Dec 8, 2022 - Culture

20 Charlotte photographers you should know

Photo: Sir Will

Charlotte’s photography scene is fast-growing and diverse, with talented professionals and artists who make photos of everything from newborn babies to NASCAR races, mansions to protests.

Whether you’re looking for a portrait session, a wedding photographer or art for your home, here are 20 Charlotte photographers to know.

1. Brittany Alvarado

You are probably familiar with Alvarado’s work as Charlotte FC’s video manager, but she is also a freelance photographer and videographer.

Rates: A day rate for shooting video is $750, with an additional $150-$300 for editing. Her photo rate ranges from $250-$300.

Instagram: @bavacado

Photo: Brittany Alvarado
Charlotte FC’s Kerwin Vargas. Photo: Brittany Alvarado
Brittany Alvarado in action. Photo: Taylor Banner/courtesy of Brittany Alvarado

2. Taylor Banner

You’ve likely seen Banner’s photos around town. Charlotte FC’s senior creative manager and team photographer captured the MLS team’s inaugural season, and she’s also a freelance photographer. She regularly shoots portraits, family photos, graduation photos, proposals and engagements, and weddings.

Rates: Portraits, family and graduation photos range between $150-$300. Weddings can be customized, but her packages range from $2,200 – $3,500.

Instagram: @tay.banner.photos

Charlotte FC’s Kamil Jóźwiak (left) and Brandt Bronico. Photo: Taylor Banner
Photo: Taylor Banner
Taylor Banner in action. Photo: Adam Armour/ courtesy of Taylor Banner

3. Makayla Binter

Binter is an artist whose mediums include photography. She’s also an Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art artist. 

Price: Her works range in price from $75-$4,000.

Instagram: @makaylabinter_

Makayla Binter artwork. Photo: Makayla Binter

4. Charmekia Bias

Bias captures baby milestones with newborn photography, maternity and vibrant family portraits. Images can be taken in the studio, outdoors or on location. 

Rates: Prices range for packages but mostly start at $550. Holiday mini sessions start at $250.

Instagram: @charmariephotography

Charmekia Bias. Courtesy of Charmekia Bias

5. Gavin Boulware

Boulware specializes in lifestyle photography including maternity, engagement, graduation and headshots. His work has also been featured in USA Today, CNN and FUSE Magazine. If you’re struggling with ideas for your shoot, he has a blog with suggestions and tips on when to take pictures and what to wear so you’ll be fully prepared. He also created a podcast to assist Black and Brown photographers and videographers. 

Rates: Sessions start at $400. 

Instagram: @iam_gavinb

Maternity studio shoot. Photo: Gavin Boulware.
Photo Gavin Boulware
Gavin Boulware. Photo courtesy of Gavin Boulware

6. Logan Cyrus 

Cyrus served in the Navy before becoming a photojournalist. You’ve probably seen his work in the New York Times nationally and Charlotte magazine locally. 

Rates: Contact for pricing.

Instagram: Cyrus is not on social media.

Photo: Logan Cyrus
Photo: Logan Cyrus
Logan Cyrus and Travis Dove at the Charlotte FC home opener. Photo: Andy Smith/ courtesy of Logan Cyrus

7. Travis Dove 

Dove is a freelance photojournalist based in Charlotte. His work has appeared in everything from National Geographic Magazine to GQ to Axios Charlotte.

Rates: Assignment dependent. Prints are $125 for a 16×24. Signed editions are $325.

Instagram: @travisdovephoto

Synchronous fireflies at Grandfather Mountain  in Linville, NC. Photo: Travis Dove
Mount Athos in Greece where women have been banned for centuries. Photo: Travis Dove
Travis Dove. Photo: Travis Dove

8. Troy Hull

A longtime TV videographer who turned his eye to photography, Hull does it all, from shooting sports for local publications The Charlotte Post, to shooting commencement for schools like Johnson C. Smith University. You can expect anything from an engagement session to shooting photos for local churches. His other clients include Amazon.

  • Plus he earned an artist residency at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for his photography.

Rates: Contact for pricing.

Instagram: @tcooperpics

Carolina Panthers' defensive end Brian Burns celebrates against Tampa Bay. Photo: Troy Hull
Carolina Panthers’ defensive end Brian Burns celebrates against Tampa Bay. Photo: Troy Hull
Photo: Troy Hull
Photographer Troy Hull. Photo courtesy of Troy Hull
Troy Hull. Photo: Mackenzie Hull/courtesy of Troy Hull

9. Heather Ison

Ison has experience taking photos of both people and homes, but focuses on interior photography, including interior design and architecture, plus home building and renovation. 

Rates: Contact Ison via email or Instagram for pricing.

Instagram: @heather_ison

Photo: Heather Ison
Photo: Heather Ison

10. Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. 

