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!

child fingers

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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ice cream shop

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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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