Friday, October 26, 2012

Holiday Mini Session

Tis The Season....

Thank you to all of you who have waited patiently for more information on the Holiday Mini Sessions.  I have a lot to share so a blog post was indeed in order.  
My goal is to capture fun and memorable holiday scenes for everyone plus make it easy as possible for you all to receive your images and a step further offer a selection of Holiday Cards and designs as well.
Sheeww...  Lot's to get off my chest but let me begin and feel free to jump in with any questions (not really "jump in" because it's a blog and all but you know what I mean). Call/e-mail/text/facebook etc..  Fa La La La La La....

Okay here is the Jingle Bells and Whistles ("Jingle Bell"s..get it...  Okay sorry too much Halloween candy today).

$55.00 Gets you the Following:

  • 30 Minute Session, location of your choice (more on this below).
  • Artistic Editing of your images.
  • 10-12 Images on a personal online viewing Gallery.
  • 5 Digital images for Holiday cards and Social network sharing on a CD with print release.

Chose from one of these fun extra's you can add to your session.  Pick one or pick them all.  

  • "A Holiday Story"  personalized Facebook timeline to show off you holiday images for friends and family to see. $6.00 

Facebook Timeline Sample

  • One 8x10 Professional Print $8.00
  • 25 Flat Custom Designed Holiday cards size 5x7 with envelopes. $45.00. You will receive a gallery with sample of design where you can pick one that suits your style best.  See below for some examples of what will be offered..








 And several more designs coming soon.  
Styles, colors and wording are all customized to your liking.  
Additional cards can also be purchased either A-La- Carte or additional set of 25.  If you order two set's of 25 you will receive 10% discount off the total.  


For location ideas and suggestions please visit my website  One the Home page you will see in the upper right hand corner a section called "Private Galleries"  click on that and then type in "Locations."  This is a selection of local places I recommend and have shot at before.  Please note the locations that have a $$$ charge me a separate location fee so I would have to add and additional $25.00 to your session (mainly the Anne Springs Greenway and Dairy Barn because it is classified as private property). 
I am also happy to travel to a location you suggest, within 25 miles of my zip code 28278.  Outside 25 miles please add an additional $10.00. 
Now booking for weekend of November 17th-18th & Dec 1st-2nd.  Possible openings also on Nov 25th (Saturday after Thanksgiving)

For more information and to book a session please e-mail me at or call 704-957-3435.

Thank you!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fall/Halloween Sessions

Finally I am ready to announce the dates for Fall and Halloween mini sessions, thank you all so much for your patience and hope to see you soon.  I love this time of year and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.
Location will be here on site where I will have a mini Pumpkin Patch which will have decor in Harvest colors, fun Halloween props and beautiful fall foliage back grounds.**weather permitted** 
Saturday & Sunday October 13th-14th 
Time slots available between 12:30- 5:00 p.m.
Call or e-mail to schedule 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Six & Seven - Birthday weekend at the Beach.

A long awaited personal post... 
My Boys are growing up!!!
Zanax Please!!!

Who goes to the beach in February?
Well, we do.
As I am sure a lot of folks do when you live only 4 hours away.  Plus it seemed like a great way to spend a birthday weekend for the boys who birthdays are 12 months and 5 days apart respectively.  January 31st for my now 7 year old Evan and February 5th for my now 6 year old Ryan.



We have always done their birthday celebrations together which is nice and since they both fall in the dead of winter it is fun to knock em out (er, I mean celebrate) at the same time.  I hope this tradition continues for as long as I can get away with it. Being a twin myself (and always having someone to share a birthday with) was pretty special to me growng up.  I hope the boys see it that way too.

This year we headed south of our home town Charlotte, NC.  Surfside Beach, SC was our destination.  Surfside sits south of Myrtle Beach and is within just a few miles of Murrells Inlet. I had never been to Murrell's Inlet before and I just loved it to pieces  Really I think it may be my new favorite place to visit.  The Holiday Inn we stayed in was oceanfront and we even got lucky with the weather.  I will let the pictures do the rest of the story telling..  I truly hope the boys had as much fun as I did.  It was one of those trips that I know I will look back on fondly and be glad we did as a family.

View From our room

Had fun watching these guys get there wind surfing figured out..

