Yay for Saturdays | Charlotte, NC

As some of you might know about me, I am a bit of free spirit. 

For example, I decided this week to make the most of my husband being away for a week. Therefore I packed up my mom and myself and headed to Charlotte to see my sister Tiffani. We are only here until Tuesday morning BUT we have a lot to accomplish. Shopping for a nursery, laying by the pool... ya know, a rough weekend. I am looking forward to it after a week and a half of non-stop work (I had so many weird dreams about work this week). Anyways, I am also looking forward to a fur baby session with Armani too. #capture365

Here are a couple of pictures from our trip down and one of my favorite quotes.

CAPTURE 365: The Give/Take Project

The idea of "officially" launching a photography business made me nervous. I haven't been able to figure out exactly what it was until now.

This morning at church, it hit me.  This is what I typed as quickly as I could in my iPad:

"To take pictures and have people give what they can...

No pricing, just capturing peoples lives and events, and they give what they can because God has given me the gift of my camera and my skill.

Let go of making more money for a "comfortable lifestyle"...

And take pictures for a gracious God who has given me so much (that) I want to give in return."

So that is what I am going to do. 

For the next year, from today June 8th, 2014 until June 8th, 2015 I am going to book photography sessions for any monetary or gift amount. Whatever you can give will be payment enough. This includes senior portraits, weddings, Christmas parties, fur baby sessions, you name it and whatever you as a family, couple, single mom, etc can give in return, it will be enough. You can even give cookies if you like.  

Some business people out there may think I am crazy, but truth be told, this project is for others.

So if you know someone who hasn't been able to afford family photos or a couple who has been struggling to find a wedding photographer who fits their budget, would you share this post with them? 

To take a peek at my work, visit www.chelseafosterhilt.com.

My desire is to capture people over the next 365 days and give them photos that express a piece of their lives.

A Love Affair: The Workshop with Lauren Fair Photography

Over the weekend I invested some time into going to a photography workshop. The workshop was hosted by

Lauren Fair Photography

, a husband and wife team out of Philadelphia. I have admired Lauren and Tim's work since they shot my good friends engagement session and wedding. When I saw that they were hosting a workshop I knew it was going to be a valuable investment into my (hopeful) photography career.

My photography career is young, BUT I am determined to continue to grow and pursue something I feel strongly is a great expression of human kind.

With that being said, below are a few shots from the styled shoot. 

Let me know what you think! I would love any and all feedback. 

Feel free to DM me if you just might be interested in having some photos taken too. :)

Thank you to Lauren and Tim and all the sponsors who assisted with the shoot: 

Maggpie Vintage Rentals, Oleander Florals & Design, Sandpiper & Co., BHLDN, True Beauty Marks

The Road to Charlotte is Beautiful

The road to Charlotte is beautiful... even if it meant at the end of the road I was dropping my best friend off at her new home. BUT... in good fashion, like we usually do when we have to say goodbye, we had as much fun and worked as much as possible.

Here are a few of the fun stops we made on our trek from York to Charlotte. We found these stops once again to my favorite travel site,



Giant Coke Bottle - Somewhere in Maryland 

Foamhenge - Natural Bridge, VA

 ^ There is Tiffani entertaining me with her theatrical stances! 

Pop's Soda Shop - Roanoke, VA

^ The food here was delicious! I had an amazing black bean spread sandwich with peppers, onions and pepperjack cheese. Of course, the best part was the smiley face french fry AND the Apple Pie ice cream. So, so good. :)

So if you haven't yet - check out


when planning your next drive. The places are totally worth exploring and the best part is they are yours for the discovering.