I’m a southern girl from Atlanta, a romantic at heart, a lover of family, and a cherisher of the extraordinary moments that add up to create a life. It’s safe to say this is how I ended up with a camera in hand - climbing, rolling, and ducking to capture those beautiful expressions that can’t be put into words. Growing up I never left home without my pocket Canon and annoyed many a friend with non-stop pictures along the way –of course they were thankful for them later. But it wasn’t until a very special trip to South Africa that I was blessed to discover what surpassing joy photography would bring to my heart. When I stood among a sea of children who had nothing…no parents, clean clothes, or food, who in the midst of such horrible circumstances radiated God’s great warmth and pure joy- my cup runneth over. I wanted to capture it, to keep it…to tell their sweet stories and to remind myself and others that it’s not about what we have, but about what we do with what we are given.
A quote that has challenged me through the years says, “Find what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs are people who have come alive”. That is the best way I can describe what happens when I have a camera in hand; I come alive in ways that I could have never imagined. I feel so blessed to be invited to share in your special moments that will soon be beautiful memories. I pray that my photos bring you back into those moments, and tell a story…a story that is beyond words.
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you like what you see!
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One of the nicest humans ever! My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Carla twice now. She is so professional and talented.
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To sum up Carla in one word would be AMAZING. I am a professional makeup artist who has worked in this industry since 1999. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Carla is as a professional talent and mastermind creative! I work in commercial, fashion, editorial, and bridal and she is hands down one of the best photographers I have ever worked with. Her eye for capturing an image is spot on. Every time I do a wedding with her I get excited because I know I will love the images and want to use them on my website. Your wedding day images are ALL you have to remember your day by. You get what you pay for so invest into your wedding wisely :) Photography is NOT a corner you want to cut because I have seen a beautiful wedding in person that was not captured accurately, and feel so bad for that Bride. Make no mistake...your photographer and how you look (eg...makeup and hair) can make or break the way you enjoy your images for years to come.
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- Additional Hours
- Boudoir Shoot
- Destination / Travel
- Engagement Shoot
- High-Res Images
- Liability Insurance
- Multi. Locations
- One Event / Day
- Second Shooter
- Wedding Portraits
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- Digital Files
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