Posted on December 26, 2010


We have snow!

This is a rare, exciting occurence around here. We Southerners lose our minds when we see flurries.

I did not see snow at my home until I was a teenager. Luckily for my kids, this is actually the second time it’s snowed this year in Charleston. The first time, back in February, it accumulated, and we found that a Twister mat makes a great golf course sledding implement. (We were gentle and careful, though, I promise! If there’s one thing I was raised knowing, it’s proper golf course etiquette.)

Here’s Miss M today. I got so excited, she and I went outside before I realized she had no coat or shoes on.

child snow Charleston portrait

And here’s Daddy to the rescue

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Here’s Miller, wondering what’s going on. He’s often wondering what’s going on.

Charleston child snow yard

Here’s J, demonstrating that the Snuggie doubles as snow attire

Snuggie for Kids Charleston

Charleston child photography snow

Self-portrait. Whoa. Sorry for the giant-ness.

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Posted on December 24, 2010

Posted on December 22, 2010

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Minolta SLR.
It’s almost as old as I am. (We’re talking a really ancient machine. :))

I haven’t shot non-automatic film since the 80′s, and before that making pinhole cameras as a kid (shout-out to the Florida school system!), so I was really excited.

There’s just something about film. Not only the look (black and white images, particularly, will never look as good to me in digital format) but the process.

And film’s not dead either.
One of the most famous wedding photographers in the world rocks film.

Don’t get me wrong, digital’s great. Love it.
But going back to not relying on the LCD screen to fine-tune exposure, and doing the Sunny 16 math in my head, and really looking at the tonal range of the scene and adjusting accordingly makes me feel like I’m truly part of the creative and technical experience.

Even if I still can’t ever remember to get the darn rolls developed.
Once my kids are older and more trustworthy, I really want to have a home darkroom. Right now, it’d be a toxic chemical nightmare.

I am really excited about including a few film images in some upcoming sessions.

Charleston child photography film

Here’s one I shot during a portrait session.

Charleston child photographer film portrait

I am not 100% proficient with that pesky split prism manual focus screen, but I love this shot anyway.

Charleston family photographer black and white film

Charleston child photographer

Bit of cheating here. I uploaded this image into Photoshop and removed the black point.
Charleston film photographer

Charleston film photographer

Posted on December 13, 2010

I had a beach engagement shoot scheduled for today, but mother nature had other ideas.
WIth a dreary afternoon freed up, I went through some of the snaps I’ve taken around the house in the past week.
Insert a decadent dinner break at the Fat Hen (Flounder Nicoise? Yes Ma’am!)
and now I’m home and cozy, ready to update the blog with new images.

These days, I spend a lot of time each day tidying up behind the swath of destruction that this imp cuts through the house.
Coffee cups on countertops, lip gloss, Febreze bottles, dog food, folded pillowcases, half-empty bottles of Pinot Grigio–nothing is safe from her fat, fervent little fingers.

Here she is, assaulting a (cooled, thankfully) saucepan of boiled eggs

Silly me, thinking I could saute some onions and leave the butter out for a few minutes

She charms me, even with one finger shoved up her nose

Charleston child photographer

This is her new chastened stance. I have to admit, it’s much more effective at tugging my heartstrings than crying ever was

Charleston child photographer

Freelensed (don’t try this at home if you only have one nice camera body)

Daddy’s home!

Charleston child photographer

Posted on December 1, 2010

The extended family Thanksgiving is held at my parents house in Georgia. There aren’t any quiet, noncompetitive or unopinionated people in my family, so there’s always lots of energy and rollicking conversation.
There were no contact football injuries this year, but we may have possibly a little bit slightly broken my mother’s dining room table playing Spoons.

My mother plating an absolutely insane Italian cream cake that someone gave her. She told my aunt it was homemade, which was true, but not actually by her, in her home. Details…

Charleston food photographer


Charleston photographer coffee

Cousins always have better toys
Charleston photographer child toy

Charleston photographer cat pet

Gloss me, baby

Gimme the kitty

No, seriously. Gimme.

In the bag!

Winding down with a pillowbook

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