Downtown Matthews Headshot Session // Elyse C

I had the opportunity to work with my friend Elyse Cannon, the “Macro Queen,” of EJ Cannon Photography in the spring of this year. During our downtown Matthews headshot session, we created a set of versatile branding images to match and refresh her personal brand.

Elyse Cannon is a local Charlotte photographer. She offers family and wedding photography and nature prints with a specialty in fine art macro photography (which is why I call her the Macro Queen!).

I followed Elyse on Facebook for several years because I so enjoyed her macro photography. We eventually connected via a local photography group!

We started the brand photo session beside the Chamber of Commerce building, using the big green barn doors as our backdrop. Any time I need a location with Kelly green, this spot comes to mind!

Next, we walked to the little arbor around the corner. You may recognize this spot from my Christmas Magic styled shoot last December! It looks a lot different sans holiday decor.

There are some cute seating areas next to the arbor, so we made good use of those too!

We stopped for a few minutes in front of an empty storefront to grab the shots below. I love using windows as a backdrop as they provide an organic framing effect.

Our last location was my favorite! This brick wall is the side of a tattoo shop. The stair-stepped gardens provide a cute seating spot.

I just love the earthy, vibrant colors and organic textures in this spot! I haven’t shot here in several years, and I’d love to utilize this area again soon.

Brick walls really make for a lovely headshot backdrop! Red and orange brick shades communicate energy and optimism.

Our shoot was cut short by a sudden rainstorm, but that’s ok! We created more than enough imagery in a little over an hour.

Elyse was SO much fun to work with, and I so enjoyed exploring my own backyard with her!

Downtown Matthews is a great location for personal brand and portrait sessions, and I’m so glad Elyse and I could explore and capture it together!

To learn more about booking a personal branding session for yourself, click the link below!

-Elizabeth A.


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