Jackson’s 1st Birthday

Jackson’s 1st Birthday

There is a part of my work that I didn’t anticipate 10 years ago when I began my photography business…and that is the friendships that would develop with the brides and grooms I have photographed.  They have blessed me with beautiful little additions to photograph throughout the years.  Jackson is one of those joyful little surprises.  His first birthday was something Amber and Justin wanted to be sure and document as well as they had their own love story.  In fact, he is a continuation of that love story.  Amber felt that Jackson would be most comfortable in his own environment, so we shot in their home and their backyard.  Jackson’s best time of day just happened to be the brightest time of day, but full sun didn’t keep him from showing off his baby blues.  Jackson’s energy, playful curiosity, and total infatuation with his mom and dad were easy to pick up on and so much fun to photograph....
Labor Day

Labor Day

Labor Day is one of the holidays I usually find labor, i.e. work, to do…or work finds me.  This year has been all about regaining balance.  Work can inevitably push out all that is truly important if you allow it to do so.  So while years past have seen me work through the holidays, this is not one of those years.  This is one of those weekends that seem meant to be spent at the beach.  The last big swim in the ocean before the water cools down.  The last Saturday that doesn’t have hockey games, soccer games, and of course, weddings scheduled.  Warm sun, cool wind, warm water…perfect!Each of my children (and husband) got busy doing their own favorite beach activities.  Kevin and Nathaniel surfed.  Gracie built sandcastles. Nicolas collected shells. The waves were pretty choppy given Hurricane Earl had passed through a few days earlier. My “good” equipment was at home for safe keeping, so these images aren’t what they could be or should be.  I’ve learned that any image of the fam is better than none, though. Shell hunting went very well today.  The beach was littered with all sorts of beauties.  But I also noticed that the landscape of the beach was vastly different from last week.  The storm did lots of remodeling. This was the first little starfish they found.  We walked a bit further and found the whole stretch of beach covered in dead starfish (sea stars) of all sizes.  This is the first time any of us had seen something like this on Folly Beach. This little rareity was a six-legged star!...
Lots of “firsts” today…

Lots of “firsts” today…

The first day of September, the first day of school for my daughter, the first fully functional day for my new website….I’m ridiculously excited!  I can smell autumn approaching and productivity on the horizon.  What a wonderful...
Behind the Camera

Behind the Camera

I like to tell stories through my photographs, but if I’m honest, there are lots of stories families hope are not so obvious in my photographs.  The Coleman family came to me this summer after having spent a week together on a combined family vacation.  That would be the grandparents, their three sets of married children and all seven grandchildren together in one space sharing one schedule for one entire week.  That’s a whole lot of togetherness!  Finding creative ways to cozy the children up to each other at this point was a challenge.  So let me paint the picture behind the camera for you…..six adults waving hands wildly, calling out their children’s names in funny voices, begging and pleading for their attention, and promising payouts of candy for smiling faces.  The magic moment that was rewarded with all seven sets of eyes upon me was when one brilliant mom pulled the family-sized bag of M&M’s from her purse and began shaking it over my head.  The tears and squirmy bodies stopped ever so briefly.  Click!  And six satisfied parents scooped up their children to head back to their respective homes and declare the vacation over for another...
Mike & Nicole + James

Mike & Nicole + James

Every year when Mike and Nicole make their way back to South Carolina for a summer visit, we try to coordinate our schedules for a portrait session.  The last time I saw Nicole she was expecting James, so this was my first time meeting the little guy in person.  What a treat! Somehow we managed to pick the hottest day in August for our session.   Mike told me that our 100 degree day was nothing compared to the summer temps in Arizona where they live.  And Mike spends his days on a golf course so he would know! Check out those blue eyes he inherited from Mom and Dad….and how do you resist those lashes?  James was giving us his “big smile” here. James has his eye on something and we are about to go chasing it! And he is ready to move again.  That’s what little boys do…move, move, move! I’m pretty sure this look meant he was ready to go.  Then he found a door…a possible escape…and told us in his own way it was time to go.  I can’t wait to see you again next...