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    We are a team of professional wedding photographers solely devoted to "happily ever afters". Our commercial studio is based in Charlotte, NC and we capture weddings in the Carolinas and beyond. We believe in family, love and the power of storytelling through our photography. The ladies of Old South would love to capture your big day!

The Big Reveal!!

Working behind-the-scenes on the NC build of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was such a blessing.  As I write this post now, just days after the terrible tragedy in Connecticut, it is so wonderful to be reminded of ALL THE GOOD that still exists in this world!

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-17

The entire community of Lincolnton and Charlotte, NC pulled together to build a fantastic home for the Friday family.  This foster family’s heart was bigger than their original home and a family of 9 deserved more room.  So after just 7 days and a tremendous amount of effort, the day came for the Friday family to see their new home!

MOVE THAT BUS was such a huge (and…brrr….cold) moment!  Our cameras had to hustle out of the way and we weren’t able to follow the family on the tour of their new home.

BUT, the producers gave me a full day pass the next day to photograph every room of the new home.  I was able to take my time and capture all the personal touches the design team added to each child’s room.  This was the FIRST time any of these children had the joy of their own room and each was customized to their favorite things.

How cool is this “rec” area for the 7 kids to blow off some steam?? There is even a slide next to the staircase and of course, the coolest indoor rock wall ever!

This room was made especially for Kamaya who loves to read.  She had been journaling her story as a child shuffled through the foster care system and the design team created a sanctuary for her to reflect and write.

Karly LOVES all things fashion so her room had to suit a fashionista-in-training.  What little girl wouldn’t love this room??

The family room is now spacious enough for all 9 to gather AND that garage door is soundproof so Mom and Dad can separate this room from the kids’ rec zone.

Davonda has to cook for 9 and needed a HUGE kitchen.  I love that the design team kept bricks from their original home to build these awesome archways into the kitchen area.

Davonda and James LOVED their new master bedroom.  The most touching feature (besides beautiful portraits of their family) was the brick wall with engraved stones.  Those bricks represent a child who has been loved by this family over the years.  AND there are some open blocks for this special couple to be able to foster even more children in the coming years!  The quilt on thier bed has the names of each of their children woven in.  Talk about special!

Who is that crazy lady posing for a selfie on the set? Looks a lot like moi:)

The study area at the top of the stairs was probably my fav!! Laptops and art centers for every child to have a space of their own.

The famous doll room for London! Everything was just the right size for a 6 year old in LOVE with her dolls 😉

Olivia’s Dr. Suess room was truly amazing.  Nothing had right angles- just the way this creative little girl likes it!

What a cool timeline of family life events!! LOVED this so much.

Oh that backyard! A basketball court and a drive-in movie theater?  ONLY ABC could pull this off in 7 days!

Alongside the journey of this building project, we’ve been rebuilding our company too.  As we announced, we have changed our name from In His Image Photography to a broader and bigger name- Old South Studios.  We are hiring more fabulous photographers who share our passion for photography.  I can’t wait to see where God will lead us in 2013!

Like the design team with Extreme Makeover, we go to great lengths to customize and design portraits and wall art for our clients.  Take a peek at the video below which will debut on our new website next week.  Onward and upward!

Mike Collie - December 31, 2012 - 1:44 am