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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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Sweet Stevie reached out to me about doing a couples session AND a branding session for her this past spring. She and her boyfriend Chase were getting ready to move out to Vegas and she wanted to get some photos to commemorate their time here in Wilmington as well as set up her website for […]

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This was yet another session that was on the books for quite some time, and COVID had to complicate things a whole lot more! Anastasia + Pante live in Charlotte but are from the Wilmington area. So they knew they would want to travel back to the coast for their engagement session. Even though we […]

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This was another engagement session that got pushed around a bit due to the COVID outbreak. We had to do some rescheduling, and think of some alternative ideas for a location as well. Ultimately, I am just so happy it worked out at all! We ended up finding the most beautiful spots and had such […]

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This was the very first session I shot since the beginning of the COVID outbreak this spring. I had gone about seven weeks without a single shoot, since I was not legally allowed to operate as a “non-essential business.” But eventually, I got permission from the state to begin portrait sessions again safely, and I […]

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THESE. TWO. I just love em!! From the moment I first spoke to Kayla and Chance on the phone for our initial consult, I knew we were destined to work together. Talk about an “ideal client”…they are exactly that! So kind-hearted, fun to talk to, caring, and all about focusing on what matters most for […]

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It’s very rare that I schedule sunrise portrait sessions in general, especially engagement sessions. It’s definitely so much harder to get out of bed and make yourself look awake at that hour of the morning! Plus, many of my brides opt for professional hair and makeup which normally cannot be scheduled that early. However, any […]

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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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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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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!