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...
A SUNDAY STROLL | CHARLESTON STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

A SUNDAY STROLL | CHARLESTON STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

Sunday afternoons are meant for something other than work.  Reflection.  Family time.  Recharing the batteries.  Taking time to be thankful for all the things you hurry past during the week.  It’s been several years since I took the time, or considered it worth my time, to photograph spring flowers.  Today I took the first lap around the block with my daughter on her tricycle, soaking in the sun and blue skies, listening to birds sing as they busied themselves building nests, dodging honey bees drinking up the jessamine nectar….it was rather surreal.  I stopped by the house on the second loop around the block to grab my camera.  My old friend JD would be smiling at me right now for taking some “me” time, whether it was behind the camera or not.  Charleston in the spring is magical and starts earlier than most places.  It’s a joy to call this place...
‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

The holidays are fast approaching!  My calendar is almost full with families and children making sure to get their sessions in time for their Christmas cards.  There are so many exciting new designs this year.  I’ll be posting samples from old and new collections here over the next few weeks as I continue to edit these sessions.  Here are a few from two-year old Adilyn’s recent...
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...
The Wait Is Over

The Wait Is Over

Welcome to the new blog!  It is up and running just in time to announce a one-day workshop I am hosting on September 18th.  It will be lots of fun (because we love what we do, right?!) but the spaces are limited.  This workshop will be great as a refresher course for some of you, and it will be useful to anyone who would like tips and tricks to mastering natural light, flash and off-camera lighting in your photographs.  There will be lighting equipment set up for the workshop, but it is recommended that you bring your own equipment so that you can master what YOU work with every day.  Everyone will get a chance to shoot in multiple lighting situations and have their questions answered.  Snacks are provided, but you must find your own lunch during our break. Get more info and sign up here for the workshop and keep an eye out for future...