Photography

motherhood + family

Becoming a mama to my son has been the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced and it's been such a pivotal season in my life. I've never felt such conflicting emotions at the same time -- already nostalgic for how little he was yesterday, yet anxiously awaiting the milestones he has yet to reach as he grows.

I want to bottle up all of these sweet moments during these ever so fleeting days so that they never feel far away. To me, the closest thing to doing that is through photographs! Which is why I am so passionate about documenting your journey through parenthood with beautiful images.

a boutique photography experience for the sentimental mama

my photography philosophy

is telling the truth by photographing your story in the way that it really happened. no perfect posing or manipulation.

I value those raw moments that you cannot imagine not being able to relive. My mission is to create imagery that you'll look at to be taken right back, and feel exactly how you did in that very moment. Beautiful. Happy. Joyful. Empowered. Loved.



...because you'll blink + one day they'll be so big.

The Milestone Collection TM is an exclusive, personalized experience that tells the whole story of your pregnancy journey from announcing your big news to capturing the newfound wholeness of your little family! 



learn more about becoming a milestone mama!

+ pregnancy announcement session
+ gender reveal session
+ maternity session
+ doula services + birth photography
+ newborn session
+ family session
+ 10 x 10 handcrafted heirloom album 
+ hard copy of exclusive "The Milestone Collection Experience" guide
+ unconditional love + support throughout


customizable packages may include:

are you expecting?

the milestone collections

CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING

COLLECTION I
+ maternity session
+ newborn session
+ 10 spread 10 x 10 legacy album


COLLECTION II
+ announcement session
+ maternity session
+ newborn session
+ 10 spread 10 x 10 legacy album


COLLECTION III
+ announcement session
+ maternity session
+ newborn session
+ family session
+ 10 spread 10 x 10 legacy album


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investment begins at $1,949

boutique portrait experience

A LA CARTE PORTRAIT SESSIONS

THE PETITE SESSION
+ up to 30 min shooting time 
+ 5 images for digital download
*suitable for couples + small families - not available for newborn sessions

SESSION I
+ up to 60 min shooting time 
+ 15 images for digital download
*best choice for maternity + family

*sessions include access to the client closet, style consulting, exclusive portrait session guide, design consulting for ordering prints and/or albums, print release on purchased digitals, and option to purchase additional images or upgrade to the full gallery.

Petite sessions do not include client closet access or consulting.

SESSION II
+ up to 120 min shooting time 
+ 25 images for digital download
+ 10 spread 8 x 8 press printed album
*best choice for newborns

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- erin a.

your little one will cherish them one day.

Chelsea did such an amazing job, made us feel so comfortable and natural (I tend to be very awkward in front of the camera) and truly captured some of the most special moments in our lives."

"The first piece of advice I got when finding out I was pregnant was to do maternity photos.

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- becky r.

and her passion for a positive birth experience made us feel so at ease during our rollercoaster of a labor."

"Chelsea's talent with photography is second to none

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- sheila s.

There are no words to justify Chelsea's dedication to her clients + ability to document those special moments. She is amazing at her job!"

"She has a way of making you feel so comfortable in front of the camera. 

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- abigail k.

She was able to capture beautiful, candid moments as well as specific ideas I showed her. She is so creative, naturally talented, and an instant friend. I was also impressed with how quick the turn around was. You can tell she truly loves what she does! 

"We worked with Chelsea for our newborn session and absolutely love her! 

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

My Work

family

maternity

newborn

EXPLORE some of my favorite portraits

Signature Work

THE PROCESS

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choose your session type, then select a date + time on my booking link that works best for you. I'll be so excited to see your name pop up on my calendar!

after looking through my work to make sure we're the perfect fit!

Book Your Session

THE PROCESS

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once I see your calendar booking come through, I will send over your customized proposal which includes your agreement, session invoice, exclusive portrait session guide, + link to reserve your client closet dress picks!

And now the fun begins! 

Make It Official

THE PROCESS

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Expect to leave saying "that was easier/more fun than I thought it would be!"

I will bring some product samples to your session so you can decide before purchasing any heirlooms! 

on your session day!

Let's Have Some Fun

THE PROCESS

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You will receive your photos via an online gallery link. Grab a hot cup of coffee + enjoy browsing through your special moments! 

at a maximum of 10-14 days from your session

Delivery Day

THE PROCESS

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You may choose to purchase additional digital downloads, heirloom albums, or matted gallery prints. I can help you decide on which images to include for which items depending on what you plan to do with them or where to display them in your home!

