Category: Charlotte Photographer

A Charlotte favorite – Wine, Women & Shoes

This year the annual favorite Wine, Women & Shoes was held at the Westin Hotel on September 28th. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (SHFBM) puts on this annual event to raise money and awareness toward ending hunger. They provide a regional distribution warehouse and branches that supply food and grocery items to charitable agencies that… Read more »

Oktoberfest in Charlotte – A beer drinkers delight

The Charlotte Oktoberfest provides a great opportunity to make an impact on the local and surrounding communities with funds raised from its annual event.  Now in its 19th year of hosting the festival, the Carolina Brew Masters have donated over $600,000 to local charities, and look forward to continuing to donate to more local causes each… Read more »

See Tracks Think Train – Promoting rail safety in Charlotte

This week PPT Photography participated in a railroad crossing blitz here in Charlotte, NC for Operation lifesaver and CSX Railroad.  Since this is National Rail Safety week, there were volunteers at a very busy intersection alerting people of the dangers of driving and even walking near a railroad track.  Each year more than 450 people… Read more »

52 Pounds of history

These past few months have been a true challenge of faith and resilience for me and my family.  As I write this blog from 36,000 feet on my way to New York from Phoenix, AZ. Back in early March, my uncle in Arizona was hospitalized with a myriad of conditions that he eventually succumbed to. … Read more »

Kids are models too! – Charlotte photography

A few weeks ago, we were invited to photograph some of the young models and fashions of Christopher Goff #teamtopher. Some of these fashions, and kids will be featured in New York fashion week 2018 #nyfw. We are always proud to support our youth here in Charlotte and around the world. Let us know how… Read more »

A sweet 15 will do just fine

Why does it have to be Sweet 16? We see nothing wrong with Sweet 15? I spent a little time photographing this princess for her upcoming 15th birthday. She’s got a few years to go before college, but I feel confident she knows what she wants to do and believes she is more than capable… Read more »

Graduation tassels are worth the hassles

Ashley, here are a few from today’s #seniorshoot with your oh so funny daughter Morgan. That child has the funniest sense of humor. Morgan, may all of your wildest dreams come true <<tee hee>> and Ashley, my prayer is that you can handle them, and her when they do. LOL Congratulations #classof2017 #pptphotography #rockhillhighschool #bearcat Remember… Read more »

Fixtures, Food, Drinks, and Opera

Charlotte photographer,  PPT Photography was invited to attend the Taste of The Tour Party on Friday night at the Ferguson showroom, by Charlotte Girl Magazine.  This event was sponsored by the Symphony Guild of Charlotte, as they are kicking off their 2016 tour.  Although, I’m not a great fan of the symphony, the food at… Read more »

Lights, Camera, Fashion

The runway lights burned  bright on Sunday at Belk Southpark.  The after- hours showcase was the annual girls day away event, put on by the Junior League of Charlotte.  Billed as one of  the largest of its kind in the mid-south, the show featured local women representing some of this year’s fashion offerings at Belk… Read more »

2016 Storybook Ball

Inspired by PeterPan, the classic novel  by J. M. Barrie.  A fun-filled evening was had at the Hilton Charlotte Center City, which was transformed into a  Peter Pan themed story book.  Delicious food completed the evening with wine,  dancing,  and a silent  auction for the grown-ups. Community members, corporate partners,  and philanthropic leaders walked the… Read more »

Fashion tips for your next photo session

Although there are exceptions to every rule, here are some suggestions, you may want to consider. Dress appropriately. For outdoor sessions and family photos, we’re going for a more casual look. (High heels, suits and ties may work in an urban setting, like downtown Charlotte, but not so much in the middle of a park)… Read more »

School is in session, and It’s time to schedule your session

It’s that time of year folks!  Time for your little one’s, or not so little ones, to be captured while the weather is great.  Daddy daughter sessions, Mommy and me sessions, family sessions; or just a time to celebrate being together. Time for you mom’s to get out from behind the camera, put away the… Read more »

The blind date is over

Putting your best foot forward when posting to social media. Ten tips from PPT Photography 

Celebrating the “Big house” – A different perspective

As black history month is coming to an end, I am discovering some of the places here in the Charlotte area, that “seem” to memorialize what some slaves called the “big house”.  Latta Plantation is a circa 1800 cotton plantation located in the north west part of Mecklenburg county. Set aside as a public park,… Read more »

Before there was a Wal-Mart…

Out of necessity, country stores, or general stores, got their start during the colonial period for the many pioneers who lived outside urban markets. Many owners of these mercantiles began as roving peddlers and once they had accumulated enough capital and inventory, they often established permanent locations in settlements where there was a need and… Read more »

A look back in history – Rosedale Plantation

February is Black History Month. It is a time to look back at the heritage of slavery in our nation, and the enslaved history in the Charlotte region. We cannot forget our past, and Historic Rosedale Plantation tells accurate histories of the enslaved who inhabited this plantation. Rosedale was built in 1815 by Archibald Frew, a… Read more »

A Rant – Giving to the needy

For this #343project post I won’t have a photo.  I just want to rant today about what happened to me earlier today.  I am certainly not a rich man, but I will at times go out of my way to help someone less fortunate than me. There are times where circumstances happen in our lives… Read more »

Preparing for your headshot – Here is some advice

Your online profile is the new age business card. With the rise of social media and networking sites, individuals and companies are relying more and more on websites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, to connect with other businesses and customers. Your business headshot and online profile  will often be the  first impression that others will… Read more »

It’s Valentines day…Don’t lose your head over it

Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families. To get rid of the problem,  Emperor… Read more »

Eight reasons why the alligator pear is so good for you

It is often called “alligator pear,” which is very descriptive because it tends to be shaped like a pear and have green, bumpy skin… like an alligator.  These days, the avocado has become an incredibly popular food among health conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood which is not surprising given its health… Read more »

Not all heroes wear a cape

We can all agree that one needs a certain level of grit to be a firefighter and put oneself in the path of flaming danger on a daily basis.  Here is another example of people who may work a job that we don’t give full recognition to until a life is on the line. As… Read more »

This 7000 year old antibiotic medicine sure can make you feel better

Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, dating back to at least the fifth millennium BC, and recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced as far back as about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran. The Ancient Nubians… Read more »

The overlooked sentry

#343project got sidetracked for a few days, as I am discovering very quickly how difficult this challenge is. One of the benefits I have found is looking at things with a third eye. Looking at things that are overlooked, an after thought, the dull and mundane. I present to you a story…  Standing less than… Read more »

Getting by with a little help from friends

Help.  We all need a little help from friends sometime.  There are times where we are too full of pride to accept help, but it is still quite evident that we need it.  Help can come in many forms; through volunteering, monetary, food,  or even labor.  Well, one of the perks of my wife Pam… Read more »

Waiting on news from a friend

Going to the post office can be a benign event, but to some it may have more meaning.  As I went today to pick up my daily mail, I thought about the thousands of mothers and dads around the country looking to hear of news from a loved one.  A son or daughter in a far… Read more »

Lighting up the night for the Carolina Panthers

Yes, yes, yes!  In their 21st season in the National Football League, the Carolina Panthers are representing the National Football Conference in the super bowl.  This will be their second appearance, but this time there will be no Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunctions. (although some may be waiting for a Beyoncé malfunction).  Superbowl 50 should see the… Read more »