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Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy exploring through some wedding, engagement, and life inspiration as well as tips for fellow photographers!

recent journal entries

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First off, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Being engaged is just the most fun, sweet, and exciting time ever. And I am SO PUMPED that you will have the privilege of having this sweet time documented. For most people, a photoshoot can be very intimidating. Unless you’re a professional model, most of us are not used to getting behind […]

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One of my biggest passions (aside from photographing couples in love) is educating other women in photography and/or business to follow their biggest dreams. This is why I started The Prosper Workshop! I’ve hosted three workshops now, and each one has continued to get even better and has filled my heart a little more with […]

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I was SO honored that these two high school sweethearts asked me to shoot their engagement photos in the mountains. Shelbee and Justin live in Florida but were vacationing with their family after Christmas in Black Mountain. They had reached out to me even knowing that I wasn’t local to the area and would need […]

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Talk about engagement session outfit GOALS! I will forever be obsessed over Sara and Tyler’s more formal look that they chose for photos at Fort Fisher. That dress though…it was just fabulous! And I loved the contrast of a black dress on the clean, bright beach. We had so much fun celebrating their engagement during […]

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This pre-holiday engagement session was so much fun. You know how sometimes you meet people for the first time yet it feels like you’ve been friends and hanging out forever? That’s how I felt spending the afternoon with Jessica + Brandon. She and I had of course spoken on the phone for our initial consult […]

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Since the majority of my work is spent shooting weddings and engagements, I don’t get the opportunity to shoot newborns very often. But when I do, I absolutely love them! The sweetness of a brand new baby is completely unmatched, and watching the parents (and sometimes siblings) completely in love with this new little life […]

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Well, this past December Jordan and I experienced the biggest surprise of our lives. WE’RE PREGNANT!!! I still can’t really get over the fact that this is all happening because it truly feels like the best dream ever. Throughout the years of our relationship, especially as we approached our wedding day, Jordan and I would […]

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Goodness, this session was fun! Cari and Alex came into town from the Raleigh area to squeeze in their sweet engagement photos before the holidays. They told me they wanted to do something a little different since they didn’t quite consider themselves to be beach people. But, they often make trips to Wilmington because they […]

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Wedding dress shopping was one of my favorite parts of the wedding planning experience!! It was such a fun excuse to get some of my favorite women together and to try on some of the most beautiful pieces of clothing I’ve ever seen. It certainly felt a little surreal being a “bride” and getting waited […]

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This engagement session was very special for so many reasons. Gina and Dillon are sweet friends of mine, so Gina and I had been dreaming of the day we would one day be taking her own engagement photos! Little did we know that Dillon was planning a surprise proposal this fall (which included surprising Gina […]

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wedding photographer serving the carolinas + southeast
 | based in wilmington, nc |

Among my other titles are:  fitness instructor, podcast co-host, latte lover, and rescue mom. I love connecting with people and getting to know my clients beyond our time together, and consider it an honor to capture some of the most exciting moments of their lives from behind the lens. Your joy brings me joy and I am so excited to MEET YOU!

Hi There, I'm Chelsea!