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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Charlie Juliet Photography

2017 is here, hooray! There are so many new exciting changes ahead and I can’t wait to share them all with you.
For now, I created these beautiful New Year’s downloadable calendars just for you.

The Code to download is: january

Happy New Year!
New Year’s marks a new beginning.
New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy
and new memories to create.
Here’s wishing you the Happiest 2017 ever!
xo,
CJ

The meaning behind Charlie Juliet

When it comes time to actually choose a business name it’s extremely difficult and can often be tricky. I asked myself so many times if I should use my real name, or come up with another name, but the answer was always stuck in my head and luckily for me I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted my business name to be.

When my parents found out they were expecting they decided to keep it a surprise and not find out whether I would be a boy or a girl. So many names were tossed around but they were 100% certain boy or girl I would be called “CJ” no matter what. Since they couldn’t choose a name right then and there, my dad started to call me “Charlie Juliet” from the phonetic alphabet. Charlie Juliet became my nickname before I was even born and it seemed to stick around. On May 31st I was born and to their surprise I was a girl! They decided to name me Catherine Julia after my two grandmothers but I would be called CJ. Well CJ turned into so many nicknames over the years, Ceejer, Ceejes, Ceej, Ceejington of Kensington (my old neighborhood was Kensington) but at the end of the day there was always one favorite for me and to this day my dad still calls me Charlie Juliet jokingly.

When I decided to pursue photography and launch a company I knew in my heart I wanted to use my nickname Charlie Juliet. The name always had a special place in my heart and to be honest I liked the way it sounded over CJ Isaac for a business name, sounds better right! People often ask me “is your name Charlie” and “where did your name come from?” My name is not Charlie and even though I have a history of nicknames, my real name is Catherine but to be safe, just call me CJ.

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Visiting CharlestonCharleston, South Carolina

Photographing Charleston is a photographer’s dream, it’s truly magic. Recently I went to Charleston with a friend of mine and I was so excited because Charleston is truly one of my favorite cities! My husband and I got married there almost two years ago and I would do it all over again if I could! You honestly can’t beat the charming architecture, the delicious Southern food, the adorable houses with colorful front doors and dreamy side porches, and every single street is so photogenic you want to stay in that moment for days. Sounds amazing right! Well, unfortunately it rained and rained and rained the entire weekend! I know, it was a huge disappointment and not just rain, it literally monsooned! Since the weather wasn’t ideal for picture taking of any kind, I found some of my favorite images from two past trips to Charleston and I am hoping I will be able to take more when my husband and I go down there in May to celebrate our two year anniversary. We are so excited to re-visit the charming city that stole our hearts and will forever remain one of the best weeks of our lives. For now, here are some of my favorite Charleston images from the archives. I’ll never stop loving this pink building, it’s so pretty!

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Charlie Juliet Photography captures Weddings, Families and Children throughout the Tri-State area and the South. With a home base in New York City, CJ is Southern at heart and you will often find her traveling around the South. To inquire about booking CJ for your Wedding or next Family Session, please contact CJ through the Contact page or you can email her directly at cj@charlie-juliet.com.

Paris Family PortraitsParis, France

I love photographing families and kids and this past year I was fortunate enough to work with some fabulous French families while I was abroad. This is long overdue considering I went to France in April, but I love these all too much to not share. Adrien my husband is French so every year we go to France to visit his family and friends and it’s always such a fun week but it goes by too fast. Over the last two trips I have realized there is just too much I want to photograph and never enough time, France is far to beautiful to try and capture in one week. So this past year I was so fortunate in a lot of ways to pre-plan a fabulous trip ahead of Adrien and tour parts of France with either his family and or solo and it was one of the best trips of my life. I set up Opera Tours by myself, bakery tours, I spent quality time with his grandmother, I navigated the subway by myself, tackled French Flea Markets, you name it I tried it. It was challenging, invigorating, soul searching, and a beautiful way to explore France. While I was in Paris for 8 days I had the pleasure of working with some amazing families and capturing their fun Parisian family portraits, I was in heaven. I truly adore kids and babies and then to be in France on top of that was just icing on the cake. I had the best time and loved getting to meet so many new families. It was really hard to choose favorites, but here are some of my personal top favorites from the different sessions throughout the week.

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My Personal Work from FranceParis, France

I had never been to France until I married Adrien and now I am fortunate enough to get to visit every year! This past April we were going to France to visit his family and I pre-planned a few weeks in France with his family and by myself. I got a cute little AirBNB in Paris for 8 days and I had a blast. I woke up every morning and I would go out and photograph sunrise, or just browse around, get a chocolate croissant, get some coffee and just take it all in. It was such a fantastic trip and I am so blessed I got the opportunity to visit for so long. It was truly perfect timing because I had nothing booked in April so I took full advantage of bringing a few cameras over there and I just photographed my heart out.

I went to flea markets, museums, vintage stores, and I got so inspired by everything that was around me. Talk about inspiration, it’s the perfect country to sight see and get inspired, there is so much creativity in everything you see. Everything is so romantic, so delicate, feminine, historical, and it’s a dreamy country to visit. After my solo time in Paris, Adrien joined me and we visited his family in the Suburbs of Paris, and then I went on to visit his Aunt who raises Angora Goats in La Salesse France. It’s a tiny little town in the middle of the country but so quaint and absolutely beautiful. After visiting La Salesse his parents and I went on to their house in Périgueux which is such a lovely town as well. They took me to see Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Bordeaux, and I was in heaven. Bordeaux has an amazing flea market and while I didn’t get to visit long, it’s my dream to go back there. I could have done some shopping damage so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t stay long. The whole trip was just incredible, I could go on and on for hours about all the places I got to visit, but for now here are some of my favorite personal images from the trip. These are all photographed with my Canon Mark III as well as my Contax 645 camera. Be sure to check back later this week for my post on my favorite family session images from Paris.

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Charlie Juliet Photography captures family, maternity, newborn, and other milestones in the Tri-State area. To inquire about booking your next portrait session, please contact Charlie Juliet through the Contact page or you can email her directly at cj@charlie-juliet.com.