hi, i'm Mary Beth

i'm the creator, dreamer and lead creative at Carolina Gypsy co. I'm a native to appalachia, born and raised in the #coolestcornerofnc in ashe county, north carolina. 

fun fact: i was raised on a cattle & crop farm that i still work, and raise around 30 bottle calves every year.

my passion for photography started from a young age, always carrying around a camera - or sneaking my detective grandpa's polaroid from his HOMe office.

one criminal justice degree and a short career as a paralegal later, photography became my full time job in 2018.

Important things you should know about me: the trial scene in legally blonde gives me actual chills, i can quote every single word of the parent trap... no, like, every single word, i have the mouth of a well educated sailor and tend not even notice when things slip out, & if you're in a pinch and need an answer on jeopardy, i probably know it - but don't ask me to remember what i had for breakfast.

MY LOVE LANGUAGE IS CHARCUTERIE & RED WINE, WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, CUDDLE PUDDLES WITH MY PUPS AND BELLY LAUGHS WITH MY BEST FRIENDS. MY FAVORITE TIMES OF YEAR ARE FOOTBALL + CALVING SEASON AND YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH TALK ME INTO GOING ANYWHERE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A GOOD PLAYLIST.

i can truly feel my soul light on fire when my camera is my hand. and can't believe that i get to wake up everyday and call this my job.

i'm a real sucker for a good view, the blue ridge parkway or a big open field and they're my favorite places to capture you & your people.

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MEET THE CREATOR

HI, I’M MARY BETH - CREATOR, DREAMER & APP STATE ALUM. JUST LIKE MY BUSINESS, I WAS BORN AND BRED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF ASHE COUNTY, NC. I AM A PROUD DAUGHTER OF APPALACHIA AND GREW UP ON A CATTLE & CROP FARM ALWAYS WITH A CAMERA IN MY HAND.

MY PASSION FOR PHOTOGRAPHY STARTED FROM A YOUNG AGE, ALWAYS CARRYING A CAMERA AROUND THE FARM AND HANGING OUT WITH MY DETECTIVE GRANDPA IN HIS HOME OFFICE. BUT ONE CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE AND 4+ YEARS AS A PARALEGAL LATER, IT BECAME MY FULL-TIME CAREER IN LATE-2018.

I’M A SUCKER FOR AN OPEN FIELD, MOUNTAIN VIEWS AND THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY. I CAN FEEL THE FIRE IN MY SOUL IGNITE WHEN MY CAMERA’S IN MY HAND. THE TRIAL SCENE IN LEGALLY BLONDE GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS, I HAVE THE MOUTH OF A WELL-EDUCATED SAILOR AND CAN QUOTE EVERY SINGLE WORD OF THE PARENT TRAP.

MY LOVE LANGUAGE IS CHARCUTERIE & RED WINE, WARM CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, CUDDLE PUDDLES WITH MY PUPS AND BELLY LAUGHS WITH MY BEST FRIENDS. MY FAVORITE TIMES OF YEAR ARE FOOTBALL + CALVING SEASON AND YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH TALK ME INTO GOING ANYWHERE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A GOOD PLAYLIST.

DOCUMENTARY-STYLE PHOTOGRAPHER

HORSE GIRL

SHOWIT DESIGNER + BRAND BUILDER

What's Playing?

Favorite binge:

Go-To Coffee Order:

Favorite Superhero:

captain america (& iron man)

lany, machine gun kelly, texas country or pop punk

iced chai with oat milk

New girl, law & ordeR: Svu or friday night lights

My Philosophy

It is my job and mission to make you feel like your most authentic, comfortable, beautiful and fun-loving self during your time with me. My favorite part of my job is watching people come into their creativity. I love the new people my job let's me hangout with, and I just want you to see yourself how I see you. I know that being in front of the camera can be intimidating and scary, but have no fear, I will be with you throughout the process to ease your nerves (and hand you a beer as needed).

Gone are the days of stuffy, out of date, prom poses -- authenticity is here. I believe in creating timeless photos with movement, creating emotive moments with raw emotions for you and generations to remember. The candid moments between all the crazy are my absolute favorite, so buckle up for a bunch of jokes, conversation and laughter - I can't wait to meet you!