Posted on September 20, 2013

This spring, Sarah contacted me about taking some portraits and candids of her son as a Father’s Day surprise.

We met up at White Point Gardens on a perfect afternoon, and turned Ethan loose so he could turn on the charm.

white point gardens live oak trees

boy laughing

13 year old boy portraits in tree

boy looking at cannon at charleston battery park

boy with orange nike soccer ball

portrait of boy in grass

boy laying in grass at white point gardens

boy twirling around light pole charleston

boy leaning against tree in thought

Just love his freckles.

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Posted on September 4, 2013

 

It’s a huge thing, to leave your kid in the mountains without knowing a soul.

As soon as we put his things in his cabin, he disappeared over the rocks and down the hill, shoeless, like a billy goat.
So I knew he was going to be just fine. But the way he hugged me when we left told me he was nervous.
Charles kept eyeing me on the way back down the mountain, saying, “Are you OK? How are you doing?”
And I was completely OK.
I mean, there were horses, a welcome llama, and a giant slip and slide that runs down the hill into the lake. How could I not be thrilled for him?

And then the week ended, and we were on our way back up the mountain, and about 5 minutes away from the camp, eager to see our boy, and I burst into tears.
The hubs gave me The Baffled Look (I’m not a weepy type person), and I said, “I just…I’m just so ha-ha-haaappy for him, and it’s so sp-sp-eeecial up here, and now he’s going back to ordinary boring home, and I’m not ready for his life to not be spe-eeecial anymore, not quite yet. Sniffle sniff sob.”

Moms can be kind of nuts.

Camp Chatuga

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summer camp canoes

playing guitar at camp chatuga

playing pool at camp

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mad llama

Special, right?

Happy fall, y’all!





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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pictures by folly beach lighthouse

Captain Morganing

morris island lighthouse photography

candid family portraiture charleston sc





Posted on July 7, 2013

My sweet, funny girl is 8 today. By request, she spent almost the whole day alone with Daddy. My husband went totally overboard, but I got to avoid the mall, so hey, win-win!

The blue earrings are clip-ons (from Justice I think?)
I gasped when they walked in the door, thinking he’d gotten her ears pierced, and they both laughed.

Spoiled rotten + prank on Mom?

Perfect day!

little girl 8th birthday earrings





Posted on June 11, 2013

Hello world!

First, a few updates.

As usual, I post new images as I’m editing on my Facebook business page, so please head on over there to see my most current work!

I’ve also had work featured on a few blogs lately and wanted to link to those. Almost all of the images featured have not yet appeared on my blog, so be sure to check them all out!

The Wedding Row featured Kate and Blake’s gorgeous Boone Hall Plantation engagement session here

Red Dirt bride, a blog for rustic wedding inspiration based in Oklahoma, featured Jenna and Michael’s lovely Alhambra Hall wedding with DIY accents here.

The Lovely Find featured Kellie and Russ’s beautiful Lowcountry casual meets English garden riverside wedding here.

And look for Jennifer and Mike’s Bulow Landing wedding, coming on soon on Borrowed and Bleu!

On a personal note, I’ve gotten several emails lately from parents wanting their 10-12 year old children photographed. The individual phrasing is slightly different, but the same theme runs through all the requests. They want their children documented during those fleeting moments of childhood. That stage where the knees are extra-knobby but the cheeks, in certain light and angles, still retain traces of chubbiness. That stage before Mom and Dad are, OMG, a Complete Embarrassment!

I was at my older childrens’ elementary school last month, and ran into my son’s 4th grade class, lined up in the hall. He saw me. I’m pretty sure he saw me. But he immediately averted eye contact and froze.

Like I was a T-Rex.

And I realized that I probably do some freezing and averting of my own. Sure, we’re great buds, and I spend lots of time with him, and I’m not afraid to discipline him and be active in his life, the good and the bad. But with the camera, I’ve definitely backed off. Part of it’s that he’s less into it, and is on the threshold of some serious orthodontia. Another reason is he’s entered that universal photographic wasteland, from which kids typically emerge around JV sports, and for awkward prom photos.

But I don’t want his tween and teen years documented only by goofy faces, images involving shin guards, or, God forbid, 500 mirror selfies of him trying to look tough with his hand thrown in a sideways V. (What IS that, anyway?).

So I’m going to get better about taking pictures of him. He deserves it. He’s pretty awesome. He’s the only person in the whole wide world who thinks my nonsense song lyrics when I change up or forget the words are hilarious.

If you feel the same way about your child, contact me and we’ll set up a session! I make it painless on them. Promise.

charleston boy

laughing boy

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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 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

 

 

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Posted on July 25, 2012

I met the Thompson family on Memorial Day at Folly Beach.  They were a super laid-back crowd. I really enjoyed meeting their mother, who introduced herself as the family matriarch and told me that her four children now lived in four different time zones. She had great stories about her kids in their younger days. Honestly, that’s one of my favorite parts about doing extended family shoots. I generally have one person who kind of briefs me about everyone else; their relationships, the last time they saw each other, whether they fought when they were little kids, what their talents were, where they went to college, etc.  It’s fun to get somebackground info. 🙂

family portrait on deck folly beach rental house

toddler chasing basketball

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adult siblings portrait folly beach

I love this one. It says Folly to me. Someone in a pretty dress, someone flying through the air, and someone drinking a beer.

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