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2013 Smitten & Hooked Workshop

This year we hosted our workshop in our new studio space and it was perfect! We enjoyed having all these talented photographers in our hood:)

Teaching workshops is so much fun! I love teaching and seeing lightbulbs go off and when they get it….I get giddy excited! Our workshop was 12 hours long, it was all day and not to mention it was SO UGLY outside, raining and so cold! We went over tons of information…a general shooting refresher, lighting and lots of business and editing tips. Then we got to head outside and shoot and put things into practice. Unfortunately it was SO SO cold that everyone after almost 2 hours was done and wanted to head inside!

My friend, Hayley of Hayley Juliet Photography stopped by and snapped some pics, thank you Hayley!

Now headed outside to shoot….

NOW, I wanted to share just some of the talented ladies pictures that they captured while in the workshop and what they had to say about the workshop!

“Lucy and Steven with Smitten and Hooked photography did a fantastic job hosting the recent lighting workshop in Charlotte!  When i arrived at the workshop I was greeted with a hug, smile, and a goody bag : )   I was nervous but they made everyone feel very welcome.  I felt like I could relate to them and felt as ease to ask questions whenever I needed to.
The class size was small (which i loved), this was helpful with the hands on training portion outside.  I learned so much about reception lighting, as well as branding and organizing my business. Well worth my 5  hour trip, I highly recommend them and would go back in the future if they had another wedding workshop that i needed.”  -Jessica Wolfe
“This was my second workshop with Lucy and Steven, and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again and again to learn from them.  Not only do they make sure that you really “get” the technical aspects, but they also share the secrets of the business side of photography.  I still cannot believe how incredibly forthcoming they are with the ins and outs of their business.  You can tell that they love what they do and want others to succeed as well.  Hands on, hearts in, rocked out.” – Stephanie Drew

Thank you so much for an amazing workshop!  I learned so much about the biz and off camera lighting that I feel like a photog junky!  Thanks for my fix:)
-Anna Deal Wiseman

“AMAZING workshop! The class was small and they totally made it easy to learn. Even followed up with each person to make sure you understood the info. They were a total open book and the value was definitely there.” -Shannon Routh

Thanks to all the attendee’s! We had such an amazing time with you all!!



the birth of emma grace {charlotte, nc | birth photographer}

The birth of a baby is the most beautiful moment in time. I rarely get emotional or girly on you but documenting someone give birth gets me every single time! Another thing about birth, it is never ever predictable.

I met Takila the day we arrived at the hospital for the birth of her sweet baby girl. We had never met, just talked over the phone and via text and email. Once I arrived at the hospital I noticed a couple things: She was way too pretty to be in full blown labor, her mom looked just like a sister, they looked like they were moving in with all their bags and her husband reminded me of mine, adorable and the quiet thinking type.I arrived at the hospital and met them at the front door at 3:30pm. Her labor was already progressing really well so I thought for sure by 10 or 11pm we would be meeting her beautiful baby girl. Please refer back to the comment above….birth is never predictable!!Takila’s labor was like a roller coaster with just as many ups as there were downs. Takila’s contractions were intense and long. I can testify as a woman who has given birth twice that it is no joke. By the time an epidural was wanted unfortunately her blood level was down too much and they weren’t able to give her one. She kept her cool and did her thing, I don’t know how but she did. After some more twists and turns the doctors & midwife decided they were going to do a c-section. Once they took Takila back into the OR for surgery, her blood level dropped yet again preventing them from even performing surgery. Like I said….unpredictable and a roller coaster….Once they decided surgery wasn’t a good option they had given her pitocin to make her contractions even crazier and more intense. After fighting through the contractions back in the OR for 2.5 hours, they wheeled her back into the delivery room because she was just about ready to push and welcome Miss Emma Grace into this world. Shewww….

An hour or so later, pushing begin and before you knew it Miss Emma Grace, all 7lbs and 2oz of her made her appearance into this world!I can’t tell you what a blessing it was to witness this sweet family welcome their first child into this world. To say it was an honor would be an understatement. I can’t think of a better job. I thought about it that night at the hospital, I get to witness and document the BIGGEST moments in peoples lives. WOW, what an honor. I feel so humbled that people trust and embrace us to document their lives.Here is the story of the birth of Emma Grace.




Precious Adams - Beautiful video…Congratulations;)

Tisha Gilchrist - Just beautiful.

Janice Cloninger - Speechless! Priceless!

Jenna Featherstone Reep - Wow this is just so incredible! Thank you for sharing this special moment. What a blessing!

Dawn Barnard Bartock - So beautiful! Lots of happy tears watching. What is the song?

Demi - Just Beautiful and the Song…never heard it but fits perfectly!! <3

Breanna Smith - Awwwww I cried bc this was so beautiful and sweet. I love it.

Keisha Allen DeBro - I was absolutely beautiful Chris and Kila! Emma Grace is one lucky girl to have such wonderful parents. Can’t wait to meet her.

Jennifer Lane - I love it and how u captured the experience in its whole and I love how you captured the staff nursing and doctors and it reminds me how much I am part of people’s memories good or bad! Thank you for sharing!

April Hester White - Oh How Amazingly Beautiful. I So Wish I Had That For My Daughters. Amazing Work By The Family And capturing The Moment So Beautifully.

Janice Gardner Thoma - I couldn’t stop crying. THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CAPTIONS OF A BIRTH I’VE EVER SEEN. I wouldn’t have expected anything less. You are amazing and I feel the love from your entire family for one another. Hold on to everything Takila. Beautiful BLESSED family you have. Cherish each moment with Emma Grace and mark each milestone. She will be a baby/toddler for such a short time and you need to create memories to last a lifetime. So happy for you and Chris..!!!

Chuck Wolfe - Beautiful!

Helga Schaefer - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW, really nice!

Tasashia C. McCormick - What an amazing journey and a story to share for a lifetime! He lives, He moves and He has His being in us and through us, Thank you God for being present for Miss Emma Grace Williams and her family! Love you Williams family .

Kimberly Denise Brown - The tears rolling down my face won’t allow me to fully express how beautifully amazing this is- thanks for sharing. To God Be The Glory!

renee {bridal portraits | charlotte, nc}

We just shot Scottie & Renee’s gorgeous wedding this past weekend and we could hardly wait to share Renee’s gorgeous bridal portraits.  We captured these 2 weeks before they said “i do” out at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. Renee’s hair & makeup was done by the ever so fabulous, Lindsay Regan Thorne of Be Pretty.

Hope you are having a great week! Stay tuned for more goodness from Scottie & Renee’s wedding!


nimesh & kim {e-session | charlotte, nc}

In several weeks it will be Kim & Nimesh’s turn to walk down the isle and we seriously cannot wait! We got to spend some time with this couple and we had the best time with these two!! Always fun and smiling!

such a sweet and adorable couple!!

Kim is the type of beautiful that has no idea how beautiful she is!

tiffany& mike {i do | part 2 | rock hill, sc}

Today is the day they got down….welcome to the party…

what about some {bullet}booth FUN?!?

Congrats Tiffany & Mike! What an amazing day it was celebrating with you two!!!

{vendor love}
planners | The Charmed Event
flowers | The Pink Petunia
caterer | Vision Catering
cake | Cake Lady Jill
hair & makeup | Lindsey Regan Thorne of Be Pretty
venue | The Breakfield House at Riverwalk
dj | Reggie of Premier Sound Production
rentals | Party Reflections


Lindsy Wagner - Lol wow! Great photos!!!! Party looks F U N! LOL

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