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

 

 

 

weddings-sign-by-the-sea-i-pledge-my-love-to-thee

 

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 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 July 25, 2012

I met the Thompson family on Memorial Day at Folly Beach.  They were a super laid-back crowd. I really enjoyed meeting their mother, who introduced herself as the family matriarch and told me that her four children now lived in four different time zones. She had great stories about her kids in their younger days. Honestly, that’s one of my favorite parts about doing extended family shoots. I generally have one person who kind of briefs me about everyone else; their relationships, the last time they saw each other, whether they fought when they were little kids, what their talents were, where they went to college, etc.  It’s fun to get somebackground info. 🙂

family portrait on deck folly beach rental house

toddler chasing basketball

candid family portrait folly beach south carolina

adult siblings portrait folly beach

I love this one. It says Folly to me. Someone in a pretty dress, someone flying through the air, and someone drinking a beer.

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