Posted on January 22, 2013
Last year was a good year.
I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats!
At a 2012 wedding, I was walking past a groom who was waiting in an alcove for his wedding ceremony to start, in mere minutes. He was a little verklempt, and I raised my camera, then paused, looked at him, and said,
“Is this OK? Or would you prefer privacy?”
And he said, “No, stay. I want the truth. Well… I want the truth, maybe just a little bit more beautiful.”
Yep. That’s why I do this.
The truth, maybe just a little bit more beautiful.
With that philosophy in mind, here’s a look back at some of the sessions and weddings I shot over the year– a good mixture of both candid and posed and/or planned shots.
My goal for 2013 is to shoot candid moments with more intention and purpose, so that I produce single images that can stand alone and tell stories.
Here’s what we did in 2012:
Hung 0ut in the good light
Kissed a little
Got up offa that thang
Showcased the Lowcountry
Modelled for Mom
And called it a wrap!
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.)
Posted on March 22, 2012
I met up with sweet Sloan over Christmas break and took a few portraits of her at her mother’s childhood home. Absolutely adorable child, blessed to be born to a Mom who dresses her in perfect style!
Poor baby was a bit sick and not really in the mood for portraits. This was the signal to take her inside. I love it though. I love a good occasional frown-y picture-I think they’re adorable.
Posted on February 14, 2012
Posted on November 29, 2011
Have I mentioned how much I love Freshfields Village?
And have I mentioned how much I love the Millers?
We love to be able to capture a nice family photo.
But this is often more realistic (and funnier to look back on!)
Then we strolled over to Vincent’s for ice cream and a change of scenery.
Sharing is good.
Posted on October 21, 2011
I photographed precious little Caroline Campbell this summer. Such a sweetness.
Posted on September 9, 2011
So first, a quick bit of housekeeping. I finally broke down and made a Facebook page! If you’re so inclined, head on over and “Like” it. The link is right up there ^ .
My husband informs me that I’ve been remiss lately with the blogging. You know, when I first started this gig, I’d see other photographers talking about how they were too busy to blog, and I’d enviously think, “Oh sure. You just have soooooooo many clients, so much going on, that you can’t find time to slap a few images onto your blog?”
And now I get it. They were right. I was wrong. Not only does a lot of admin and thought go into a blog post, but the busier you are corresponding and running expenses spreadsheets and editing and shooting, the easier it is to let the blogging slide.
Plus, school’s back in, and being the Homework Nazi is killing me, and laundry threatens to take over my life, and I have some sort of weird cut, bruise and swelling on my left ankle, with absolutely no recollection of how it got there. (Back in college, we used to call that sort of thing a UPI-unidentified party injury-but I can’t use that excuse anymore.)
And, and…no more and. Excuses are boring, and lame. Enough!
So, onward. While I get some session images resized and selected, I’m going to go back to my attempted Friday tradition of posting personal photos.
The kids’ first day back to school. They switched from a private to a public school this year, and I was nervous, but it’s gone swimmingly. And new worlds have opened up to Miss Thang, since she no longer has to wear plaid jumpers to school and can explore all sorts of sartorial silliness. This was a tame day, white t-shirt style.
The children have lost his clothes, so they’ve taken to calling him “Nude Dude.” I feel like maybe that’s not quite OK, but I’m sort of at a loss as to how to address the topic. The AAP books don’t have a nude dude chapter; I’ve checked.
Time out for pulling the cat’s tail. (“We don’t gnaw on our ki-tty.”) She’s so adorable to me.
The playroom. The children are theoretically responsible for keeping this space clean.
This is my friend’s sweet son. If I babysit your child, I photograph them. I can’t resist new portrait subjects. Luckily, everyone loves the swing.
My sweet girlies
Posted on August 23, 2011
Brooke contacted me to do her maternity portraits, and since I had only done one maternity session, for a friend back when I first started learning how to shoot with DSLR’s, I was excited to give it another spin.
Frankly I’m surprised she had to Google for a photographer; that baby magazines weren’t banging down her door looking to shoot her for a feature. Gorgeous, I tell you. She must have been flying under the radar.
Of course, I’m so behind with blogging that Brooke and Chris’s precious baby girl, Ellie Brooke, is going into the 3rd grade.
OK, I kid, she’s still an infant. An absolutely precious, good-lookin’ one, (I know this because of Facebook photos. Where would I be without FB to keep track of all my friends and clients?) just like her mother and father.
Posted on August 1, 2011
Finn’s family came to Folly Beach for vacation this summer. He’s ridiculously cute, and he owned his photo shoot. His mother told me she wanted vintage modern photojournalism, and I can see why. Finn has a dapper sort of look that really lends itself to that style.
Next Mom and Dad changed his clothes. No fun.
And we went up to the Folly Beach Pier
And shortly thereafter, little guy indicated that it was a wrap.
Posted on June 12, 2011
Lately, I’ve been deliberately practicing the arts of Leaving the Camera at Home and Putting the Camera Away. It’s easy to see life as one long series of fascinating moments, but the problem is if you’re always anticipating, with a viewfinder in front of your face, you can become a little removed from participating in your own story as it unfolds.
Or something like that.
But the pendulum’s sort of swung the other way, and the busier I get, business-wise, the more I forget to document my own family, like, ever, which isn’t good either.
So I’m going to try to return to blogging personal photos once a week, when I can remember to do so. People tell me that the little one in particular is a big hit. The world is her stage right now, and she knows it.
Taking a break from watching the teenage guy mow our lawn to show off an owie and receive appropriate sympathy
I can get great shots of other children rolling around in the grass, but this is right before they bailed on me because it was Itchy.
And because Cool Dude came home and said it was time to hit the pool