Posted on January 29, 2011
Posted on January 26, 2011
Within a few day’s time, my daughter was asked to be a flower girl in the Charleston Bridal Show, and I was asked to be the fashion show photographer.
It’s hard to say who was more excited. She got to have her hair done, and since the salon chair is sort of like her mothership (at the tender age of 5), she was over the moon. But I got to spend all morning capturing getting-ready shots, so it was like shooting 6 brides in one day. Totally fun. I can’t ever get enough of putting-on-makeup shots.
It’s a draw.
Thanks to the wonderful Belazza Salon and Spa in West Ashley. You were terrific, guys. Sorry my kid ate all your strawberries.
Posted on January 20, 2011
This lovely family flew in from Iowa and South Dakota to visit their son/brother/uncle, who’s in the Navy and stationed in Charleston.
I thought I could just say they flew in from the plains, but then one friend said, no, it’s the midwest, and then another insisted that the west would be more accurate, and somehow a complex conversation about regional history and city planning evolved, and I still have no idea where Iowa and South Dakota are, regionally.
What I do know is that the family was awesome. Tons of fun, laid-back, great-looking, and I got to be there when a landlocked 2 year old saw the ocean at Isle of Palms for the first time. What’s better than that?
Part of the family has already headed back to-over there-but the parents are still vacationing. As I type, they’re in Cancun, probably beachside, sipping something exotic. I’m thinking they’re on to something, with the double vacation plan.
It was lovely to meet you, S family. Here’s your sneak peek. More to come soon!
This is my idea of a formal family portrait. Cohesive, everyone looking at the camera, but casual, and with a little spunk.
Love this. I love the way the seagull’s in the shot. Very pretty. But I also hear the theme to Close Encounters of the Third Kind whenever I look at it. Sorta got that space-age feel going on.
Posted on January 17, 2011
I am preparing to blog a sneak peek of another family beach portrait session, and I stumbled on this in my archives.
It’s a few months old, but it makes my heart melt, and it’s especially fitting on this dreary, dreary day. (For which I am nonetheless blessed and thankful. Spaghetti sauce from scratch is bubbling, and soon it’ll be time to tune in to The Bachelor–one of my guilty pleasures. I have a fondness for gray days when I don’t have to leave the house.)
Don’t feel sorry for her. She was probably mad because it was naptime and she didn’t want it to be, or perhaps I wouldn’t let her play with a steak knife or toxic substance. Sharpie. Whatever.
I’m so mean.
I have such a weakness for expressive photos that go beyond smiles. As much as I adore a good cheesy grin on anyone of any age, I am all about wanting to capture the full emotional range.
Posted on January 15, 2011
Lately, I’ve seen great recaps of 2010 on the blogs of many wonderfully talented photographers. My favorites have been the ones where they include what they like about the image. I like knowing why a particular image spoke to them. Sometimes, it’s just obvious. But sometimes I can see a photo differently through their eyes, or see something I didn’t even notice before.
These aren’t my favorite images of the year. I could never narrow that down. They are images that stood out to me when I looked back in my archives, and they haven’t yet been posted on the website. I’d love to know which one is your favorite!
I like the way the composition turned out here–the way the makeup artist’s applying lip gloss with her own lips showing in the corner of the frame. And, you know, there’s the whole thing where they’re both insanely gorgeous.
This is from my very first family shoot. I love the sense of motion, but my favorite part is the way her little toes are so pointed. It makes me smile every time I see it.
First Baptist School prom-goers. I love the light, love the way the processing turned out, love the Mom fussing over her son in the background and their shadows. I did this shoot as a favor to a neighbor, and a few days beforehand, my Nikon died. (Now I have 3 camera bodies, but I didn’t at the time, which is why I wasn’t technically in business then. Gotta be prepared!) Anyway, my neighbor said I could borrow her DSLR. I had 2 hours on the internet and 45 minutes of in-hand time to figure out how to maneuver around a Canon. I also couldn’t see the meter because the sun was so bright, and I was working with a kit lens. But that’s the sort of field challenge that I love, and I really love a lot of the images that came out of that shoot.
This was Boy Scouts day at Middleton Place. I like the perspective here. I was also fascinated by these deer, who spend all day in this petting zoo, yet were still remarkably skittish.
Daddy’s home! Do not adjust your screen. I was playing with one of my manual 50mm lenses with my daughter one afternoon and my husband came home a bit early. I didn’t even have time to turn the focus ring to grab this shot, but I love the way it came out anyway.
This is just very modern downtown Charleston. Taken on the Kelby Photowalk. I love the colors.
Another Photowalk image. It makes me smile. So perfect for throngs of photo opp seekers for someone to leave what looks like a perfectly good dresser out on an upscale urban street.
From a family portrait session at Folly Beach. Who wouldn’t hope to be even half as fun and gorgeous as these two when they’re grandparents?
Because we shot this at the end of the summer, and I wish it was summer now. Yep.
I love the way the processing turned out on this. I think it’s very sweet, and I know it’s not always easy for little boys, even loving brothers, to hold hands, what with the risk of cooties and all, so props to these little guys.
Love this location. I wish it wasn’t 4 1/2 hours away. I’m dying to get a bride there. It’s the ultimate trash-the-dress location. Around 4 city blocks chock full of killer overgrown industrial buildings with the most unbelievable light.
Love the colors and intimacy here
I love their expressions and body language. At heart, I am a girl in love with candid photojournalism. And I like the sort of organic texture that the spraying water drops gives the image.
I love the softness and sort of in-the-moment, snapshot feel to this.
This isn’t a good picture in terms of composition. But I keep coming back to it for other reasons. The child stopped in the middle of our session to approach and coo at the passing dogs. I love the symmetrical eye contact. See how she and the large dog are looking into each other’s eyes, and the puppy is looking straight at me?
I took this of my middle child just a few weeks ago. It wouldn’t even be deliverable if it were a client image (missing top half of a head anyone?) but I love it all the same. There’s something about it that’s just very *her*.
The babe. I dig rubber duckies, can’t get enough of candid photos, and the finger pudge and bit o’ eyelash just slay me. No-brainer.
My oldest child. This is an SOOC (straight out of the camera) shot, and while it could benefit from some editing, I chose to leave it the way it was captured. An exercise in restraint. Gotta love that sunset light.
Who doesn’t like a good dance floor photo? This was from a wedding afterparty. I am looking forward to many more fun dance floor moments during the weddings I’m shooting in 2011.
Carolina girls are the best in the world.
Posted on January 3, 2011
John Mayer fans know the song “The Great Indoors.”
People who have young kids, or a lingering cartoon habit themselves, may know Spongebob Squarepant’s soulful couch potato ballad,
Innn-dooors. . .
When lovely baby Taylor, from my last blog post, nixed the family beach portrait scenario, we decided to try again in a couple of days, in the comfort and security of her grandmother’s beautiful house.
While I really do love shooting outside, and harnessing all the magic that natural light can offer, sometimes it’s better to be realistic.
Check out Taylor in all her warm, giggly glory!