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 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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