Posted on February 28, 2013




Amber and Casey are awesome.

Amber is a dental school student at MUSC, and Casey is an airline pilot.

They take their careers very seriously, but they also know how to have fun.  I’m a big fan of “work hard, play hard” type people, so I was right at home getting to know them. Their wedding reception definitely reflected the fun side of their relationship!


These are from their engagement session

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Getting ready on the big day


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Time for the Old Exchange Building reception!


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Every once in a while, at a wedding, I realize I’m the only person in the room with no idea what’s going on. I love it when that happens. I just go with it, and enjoy learning something new. Did you know that Hang on Sloopy is the official rock song of the state of Ohio and Ohio State University?

I do now! Here’s the crowd, paying homage.


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wedding send-off bike taxi


Chelsye at Intrigue Design and Events planned this fabulous day. And thanks to Dana Cubbage for assistant shooting!














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


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alhambra hall wedding mount pleasant


Kissed a little


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mepkin abbey photography session family




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Got up offa that thang







Held hands




folly beach photography



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mount pleasant alhambra hall wedding


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charleston sc Indian wedding


Showcased the Lowcountry






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Walked around







Modelled for Mom








Goofed off









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And called it a wrap!

















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Posted on June 29, 2012












You can’t plan for everything.

For evening sessions, I bring flashes in case there are delays. I track the weather all day, and look for sheltered nooks in case it rains we decide to go ahead with the shoot anyway. I carry bug spray and baby wipes. I watch the sun and position my clients accordingly. I try to make them comfortable and keep them laughing and laid back.

And all that preparation (plus, of course, the most important component: awesome clients)  generally makes for adorable shots like this. Philip had just popped the question the night before, so he and Alana had that wonderful newly-engaged glow.


north myrtle beach engagement portrait by pier

But we had no contigency plan for Drunk Guy with an Elvis Statuette.

At first I was so absorbed in my clients and the sunlight that I was only vaguely aware of the thing bobbing in the background of the photo.  Even after I realized the person was photobombing deliberately, I didn’t know what it was. It was only after we started walking again that I realized it was Elvis, 2 or 3 feet tall, in a tux.

One brief time is funny, haha, but the guy didn’t want to quit. Maybe another time we’d have stopped and gotten a photo with Elvis. But we were racing the light and didn’t really have another minute to spare for anyone, even The King.

Viva La Myrtle.

Myrtle Beach eEvis


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Posted on September 22, 2011

I met up with Ainsley and Trey last month for their downtown engagement session. Ainsley is at College of Charleston, and Trey graduated from The Citadel in May.

After their wedding in December, they will be moving to the state of Washington, where Trey is stationed. I love that! It’s a story you don’t hear a whole lot anymore; a young couple, just starting life, vowing to make a go of it together right from the very beginning and kicking off their married life across the country. Very romantic, don’t you think?

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Posted on August 29, 2011


Elizabeth and JD met in flight school. Yes, that’s right. In addition to being about a mile tall, stunningly gorgeous, and sweet and funny as can be, Elizabeth is also an Air Force pilot. I’m pretty sure they call that a triple threat.

This couple is out of town 200 + days a year, manning C-17’s all over the globe, so after a weather re-schedule, I was excited to have the privilege of meeting up with these great folks for a little walk around downtown.

They were engaged at the gazebo in White Point Gardens

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Posted on August 8, 2011

Sara was so funny. When we talked to arrange her Charleston engagement session, she kept offering to pay me more since she wanted to take her grandfather’s boat out to the Morris Island Lighthouse and take photos there for part of the session.

I assured her that I will never feel the need to charge extra if someone offers to take me on a short, relaxing, breezy, dolphin-filled spin through the Lowcountry waters.   :)

Sara and Eric live in Tennessee, but she’s from Charleston, and wanted to return to her hometown to have their engagement photos taken at her favorite place in the world: her grandfather’s house on the water.

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Posted on June 6, 2011


Susannah and Gardner are two of the sweetest, most low-key, and did I mention gorgeous?   people you’d ever want to meet.

Susannah scheduled their engagement session back in sweater season, so it was fun to finally get a chance to meet them and shoot the beachy, summery, laid-back engagement photos they wanted.

They’ll be getting married next summer in their home state of Maine, on an island off the coast. Sounds storybook!

I suggested that they bring along a football, kite, book, whatever activity they liked to do together so we could capture some candid lifestyle moments. Susannah volunteered Beau, their Wheaton terrier puppy, who was the perfect accessory.

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Then we headed over to Dunleavy’s for a sunset beer. I’m a big fan or changing locations during a shoot when possible. It’s like having multiple photo sessions in one.


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Posted on April 19, 2011

I met Katie at the Charleston Bridal Show earlier this year. I was photographing the fashion show and behind-the-scenes model activity, and Katie was one of the event coordinators.

We met back up this spring to do an engagement session for Katie and Ryan, who were high school sweethearts. They’re getting married in their home state of North Carolina this December.

They brought along Jax, their adorable and funny Westie.

I have to give a shout-out to this sweet couple, who were my first ever clients brave enough to take me up on a 7 a.m. time slot.

The light was just as gorgeous as I’d hoped, although the gnats were just as bad as several local photographers warned me they would be. (I now carry Deep Woods Off and Bounce sheets in my camera bag!)

Thanks, guys, for sticking it out despite the no-see-ums.  You look great!

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Posted on April 12, 2011

When I first met Jillian and Michael, they had so many wedding ideas that it was easy to catch on to their excitement.

They have their own style, and it seems to reflect in everything they do.

As lovers of the theater and movies, they wanted to do their engagement session at Cinebarre.

I was game.

Thanks guys! You were total naturals in front of the camera, and so much fun to photograph.

mount pleasant photographer engagement session movie theater

Posted on February 22, 2011

When Katie contacted me about a 1940’s travel themed engagement session in Charleston, I was really excited. I tend to shoot candidly, and have never done a stylized couples shoot before, but I was game to give it a shot.

Matt is in the Air Force, stationed in Sumter. Katie is in California, and when she came to South Carolina to visit, they made the trip down to Charleston.

I chose North Charleston’s historic district for the session because of the cool locations, vintage feel, and relative lack of traffic. Katie loved the vibe of the area, and said it had the feel of a Brooklyn to downtown Charleston’s Manhattan.

We topped off the shoot with a trip to Madra Rua for a round of black and blues, and baskets of what Matt and Katie pronounced to be some of the best chicken fingers they’ve had.

Congratulations, guys!

Hairstyle by Chelsee at Stuart Lawrence Salon on King Street

Accomodations NotSo Hostel

Red dress and travelling coat sewn by the bride’s Mom!

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