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...
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.  :...
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...
Will you marry me…?

Will you marry me…?

No, no…not me, I’m married already!  But Matt did ask Rachelle that question tonight. Of course she said, “Yes!” or I probably wouldn’t be posting this, would I? Matt is this perfectly adorable romantic fellow who literally bumped into me while I was finishing a shoot a month back.  He grabbed my card and briefly told me about his plan to photograph his surprise proposal.  We set things up and here we are. Matt’s birthday is today.  He had all the bells and whistles planned to look like a lovely evening out celebrating his birthday with his girl.  Dinner at a nice restaurant.  A moonlit carriage ride.  And later dessert at Kaminsky’s where I was waiting for them.  Matt had his “question” written out in chocolate on the plate holding Rachelle’s favorite dessert.  The whole crew at Kaminsky’s was in on it, making sure they had a table reserved, a spot at the bar for me to get the best photos, and the other patrons conveniently out of the way for a perfect proposal. Rachelle is checking out the desserts and this is what she sees… Matt immediately dropped to one knee and pulled the ring from his pocket.  It was like a perfect date night movie and I had front row seats.  And this is the part where Rachelle was so surprised and happy that words wouldn’t come, only tears.Yep, that’s a “yes”!  And that’s also a shutter speed of 125, f/1.2 at 6400 iso.  It was dark in there.  Oh, yeah…this is also where the applause broke out from everyone in the room. See the faces in the...
A Rain Plan

A Rain Plan

It is September so we know there is a chance of rain.  I’ll step out and say it.  There’s always a chance of a hurricane, too.  But that doesn’t mean we should stay inside until Thanksgiving.  And luckily for me, Heather and Tim completely agree. Heather and Tim met me while I was in the midst of shooting a wedding last fall.  Maybe we didn’t actually meet.  It was more like they saw me in action and thankfully liked what they saw.  That’s a really great compliment.  And I have the honor of photographing their wedding this October. Tim is not terribly keen on being photographed.  He was most comfortable with his back to me.  But we made that work.  : )  And Heather knows just how to make him smile, too.  We started our walk with a few clouds forming overhead and within a few minutes it was sprinkling.  Heather and Tim had traveled in from out of town for this portrait session so rescheduling was not an option.  Donned in their finest (check out the heels!), you’d think rain might crash the party.  But Tim saw an opportunity to step in out of the rain for a cocktail.  I saw the opportunity for more photos…some of my favorites! Maybe it was the drink, maybe the rain, but Tim started relaxing just a little.  Next we scored an umbrella at the concierge desk at the Mills House. We must have walked at least a few blocks in the rain but it was a blast.  Heather and Tim are attorneys.  They describe themselves as routine and boring and other...