weddings

photography

engagements

personal

Welcome to my blog! So glad you're here!

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

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

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 […]

read more

Jeni + Matt chose to do their engagement session at Greenfield Lake in downtown Wilmington because it holds a special memory for them. It was where they had their second date! Greenfield Lake is a beautiful trail about 4 miles long (around you guessed it, a lake), so they each brought their dogs to take […]

read more

Liz and I were texting almost every day in the week leading up to her and Mike’s engagement session and hoping that the weather forecast would clear up in our favor. She had been sending me outfit ideas and I gave her some suggestions on places for hair and makeup. I really really love it […]

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!