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    I'm Summer, the face behind Real Promises Photography. I am a lover of sweet tea and Coke (never Pepsi!), my family, and photography. If I was asked quickly to describe myself, I wouldn't spend time telling you about my obsession with Rainbow sandals, or how I feel like I've lost an arm if I can't find my dayplanner. I wouldn't talk about my love for southern food or my past life as a competitive cheerleader and dancer.

    Instead, I would share with you my passion for my family and my business and how I pride myself with being a loyal friend. I would want you to know that I strive to create not only gorgeous senior portraits but give my clients a custom experience from start to finish.

    I am incredibly lucky to be following my dreams and to be supported by so many of my friends and family. Blessed does not even begin to describe how I feel.

    I look forward to learning about you and having you join all the fun a session brings.

    Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see behind the scene images, sneak peeks, and what we are all about! #rppseniors

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Well, this is a long overdue post.  With our move to NC the middle of May, we JUST got our household things back from the moving company/storage.  We moved into temporary housing for almost two months (and slept on air mattresses— I don’t recommend that!!) and I have never been so excited to see my sofa, computer, or my bed!  Oh, how heavenly my bed felt.  With things starting to feel a little more settled, I am back to the grind with some posting and sessions.  I am looking forward to picking back up my camera later this month and making some magic.

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But first, let me back up… waaaaaay back to the spring.  My 2015 Senior Models and I braved the cold and major winds one dreary April day.  We spent the afternoon being pampered at Image Maker Beauty Institute in Hendersonville, Tennessee by their awesome students.  Due to it being the day after prom for most of them, we were caffeinated by some fantastic Starbucks and then set off to our session.  Battling the setting sun, blow-you-sideways winds, and chilly weather, we worked quickly to grab a few images.  We are super thankful to Tre’ Bellas Boutique for outfitting some of the girls in their spring outfits, as well.  They all looked gorgeous!!


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Balloons and Bubble Gum were on the agenda for this shoot!

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It’s hard to believe but these balloons are heavy and add in large winds and you feel like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz!

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Congratulations Class of 2014 | Charlotte Senior Photographer

Each year, I am always blown away at the amazing talent of each one of my seniors.  I always joke that I become quite attached to my seniors and their families and get a little emotional at the end of the school year.  They are preparing to head off on their next adventure and for most that means college bound.  Whether staying close by or traveling hours away, it’s always a huge step.  I want to take a moment to say thank you to every one of you that has made MY year memorable.  Thank you for letting me share the excitement of your last year of high school and help capture this super special time in your lives.  Each one of you have had such an impression on me and I wish you the absolute best!!!


You’ve been given your wings… now it is time to fly!!!  Best of luck, Class of 2014!



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Riley | Charlotte Ballantyne Senior Photographer

I cannot wait to share more from Riley’s senior session. Just our luck, we happened to pick the coldest day this spring and froze but you would never know it! Riley was a trooper and the cold even proved to get some laughs out of her!

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Moving | Charlotte NC Senior Photographer

As many of you know, we moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in the Fall of 2010.  I felt so many mixed emotions with that move and to be honest, thought my life was ending.  Sure, it sounds dramatic but I had a lot of trouble getting over the fact that I was moving from North Carolina, where all my family lived.  No longer were we a quick day trip away from our families and the thought of leaving the beach made me sick.  I was forced to uproot our two small children to head to the land of the unknown.  I had never stepped foot in Tennessee and didn’t know a single soul.  I felt lost.  I felt alone.  I resented the fact that we moved and I was forced to quit my teaching career in NC that I so loved.

A few years before we moved, I had fallen into the world of photography.  I always had a love for it and knew the moment I held my first SLR (FILM!) camera in 2001 that I was smitten.  When we found out we were moving, after the kicking and screaming and tantrums died down (sadly, by me!), I knew I would pursue photography full time in Tennessee.  We were moving in the middle of the school year and I didn’t want to jump into a teaching position so I gave myself the remainder of the school year to find my footing and see where this new adventure took me.  I would like to say it was easy but it wasn’t.  Being an outsider in a new town with two small children was not a walk in the park.  I made it a point to get out and meet people, sign up for play dates, and build my photography business to specialize in high school seniors, a niche that was severely lacking in the area I moved.  With many, many bumps along the road in all avenues, I finally found my footing, a great group of friends, and had a successful photography studio that had grown more than I had ever imagined was possible.

Looking back on the last three and a half years, I feel blessed.  I was speaking with a photographer friend yesterday about my journey and we discussed the humbling feeling of starting over.  We never know what plans lie in our future but sitting in my living room in NC four years ago, I would have told you my world was crumbling.  Little did I know what a blessing this journey would be and the life and business lessons I would learn.  I gained a whole new outlook on life, our small unit family has grown stronger, and we have met so many wonderful friends that have helped ease the pain of being so far away from our family; however, the time of change has come again.

I am over the moon excited to announce that Real Promises Photography is moving east and back to our home state of North Carolina!!  Charlotte, NC, to be exact.  I have not lived in the Charlotte area since I graduated high school but I am stoked to be closer to our families and start our new chapter in our life.  I laugh when I think about how full circle we have traveled and how much we have grown over our journeys.

I will continue to take a limited amount of clients in Nashville throughout the year.  I will travel back once a month to photograph all the amazing 2015 seniors that are already on our books, as well.  I have been asked to come back in the spring and fall, yearly, to photograph families and offer mini sessions and with enough interest, I will continue to do so for as long as needed.  I won’t lie and tell you that selfishly, I hope that works out so I have another excuse to see all my amazing clients and friends here in Nashville.

Now a new path must be carved out for RPP!  We will begin marketing to the high school senior market in Charlotte next month!  If you know anyone in the Charlotte, Concord, Ballantyne, or Rock Hill, SC area, please send them my way!  I hope you will join us for our new adventure and help support us during our transition!

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