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charlotte nc family photographer | staci noel photographer | our lovely neighbors by Staci Noel

One of the things I love best about the town we live in just outside of Charlotte is that here in Harrisburg, we have met some of the best neighbors. We lived in the same house for the first 7 years and we just adored our neighbors; our kids had best friends right across the street and we mad so many friends that have been a part of our lives in such amazing ways!

We moved into our current house about 18 months ago because my business simply outgrew the space we were in and we finally felt that we were ready. The worst part was leaving our dear neighbors and honestly, our kids were super sad about not having their friends be able to pop over whenever they wanted!

Since we built our new house in a new neighborhood there weren't a ton of people here at first and so our neighbor options were tiny. Thankfully, Charlotte and specifically Harrisburg, are growing so fast and we have seen house after house pop up and lots of new friends moving in!

And now, not only do we have some really great neighbors here at the new house, but I am so honored that I got to give some of them their first chance at officially updated family portraits! This family is a nonstop riot and it has been such a joy getting to know them and hang out as friends! I absolutely could not stop laughing as we worked together to get some of these portraits and I cannot wait to deliver their final artwork that we have designed for their living space!

charlotte-family-photographer | Fall Mini Sessions by Staci Noel

Family portrait sessions are always a fun change of pace for me and of course fall is the busiest time of the year for family portraits. It's also come to my attention though that fall is a crazy busy time for newborns as well - I don't know what was going on 8 or 9 months ago but man have I been fielding newborn calls left and right lately. How can I pass up the opportunity to photograph in the gorgeous colors we always have around Charlotte and Harrisburg though, so I knew I had to come up with a plan to squeeze some family photo sessions in during October. 

This year has been an extra crazy time for me personally as we are in the process of moving into our new home and my new studio space. Since we weren't quite sure of how that was all going to go down I decided to offer a weekend of mini sessions for my fall family bookings and I have to say I think it worked out great! Despite the fact that we got rained out one day and had to push into the next weekend I managed to photograph a bunch of families and get them all turned around prior to our move - no delayed Holiday Cards for my clients!!!

I am so blessed so have great clients that trust me year after year with these precious memories! Here's a quick peek at some of the great families, both new and return:),  that I got to create portraits with this year!

charlotte-family-photographer-holiday mini sessions by Staci Noel

It's FALL PICTURE TIME!!!! 

I know, I know, it's not exactly Fall yet; in fact right now it's 90+ here in Charlotte and everyone is still sweltering at their summer BBQs's, probably trying to squeeze in those last days at the beach and eeeeeking out the final days at the pool before all of the kiddos head back to the classroom.

But before you know it IT WILL BE that time of year when everyone's minds return to school schedules, fall sports, cooler autumn weather (FINALLY!!!!), and looking forward to the holidays to come! With all of that comes the mad scramble to get that final family picture for 2015 that you can use for those gorgeous holiday cards!

I always try to save several weekends in October and even November for family shoots, but inevitably I end up having to turn people away who might not remember to book until the last minute. And I know there are several newborn clients who would love to do family images but don't want a full portrait session since they have just done their newborn images. So with those things in mind this year I'm going to offer a weekend of mini sessions. 

These sessions will be 30 minutes and will include digital files. As many of you know I have redesigned my portrait offerings to focus less on digital files and more on actual prints so this will only be a very limited offering that includes digitals; I realize that makes sense for holiday cards and so this time of year it made sense. I will be at one outdoor location with one holiday set that includes my gorgeous antique sofa and Christmas decor. If families wish to do portraits without the set we will shoot in foliage nearby. 

The amount of sessions WILL BE LIMITED! I may be able to add an additional weekend in later but I will only have 8 slots open for this initial offering and I CANNOT GUARANTEE MORE WILL OPEN beyond that. The dates are October 10th and 11th and sessions will take place in the afternoon/early evening starting at around 4pm.

If you would like to book your Fall Mini Session, contact me at staci@stacinoelphotography.com with your preferred date and I will email you available times. Booking requires a $25 fee which is applicable to your session fee. Bookings will be on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would prefer a full family session I'm happy to discuss planning out an entire custom designed experience - please visit the Contact Me page and fill out my design questionnaire and I will be in touch soon!

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