I'm a North Carolina girl by way of Pennsylvania. I married my college sweetheart (WE ARE!) and together we have two beautiful little ladies, Everleigh and Adalyn. We followed them up with a handsome little finale named Beckham.
We love to travel to new places as well as frequent our local favorites: Blowing Rock, Asheville and Hilton Head Island. We hope one day to call the Appalachian mountains home.
Photography is so important to me because I have an awful memory. If many of my life's moments were not documented, it's very likely I may not remember them and would surely forget the details.
That thing, TIME, it's a THIEF. Those chubby little fingers that reach for you and those ringlet curls will be gone in the blink of an eye. Nine years into this thing called motherhood, I can tell you what they say is true. Don't blink.
My family and friends have my heart. Our moments and memories together are my favorite.
I have the best job in the world. Being able to snuggle babies on a weekly basis is a blessing.
Flowers make me happy. Growing them myself and being able to have them in our home almost daily is the best.
Whether in my home, or during a session, you'll always find me chasing the beautiful light.
I have always been creative. I spent the summers with my grandmother and she taught me how to cook, bake, sew and do every sort of crafty thing you now see on Pinterest. I have always loved to create.
When we first got married, I was working part-time in the NICU as I finished up nursing school. My husband was working full-time, which left me quite a bit of time to myself. I decided to use that time to start creating cute little things for the family we would someday have. Those quilts, blankets, hats, headbands and tiny baby things started to pile up, so I decided to open an Etsy shop.
I quickly learned that having an online shop required beautiful, professional photos. So, I bought a Rebel T1i, knowing I also would want to document all of our future family milestones. Not just the big ones, but the everyday ones too, in which case it would be hard to have a photographer around 24/7 for.
So, I started watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, joining Facebook groups and taking classes to teach myself how to use my camera, get perfect lighting and find my editing style.
My first subject was my next-door-neighbor's new little baby. She was a perfect model. Everyone raved about the photos, and said I had a natural eye. Then I started shooting for friends and family, and I started to realize, I loved photography way more than the painstaking task of hand-making items that piled up in the corner of my room.
As I started to photograph more and more people, I decided to shift my "business" and started Chrissy Winchester Photography, just a few short months after that first photo shoot. It was perfect timing, because ten months later, my first daughter was born, which allowed me to capture her first year so magically... pictured to the right is one of my favorites photos we captured during her first year. She was 10 months old and we were just about to move to NC!
Through the years, my business has moved from PA to NC, from town to town around Lake Norman, and shifted from no studio, to a commercial studio, to an in-home studio. Every change has brought its set of challenges and rewards and I'm so thankful to have grown a business that allows me to do something I love, everyday. I have photographed just about everything at this point, except for weddings and engagements, and working with families and women-run businesses top the list.
Many of my clients have become friends, and following their family through the years is my greatest joy. To be able to provide tangible memories for them to cherish for years to come is my honor.
The support I have received has meant the world and has allowed me to create a full-service experience to really serve my clients.
Chrissy Winchester Photography is an award-winning business, with features in a diverse array of publications both in print and digital formats. Take a peek:
Little Ones Magazine, Beauty Revived, Emily Ley Blog, The Twelfth Year, Organic Bloom, Brittany Elise Photography, Kara's Party Ideas
hugs from your little ones.
an interior designer.
an heirloom album.
do a lot of traveling.
used to be a nurse.