I'm Charis (Pronounced like "Paris" with a K instead of a P), I'm a 21 year old photographer, videographer, and self-proclaimed coffee enthusiast currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Sometimes, you just need to escape. Not out of fear or anything, but just to GO somewhere and take a step away from every day life. My boyfriend Jon and I decided to take a day trip to Raleigh (about a 3 hour drive from Charlotte…for those of you who don’t know the wonders of North Carolina) to adventure around and take pictures. The trip was super short, but we took a ton of photos so I thought I’d share it with you guys!
Side note – Boyfriends who own a Prius are pretty much the best. #MPGfordays
1. Be Friendly
At first glance, you would think that these pictures were taken deep in the woods of North Carolina. Also, you probably think that I’m a super cool nature adventurer that braves the elements to get the “perfect shot” (okay, you probably don’t think like that, but I like to pretend you do.)
Here are a couple of other pictures from the same location:
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved creativity. When my friends would come over, we would pull out the family camcorder (you know, the kind that used a tape instead of a memory card) and make movies. We would also construct magazines that always involved some kind of super snazzy photo shoot (that mainly consisted of posing in front of a tree in my front yard). Basically, we would use anything we could to express our creativity.
As I got older, I had a dream to make a program for kids that equipped them to express their creativity. This place would include classes in videography, photography, art, and music, and then would provide the kids with the tools to collaborate and create. However, considering I was still a kid when I first had this dream, it wasn’t completely feasible for me to pursue that kind of business venture at such a young age (and without any formal training. Womp wommmp.)
Fast forward to 2015 – I am now 21 years old and I still love to create. However, my vision and dreams have shifted from helping kids learn and create, to helping anyone learn and create. Passions, especially when it comes to creativity, can easily die if they’re not cultivated. Personally, I went through a season where I felt uninspired, tired, and frankly, not creative at all. However, through looking at blogs and following other creatives, I began to regain that passion. I want this blog to be a launching place for ALL creatives. Whether you’re a photographer, videographer, blogger, musician, or any other kind of artist, I want this to be a place not only for inspiration, but also a place where you can find practical instructions to help launch you into your passions.
Basically, the website is focused on three main ideas:
collaborate, cultivate, create.
This gives creatives – whether they love photography, music, writing, or anything else creative – a place to share inspiration and ideas for projects. It’s not collaboration in the literal sense of “hey let’s build a thing together,” but it’s aiming towards building community. The posts associated with this step will feature readers / creatives who work in many different areas. Each post will feature what they do, what inspires them to do what they do, some ways they accomplish tasks or dream up new projects, and a little snippet of their personal story.
To cultivate means to “try to acquire or develop” – which means this step is focused on pulling the readers ideas and dreams out of their heads and into reality by giving them practical advice. The posts associated with this step will be instructional in nature (ie. 4 Ways to Improve Your Portrait Photography, 6 Ways to Be More Productive in the Morning, etc.).
This is essentially a mix of the first two (Collaborate and Create). However, it gives specific instructions for specific projects. This section will include DIY projects, Instagram Challenges, Giveaways, and a whole bunch of other things!
I’m excited for this new adventure, and I’m hoping that you’ll join me!
Christmas is one of my FAVORITE times out of the year! The weather is chilly, everything looks festive (Christmas lights are pretty much my favorite thing on earth), you can drink hot coffee instead of iced coffee, and everyone just seems a bit more cheerful. However, one of my absolute favorite parts of Christmas is giving gifts. It’s always fun to give someone a gift and see their face light up when they open it!
Are you looking for a unique gift idea for the holidays? For a limited time, order a gift certificate for any photo session and receive it in some ADORABLE, handmade packaging. I had so much fun making these boxes for you guys, and I’m hoping that you’ll love them as much I as do! To order your gift certificate, fill out the contact form and I will send you more details.
Supplies are limited, so order your box ASAP!