Laura Stikeleather, owner and photographer, founded Stikeleather Photography in early 2001 after completing her associate degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography.  After several years by herself, Stikeleather Photography is now made up of several photographers, each with their own specialty.   Due to our multiple photographers, we are able to offer Wedding and other bridal related photography, Family and Children Portraits, Studio and Environmental portraits, On location Photography, Maternity portraits, Product & Interior Design photography, Traditional and Modern styles, Photojournalism, and much much more!  We pride ourselves on not only providing beautiful work, but building relationships with our clients.

A note from Laura:

To be totally honest, I do this because I LOVE it!  I thought that I wanted to be a graphic designer.  While taking the required courses for my graphic design degree, I realized differently when required to take a basic photography class.  By the end of the semester, I had changed my focus and was committed to adding an addional year to be able to concentrate on photography.

I feel blessed that I am now able to be a wife, mother, and photographer!  I am able to devote time to the man that I love, the children that I love, my clients that I love, and give glory to God that this is all possible!  I consider these my perfect gifts. 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows".  James 1:17

What makes us unique?

Although not intentional, all of our photographers are females.  This makes Weddings, bridal portraits, and maternity portraits much more comfortable for our clients.  All of our photographers know what it feels like to be a bride, and can relate to all of the little things and big things that come along with this very special day.

We have the ability to come to you.  Whether you are interested in Environmental or Studio Portraits, we are able to accommodate in the location of your choice.  We have a studio available for use, or we are able to set up a portable studio in the location of your choice to provide convenience if necessary.

We have shot over 250 weddings and over 500 portraits in last 9 years.  All of our photographers are experienced and professional, and so much fun to work with!  You are not only hiring us for our work, but for our personalities as well.

We are able to provide fast turn around on all of our services.  We typically have photos posted on line within 72 hours of the shoot  and within 2 weeks of a wedding.  Proofs and reorders are ready within days of your selections.

We are able to offer reasonable prices without compromising service or quality.  We have very little overhead and we don’t invest in unnecessary advertising because we are built on word of mouth referrals.  We are able to pass the savings straight on to our clients.

We try to make the vendor shopping a little easier by being able to recommend other vendors that we know and trust.  Here is a list of recommended vendors...



Recommended Vendors
Vittorio Video Production
Jason Vittorio
Ceremony and Reception Hall
Ballantyne Country Club
704-544-1404 x 401

Cakes and Silk Florals
Carol Middleton

Ceremony and Reception Hall
The Point Lake & Golf Club
Kelley Cartrett-Phifer

Soto’s Entertainment
Steffen Soto
Ceremony and Reception Hall & Hotel
Ballantyne Resort
Jen Hagey

On location Hair & Makeup
the LOOK
Heather Bryson
Reception Hall
South Charlotte Banquet Center
Gene McLaughlin

Wedding Coordinator
Carolina Wedding Design
Cortenay Matters

Charlotte Floral Company
Trisha Scott


Southpark Limousine
Brian Goggin
Party Blooms
Lorie Deatherage

All You Can Treat

Steffen Beason
We have a few causes that are near and dear to our hearts that we would like to share with you.  
The first is the JDRF (juvenile diabetes research foundation).  My oldest daughter, Joselynn, was
diagnosed in Dec. 2007, just before her 4th birthday, with juvenile (Type I) diabetes.  To this date
she has pricked herself approximately 10,800 times and had approximately 450 site changes.  We
have to count every carb that she consumes and account for it throughout the day with insulin
boluses.  She is a tough little girl, but we don't want to see her endure this for the rest of her life
It is our mission to find a cure for juvenile diabetes so that thousands can live without the
torturous daily pricks and insulin injections and without the fear of loss of sight, heart and
kidney failure, amputation and even early death.  A large portion of our proceeds is donated to
the JDRF because we truly believe that a cure is possible.  To learn more about juvenile (Type I)
diabetes, please visit the website

"For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37

On April 18, 2008 at Carowinds, our team named Jossy's Posse, raised over $8,500 to go toward finding a cure.  On April 19, 2009, we raised $4500, and this past year on April 17, 2010 we raised almost $2,500 during a recession!  We are going for it again this year on April 16, 2011 and have already raised $1000 toward our $2,500 goal.   

We serve a Mighty God that can do anything.  We believe he will provide a cure through the dedicated researchers associated with the JDRF.  But it takes money.  If you can help, even just a little, it so greatly appreciated!!!

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11


Psalm 103:3
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases




The second is one of my closest friends, Lisa Greene.  She was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in November 2009 at the age of 33.  She has undergone a double mastectomy and started chemo in January 2010.  Her husband, daughter (Ava - 7 years old), and son (Evan - 6 years old) are all enduring many challenges coping with the illness.

Her caringbridge site is...

In an effort to help the family with the many financial burdens due to medical bills and loss of work, there has been a fundraiser started called  "Lisa's Fight Club".  You can make donations directly to the family by sending a check payable to the Greene family at 4115 Medlin Rd., Monroe NC 28112. 



Thank you for your support!   Laura Stikeleather - Owner


Last but not least is the Adam Tanksley Foundation.  

Read the latest update and show your support at:

Please join us as we race to "chomp childhood cancer!"



Second Annual
Adam's 5K Race to Chomp Childhood Cancer.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
McAlpine Creek Park
8:00am start
Register online at

100% of proceeds goes to the pediatric cancer research facility at Levine Children's Hospital.
Come run or walk to support a great cause! "Together we can chomp childhood cancer!"