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


Riveroaks Charleston dock sunset wedding


Ocean Lodge wedding Saint Simons Island Ga


Plantation at Bulow Charleston wedding


charleston family photographer


folly beach family photography


mills house charleston sc indian wedding







alhambra hall wedding mount pleasant


Kissed a little


waterfront park engagement session charleston sc




mepkin abbey photography session family




riveroaks awendaw venue


Got up offa that thang







Held hands




folly beach photography



bridesmaids praying for bride before wedding











mount pleasant alhambra hall wedding


baby bathng in sink



charleston sc Indian wedding


Showcased the Lowcountry






wedding party on the battery in charleston sc





kiawa family photography





Walked around







Modelled for Mom








Goofed off









myrtle beachengagement session




And called it a wrap!

















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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.

baby in yellow dress sitting on grass The Crescent

baby playing piano reflection

black and white baby dress

baby hand black and white portrait

Baby playing grand piano

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Posted on November 29, 2011



Have I mentioned how much I love Freshfields Village?

And have I mentioned how much I love the Millers?

Good combo.

We love to be able to capture a nice family photo.

family portrait kiawah

But this is often more realistic (and funnier to look back on!)

Cute child portrait charleston sc

portrait dad lifting daughter up in air

Then we strolled over to Vincent’s for ice cream and a change of scenery.

ice cream parlor photo session

Sharing is good.


Cherry heist!

Nap time

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Posted on October 21, 2011


I photographed precious little Caroline Campbell this summer. Such a sweetness.

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Posted on September 9, 2011




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.

harbor view elementary school   back to school images

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.

two year old tantrum time out

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.

charleston baby photographer, black and white baby picture

My sweet girlies

toddler girl pigtails

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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.

maternity beach portrait white dress

maternity beach session

Fort Moultrie portrait session

maternity photos at beach on rocks

maternity pictures cowboy boots

charleston maternity photographer

charleston sc maternity photos at sunset

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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.

charleston beach photographer

mother and child candid beach photo charleston sc

blonde toddler beach

toddler playing at Folly Beach

Next Mom and Dad changed his clothes. No fun.

toddler frown candid photography Charleston SC

And we went up to the Folly Beach Pier

grandfather and grandson portrait

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.

dinner at dunleavy's sullivan's island sc boy lifestyle photographer charleston

Taking a break from watching the teenage guy mow our lawn to show off an owie and receive appropriate sympathy

sisters black and white candid

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.

charleston family lifestyle photographer modern vintage photojournalism

And because Cool Dude came home and said it was time to hit the pool

children playing in back yard charleston

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