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March 21, 2017
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Have you ever had one of those remote spots that just mean the world to you? And even more so when you’re with the one you love?
Kiawah Island is that spot for Katie & Nick. After hearing their love for Kiawah and talking with Katie on the phone about her desire to have a shoot there we just had to make it happen. Thankfully the stars aligned and we were able to do just that.
Kiawah, part of the chain of barrier islands off the coast of Charleston, SC, has a long and often romantic past ranging from the Kiawah Indian tribes and rumors of buried pirate gold, to the world class vacation resort of today.
Anxious to begin our journey, we first visited the famous Angel Oak Tree (which turns out you need a permit to shoot there, so don’t try it!) They were kind enough to allow us one quick photo which thankfully turned out to be pretty perfect. We then headed further into Kiawah and I quickly realized why this place meant so much to them….gorgeous beaches, marshes, forest and wildlife in an unspoiled natural setting. It was truly paradise!
We ended at a Mingo Point, a Lowcountry favorite which overlooks the marshes of the Kiawah River, which Katie claimed had a gorgeous sunset —  and certainly didn’t disappoint!
This love branches out like an oak tree. Reach for the sky and roots to the sea. ~ Unknown

October 29, 2013
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It never ceases to amaze me how much I have in common with some of my clients.
When meeting Jenna and Andrew for the first time, it was amazing how many similarities we shared — a love of the Charleston, SC waterfront, a romantic walk on the beach, meeting our future spouse while attending college, and most of all, conquering the tests of a long distance relationship.
For many months while attending the University of South Carolina, Jenna and Andrew both resided in the same apartment complex, attended the same gym and some of the same classes. But it wasn’t until a week before they graduated the two finally met face-to-face. They ended up forming a friendship-turned-relationship that spanned nearly four years — most from a distance.
After graduation, Jenna returned home to the Rock Hill area, while Andrew made a backpacking trip across Europe. When it came time for Andrew to return to the states, he decided to relocate to Charlotte, and the couple eventually began dating. Within a year, Andrew was on the move again, as he accepted a job in Columbia, SC, and they continued their relationship via text, email, phone and visits.
Talking about their relationship, Jenna said, “It definitely took a lot of trust, patience and us always putting each other first through the distance.”
And Andrew’s proposal? It happened at one of their favorite places — The Battery on the Charleston Waterfront, which is why we all agreed that Charleston, SC would be the perfect spot for their engagement session.
My grandmother used to say “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”  I think she would say it definitely applied for Jenna and Andrew.

“Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough…”

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May 29, 2013
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Like millions of Americans, I’m a Twilight fan. There, I’ve said it. I love Edward and Bella — especially Edward. I’ve watched each movie countless times, all with the same silly grin on my face. I’ve daydreamed about those romantic encounters and the movie soundtracks are ingrained in my head.

I’ve always been a romantic at heart. Give me a good sentimental movie and I’m there. Tissues in hand. No wonder why Engagement and Bridal Sessions are such an enjoyment for me — it’s like being able to capture fairy tale love stories in real life.

When I met April and Brian, the ‘Twilight Wheels’ started turning in my head. I just couldn’t help myself……

April was working at a restaurant on the lake when a stranger (Brian) walked in with his friends. He watched her from afar and made a few discrete inquiries. For nearly a year, Brian continued to come to the restaurant hoping to catch the eye of beautiful girl with the brown hair. And then one day, it happened. Their eyes met. The spark was ignited.

After April finished her shift, Brian was waiting with his boat, and took her for a moonlight sail along the lake. After talking for hours beneath the stars, they shared their first kiss.
Just like Edward and Bella, they found that opposites do, in fact, attract. While Brian has the patience of a saint, is organized and unwavering, April tends to be disorganized and impatient. While April tears about the house looking for a misplaced item, Brian calmly looks about, locates the item, and hands it over with a smile on his face. And the outcome? True love, of course!

