Hey, there.

I'm a big fan of real life: the imperfect, gritty joy that comes from big, honest striving. 

My camera is my pen. It's the tool I use to write down stories. Stories of love, grief, hope, humor, potential, connection, and delight. 

My own story includes a husband, four kids, two cats, lots of books, ballerinas, and a slew of struggling house plants.

What's your story? 

I'd love to help you put it onto pixels and paper.

Charlotte Gardunia dancing at the edge of a lake

About my work

My photography style is rich and clean. I always aim to match colors as true to life as possible, and often use light in a way that adds depth and drama. I am comfortable working with both studio and natural light, and can meet you on location anywhere your heart desires.

I am not a huge planner. I prefer to see what the moment gives me and make the most of it. Photo sessions with me tend to be very laid back. I am completely unfazed by rowdy children, bad weather, and wardrobe malfunctions. But a big part of my work does include photoshop to clean up acne, backdrop wrinkles, other unsightly distractions, and to occasionally swap heads from one shot to the next if someone blinks in a group photo. I absolutely will not use photoshop to change a dancer's technique. Your images will be an accurate reflection of your abilities. Do I sound like a good fit for you? 

Self portrait of Charlotte Gardunia stretching in ballet attire


  • 6 years as a competitive dancer
  • 2 years as a student choreographer
  • 3 semesters of Musical Theater
  • Minored in Modern Dance (BS in Psychology)
  • 5 years as a dance teacher/choreographer
  • 1 year as a competition coach
  • Judged 1 competition
  • Choreographed 1 full musical (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Experience in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, acro, tap, military, kickline, musical theater and hip hop

My Photography background

  • 2005: started studying digital photography
  • 2013: opened for business: family + wedding photography
  • 2016, 2019-2022: photography instructor
  • 2020: added dance + studio photography
  • 2020 & 2022: dance specific photography training
  • 2021: accepted to Click Pro Elite
  • 2023-2024: commercial product photographer
  • 2023: phased out family + wedding photography

... but didn't quit this daydream!

Charlotte Gardunia posing in a spotlight
North Idaho photographer and dance instructor Charlotte Gardunia
Charlotte Gardunia dancing at sunrise on the beach

How do I book a session?

Fill out the contact form or select a day and time from my booking calendar. I'll get back to you within 48 hours with all the details. Your time slot is reserved as soon as a contract and invoice has been returned.

What if I have to cancel?

Session fees are refundable, minus a $35 processing fee, up until 72 hours before your session. I will work with you to reschedule in the event of a last minute emergency.

What is your typical turnaround time?

An online gallery of your images will be available within 14 days after your session.

Do you have a referral program?

Yes, I do! If a client mentions your name upon booking, you will get a $25 credit toward your next session.

Can I bring my dog?

Absolutely! But if you don't plan to include your pet in every image, please bring an additional human to care for it while you are being photographed.

Do you do family sessions?

Family mini sessions are available on select days in the summer and fall. Check my booking calendar for openings, or join my newsletter to be notified when sessions become available.

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Do you do weddings?