Downtown Charleston Proposal

Is there a more charming proposal than a Downtown Charleston proposal? I think not!

Conor had the right idea in June when he chose Chalmers Street to pop the question to bride-to-be, Jackie. He and I met a few days ahead to go over his plan and scout our location. It worked out beautifully.

Downtown is not only beautiful, but is sentimental to Conor and Jackie, so it made perfect sense to add yet another memory to their story here.

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I knew they were coming down Chalmers Street, so I semi-hid behind some parked cars to wait for the signal. Conor hid the ring box in his sock (ouch) and when he knelt town to “fix something”, I started shooting from my spot. As the shock on Jackie’s face settled into pure joy, I knew it was ok to move in closer. She was totally surprised, and of course, thrilled.

You may be wondering if this is invasive or if having a photographer capture a proposal spoils the surprise. I’ve done this a few times now, and have yet to be a spoiler! The moment is so intense, that I think all surroundings become white noise. That, and I’m good at blending in, haha.

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We walked around Chalmers Street and made some sweet portraits of Conor and Jackie. They are not “formal”, but I love that about this type of session. I loosely posed them, but the smiles and affection are completely spontaneous and genuine. She just said yes, after all!

I’m so happy with these images, and I hope they will be proud to show them to their children and grandchildren many years from now.

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Harbor Cake Smash

I love a good cake smash session. But, make it a harbor cake smash with the cutest boy I know, and forget it. Winner winner cake for dinner.

I first met Hudson on a boat, stuffed into his (loathed) life jacket at just a few months old.  Thankfully, he’s much happier being out on the water now, and rather than cake up the boat, we decided that a dock session would be perfect.

We headed to a public dock near downtown Charleston one evening last weekend, and it worked out perfectly. The sun was hazy and it was plenty warm. Most of the boats were back after a beautiful day – just the background I was envisioning!

It’s never a given that a baby will be gung-ho about their cake. Some don’t like the mess on their hands, some are overwhelmed, others enthusiastically dive in face first. We all thought Hudson was going to be happily swimming in cake and frosting once he got a taste. He gave it a couple of once-overs and poked at it while we all made the usual goofy faces and noises. When some frosting made it into his mouth, he made that “oh, this is sugar!?” face, and played for a minute.

Sometimes it takes a few times to reset (crawl-aways happen, lol), but it always works out!

It was cute as could be. I adore Hudson and his awesome parents, and this gorgeous location!

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Charlotte ~ Charleston Newborn

Ten days after my maternity session with her parents, Miss Charlotte arrived! I knew she was going to be one of my first Charleston newborn within a few months of my move, so this was an exciting day.

Mom chose mint and peach for Charlotte’s solo portraits, and they are some of my favorite colors to play with. Minty-aqua is really so versatile. It goes with pinks, soft lavender, and of course, more peach! I think it’s especially appropriate to use here in Charleston – it’s beachy and matches pastel downtown. 🙂

Charlotte was sleepy and content during her session, I loved it. Once she had a full tummy everyone was able to sit back and relax while I worked. I’ve said it before, but when parents sit back and relax during a newborn session, baby just knows and things go smoothly.
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It was close enough to Easter, that I had to put her in the floppy bunny ears!newborn and parents

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a newborn give a big smile in mom’s arms. She couldn’t get anymore beautiful or sweet.newborn womb pose

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Downtown Maternity Session

Parents-to-be Rob and Jen didn’t originally plan on having these photos, but I know they are glad they had a last-minute change of heart! We decided that we had to take advantage of our gorgeous Spring weather here in Charleston. A downtown maternity session was just the ticket!

We wandered our way up Meeting Street and had an abundance of beautiful streets, front doors and window boxes to borrow. The wisteria was in full glory, so we had to stop at what must have been the most photographed spot in town that week. The azaleas were also incredible in March, so we ducked into Washington Square Park to include them in a few images.

Chalmers Street was Mom’s suggestion, and it didn’t disappoint! The cobblestones were popular that evening that we had to share with other couples, haha.

When little Charlotte arrived just 10 days after our session, mom expressed to me that she was so happy to have these images. This time can be so fleeting, and now they have beautiful portraits to cherish for a lifetime, and to share with their daughter.

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Alhambra Hall Mini Session

When I came to Charleston last spring to apartment hunt, my hosts gave me the best east-of-the-Cooper tour. As soon as I saw Alhambra Hall, I knew it would become a favorite location for mini sessions. The light is truly dreamy as the sun lowers over the water. The sea grasses drink up the golden tones and create a soft, warm backdrop. I just love it!

I hadn’t worked with twins in a little while – well – not two active, identical boys – but, of course I am always game to wrangle kiddos. Mom mentioned she tried to take a family picture on her own for the family’s annual Christmas card before reaching out to me. She was ready for a pro to take over! We met at Alhambra Hall, one twin happy (and told so!) the other, less than enthused. While the boys needed a few minutes to get some wiggles out, their older sister, Rowan, happily took some solo portraits. She was a total pro! It’s not often I don’t need to prompt or make silly noises to get a child’s attention, it was awesome! LOL
Alhambra Hall family PhotosThe ‘S’ family looked great in their coordinating outfits. Not too matchy, and just enough Holiday color.The boys were all about running and exploring the marshy grounds. When kids need to do their own thing between posing, it gives me an opportunity to capture genuine smiles and interactions, so I don’t object.

