About Annell's Studio

Annell's artistic approach in photographing each client allows her to delve into the heart and soul of her subjects and to create an authentic and unique work of art for each one. She does not work with a formula but rather approaches each session by observing her subjects and capturing their natural expressions and mannerisms. Annell's unique sensitivity in working with children allows her to capture the emotion that will tug at your heart strings. Her expertise in working with children has made her one of the most saught after childrens' photographers in the Charlotte, Mecklenberg County area, Cashiers, Highlands, North Carolina and the Southeast US.
Annell's specialty is heirloom wall portraits of children and families and she has recently added a fine art line as well. Her impressionistic style of photography has won many awards and will stand the test of time. Now with advances in technology Annell is able to combine her photography with oil painting to take her art to an even higher, more creative level. She paints from her photography sessions as well as from client's photographs. Simply e-mail an image for an estimate of a painting of your favorite snapshots of your family, children, pets, home, or travel images.
A personal consultation is the first step in creating an heirloom portrait or painting. It allows a chance for Annell to become acquainted and discuss your goals and objectives and to discover the style of art you prefer. Annell will help you co-ordinate clothing, backgrounds, settings, and make suggestions to insure the creation of a treasured, personalized piece of art. Annell has a large selection of classic children and women's clothing available for your portrait session. She will guide you as to the best times and styles of portraits to capture your children and preserve those fleeting childhood memories as they grow.
Each portrait session is unique and suited to the personalities and preferences of each subject. Annell creates as many images as possible until she feels she has captured the essence of each subject and the best possible images with which to work. Sessions are available in Annell's indoor and outdoor Charlotte studio as well as her outdoor studio on Lake Glenville, NC or on location at your home or favorite place. Many of Annell's award winning images were created at the beach and she will travel to your favorite beach to create a timeless heirloom of your family or children as well.
Images from your session will be edited and projected on a large screen to help you make the best selections and aid you in visualizing your finished portrait by seeing the actual size projected. Annell can guide you with her artist's eye to help you choose the best possible portrait.
A high degree of craftsmanship is employed to produce portraits with brilliance, richness of tones, deep color saturation and dimensional presence. All images are retouched to enhance skin tones and remove any imperfections. All wall portraits are produced on canvas for a more painterly presentation. With the combination of photography and painting, Annell is able to be even more creative by adding additional elements to the backgrounds, and making changes in the settings, subjects, lighting, colors, and clothing to take your portrait to an even higher artistic level. Production times vary from 6 weeks to 8 months. A wide selection of framing is available to compliment your portraits and paintings.