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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. ❤️

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.)

My Blog Jar! | Charlotte Motherhood Photographer

I think we can all agree that I need to blog more, right? You can literally see the cobwebs growing on my website and Facebook page. And why not try to blog more? The advantages are clear for a photographer -- I can showcase your work, potential clients can get to know a bit more about me personally, and SEO loves a good blog! But it can be difficult to consistently come up with new content -- especially for a perfectionist and procrastinator like myself. So I was recently researching topic ideas to get the creative juices flowing and I came across a great recommendation -- a blog jar! All it involves is writing topic ideas on individual pieces of paper and placing them into a jar. From there, you just pull a piece of paper out and start writing! I fell in love with this idea for several reasons:

No more excuses!
The blog jar is sitting on my desk right next to my computer. So as I work, there it is...a visible reminder of a task that needs to get done!

Consistency is key
I can't really say "I don't know what to write about" when I have a jar full of ideas, right? And if I have a jar full of ideas, my writing will be more consistent. And if I'm more consistent, then the visitors to my site will be more consistent too, as they'll know when to expect new content. And lastly, Google loves consistency!

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow
What a wonderful oxymoron that perfectly explains this blog jar idea! In order to have a more succcessful blog...I need to prepare just a little bit! I also tend to overthink my writing and abandon it (it's that perfectionism poking through again!). Picking a topic out of a jar and writing it out immediately will allow me to write more freely and keep me inspired.

I can add to it!
I have post-it notes all over the house now, so that if I have an idea for a blog post I can jot it down quickly and add it to the jar. It will be a never-ending source of creativity and inspiration!

What kind of content would you like to see on my blog?