Okay, I just thought this was cool...  It is part of an outside Tiki Bar with cool lights and decor..  I may have just liked the shiny colors...

Bribed the Hubby for a picture of me with the boys.  As a photographer I am learning I am NEVER in the shot.  Thanks Hubs!!

My sweet and beautiful Ryan.

And here he is oh so serious...  A rarity...

Great place for lunch and a few beers.

A perfect wake up for the second day.  Just hanging watching a movie to get the morning started off right...

Broadway at the Beach and some FUN rides!!!

Strawberry Shakes.  Two thumbs up.

Yup, bribed the hubby again for one more pic...

There goes Ryan and Daddy....

Pier in Myrtle..  Can you see the cold front coming on???

Still time to play..

And Play...

And PLAY!!

The day we had to leave...  One more view picture.  Can you see the faint sun beams shining down on the water.?  It was beautiful.


Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring and Easter Photo Shoot.

The bunny will be real next time.  For now humor me...

Happy Spring everyone.  I love this time of year.  I am happy to offer some more photo opportunities for all of my wonderful clients and friends.

I have created both an indoor and outdoor photo set up for Spring and Easter Pictures.  Live Bunnies will be on site Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th as well as next weekend (March 24th and 25th).  Hours will be between 10:00 - 6:00
Sessions are $45.00.  Here is what is included.

*One Hour Photo Shoot different poses and props (more pictures will be posted throughout the day..)
*CD up to 15 different images edited and formatted for Web use and printing.
*1 Complimentary 5x7 printed at my professional lab.

Please e-mail me at or call me at 704-957-3435.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Calling all Sweet Peas - Valentines Day Sessions $50.00

I am so very happy to announce that I will be offering Valentines day's themed "Sweet Pea" sessions between January 17th through Feb 12th.  For only $50.00 here is what is included...

(1) 60 Minute Photo Session - Up to two outfit changes.

(1) CD 15 Images w/two folders.. (1) High Resolution for printing (2) Web sized appropriate for e-mailing friends family and for Facebook posting.

(1) Complimentary keepsake 4x6 valentines day themed photo of your choice from the session.  You will be allowed to pick from such cute ideas as below....

And More...

Location will be on site in my home with themed backdrops and props included.  But also feel free to bring any outfits, or props you would like to coordinate into the shoot. *See above photo collage for color/s and props I have on site.*
Two Day turn around time to get your CD.
Any questions??  Feel free to call or e-mail me.  704-957-3435 or
Looking forward to capturing your little sweet peas!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A day in the Woods

Last month I traveled East to a place called Bolivia, NC.  For those of you who haven't heard of Bolivia, NC (I hadn't before I met my husband). It is a small, country, farm like town right on the outskirts of Wilmington, NC.  A four hour drive from Charlotte and is the home of Time 2 Remember Photography.  Or in other words home of Stace Walter, photography extraordinaire who also happens to be my Photography Mentor, friend and as luck would have it - Family.

Stacie doing her thing in her outdoor studio.

You see, I got lucky. Stacie is my husband's, Chris, cousin.  And while I have always known that he had a cousin named Stacie and over the years we had exchanged Christmas cards etc, I had never met her before this summer.  I didn't realize what a wad of information and talent she would be until I picked up my first DSLR.  I think she could smell my hunger for this trade long before I could.  But being a photographer herself she had me figured out pretty quickly.  She would e-mail me tips, websites, tricks you can play on your husband in order to make him think buying a new DSLR lens is really "His" idea etc...

Over the months she has passed on many of her marketing tips, ways to promote yourself, stay confident and always throwing in a piece of advice or two in this business. She comes from the days of film and therefore knows a heck of a lot about this trade.  In a nutshell the woman is freaking amazing and once again how lucky I feel that somehow she ended up in my life.

With all of that being said it was time for me to see Stacie in action.  After launching Mary L. Photography in August I quickly learned all of the things you don't think about when you start your own business, especially a business as competitive as this.  I can probably count on both hands how many Stay at Home Mom's I know who are also photographers.  They are my crew my "people" if you will and I love them dearly but in this business, you need to be branded, you need to stand out and make your photography voice known and heard.  Part of this process for me is to watch, learn, and ask questions...  Lot's of questions.  Stacie is used to this from me...  Almost weekly I am texting her with stuff....  "What should my resolution be for a canvas size print...." Outdoor sunlight no shade, what is my best shutter speed?"  Crazy little nit picky questions ,that you can only bug family with, and get away with it. 

