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Experience...

It is something you can't put a price on. There is no substitute for experience.   I have several hundred weddings under my belt along with over 500 studio sessions a year.  We started only 7 short years ago, setting out to be different and to make a name for ourself armed with only an old Fuji DSLR and a truck load of determination. While some people say you should focus on a specialty, we photograph a little bit of everything and it has worked out pretty good for us so far.

Along with photographing, I also teach on a national level and offer quarterly workshops, sharing our entire buisness with other photographers. To see all things workshop related, visit BlairPhillipsWorkshops.com

Cake Smashes

Having a little one is life’s greatest gift. During the first year you celebrate many firsts like their  first laugh, first steps, and first words.  There is nothing like teaching and experiencing the small the things in life with your child. So it’s obvious that when their 1st Birthday comes around it becomes a huge celebration. Although every birthday is a milestone, there is nothing quite like the first.

Many parents choose to add on a Cake Smash to a Birthday Bash session at Blair Phillips Photography. We have partnered with an amazing cake designer, Angela with Delectable Designs, to bring you a series of color customizable cakes made just for our BPP Cake Smashes. The cakes are delivered right to the studio giving our parents one less thing to worry about.

Birthday Bash

After roughly a 2 hour session with the Birthday Boy or Girl, they get to enjoy and demolish their very own custom cake. It’s a great reward for all their hard word after many outfit changes, smiles and sometimes even tears.  This is one of Blair’s favorite things to capture on camera and as you can see the end results are priceless. If you are planning a Birthday Bash for  your little one, adding on a Cake Smash is one thing you do not want to pass up on.

Chasidy + Calvin | A Charlotte, NC Wedding

Ahhhh, summer. It’s a great time for much needed beach trips, delicious barbecues and beautiful weddings. While we have been able to enjoy several weddings this season, one that really stands out is Chasidy and Calvin’s wedding this past August. Along with being the hottest day of the year so far (not joking, it was record breaking), their wedding was absolutely gorgeous. It was a complete reflection of Chasidy’s eclectic, couture style.

With the ceremony taking place at the Great Aunt Stella’s Center in Uptown Charlotte, we were right in the heat of things with plenty of places to shoot. It had been several years since we last photographed a wedding at the Stella Center it is truly a gem. The nice, large sanctuary provides lots of great light to make for some great ceremony images. The reception took place shortly after at Roof With A View next to the Bank of America stadium. This intimate reception location had a gorgeous twilight view of the city and the view inside was just as nice. Chasidy and Calvin’s choice of decor and center pieces fit them to a T and their reception was truly magical with dancing, laughter and some pretty awesome cake pops!

Congrats Chasidy and Calvin on your beautiful wedding and the team at Blair Phillips Photography wishes you many, many years of happy marriage.

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Introducing The 2014 Moms Club

If you have joined us for one of our Limited Edition sessions before, you know just how awesome they are. These seasonal mini-sessions are so great because you receive incredible images throughout the year from Blair Phillips Photography without having to book a full studio session. A smaller weekend session means discounted prices and more time for you to enjoy the day with your precious little one.

Last year, we introduced our Moms Club and because so many people loved it, we’re going for round 2! When you join our Moms Club, you are guaranteed a spot for each of our highly sought after Limited Edition Sessions so you never have to worry about not being able to book. You’ll be able to customize your packages, choosing only the prints and products you want and the best part of all is that we’re going to give you something for FREE!

This year, all of our 2014 Moms Club Members will receive a custom phone case, for either iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3,  that has interchangeable photo backs so you can sport new photos of your little one all year long.  Each mom will receive the initial phone case and 4 interchangeable metal photo backs.

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Now, if you don’t have an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3, don’t worry because we have something for you too. Instead of the phone cases, you’ll receive a beautiful, couture metal ornaments featuring 2 images from each of your little ones Limited Edition sessions. If you do have an iPhone or Galaxy but you would prefer this gift, you can opt for this instead!

How to sign up

Now, we’re sure you’re wondering, “How do I sign up?” Sign up is easy! Give us a call and we’ll be glad to give you all the details as well as get you enrolled in our Moms Club. The 2014 Moms Club is completely FREE to join but you do pay for your session fee and minimum order for each LE session just like any other mom would when booking.