We wrapped up with some family cuddles and lollipops. Because sometimes lollipops are necessary, haha. By the end, even Declan, who started off unimpressed, was having fun!

Thank you ‘S’ family! I can’t wait to do it again!

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Christmas Tree Sessions 2017

As I sit here in my Mount Pleasant apartment watching the snow fall…yes, SNOW is falling in Charleston today for the first time in about 8 years…I figure this is an appropriate time to share some favorite images from my Christmas Tree sessions in NJ.

This past November I traveled up north, and was lucky enough to see so many of my favorite families again. I caught up with 11 of my past newborns, met one new family, learned that 4 of my mama’s are expecting again and received lots of hugs and did lots of gushing.

Once again, Wolgast Christmas Tree Farm hosted us. The trees looked even better this year and I’m so grateful for their hospitality!

Christmas Tree Sessions

Family portraits at Christmas Tree farm

Family portraits at Christmas Tree farm

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My favorite girl and her Mama. Family Christmas Card Pictures

Some families get a little more into photos than others. Lol.Family portraits at Christmas Tree farm

Baby Poppy was my last newborn in NJ just a few short months before.Family Christmas card photographer

Photos at Christmas Tree farm

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Christmas card session

Photos at Christmas Tree farm

Why wait for the holiday season to book a family session? It’s always a good time to head outdoors to capture sweet family memories here in Charleston. Send me an email to receive details on 2018 sessions!

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Cake Smash and Park Session

I first photographed Mackenzie as a newborn last November, and I was so happy to see her again for our fun cake smash and park session. I traveled from Charleston up to NJ this Fall and saw several clients, but this session is probably my favorite! We started with a pretty purple cake smash session, then headed out to Liberty State Park for family photos. The light was gorgeous, baby was in a great mood, and Mom&Dad were all in!Cake Smash and Park Session

Mackenzie loved her cake, although it may have been mostly frosting 🙂Purple backdrop cake smash session

Cake smash of baby girl in purple.

The weather this particular weekend wasn’t the best, but the sun did cooperate long enough for some pretty flare.Outdoor Family Portrait at Sunset

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I always think of mothers looking back on these images with their babies 16 or so years from now. It’s so important to be IN images with your children.mother daughter portrait

We didn’t want to let the Manhattan skyline dominate, but a little hint of the Freedom Tower is always welcome. family portrait with baby

Thank you again, ‘F’ family!

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Maternity Photography

Renee and Joe helped me illustrate the style of maternity photography I enjoy with this romantic couples session. While waiting to photograph their newborn daughter, I was also trying to find my happy place with maternity sessions. I asked and they were game!

There are many ways to approach maternity sessions, but what I love most is natural evening light and real emotion. Bringing couples outdoors to my favorite locations works for me.

I like to make maternity sessions about connection first and the bump as a sweet secondary element. Sort of the icing on the cake.
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This light was perfection!couples maternity photographer

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Charlotte B. ~ The Newborn Bunny

Ahh, Charlotte, the cutest little newborn bunny you ever did see!  She arrived JUST in the nick of time and was (bittersweetly) my last NJ newborn.

I arrived for her session on her 5th day (thank you, Mama!) and she was a little angel!  Mom requested a bucket setup, and I just love how tiny and sweet Charlotte looks in it. Mom also wanted to incorporate a bunny theme into a few images, so we used my little knit bonnet (one of my favorites) and a cute plush from her nursery. I really love this session not only because the images are personalized and pretty, but because I had such a wonderful time getting to know Charlottes parents and grandmother. It’s a special one 🙂

Be sure to scroll all the way to the end to catch that smile she threw for mommy!

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I think that’s an “almost” smirk above.

Look at this eye contact! Charlotte was so good awake…for a while, haha.

Newborn on pink with bunny. Baby girl yawning

In Home Newborn Photographer

You can always get a sense of the newness and smallness of a baby in Daddy’s hands. So sweet. And how amazing is that grin she gave in Mama’s arms?!
Newborn girl with mom and dad

I can’t wait to bring my bucket to the beaches of Charleston. Contact me for further info about newborn and maternity photography!

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Baby Taylor ~ Newborn Ballerina

Taylor was such a gorgeous sweetie. Her parents should be models, so it’s no surprise, lol. Her mom mentioned ahead of time that she wanted to incorporate her own childhood ballet slippers and a tutu into her little newborn ballerina’s session. Little keepsakes like this create an even more personalized set of images, and that’s what it’s all about!

Mom and dad didn’t hover while I worked with their little dumpling, which was wonderful for me because then I can just do my thang. Taylor did take some time to settle, so I think her parents were happy to sit back and relax with some music while I worked. Since they didn’t watch, when I came back for their ordering appointment, they were surprised and delighted with every image. It was a lot of fun for all of us.

Taylor is one of my 2017 favorites, and I can’t wait to see her for a one year session in the spring!

Newborn Ballerina

That gorgeous pout and cheeks, couldn’t you just squeeze her!? haha

Newborn Ballerina

Mom’s ballet shoes and a newborn sized tutu will serve as a keepsake as Taylor grows, and maybe loves ballet for herself in a few years.

I love girls in shades of blue, too. It’s not just for the boys!

Think she’s dreaming of becoming a ballerina? Thanks again, K family!

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