Mint Hill Small Business Celebrating 25 Years

Sandy photographed by Phil Aull, Charlotte in 1997 with her Hasselblad film camera

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CHARLOTTE – Photographic Elegance, a nationally acclaimed boutique style Portrait Studio is celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Sandy and Doug Harrison acquired Photographic Elegance, formally owned by Johnell Kinsey, (of Mint Hill) in March of 1995. Sandy has taken the portrait studio from film into the digital era and has recently elevated her talent as an artist to offering Oil paintings on canvas. Sandy always offers affordable portrait (non painted) collections including wall portraits and small gift sizes. “I want every client to enjoy the experience while emphasizing the importance of the moment captured” says Sandy. Harrison continues, “Too many photographers offer only digital images, which are disposable. As a portrait artist, my objective is to create a permanent heirloom to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

A ballerina’s first year of pointe

Excited to celebrate this major milestone, Harrison reflects back at quarter of a century in business. When asked about her biggest accomplishment, Sandy will tell you it was being a wife and a mother of two boys while balancing her ever growing portrait studio.

“As a portrait artist, my goal is to capture emotion, quiet moments, laughter and tears. I’ve been there as marriages unite, families grow and celebrations happen. In doing so, many treasured friendships with clients have blossomed throughout the years.” said Harrison.

Celeste Wingfield Johnson, bride of NBA Allstar, Larry Johnson

As technology changes, so does style, and after having several studio locations, the Harrison’s decided to return to a more classic style of portraits. In 2016, the Harrison’s landed in Mint Hill and settled into a location in Morris Park Business Park where Sandy continues to thrive as a sought after portrait artist.

One moment, one click of a shutter, and time stands still forever…

Truly blessed in her career that spans over 38 years, Sandy is vigilant and staying focused to overcome the many challenges Covid has had on their small business.

Moving forward, Photographic Elegance is celebrating 25 years with anniversary specials throughout the entire year. In March, Sandy decided to Roll Back to her 1995 studio pricing! She has also been inspired to photograph with one of her collectible film cameras, a limited edition artist project she is excited to embark on.

When asked, how does one successfully stay in business? Sandy replied,“ Change often, staying up to date with trends and technology, stay passionate about what you love, remembering how far you have come, help others and always stay true to yourself.”

Sandy and Doug invite you to celebrate; 25th Anniversary Open House on March 28, 2021 from 1:00-5:00pm. A great time to stop by the studio, meet and greet old and new friends while enjoying some delicious treats. Tents will be set up in parking lot and masks are required to abide by Covid protocols.

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Sandy Harrison
First and foremost...I am a cancer survivor of twenty years. I began studying essential oils and herbs in 2014 after being diagnosed with MS, and shortly after, melanoma cancer.
I want you to join me as I introduce and educate the fundamentals of essential oils and herbs for a more naturopathic daily option for heal and wellness.
Follow me on social media FB @VitalityGinger and IG @ Vitality_Ginger
My products are available from my website,,
At The Mint Hill Farmer's Market
And at my studio, Vitality Ginger in the Morris Park Business Park
You can also connect with me personally at 704-608-6164