Phone – (704) 855-3656
Email – Blair@BlairPhillipsPhotography.com

There are only 25 Moms Club spots available so contact us asap!

Vote Now For Your Fave BPP Summer Fun Photo

We had great success with all the entries for our first contest. We have truly enjoyed looking at all the fun our extended families have shared with us. Thank you to everyone who entered the BPP Summer Fun Photo Contest. We have narrowed them down to 3 choices and the WINNER will depend on you! Simply comment below as to what picture is your favorite by commenting with “1″, “2″ or “3″. The numbers are located on each individual picture. Best of luck to the top 3!

Picture 1 is of Baby Jackson enjoying a nice lazy afternoon by rocking in a rocking chair.

Picture 2 is Kim A.’s 2 girls swimming at Atlantic Beach. Lucky Girls!

Photo 3 is Kim S.’s daughter, Reagan (she is in yellow outfit) enjoying the  day with her friends at her summer special needs camp. I bet they had loads of fun!

Who will be the lucky recipient of a Photo necklace, Kim A., Kim S. or Whitney?

August 26, 2013 - 10:32 am Heavan - #1

August 26, 2013 - 10:42 am Patti Price - 3

August 26, 2013 - 10:55 am Stephen - #2

August 26, 2013 - 10:56 am nikki - Pic 1

August 26, 2013 - 10:56 am Tammy Lefler - 1

August 26, 2013 - 11:02 am gina milam - 1

August 26, 2013 - 11:02 am jenn - 3

August 26, 2013 - 12:04 pm Brenda Todd - #2

August 26, 2013 - 12:08 pm Brenda todd - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:09 pm Blair cooper - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:10 pm Lesa Gaston - 3

August 26, 2013 - 12:11 pm Karis Allred - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:12 pm Stephen Allred - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:15 pm Melanie Jordan - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:17 pm Lynn Todd - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:18 pm Lawrence Todd - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:21 pm Mandy Sifford - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:22 pm Judy lippard - #1

August 26, 2013 - 12:22 pm Steve Allred Sr. - "2"

August 26, 2013 - 12:43 pm Deborah Bradfield - #1, Jackson!!

August 26, 2013 - 1:00 pm Beverly Eury - 1

August 26, 2013 - 1:37 pm Brooke - #3

August 26, 2013 - 1:51 pm brandi - # 1

August 26, 2013 - 2:13 pm nicole mcnulty - 1!

August 26, 2013 - 2:36 pm Kristan Friel - I VOTE FOR #1. Whitney's is the most precious picture!!!! ❤

August 26, 2013 - 4:21 pm Sarah - 1

August 26, 2013 - 4:22 pm Renee Hubbard - Whitney, #1!

August 26, 2013 - 6:05 pm Becky Huff - Picture #1!

August 26, 2013 - 6:57 pm Brittany - #1, Jackson!!

August 26, 2013 - 8:20 pm Brenda Kaplan - #1

August 26, 2013 - 9:00 pm jen - Baby jackson in the rocking chair... rocks....

August 31, 2013 - 8:23 pm ashlee mcguire - number 1

August 31, 2013 - 8:36 pm Dayla Lingerfelt - #1...This picture makes me smile right back!

August 31, 2013 - 8:53 pm K.Y - Voting for JACKSON (Photo #1: Whitney). Sweet little boy with a big smile! Good Luck Jackson!

August 31, 2013 - 9:58 pm Judy lippard - 1

September 9, 2013 - 2:33 pm Lee - #1

Why We Take Photographs

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For every profession, there is always that moment that you live for. That moment when you know that what you’re doing has a positive effect on someone’s life. As photographers, we rarely get to have those moments with people because the moments, those prints, we create in camera while important to them now, have yet to reach their full significance. Unfortunately, it’s not until their situation changes, a loved one passes, or another life-changing event takes places that they truly appreciate what that moment means.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had someone contact us after a life-altering event has happened to let me know how much they truly love their photographs. Those photographs will forever help that person remember that moment in time, that instance that was so important to them. It’s a beautiful thing.

