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  • I am a wedding & family photographer based in Greenville NC. I love shooting and enjoy traveling throughout the United States for different photography events.

    To me, photography is a personal experience that allows a moment to be captured in time. My clients know that our time together usually involves lots of interaction and tons of laughter. The experience is designed to be fun and non stressful!

    I hope each of you visiting my page have had a chance to connect in some fashion to my images and I hope you return again soon!

    Thanks to each of my clients that allow me to be a part of their lives..you are what makes my business what it is! Until we meet again..Laurie

    and a big thanks to Shannon B. Atkins Photography for my fabulous bio picture!!

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Love Remembers….

After loosing my dad I was quickly reminded of how precious images are of the ones we love and how at times they are hard to come by. So I started doing some brainstorming about how I could use my talent to make sure families don’t have to miss the chance of having images of the ones they love. My idea was to start an organizantion/non profit that gave families the opportunity to have professional images taken by a photographer if a parent had been given a terminal diagnosis. But then I thought…. how do I even approach it and how do I find these families? After more brainstorming again, one of my friends Kristi Schremp was giving another report that her cancer had again returned and the outlook was not good. But Kristi was never one to bow out or give up, I knew Kristi would fight…. see Kristi literally was a miracle.. time and time again the doctors would’t give much hope but Kristi pushed through and defied the odds!! So I took the chance to explain to Kristi about my hopes of offering this service and asked if she would be willing to document her family. Kristi was more than willing to help and she was excited to be getting these images, you can see that session by clicking here. Two and half years later and lots more fighting Kristi called a few weeks back to see if I was willing to do another session… her hair was starting to grow back and before she started another round of treatment she wanted to capture her family again. So last week we scheduled another session but this session was different. Kristi told me the doctors had just told her there was no more treatment and she as only given a few weeks… these pictures where extremely important to her and all I could think was how I had to make sure these pictures where perfect!! Well, today Kristi finished her final battle here on earth and again she wasn’t defeated… she took her last breath and was immediately in the prescence of the Lord, she is cancer and pain free!! Words can’t even explain how sad I am for her family, especially her husband and daughter but all I can think is how wonderful it must be and how magnificent to be to in her eternal resting place.. Kristi is home!! I have no doubt I will see her again and man what a day it will be!!! Take a minute to enjoy a slideshow of the love Kristi shared with her family just last week in front of my camera by clicking here.  Kristi because of you I’m pushing forward with this project, I’ve had the name for years…. Love Remembers

 

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Tina - September 20, 2013 - 11:33 am

This was so beautiful.

Crying yourself to sleep is the pits!!!!

I can literally count on one hand how many times in my entire life I have cried myself to sleep out of extreme sadness but last night was one of those nights!! I’m not an extremely sentimental person and I’m also not too emotional. I do cry and I am human but it’s not a regular occurrence. I’m often teased by my husband when I do cry that I really do have emotions. Maybe it’s from being raised with brothers or a neighborhood full of boys but especially since I’ve been older, I’m more the “suck it up and deal with it ” kind of person. This may or may not have resulted in a few counseling sessions…… but last night it was one of those nights!

