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  • Welcome to Tyler Plank Photography!

    My name is Tyler and I am a full-time wife, mother and photographer. I began my professional career in 1998 in sales and marketing, went on to receive my Master's Degree in Professional Counseling and later started my own photography business. My professional background, personal experience and creative talent provides me with a unique ability to capture your memories in a meaningful and artistic manner. I specialize in maternity, newborn, child and family photography and shoot in natural light on-location serving the Charlotte, Huntersville, Lake Norman, NC and surrounding areas. Sessions are relaxed and fun!

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Lifestyle Family Photography | Huntersville, NC Child and Family Photographer

This post is quite long overdue but I think you’ll see why below.  I took SO many pics this Christmas and getting through them all was quite daunting.  As you will see I had a hard time narrowing it down!  I didn’t let my need to document the experience interrupt being present in the moment but I did find myself grabbing for the camera more often than in years past… perhaps because all of the kids are at that age where Christmas is truly magical.  We spent Christmas in Seabrook, SC as usual and had a great time with family.  I will let the pics tell the story…

My little girl finally got the vanity she’s been asking for from Santa!  She was so excited to wake up Christmas morning to head over to MiMi and PaPa’s and oh what a surprise!  Pure happiness…

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Then it was time for Christmas mass (before opening the rest of the gifts :)).  All of the kiddos did great!
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Mass was at the same church where my husband and I were married 7 1/2 years ago.  I just had to take a photo of our children under the same arches.  Beautiful wedding photo © Leigh Webber Photography.
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Then back to MiMi and Papa’s to open the rest of the gifts.  Such fun!
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Nearly-ruined-dinners to smoke alarms… oh the tension!  Lots of tears but thankfully tears of laughter!  I almost peed myself when my sister-in-law and brother-in-law knocked over the brussel sprouts that were sitting out (on a stool?) waiting to go in the oven.  The clean-up was the best!  And yes people still ate them (I did not :))
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Both of the kids got cameras but it was my little girl that really got into taking pics.  At one point she said, “Look mama, I’m a ‘togerpher’ like you!”  She may have documented more than I did or close to it.  Looking at pics of her taking pics is like looking at my Mini-Me!  My little boy preferred taking videos with his camera.:)

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Lastly the cousin boys in Mr. J’s NEW mini cooper.  They were so cute, I could have watched them for days and am regretting I didn’t take a video! Hey my son is onto something there!   Oh well, next time!

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So. Much. FUN.  And believe it or not that was just the sneak peek!  If you care to see all the photos just click HERE.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and I am wishing you and yours all of the best in this new year!

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A Huntersville Christmas | Huntersville, NC Family Photographer

This weekend we went to “A Huntersville Christmas” in our town, Huntersville.  I really cannot say enough good things about where we live.  We love it so much!  At the fair there was a ferris wheel, huge slide, carousel, rock climbing wall (all FREE) as well as tasty eats from our local restaurants.  I finally tried a fried Snickers bar and my little boy was in heaven with fried Oreos!  We also finally got to see Santa (who gave me photography pointers, LOL!)  What a great day with friends!  Can’t wait for Christmas!

To see more pics from our day, click HERE.:)

 

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Milestone Photos: Big Boy Batman Bed | Huntersville, NC Child Photographer

So we just recently FINALLY transitioned my little boy into a big boy bed.  My little girl was 2 1/2 when we converted hers and I can’t believe we waited so long to do this with our son who is now over 4 1/2 years old!  In my defense, I have plenty of excuses that range from the fact that we kept moving and it never seemed to be a “good” time to the fact that he is my second-born and will always be my BABY.:)  But we are settled in our new home, are here for the long haul and my baby is really not a baby anymore.  I no longer had any excuses.  He took some persuading that required new batman bedding and we compromised by keeping the rocking chair…I can’t imagine not singing him the “Rock a bye” song someday.  Anyway, his room is far from complete but it’s getting closer with his new bed.  And he loved taking these pics, can’t you tell?!  His super hero pics big boy bed pics here are very different from my daughter’s big girl bed pics HERE.  I mean she looks like a BABY and she WAS!  Why did I rush it?!  If I’ve learned anything in the past few years it is to not rush a thing and to enjoy every moment.  Seriously.  I love my babies and they will ALWAYS be my babies!

