Posted on November 21, 2013
I met the adorable and vivacious Fornshell family this past spring with a group of their friends.
The group of 4 families opted to do four back to back mini sessions of each family, as well as get a few whole group shots. It was not only an affordable way to commemorate your gang on vacation, but, more importantly, works out well with the kids’ attention spans. It was unseasonably chilly, but I hope they had a great time anyway.
Posted on June 28, 2013
Check out Jennifer and Mike’s sentimental, eclectic, charming wedding on Borrowed and Bleu today!
Posted on June 11, 2013
First, a few updates.
As usual, I post new images as I’m editing on my Facebook business page, so please head on over there to see my most current work!
I’ve also had work featured on a few blogs lately and wanted to link to those. Almost all of the images featured have not yet appeared on my blog, so be sure to check them all out!
The Wedding Row featured Kate and Blake’s gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation engagement session here
Red Dirt bride, a blog for rustic wedding inspiration based in Oklahoma, featured Jenna and Michael’s lovely Alhambra Hall wedding with DIY accents here.
The Lovely Find featured Kellie and Russ’s beautiful Lowcountry casual meets English garden riverside wedding here.
And look for Jennifer and Mike’s Bulow Landing wedding, coming on soon on Borrowed and Bleu!
On a personal note, I’ve gotten several emails lately from parents wanting their 10-12 year old children photographed. The individual phrasing is slightly different, but the same theme runs through all the requests. They want their children documented during those fleeting moments of childhood. That stage where the knees are extra-knobby but the cheeks, in certain light and angles, still retain traces of chubbiness. That stage before Mom and Dad are, OMG, a Complete Embarrassment!
I was at my older childrens’ elementary school last month, and ran into my son’s 4th grade class, lined up in the hall. He saw me. I’m pretty sure he saw me. But he immediately averted eye contact and froze.
Like I was a T-Rex.
And I realized that I probably do some freezing and averting of my own. Sure, we’re great buds, and I spend lots of time with him, and I’m not afraid to discipline him and be active in his life, the good and the bad. But with the camera, I’ve definitely backed off. Part of it’s that he’s less into it, and is on the threshold of some serious orthodontia. Another reason is he’s entered that universal photographic wasteland, from which kids typically emerge around JV sports, and for awkward prom photos.
But I don’t want his tween and teen years documented only by goofy faces, images involving shin guards, or, God forbid, 500 mirror selfies of him trying to look tough with his hand thrown in a sideways V. (What IS that, anyway?).
So I’m going to get better about taking pictures of him. He deserves it. He’s pretty awesome. He’s the only person in the whole wide world who thinks my nonsense song lyrics when I change up or forget the words are hilarious.
If you feel the same way about your child, contact me and we’ll set up a session! I make it painless on them. Promise.
Posted on April 15, 2013
So Sabrina and Jason are fabulous. I actually booked their wedding through Sabrina’s wonderful mother, so I didn’t get a chance to meet or talk to them until their wedding day this past fall. However, I could tell right off the bat that they had this great, witty, shared sardonic sense of humor. I’m all about that.
They had a destination wedding in Charleston, with the ceremony at St. Johannes Lutheran Church and then another Indian ceremony at the reception. It was gorgeous, and I was so honored to have the opportunity to be there.
Getting ready at Stella Nova salon in Mount Pleasant:
Lots of family flew over from India, and they all stayed in a wonderful beachfront home on Isle of Palms. Hurricane Irene tried to derail the festivities, but we all just went with the flow.
The whole family blessed the bride before they left for the ceremony.
My second shooter for the day, Bridgit, slowed down her shutter to capture all the graceful whirlwind movement prior to departing for the church.
It started clearing up almost immediately after this. Yay!
St. Johannes Lutheran Church
On to the Mills House!
The bride’s sisters organized a surprise flash mob. Every guest was sent a video of lyrics and dance moves to the Muppets tune, “Life’s a Happy Song”.
So much fun to see all those smiles and reactions!
Posted on March 26, 2013
I love this image from last Sunday’s Boone Hall engagement session. So dreamy!
Head over to my Facebook page to see a few additional images from this session, as well as some cute family sessions I’ve shot over the past few weeks. I’m also still newly enthralled with Instagram, and I’m enjoying learning more about shooting in a new medium.
