Posted on January 10, 2017

 

Judah Wilde and Jeremiah Cole should be coming into the world as I type!

 

I spent a little time with my friend and colleague McBee Photography and her boys Saturday, to document one of their last days as a family of Mom and three boys, to Mom and five boys.
She’s always said she’d like to run a home for boys someday. May not be the way she’d originally envisioned achieving that goal, but she’s making it happen all on her own!
She is such a Superwoman. I was being a bit of a brat and HAD to find an instrumental version of Book of Love (the song sheet on their piano) for their slideshow, and couldn’t find a simple one I liked to purchase. So I texted her and said, “Hey I know you’re a single mother of three and business owner who’s 39 weeks pregnant with twins and all but can you play Book of Love and record it for 3 1/2 minutes? In your spare time tonight?”
And 10 minutes later I got the audio file, with apologies for it being rough.
But it didn’t sound rough to me. It sounded charming and personal and imperfectly perfect.

On pins and needles waiting to hear the news!

 

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Posted on May 14, 2015

Kate and Jonathan were married in the small garden at his mother’s home on Broad Street and took a horse and carriage ride to their reception at the Carolina Yacht Club.

I’ve always been outspoken about my love for weddings at home, so I was thrilled to be there. There’s such a lighthearted, personal feel.

Kate asked for very minimal posed photos and lots of candid moments. I was happy to do that, and their whole crew made it so easy, especially with all the adorable, camera-happy little ones running around!

 

broad street house charleston sc

white wedding florals charleston

charleston wedding flower girl floral crown

flower girl holding bible

guests at charleston back yard wedding

father walking bride down aisle sun flare

garden wedding broad street charleston

funny ceremony moment charleston sc wedding

charleston flower girls

bride and groom recessional black and white sun flare

charleston sc wedding white bouquet

charleston south of broad wedding flower girls and ring bearer

 

 

bride and groom red door portrait

bride and groom portrait charleston wedding

bride by red door

flower girl looking at family photos

wedding guests chatting

 

ring bearer white knee socks saddle shoes charleston

horse shoes horse drawn wedding carriage charleston farrier

palmetto carriage company charleston sc

bride and groom palmetto carriage wedding

st michaels church steeple at sunset charleston broad street

bride and groom carriage east bay street

bride and groom entering carolina yacht club

staircase old building carolina yacht club

dessert table carolina yacht club wedding

fireplace carolina yacht club wedding

carolina yacht club wedding catering crab legs lemon

carolina yacht club sunset charleston

wedding first dance charleston

 

wedding guests black tie carolina yacht club

wedding guests slow dance black and white charleston

cute elderly couple

woman smiling wedding reception

laughing wedding guests charleston

light blue wedding koozies charleston

wedding guests laughing

dad carrying flower girl

flower girl drinking shirley temple charleston bartender

black tie charleston wedding guests

wedding dancing charleston

carolina yacht club lights

full moon over charleston harbor with palmetto frond wedding blue





Posted on January 15, 2015

 

January for portrait photographers is like summer for teachers.

Preparations, desk work and continuing education are always a priority, but there’s also a little time to creatively meander, and it’s fabulous. Here’s to growth through downtime!

My goal this month is to dust off my film cameras- I don’t think I turned them on my children even once last year.

Dreary days are perfect for moody Holga and twin lens reflex images.

Meanwhile, here’s another collection of unpublished 2014 portraits. Enjoy!

 

mother and daughter spinning candid portrait

 

charleston family portrait pineapple fountain

engagement photo dock charleston

grandfather helping grandson ring bearer william aiken house

 

isle of palms photographer candid family pyramid

 

folly beach grandparents and grandchildren portrait photographer

charleston waterfront park swings photos

 

charleston child portraiture

wild dunes child photographer

wild dunes lifestyle photography

prohibition rehearsal dinner

wild dunes candid family portraits

 

charleston wedding cabell house

charleston engagement session

charleston prohibition engagement photos

charleston couple photographer

isle of palms family portraits

 

jekyll island club family photos

mount pleasant sc wedding funny ring bearer candid

charleston bridal portrait candid

jekyll island wedding photographer

shem creek

charleston senior portraits casual

isle of palms winter family photos

william aiken house at night

 

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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 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 January 23, 2014

 

 

 

I’m always so proud to show off how friendly and polite Charlestonians are to out-of-towners.

When I’m meeting Brits, though, it’s a toss-up. There’s a witty good-naturedness to the English that wins me over every time.

The wonderful Potter family gathered in Charleston from Chicago and England for a wonderful vacation and a photo session to document the gang.

 

Extended family portrait Charleston brick alley

 

 

Funny outtake Charleston family portrait

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mother and baby portrait red hair

 

 

young boy holding grandfather's hand

 

 

Candid family portrait crossing street in Charleston

 

 

Mother and daughter looking at pearls

 

 

grandparents portrait Charleston waterfront park bench

 

 

couple portrait on grass charleston waterfront park photographer

 

 

Grandparents visiting Charleston

 

 

Cousins portrait Charleston family photographer

 

 

Funny outtake sibling portrait Charleston

 

Siblings portrait downtown Charleston on brick steps

 

 

 

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Posted on January 15, 2014

 

 

I have a confession.

 

When I was planning my wedding, there were scarce options available on the web for inspiration. I used The Wedding Channel to gather ideas. Thinking about it now, it’s a wonder that Pinterest and wedding blogs didn’t get invented sooner, because it was a fairly inefficient planning tool. But the plus side was that all the women there read each others’ journals and many became friends.

I know this sounds like  chick lit, but it’s true: now, 12-ish years later, many of us are still in touch. Over the years the group has had meetups all over the country.

We’ve career trajectoried and marathoned and roller derbied and surrogate birthed triplets and published and cooked and cleaned and carpooled. We met Vince Vaughn in a restaurant in New Orleans. Some of us lost months of our sanity to babies who refused to sleep at night, and argued about how to turn that disaster around.  Others decided having a dog was more their speed. We’ve shelved Elves and planted gardens and learned to totter around and cope (or just given up) when, for heaven’s sake, every year, the heels get higher and higher. Feuds, bff’s, divorces, renovations, exotic vacations, incredible opportunities, and, sadly, departures.

 

We lost a hell of a woman to metastatic breast cancer in December. Quite possibly the wittiest, smartest, gorgeous-est one of us all.

 

A few of us decided to meet up in Beaufort to honor her.

And typical of our little subclan, our idea of collective grief involved handcrafted cocktails, great food, lots of laughs, and a viewing of I Love You, Man.

 

Laters on the menjay, dear C. You were a revelation.

 

cocktail maraschino cherries

 

french bulldog

no frowning sign

 

 

Habersham Beaufort SC

Beaufort SC night sky

 

woman in kitchen laughing

 

 

 

 

bourbon handcrafted cocktail

 

french bulldog in front of fireplace

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