Once you've had the chance to view your images

Choose Your Products

THE PROCESS

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Once you have decided on your products, I will send you a link to choose any customizations or upgrades such as album covers or additional print sizes. If you chose to include an album, I will begin curating its design and you'll approve it via an online slideshow before it goes to production!

+ I will begin the design process

Customize Your Heirlooms

THE PROCESS

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It usually takes 3-4 weeks from when the order is placed for albums and matted prints to arrive at your doorstep. But it will be well worth the wait and will feel just like Christmas morning when you get your hands on these beautiful pieces!

woohoo!!

Happiest Mail Day

THE PROCESS

These 8x8 press printed albums are made by printing millions of tiny dots of ink on top of paper. Press printed albums come with layflat binding and a variety of linen colors only.

Press Printed Albums

These 10x10 albums albums use a true photographic printing process - the images are developed into the paper using silver halide and other materials- just like in a darkroom. They come with layflat binding and a variety of linen and leather colors.

Legacy Albums

The perfect gallery wall simplified. Each image will come pre matted in matching black or white frames. Includes 6 matted 10 x 10 images. I can help you decide which images to use and how they would best look displayed on our design consult!

Gallery Wall

heirlooms to last a lifetime

together we will create artwork and heirloom pieces to intentionally display your favorite images in your home + cherish them for a lifetime.

PRODUCT GUIDE

Beautiful pre-matted prints come in a personalized heirloom linen box. Mats can be stored in the box as table top art or removed to display in your own frames.

Matted Prints in Custom Box

more about albums

more about albums

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS —

FAQ

No. 1

Submit your inquiry through my booking link, and I will follow up ASAP with more info and availability. You'll be able to select a date and time from an attached calendar link. Then I'll send over your customized proposal that will include your agreement, invoice, portrait session guide, + the link to reserve your client closet dress if you wish to rent one. 50% of your session fee will act as a non refundable retainer to to secure your session date and time. Then we will be officially official!

No. 2

You will receive an online gallery for viewing your images at a maximum of 10-14 days from your session. This gallery will allow you to view your images before deciding on which products/downloads you would like to invest in! You may choose your favorites (or the full gallery) and download them to your desktop/mobile device in high resolution when they are purchased. Albums and matted prints will be delivered within several weeks of ordering. 

No. 3

Your gallery will include a minimum of 30 images but the exact number will range depending on type of sessions. Each portrait package includes a select number of digital downloads. However. you'll always have the option to purchase more images or upgrade to the full gallery!

No. 4

At this time I am primarily serving the Wilmington, NC and surrounding areas. However, I do offer travel sessions in Raleigh/Durham on limited dates! A travel fee of $55 will be added for sessions in Raleigh. 

No. 5

I recommend scheduling your maternity session for anywhere from 28-35 weeks of pregnancy. There have actually been several times where my mama client's have had baby come early and we missed the opportunity for their maternity sessions! So I suggest scheduling it for late second or early third trimester when you have an adorable bump to show off but are still comfortable being on your feet!

No. 6

I typically suggest scheduling newborn sessions for about 7-14 days after baby is born. This way you have time to settle into a routine, learn your baby's cues and rhythms etc. and you aren't as stressed about being photo ready too soon after the birth! We will be able to capture those teeny fingers and toes even up to 3-4 weeks if necessary. It's all about when you feel the most comfortable and ready! 

No. 7

Mini sessions are not included in my regular offerings. Mini Session Events are only available to existing clients when I’m able to set a specific date and location and shoot many families within that timeframe back to back. I will typically hold minis 2 times per year, usually in the spring and fall. 

INQUIRE

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Milestone Collections begin at $1,949 and include a minimum of two sessions and a 10 x 10 legacy album.

Petite session investment begins at $399 and the full portrait experience begins at $559. 

For more details on packages and to book your session please contact me and I will get back to you ASAP!

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GRAB YOURs FREE!

Gosh, I remember how OVERWHELMED I was when it came to putting together a baby registry when I was pregnant. I wasn’t sure what we REALLY needed, what we would end up using, how much of everything to get, etc.

I compiled a nice list here to help guide any expectant mamas out there who may be just as overwhelmed as I was! 

Baby Registry Checklist!