hair out of our eyes and wiping our drippy noses.  I would wait for slight breaks in the gusts and then click a few shots. Or try to make the wind work to my advantage. I love the wind, so I thought it was kinda cool, well except for the watery eyes and drippy nose part.


At the beach -Outer Banks

Beach photos, Outer Banks - Inspiration & Design Photography_0464Well it was Sunday. Time to drive back to Charlotte from the Outer Banks.  We had just arrived  Friday evening ready to shoot a wedding the next day at the Elizabethan Gardens.  We enjoyed our morning sitting on the patio looking over the water as we ate our breakfast. We planned on eating lunch, stopping by the beach for a few minutes then heading back.  After all, we can’t drive all the way here and not see the beach, right?

We were both worn out from the trip and had a long drive back. It was nice to sit on the beach in the warmth of the sun and listen to the waves crash. It was very therapeutic. As I was sitting there I thought to myself, I wish I had the energy to take some pictures.  But then again it was around noon, so the sun was too harsh for good pictures.  We continued to sit and remark on how beautiful it was and talked about how much we wanted to come back and rent a beach house for a week.

Not far from us was a building with a pier. I guess the energy of the waves invigorated us, because we soon decided that I would take pictures of Dee. We headed back to the car and she changed into something more appropriate for beach photos and off we went. In less than an hour, I had snapped 355 images of her in and near the water!  She had fun playing model, until I had her further in the water and a large wave came crashing into her! She was soaked!  It didn’t feel like work. It was so much fun! Finally, wet & covered in sand, we forced ourselves to leave the beach; vowing we would be back and rent a beach house and bring our families!

Our last stop was at a waterside restaurant. As we ate our Crab burgers & totally yummy onion rings out on the deck, I tried to soak up the last few minutes of sparkling water & warm sunshine.  I thought about how much travel, fun, work and great memories we had packed into three short days.  I felt happy and a little sad at the same time. It made me realize how much I need and miss the beach.

So here is the super fun Dee Her, looking all glowy and fabulous in her beach session. Sometimes spontaneity can turn out pretty well, except when the photographer forgets to notice the hair tie on the models wrist (only for a few shots)and when wet shirts  no longer cover the bra…HAHA!


Beautiful girl, Beautiful friend


Before Emily left to return to college we had one more session that we needed to do.  We were out scouting local areas that might work. I previously posted the photos I took of Emily on the roof of a building, but never got to finish editing and posting.  So here is the conclusion of our 1st day.  We had been walking all over Charlotte and of course I was making Emily pose, and pose, and pose.  Really I think she likes it!  And she is very good at it.   If it was possible to steal her hair– maybe while she was sleeping or something…I WOULD!!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her hair and her super fun personality. Hummm maybe I’ll steal that too (wink).

After the first day of walking we were really tired, but had one more place to check out.  It had this really cool furniture that totally inspired me.  Emily propped up her tired legs on this vintage glam couch, but I couldn’t stop shooting. There laid a tired Emily, still looking P-E-R-F-E-C-T.   (more…)

Never goodbye, just see ya later

I don’t know where to begin.  I’m feeling all sorts of feelings right now.  For the past 8 months I’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily Plecker who became my assistant, friend, protege, spiritual sister, roommate for the summer, beautiful model anytime I wanted to go shooting, laughing buddy and fellow lover of Shabby Chic, vintage and shopping at antique stores.   We shared so much and got so attached it was hard to give her that one last hug good-bye this morning as she left.  Sometimes we don’t know how much someone has touched our lives until they are about to walk in a new direction leaving only the sweet memories behind.  Although we are years apart in age, we had so much in common and are alike in many ways. We both believe that GOD brought us together for a reason. The first time we met we talked non stop for 3 hours! Now we’ve discovered he actually had many reasons for bringing us together and blessed us both in the process.  She equally blessed my son Luke. They would try new tactics of scaring each other and I would often hears screams and laughter coming from upstairs. She had so much patience as Luke pestered her non-stop just like a younger brother and she would just give him guff right back and he loved it! We have been a happy little group, exploring the city, eating out, lots of Starbucks and laughter and of course lots of work too!




When Emily came to work the other day she looked so adorable!  It was a beautiful sunny, breezy day and her cute white dress and hair flower were in major need of some camera time.   As I have gotten to know Emily a little better, I see the photographic style she is drawn to.  I would call it hippy, vintage, chic…I guess.  I wanted the images I took of her to reflect the style she likes and surprise her.   So Emily here’s to you.