Jacobs is an image activist. His work has been featured at the Levine Museum of the New South. He was also an artist-in-residence at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

  • He also shoots commercial and corporate events, editorial and headshots.

Rates: Commercial and corporate events are $250 per hour. Contact for editorial and headshot pricing.

Instagram: @acjphoto 

Photo: Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.
Photo: Kemani Stylzz/ courtesy of Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.

11. Jonathan Keitt

You can choose from a location, natural light and studio photography. Keitt specializes in wedding photography, destination wedding photography, and couples, family, maternity and children photography. 

  • Some bookings, like weddings, may need to be scheduled one to two years in advance. 

Rates: Prices vary depending on each service. 

Instagram: @designsbyjk

Maternity studio shoot. Courtesy of Jonathan Keitt.
Courtesy of Jonathan Keitt.
Jonathan Keitt. Courtesy of Jonathan Keitt.

12. Asa Kryst

Kryst is a former professional soccer player turned videographer and photographer who founded Blue Method Films. His work includes everything from social activism to sports.

Rates: Photography prices start at $500 and videography prices start at $1,500.

Instagram: @asa_kryst

Charlotte protests during 2020. Photo: Asa Kryst
Photo: Asa Kryst
Asa Kryst (right) in action. Photo courtesy of Asa Kryst

13. Surf Mitchell

You probably know Kevin “Surf” Mitchell’s Couch Surfing series, which spans nearly a decade. It’s a nod to the struggles of artists and is inspired by his roots. Mitchell, a west Charlotte native, is an arts and lifestyle photographer.

Rates: Photography services start at $800. Prints start at $150.

Instagram: @surfmitchell

Couch Surfing. Photo: “Surf” Mitchell

14. Ariel Perry

Perry documents milestones for people of all ages, but she’s dedicated most of her professional photography to capturing senior portraits. She also specializes in branding photography, and she will travel. 

Rates: High school senior sessions range from $1,200-$3,000 for a custom experience. A branding experience ranges from  $950-$2,000. 

Instagram: @arielperry

Photo: Ariel Perry
Photo: Ariel Perry
Ariel Perry. Photo courtesy of Ariel Perry

15. Jamey Price 

Price, a Charlotte native, specializes in motorsport and automotive photography. His work has been featured in a number of publications, including Sports Illustrated and ESPN. He is also the staff photographer for QC Exclusive.

Rates: Contact for pricing.

Instagram: @jameypricephoto

Photo: Jamey Price
Photo: Jamey Price
Jamey Price. Photo courtesy of Jamey Price

16. Sir Will 

Will Jenkins, who uses the name SimplisticPhobia Photography, focuses on creative lifestyle portraits. 

  • He also co-owns artist collective BLKMRKTCLT at Camp North End, and his work has been featured at the Mint Museum.

Rates: Artwork starts at $300. His photography services start at $500.

Instagram: @sirwilltheartist

Photo: Sir Will
Photo: Sir Will
Sir Will in action. Photo: Rico Marcelo/ courtesy of Sir Will

17. Alex Souder and Mallory Souder

This couple’s photography themes range from lifestyle to real estate. They started out with urban and landscape photography and now capture everyday moments of couples, weddings and engagements. They also host photography tours in Uptown every few months to take guests to their favorite spots and views around the city. 

Rates: Email for pricing. Skyline prints start at $45.

Instagram: @alexandersouthnc

Alex and Mallory Souder. Photo courtesy of Alex Souder

18. Chanelle Smith-Walker

If you’ve ever looked at the Carolina Panthers website or social, you’ve probably seen Smith-Walker’s work. She’s their team photographer, and she also shoots editorial portraits.

Rates: $200-$350

Instagram: @_nellez

Photo: Chanelle Smith-Walker
Photo: Chanelle Smith-Walker
Chanelle Smith-Walker in action. Photo: Kenny Richmond/ courtesy of Chanelle Smith-Walker

19. Laura Wolff 

You’re probably very familiar with the Charlotte Knights’ team photographer. She’s also a freelancer who shoots weddings, events and portraits.

Rates: $175-$200 for events. $400-$700 for a portrait session. Wedding packages range from $4,000-$6,000. Contact for sports photography pricing.

Instagram: @laurawolffphoto

Photo: Laura Wolff
Photo: Laura Wolff
Laura Wolff. Photo: Chanelle Smith-Walker/ courtesy of Laura Wolff

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20. Andy Weber

You see his work every week in our newsletter and on our website, so for full disclosure, he does work for Axios, but he’s also a photographer who loves street photography. But his skills extend to editorial and sports photography as well.

Rates: $150 per hour

Instagram: @andyjweber 

Photo: Andy Weber
Photo: Andy Weber
Andy Weber in action. Photo: Cisco Esquivel/ courtesy of Andy Weber
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