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Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

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Before editing Carolina Bride, Cristina Wilson was the editor of SouthPark Magazine and University City Magazine. You can reach Cristina here. Photo by Critsey Rowe Photography.

My sister Marisa’s dear friend is the artist and creative mind behind Georgina Emily Photography. When Georgina suggested doing a lifestyle session for Marisa—and was gracious enough to invite me and my new pup, too—we jumped at the chance. Both of us have a lot to celebrate. She has a new job, I have a new little companion (my beagle mix, Isla), and on top of that, both of us have birthdays around this time. Mine’s actually today!

Working with Carolina Bride, I came to cherish artistic and high-quality photography more quickly than I imagined I would, and it is a crazy feeling to be on the other side of the camera. I’ve taken headshots and the like, but because I’m not engaged or married I really haven’t ever done this type of candid, capture-the-moment session. Traipsing around our undergrad campus at Davidson College and enjoying a cheese, baguette, and champagne picnic at Rural Hill with my best friend was a completely different experience. Georgina was there to shoot, we were there to soak in a gorgeous day (albeit humid—the hair got a little crazy at times), and all three of us laughed our way through the entire session.

In my role with the magazine, it’s so fun for me to get to watch couples go through these major milestones, and I often end up seeing the same faces more than once. I’ve seen engagement stories and wedding photos from the same couple, and down the road I’ve seen their pregnancy shots and new baby photos, too, through the blogs of photographers whom I deeply respect. And because I'm from around here, occasionally it is a couple that I've known since high school or earlier, which feels even crazier! It was a joy for me to watch the process of a photographer who specializes in all these stages of life.

I can’t imagine my life in Charlotte without Marisa, and for Georgina to jump in and not only understand but document that relationship was more special than I even expected it would be.

I picked a few of my faves to share here, but to see Georgina’s full post (and to check out the rest of her fab site), click here. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Georgina for capturing so perfectly this moment in time for us!

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