Emily Fee - Charlotte's Motherhood Blogger

A year ago, when I first moved to Charlotte, I did some research on local mommy bloggers (after all, their audience is my target market!) and came across Emily Fee, Charlotte’s Motherhood Blogger. She’s real, honest, and FUNNY. She’s refreshingly open about her kids, her career, and her life. Oh, and did I mention that she’s gorgeous and has a killer fashion sense? I love following her on IG because she makes me laugh on the daily with her hilarious mom/wife/girl boss stories.

It was while following one of these hilarious stories that I saw that she was on the hunt for a photographer. She needed to take some pics of a few outfits for a fashion collaboration with Brickyard Buffalo and she was “sick of taking selfies”. (Her words, not mine! 😂) Doing fashion/product photoshoots is not usually my jam, but motherhood photography IS my jam, so of course I wanted to help out Charlotte’s Motherhood Blogger!

We met up at Camp North End, which is this very cool space in downtown Charlotte with an industrial warehouse vibe. Emily brought her two adorable kids, Colette and Wesley, with her to the shoot. I didn’t know it at the time, but her husband had been traveling for over a week for work. She never mentioned it, never asked to reschedule when things were less hectic. She just showed up EARLY, looking flawless and cool as a cucumber!

What I loved so much about this shoot is that it was real life. A mom, working to look stunning for a fashion collaboration photoshoot, while chasing after one kid with the other clutching on to her leg. A businesswoman, trying to talk to me about our respective businesses while simultaneously getting Elmo up on her phone and redirecting her kids to someplace not directly in my shot. 😂It was such a fun session and I can’t wait to collaborate with her again! If you are interested in fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle and want to follow a funny, sassy, and down-to-earth mom, wife, and entrepreneur, Emily Fee is your gal!!

Here are some of my favorite shots from our session — the final images… and some real-to-life outtakes. ❤️

Charlotte Birth Story Model Call

You've been waiting 9 months for this moment.

Scratch that. You've been waiting a lifetime.

And the journey to this moment hasn't been easy. There's been longing and hoping. There's been sickness (Morning sickness? Try all day sickness.) There's been sacrifice (No deli meat. No hot baths. Blood work. Stretch marks!) There's been pain (heartburn, back pain, swollen ankles). And maybe there's even been loss. But the day is finally here. Today you get to meet your baby.

Now imagine... you pull your baby to your chest and hold her for the first time. All the longing, sickness, sacrifice, pain and loss have been washed away by a wave of profound, immediate, unconditional love. You look up at your partner and you know they feel the same way. You both have tears running down your cheeks. You both know that neither one of you has ever felt a love like this. Life will never be the same.

Is this your birth story? Let me be there to document it.

Because you only get one chance to capture the moment you meet your baby.


Model Call Details

Applicants should have a due date that falls between April 1, 2019 and June 1, 2019. Applications for this promotion will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

If you are selected for a Birth Story Model Call Session, you will receive a pre-consultation where we will go over your expectations of your birth session. Starting at 38 weeks I will be on call, day and night, to capture your entire birthing experience, from active labor through the first two hours of your new baby’s life, in a beautiful and real documentary style. This includes sweet moments such as your baby’s first breath and first cry, you meeting your little one for the first time, cutting the cord, and everything that happens before, after, and in between!

Within two weeks you will receive 75+ hand-edited digital images in an online gallery, which will include a mix of both color and black and white images.

The regular cost of my birth photography session is $1200, however if you book a model call session you will receive it for $500!

My Why | Charlotte Motherhood Photographer

When I picked this topic out of my blog jar, my initial reaction was, "Oy, what a way to start off my blogging mission!" But it is also a very apropos question at this point in my career -- while I’m in the middle of rebranding my business (more on that later!) and still trying to rebuild my client base after moving to a new market.

I've always loved taking pictures, but becoming a mother gave me this profound desire to document EVERYTHING. I know, so cliché, right? But it's true!! When my first daughter came into the world, every little face she made was camera-worthy to me. (And that's still true, six years later. <3) So I got out my nice camera (usually reserved for parties and travel) and started snapping.

But having this sweet child also gave me intense anxiety thinking about a future I eventually wouldn't be in. I distinctly remember driving down the highway after she was born and all of a sudden being very aware of my own mortality. What would she do if I was no longer around? Would she remember me? How would she remember this time? So, I started snapping even MORE pics.

And then I started thinking, "How am I going to remember all of this??" My memory is crap. I mean, it's BAD. Capturing these fleeting moments -- however big or small -- ensures that I'll always remember the details. They are snapshots frozen in time that, when woven together, will tell the story of our family.

I wanted to become a professional photographer because I knew I wasn’t the only mother to have these same thoughts, and I wanted other moms to have beautiful images to remind them of this special time in their own lives. I wanted to help them tell their family’s story. Life moves fast, and it seems to move at warp speed once you have children, so it's important to capture life’s little moments (with mom in them!) as they happen. And not just on a smart phone...but on a beautiful print that you can look at each day and remember just how blessed you are.

(The gallery below is ME, practicing what I preach, and getting in the picture with my family. :) Taken by my wonderfully talented friend @CottonCopperStudio.)