Yesterday was a regular day…. I had an engagement session, came home and spent time with my family, put the boys to bed, and watched a movie with Chris…. nothing out of the ordinary at all!! Let me preface it all to say, most of you guys reading know I lost my father 4 years ago. He had an intense non operable battle with cancer and to say the least, he suffered for 18 months.  Before he passed I found my mom’s old wedding band and I asked her if I could have it. To me, that wedding band was such a significant statement. See, when my father was younger he worked in the machine shop of the shipyard and he melted a coin (I believe a nickel) and made my mom’s wedding band. To him, it wasn’t much and he swore he would buy her a better one, a gold one, one day that they both could be proud of. Well if you know my mom, I’m sure she chuckled at that.. she’s never needed anything fancy or extravagant to make her happy (I guess that’s where I get it). But just as he promised, as they grew in time and job security he purchased that gold band for my mom. And although she was just as happy with her other band, she retired the first one and wore the new one with pride. I was always way more impressed with that first band….. that band was made with skill and craftsmanship by my dad’s hands. That band was solid, just like my parents marriage!! Now by solid, I don’t mean perfect!! My dad was always a provider but he wasn’t perfect. But no matter how bad times got or how many times I as a child thought maybe they should just split and make everyone happy, they stuck it out!! To the last breathe my dad breathed, they stuck it out! They taught me what it meant to love in the good times and the bad times, and to love in sickness and health, they taught me the real meaning of marriage!! So to me that ring was better than any gold or even diamond ring.. it was the best ring ever created!!  And when I asked if I could have it, without blinking my mom said yes and I’ve worn that ring since… here and there I take it off but to me I would easily say it’s one of my most prized possessions. Well yesterday, as I was leaving for my shoot I realized that I didn’t have on my wedding band. I knew exactly where it was, it was in the bottom of my TKD bag because I never wear jewelry while I’m in class. So instead of running in, I grabbed the old wedding band of my dad’s that was in my cup holder and put it on. The thing about this ring is it only fits the ring finger on my right hand properly, if I put it on my left hand it’s slightly too big, which has never been a problem since that’s where I wear my wedding or anniversary band. But as I was pulling out I thought, that may look weird that I don’t have my wedding ring on but I’m wearing another ring. To be honest, I’m sure most people wouldn’t have even noticed but with a slight hesitation I pulled my mom’s old band off and put it on my left hand. Immediately I felt it slip and I thought maybe I should switch it back but I reasoned I would be careful and be conscious of it. Well if you’ve ever seen me shoot I go into another world so I should have know better. I did my shoot, came home, spent time with the family, watched a movie, locked up the house, started down the hall, and suddenly I glanced at my hand…. my heart stopped and I gasped! It was gone… the ring my father made, that meant the world to me was gone!! Immediately, I grabbed a flash light, ran down the driveway, looked in the grass, tore through my car and gear but it was no where to be found. As I walked into the bedroom tears flooded uncontrollable!! I coudln’t believe I had not listened to that check on my heart, I couldn’t believe I had lost the one thing that meant the world to me. I cried and cried, Chris held me as I cried and told me to ask God to show me where the ring was. But I was so heartbroken and sad, all I could do was cry!!  I know Chris was praying and believing for it to come back to me but I just couldn’t see how. So on I cried literally feeling like my world had crumbled!! I know some say think, it’s just a ring but to me it was SOOOO much more!!! As I fell asleep with tears streaming, I  assured myself the next day I would retrace my steps and believe somehow I would find it. I knew it was a long shot but I had to try.

Fast forward to this morning, I felt Chris geet up and not long after he got up I felt him lay across the bed and heard him say.. “hey” I opened my eyes and there he was holding the ring in front of my face. I shot straight up and snatched it from his hands, all the while almost screaming.. “where did you find it?!?” he said calmly with a smile, “I asked God and he took me right to it!” I immediately shoved it back on my finger and realized it really hadn’t been lost forever. Estatic and overcome with joy to have it back I didn’t question again where he had found it until this evening. So when I asked him again, he told me he found it on top of our dog food in our laundry room….. the crazy part is I NEVER went in there yesterday after coming home. I know some of you probably think I’m crazy and I’m just being forgetful but I know I didn’t! Regardless of what happened or how it got there, I know I NEVER want to experience that kind of sadness again and I’m beyond grateful for a husband that understood how deeply sad I was and also that took the time to not just ask God for his help but took the time to listen too!!

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Mom - February 10, 2013 - 10:43 pm

As a mom I knew how much it meant to you..when you told me earlier you had lost it, before you could tell me the rest of the story my heart sunk for you…actually it wasn’t the first set he gave me, the first one I wore so long the band almost wore into..that is the set with the diamonds in in..he made this because he knew I wanted a wide band, one that wouldn’t wear into..so he made that & soon after is when he purchased the wide gold band..he also tried to buy a diamond at the same time & I wouldn’t let him, because to me it was a waste of money..a ring doesn’t make you married..your heart & thoughts makes you married & keeps you that way..you either make it work or not..jewelry is a status symbol not love..only my thoughts..so glad you have it because I know what it means to you..:)

Morgan - February 11, 2013 - 3:58 pm

*sniffle* I’m so glad that you found it :).

