About photoEdge

Waxhaw, NC, United States
photoEdge is a photography studio in Waxhaw, NC. My passion is photographing people, whether at weddings, as babies, or in families. You can check out my business web site at www.photo-edge.com.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

photoEdge: A History (Part 1)

It dawned on me the other day that many of you might not know the history behind photoEdge. So, I'm going to give it to you. Seeing as history class was never my favorite, I'll try to make this interesting for you. To really know the history of photoEdge you must first know the history of Dave and myself. If you've read some of our older posts, this might be a slight recap for you.

We'll start with me. I have an extremely close-knit family with 2 sisters: one older and one younger.

My family has always been big on going on vacations. Here is where my interest in photography began. My parents had a very old point-and-shoot camera they would let us girls play with on vacations. I loved it!

That's me in the yellow pants on the left picture. I'm the one in the back right in the other one.

As I got older, I got my first personal point-and-shoot camera to take with me on vacation. In the fall of my 8th grade year, my mom's dad passed away. Since my interest in photography had already started, my grandmother gave me his Canon AE-1. At this point I started to think about what a career in photography would look like.

In highschool, I started researching photography as a career. I decided I wanted to be the Still Photographer on a movie set. How cool would that be?!? My junior year I took my high schools photography class with Mr. Pascolla. The very first day of class we watched an intro to photography video put out by Brooks Institute of Photography. It was quite a few years old, but the content was still very relevant. At that point I decided not only did I want to be the still photographer on a movie set, but I also wanted to go to Brooks. No questions asked. Until I found out the cost!

During the end of my junior/beginning of my senior year, I started touring schools and applying for colleges. I picked out my top 2: Brooks and CSU Sacramento. During the fall of 2002 (I think) Brooks called me to let me know about a perspective student day. My mom, dad and I drove down to check it out. I was in love. The campus is a gorgeous stone house that has been converted. It's set in the "mountains" of Montecito overlooking Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. Absolutely gorgeous.

At the end of the day my dad said "Well, it sounds like if you want to be a photographer this is where you need to go." Now he was hooked!!! A few months later I got my acceptance letter and the deal was sealed :o)

I spent 3 years studying photography at Brooks. Sometimes I loved it - sometimes I hated it. The program is set up so that the first year you have a variety of assignments that expose you to all types of photography. I quickly realized a few things: 

1- I don't like shooting product photography - I learned this one shooting the "Small Product" assignment. 
2- I don't like shooting fashion - I learned this shooting the "Fashion" assignments in 311.
3- I don't like shooting architecture - I learned this in 311 as well!
4 - I REALLY love shooting children - I learned this in Portraiture 241 & 242
5- Weddings are also fun to shoot - I learned this from real life experience.
6- Being a celebrity photographer (tends to be a side business when working on movie sets) is NOT how I want to build my business. Too competitive, time consuming and stressful - Learned this taking Celebrity Portraiture with John Russo 

During my last 9 months at school I realized that as fun as shooting on a movie set would be, I didn't want really see myself living in Hollywood or in that environment. Over time I began to recognize my passion for photographing children and developed my own "style" for shooting. Shortly after is when photoEdge came into the picture, but I'll share more on that later :o)

Monday, January 26, 2009

New Year's Eve

Ok, I know it was almost 4 weeks ago, but I had a fun shot that I wanted to post. We had a small New Year's Eve party at the house and we placed candles in mason jars along the fence. I tried taking some photos of the whole house but they were just boring. Crawling in the dirt with a camera is much more exciting.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Carolina Bride

We have been advertising in Carolina Bride Magazine for the last 2 years. It is one of the more exciting bridal magazines I've seen in awhile. Each issue we get to submit weddings to the magazine for cover stories, feature articles, the Wedding Album section and A Picture Is Worth section. When we receive our shipment from Carolina Bride we spend a few minutes flipping through every page trying to find all of our pictures :o) It's fun for us and the bride who's picture gets chosen.

Last November, we got a call from the magazine informing us that one of our weddings had been chosen as a feature article! Tyyawdi and David Hands were planning a wedding for September 6th in Hilton Head. That's right during hurricane season and 3 days before the wedding, the hurricane was threatening their wedding site. Tyyawdi scrambled to re-plan her entire wedding at the Ballantyne Resort. Even though everything was re-done 3 days before, the wedding was wonderful and we were excited to be a part of her special day.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Meet Fred.

Fred... meet the blog readers. Blog readers... meet Fred. 



Gotta love the snow. 
(Especially if you're from the part of California where snow happens once every 15 years!)

Thursday, January 15, 2009


I may not like sitting airports for 13 hours and taking 3 planes with 9 hours of flight time for a 4 1/2 hour flight, but it sure beats this!!

Plane + Hudson River = Disaster

"In case of a water landing, your bottom seat cushion can be used as a floatation device."
Not only was it US Airways, but it was heading back to Charlotte.
Don't sign me up for that flight!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jon & Ellie

This afternoon I got the honor of photographing life long friend, Jon Schliep's wedding to the beautiful Ellie Ortiz. The wedding was wonderful, filled with story of how the couple met and the love that the 2 share with one another and the Lord.

Congrats to the both of you! May God continue to shower you with His blessing of love!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

My Best Friend's Wedding

You might be tempted to think I'm talking about the movie, but I'm not. I'm actually talking about my best friend's wedding! This morning at 11am Brianna Wagner became Mrs. Christopher Lazo!!! I'm extremely excited for the two of them. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and for once I didn't have to worry about taking any pictures... so I didn't!! Tim and Cheryl Halberg did the photography and they were amazing!! You can see a slideshow of some of the pics here:

Brianna & Chris

Congrats to the newly weds!!!