I came across an amazingly beautiful gown from Arabella Couture Designs. I knew I had to shoot Raegan in it. It certainly was a wonderful way to get the creative juices flowing for 2017!!!
I was so excited when the Bells asked if I would be available to take their family photos for them again this year. It has been almost 3 years since we were visiting Charleston and we had a day full of family photos with the Bells and Silvoys. I mean…what are the chances you go to high school in Maryland and move 30 minutes away from each other in Charleston, South Carolina?! Well, that’s what happened! We wanted a completely different feel this time, so we headed downtown. I think it happened to be the coldest day we had all December, so they threw on some layers and we walked around while Heidi (the super cute pup) enjoyed strolling on the streets with us.
I had so much fun with this fabulous family last month. After moving around as much as we have in the past couple of years, I am so happy to have settled into the Charleston-area. It’s an additional plus when your daughter makes new friends at school and you realize very quickly, that as a mom, you’ve made a new friend too!! Dara told me there were some gorgeous locations in her neighborhood and I was squealing inside with all of the options for perfect family photos.
In the past 18 months, I have moved from Maryland to Tennessee to South Carolina. Last week, I had my first client portrait session since the summer of 2015. I must be the luckiest photographer alive that it was such sweet little girl! I am so thankful her mom found me on Instagram. After having to postpone due to the evacuation with Hurricane Matthew, we rescheduled for the most perfect evening. The sunset was gorgeous, the water was warm, and Lucy enjoyed chasing me around on the beach trying to splash me. 😉 I am so thankful to have met both Lucy and Amy. It was a great way to kick off my business here in the Charleston area!
This past spring we visited our family in Laurel, MD. My cousin, Taylor, was my go-to hair and makeup artist when we lived in Maryland, so whenever we visit, we also have something epic planned. This greaser shoot had been on the agenda for a while. My uncle is a mechanic and owns a few vintage cars. We wanted to do something special for both my aunt and uncle including his Chevelle. Not only did it turn out better than I could have hoped for, we got one of the photos printed on metal and my uncle immediately hung it in his garage. I loved being able to turn my kids into vintage greasers and really be creative with the photography. My favorite is the one where I climbed into the backseat and put on my wide angle lens to have them looking back at me.
After way too long not seeing my sister-in-law and her family, we were so excited to visit with this summer. It was a perfect opportunity to do some fun photos with the cousins.
Before having my own children, I never would have thought I could love bringing children’s dreams to reality as much as I do! I realize as an adult, I never really wanted to grow up. I wanted to stay a kid forever. And now when I get to dig into children’s minds, I can live vicariously through them! Who doesn’t want to be a fairy…a pirate…a mermaid…a superhero?! I am so excited to book fantasy sessions for children in the Charleston, SC area!
After quite an eventful 18 months, we are finally settling in our new digs in the Charleston, SC area. Here are some beautiful pics with the amazing Alexis I took in April 2015. The incredible Taylor Hare from Hare Makeup Artistry did the amazing makeup and Stephanie Ann Packet with Stephanie Ann Styles, LLC did the hair. It was cold that day, but we had a lot of fun!
I am so grateful that my daughter is a willing participant in my visions. After I had so much positive success and feedback after my fairy shoot in the fall, I decided to continue. Once my creative juices start flowing, it’s hard to contain them. I could not be happier with the way these photos turned out. I do hope to offer fantasy type shoots for clients in the future. Stay tuned… Hair and makeup was provided by Hare Makeup Artistry. Taylor Hare is an amazing asset and I am so glad she is available to my clients. Be sure to contact me if you would like to book her for your photography session.
Oh…sweet Goddess Athena. We have all been looking forward to your arrival for so long. Your momma even bought gift certificates during a sale in 2013 knowing she would need maternity and newborn sessions in the near future. So happy to finally meet you!