Posted on October 30, 2013




Today I’m back in the archives, from our unseasonably chilly 2013 spring.

Of course, Melissa, who is glowingly expectant in these images, now has two children.

They’ve booked another family session this winter, and I can’t wait to meet the baby!




















Melissa5767sfamily on dock at Kiawah


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Posted on October 29, 2013




Last week, I saw a man at the gas station. 60’s-ish, neat and pressed, kind face,  classically confident walk. He was adding air to his tires, and the hose kept retracting as he pulled it around the vehicle. Not wanting to lose the hose or have it rub against his nice SUV, he was doing this stop/start, twisty, yanky, crab shimmy to get correctly positioned. He then took an exaggerated side step, the kind preschoolers take when pretending they’re a toy soldier or the Jolly Green Giant, and stepped on one end of the hose to keep it stationary.

I wished so badly that I had my camera to document him, and an invitation to do so.

I love to watch people. The funny, sweet, preciously awkward things. The bonds, reactions and traditions. That’s why I love photographing families.

Don’t get me wrong. I have a family. I *know* what was involved in preparing for your photo shoot, and it’s not all hugs and coordinating colors and smiles. Someone was running late, a shoe went missing, hair frizzed at the last minute, kids fought in the car on the way over. And a 30% chance of rain. It’s *messy*.

But despite all that nonsense, it’s the deliberateness of the gesture. The showing up to say “this is us, and we are worthy of documenting and preserving, today, together, just as we are, so have at it” is what pulls us through every time.


I intended to do one blog post and include an image from all the Charleston family portraits I did this year. But I couldn’t pull it off. They each have their own wonderful stories to tell. So I’m going to try to blog one family a day for the next few weeks until I’ve caught up.


Today, the Fedders clan!


Family cuddling on Folly Beach



cute blond blue eyed boy smirk



casual family portraits in Charleston sister hugging brother


Fun family photo grandmother and grandchildren


Three blond siblings family portrait posing



Walking down the beach path Folly Beach



Family beach portrait children in white



Folly Beach family portrait on beach wearing whites and blues



This was in honor of the late patriarch of the family, who had a collection of crazy Cosby sweaters he would wear to parties. I love that they chose to honor him this way, and lugged a tub full of sweaters along on summer vacation. Awesome.




Ice cream and cookie rewards back at the house after a wonderful photo session:

Face in bowl of ice cream





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Posted on October 9, 2013

Within the past week, I’ve had two weddings published on local blogs. Both were wonderful island weddings, on opposite sides of the county.

The Wedding Row featured Jordan and Adam’s Sacred Heart Catholic ceremony and Wadmalaw island shindig here

and A Lowcountry Wedding featured Amanda and Jay’s Daniel Island marshside ceremony and reception here.

I love seeing which images blogs pick to tell the story of a wedding. It’s so much fun to see your work arranged by a different set of eyes. Thanks so much to these wonderful Charleston wedding resources!

Here are some additional images from Jordan and Adam’s wedding that I love:


Sacred Heart church wedding Charleston SC


Grandmother reading program at wedding


wedding party celebrating after the wedding



Charleston wedding wedding party portrait in live oak tree




Wadmalaw Island SC wedding




Bride and groom portrait veil blowing in wind







wedding guests looking out over the river



Band member playing the washboard at Charleston SC wedding






Bride and groom on the dance floor last song



Wadmalaw boat dock in the moonlight


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