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sneak peek….

I feel like I haven’t blogged that much. I feel that way I guess because I haven’t.

The past two weeks we have had 2-3 shoots a day and a wedding on the weekends. It’s wedding season. Welcome. haha.

We have been shooting some pretty amazing stuff lately. Some I can show and some that will be published in May so I can’t quite show yet. The stuff we can show we thought we would give a little sneak peek into.

We have also been working with an AMAZING web designer out of LA for our new website and blog design. We are so excited about launching that sometime next week. Our site is EXACTLY what we have been looking for and we couldn’t be happier with how it all came out. We cannot wait to share its fabulousness with you!

In the mean time….we will be shooting but we will share what our past 2 weeks have looked like….

these twins are 98…cutest old ladies ever. we will tell you more about their story when Callie & Justin’s e-session hit the blog

Callie & Justin | e-session | Chapel Hill, NCHannah & Dalton | e-session | NoDa

Kim | bridals | uptown Charlotte

Maria & Chris | e-session | Lincolnton, NC

Marice & Robbie | e-session | Charlotte, NC

Baby Trenton | newborn

Baby Haven | newborn

Kim & Nimesh | wedding | Mint Museum Uptown

Maggie & Tom | wedding | City Club

The Kasuganti’s | family

So much more to share soon! Hope you are having a fabulous week friends!!

xo,

Priscilla Kylee Erwin - Best “First Look” picture ever! I can’t wait to see all of them!

Lucy Parker Randall - Dana I just finished editing them all and we LOVE them :) Cannot wait to share them all!!! xoxoxo

Dana A Rhyne - I can not wait to see all of the pictures of Hannah and Dalton. So, so excited. (Dalton’s Mom)

spring break {santa fe, nm | personal}

Spring break meant girls trip for me this year! I wanted to take our girls and my mother in law to Santa Fe, NM where my mom lives part time for some rest and relaxation.  I had only seen my mom 1 time since Christmas between us traveling for work and her traveling to be awesome.  Ellie had never visited but Lilly has been several times before. This was Ellie’s first trip on an airplane too! They did awesome and kept everyone very entertained, to say the least…..here is a peek (a long peek) into our sweet little vacay!We took the girls to visit the children’s museum, they loved it!We painted faces and they had free reign when it came to my faceThe next morning the girls slept in and then woke up to paint some ceramic horses we bought the day before at Hobby LobbySince we arrived in NM, Ellie was completely enamored by the state flag. She found brochures with the flag on it and she would get so excited!Lilly is officially training under Smitten & Hooked:)Below are some of her rad pictures….YES, all of those were taken by my 7 year old. She is amazing:)We are obsessed with Day of the Dead stuff and you can find a plethora of it here in NM.a sweet moment of sisterly love.we aren’t Catholic and the girls didn’t quite understand lighting the candles and saying prayers so the sweet lady at the church explained it to them and helped them light a candle each and it was absolutely precious.Two of the best grandma’s ever!me and my baby girls!yes, totally random we saw a guy walking around the plaza on stilts and he picks my kid up and swings her around. i wasn’t sure whether she was going to laugh or cry.

mimi will do anything for a laugh with the girls…a highlight of each day was relaxing in the hot tub on the porch.we took the girls horse back riding one day too!Preacher is the horse they rode. He was so sleepy he didn’t want to wake up to ride…What happened to my little baby girl? She will be 8 this summer…time is FLYING by!This was a young horse the girls couldn’t wait to feed.sassy and sassy…..i am SO lucky i get to be their momma….Next we went to a place they make blown glass. The girls were completely intrigued by this and she was nice enough to explain each step she was taking to make a piece she was working on.

These are some of the beautiful pieces they make.Our last night we went to one of my favorite places, la casa sena cantina. They sing wonderful Broadway tunes while you are eating, it is always a treat to go there and the girls LOVED it! When we got home they wouldn’t stop singing and making up their “songs.’On the airplane ready to head back home. Ellie wanted to sneak a peek at her sister in the row before us.This was sitting on the runway but I just can’t believe how gorgeous the clouds are there. Every time I am amazed by their beauty!

