Charlotte, NC, is the largest city in the state and an increasingly popular destination for young entrepreneurs, creatives, and tourists. The Queen City’s great climate, location, and bustling downtown offers a gorgeous backdrop for all kinds of photography, from destination weddings to fine art portraiture. If you’re in the area and in need of a creative’s fine art approach, you’re in luck. We’ve curated a list of the most creative fine art photographers in Charlotte. Check out their fantastic work.
Rivkah is one of Charlotte’s most talented fine art wedding, portrait, and family photographers! Her portfolio includes stunning destination wedding images, with seasides and black-sand beaches transporting our imaginations across the horizon. Rivkah’s work is a mixture of fine art portraiture and documentary photography, many moments captured in an intimate, storytelling fashion. Rather than coming across as posed, these photos give the impression of being with the subjects in their moments of intimacy. Rivkah is a fan of natural earth tones, subdued tonalities, and monochrome photography that brings out flattering highlights and catch lights in the eyes of her subjects.
2. Chris Austin
Chris’s fine art centers on the Charlotte skyline, global cityscapes, and landscapes from around the world, as well as a collection of diverse stock images available for digital download. His work is a mixture of iconic locations like the Golden Gate Bridge intermixed with simple delights that never fail to catch one’s eye, like dandelion fluff in a meadow. Capturing macro photography of spiders, eclipse images, and more, Chris is a connoisseur of all things photography. His coverage of Charlotte’s skyline is especially impressive, as he not only finds great angles but varies his lighting beyond the usual blue hour, night time, and daylight images most cityscape photographers prefer. We enjoyed seeing Charlotte from overcast monochrome perspectives as well as the usual modalities.
Lauren’s portfolio is tastefully arranged to show three of the most common venues for weddings: the garden, the city, and the coast. With each style, we’re treated to her bright, airy use of natural light to create a warm glow around her subjects that softens the image. This approach is especially flattering for portraiture. Lauren also documents each aspect of the venue: scenery, spread, flowers, and more! Her color palette is somehow both timeless and vivid at the same time; she doesn’t use quite so muted a tonality as is common to wedding photography nowadays. We also enjoy how she fills the frame with each of her subjects, showing just how well she puts her clients at ease while shooting. Her portrait style ranges from classic and environmental to documentary images that give moment to moment snaps of the big event.
4. Jamie Shook
After covering family and wedding photography for years, fine art storyteller Jamie decided it was time for a change. Embracing her desire for fine art that speaks to her deepest creative impulses, Jamie seeks to create images that convey humanity and the struggles we face in life. In Jamie’s own words: “I enjoy integrating symbolism and unique, whimsical elements that evoke a person’s imagination and curiosity when they look at my artwork.” Each work contains elements of both light and shadow, joy and sorrow, dualities expressed in feminine forms. Her way of speaking directly to our hearts through a visual medium is Jamie’s greatest talent.
5. Anul and Bijal of Sansaara Photography
This husband-and-wife fine art photography duo works flawlessly to capture each and every angle of their clients’ wedding or special occasion. Featured in Carolina Bride magazine and the CharlotteFive city guide, they use a combination of classic portraiture mixed with documentary styling for the big event. With two shooters, it’s that much easier to capture a mixture of styles; what’s more, they love shooting from above, giving us a view rarely explored by other photographers. Anul and Bijal employ the best modern wedding photography color palettes, bringing a nice, classic tonality that shows us color without distracting us from the subjects. Their usage of natural light results in soft, flattering highlights that bathe each subject in a warm radiance. Anul and Bijal’s talent marks them as some of the best fine art photographers in Charlotte today.
6. Janet Boschker of NorthLight Photography
As a classically trained portrait photographer, Janet has been working with children, babies, and families in Charlotte for over 30 years. A member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Janet has several thoughts on what makes fine art photography. In her own words: “Fine art is a collaboration between the client and the photographer that will create an image that portrays the true nature of the subject of the portrait.” Janet seeks to enlist the client’s vision as much as her own to bring about the truth of their combined vision, and looking through her work, we can’t help but agree. We love the soft portraiture of her child photography, how the backgrounds take on a dream-like quality that encourages us to look in the eyes of her subjects. In studio, at a local park, or in your living room, Janet endeavors to bring your vision to life.
7. Toni Lovejoy
Toni’s photographic gifts know few limits; appropriately, instead of “wedding” or “event photographer,” she calls herself “just a girl, holding a camera.” While Toni does shoot weddings and portraiture, her work also encompasses nature and fine art realms that seek to touch whimsical and even sacred dimensions. Toni’s Seeing the Face of God series is an enrapturing exploration of where the divine meets the viewer through the medium of form. Most of her work covers the color realm with the occasional dip into monochrome images. Studio and location photography are both styles Toni is well-acquainted with. If you’re in need of a photographer who can handle anything under the sun, Toni is one of the best fine art photographers in Charlotte for your project.