Wedding & Party Photobooth | A Graff Creative Guest Post

Wedding & Party Photobooth | A Graff Creative Guest Post

There’s going to be a handsome discount exclusive to Kim Graham Photography clients, so be sure to make it to the bottom of the page before moving on along! Oh hi. My name is Jebb Graff. You may recognize me from the various roles I’ve played on several made-for-TV and direct-to-DVD movies including but not limited to “Dog Catcher #2”, “Portly Street Sweeper” and my most famous role to date “Ridiculously Good Looking Photobooth Guy”. Well, the actual credit reads as “Photobooth Photographer”, but my mom tells me otherwise and my cat thinks I’m his pajamas. Actually he just likes to sleep on my head, but that’s another story. My esteemed colleague Kim Graham, asked me (read: accepted bribe) to write up a little piece about myself and the latest addition to my photography & design business for her blog. I thought to myself while polishing my mirror, “well I love talking about myself, and everyone loves what I have to say, so yeah…I guess I’ll do it” (read: I hate talking about myself and Kim may be crazy for allowing this). Alright alright…enough shenanigans for a few words. Kim and I have known each other and worked together on various projects for quite some time now. She even photographed my wedding! We’re both photographers, and we like to work together to provide fantastic photos more than we like to duke it out as competitors. I’m writing this post today to share my wedding & event photobooth with you. Though I do occasionally second-shoot (an industry term meaning “shoot second”, or “also photograph”) weddings with colleagues, I stopped photographing...
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...
Some people just know how to party!

Some people just know how to party!

One of my favorite events this summer was a party thrown by one of Charleston’s most generous benefactors.  He will remain nameless at his request.  The pictures I am sharing are chosen specifically not to infringe on the privacy of those in attendance.  But let me assure you that they are Charleston’s most gracious and generous souls.  Hosts of people in our fair city are blessed by their good nature every year, and I am always so honored to be called in to photograph their events. The lawn on which I stood is nicer than most golf greens.  Wait, there was a private golf green just off to the side of the stage I believe.  And the views of the ocean and marsh were breathtaking from under the live oaks and palms from which romantic bare bulb strings stretched across the sky.  But the musical guests we were treated to had me pinching myself that I was being paid to be there.  A local favorite, Ronnie Johnson, opened the evening with his unique combination of beach and rootsy guitar notes.  He was followed by individual sets and duets by Edwin McCain and Darius Rucker, who call themselves good friends to our gracious host. Guests indulged in the finest food and drinks all evening while enjoying their own private concert on the lawn.  Some even took to dancing a bit. Fun, relaxed, and perfect in every way.  I’d love to go back and do it again! The gorgeous lighting for the party and on stage was all done by Todd at...