Hope you enjoyed a peek into our girls trip. We had so much fun! I love spending sweet time with my girls and my momma and mother in law…

xo

Susan Brewer - Pictures were great. I am sure the girls had a wonderful time.

Callie - That looks like the funnest girls trip I’ve ever seen! Those photos make me want to get my face painted :) So glad you had such a great getaway with your beautiful girls!

renee & scottie {i do | monroe, nc}

Spring is finally here. The weather was beautiful and today officially started wedding season and it couldn’t have started better than with Renee & Scottie’s wedding! I was super excited for so many reasons. 1. We got to shoot at a new venue we haven’t had a wedding at before, Morning Glory Farms which is so beautiful. 2. Renee has been a friend of mine since we were about 16….true story. Watching your friends get married and seeing them happy is such a great feeling. She met her match with Scottie who I adore so much. He has such an infectious smile and personality; he is the guy you want around all the time to make you smile and laugh. To see them get married and document their day was really really special.Have you ever seen such gorgeous eyes???I adore this shot of Scottie that Steven got!These shoes are so Renee. Glitzy yet classy and super fun!and this ensemble is perfectly ScottieShe had custom cowboy boots made for the reception with her new initials in them, so awesome!these girls are so much fun, it was hard to work because i totally just wanted to play:)…seeing your best friend in her wedding gown for the first time….pricelessEllie made the cutest flower girl! She was so cute sneaking to try on Miss Renee’s shoes…our friend Alan of Crown Alley was interviewing Renee for the video….he rocks our socks offNow out for the first look. We couldn’t have had a more beautiful setting with the pond…10 times out of 10 they are laughing and smiling together…it’s exactly the way it should be!Her gorgeous bouquet from Lily Greenthumb’s

mode of transportation on a farmtime for the ceremony….Renee picked out these amazing old church pews from Old South Vintage Rentals and I loved everything about them!

Scottie being the comedian had his dad spray breath freshener in his mouth before their first kiss….so funny!This picture is one of those, you just had to be there moments or you just have to know them….Renee claims the title of ‘anti-bride’ i mean i agree she isn’t your typical bride but i joked with her about having so many amazing details for her not to care about wedding stuff! I mean every time we turned around there were fantastic details…a photographers eye candy for sure!

looking at this picture makes me so hungry…time for some dancing….Renee with two of my favorite clients below…they are all like family we had to have the picture!Being a flower girl is hard work, especially when you are that cute!After the dances we snuck them away for a couple of minutes to get some more portraits of just the two of them. The sun was going down and the setting was perfect…Renee changed into her sassy reception dress and boots, so we needed more pics!Scottie’s boys joke with him about throwing leaves in their engagement pics we did and so they thought this would add so much more pizazz to the picture…haha

time for a little ring action…i flippin love old cars and this mustang was so beautiful it had to have some detail shots all of it’s own…We also wanted to detail how beautiful Morning Glory Farms is, it is such a little gem…We are so happy for you Renee & Scottie and I couldn’t be more proud of you as a friend! Watching you marry your best friend was one of the best moments for me! We were really honored to be a part of it! Now we cannot wait to hang out as married friends!

{FABULOUS VENDORS}
venue | Morning Glory Farms
hair & makeup | Angela Rabon
caterer | Kate Clyde’s Catered Creations
flowers| Lily’s Greenthumb
vintage rentals | Old South Vintage Rentals
cinematography | Crown Alley Films

Crown Alley - Classic! Love these pictures!

Kristin Myers - LOVVVEEE!!!

Brian Bunn - Love! So much fun with such a great couple!

Missy Stroud-Lawler - These are beautiful @[1058129322:2048:Renee]!! The details of the old vintage style incorporated into your special day are FABULOUS =). @[674110979:2048:Dawn] was sure busting some moves =) ~~~ Congrats again on your wedding!!

Renee McNair-Austin - Awwwww, I love these!! Thank you so much!

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!!

xo,

 

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.

 

 

xo,

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!

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