Posted on February 10, 2016



Around this time last year, I photographed the coolest baby shower at Restoration on King in downtown Charleston.

Let’s face it, no one is circling “baby shower” on the calendar and excitedly highlighting it with bright colors and arrows. I love how these days, friends are sure to show their love and excitement for each other, but reinvent time-honored traditions to make them fun for everyone. I knew this was no traditional shindig when the guys rolled in with the Yeti. Now it’s a party!

And the decor was fabulous. The oranges, yellows and and grays were the perfect hues to complement the open loft space. And while the vibe was chic and Lowcountry urban, they didn’t shy away from sweet, whimsical touches. It’s a baby shower, after all!


Well done, friends and family of John and Ashkia. You hit it out of the park.































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Posted on January 6, 2015


I get nervous before every shoot.

We all do.

It’s a great thing-it keeps us on our toes. Packing lists to triple-check, meeting someone new, and the generalized anxiety of our responsibility to you and your family. It’s never something we take lightly, going into it.

Yet when I return from a wedding or family session, my husband will joke,


“Let me guess. They were the nicest and most interesting group you’ve ever met.  They were ‘totally precious and you just adored them all’, right?”


Yep. That’s how it always works.

Your hugs, expressions,  inside jokes, even the way you squabble. Each group has a unique fingerprint.

I can’t really explain it, but I think you are ALL the cat’s pajamas.

Some sessions and weddings have been blogged already, and a few weddings are still pending publication elsewhere, but here’s Part One one of a sampling of my 2014 work that I haven’t yet shared:


Sullivans Island family portrait


Charleston white bridal bouquet

candid mother and daughter portrait charleston

boy and mother laughing isle of palms

charleston beach portrait baby in pink


family portrait in charleston sc with catahoula dog

jekyll island child portrait

jekyll island photographer bowtie

coleman hall mount pleasant wedding


william aiken house wedding tree


cottage on the creek shem creek wedding


isle of palms family photographer


kiawah island candid family portraiture sanctuary

isle of palms toddler pink swimsuit

hampton park charleston cousins photos

charleston child portraiture black and white candid

charleston child headshot photographer

isle of palms candid beach photography

coleman hall mount pleasant wedding dress


blue wedding shoes charleston


black and white child portrait charleston


isle of palms family photographer what to wear



magnolia plantation 20's themed wedding

isle of palms winter family portraits




Posted on September 10, 2014


I met up with adorable Anna and Ian against this year at Folly Beach.

It’s funny. I always notice how much children have grown when I photograph them multiple times, but the difference between almost two year old twins and almost three year old twins is amazing. They were talking! And walking around like they owned the place! Crazy.

As we were making our way to the Morris Island Lighthouse overlook, we noticed smoke coming from the forested area between the lane and the beach.

Really, quite a lot of smoke. And popping noises.

Fascinating and a smidge frightening, but they were dressed and we were halfway there, so no turning back.

After we played on the beach for about 45 minutes, all the while hearing sirens and seeing the smoke steadily crawl the sky like a charcoal predator, we walked back and encountered the fire truck and and other bystanders.

Apparently someone drove onto the beach, started doing doughnuts in the sand, and flipped up onto the dunes, catching his engine on fire. This is why we can’t have nice things.

Thankfully, no one was hurt. But it’s a photo shoot none of us will soon forget.

Thanks, FBFD!


twins in clemson blue and orange

folly beach labor day fire

charleston photos mother and son family photo morris island lighthouse

family photo morris island lighthouse

D7C D7C D7C folly beach oyster

charleston family photographer boy and grandfather

charleston portrait grandparents and grandchildren

toddler twins boy and girl

charleston beach rocks twins

charleston candid photograph father and daughter

folly beach fire department

folly beach lighthouse road

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Posted on May 20, 2014


Ella Grace’s family has a history of having professional portraits made when a child turns 10. She is, I believe, the 3rd or 4th generation on her mother’s side to follow this lovely tradition.

I think it’s such a neat idea. I’ve written before about how the years between early teenhood and high school graduation tend to not be as well documented as the younger, chubbier, dimplier years. I love the idea of mindfully commemorating and celebrating a decade of laughter, running, playing-being *them*.

At ten, the jawline is starting to cast shadows, the elbows and anklebones are etched, the eyes are rolling, and the limbs attenuate. But the smiles are still those of our babies.

