Posted on January 15, 2016

 

 

While compiling this series of photographs from the past year, I realized that I tend to like my images best when they are whimsical and/or dreamy. It’s hard to define one’s style, but I look back at this collection as well as collections from previous years and a theme is emerging for me. Lighthearted and romantic. Silly and soulful. Goofy and moody.

This explains why I’m obsessed with the dreamy imperfect look of freelensing, but also love to include a folder of outtakes to wedding clients. Why I’m just as likely to obsess over capturing the perfect blue sky and full moon shot as I am capturing the flower girl with a finger up her nose. Why a cinematic beach portrait in silhouette is great, but not necessarily better than snapping a slobbery dog mouth with a tennis ball 10 inches from the lens.

The best part of my job is that “my people” keep finding and trusting in me, year after year, and although I’m admittedly terrible about keeping up with my blog, I’m so excited to share some of the wonderful moments I’ve made, in collaboration with my Charleston clients, over the past year. This selection is from the past couple of months; I hope to share a lot more from the rest of the year.

 

charleston-siblings-portrait

 

founders-hall-wedding

 

folly-beach-butterfly

 

folly-beach-wedding

 

bored-ring-bearer-charleston-wedding

 

charleston-bridal-portrait-lifestyle-laughing

 

wedding-flowers-charleston-bouquet-lavender

 

folly-beach-wedding-boho-chic

 

wild-dunes-small-wedding

 

 

 

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charleston-country-club-wedding-sunset-portraits

 

wild-dunes-wedding-unique-photography-charleston

 

barn-wedding-first-dance-black-and-white

 

riveroaks-family-lifestyle-portrait-photographer

 

charleston-engagement-photographer

 

isle-of-palms-beach-photography

 

bride-laughing-with-grandmother-charleston-wedding-family-portraits

 

charleston-wedding-bouquet-sunset-colors

 

charleston-wedding-flower-baby-with-bride's-shoes

 

james-island-wedding-hair

 

isle-of-palms-candid-beach-portraits-baby-belly

 

charles-towne-landing-wedding-funny-bride-and-father-dance

 

north-charleston-wedding-quarters-k

 

first-prayer-before-wedding-first-look-barn-wedding-not-seeing-each-other

 

isle-of-palms-first-birthday-photographer

 

isle-of-palms-family-beach-portraits

 

charleston-candid-wedding-photography

 

north-charleston-full-moon-clouds

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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

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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 October 9, 2013

Within the past week, I’ve had two weddings published on local blogs. Both were wonderful island weddings, on opposite sides of the county.

The Wedding Row featured Jordan and Adam’s Sacred Heart Catholic ceremony and Wadmalaw island shindig here

and A Lowcountry Wedding featured Amanda and Jay’s Daniel Island marshside ceremony and reception here.

I love seeing which images blogs pick to tell the story of a wedding. It’s so much fun to see your work arranged by a different set of eyes. Thanks so much to these wonderful Charleston wedding resources!

Here are some additional images from Jordan and Adam’s wedding that I love:

 

Sacred Heart church wedding Charleston SC

 

Grandmother reading program at wedding

 

wedding party celebrating after the wedding

 

 

Charleston wedding wedding party portrait in live oak tree

 

 

 

Wadmalaw Island SC wedding

 

 

 

Bride and groom portrait veil blowing in wind

 

 

 

 

 

 

wedding guests looking out over the river

 

 

Band member playing the washboard at Charleston SC wedding

 

 

 

 

 

Bride and groom on the dance floor last song

 

 

Wadmalaw boat dock in the moonlight

 

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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 May 14, 2012

I am doing a lot of second shooting for other Charleston wedding photographers this month. Assistant shooting is a lot of fun.

You’re there to do whatever the main photographer needs you to do, and generally that means you get the honor of being a second pair of eyes; to be able to capture little vignettes going on behind the scenes while the big moments occur.

I am headed out to Daufuskie Island this weekend to assist for McBee Photography, and while I was cleaning out files this morning I found this series from a wedding I shot with her a few months ago at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on King Street. I can literally count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to a Catholic wedding, so I was like a kid in a candy store.

Several of my couples this year have opted for a second photographer in their wedding package as well, and I’m excited to collaborate with other area photographers.  It’s a really great way get more coverage for your wedding day at a very reasonable rate.

sacred heart catholic church charleston sc blue puffy clouds

orange and white bridal bouquet flowers

black lace mantilla

I laughed when I got this. It was the first image I took when I walked in the door of the church. I actually don’t know how to make a tiny infant wave to the camera on command, but how awesome would that be?

Here comes the bride!

wedding guests ready for a party

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Posted on June 22, 2011

 

Jodi and Justin’s wedding was magical for me because there were so many scenes that I felt like could have been captured in any age at all.

It had this old world understated elegance that I just loved.

And they’re such a great couple. Justin has this fabulous sardonic wit that I just love and appreciate, and not only is Jodi breathtakingly beautiful, but she’s definitely an individual. A quiet, sweet, meditating, cat-loving social worker who-surprise!-loves ambient trance techno music so much that they planned their honeymoon around a Vegas trance concert.

francis marion hotel hallway bride vintage

francis marion hotel balcony bride and groom

Justin carved and burned the chuppah by hand. I love the way they incorporated the Lowcountry element of palmetto roses and spanish moss.

chuppah hand carved burned by groom jewish wedding charleston sc sweetgrass roses spanish moss

bridal party formal portrait francis marion hotel lobby king street charleston

I don’t normally get nervous while I’m shooting, but I was stressed out about getting the glass shot, especially since I don’t use motion-freezing flash during ceremonies. I was so happy to see flying bits of glass when I was reviewing the files!

breaking glass jewish wedding

Justin, pantomiming the enthusiastic tourist bit:

This is Jodi, when I ask her to smile:

And this is Jodi when Justin joins the conversation. I don’t think he even said anything that super-hilarious. She’s just that smitten. 🙂







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