Chad & Betsy {PROPOSAL} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

Chad & Betsy {PROPOSAL} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

It’s exciting to photograph a proposal…there’s this nervous anticipation of how the bride-to-be will react, the real and unposed reactions of the moment.  My favorite part, though,  is meeting such delightful and thoughtful young men who prepare so carefully for this moment that they even consider hiring a photographer to make sure the day is thoroughly documented.  I was charmed from the very beginning by Chad and his manners.  He was all “yes, ma’am…and thank you, ma’am” in every email he sent. Something I learned from my time with Chad was that Betsy’s dad is an accomplished architect.  He designed the house Betsy grew up in, and that her parents still live in on Pawleys Island.  It was important to Chad we use the house as the backdrop for the pictures.  Chad also made sure he obtained Betsy’s dad’s permission to marry his daughter.  He secretly drove from Florida to Pawleys Island one weekend to visit with Betsy’s dad, and he was the only person for quite some time who knew of Chad’s intentions to propose. On an otherwise normal weekday, Chad arranged for Betsy to get the day off without letting Besty know.  He called Betsy’s supervisor and cleared it with him to pick Betsy up and start the day of surprises.  The couple spent the day in Charleston eating and shopping before heading out to Pawleys Island.  Betsy believed that her parents were out of town on vacation and that she and Chad would be house sitting for them.  But Chad had arranged for their immediate families to be there waiting on them, ready to celebrate the...
from this side of the fence | CHARLESTON PHOTOGRAPHER

from this side of the fence | CHARLESTON PHOTOGRAPHER

It is time to check in, refresh the blog page and let you all know what I’ve been up to lately.  There have been bridal portraits (which can’t be posted until the respective weddings are here), weddings out of town and around Charleston, a gazillion baseball practices and games, a mostly “unplugged” spring break with the kids out of school last week, and Easter festivities.  I’m on the phone alot these days scheduling sessions and rescheduling sessions due to rain.  : )  The buzz is back and I’m not just talking about the bees.  Charleston is in full bloom.  But check out the hail we had last week!  There’s never a dull moment when you rely on the weather for your work schedule. Change has been the theme of 2011 for me thus far.  I’m creeping up on 40 and I keep checking for signs of wear and tear.  Oh, it’s there on the body, but my spirit and outlook are as comfortable and youthful as ever.  Maybe more than ever.  It’s changing the way I see life through the lens. It’s also changing the way I look at people, LOVE people, parent and love my husband.  God’s voice is louder and clearer these days.  I’ve got more purpose and direction and feel drawn to reach out of my comfort zone.  It’s such an amazing thing to match up the passion that’s always been burning inside of me with a direction and an action.  Let’s see…more changes…  The lease on my office space is up in June.  Luke and I are moving out and not sure where to.  I...
JENNIFER & BRETT, PART II {WEDDING}| CHARLESTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

JENNIFER & BRETT, PART II {WEDDING}| CHARLESTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Jennifer and Brett are full of that contagious kind of laughter… plus the smirks, giggles and cute jokes.  They don’t take themselves too seriously, so the result is a truly laid back affair where everyone has fun.  Jennifer laughed going down the aisle!  They laughed as they exchanged rings.  Brett smirked and scratched his head all silly like when he realized they’d been pronounced “husband and wife”.  You know, I hope their children and grandchildren look back on these wedding pictures with a sense of wonder at all the joy shared by these two. Let’s be real now.  There wasn’t just a bunch of kissy kissy going on.  Jennifer and her girls can tear up a dance floor!  Oh, my!!  Darrell of The Connellys set up his very popular photo booth on the grounds for added entertainment.  Jennifer might have been in 99% of the pictures.  The camera loves her and she loves the camera!  Well, that is easy to see below. Jennifer and Brett, I wish you continued happiness and a long life...
JENNIFER & BRETT, PART I {WEDDING}| CHARLESTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

JENNIFER & BRETT, PART I {WEDDING}| CHARLESTON WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When I look at my 2011 calendar, I am overwhelmed with this huge sense of gratitude for the clients I get to work with this year.  Happy, fun, artistic and altogether delightful people.  This wedding….well, this couple…they truly kicked off my season in a glorious way.  First of all, the weather was so unbelievably warm and sunny….it was on the miraculous side.  I mean, perfect weather in February?  So God smiled down on them from the start.  And speaking of smiles, Jennifer gives them out freely and liberally to everyone.  That would have to be one of the first things you’d notice about her.  She glows all of the time, not just on her wedding day.  So….Jennifer never gave me a list of pictures, not one request or order.  She just had the time of her life and let it all unfold to be documented naturally and easily.  Can I get an “AMEN”?!  : ) It’s not just Brett and Jennifer that made this wedding so special.  We had our dream team, a.k.a. Luke Wilson Special Events, involved from the day they were engaged.  Luke and Megan did what they do so well, that is, make it look effortless.  But even better, since they were such good friends of the bride, I got to photograph LWSE breaking it down on the dance floor later that evening.  It was a treat!!  Maybe they’ll forgive me for posting all those dancing shots later. All the event rock stars were in attendance.  The floral designs were by Katie Bell of Timeless Designs; Fish catered the event;  Lowndes Grove served as ceremony and...