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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

April 21, 2015
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In life’s travels, many of us will eventually come across an isolated place in nature that speaks to our heart.  We are the lucky ones — to be touched by nature’s glory, as we stand in awe of a vista that surrounds us in beauty and serenity.
Thank you, Savannah and Jaymin, for traveling with me along this memorable journey.  A journey in which the waterfall reminds us to be free in our lives and our love.

I want my life to be a mountain stream that rushes down wild flowered slopes through pine glades into green valleys, I do not want culverts to contain my force or cement to channel my flow, nothing to break my life’s course with roots, stones and sand.  ~ Lowell McMullin

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February 12, 2015
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One of the many highlights of 2014 was attending the “Every Wedding is an Adventure” Workshop hosted by the incredibly talented Ed Peers and Nirav Patel.

I discovered these artists just weeks prior to their workshop and knew that I had to attend this adventure in San Francisco, California. I had never been out west before, as the bulk of our vacation each year is spent abroad. I truly didn’t know what I was missing!

To have the opportunity to learn from such incredible artists was a life and business changing experience. We hiked in the beautiful Mount Tamalpais State Park for Magda & Mark‘s session. As the sun began to set, I just had to stop and take it all in. I was surrounded by complete tranquility and peace.  Just thinking about it as I write this, still brings that same feeling of inspiration.

Special thanks to Magda and Mark from Mark Trela Photography for being awesome models as well as workshop attendees.

 

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November 08, 2013
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Growing up in a rural area, one of the biggest events of the year was when the annual carnival came to town.  I remember how exciting it was, counting down the days.  In fact, nearly everyone at school was excited. Not necessarily because of the rides or the cotton candy — it was because of the perfect opportunity to walk hand-in-hand with that special boy away from the watchful eyes of our parents.
We girls would meet our boyfriends there, and watch with adoring eyes as they tossed coins, threw balls and blasted water balloons all to win us a stuffed animal that we could carry around and make the other girls jealous.  It was nearly a surreal atmosphere — almost like being a princess for the night.

Since I’ve been shooting engagement sessions, I admit I’ve never wandered too far from my comfort zone.  When I met with Leah and Kyle, we all agreed to step beyond the boundaries of our comfort zone.  An engagement session at the South Carolina State Fair? Why not!

I was truly excited to be going to the Fair. It’s much larger than the old carnival back home, but the atmosphere was still there — the spontaneity, the laughter, the fun, and of course, the romance.  As Leah, Kyle and I walked through the fairgrounds, I was slightly behind them. I was caught up in the moment as they were holding hands, gazing into each other’s eyes, and it was like a deja vu experience watching their happiness and excitement.
We began with the funnel cake, one of my favorite ‘fair foods,’ then proceeded to the Sky Glider which carries you high above the crowd and encircles the fairgrounds.  I must admit I was a little nervous (ok, I admit it, I was terrified), as I was riding solo directly in front of them, sitting backwards in my seat trying to capture pictures.  Definitely far away from my comfort zone  — but the opportunity for great shots was amazing!

Onto the giant slides, where I anxiously waited at the bottom while Leah and Kyle came careening down – a mixture of excitement and terror on their faces. It was great watching them have such a wonderful time together.  And when Leah had the opportunity to walk through the fairgrounds holding her own stuffed animal prize, I couldn’t help but see the envious faces of the other girls at the fair. Not only did Leah have the ‘I ♥ U’ cuddly toy, she was in the arms of a man who had pledged her his undying love. Said Kyle, “Leah always thinks of others before herself, which makes her one of the most caring people I’ve ever met. I just happen to be lucky enough to be the one who gets to spend the rest of my life around her.”

A special thanks to the South Carolina State Fair. Your staff was so kind and gracious, and went out of their way to accommodate us.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. — Neale Donald Walsch

 

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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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September 12, 2013
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It seems that each wedding I photograph has its own unique qualities – its very own memories.  I can sit and think back about some of my weddings, like the time we had a torrential rainstorm, or the time the entire wedding party was barefoot, or the time the bride’s son escorted her to the altar.  But with all my memories, none are so vivid as the ones from Anna and Jonathan’s wedding. It was at this shoot that I actually got so scared that I didn’t press the shutter button on the camera – I just stood there with a frantic look on my face.  I guess you’re wondering what happened……

The day started out, beautiful as ever. We’d had a gentle drizzle earlier in the day, so the ground was a little soft.  The bride opted to prepare for her wedding at a beautiful, out-of-the-way location called Old McCaskill’s Farm.  As Anna’s wedding gown received it’s finishing touches and her hair was brushed to perfection, she learned the Farm had recently acquired a new addition in the form of an orphaned fawn.  I could see the look on her face, and knew that Anna would soon be viewing the fawn.  What I didn’t expect, was a bottle of milk and the excitement that followed when Anna received permission to feed the fawn.

Dressed in her wedding finery, Anna gracefully knelt down and petted and fed the fawn. Picture perfect, right? I would totally agree — that was until the bottle was empty of milk. The fawn then stood on its hind legs in search of another bottle, and, coming from the country and knowing what fawns can do, I stood frozen, camera at my side – nearly expecting the fawn to climb right up the front of the bride with its muddy little hooves.  I could just envision the French lace veil entangled with the deer and having to run to Anna’s rescue.  It was as if time stopped.  Anna never missed a beat and never got the least bit excited. As she talked to the fawn, it gently lowered its feet to the ground, received a pat on the head, and went on its merry way.  About two minutes later, I think my heart started beating again.

I was finally back on track as we reached the Lake View Baptist Church in Camden, SC, for the wedding ceremony.  It was here I met the rest of the family, and learned about the legacy of Jonathan’s late-grandparents.  A couple that had been so totally in love with one another, they were referred to as a ‘true testament of how true love should be.’ Having passed within six months of one another, the couple had celebrated a long and happy life together. On their 60th wedding anniversary, Jonathan’s Grandaddy gave his wife a beautiful diamond necklace as a lasting tribute to his love and devotion. Unbeknownst to Anna, Jonathan had prepared a letter to accompany his gift to her – his Grandmother’s necklace. Seated on the porch, surrounded by her mother, grandmother and bridesmaids, Anna opened her gift and read the accompanying letter  . . . “You are my heart, my soul, my everything . . .”  There wasn’t a dry eye to be found as Anna finished her letter and held it close to her heart.

And people say that fairytale endings don’t exist. They’ve obviously never met Anna and Jonathan.

 

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Ceremony : Lake View Baptist Church

Reception : TenEleven Galleria

Getting Ready Location : Old McCaskill’s Farm

Videographer : Siegel Films Charleston, SC

Cake : Southern Wisteria

DJ : Audio To Go, Charlotte, NC

Photobooth : InFocus Photobooth, Rock Hill, SC

Bridal Gown : David’s Bridal Melissa Sweet

Bridesmaids Dresses : Target Bridal

Lastly, a very special thank you to Beka with Tirzah Photography for shooting with me!

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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