So she and I picked a time frame and off to Bolivia I went for a one nighter with her and her partner Frank who also happens to be her husband and the other half of Time 2 Remember.  I was so very anxious for this trip on many levels,  One I was scoring  an old Flash that she was no longer using and would be great for a beginner like me to start learning on without having to spend extra $$.  Second, I was going to be able to shoot with her and also watch her shoot as she had a high school senior lined up for the day I was there. 
Half way through the shoot, getting set up for lighting test.

Showing the client some of the shots she had gotten already.

It is funny the expectations you have sometimes. I was convinced that I after my time with her I would be just like her.  I would know everything and just be natural at this whole picture taking thing like she has turned out to be.  I realize now my expectations were out of this world crazy.  I also realized while I was there, I was way in over my head.  Yet I mean this in a good way.  I am a firm believer that if you are put of your comfort zone, if you are feeling challenged and maybe a tiny bit overwhelmed, somewhere, deep down you are growing.  You are learning and you are putting yourself in a position to be vulnerable.  I didn't realize how important this can be...  I also didn't realize how much I needed to feel vulnerable in order to realize that photography, is without a doubt the thing, for me.

So, what I learned while I was there....  First, certain parts of photography does comes naturally to me.  I see the shot I take it.  I have an artistic "eye" if you will and I love capturing those special spontaneous moments.  I will angle my camera and most likely clip a person' head if I have to, to document whatever it is happening in that moment. , I love eyes, and babies feet. I love Black and Whites and for some reason I favor the backside of people sometimes over the front side.  Give me a couple holding hands, walking away from me, heads ducked in unison yet so much love shown between them.  Give me that shot and I am on top of the world.  I can't really explain it any better than this but you fellow photographers probably know what I am talking about.  The unique, the unseen, the special glances, the shiny eye squints, crows feet, true laughter showing heart and humanness.  Pure, honest, real humans simply being- human!

Second, Stacie showed me the pure bliss of capturing an image in silence.  No thinking, no paying attention to how it will turn out.  See the moment -  Get it! We spent some time in her backyard studio just shooting images of her Dad's old car, an old boat.  For a budding armature like myself everything about her set up, is for lack of better words, - KICK ASS.  Not just outside but also inside.  I wish I had gotten more of her inside studio but let me just say this.  The woman has strobe lights fixed to soft boxes dangling form her ceiling, on sliding track's that she can pull down and swivel at any length and angle..  Amazing!!  My jaw dropped at least 100 times darning my visit.  If I hadn't died and gone to heaven, I was close.  Oh have I mentioned she let me play with her 70-200 lens??  Yeah, it was my turn to feel bad ass.  But it didn't last long once I began to realize the thing does more things than my new iphone.   The overwhelmed vulnerability surrounded me yet again but at this point I was used to it, and just decided to keep watching and learning, telling myself the natural ways Stacie has will eventually come with time, patience and of course hard work. 

One of the many ole beauties that Stacie's dad collects and she uses in her shoots.

She also taught me the beauty of light and it is here I must admit, I felt completely out of my zone.  If you haven't figured out by now you soon will that much of photography is math.  I marvel at this since my entire life, the one thing I have sucked at the most, is Math. Now here I year away from turning 40 and finally finding my passion... and it involves Math??
Oh freaking Bloody Hell!
But I must digress....
Because while there is math involved, it is math I can "trick," and well, that is the kind of Math I can handle.
And so, as I wrap up, I wanted to share that the main thing I took away, the key concept is despite any tricks I can come up with, despite still having so much to learn. so much to absorb, I learned that my day in the woods really was a day to learn to trust myself, trust what I have learned, focus on what I know and to just keep clicking away at those special moments in life that reminds us of why we smile in the first place.

A big thank you to Stacie and Frank Walter and if you are ever in the Wilmington/Bolivia, NC area you must check them out.  Time 2 Remember.

Here are a few of her client, the high school senior, that I got to take...  For this, I played with her  wide angle 24-70 f/stop2.8 Lens. 
Yup, add it to my list.  :-)

Last but not least... 
One of the Queen herself..... 
Look at that face..
She is Definitely my People!