If you want to check out some fabulous inspiration from some of the most talented names in the photography field, check out the new SWPB Pinterest Boards. Now is the perfect time to follow along and see how these collectively curated boards unfold.
Speaking of Pinterest, we’re sort of on speaking terms again. During the fall wedding and portrait rush, we had to part ways. There was just no time for that fabulously addictive yet time-sucking nonsense. Now, though, I sneak in occasionally. I try to Pin Responsibly. It’s what the Surgeon General would want.
Anyway, as stated on my bio page, I think my Pinterest boards are a great and fairly comprehensive way to get a sense of my personality and style, especially for destination wedding couples who want to see if we’re a good fit.
So imagine my surprise when I got home from a wedding a few weeks ago to a facetious Facebook message from a friend that said, “Those are some beautiful dolphins on Pinterest, Sally!”
I logged on to find that my 7 year old daughter had been assiduously pinning to my boards in my absence, so to someone perusing Pinterest at the time, my activity looked something like this:
Sea World Dolphin
Tacky airbrushed dolphin under the sunset scene
Fantasy island and dolphin scenario with glitter
Even tackier airbrushed dolphin
Seriously, this one leaped right off of a Myrtle Beach t-shirt
I need to look into making her cute little self a private board. Really, no one over the age of 12 needs to be subjected to that.
Let’s erase those images with another dreamy one, shall we?
Posted on December 31, 2012
Taking a brief work break to actually blog something!
(Just a reminder, I have been updating my Facebook page, so head on over there to see recent work from this fall.
I am also whipping up a 2012 review post, so stay tuned!)
Saturday night, I assisted my lovely friend Leigh Webber with shooting a lovely Wild Dunes wedding.
As I was grabbing the rest of my gear on the way out, I noticed all the flowers being tossed, and I asked if I may have two of the bridesmaids’ bouquets for my girls.
Yesterday I encouraged them to have fun with their “real, live wedding flowers” and they really ran with it!
They crack me up.
You’ll notice that May shaved off part of her eyebrow in the tub. Yeah. Note to self: never leave my razor accessible again, and be relieved it wasn’t worse!
Checking the royal phone
Royal leftover Christmas junk food break.
They dubbed themselves Queen Clarissa and Princess LaRose. They also knighted their brother and made him royal ukelele player.
Posted on October 25, 2012
What’s that phrase? Hopping like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs?
Something like that.
Anyway, I’m in the middle of my busy wedding season and loving it!
I’m using every spare work-related minute I have for editing. (And, obviously, shooting, answering emails, paying taxes, all that good stuff.)
So, for the next couple of weeks I’ll probably be using my Facebook page as a blog of sorts, so head on over there to see images I’ve shot lately. You’ll be glad you did. People have been rockin’ it in front of my lens lately.
Happy fall y’all!
Posted on October 15, 2012
Lovely Kellie, shortly before her wedding. This property was made for portraits. It’s amazing.
Much more from this wedding to come soon! I’m editing now, and will probably add images to my Facebook here and there. Check them out at
Posted on September 4, 2012
I love this time of year, when school starts and everyone posts pics of their kids, with new shoes and cheesy grins (or pouts), heading off to school.
I got that obligatory shot too, but I also thought it would be fun to document one last summer family outing the night before school started.
Being a pirate. She likes to (mistakenly) growl “Arrrrrgh, Ladies…” instead of mateys.
Boppin’ to Gotye. She’s as shameless about singing along to piped-in music in public places as I am.
It was around 7:30, and this little pumpkin is a strict 8-8 sleeper; has been since birth. She winds down on cue. She was very tired.
Posted on June 7, 2012
May is 3, and can be accordingly quirky. We’ve been growing her bangs out for-what-8 months?
They were just tucking behind her ear, but she doesn’t like to wear it that way. She’s also not big on the whole thing where we brush it, wash it, style it, make it not look like a rat’s nest.
Rather than deal with daily negotiations and painful rubber bands and howling, fat-fist-shaking recriminations, and after a lot of wishy washy thought (seriously, it’s ridiculous, how long I contemplated the bangs-or-no-bangs thing) I granted her request for “Dora hair.”
And I think she rocks it.
(C.R. and I got summer cuts too but I haven’t taken pictures yet. Plus my hair pretty much looks the same no matter what.)
(After helping herself to my makeup bag. Asking for permission= feh.)