We came into the studio this morning and found this amazing email waiting for us.

Dear Blair and Team,

Recently I decided to try another photographer at my sister’s urging. She was setting up a shoot with her daughter and wanted pictures with the cousins as well, so I decided that while we were there I would get pictures of my daughter too since it had been awhile; that was June 29. We had the pictures done and then the nightmare started. We were told it would be two to three weeks until our pictures were ready, as of today I am still fighting to get a product I have paid for and just keep getting the run around.

So you may be wondering why I am telling you this and here is my answer. Both times my husband and I have been into your studio you and your staff have been nothing but wonderful to us. We feel now, after having this horrible experience, that we will never be able to trust another photographer as we trust you. Your product speaks for itself but the customer service and kindness of your staff is beyond compare.

I will forever regret choosing another photographer to take pictures of my daughter and not coming back to a studio I trust and has never let me down. Finances have hit us hard lately but I know I will be back in the future. So keep doing what you all do best. Creating a wonderful experience for your customers!

- Anonymous

This is why we do it.

We create amazing photographic prints because 20 years from now, that’s all you’ll have. The moments might have faded but they were preserved. You’ll look back at your gorgeous prints to remember how young your family was, how incredible your first kiss as husband and wife felt, and how proud you were when your first-born first tasted cake. We love what we do because we know how important it is. Thank you Anonymous for your support as it let’s us know that we’re doing what we’re meant to do.

Emma + Peter | Charlotte Wedding Photography

At Blair Phillips Photography, we usually dread hot summer weddings but our June 1st wedding at Saratoga Springs was one we had been looking forward to for quite some time. Emma & Peter are some of the most genuine people we have had the pleasure of working with yet  and we’re so excited for them and the many years of marriage they have in front of them!

Words cannot express my overall experience working with Blair and the rest of the Blair Phillips Photography team. Amazing would be an understatement. When my now husband and I first met Blair, it didn’t feel like we were there to meet him for the first time. It felt like we were getting together talking with an old friend. The same thing happened on the day of the wedding. I can honestly say that I have never had so much fun taking pictures!

One of the things that really stood out to me about Blair was how understanding he was. My brother has autism and with him, we never know what he will be able to handle and what he won’t so the whole day we were all just keeping our fingers crossed. Blair was extremely patient and understanding with my brother. Unfortunately, there are very few people that are patient with my brother so the fact that Blair was so patient and understanding was amazing.

We love all of the pictures from the wedding! We have gotten nothing but complements on the pictures. Blair did an amazing job at not only getting the traditional and posed pictures, but also getting the candid moments. He really caught the love and happiness of the day.

It has been such a pleasure working with Blair and his team! As I said at the beginning, amazing, wonderful, and awesome are all understatements of my experience with Blair and his team.

- Emma

Congratulations Emma and Peter!

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Blair Phillips | Charlotte Wedding Photographer

Reintroducing Oil Enhanced Wall Portraits

Photography grows and changes everyday. Blair educates and pushes himself to think out of the box and stay a step ahead of current trends. He is known for crazy lighting and unique places. With time new things enter and leave the world of photography, some should have never unpacked their bags and stayed. (We all have seen those awkward family photos.)

We hold on to those things that remind us of the good ole’ days.  Tradition is timeless. Portraits are timeless. Mixing the two together gives you nothing shy of a breathtaking masterpiece that will become a heirloom to generations that follow behind you. With all the new, edgy photos Blair creates for his clients, he also recreates the traditional portrait with hand oil enhancement. These masterpieces create depth and elegance to any wall.

Call the studio for more information if you would love to have a touch of timeless class to your home.

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EmiLee | Senior Client Spotlight

We’ve had some amazing senior sessions this summer including our session last month with Ms EmiLee. EmiLee is one of our 2014 Little Rockstars from Sun Valley High School and both her and her mother had nothing but a stellar experience with us.

I have admired Blair’s work for a long time, and my daughter has always wanted to have  pictures done by him so we decided to do her Senior pictures with him. I knew that the pictures would turn out like great,  however I was amazed at just how good  her pictures were. A friend said “gorgeous didn’t even describe the way the pictures came out” and I have to agree!!

