Archive for November, 2011

Happy Holidays from the Hood family!  I had a great time photographing this group at their beautiful, historic plantation near Yemassee, South Carolina.  For the past fifteen years, Bernie and Bobby have done family portraits with their grandchildren.  It was a real treat to see how the family has grown by looking at the framed images on their wall. They are blessed with a large and super kind family!

Kelly heard about me through Poe Studio, a tiny little treasurebox of a store in the Avondale area of West Ashley. They specialize in eco-friendly toys, childrens’ clohes and shoes, and locally made jewelry and clothing.  It’s a really cool shop and one day while there I realized they were carrying my friend’s awesome jewelry line from NYC, Saucier Jewelry.  I quickly realized I would probably hit it off with any parents who shopped there so I gave some of my business cards to the owner and asked her to take a look at some of my work.  Lucky for me, Kelly called me right up out of the blue to see if I could photograph her twins, Madeline and Grant, who were turning one.  We had a blast, I started focusing more on weddings and less on children and a whole year went by.  Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Kelly asking if I was still in Charleston and if I could photograph Madeline and Grant again for their second birthday!  What an honor and what a joy it was to get to see them again and see the big differences one simple year made in their features and personalities!  They are absolutely adorable.  It sure was fun to do this for them and I love the diversity of being able to capture so many different things through my photographs, including the innocence of beautiful little children like Madeline and Grant.  Here are just a few of my favorites.  Thanks so much, Kelly and Joe, and I look forward to seeing you all again when they turn three!

Eliza and Josh are dear friends of mine.  I’ve known Eliza since the sixth grade at Mason Prep, admittedly some of the best years of my life, and I’ve had the best time getting to know sweet little Bowers. . . what a precious little guy!  Eliza was always ahead in the game – the first of all of us to get married. . . the first to have a baby. . . always a brilliant overachiever with talent for anything and everything she tried.   With so much on her plate always, I never understood how she did it all!  Lucky for me, she’s brilliant at making babies, too! I must say, this session was so much fun and much easier than Bower’s first!  I was thrilled when they called me up only a few days after he was born to come over and get his first pictures for their announcements.  I wish I had some video clips of us trying to get a response, a smile, even a giggle out of him.  It was pretty tough work trying to get a few days old baby to make any expression at all, other than a cry for his mother’s milk.  I have since learned that newborns probably photograph best while peacefully sleeping. . .after a nice big, comforting meal.  Our efforts, however, were definitely worth it and we got some fabulous shots and memories to last a lifetime.  There is so much joy in this litte guy now that I hardly had to look at him and he’d crack a big smile!  I’m so excited that Eliza and Josh want bi-annual family sessions to document Bowers as he grows.  It’s going to be a fun journey!  Thanks so much, Eliza, Josh and Bowers for a wonderful afternoon and for giving me the chance to have another beautiful baby with a beautiful spirit in front of my lens!  My camera just loves him and I love you all!  

Where can you have a fall wedding with glorious weather?  Charleston!  Stephanie and Joe’s wedding at Magnolia Plantation was so much fun and I just loved the warm tones and fall feeling of the bridesmaids dresses and decorations, including pumpkins that were sprinkled throughout the plantation. Lowcountry flavor was added to her bouquet with handmade, everlasting palmetto roses and cotton balls – it looked amazing!  What a treat it was for me to shoot their engagement photos, Stephanie’s bridal portraits and now their beautiful, unique wedding celebration. Stephanie loves photography and also shoots weddings – so it was even more of an honor that she chose me to capture her very own special day (and everything in between).  She was full of wonderful ideas and had a very clear vision of what she wanted her day to look like.  Here is a link to Stephanie’s website where you can see her lovely work.  Joe is a firefighter/EMT and such a sweetheart. He wanted a Titanium ring, which can not be cut in case he gets stuck in an emergency.  Stephanie says she is not going to allow him to wear his ring while at work.  Whew!  Her words hit hard as I realized that Joe is out there risking his life and saving others on a daily basis.  Thank you, Joe!!  These two make a beautiful pair and the strength in their love for one another is evident.  Here is a little sneak peek with some of my favorites!  Congratulations Stephanie and Joe!  

Stephanie and Joe specifically asked if I would get pictures of the bridesmaids carrying Joe and the groomsmen carrying Stephanie . . . I just had to include the sequence that followed.  Too cute!  



I just love Mollie and Walsh’s engagement session…it’s one of my favorites!  We had a ball and it was so much fun working with their adorable personalities! I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, kind and fun couple to work with.  I can’t wait for their wedding next May!  Congratulations Mollie and Walsh!    

These are my favorites.  I love love love these!!! 

Marissa and Robert got married at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and had their reception at the Sand Dunes Club on Sullivan’s Island.  It was such a pleasure getting to know these two through their fun engagement session, Marissa’s bridal portrait session and finally their much anticipated, beautiful wedding.  The way Robert looked at Marissa when she was walking down the aisle almost brought tears to my eyes.  It was a look of genuine, true love and admiration.  It looked to me as if he felt like the luckiest man on the planet in that moment – and with her gentle smile back it was obvious the feeling was mutual.  I had so much fun capturing Marissa and Robert’s wedding memories and wish them all the happiness life can bring!  Here are just a few of my favorites from their wedding story.