have your courthouse wedding and your photography too! Charlotte Wedding Photographer Stefanie Haviv 2018
I've had the fortune of knowing Summer and Alberto throughout their engagement. I'm so honored to have been their photographer for their Fall engagement and their Spring wedding.
Here are a few of my favorites from their big day!
Summer & Alberto.
These two were so much fun to work with. They were visibly in love and sometimes that's all I need for a great engagement session. Beautiful fall colors, water and sunset lighting only added to the romance. Congratulations, I can't wait for your wedding in the Dominican Republic!
Imagine a hot day in the South. The kind of day where the wind isn't stirring, the air is thick with heat and humidity and the only sounds are the songs of local birds and the hum of a ceiling fan on a shaded porch. Now add to that the feeling of sinking in to an old rocking chair and being surround by family and friends. Pour the sweet iced tea and the lemonade. It's going to be a lovely day.
Pulling up to the shoot location left an impression on me. Not seconds after shutting my car door I noticed I wasn't really in Charlotte anymore.. and it sure didn't feel like 2015. The Wadsworth Estate is a lovely, slightly aged classic southern historical home, nestled in the middle of a residential neighborhood in West Charlotte. Walking up the driveway, I couldn't wait to sit on the porch... and so I did. I was early to the gig, so I sat on the porch and let it sink in for a good 10 minutes. That was a great way to start the shoot!
Moments later I met Jamarl and his family, his friends were on the way. We started shooting immediately. Jamarl was an absolute pleasure to work with and really easy to photography too! His family and friends were also super sweet and fun to be around. Overall, it was a great day, filled with laughter, big smiles and bow ties. The Chicken and Waffles with mimosas just made it a little bit better.
Thank you Jamarl and I hope your 30th birthday is filled with the love and joy I witnessed on your special day!
navy and gold, always a good choice!
Well I finally got to hang out in one of my favorite eateries. It's not a cute corner café with moody lighting. It doesn't have air conditioning... or wifi. It's really tiny and it's mobile. And if you haven't guessed, it's a food truck. With 2 or 3 staff members to drive, cook and serve, the Roots Farm Food truck moves from place to place (usually breweries and other popular spots around town) to set up shop. Over the last two weeks, I dropped by the Roots truck to grab a bite and a few photos. They were nice enough to let me inside and really hang out. I danced around them as they worked through the rush, calling out orders or shouting whether a certain item was in a plate or a boat (the paper bowl). I have worked in many kitchens and I will never cease to be amazed at the team work, communication and execution that goes in to preparing and serving delicious foods. Kudos Roots, you guys are simply stellar. So take a look and make sure next time you see Roots, treat yourself; you won't regret it.
MJ and Opie are one of the sweetest couples I have met. Their love for the country inspired us to shoot at MJ's farm, where we were greeted with ample light, fields of tall grass and wide open spaces. YES!! While waiting on MJ, her stepdaughter and cousin volunteered for a few shots, and they turned out to be amazing as well! Totally in love with this shoot. Thank you MJ for letting me share your family's images!
When you first walk into Elder, the viewer is immediately impressed. The floor plan is open and inviting and as you walk around exploring the playful heights and corners of the gallery, your senses are going through what feels like a relaxing massage. Texture, color, anthropomorphic sculptures, carefully organized architecture and thoughtful details will always come to mind when I think of Elder. My absolute favorite part is that Mr. Elder leaves his storage of works exposed.. and what you have is what feels like a library. Canvases instead of books, oils and acrylics instead of words, color shape and movement in lieu of a story line. Canvases upon canvases fill the shelves and even lean against the walls. I had an honest sense of privilege (as if it were some exclusive preview) seeing what most galleries hide in their stock room. I absolutely adore this gallery. I hope to return again soon.
From instagram @havivenstein:
As Mr. Elder said during the dinner, the space is available for rent so keep this gallery in mind! He says he's not too formal, bring your kids (because of course "they need to learn how to behave" which I love) and come at any time. He loves to talk about art and is always happy to discuss a certain piece, artist or collection.
Of course, my favorite piece was 15k (One day!). However, there are quite a few afordable pieces (~$500), so from a customers' standpoint this gallery is approachable for any budget.
Keep on doing what you're doing Mr. Elder and Chef Phillipe. Thank you Rachel de Bernardo from Queen City Catering for this experience. I sincerely look forward to working with your awesome team again soon!