Charlotte Photographer Rocks the Runway with Charity Fashion Benefit

Karen is always coming in excited in the morning because of a new idea she had the night before! Last December she came in very excited about her idea for “IP’s Next Top Model.  Of course Christmas around IP is already crazy so we asked her to put the idea on hold until 2011.

After we returned in January she brought the idea up again. We called on our friends Kathy and Sherry who are wonderful event planners to give us a hand. They thought it was a wonderful idea so we began to look for a date. If you know Karen, you know her schedule is crazy busy. The only available weekend Karen had before summer was March 18 and 19. So we put everything in motion with a mere six weeks to plan the event.

We took model applications online.   66 girls to registered and participated in “Carolina’s Next Top Model”. There were ten vendors displaying and selling their goods at the event. Our sponsors included; Thermafuse, CC&Co., Hope’s Bridal Boutique, Audrey’s Once Upon a Child, Let’s Dance, Plain or Fancy Catering and of course Irresistible Portraits. The NC Research Campus was generous to donate a building in Cannon Village to hold the event!

In February we held an open house at IP for participants to come in and register, pick up their t-shirt and ask questions about the event. With the entry fees, the girls received three 8×10’s, a t-shirt and a goodie bag filled with items donated by sponsors. All the proceeds went to Focused On A Cure.

We prayed very hard for this event to be a success and before we knew it March 18th was upon us. We had some fabulous photographers- Richard Israel, Bruce Mayhill, Lauren and David Clark and Adrian Henson who volunteered for this event. These photographers made the girls feel like super stars! Each photographer was assigned to an age group of girls. For many of the girls it was the first time they had been photographed by anyone other than Karen.

Each girl had a headshot, full length and location session. All of the location sessions were photographed in and around the Gem Theater in Kannapolis.

After the photography sessions it was time for the runway show. The show was sold out and was standing room only. As the girls waited anxiously back stage our FOC survivors took the first stroll down the runway as the crowd cheered. Then the girls came out in their black, white and pink attire. After every category had walked the runway the top ten finalists were announced for each age group. The forty finalists came out again dressed in beautiful clothing from Audrey’s Once Upon a Time or Hope’s Bridal.

Finally it was time to announce the winners. Brianna Harwood was the recipient of a Carolina Talent Modeling Contract for the 5-8 Category. Alexandria Dayvault was our 9-12 category recipient. Whitney McSheehan took home the contract in the 13-17 category and Hannah Price was the contract recipient in the 18-25 category. Our over all Carolina’s Next Top model and the recipient of a $500 grand prize went to: Hannah Price!


Check out these amazing  candid:

Karen and our 5 to 8 year old group!

Mother and Daughter sharing a special moment.


Our photographers who donated their time: Adrian Henson, Jack Deere and Richard Israel!! Oh wait and don’t forget Karen!!


Having a fun photo taken prior to Carolina’s Next Top Model Competition.


The runway made everyone walk to strut their stuff!!


Our Focused on a Cure survivors!  Whom the entire event was for. Go FOC!!

Everyone was tired by the end of the night!


Our girls with their modeling contracts!

Look at those hard working FOC girls!!!

Thanks again to everyone that participated and donated to Carolina’s Next Top model.  We cannot wait until next year.


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