Archive for April, 2011
I love photographing people and capturing those split-second moments that define the core of someone’s personality. But like any good story teller, it’s important to also be able to capture a composed image that has been well thought out and executed.
Then there’s the fact that the older I grow, the more of a neatnik and perfectionist I become. I find that architecture and interior design photogrpahy appeals to me a lot as I have more patience to be concerned with the details.
Here are a few recent shots I took for Lisa Long Anderson, of Anderson Interiors, Inc. She designed the bedroom for the 2011 Charleston Designer Show House.
I admit it, I am procrastinating a little bit. I need to get started with some serious Photoshop retouching I am doing for a few interior shots I took recently. So to ease myself into it, I went through some photos of Seamus I took yesterday. The little man is 37 weeks, or 8.5 months, old! He’s gotten huge (20 lbs?) and my back is not happy about that. Add that to fact you can’t have drop side cribs anymore and well, it does not make for an ergonomic situation.
If there are any modeling agencies out there looking for a handsome young model, this is his portfolio shot.
Hair/Styles by Mom
I just love this one. It’s Seamus as seen through his pak n’ play. I was trying to focus on him, but got the net instead. Reminds me of a pixelated photo.
I remember in my Intro to Photography class at SCAD, when asked what kind of photography I wanted to do, saying that I wanted to be like Sally Mann. That was 1993, so almost 20 years later and I still feel that way.
Meg was passing down Cannon Street recently and recognized a photo of adorable baby Alice in my studio window. (How’s that for advertising!) A couple of days later, we were down on the waterfront taking maternity photos of her! Now Meg is one of those gorgeous women who carries a baby so well that you only know she’s pregnant when you see her from the front or side. She of course was glowing and her husband, Max, seemed just as excited about the impending arrival. The count down is on!
We had dinner with some of our friends recently who have an adorable little baby boy. He’s a lucky kiddo getting to grow up in a house full of music and pets. His bassinet is perched next to the window where he can hear the chickens outside doing their thing. Isn’t that awesome!
He and Seamus are only a few months apart, so we’re looking forward to more play dates!
New babies are the best. It is incredible how you become so charged with emotion and love and life takes on a whole new meaning. It is an incredible rush and lucky for me, I can get my “fix” by photographing other’s new arrivals and try to help capture those incredible moments that you want to encapsulate and never forget.
This new little baby boy has some big shoes to fill, or perhaps I should say boots. You see, he gave his big sister a new pair of red cowboy boots when he arrived, to make his appearance a little easier on her. Don’t you love that!
Here are a few of my favorites from our recent photo session. I just want to eat them both up!
Charleston is one of the most stunning cities to get married in and there are endless numbers of venues that I love to photograph. However, when someone comes to me about photographing their wedding that is off the beaten path, I jump at the opportunity. This is especially true when it is on a plantation that belongs to a family and is quintessentially Southern. You may have seen a little preview on what I speaking of if you saw Ann’s bridal portraits, which we photographed at the Brick Ruins.
Ann met Scott when she joined the Immaculate Baking Co., which Scott had started way back when. And though I am tempted to write metaphors about baking and love, I shall refrain, because this isn’t that type if couple. These two are home grown, down to earth people and they don’t need flowery language to define themselves.
Scott and Ann were married at The Presbyterian Church on Edisto Island. It has wonderful natural light and is gorgeous to photograph. The wedding party and guests then traveled down dirt roads to the Brick House Ruins. This place is magical. A clear top tent was set up under the oaks and guests could wander around, enjoying the spectacular views over the marsh. Little family cottages dot the property and families in the area enjoyed the awesome Beatles’s cover band, “Help!, from their screened-in porches.
The catering was done by Lowcountry Eats and in addition to an array of delicious looking food, they had a spectacular strawberry shortcake bar that looked very tempting. The wedding cake was by Lauren Mitterer, James Beard nominee and owner of the tasty Wild Flour Pastry.
The evening’s light show came courtesy of Mother Nature. The thunder and lightening were spectacular, though it did thwart their plans for leaving by boat. However, they still got to leave under an arc of sparklers and friends and family wished them well into the night and on to their new path together as a married couple.
I love the subtle band of sapphires around the diamond on her engagement ring.
The multi-talented Jennifer Hitchcock helped me photograph Ann and Scott’s wedding and took this shot from the balcony of the church.
The moment of truth… “I Do”
Don’t you love a shot of guests spilling out of an old white wooden church.
This church did not have a center aisle, rather two side aisles. Ann came in on the left as a single gal and left on the right with her beau, a married woman.
The haint blue on the ceiling is more of a teal. But it coordinated well with Scott’s tie!
My style and eye for composition has evolved over time and this is a photo that I may have one time not thought much of, but now I am loving it. No one person is looking in the same direction and a lot of different things are going on. It’s like Grand Central under the oaks.
If only these tress could speak…
I love that they did their toasts with a bottle of DeuS, a fine Belgian beer. It is also (ironically?) referred to as the “champagne of beers”.
Mmmm… cake by Wild Four Pastry.
I have to say that this is one of my favorite shots from the evening. I am all about getting some great twilight shots at wedding to capture the mood and ambiance. I love everything that is going on here and am so grateful for all the up-lighting on the trees and the house!
This is one of the sweet flower girls and her mama. I may have liked a photo like this before I had my own child, but now I would kill for a photo of my little guy hugging me like this!
There was a great moment when the band called all of Ann’s friends up on stage for a special song and she had no idea what was going on. They all sang her “Love me Do” by the Beatles.
The Brick House Ruins are said to have a ghost bride…. We didn’t see her.
Help! is a local Beatles’s cover band and they were awesome.
While I work away at editing Ann and Scott’s wedding photos from their Edisto Island wedding a few weeks ago, I thought I’d appease you with a few shots from Ann’s bridal portrait.
These were photographed on a stunning family property that belongs to friends of Ann’s. The land hold an historic landmark called the Brick House Ruins, a former plantation home that is said to also hold a ghost bride. (Spooky, I know!)
I liked Ann from the moment I met her. She’s a no fuss kind of gal that is straight forward and down to earth. The setting fit her perfectly.
Now I must get back to editing the wedding photos! Enjoy these while you wait….
Every week, I make a point to do a photo session with Seamus, which isn’t to say that I don’t also take a thousand random photos of him on a daily basis. But once a week I like to make a point to just focus the camera on him for 30 or 45 minutes.
In the beginning, the challenge was figuring out what to do with a tiny little newborn who kept his eyes closed and didn’t smile. I put him in baskets, the hammock, chairs, on pillows. I wanted to put him on a bookshelf and that’s where Bryan drew the line. Finally, he started waking up to the world and I went bonkers photographing his big blues and eye lashes and his pouty little mouth.
Now, the challenge has evolved. Given the fact that he’s pretty well documented head to toe, I am trying to find new angles and perspectives on him that I haven’t done before. It is more about finding spots around my house that we haven’t used for photos yet and coming up with something different. Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot about babies and photographing the in the last 8 months. Here are a few from this morning.
Check out my baby’s aura! (said with a wink)
Sadly, he doesn’t have a twin to babble with, just a mirror.