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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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


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Ocean Lodge wedding Saint Simons Island Ga


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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Showcased the Lowcountry






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Walked around







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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.


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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.

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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 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.

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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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Posted on February 8, 2011

Justin and Jodi were engaged at Folly Beach, in a plan Justin concocted and pulled off with the help of some friends.

Here’s a photo, taken by their friend Janet Saunders, of the champagne, tiki torches, and “All You Need is Love”  graffiti in the background:

Folly beach engagement

So of course, a return to Folly Beach was in order to shoot their engagement photos.

We had a blast exploring and shooting under the boardwalk, but soon, the cold drove us inside. Earlier in the day, the thermometer had kissed 70 degrees, so, giddy to not have to be wearing the usual 900 layers, Jodi and I both arrived for the shoot sans jacket. (Well, Justin did too, but guys can always suck it up and handle the cold.)

Luckily, Tides Folly Beach awaited us, and Jodi’s fingers went from being literally blue to holding a coffee cup inside the restaurant Blu,  which was a pleasant transition.

I can’t wait until May, guys!

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