During the first photo session at Boone Hall Plantation, I could visibly see the couple’s love and devotion to each other. The way Brian looked at April was the stuff movies are made of. Each moment, each look, each smile they shared was like a best seller. I found myself snapping pictures while wearing that same silly grin I reserved for the romantic movies. I was hooked.

As we finished our session at Isle of Palms, a barrier island on the South Carolina coast, it was nearing high tide and the day was coming to a close. I had that same feeling you get near the end of a great movie and everyone lives happily ever after.
And then I heard the soundtrack start playing in my head ……..

“And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought Your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more.”

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February 27, 2013
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A wedding ceremony and reception can be a stressful time for many couples. While they are filled with the excitement of their future life together, it’s often hard for them to share a few precious moments of solitude during the hectic pace of the big day. While many couples would enjoy a few moments of quiet reflection, instead, they find themselves being congratulated by countless well-wishers, shaking hands, receiving hugs, greeting out-of-town guests, posing for countless pictures and dancing until they nearly collapse with the exhaustion of it all.

To lessen the stress level, and provide the couple with a memorable event of their very own, I offer my couples the option of a “First Look” prior to the actual wedding ceremony.

For the “First Look,” I arrange a secluded location where the couple will see each other for the ‘first time,’ making certain the three of us are completely alone for this special event. Using a long lens enables me to shoot from a distance, so the couple doesn’t feel the presence of a hovering photographer.
While I can’t fully describe the emotion and intimacy involved when the couple chooses a “First Look” photo session, perhaps you can get an idea of how it worked with Allison and Garrett.

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Do you remember your first love? The way your heartbeat fluttered when that ‘special someone’ walked into the room? The way you covered your notebook with hearts and swirls pledging your undying love to the boy with the dark hair and dreamy eyes? That kind of love often remains in our hearts and memories, and for most, a special part of our past.

For Allison and Garrett, the special love they had in junior high has never ended.

As Allison describes it, “He was my very first boyfriend and we were the best of friends.”

Even at a young age, the couple couldn’t imagine a life without each other. They set goals for themselves, and managed to avoid the peer pressures typical of teenage years. Although they had their ups and downs, they managed to make it through high school together, and each went on to graduate with a Bachelor’s degrees.

For a couple that has experienced nearly everything together, I couldn’t help but wonder how special a “First Look” could be. After all, nearly every ‘first’ in their life, they had experienced together – first date, first prom, first dance, first Valentine – you name it.

I couldn’t have been more stunned as I witnessed this couple’s “First Look.”

Despite a photography session held in the full noon sun, which every photographer secretly dreads, we found enough shade to make the session read like a fairy tale. Allison was positioned alone at the edge of a meadow on the Boone Hall Plantation and told that Garrett would walk toward her from a position behind me. She closed her eyes, took a deep breath and waited. I could see the nervousness in her hand, as her fingers gently trembled.
Unbeknownst to Allison, Garrett was slowing walking toward her from his position in the woods behind her. His face was beaming as he approached her, and gently touched her shoulder. The look on Allison’s face as she turned to see him was priceless. Alone with their thoughts and feelings, each touched the other. He twirled her around and watched as her dress gently flowed around her. Then, he touched her face with tears in his eyes. She looked up at him, and I watched his fingertips brush away the tears from her eyes. The whole experience was magical, and truly a “First Look.”

Even with that special “First Look,” I again witnessed their next special moment as the couple married aboard the Carolina Girl yacht in Charleston, SC. Again, the lighting was a challenge, as the sun was going down, the rays casting a glare from the ocean, and the yacht gently dipped with the current.

I couldn’t help but think this couple’s life ahead would be filled with many more “First Looks,” as enduring as life itself.


“She was my dream. She made me who I am, and holding her in my arms was more natural to me than my own heartbeat. I think about her all the time. Even now, when I’m sitting here, I think about her. There could never have been another.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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