We started our Charleston portrait session near the Doc Street Theater, and worked our way down to the Waterfront Park.



ten year old portrait charleston alley

charleston child photographer

haunted alley charleston portraits


pineapple fountain charleston



child white dress waterfront park charleston

portrait session alley charleston

near mccradys alley charleston sc

charleston pink roses queen street

child photographer charleston golden light

waterfront park pier charleston sc

philadelphia alley black and white portrait charleston sc



Posted on May 8, 2014



This family photo session reminded me of a moment from my own parenting history.

When my middle daughter was two months old, I gently placed her into my sweet two year old son’s lap and snapped a few images of them together. When I announced, “We’re done!” my son nodded with satisfaction, and tumbled the baby onto the grass. There was no malice involved. He was just a roughshod two year old boy who’d been told he didn’t have to hold something anymore.

Jane didn’t even cry, she just lay there, face smushed on the lawn, making this hilarious, confused “Meeeh. Meeehhhhhh” sound as I quickly scooped her up.

The classic posed images are lovely heirlooms, but the images that encapsulate the heartwarming chaos of this era in the Chandler’s life, when the older children are full of love and enthusiasm but age-appropriately short on self-control, are the ones that crack me up. Finger to the eyeball! Yank your brother’s ear! Cautionary parental hands entering the frame!

Love it all. Look at all these beautiful babies. Blessed.

toddler brothers portrait black and white


boy sweater smiling candid portrait

boy candid with plant

The Chandlers’ home in Bell Hall Plantation is stunning. I love that it’s a gorgeous design that still looks and feels homey, and reflects the reality that toddlers live there. (See the crayon on the wall?)

toddler boys at picnic table

belle hall family portrait


mount pleasant family lifestyle photography

charleston sc whimsical family photographer


blond toddler boy soulful candid portrait


candid brothers portrait

toddler smiling candid baby ralph lauren

newborn baby boy wrapped in blue and white blanket

proud older brothers and newborn


mount pleasant child photography


older brother kissing baby newborn brother


charleston black and white siblings portrait

charleston silly child photo


charleston family photography funny

charleston candid family photographer

sweet three sons with mother

charleston family portrait with boxer dog


mount pleasant photograph boy hugging boxer dog

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Posted on April 23, 2014



Proud grandparents are the best! I photographed Carolyn’s family when her sons, daughter in law, and granddaughter were in town to visit. It was important for her to have time with her first grandchild documented. I love the colors this family wore. Add green grass, a lovely sunset, and a beach ball, and we had the perfect photo session.


charleston family beach portrait what to wear



grandmother and granddaughter cuddling



child flying pink dress



Charleston portraiture mother and son



Charleston family sitting on beach rocks



mother and grown sons portrait



family photo looking at ocean


mother and daughter and beach ball


mother and daughter watching birds on beach



Sullivans Island seagulls




father throwing little girl in air on beach


Sullivans Island mother and daughter laughing


toddler beach feet pink toenails


Sullivan's Island grandmother kissing granddaughter



Charleston seersucker swimsuit



Blond toddler charleston beach sunset

Posted on February 20, 2014



C.R. turned 11 yesterday. He’s a football-loving, Minecrafting, guitar-strumming, didgeridoo-learning, reading-all-the-time all American boy.


(Did I mention the Minecrafting? Lots of Minecraft.)


And last week he received an award for a 100% on his South Carolina PASS standardized test writing section. I’m proud of that! A perfect score on a written essay is pretty awesome.

Charleston boy on his eleventh birthday




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Posted on January 27, 2014




Molly’s vision for her family session was to capture them having fun and being themselves.  And we did! I love the light, colors, humor and energy here.


Casual family portrait humor Charleston


brothers wrestling on the beach sulivan's island



boy hugging little brother



adorable blond toddler boy on beach charleston





Boys being boys playing with sticks



father walking on beach holding son



mother and son laughing silly beach sunny charleston



sullivans island standing on rocks



boy playing on beach rocks sullivans island



boy blowing bubbles



father and son blowing bubbles barge in charleston bay



family playing on beach





mother laughing with children charleston family photographer



lifestyle photography charleston mother and son


Posted on November 6, 2013



Today I’m featuring another family session from the archives.

The Butlers had portraits made before a deployment.

Little guy Adam had one of the most joyous smiles I’ve ever seen!


father and son portrait purple shirt


toddler boy smiling with truck


Casual family portraiture in Charleston


family photo by the pineapple fountain






father and toddler son hugging



father throwing son into the air at waterfront park



family sitting on charleston waterfront park swings



mother and son holding hands



casual family portrait in charleston sc

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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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