Posted on March 24, 2014

 

Cabell House Charleston wedding

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Posted on May 6, 2013

Happy sunny Monday!

I realized that I forgot to put a sneak peek image of Erin and Ben’s wedding on my Facebook page, so it’s the perfect time to preview a few of their images on the blog while I finish editing their lovely wedding.

I arrived at the South Carolina Aquarium for the rehearsal dinner under gray misty skies, but with weather.com’s assurance that there was 10% chance of rain until storms rolled in around 11 pm. Usually the chance of rain is overestimated, so imagine my surprise when I noticed guests looking and pointing to something outside the window, and saw this.

As lovely and hospitable as a typical lowcountry sunset is, I think this was actually a more unique sight for out of town guests. I have rarely seen such a perfect storm front roll in, and we had the ideal vantage point.

storm front over sc aquarium

Erin’s something blue. Aren’t they fabulous?

blue wedding shoes

What downtown destination wedding would be complete without a battery stroll?

bride and groom battery stroll

And an alley portrait!

bride and groom charleston alley

Their Peninsula Grill coconut wedding cake was topped with a fun homage to their home city of Philadelphia. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I didn’t catch the reference when I was taking the pictures. It wasn’t until I was scrolling through files on the computer that I was like, “Oooooh! I get it! It’s a miniature version of the sculpture in Love Park.”
I got a kick out of that and emailed the Erin to tell her.

Philly love cake topper

I’ll post more sneak peeks as I wrap up editing. :)

I’ll also be posting a few images of Jordan and Adam’s Wadmalaw wedding this past Saturday on my Facebook page today or tomorrow, so check back over there too!

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Posted on October 15, 2012

 

 

 

Lovely Kellie, shortly before her wedding. This property was made for portraits. It’s amazing.

 

Riveroaks Charleston Awendaw bridal portrait

 

Much more from this wedding to come soon! I’m editing now, and will probably add images to my Facebook here and there. Check them out at

https://www.facebook.com/sallywattsphoto

 

Happy Monday!

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Posted on July 27, 2012

I just love this one.

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Posted on January 9, 2012

Didn’t Jessie have the greatest dress ever? Seriously, the best. It had this casual luxurious vibe that suited her so well and was so different. And it had *pockets*!

The dress is Amsale, from White on Daniel Island.

college of charleston bridal portraits

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Jessie’s necklace and earrings were worn in honor of her grandmother.

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bride braided updo

bride kissing sister

bride back of dress

bride doing hair

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bride in charleston house doorway

bride by charleston gate

This was the first bridal session I’ve ever done. All my other couples have opted for an engagement session instead, so I was really excited about being able to focus on the girl in the white dress. After we experimented with traditional poses and looks, we had some fun with it.

bride laughing

whimsical bride

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Posted on January 2, 2012

An image for Monday morning.

Piggyback bride.

piggyback bride

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Posted on December 6, 2011

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights-

I don’t usually split weddings into multiple posts. But Jillian and Michael’s wedding at the Emmett Robinson Theater was such a shootfest; seriously, backstage alone was a separate quirky, random world just begging to be documented. I prefer short-ish blog posts with an emphasis on the people. But there’s so much I want to share about this wedding, so this is part one:

movie theater wedding

I love this. It reminds me of the slumber party scene in Grease.

bridesmaids in curlers

One of the girls saw me unwrapping these and thought they were mine. Nope- I wish I could shoot a wedding  in non-sensible shoes! Jillian was the one rocking the purple fabulousness.

marilyn monroe makeup bag cerave

bride getting ready backstage

silly bridesmaid

backstage theater

bridesmaids painting nails black

“No, I really am a D. Look at my bra-it’s in the bag over there.”

black bra DD strapless

bride mascara eyeliner

bride putting on dress

simons school of the arts bridal portrait

groom portrait

college of charleston cistern bride and groom wedding portrait

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Posted on November 3, 2011

Karmen and Nazar booked me to photograph their wedding from another state via email, so apart from a brief meeting in person this summer, we didn’t have much time to get to know each other before their big day. However, Karmen and I chatted a lot over email in all the months leading up to the wedding, and so by the time September 24th and their Charleston destination wedding rolled around, I felt like we were practically old friends.