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Holiday Family Photos! | Huntersville, NC Child Photographer

I have to admit with all the rain we’ve had I was quite nervous that this afternoon’s scheduled session would have to be rescehduled.  Luckily Mother Nature came through and I had the pleasure of meeting up with this adorable family in Monteith Park.  Mom wanted a picture for their Christmas card to include her adorable kids and pup.  We walked through the park for a relaxing session that included some photo-bombing by Miss R’s friend (those will be a fun surprise for the family :)).  I had a great time!  Now to get the rest of the photos processed so mom can get to work on her card!  Thank you W family, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

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Missing Mason | Huntersville, NC Family Photographer

This past Sunday night I posted on facebook that our dog, Mason, passed away.  I know this was sudden news for friends, it was for us too.

Thanksgiving is hosted each year by my husband’s aunt and uncle in Maryland.  This year, since relocating to Charlotte, we decided to make the trip up there to spend the holiday with family just as we have since before my husband and I were even married.  We knew we couldn’t take Mason and were so grateful when our good friends in the neighborhood offered to look after him.  We felt he would be happiest at home rather than a kennel and typically we’ve had to hire a dog sitter in the past.  We felt bad leaving him but knew he would be just fine, or so we thought.

We had a wonderful fun-filled time with delicious food, drinks, and I kept up with my yoga visiting my old studio (sweating with yoga sculpt- thanks Nanci!) and even trying a new place (and dragging my husband with me :)).  All was going well except for hearing updates from our friends about Mason.

First he wasn’t eating his dog food.  We figured he probably missed us and told our friends to supplement with people food which seemed to work… until the day before we were set to leave to head back home.  On Saturday our friends said he wouldn’t get up.  We called the vet and after a couple of conversations we all decided there wasn’t much that could be done that day since there didn’t seem to be any real emergency and we would be home to take him in ourselves the following day for blood work.  However when checking on him again our friends tried to physically get him up and he really couldn’t stand.  At all.  So we had them take him to the vet.  After blood work it was pretty quickly determined that Mason had a very rare autoimmune disorder that the vet had never seen in large breed male dogs.  Mason’s prognosis was poor and treatment would be expensive with absolutely no guarantees.  We opted for them to go ahead and give him a blood transfusion and steroids so he could at least live so we could all be together again.  The treatments went well and had immediate positive results so Saturday night we were feeling hopeful.  And hey Auburn beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl- luck was on our side!

Sunday morning we got right on the road to head home and see our pup.  We called for an update and got heartbreaking news.  Mason’s red blood cell count was back to extreme low levels, they discovered a mass on his spleen and he still couldn’t get up.  They still couldn’t explain the reason he couldn’t get up and said it was either depression or a blood clot and if it was a blood clot there would be nothing they could do about it.  I cried silently off and on the whole way home.  We couldn’t get there fast enough but of course everyone else was traveling too and a normally 6 hour trip took 10 hours.  We drove straight to the vet and once we saw Mason my husband and I just knew it was all over.  They wheeled him in on a table and once Mason saw us his tail thumped as it wagged and then he just laid his head down and closed his eyes while we all pet, kissed, hugged and cried on him.  We said tearful goodbyes and my daughter’s sobs broke my heart as did my little boy’s questions.  He wanted to stay at the vet to see Mason fly up into heaven.  I took the kids with me and Jay stayed with Mason until the end.  He was and is heartbroken.  We all are.

3 years ago we said goodbye to our dog Maggie and now with Mason gone too we are all quite lost.  It’s the first time we’ve ever been without a dog since Jay and I started dating.  I keep looking for dog fur to vacuum up.  The floor and my dyson even seem lonely.  I know that sounds silly but oh the dog hair I’ve spent much of my adult life complaining about is now POOF gone so suddenly!  Jay looks for him when he gets home out of habit and catches himself thinking he is going to walk him before bed.  The kids point to where he slept on the porch and talk about how much they miss both Mason and Maggie.

Mason had never been the same since losing Maggie and recently we had been contemplating getting another puppy.  Not only for us and the kids but really for Mason- to bring a spring back into his step.   I talk to the kids about how Mason and Maggie are reunited in heaven and Maggie is chasing squirrels and they are both swimming.  I am sure Mason is back to annoying the heck out of her cleaning her mouth all the time and I just know they are sleeping snuggled up right now.  We miss them both and will always love them but I find solace knowing they are reunited.

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