Posted on January 27, 2014

 

 

 

Molly’s vision for her family session was to capture them having fun and being themselves.  And we did! I love the light, colors, humor and energy here.

 

Casual family portrait humor Charleston

 

brothers wrestling on the beach sulivan's island

 

 

boy hugging little brother

 

 

adorable blond toddler boy on beach charleston

 

 

 

 

Boys being boys playing with sticks

 

 

father walking on beach holding son

 

 

mother and son laughing silly beach sunny charleston

 

 

sullivans island standing on rocks

 

 

boy playing on beach rocks sullivans island

 

 

boy blowing bubbles

 

 

father and son blowing bubbles barge in charleston bay

 

 

family playing on beach

 

 

 

 

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Posted on December 13, 2013

 

 

 

I had a few spare minutes today, so I ordered photo Christmas cards with images from this quick mini-session I did with my own children earlier this fall.

To all my clients: there’s still time to order cards right from your gallery!

Children playing portrait on Sullivans Island SC

 

 

I hope everyone’s having a wonderful holiday season-

 

Sally





Posted on November 21, 2013

 

 

 

I met the adorable and vivacious Fornshell family this past spring with a group of their friends.

The group of 4 families opted to do four back to back mini sessions of each family, as well as get a few whole group shots. It was not only an affordable way to commemorate your gang on vacation, but, more importantly, works out well with the kids’ attention spans. It was unseasonably chilly, but I hope they had a great time anyway.

 

mother and son kiawah beach

 

blond boy laughing in the sun

 

 

twin babies family photos

 

 

charleston twins photo

 

 

 

 

Mom and Dad kissing on beach family portraits

 

 

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laughing family charleston family photos





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!

 

 

 

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Melissa5043s

 

 

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Melissa5767sfamily on dock at Kiawah

 

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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 Charleston family portraits I did this year. 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!

 

Family cuddling on Folly Beach

 

 

cute blond blue eyed boy smirk

 

 

casual family portraits in Charleston sister hugging brother

 

Fun family photo grandmother and grandchildren

 

Three blond siblings family portrait posing

 

 

Walking down the beach path Folly Beach

 

 

Family beach portrait children in white

 

 

Folly Beach family portrait on beach wearing whites and blues

 

 

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:

Face in bowl of ice cream

 

 

 

 

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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.

Gorgeous people.

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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

 

Riveroaks Charleston dock sunset wedding

 

Ocean Lodge wedding Saint Simons Island Ga

 

Plantation at Bulow Charleston wedding

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primped

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Posted on October 2, 2012

 

 

I met up with the Parrot and Hopkins family last month at Seabrook.  They were celebrating their parents’ anniversary, and were such lovely people.

 

I know I say that about all the families I photograph on the beach. Of course they’re wonderful-they’re on vacation, having a great time!

 

But this family was particularly warm and fun. I had a great time with all of them.

 

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Escapees!

If your young children do this at your beach photo session, no need be embarrassed. ALL kids do this.

 

 

family walking on the beach charleston sc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Probably not a surprise to mention that this ended badly. But it was fun to capture anyway. I love boys being boys!

 

 

 

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Posted on August 14, 2012

 

 

 

I photographed Sarah and her extended family last month out at Folly. When Sarah, who handcrafts fanciful, customized wedding cake toppers, contacted me, I checked out her blog and saw that the bar was set high. They’ve been shot by some awesome photographers!

 

Hopefully I did their wonderful family justice. I know I had fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

folly beach ice cream sugartime

 

 

black magic cafe folly beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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