Every part of the experience was awesome. The time spent with her on her photo shoot, you will not find anywhere else. Blair made her feel so comfortable that she wasn’t nervous at all.  Viewing the pictures was hard only because there really wasn’t a bad picture, but the staff is just as wonderful with helping figure out which pictures were the best and how I wanted to display them.  We will definitely be seeing Blair and his staff again in the future!! I highly recommend Blair and promise you will return as well. -EmiLee’s Mom

If you’re wanting senior photos like EmiLee, shoot us a call at (704) 855-3656 or email us.

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Reagan’s Studio Portrait Sesison

I had the pleasure of working with a phenomenal family and found this in my inbox after an amazing session with a special little girl.  Kim, her mother, called the studio seeking a photographer who was willing to work with an autistic child.  We assured her comfort here at the studio-come early and let her play, get familiar with her surroundings and feel right at home, not just all business.  Working with children takes a ton of patience to get in their world.  Working with an autistic child takes many steps above and beyond that, which makes these words of gratitude so special.

Blair, I cannot thank you enough for the compassion, kindness and understanding you showed to my baby girl this morning. As a parent of a child with autism sometimes it’s hard taking them to a place when you know it’s going to be difficult for them because it’s new. You not only made us feel welcome but you shared your iPhone, rolled around in the floor and played hide n seek with her and managed to hold your iPad and let her watch her favorite shows while photographing her. I think what impressed me most was that I didn’t feel rushed, you entered her world as she sees it and your love for what you do shows. Your wife is beautiful by the way and your little girl will grow up knowing what amazing parents she has. I cannot wait to see Reagan’s pics and much love to you and your family!!  - Kim

To learn more about autism visit Autism Speaks

To make a donation to Autism Speaks, click here.

Raegan's session with Blair Phillips Photography

Raegan's session with Blair Phillips Photography

Raegan's session with Blair Phillips Photography

July 17, 2013 - 11:13 am Kim - Blair I cannot tell you how much this means to me, what an incredible gifted photographer you are. I am proud to call you my friend and may God continue to bless you, your beautiful family and your studio! Much love, Kim and Reagan #reaganswish

Summer Fun Photo Contest

Everyone loves Summer. Maybe it’s salty kisses and sand beneath your toes, watermelon at a picnic underneath the trees or chasing fireflies as the moon chases the sun away. Summer has a way of bringing the best out of everyone, kinda like Christmas. As parents we constantly have our smartphones and camera’s in hand because  we don’t want to miss a moment. It’s not always the perfect portrait that you want to savor, it’s those candid moments that you freeze in time.

So let’s have some fun with those images.

As fans and followers of Blair Phillips Photography, we know you constantly see the images that Blair creates and we seldom get to see any that you create so we have a little Summer Contest just for you. Email us your mailing address and we will mail you a Summer Fun Photo Magnet Craft Kit like you see below.

Summer Fun Photo Contest Kit

Here are the rules to the contest:

  1. Email us your mailing address by July 25th
  2. When you receive your package from us, create your magnet with your favorite summer picture.
  3. Take a picture of your awesome photo magnet.
  4. Post that photo to at least 2 social media sites (example: Tweet, Facebook or Instagram)
  5. Mention Blair in the post and tag it (check out the examples below):
    1. If you’re using Twitter, use the handle @bpphotography along with #bppsummercontest
    2. If you’re using Instagram, use the handle @blair_phillips along with #bppsummercontest
    3. If you’re using Facebook, simply the hashtag #blairphillips along with #bppsummercontest
  6. All entry posts must be posted by August 5th
  7. On August 9th, we will choose our favorite 3 to post on blog and let YOU vote on your favorite.

The winner will be announced on August 14th and will receive their summer photo on an awesome necklace perfect for any summer day. We are so excited so see what our fans come up with for this contest, so get snappin’!

 

 

(NOTE: The charm shape may vary) 

 

July 15, 2013 - 1:41 pm Nathan Heatherly - My mailing address is 376 Howell hill rd Kelso Tn 37348 can't wait to try the contest ....this should be fun..