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Nicole & Tim’s Engagement Session in Asheville, North Carolina was beyond amazing! We were SO happy to pick a weekday where there were little to no people at the top. YAY! We didn’t plan to hike all the way to the top until we were driving on the Parkway and I told them, “Y’all it’s TOTALLY worth it!”. Nicole and Tim were SUCH good sports for hiking all the way. Their love was so amazing to witness and capture! My favorite part of their outfits was the blue flowy dress Nicole wore. She matched super well with Tim’s grey shirt without being too matchy matchy. This is key for having a wonderful photos!

We can’t wait for their wedding on May 9th, 2020 at the Champagne Manor! This wedding venue is tucked away in Monore and has picked up some major attention in the last year! They snaggled this date just in time! Even though wedding planning feel like a full-time job, they both have been killing it hard with their planning! Nicole got her dress from Hayden Oliva in Uptown Charlotte and her bridesmaids dresses from Brideside. I can’t WAIT to blog their wedding!

Thinking about proposing to your best friend? Why not hire a photographer! Evan and I went to high school together, go Class of 2011! For my Charlotte OG’s we went to Mallard Creek High School. It had been almost 8 years ago when Evan noticed I was a photographer in the area still! Evan messaged me saying he was about to propose to Allison in Charlotte, North Carolina and wanted me as his photographer! I was BEYOND excited but kept my cool when I showed up in South End. I pretended I was photographing buildings as the two of them strolled along the skyline! I’ll tell y’all, it was oddly warm that day. But that’s North Carolina for you! Evan said “I chose this spot because we broke up after a fight. We didn’t see each other for a while until we ran into one another right here!! We joke about it overtime we walk our dog Nigel!!” His tip for looking out for them was “Just look out for the hot blonde!!” I mean he wasn’t kidding.

2018 Is the year Aly Barnett Photography became a business and an LLC! My daytime job changed companies and people were getting fired left and right. I told myself, eh! That’s okay! I can always shoot weddings full time. Little did I know, that is what happend.

This was the year I started working with The Remnate Collective, joined the Anchor and Veil fam, shot as an associate for even more photographers, YET shot 10 of my own weddings. With a total of 26! I didn’t count that till yesterday. 26 GUYS! That is a lot. No wonder my hard drive has zero space. I also rebranded myself, a new website, more advertising and gear!

For 2019, my word is FOCUS. I am decided to take more time for my business than working a 9 – 5 job everyday! Well, try. Haha! I still love that job but everyday is way too much. I already have 10 weddings booked for 2019 and still getting more! 2018 had so much growth. I couldn’t have done any of this without all my photographer friends, the awesome facebook groups, and of course, Sam and Sophie.


Okay, I might be a little late on this post… But I feel like I need to post this for me! I have grown SO MUCH this year it’s insane. I have to thank these photographers below for helping me grow! <3 

Tessa (Folk and Wayfarer) & Vera Gayazov

OH MY GOSH THE TWO OF YOU!! I probably would still be shooting bright and airy without y’all. Haha! You two have helped me create my portfolio with your amazing couples and pushing me to get the creative, and atypical shots. This was a big learning curve for me and thank you for being so down to earth with me! <3

Fox & Owl Studio

Shannon and Andrew, just your meet-ups have been amazing! Your one advice of doing styled shoots have been AMAZING! That has pushed me so far with my work it’s incredible! Please keep teaching!!

Cheers to 2017!

Aly Barnett Photography, LLC