SUNIL & HEIDI {ENGAGEMENT} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

SUNIL & HEIDI {ENGAGEMENT} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

PART 1 OF 2: Sunil and Heidi found me via the wonderful internet, all the way from their home in Wisconsin.  Since they were in town for less than a week, we shot their engagement photos a few days prior to their wedding.  Being no strangers to cold weather, they handled our blustery February weather with style.  This was my first meeting with the couple, but I instantly felt like old friends with them.  It is pretty cool the way they met, too.  Online dating!  eHarmony, maybe those commercials are real afterall.  :...
JENNIFER {BRIDAL} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

JENNIFER {BRIDAL} | CHARLESTON PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

Jennifer is back on the blog with her bridal portraits, soon to be followed by her wedding photos, all shot on location at beautiful Lowndes Grove.  The setting is perfectly classic Charleston…a waterfront plantation, surrounded by live oaks, and lots of historic grandeur.  Jennifer has such a classic Southern look, from her dress to her hair to her pearls and garden roses.  I couldn’t imagine a better place to showcase all that prettiness.  We managed to snag a slightly cool (occasionally sunny) day in February for these portraits, which is no small miracle during the rainy week we’d had.  Many thanks to the coordinating skills of LWSE, the staff on hand from Lowndes Grove, the bride’s bouquet from Timeless Designs, and Jennifer’s hair and makeup by Stuart Laurence...
LIAM {NEWBORN} | CHARLESTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

LIAM {NEWBORN} | CHARLESTON NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Working with Liam made me yearn for another baby to hold and snuggle, so it’s good that I can photograph them to get my fix.  Annie, whose maternity session was featured a short while back, told me that her brand new baby loved to sleep the mornings away.  He was just 11 days old when we met up, but I think he must have liked me.  He wouldn’t shut his eyes for anything.  We came back and tried it again the following morning with more success.  You’ll see Annie’s super duper trick for keeping a newborn warm and happy on a frigid winter morning.  I am definitely stealing this idea for future use on cold days! Big brother might have been a little excited, too….he jumped in front of the camera between snacks and playing behind the camera with me. Annie is demonstrating her amazing skills...
Me & Mine

Me & Mine

Today I got to be on the receiving end of beautiful photographs!  And believe me, I get just as excited as you do when I get new photographs of my family.  If at all possible, I’m going to refrain from putting exclamation points after everything I say here.  : )  Be strong, Kim. My friend and colleague Karyn Iserman delivered some family portraits she took of my family awhile back.  She is an amazing photographer!  And she is kind and generous on top of that great talent of hers.  I wanted to share a few of them here so you all could get a peek at my greatest earthly source of joy.  If you know me, you know I love my family! My husband Kevin, oldest son Nathaniel, blonde son Nicolas, daughter Gracie. Thank you,...
Brett & Jennifer + the brownies

Brett & Jennifer + the brownies

Jennifer and I have known each other long enough that I can’t remember how long.  Years.  She knows the wedding business inside and out given her time at LWSE.  And she knows just about everyone in Charleston that has anything to do with weddings.  But she never really saw herself as a bride in the “get lost in the moment giddy over the details” sort of way.  But wouldn’t you know that love can change all that!  : )  And without a doubt, Jennifer loves Brett.  Alot!  (Brett, you know you’re a very, very lucky guy, right?!) This girl is completely at ease in front of the camera….which totally makes up for Brett’s disdain for the camera.  They balance each other in many ways.  : )  They have a mutual adoration for their “brownies”.  That’s the cutie pie nickname Jennifer has for their chocolate labs.  You wouldn’t believe how long it took me to figure out that all those facebook posts she made about laying in bed with her brownies every morning wasn’t some peculiar eating habit.  Just some sweet puppy loving.  So of course Gibbs and Layla had to be in some of the pictures. Wedding in three...
15 and beautiful

15 and beautiful

Who wouldn’t love to turn back the clock for a day or two?  I’m not particularly fond of reliving my teenage years, but just to go back for a day or two knowing what I know now.  If I had been as beautiful as Danie at 15….well, that just spells trouble.  Fortunately Danie is pretty on the inside, too.  She has a great mom who is making sure Danie’s venture into modeling is handled wisely.  Did I mention that this girl can sing?  She has success written all over her...
Jennifer + Travis

Jennifer + Travis

Jennifer and Travis are….  fun, perfect for each other, compassionate, sweet, smart, funny, down-to-earth, and a match made in heaven. Jennifer was voted “Teacher of the Year” for Dorchester County Schools and is in the running for the state award.  Travis has played some serious football in his time(betcha couldn’t guess that, though).  Parents love them, kids love them, I love them… Jennifer has a DIY streak.  She knew what she wanted and set about making it happen.  There are lots of personal touches…like the vintage family photographs displayed beautifully in the antique deli counter.  And the antique homemade quilts that lined the candy bar.  Their “B” monogram graced the tea cakes to the coffee stirrers.  She even convinced the very manly men of the family to hoist a Christmas tree over the serving table, having it dangle upside down by cables.  The trees were decorated with ornaments that served as personalized favors for the guests. This fun-loving couple didn’t let the cold or the rain dampen their day.  The smiles were plentiful as guests indulged in a warm and hearty brunch of lowcountry favorites.  It was  served by the groom’s parents who own the restaurant that hosted the reception at Main Street BBQ. Another insight into Jennifer and Travis’ spontaneous and carefree nature, they shot all of their photos in the rain without a fuss.  Boy, they made me proud!  We had planned months before the have an elaborate outdoor shoot at the old train station and under the live oaks…something I must admit I had my heart set on.   But these two suggested we go around...
Annie’s little sprouts

Annie’s little sprouts

Welcome back to the blog (I’m telling myself)…the holidays were heavily weighted in the direction of my family, and quite intentionly so.  The blog took a back seat to holiday portrait sessions, weddings, Christmas cards, albums….and so on and so forth.  The best part was that the kids got lots of homemade goodies and we made tons of holiday memories.   Where should I start?  Since I just visited Annie for a newborn session today, I thought posting her maternity shots from December would be a good place to begin. Annie, Jeremy, and Landon hiked all over the place for these photos.  Hard to believe Annie was just a few weeks from delivery here, and she never complained a bit about the long walk or the odd places I had her sit.  What an adorable...
Vow Renewal

Vow Renewal

Steven and Jane celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, which happens to be today, by renewing their vows.  Though they live in Delaware now, Steven was stationed in Charleston 25 years ago.  He took Jane down to the battery to propose on bended knee by one of our famous cannons at the waterfront.  Twenty-five years later they came back to that spot to reaffirm their love. Jane couldn’t make it through her vows without crying.  Steven barely kept his composure, too.  I love that kind of emotion after being together for 25 years…so I had to post a snippet showing off those tears…sweet… The fabulous officiant for this ceremony was Nancy...