Posted on November 6, 2013
Today I’m featuring another family session from the archives.
The Butlers had portraits made before a deployment.
Little guy Adam had one of the most joyous smiles I’ve ever seen!
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!
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 families I photographed this summer. 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!
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:
Posted on September 20, 2013
This spring, Sarah contacted me about taking some portraits and candids of her son as a Father’s Day surprise.
We met up at White Point Gardens on a perfect afternoon, and turned Ethan loose so he could turn on the charm.
Just love his freckles.
Posted on September 4, 2013
In August, I could pretend that summer wasn’t over when the big kids went back to school because there was still Labor Day, and it was over 90 degrees.
But college football is here and I sent my baby to 4 year old preschool this morning (she was SO READY, she didn’t even look back at me. The girl loves a party, and she says school is a party every day. Bless her heart; may she keep that mindset the whole way through.)
So summer is officially shelved.
But I say it’s not too late to share some summer camp images I took of my son back in June.
(For current client work, as always, check my Facebook page. Brides and babies and breezes!)
It’s a huge thing, to leave your kid in the mountains with strangers.
As soon as we put his things in his cabin, he disappeared over the rocks and down the hill, shoeless, like a billy goat.
So I knew he was going to be just fine. But the way he hugged me when we left told me he was nervous.
Charles kept eyeing me on the way back down the mountain, saying, “Are you OK? How are you doing?”
And I was completely OK.
I mean, there were horses, and a giant slip and slide that runs down the hill into the lake. How could I not be thrilled for him?
And then the week ended, and we were on our way back up the mountain, and about 5 minutes away from the camp, eager to see our boy, and I burst into tears.
The hubs gave me The Baffled Look (I’m not a weepy type person), and I said, “I just…I’m just so ha-ha-haaappy for him, and it’s so sp-sp-eeecial up here, and now he’s going back to ordinary boring home, and I’m not ready for his life to not be spe-eeecial anymore, not quite yet. Sniffle sniff sob.”
Moms can be kind of nuts.
Happy fall, y’all!
Posted on July 25, 2013
Jennifer, a photographer in Ohio , vacationed with her daughter and husband at Folly Beach this spring.
I took them down the lighthouse path, and the light could not have been more perfect for portraits and family candids.
So you know how whenever you see old Led Zeppelin live footage, you think to yourself that no one else will ever have a more iconic, luxurious head of hair than golden god Robert Plant in his heyday? (It’s not just me, right?)
That’s what I thought, at least, until I met Ava. This child’s hair…I mean, seriously stunning.
Posted on July 7, 2013
My sweet, funny girl is 8 today. By request, she spent almost the whole day alone with Daddy. My husband went totally overboard, but I got to avoid the mall, so hey, win-win!
The blue earrings are clip-ons (from Justice I think?)
I gasped when they walked in the door, thinking he’d gotten her ears pierced, and they both laughed.
Spoiled rotten + prank on Mom?
Posted on June 22, 2013
I’m much more likely to post individual images on my Facebook page here and there as I’m editing, but I wanted to post today’s here along with a quick tip.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding with some extra space available, please consider borrowing or renting a few rocking chairs to scatter around.
(I believe that these chairs might be part of the Boone Hall Cotton Dock furnishings.)
They add such a sweet Lowcountry feel to the event, and they feel wonderful to tired grandparents and parents of sleepy children.
I wish I’d done this at my wedding!
Posted on March 28, 2013
The weather’s been a bit flaky lately. (Wimps, the lot of us. We Lowcountry dwellers really prefer daytime temps that don’t dip below 70, or 60, at least.)
I’ve had a few beach photography sessions this month that haven’t really turned out as warm as we anticipated back when we scheduled them.
But my clients are troopers, I’m telling you.
Nicki and her fun, sweet family were visiting from Arkansas, and we had a wonderful time, despite the chilly wind.
Doesn’t Collin have the sweetest little face? Such an adorable boy. His grandfather definitely won the “get natural smiles out of him” contest.
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!