Month: September, 2010

Holiday Inn Center City Wedding {Ericka + Tallen} | Charlotte, NC

09-25-10

We shot Ericka & Tallen’s wedding and reception two weekends ago at the Holiday Inn, Charlotte Center City.  They are such a great-looking couple and after shooting their engagement session and Ericka’s bridal session, I knew they would be just as stunning on wedding day.  The original plans got slightly altered due to the weather, but they still had a beautiful cermony & reception and we were able to get some great images.  I also loved the color scheme of the bridesmaids dresses and tuxes. 

Tallen got her a gag gift….I love this reaction.

Then a few minutes later….she got her ‘real’ gift.

Ericka’s younger brother teaching her how to “Dougie”

A few personal highlights from their wedding day:
– When Ericka got her gag gift, she turned the bag upside down and said “Where the hell is my real gift ?”
– Tallen’s excitement & expression as they began their walk down the aisle as husband & wife
– The service from the wonderful staff at the Holiday Inn
– Getting to make a special “photographer’s request” song towards at the end of the reception and getting on the dance floor…more to come on that later 🙂
Ericka & Tallen, thanks again for allowing me to document your special day and I wish you guys a wonderful future together.

The other great vendors I worked with:

Wedding Planner\Coordinator – Golden Affairs
Videographer – Kamjah Video Productions
Florist & Decorations – Simply Unique Design
Cake – Cloud 9 Confections

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Actor Darrin Henson headshots

09-22-10

I was organizing a few folders and realized I never posted the headshots I took of actor\choreographer Darrin Henson during CIAA last year.  I was invited to take a few photos after he did an interview with Celebrity Power Magazine.  We only had 5 minutes, and practically no options for locations so I just had to utilize the little bit of light that was there.  Nothing elaborate….just a few simple headshots.

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Ericka’s Bridal session | Holiday Inn Center City – Charlotte, NC

09-13-10

I shot Ericka & Tallen’s beautiful wedding this past weekend and I’ll be blogging those pics in a couple of weeks.  Last month, we did her bridal session and I have been anxiously awaiting to post these.  She was absolutely gorgeous in her dress and with her height….I keep trying to tell her she has a modeling career waiting on her 🙂

Beautiful shots from Ericka's bridal session in Charlotte with Wedding Photographer - M. Clay PhotographyAbstract portraits from Ericka's Charlotte bridal session.  Wedding Photographer - M. Clay PhotographyBridal portrait against a beautiful background for her Charlotte Wedding. Photographer - M. Clay Photography

This one was chosen for a large canvas displayed at the reception….
Bridal portrait for her Charlotte wedding reception.  Photographer - M. Clay Photography

I had a great time shooting her bridals and looking forward to editing the pics from their wedding.
Charlotte Wedding Photographer – M. Clay Photography

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M. Clay Photography is now mobile !

09-04-10

After many months of hanging onto the dream that Apple and Adobe would come to some sort of agreement….I finally gave up and decided to create an iPhone\iPad-friendly version of my website since flash sites won’t play on mobile devices 🙁

So I am pleased to announce the launch of mclayphotography.com/mobile.  It’s a lite version of my main website optimized for iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices.  Actually, my Charlotte Wedding Photographer website will now automatically detect Apple devices and automatically redirect to my mobile site.Feel free to try out the new mobile site and let me know what you think.

And I hate blogging without posting some sort of picture, so I grabbed these two random photo’s from my most recent Rock Hill wedding of us goofing off in between serious shots.  I like to keep it fun and it’s great to have clients with a sense of humor.  And I hope Donise doesn’t get me for posting these 🙂

Blooper photographs from my Rock Hill wedding
Charlotte Wedding Photographer | M. Clay Photography

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Adriana’s 1 yr old Birthday | Charlotte Wedding Photographer – M. Clay Photography

09-02-10

Last year I had the pleasure of shooting my first newborn session….my little cousin Adriana.  She is 1 yr old now and I shot her birthday party last month.  It was themed and decorated by my  friend Carla of Style Perfect Events.  It was definitely an event fit for a princess.

I always enjoy shooting this beautiful family, of course because….they are family, but they have also been such wonderful subjects in the past and provided me with great experience in shooting kids.  Here are a few pics from the party:

Charlotte Wedding Photographer – M. Clay Photography

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