Renee’s Uptown Charlotte Senior Session
If you can’t tell, I’m going in no particular order here, but I’ve been dying to share Renee’s awesome uptown Charlotte senior session! I met Renee a couple of years ago at her 16th birthday. I happen to be friends with Lori, the owner of Mac Tabby Cat Cafe here in Charlotte. Lori was about to kick off her grand opening of the cafe, and she had someone asking to have their daughter’s birthday party at the cafe. She asked if I would like to be the photographer for it (which is a massive compliment, because she also is an insanely talented and internationally featured professional wedding photographer). I absolutely jumped at the chance. I happen to be a bit of a crazy cat lady, so hanging with some cool cats, a few high school girls (my favorite age group), with my camera in hand? Awesome way to spend an afternoon in my book. 😉
Renee, her friends, and her parents were just amazing and so sweet. As I was photographing them, I was hoping this wouldn’t be the last time I’d see them, because I had way too much fun with them. Thankfully, a couple months later, Renee and a couple of her friends ended up joining the Wildflower Model Team! Since then, we’ve had a bunch of team shoots, game nights, pizza, and an overall great time. It’s crazy to think our time together is ending, as she’s counting down the days until graduation. For her senior session, she chose uptown Charlotte. She very much has a city vibe to her, so this was so perfect. We began our session at Romare Bearden. It’s an awesome spot if you’re wanting to incorporate a little bit of green into your session without going full on open field and trails.
I wanted to make sure she got a couple in the middle of uptown to get that city feel. We were definitely racing against the clock though, and I had one more location option for her that I wanted to make sure we had enough time for. Most of my senior sessions go for the full two hours (and sometimes some change), because of all the walking and driving involved to get to another location. That’s why I try to make sure my seniors give themselves plenty of time that day and don’t over-schedule themselves. Renee also happens to be an incredible ballerina. I’ve had the privilege of seeing her (and my other model team girls) perform over the last couple of years, and I’m blown away every time. I’m so glad she agreed to include at least one ballet shot, just for my own fun. haha
After uptown, we headed to my new favorite spot… Camp North End! This place is freaking amazing, especially if you’re looking for something modern and different. For this portion of her session, she used an outfit from the senior style closet, provided by Hazel & Indigo. I loved how simple and classic it was. She’s already so tiny and the location is so colorful, that I didn’t want her to get lost. Choosing something simple allowed her to still shine and be the focus of the images.
I’m SO going to miss this girl. She’s genuinely sweet, super smart, and very talented. I can’t wait to see where life takes you, Renee! It’s been a blast!