Matthews, NC: One Year Later

One year ago today, Matt and I officially adopted Quorra! We had been fostering her for a few weeks and realized quickly that she was a perfect addition to our family.

Not only is she a great companion, but Quorra also makes a for a great subject for portraiture! Quorra is a willing and cooperative subject, sitting politely with a smile for photographs.

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When I would like to try out a new trick or lens, Quorra remains my most available subject. She sits patiently while I play with subframing or backlighting.

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I love to feature delicate flowers in her photos -fresh blooms humanize her sweet face.

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Additionally, I think the use of fresh blossoms in these double-exposure portraits highlights her sweet and gentle personality.

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I’ve found that Quorra’s features lend themselves well to photographs of dramatic tone!

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This past year with Quorra has been a wonderful one, and I look forward to having her here (and photographing her) for many years to come!

Portraits taken with my Canon 5D III and my Canon 40D.

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-Liz K.

Matthews, NC: Emily’s Summer Portrait Session

On a gloriously clear June morning, Emily + I set out on a Matthews, NC greenway for a styled portrait session.

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styled session: conceptual photography shoot with curated wardrobe, makeup, hair, + props

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

The concept for this styled portrait session is “sun goddess.”

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Matthews NC Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

I took the opportunity to play with my new lens (Canon 50mm 1.4) while we had some quality backlighting to work with!

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

A maxi dress is a great choice for a portrait photography session -it easily adds movement + drama!

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

A wide-brimmed sunhat both adds texture + a natural frame around Emily’s face.

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Matthews, NC Photographer Portrait Photographer

 

All photography made with my Canon 5d iii DSLR, Canon 85 mm lens + Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens.

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Matthews NC Photography Portrait Photographer

 

What do you think -did we nail the concept?

-Liz K.

p.s. For a portrait session of your own, click “contact” on the upper right and send me a message!

Matthews, NC: Gracie’s Pet Portrait Session

The cherry on top of a wonderful May week was this pet portrait session!

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Matthews Photographer Portrait Photography

Gracie is a vibrant, 4-year-old Weimaraner. She casts winsome grins towards everyone she meets!

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I paused many times between snaps to reward her with the attention she begged for.

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Matthews Photographer Portrait Photography

I loved capturing her in action as she tore across the yard in pursuit of her favorite tennis ball.

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Matthews Photographer Portrait Photography

That tennis ball demands her attention!

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I loved playing with and photographing sweet Gracie! I find pet portrait sessions like these to be very personally rewarding.

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All photography captured with my Canon 5d III and Tamron 24-70mm lens.

-Liz K.

Would you like to schedule a pet portrait session for your favorite critter? Go to the “contact” page (upper right) and let me know!

Charlotte, NC: Lovebirds Mini Sessions

For the month of June, I am offering mini portrait sessions exclusively for couples!

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Celebrate your love + document this season of your lives together.

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details:

30-minute outdoor session

15 finished images

$99

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Lovebirds mini photography session pricing valid 6/1/2018 – 6/29/2018.

To book your portrait session, go to “contact” and send me a message

OR

e-mail me at elizabethaimages@yahoo.com!

 

-Liz K.

Matthews, NC: Will’s Portrait Session

On a crisp spring evening, my brother agreed to a mini portrait photography session during a recent visit home from college.

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Will, a freshman at Liberty University, is studying to become a computer engineer.

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Matthews NC Portrait Photography Charlotte NC Photographer

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All photography captured with my Canon 5d iii camera paired with my Canon 85mm lens.

-Liz K.

Matthews, NC: Beth + Don’s Portrait Session

On a balmy May evening, I met Beth + Don at a local park in Matthews, NC for their lovebirds photography session.

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Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

The happy couple barely needed encouragement from me; they grinned + joked merrily as I photographed them

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Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

As they smiled and posed, the two discussed their upcoming anniversary plans. In two weeks, Beth + Don will have been married for 37 years!

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Beth + Don lead full lives, sharing their hearts with nine children and six grandchildren.

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Matthews NC Charlotte NC Photography Portrait Photographer

Capturing sweet moments between best friends like these is one of the best things about being a photographer!

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Portraits created with my Canon 5d III and my Tamron 24-70mm lens.

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-Liz K.

 

Matthews, NC: Spring Photography Session Lookbook

Have you ever found yourself at a loss when selecting your outfit for a photography session? Below are some seasonally-inspired looks to help inform your wardrobe decisions for spring portraits!

Solid-colored pieces with textured details like this dress lend themselves well to portraiture. The pleated neckline, gathered waist, and lace hem add visual interest without distracting from composition or subject.

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 I styled the dress with simple elements -a gold Kendra Scott necklace, a braided belt, and a pair of gold ballet flats.

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Choosing an outfit with slimming elements can help boost confidence for a photography session. The color-blocking panels on the floral trousers are particularly flattering!

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The neckline cutout subtly elevates this shirt from basic to sophisticated.

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Large, tri-tone floral prints on a dark base like this are interesting without drawing too much attention away from the subject of the portrait.

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I paired the dress with pink loafers that matched the floral print. Comfortable + sturdy shoes like these are a great choice for outdoor portrait photography sessions!

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Photography captured with my Canon 40D, Tamron 24-70mm lens, and wireless shutter release.

-Liz K.

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Matthews, NC: Twenty-six

Today I am twenty-six years old.

For many years, I have felt as if I were constantly reaching for change, never satisfied with my environment. Something about my station could always be improved with an adjustment, whether it be different education, career, or relationship. I recall feeling defeated often as many shifts were merely horizontal, failing to provide lasting fulfillment.

During my 25th year, I finally accepted that regardless of the job I worked, I would always rather be creating art with my camera. I’ve worked as a retail sales floor rep, a barista, and a dental assistant; however, none of these roles are as personally rewarding as being a photographer! I realized that to live whole-heartedly, I needed to withdraw from my sensible healthcare job and pursue photography -a prospect simultaneously thrilling and intimidating.

I truly feel that I am finally living my ideal life. I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who is the most supportive partner I can imagine. I have the opportunity invest a large portion of my energy in photography, for which I am grateful! For the first time in my life, the desire for change is notably absent from my mind.

My aim is that in my 26th year I continue to develop my photography skills, improving in both technique and experience. Vincent Van Gogh said, “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Therefore I will pursue progress, one step at a time!

-Liz K.

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Matthews, NC: Spring Family Portrait Session

On a mild April evening, I met a local family at one of my favorite public parks in Matthews. McAlpine Creek Park includes a picturesque lake, sprawling fields, and modest forests; these features make this park a fantastic family photography session location!

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Dandelion puffs dotted the meadows, delighting the girls!

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All photography created with my Canon 5d III and Canon 85mm lens.

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-Liz K.