Karmen emailed me shortly after the wedding to say that I was in the background of a lot of their friends’ snapshots, and I was smiling in every frame.

I felt a little dorky, but it’s true. I had a great time.

Who wouldn’t, with Karmen and Nazar, who are just fun and stylish and awesome, and their closest friends and family?

Karmen strung these crystals herself to hang from the tree and reception light fixtures.

Sigh. Killer Choos.

I asked Karmen if she runs. She said no, but her mother and best friend were quick to inform me that she was voted “Best Legs” in high school. Not surprised!

Happy anticipation!

Love this of Nazar and his Mom.

I loved the use of grapes. Very cool.

Mother and daughter, taking a quick symmetrical dance break.

Venue: Getting ready in the Grand Mansion Suite at the Wentworth Mansion, reception at Circa 1886

Officiant: Pamela Dewitt

Cake: Rozebud’s Custom Cakes, Charlotte NC

Flowers: Yia Yang at the Charlotte NC Farmers Market

DJ: Arthur Brouthers

And special thanks to the lovely Tara at Red Shutter Studio for helping me by locating a babysitter for Karmen and Nazar’s good friends so they could party late into the night. Check out their work if you don’t already know it. Awesome!





Posted on June 22, 2011

 

Jodi and Justin’s wedding was magical for me because there were so many scenes that I felt like could have been captured in any age at all.

It had this old world understated elegance that I just loved.

And they’re such a great couple. Justin has this fabulous sardonic wit that I just love and appreciate, and not only is Jodi breathtakingly beautiful, but she’s definitely an individual. A quiet, sweet, meditating, cat-loving social worker who-surprise!-loves ambient trance techno music so much that they planned their honeymoon around a Vegas trance concert.

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francis marion hotel balcony bride and groom

Justin carved and burned the chuppah by hand. I love the way they incorporated the Lowcountry element of palmetto roses and spanish moss.

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I don’t normally get nervous while I’m shooting, but I was stressed out about getting the glass shot, especially since I don’t use motion-freezing flash during ceremonies. I was so happy to see flying bits of glass when I was reviewing the files!

breaking glass jewish wedding

Justin, pantomiming the enthusiastic tourist bit:

This is Jodi, when I ask her to smile:

And this is Jodi when Justin joins the conversation. I don’t think he even said anything that super-hilarious. She’s just that smitten. :)





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!

Bride getting ready lip gloss Charleston wedding photographer

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.

Charleston family photographer child in air dress beach

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.

Charleston Homecoming prom candid portrait photography

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.  Charleston Middleton Place wisteria photo

I hardly ever shoot flowers anymore. Used to, obsessively, when I first got my Nikon. But this just says Lowcountry to me. Boy Scouts Middleton Place Charleston

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.

Charleston family portrait

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.

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From my first engagement shoot, taken in Beaufort, which is always worth a road trip. Kelby Photowalk Charleston

This is just very modern downtown Charleston. Taken on the Kelby Photowalk. I love the colors.

Charleston street furniture Kelby Photowalk

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.

Folly Beach family portrait Charleston photographer

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?

Charleston child portrait grass gree eyes

Because we shot this at the end of the summer, and I wish it was summer now. Yep.

Folly Beach children portrait vintage

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

Charleston Waterfront Park engagement photographer

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.

Charleston wedding photographer

I love the softness and sort of in-the-moment, snapshot feel to this.

Folly Beach child photographer

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?

Charleston child photographer

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*.

Charleston baby photographer

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.

Folly Beach child photographer

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.

Charleston wedding photographer dance floor

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.

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