Archive for 'Photojournalism'

2016 is off to a great start with a beautiful travel feature in Charleston Magazine…our first published travel piece as husband and wife team! Last year, I photographed the wedding of Liz and Gervais Hills in the Abacos, and my husband, Stratton, joined me with the pretense of exploring the historic connection between Charleston and Hope Town, a Bahamian settlement founded by Loyalist refugees after the American Revolution.

Thank you to Liz and Gervais, who introduced us to this beautiful paradise, and to Leapin Lizard’s for housing us while we were there. Now that it’s finally feeling a little bit chilly in Charleston we highly recommend Kicking Back In The Abacos!


Hello again blog world!  It’s been a long time since I’ve written but I thought I’d check in this morning since I have some great news to announce!  My photos (and Charleston) are featured in The New York Times!

Click HERE to view the pictures online and click HERE to read the article published on Sunday, November 24th, 2013.

And below are two stories I worked on earlier this year for The New York Times, which I never found a moment to blog about:

“36 Hours in Hilton Head Island, S.C. – From Water to Wildlife in Hilton Head”  Click HERE to see pictures and HERE to read the NYT article published Sunday, July 21st, 2013.

“Charleston’s Cousin Gets in the Picture”  Click HERE to see the NYT pictures published Sunday, March 24th, 2013.

Before weddings, I was a professional photojournalist for over 6 years.  I jumped around from magazine to newspaper, from state to state . . . chasing my dream.  For the longest time, I would have given anything to work for The New York Times!  Then, I found weddings and realized I had a tremendous love for them, as well.  I started my own business and jumped into weddings head first, never looking back.  I absolutely fell in love with documenting love.  And whatyaknow?  Now, when I least expect it, The New York Times has entered my life and my career. A handful of events and opportunities this year have helped me remember my love of photojournalism and my passion for documentary work.  I hope to do more of that next year!  But don’t worry brides . . . I love you very much, too!

Here’s a little bit of what’s been keeping me too busy to blog this year:

– 1 trip to Uganda to visit family (and document) the incredible and selfless medical mission work they have been doing with Palmetto Medical Initiative

– 3 assignments for The New York Times

– 27 weddings that have taken me from Hilton Head Island all the way up to beautiful Maine . . . and given me the opportunity to meet and photograph the best people on the planet!  Yes, 27, and yes, the BEST!

– countless engagement, bridal, family, maternity, newborn and senior portrait sessions . . . and even some fun fashion work for IBU and Copper Penny

– 2 trips to NYC for corporate photography with Experian (and back again next month . . . yay!)

– 1 trip to Las Vegas to photograph a fabulous, annual Experian event

– And most importantly, 1 trip to Scotland for my own wedding at the castle of my McRae ancestors!! Yes, amidst it all, somehow I actually managed to get married this year! It was magical and, truthfully, my greatest and most rewarding accomplishment.

I’ll never be able to express enough gratitude for the blessings and opportunities . . . and people that have entered my life this year. It’s not over yet, but as I am wrapping up an incredible 2013 wedding season, I am feeling particularly grateful to be able to celebrate with a feature in The New York Times.

Thank you for reading!  Hope all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with much to be grateful for!

Opening Reception Tonight! : July 12, 5:30-8:30-ish PM

“The iPhone is the snapshot camera of today…it is a pencil, a pen, a notebook. It is so accessible.” – Annie Leibovitz

I am a part of an exciting summer project! One of my images was selected for the [Ways of Seeing: Phoneograpy] exhibit at the Rebekah Jacob Gallery at 502 King Street in downtown Charleston.

For those of you who can’t make it to Charleston to see the show, many of these images are on the gallery’s website here.

“Photography is arguably the most democratic medium of the visual arts. Easily transportable in a pocket, smartphones have pushed the medium into new directions as millions-both pros and amateurs-have the capability to record an image with immediacy and intuition. Further, that image can circulate widely and immediately through social media outlets. Ways of Seeing: Phoneography explores the possibilities of smart phone photography, its future as a fine art form, and affects on modern society.”

I’m happy to have photographed the previous two Charleston City Paper cover shots.  I’ll have to admit, there were many perks to working on the food story!  Yum!  I’m still full.  It’s an article highlighting 101 of the best dishes at some of the best restaurants in the Charleston area.   I’m sure many of you will find this useful.  Again, not a bad assignment.  Click here for a link to the story.



This cover shot is illustrating a news based story on Dereef Park revolving around the potential development of the area. Click here for a link to the story.


Well, this is completely unrelated to weddings but as long as I am taking some time to blog today I will update with this latest news.  Oak Steakhouse in Charleston, SC is printing several of my photographs to hang on their walls – in the gentlemen’s restroom to be exact –  so I guess I will never get to see them.  For all you guys out there – keep an eye out for me!

I worked on a wonderful ‘Farm – to – Table’ story for the Charleston City Paper with writer Alison Sher which can be found here.  As she says, “Let’s get one thing straight. There are many different quality grades when it comes to beef — and less than 1.5 percent earns the label Certified Angus Beef brand Prime. So when Steve Palmer, managing partner of the Indigo Road group, which owns Oak and O-Ku, asks us to go on a road trip to visit where these kind of cows are raised, we say yes. Right away.”  It was a pretty long, cramped road trip to Yon Family Farms in Ridge Spring, SC but I got to see with my own eyes what (and who and where) it takes to bring a delicious meal to the table at Oak – a meal that I learned you can feel good about eating.

Jeremiah Bacon is committed to sourcing food locally and joined Charleston’s Oak Steakhouse as executive chef and partner in November 2010.  “We source our food from people who treat it with respect,” Bacon says in Alison’s story, about all his ingredients — from the CAB brand Prime to the Mepkin Abbey oyster mushrooms in his risotto. “What you’re eating has been touched by a lot of hands. There are a lot of moving parts, and I’m the last link in the chain. In the deepest level of my execution, I want you to taste that.”

Oak is touted as “one of the best and most distinctive steakhouses in America,” presenting classic steakhouse cuisine as well as locally sourced seafood and produce in an impeccable setting.  I am really looking forward to trying it!  Visit their website here.

My photograph of Virginia Friedman is the cover of last weeks Charleston City Paper.  Be sure to pick up a copy or click here to read the full story written by Stratton Lawrence.  Here is an excerpt:

Some cry foul at the shutting down of CofC’s Center for the Documentary

The Final Cut

by Stratton Lawrence

Virginia Friedman may be out of a job, but the awards keep rolling in. Last month, her film Tap Out took the Southern Lens Independent Vision Award at the 2011 Beaufort International Film Festival. In May, the environmental documentary will air at the Charleston International Film Festival.

But the film’s recent success is overshadowed by one simple fact: the Center for the Documentary, which spearheaded the project, no longer exists. And when CofC decided to shut down the Center last summer, Friedman’s years of employment at the college abruptly ended. At the end of her time at the school, Friedman was CofC’s president of academic media and director of the Center for the Documentary. Prior to that, she was the school’s vice president of communications and college relations.

Friedman’s reputation is impressive. She’s a two-time regional Emmy Award winner, who took home prizes for the Holocaust survivor documentary For Every Person There is a Name and the civil rights retrospective Where Do We Go from Here?

“She is a person of exceptional talent,” remarks Alex Sanders, a former president of the College of Charleston. “I have worked with many documentary makers on the national scene, including 60 Minutes and Meet the Press, and I’ve never worked with a producer with whom I was more impressed than Virginia Friedman.”