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Remember when you were oh so happy and content with coloring? No computer, no tablet, no TV. That memory came to me yesterday as I sat watching my daughter color at a table in the library. Here’s a shot from that moment.



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Ozare’s First time on the Beach

Ozare's First time on the Beach

My daughter enjoyed every minute at the beach. To my surprise she loved the waves and wasn’t afraid to play around in the water.

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Newborn Photography

Newborn baby photography is a vital part of documenting the unique and special first days of life for your new arrival.  It is the starting point of developing a photographic timeline of your child’s life.  The images of your precious baby should be captured within the first 10 days of life but no long than the first 4 weeks.  So it is important to try and book your photographer several weeks prior to the birth of the baby.  
Baby Davis
Besides you’re going to have so much to do once the baby is born, so the more that you can schedule while you’re pregnant the better it will be for you.  Whether you choose classic poses or the creative artistic images, remember that these images are irreplaceable.  You cannot go back in time and create newborn images. Your little one will transform several times over as the weeks of his/her life move forward, which is why it is important to get the photos taken as early as possible.  Plus you won’t have any regrets d own the road. 

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Bright Eyes – Child Portrait

Beautiful Baby

Although challenging I enjoy Photographing babies – especially when I see that twinkle in their eyes 🙂 – Oh Joy!

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Planning a Company Party or Special Event? Add Something Special to your Next Party |Hire a Professional Photographer

The goal when planning a company or holiday party is to make it fun and memorable.  Most event or party planners are skilled at finding creative ways to add the fun to the party… so I will leave the fun part to the party planner. However,  I will offer one tip and that is make sure you prepare some very well organized and appropriate activities which are catered to the audience. Catering to the audience simply means that first you need to know who will be attending the party – employees of the company, customers, friends and family, children, etc.  and secondly you should know the likes and dislikes of the people who will be attending the party.

For example, if it’s a party where employees are asked to bring their significant other or their entire family, make sure you have activities catered for everyone.  I recently attended a corporate holiday party held at Alton’s Kitchen in Cornelius.  The party was a holiday party for the employees and spouses of a large corporation.  The party planner arranged for the employees to play several rounds of the Minute to Win It Games.  The President dressed up like Guy Fieri and the participants had a ball attempting to balance dice on a Popsicle stick.  If the activities are fun the attendees will talk about them days after the event is over and if the party is dull or boring unfortunately you’ll be talked about – if you know what I mean.

To further increase the value and excitement of your event, you must capture photographs of the event or party and/or capture specialized portraits for your guest.  Having a quality, experienced event photographer like Cherie J Photography is important to your company party or event marketing plan. The photographs of the event can provide much needed images for the annual report or for marketing photos for the company’s website.   Also, a great memento that is sure to leave a lasting impression is a printed and framed individual or group portraits of the participants.  The portraits of the participants can be taken when participants arrive allowing time for the photographs to be printed and distributed before the guests leave.  That’s right, high quality photographs are printed on-site using the latest digital technology!   Cherie J Photography will provide onsite digital photography printing services during your party or event.  I have experience working with event planners and know how important it is to make the entire moment last long after the event ends. When planning your next event, contact me by email at to take advantage of my unique photography services.

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What to consider when hiring a photographer.

Before you hire the next photographer make sure he/she is the right photographer for you!

The biggest mistake most people make when choosing a photographer is to hire based on who is offering the lowest price.  Now don’t get me wrong, price is important – you don’t want to hire outside of your budget, but don’t make price that the focus or even the deal breaker. It could be the difference in having some good photos or some excellent photos.  There is something greater to look for in a photographer and that’s Chemistry.  I’m not talking about the chemistry that you studied in school, but rather the kind of connection that people have with one another.
Besides the standard things that you should ensure that a photographer has like experience, knowledge relating to photography, a personal style, you need to make sure that your personality will mesh well with the photographer. You need to ensure that you’ll feel comfortable receiving instruction from the photographer and entrusting them with the responsibility of capturing the images of you or your special event.

Think about it like this –  photographers are essentially strangers who you need to help you capture the moment in time from your perspective.  Now, don’t you think you need to at least have some sort of chemistry with that person?  You want to look back at your photos 10, 20 or even 30 years later and think about the moment you were in when the image was taken.  You certainly don’t want to have a terrible memory of feeling very uncomfortable.  This is certainly true for hiring a photographer to capture your wedding. The photographer you choose will be around during your most intimate moments (when you are getting ready for the wedding, when you exchange vows, when you cut your cake), so you need to ensure that there’s positive Chemistry between you and the photographer.

The way in which you discover whether or not your personality meshes with another person is to talk with them over the phone, and most importantly meet them in person.   Also, no matter where you find the photographer, whether via a Google internet search, word of mouth referral, make sure you call them on the phone and possibly arrange for an “in-person” meeting. Remember, every need is different and every personality is different.  Just because your Aunt Heather enjoyed working with someone doesn’t mean you’ll have the same success.

In the end, you’ll have no regrets and great images to reminisce of days and time gone by and to hopefully share with future generations.   But above all, remember it is not all about price. The time old saying of “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to photography.

CherieJPhotography is scheduling photography sessions for 2012.  If you want to schedule a photography session, please contact me at or 704.287.7774.

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Create a “New Cool”. Building Your Self-image

Today my daughter came home from school and said “Mommy, you know those new skinny jeans that you bought for me.” I said yes honey!  She said, “Well they were a little baggy, and a couple of my friends asked me why I was wearing baggy skinny jeans.  I wasn’t quite ready for what she said next but I was rather relieved when she didn’t tell me that she hated wearing them because the children had made fun of her.  Anyway, she said that she told her friends that wearing baggy skinny jeans was the “new cool” and that if they wanted to be hip, then they should wear baggy skinny jeans.  Of course I thought to myself, wow it can’t be that easy – but apparently it is.  She told me that by the end of the school day all the girls in her class wanted to know where she had gotten her skinny jeans from as if there was a special store selling baggy skinny jeans.  How could an eight year old be so cleaver?  My daughter has always been very good at setting her our standards and working within her our framework of “cool”.  She  is certainly a leader and not a follower.   But this incident lead me to image how adults could benefit from creating a “new cool” which is defined by ones own shaping of his/her image instead of just following the latest fad or style. Create what you want? What a wonderful idea!  While I’m no expert, I do believe that we all posses the ability to create a “new cool” or to create an image of ourselves as we would like to see it.  Maybe you could start by finding something fashionable that’s your own personal style – whether it be a scarf or a pair of jeans.  I don’t know about you, but chasing the latest fashion is exhausting and sometimes uncomfortable.  Recognizing that we’re unique and not meant to fit into the model that was created by others. Accept flaws and imperfections and the truth of our own reality and each and create a “new cool”.

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