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 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.

 

seabrook island photographer

 

 

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 April 23, 2012

I met this wonderful family out at Mepkin Abbey on Saint Patricks Day. I’d never been, so we brought my whole family out so they could explore the property while I worked.

My husband says they encountered a baby alligator on the path, and had to turn around and walk all the way around the long, meandering garden pond. I asked him why they didn’t just step around the gator and proceed, and I got The Look. What can I say-I’ve always had an unnatural, unwise lack of fear of all types of wildlife. (Except that giant erratically hopping grasshopper in our kitchen the other night that almost landed on my head. That unglued me.)

I love this family. They were lots of fun, and awesome sports.

It started sprinkling the moment we got there, but thankfully the rain was short-lived.

Family portrait under red and blue umbrella

This is one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken, ever ever.

50th anniversary photographs

family portrait under live oak white shirts and jeans

I always stress to clients how important timing is. Ideally, you want to shoot at sunrise, or about an hour before sunset. However, that’s not always feasible. This whole session took place in fairly harsh lighting, and I actually love the results. We just have to be a little more creative with angles and locations and posing, and wait for clouds to pass over the sun here and there.

older couple hugging in portrait mepkin abbey

Charleston family photographer big family portrait

Family portrait by the Cooper River Mepkin Abbey Moncks Corner SC photographer

Candid father in law and son in law

Portrait with St Patricks Day hat

Father and two grown children hugging photograph

Little girl with headband Summerville SC

Portrait of three sisters Charleston SC

Portrait of teenage brothers posing

Mepkin Abbey flowers garden butterfly

Teenager portrait posing idea

Grandfather and granddaughter on bench by the river

Family candid portrait Charleston SC photographer

Modern vintage photojournalism Charleston SC

This was after the session. I didn’t even see the family praying together. My husband did, and urged me to go snap a pic. I didn’t want to intrude, but I’m glad I caught this anyway.

family praying

man praying at statue of virgin mary mepkin abbey





Posted on March 22, 2012

I met up with sweet Sloan over Christmas break and took a few portraits of her at her mother’s childhood home. Absolutely adorable child, blessed to be born to a Mom who dresses her in perfect style!

Poor baby was a bit sick and not really in the mood for portraits. This was the signal to take her inside. I love it though. I love a good occasional frown-y picture-I think they’re adorable.

baby in yellow dress sitting on grass The Crescent

baby playing piano reflection

black and white baby dress

baby hand black and white portrait

Baby playing grand piano

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Posted on September 10, 2010

The technical flaws abound in this pic, but it’s not about good photography.

It’s about the fact that I live in the funny farm, where people fashion scarves out of soccer socks they found in the dirty clothes hamper.

Hee hee, ha ha, ho ho.

Goggles optional.

silly funny girl in goggles

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