Who do you trust……

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year……. tax time!!! The fiscal cliff… what does it mean?  Will it change how you file your taxes?  Has it complicated a system that already had your nerves in a ball??  These are questions that most Americans ask and to be honest they should!! Everyday the IRS is releasing new updates about proposed or new tax law changes. And even though it would be nice to say, “well I didn’t know about that new law or the change to an existing law” and get an exemption, if you are caught doing something wrong just know that’s not how it goes!!! When dealing with taxes, you are expected to dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s and if you don’t, no matter what the excuse is, you are help accountable!!!  But that sounds unfair, I mean have you seen the amount of lines and numbers that are associated with tax forms??? It’s enough to scare anyone!! So I ask the question again, do you have someone you trust doing your taxes? Not someone that took a class for a few months but someone that has a degree that has spent years learning the correct way to count deductions and can tell you what the new laws mean. I always chuckle at the commercial where the plumber is fixing the sink. When the husband walks in and see’s him, he questions why he is doing the plumbing, I mean just the other day he was a tax expert filing the husband’s taxes. The plumber explains with a smile, “today I’m a master plumber”.  And I’m beating many of you have laughed at that same commercial but how many of you have a “master plumber”  handling your taxes??  Can you trust your representative to know all the in’s and the out’s and are handling your taxes with complete knowledge and integrity? Just  yesterday it was in our local news that a local tax preparer has plead guilty to fraud, you check the story here.

For me personally, I needed someone that not only could fill out all the forms accurately but could actually worry for me. I needed someone that kept up with the new laws, not from the TV but directly from the IRS or legitimate tax publications. I needed someone that had years of experience and that had a reputation of being ethical and honest. I needed someone that if I ever got audited, could stand beside me, walk me through any steps I needed to take, and be able to defend me no matter what question the auditor might ask. And yes you guessed it, this year I went through my very first (and hopefully last) audit. But when I called my CPA with a shaky voice telling him I had a notice informing me of the audit, he assured me everything would be ok and that he would be there every step of the way and he was! Alex Pappas of  Edwin Gray CPA here in Greenville has been with me every step of the way with my business, advising me when I needed to make a change but more importantly making sure everything concerning my taxes was accurate and complete, he has definitely been someone I could trust!!!

So one last time I’ll ask you, who do you trust? If you don’t have someone you trust handling your taxes I highly encourage you to make a change ASAP!!! And if you are unsure of who to contact give Alex a call or shoot him an email, he is definately someone you can trust!! You can email him at alex@graycpa.biz or you can give him a call at 252-758-7300.

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Still shopping for that perfect present……

If you are last minute shopping and just don’t know what to get, let me help!!! Crutchfield Photography offers gifts certificates in any amount that can be used for sessions, prints, canvases, albums, etc. Make it easy and give those you love, something that will last a lifetime…memories caught forever in an image!!

Or if you have a loved one that is getting a DSLR for Christmas or already has one but they aren’t exactly sure how to use it, you are in luck!!! On January 26th and February 23rd I am offering a class called Phase One. Phase One is limited to 10 people and will teach the students how to use their DSLR (even in the manual mode), figure out how to find good light (which is important for all good pictures), capture great expressions from your clients or even your own kids, & become confident in setting up your shot! If you book this session with me before December 25th you will save $25!! For more information or to reserve a spot email me at lcphoto@suddenlink.net

 

Now for that photographer that learns best in a one on one session, they are covered too!! One on one mentoring sessions can be booked through me and designed specifically for the person you love….. whether it’s shooting, interacting with your clients, or post processing we can design a session that is perfect and covers what is needed to push them to another level! Sessions are $75 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours or $500 covers a 8 hour day session (lunch is included) Evening/Night sessions will increase the mentoring rate.  For questions or to reserve a session contact me at lcphoto@suddenlink.net

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Engagement Photography – NC Museum of Art – Heather & Josh

I love engagement sessions…. like REALLY, REALLY love them!!! These sessions aren’t just about taking pictures in any location, these sessions are about choosing locations and activities that are meaningful to my clients!  It’s about finding things they love and incorporating it into ther session to make it unique and special just to them! So when Heather mentioned going to Raleigh to the NC Musuem of Art, I knew she was my kind of bride!!!!  Her pictures are still to date some of my all time favs, take a look and see why!!

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