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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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Plantation at Bulow Charleston wedding

 

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Kissed a little

 

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Got up offa that thang

 

 

 

 

 

 

Held hands

 

 

 

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Primped

 

 

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baby bathng in sink

 

 

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Showcased the Lowcountry

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Baby playing grand piano

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Posted on February 20, 2012

Good afternoon!

First things first, I am so pleased to announce that Karmen and Nazar’s wonderful wedding was featured on The Wedding Row Friday!

Here’s the link:  http://theweddingrow.com/karmen-nazar-the-wentworth-mansion/

I loved their wedding so much. Not only because they were really fun and awesome, and got married at the Wentworth Mansion, which is one of my favorite venues, but because Karmen was a DIY bride who really personalized her wedding and a lot of the details. I feel like her wedding had such an individual flair.

And secondly, it was my son’s birthday yesterday! He’s 9.

This kid is so funny and articulate and smart and quirky and BIG! He was born 9 weeks early, and we thought he might be small, but no. He’s tall. Long. Lanky. Solid. We can wear the same shoes. Last summer we bought him a new pair of Rainbow flip flops and I co-opted them.

He likes that messy, skater-y, floppity, Lowcountry hair. Me, I’m more a fan of tidy, preppy, suburban hair. But I try to meet him in the middle.

C.R. has overcome several health issues over his 9 years, and I really admire his ability to own who he is and keep on keepin’ on.

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Posted on July 7, 2011

This is Jane. She’s my sweet newly 6 year old daughter, and she’s outstanding in the field. (Sorry, can’t resist occasional bad puns.)

She’s been my main muse for so long that she really knows how to work the camera, if she’s in the mood to listen, that is, so we wrapped this session in less than 15 minutes.

Rock on, baby girl!

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Posted on July 4, 2011

 

Happy Fourth!

I don’t have any particularly patriotic-themed imagery to celebrate the day. Heck, I may not even bring my camera to the party tonight.

But I thought this session was a perfect slice of millenium Americana.

When Millie’s Mom said she wanted some portraits done by the blooming hydrangeas out by Kiawah, I knew we had to finish off the portrait session at Freshfields Village. Not only is it one of my very favorite Charleston spots (we love taking the kids out to the concerts on the green on Friday nights in the summertime), but it’s got a lot of visual diversity within walking distance, which is ideal for getting varied looks and lighting during a shoot.

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Leapster break

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These were her “thinking fingers”. So cute!

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Ice cream break! The staff at Vincent’s was so great, and I knew it would be the perfect spot for our session.

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Somersault break!

Millie’s proud parents ordered a giant gallery-wrapped canvas of this image. I thought it was a wonderful choice. The picture of childhood, content and innocent.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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