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Aurora was a sight for sore eyes on the long, empty beaches of Bouge Banks. Her unforgettable smile was it’s own beacon…kinda like a lighthouse that attracted nothing but joy. And this girl has a lot to smile about.

When Aurora was 5 weeks old, she was found abandoned along with her brother. Luckily, they were scooped up and fostered by a loving family. The brother was adopted out but, in the meantime, Aurora’s foster mom quickly became a foster-failure. In short, Aurora had found a permanent home. :)

I introduce Aurora, photographed in Emerald Isle…

Crystal Coast Dog Photographer
Bogue Banks Dog Photographer
Aurora was a little shy and jumpy and first, but her eyes lit up when she saw my tennis ball. And when she realized it squeaked? Yeah. She came right out of her shell.
Modern Images For Posh Pets
Contemporary Pet Portraits
Aurora being bashful… 
Beach Dog Portraits
Not a fan of the water, Aurora was beyond happy to smile for me on dry land. :)
North Carolina Beach Portraits
Emerald Isle NC Pet Photographer
Dog Photography Beach Session

A huge thanks to Aurora’s family for allowing me to photograph this little beacon of happiness! :)

Home Makeover – Guest Room

I have quite a few hobbies and interests but I’m not necessarily very good at them. For example, I’m very interested in architecture but I would never step foot inside a building I designed. It might collapse. Ha! That being said, this post is based on one of those interests that I’m not especially fantastic at – decorating.

As some of you may know, we recently moved into a tiny condo in Uptown Charlotte.  It was previously a rental and wasn’t in the best shape ever. It needed paint, added storage, and some kitchen and bathroom updating. We’ve slowly been working on all of that and we are *this close* to actually completing one room – the Guest Bedroom.

To give you an idea of what the room looked like before, I dug up some photos from when our condo was on the market the past two times. Evidently, in 2010, the room was a baby room with a seriously green wall. When the condo was listed when we purchased, the walls had been painted a neutral color but they still needed freshening up. We liked the concrete floors so we decided to keep them. However, the lighting needed an upgrade and, because there is no closet in this room, we needed some storage.


Guest Bedroom before
As we brainstormed about the bedroom, I began to put a storyboard together. I was really starting to like this makeover! The only thing that varied from the storyboard were the curtains. We already had linen-colored ones on-hand and they ended up looking great too!
GuestBedroom storyboard
And here is the *almost* final room. A few caveats first… 1) these are quick snapshots with no added lighting (because I felt lazy today) so sorry if they aren’t the best quality; 2) The landscaping in the backyard is an upcoming project and I didn’t move our bicycles (see #1) – sorry; 3) I still need to add some cool decorations to the mini nightstands I made. Anyway, you get the idea!
Cat Portraits
I LOVE this light from West Elm! It really makes the room!
West Elm Lighting
I got these gorgeous watercolor prints from a fantastic artist on Etsy. I highly recommend checking her work out!
Etsy watercolor prints
A few more shots. 
Guest Bedroom makeover
And, because this is a pet photography blog, I had to include an animal in a couple of the shots. Here’s Teton (who is celebrating his 13th birthday this week) getting ready to decorate the room his own way…with cat hair.
Charlotte NC Cat Photographer

Quite the transformation, huh? If this stuff doesn’t bore you guys, I’ll try to share more as we move along in our home. If you want to know details about where some items are sourced, I’ll list them below. Thanks for reading about my side hobby! ;)

Paint color – Nimbus Cloud by Martha Stewart (color-matched with Behr paint)

Curtains – Ikea

Cabinets – Ikea

Chandelier – West Elm

Grey Quilt – Target

Rug – West Elm

Red/White Duvet Cover and Shams – West Elm

Throw Pillow – West Elm


Frames – Michael’s

Picture Ledge (also used for “nightstands”) – Ikea

Vinyl “wood” tile accent wall – Home Depot

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Meghan - Looks awesome! I love it!

Charlotte Reeves - And you say you’re “not particularly fantastic” at decorating – are you kidding? You’re amazing! Can you come do my whole house pretty please?

Charlie – Fort Mill Magazine

Fluffy, adorable, little and puppy. Mmmhmmm. I’m in.

Those words describe Charlie to a T! I had the opportunity to spend an evening with him as I shot some images for a story about Pet Photography for Fort Mill Magazine. He didn’t disappoint and I think he had his game face on knowing that these images would be put out there for the world to see. Here are a few of my favorites of this I-wanna-kiss-your-face-all-over Havanese puppy…

Fort Mill Magazine Dog Portrait
Fort Mill SC Dog Photographer
Pick up a copy of the magazine and flip to page 18 for the full story. Or, check out the digital copy HERE.
South Carolina Pet Photographer

Beth - He’s so incredibly adorable!

Smitty – HSC Adoptable

This post is focused on one specific dog that I meet while photographing adoptable dogs and cats over at the Humane Society of Charlotte. His name is Mr. Smith, aka, Smitty. I don’t know what it was about him but he just really stole my heart!

Smitty was brought to the shelter by a family. I don’t know why he was turned in – all I know is that he was healthy at the time. Well, lo and behold, shortly thereafter, Smitty became very ill and had to undergo exploratory surgery. It was discovered that he had a horrible case of hookworm. During his recovery he was taken to a wonderful foster home where he learned tricks and how to potty outside. He’s now back at HSC full-time but is ready to find a permanent home.

Smitty is a very handsome and unique pup with a wrinkly snout and huge ears. He was such a model for the camera and I hope I can keep him close by should I ever need a striking dog model.

He will make a wonderful pet in an active home. I just love this handsome fellow…

Charlotte NC pet photographer
Humane Society of Charlotte adoptable dog
Adoptable dog photography
Modern Images for posh pets
Charlotte NC adoptable dog
Smitty pit bull mix

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