And….

Fall is officially here. Colors on leaves changing, the way the air just feels a little crisper, and of course sweater weather! Met with one of my OCS classmates and his wife and kids last night for a mini portrait session. Angel (their daughter) said she didn’t like cameras, but I tried the “look for the click in my camera” and it worked like a charm! Unfortunately, Little Ricoh’s tummy was bothering him, so we had to cut the session short, but I still ended up with a few shots that I really liked- the funny ones definitely portray their family! Anyone have any tips for getting a crying baby to stop, even just for a shot? Enjoy!

 

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I love that time of year….

when you can be just as comfortable in jeans and a hoodie as you can in shorts and a tank top. That’s what kind of weather it was for Derek and Tara’s Folly Beach shoot. A beautiful couple visiting Charleston from Charlotte, NC… they wanted some photos on the beach that would remind them of their trip to Charleston. Incredibly comfortable being in front of a camera, I was not surprised to hear that Tara had done some modeling when she was younger. When I was looking through the shots later, I couldn’t help but smile- they kept saying how much fun they were having, and I think you can really see that in the photos. Derek and Tara have been together for 8 years (married for 2!) and it was so great to be able to capture the little smiles and looks they still give each other after 8 years of marriage and a young daughter… I hope David and I will be that loving when we reach that stage! Just a fun, laugh-filled shoot with a fantastic couple

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]— Enjoy!

Tuesday was….

the attack of the killer mosquitoes. While researching new places for photos, I stumbled on Riverfront Park in North Charleston, and decided to give it a try for Nathan, Meagan, and Maddie’s family photos. Got there at 6pm to scope out some good spots, and knew I was in trouble when I saw everyone else walking away swatting at themselves. Spent exactly 5 minutes walking around, until I was forced back to my car to wait for them by the hordes of HUGE bloodsucking mosquitoes. I grew up in the South, and have never seen anything like them. Meagan and Nathan pulled up at 6:30, and we braved the bugs for exactly 25 minutes. Their daughter, Maddie, aside from being adorable, was such a trooper- she spent the whole time swatting the bugs off of her face- resulting in extensive photoshopping for bites :(.   But when we were leaving, she found a patch of flowers, and those turned out to be some of my favorite photos from the shoot- what a beautiful family!

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The sun…

can be your best friend or your worst enemy. In this case, unfortunately it turned out to be the latter. I spent the first Sunday of Autumn (and you could tell it was the season by the temp)  shooting photos for the Shumpert family, who wanted some family photos and some engagement photos for their daughter and soon-to-be son-in-law! I was trying out my new Speedlight, and it was fun to experiment with it… it definitely helped with the fill lighting. Great family to shoot for- especially had fun watching almost 3-year old Connor chasing birds down the beach! Enjoy!

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Now I will actually…

Know what I’m talking about when I tell guests about Middleton Place. Had the pleasure of taking some engagement photos for Erica and Vince, who are both teachers in Charleston, and are getting married in November! At Erica’s suggestion we shot them at Middleton Place, one of Charleston’s oldest plantations. There were SO many beautiful places to take photos, and it has inspired me to find places to shoot that have more opportunities.

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The Beach….

Has a lot of factors when it comes to taking photos, and I learned that Thursday, while taking some shots for Chesney and Shawn. We timed it right to get that “golden hour” right before sunset… but I didn’t factor in wind, glare from the sun, and a some of the shots were underexposed (note to self: remember to shoot in RAW so that can be corrected a bit). But we had fun, and got some great jumping shots… love meeting new people and trying out new places!

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Yesterday…

I had the privilege of taking photos for Leslie and Chris, a young couple who are expecting their first baby this year. When I saw them, I could barely tell Leslie was pregnant. During the shoot, I kept telling her to push her belly out, luckily Chris had some great ideas on posing so it would accentuate her belly (like over the water fountain :)) When I have children, I hope I look this tiny and cute. Enjoy!

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