Lovely and Light by Hayley Lawrence » Charlotte NC Contemporary Portrait & Headshot Photographer

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Meet Me

Charlotte NC wedding photographers

Hey there. I’m Hayley – a dog-loving, recycling, Charlottean since 1996. Before then, I was a ‘Georgia Peach’. You won’t hear a Southern drawl out of me, but I’m a Carolina girl, for sure (Class of ’08). My husband, Chris, and I married in September, so I understand exactly what my brides are experiencing!

What you might not know, given my naturally social profession, is that I am a proud introvert. I realized my inner strength when at 20, I left the U.S. For the first time (also alone), and traveled over 24 lonely hours to New Zealand. There, I traveled the south island for a week and then flew to Australia to study for three months. While I was there, I took many trips by myself, not wanting to be held back by another, and I even took myself skydiving on my 21st birthday. I still look back on those times and feel incredibly strengthened by my introverted accomplishments.

As a photographer, I’m an easy-going storyteller with a sharp eye for details and emotional moments. I’ve come to recognize that my strengths lie first in capturing emotions. From smiles to tears, I excel at anticipating the moment and catching it before it’s gone. I also really enjoy playing with lighting at receptions to make even the smallest dance party look interesting. Overall, I love the challenge of making a wedding day look even more amazing in photos than my couples remember.

I want to really get to know families and couples. Many of my couples become clients for life, so it’s important that we “get each other.” I also have a love for non-traditional couples. Second marriage? Third marriage? Kids? No judgement here! I’m just happy you’re happy.

My work has been featured on many blogs, such as Borrowed & Blue, The Knot, Every Last Detail and more.

One of my favorite indulgences is Not Just Coffee’s caramel latte, so let’s get one together and make beautiful photos!

Signature Hayley











SEE ME IN ACTION (Film by Jason Longoria)