Welcome to I-CanDee Photography!
 I’m your Charlotte portrait photographer, and hopefully, we’ll meet soon.
I could dive into my cheesy story of discovering my passion for photography, using photography to preserve my kids’ childhoods and that I'm a huge animal lover and all that gooey stuff, but you don’t have all the time in the world, so let’s just cut to the chase. If you are looking for a portrait photography, you’ve come to the right place. Whether we’re taking family portraits, maternity photo, senior portraits or a boudoir session, I’m driven by creating custom artwork that celebrates YOU!

My visual style is all about brilliant natural light and a dreamy aesthetic. So throw out your preconceived notions about stiff, awkward family photos in identical sweaters because I take a natural, authentic approach. Trust me, no matter how little experience you have in front of a camera, I can make you look at ease and spectacular.

Thanks for popping in and I can't wait to meet you!  

What Makes I-CanDee Photography Unique?

Charlotte is a bustling city, so let’s be honest; we all know that I-CanDee Photography isn’t the only photographer offering services like maternity portraits, family photos, headshots, etc.  Your portraits celebrate an incredible time in your life, so they should feel authentic to your personality. Therefore, I take a relaxed approach to each session, getting to know you in a low-pressure setting so you can loosen up and enjoy your session. This allows me to capture natural-looking portraits that flatter and suit you, making the sessions more relaxed and, most importantly, fun!

Another top reason clients choose I-CanDee Photography is my artistic style. While you are always the subject of your photos, photography is an art form, so different artists have different visual styles. Check out my photo galleries to get a sense of my style. If my portraits have the look you want,
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A Look into my


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I was tasked at identifying my favorite season (among other faves of mine), when building this website. I have to admit; I have always been solely about fulfilling the desires and needs of my clients and would have never dreamed that a client would want to know more about me? However, in doing so, I really feel I am developing a heightened sense of getting to know YOU by you knowing a little more about me. This way, when we meet, you will feel more comfortable and at ease during your photo session. Nothing translates better in a positive way than a model, or family, that feels relaxed in front of the camera ….

Now, back to my favorite season!   Without a doubt, it has to be autumn!

Why, you may ask? When I mention the season, I can literally feel, taste and smell it. Falling leaves with all their colors ablaze and the way they “crunch” underfoot. Warm apple cider on a fall evening gathered around the fire pit making s’mores, friends and memories. The way Mother Nature prepares for her winter’s nap, preparing for spring’s rebirth. Warm fuzzy sweaters, pumpkins, apple picking. Autumn is the season that exhilarates the senses – all of them!

Fall is also a great time to plan your family photos. Whether you need a group image for your annual holiday card, or just a picture-perfect portrait over the mantel, no other season makes a better backdrop.

North carolina Blue ridge mountains



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There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”   
 - Winston S. Churchill

As a long time horse lover, I would have to agree with Winnie that the outside of a horse is good for a man, and a woman! I find solace in the saddle. The purity of being at one with such a majestic creature, the smell of the leather bridle, the sound of hoof beats, the bond of horse and rider.

My fondest experience to date was with my horse, Pumpkin. She was a half Arabian and half Quarter horse mix. I originally got her for my daughter.  And once she outgrew the “horse stage” (like many teens do), she became mine. I have to admit that for me inheriting care of her was much more a blessing than a burden.

I have relished in the natural beauty of the horse since I was a child. Now as a photographer, I am able to translate their essence into a moment that will last forever. Although equine photography is not listed as one of my specialties I have a great deal of experience in taking pictures of many of my client’s horses. Feel free to reach out to me if you have a special steed that you would like to capture in pictures for all time.

Me and Pumpkin


My Favorite

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Ok, I’ll admit it, flowers are probably one of my biggest weaknesses. My Father spoiled me with flowers growing up and solidified my adoration for flowers from an early age. I fondly remember receiving flowers from him on every special occasion, and I loved it! I have carried that memory with me for all time, and flowers now and forever will serve as a reminder of my Father’s love. It is really no wonder that I loved being surrounded by flora (and fauna) as an adult. Having fresh flowers to enjoy just makes the day better; if I am having a rough day, or it’s rainy outside, a bouquet of fresh flower is an instant “perk up” that heightens my mood!

Not only do I find inspiration in my everyday life through flowers, they also work magic in bringing out the best aspects in a photo shoot. A bride’s smile will convey more emotion … a new mother-to-be’s inner glow will shine a little brighter… Would you dare imagine a bride without her bouquet? Or a maternity photo shoot without an element of Mother Nature?


Wild Flowers
in THE North Carolina Mountains



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I guess I am just a foodie! It’s true, I love almost all foods and have a very adventurous pallet and am willing to try many different foods. However, if I had to choose a favorite among all of them, it would undoubtedly be Oriental soups.

My adoration for this dish stems back to my childhood when I lived in Japan for four years. Oriental soup, better known as Osoba, is a staple and served with almost every meal. I prefer mine with a little cilantro, fried egg, pork, spring onions and fresh basil – YUM! The best part of Osoba is the variety. There are so many elements you can add to it that the possibilities are truly endless. It is easy to integrate your favorite ingredients into the recipe.

In much the same way I have an adventurous spirit when it comes to food, I also have an eccentric spirit when it comes to my photography. Where other photographers may not be willing to take chances or explore their creativity, I will, and do! Some of my best shots come from unexpected moments and unique backdrops. My experience and eye for design also help me capture the emotions, along with the beauty, in my photos. Just like food, you never know what you are missing if you are never willing to take the chance!

Oriential soups


My Favorite

I found CanDee through Facebook and so glad I did! My infant daughter and I did a mommy & me session with her and I couldn’t be happier with the results. She has a beautiful eye for photo composition and the play of light to achieve beautiful and unique results. Not to mention how personable she is and patient with my little one. I plan to use her again for some much needed headshots!

CanDee is creative and has a great eye for beautiful pictures.  She helps you pose naturally and knows the best lighting and angles! I did my maternity photos with her and I never imagined they would turn out so great! You can definitely tell photography is her passion!

We could not have had a better experience for our maternity photos! She is fun, talented, thoughtful, and positive! She made the experience so enjoyable and so so simple! In a busy time in our lives, her communication and processes were simple, clear, and organized!

CanDee did a wonderful job on the family photos of my husband and I for our adoption profile. She gave great advice on location, timing, and poses that really captured what we wanted in our photos. The pictures came out wonderful and her turn around time from photo shoot to final product was incredibly quick.  We love our photos and will definitely work with her again!

This is the first time we worked with a professional photographer and it was worth every penny. We wanted to capture the puppyhood of our goldendoodle and CanDee made it all so easy and smooth. She was very proactive starting from color scheme guidance to getting a squeaky toy to grab our puppy's attention. She was very punctual not only for the shoot but also in setting up the gallery. She was extremely patient with our puppy which was very important to us given he is just a puppy. Overall, it was a very very pleasant evening and a beautiful experience working with Candee. I will surely hire her for any future shoots and will certainly recommend to friends. Big shout out to CanDee!!

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