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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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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Captain Morganing

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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!

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Posted on June 22, 2013

I’m much more likely to post individual images on my Facebook page here and there as I’m editing, but I wanted to post today’s here along with a quick tip.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding with some extra space available, please consider borrowing or renting a few rocking chairs to scatter around.

(I believe that these chairs might be part of the Boone Hall Cotton Dock furnishings.)

They add such a sweet Lowcountry feel to the event, and they feel wonderful to tired grandparents and parents of sleepy children.

I wish I’d done this at my wedding!

boone hall cotton dock wedding rocking chairs

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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

 

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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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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 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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. 🙂

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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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Posted on April 30, 2012

May has been dragged out to the soccer field, two seasons a year, since birth. We love Charleston youth sports. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s a mean dribbler and will try to steal the ball from anyone of any age or size.

She’s talked about the singular unfairness of being forced to be on the sidelines while she watches her siblings play for a year now.

“I wanna play soccah. When is my soccah team?”

Finally, she’s turned 3 years old and can start the James Island Rec Center’s Smart Start Soccer program.

Saturday was her first clinic, and after all the begging and whining, she refused to have anything to do with it. Total bummer. Finally I figured out that she hated the shin guards, so I took them off, and it was Go Time.

Pre-scrimmage pep talks from her “sistuh” and “bwudduh.” She sounds like a mini Joe Pesci.

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She brought her cherished ball. I finally had to just take it off the field. It wasn’t the other kids’ fault that they were going for the acid green ball in a sea of plain white rec center issue balls, but it was making her crazy. Gotta work on sharing.

“Take my ball once, shame on you.”

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“Take my ball twice, shame on me!”

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Us!

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