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Leah McCarthy of Weddings With Leah came up to Charleston from Bluffton for a little photo session downtown.  We wanted to get a few great images for her business profile and to spruce up her website and advertising.  I couldn’t help but grab some shots of her adorable family, too, who tagged along to help.  Whenever I am photographing a wedding with Leah, I know it’s going to be beautiful!  There’s no question.  She always does a stellar job and pays the utmost attention to detail.  She’s extremely professional and fun to work with.  I highly recommend her services if you are planning a wedding! She’s one of the best!!  I worked with Leah on the wedding that just got published in Weddings Unveiled magazine and more recently on a gorgeous Rose Hill Mansion wedding that I am going to blog about soon so stay tuned to the blog!

The Persky family traveled to the Isle of Palms from Princeton, NJ and I had the pleasure of photographing all 16 (!!!) of them in Wild Dunes. How blessed they are to have such a large and wonderful family!

While Lexi grew up in Charleston, she had to go out to Wyoming to find her Michael and lucky me they are back in Charleston with an adorable little 6 1/2 month old Eva to photograph.  I couldn’t wait to get them in front of my lens and now I can’t wait to share these sweet images with you.  Isn’t she just the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  Eva was amazing to work with and didn’t let out a single cry or sad face during our whole shoot . . . actually not even a peep unless it was a giggle followed by an adorable little smile. It was so fun to photograph Lexi and her gorgeous family and I look forward to watching Eva grow into a beautiful person (inside and out) like her momma and daddy!  I hope these baby portraits warm your heart and brighten your day!

And here are the rest of the images from Anna, Ella and Leo’s shoot in June.  Beautiful moments, beautiful souls and beautiful light!

With a small window of calm before a busy season, I am finally getting the opportunity to blog some favorite photos from a shoot with my sister, Anna, her daughter, Ella (11 months), and son, Leo (5), from June.  They live in Portland, Oregon so when they visit Charleston we make sure to get plenty of shots to tide us over until we see each other again.  This was my second chance to photograph baby Ella, the first being her newborn photos in Oregon.  I love these shots, not only because they capture tiny glimpses of her personality, which I am starting to know and which is developing quickly, but also because  they capture a precious moment in time, a moment just before she learned how to use her little, strong legs.  Such a vulnerable time . . . so completely dependent on mommy, daddy and brother Leo.  Already, 7 months later, she is a walking (running), talking bundle of joy who will never go back to this stage in life.  In her life story, she has flipped the page to a brand new chapter.  A chapter full of curiosity, learning, laughter and adventure.  I’m so glad we took the time to do this and capture this stage for her to look back on forever.  My other sister’s daughter, Adlai (5), was my assistant for the day and makes an appearance in a couple of the shots, too.  It is such a privilege for me to capture all of the members of my family and I look forward to a lifetime of documenting such beautiful subjects who are near and dear to my heart.  This time around, we had three (!) sessions so I’ll continue Part II in anther post. Enjoy!

Jan 23, 2012

I would like to give a big THANK YOU to all of the wonderful individuals who I was fortunate enough to work with and get to know over the past year.  2011 was an incredible year of growth for { Hunter McRae Photography } and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you who make it possible for me to do what I love to do . . . who put their trust in me to capture their most important stories and moments in life.  I’m looking forward to the amazing shoots I already have in store for 2012 and, yet again, feel blessed to be working in amazing places with amazing people.  Some corporate shoots in NYC and LA are coming up soon, along with bridal and engagement sessions in preparation for a BIG spring wedding season in Charleston, Savannah and the mountains of North Carolina.  Once March hits . . . it’s weddings galore and no turning back!  It’s going to be a fun and full year, indeed, and I can’t wait to see the stories I get to tell!

My business is not the only thing that is growing, as my family keeps adding adorable members.  Ella was the most recent addition and we wouldn’t be complete without her!  Everyone is completely in love and constantly entertained.  To the little newbies, I’m known as “Aunt Hunah” and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Living in Charleston, again, surrounded by the love and support of some of my best friends and family has been priceless.  My boyfriend, Stratton, is a source of constant support and I couldn’t be luckier to have him in my life.  We both have an insatiable drive for adventure, stories and new experiences but if it weren’t for his motivation, I’d probably just edit, edit, edit my life away.  He makes sure there is plenty of fun to be had and much in life to be explored.

Thank you Stratton, Lynn and Bob, for offering your eye and camera skills on this shoot!  It never would have happened without you!  And thank you to my beautiful family for wanting to be together and creating these memories to last a lifetime. Happy New Year, everyone!  Let’s make 2012 great!

Olivia and her mommy, Stacey, are precious and I’m excited to share their session with all of you.  We had a great time.  It was so much fun to see sweet Olivia in all of the clothes her mommy brought for the shoot . . . I don’t think I’ve ever had so many outfit changes in an hour but I think it was worth it!  The variety is wonderful!  I have a feeling this little one might have a larger wardrobe than I do and I must say I’m slightly envious of her fur-lined lady bug boots.  Do they come in grown-up size?  Music is running through this little beauty’s veins and she came alive with the catchy tunes Stacey brought.  Great thinking, mom! My heart melted with each wiggle.  Any of you needing therapeutic massage therapy or a private Jivamukti yoga class should head on over to Stacey at the Center for Holistic Health in Mt. Pleasant . . . she’s wonderful and does gift certificates, too!  Enjoy!

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!