Nothing I love more than beach days (and beach babes) in November.
Well the holidays are here and it’s time for entertaining our friends and family. I recently teamed up with Gathering Floral + Event Design to take some photos of their holiday table. You can see it and all its splendor and get a few ideas for your table by checking it out on the Wedding Row!
I’ve been photographing this little cherub since before he was born, back when he was all snug in his mama’s belly. I always look forward to seeing him and his parents. The timing worked out well that we got to add his grandparents into the photos too!
I love this one. This is exactly what it’s like when you have a three month old… you just can’t stop looking at him and marveling.
There is something special about a mom and her baby boy.
Doesn’t it make you wonder what he’s thinking about?
I love this one too!
When I came home yesterday, Bryan had Seamus in his highchair eating Goldfish and watching Sprout. Seamus doesn’t really watch PBS or kiddie shows yet, but he was quite into it, I noticed. I had just come from a photo shoot and and had this fancy manual focus macro lens on the camera. Love the lens, hate the manual focus as trying to use it on a moving target is impossible. Thus, I rarely get to use it on this guy.
But here I had the perfect scenario. An entranced toddler, a huge bag of Goldfish and Sprout to keep him focused on the TV and not on me. He ate way too many Goldfish and I took way too many photos, but what fun!
It kind of reminds me of Robbie Cooper’s series on kids playing video games.
I wish I’d clipped his nails recently…
Talking to the TV
Taking the leap to get married a huge emotional investment, there’s also the fact that you are throwing the event of your life and that’s often more daunting than anything else. There are many expectations that come with all of that- worries about your guests, how everything’s going to fall into place and nerves over whether you’re doing the right thing.
But what if you could still marry the person that you are madly in love with but dial the fear and stress factor down to about 2? It can be done with any wedding, but I always see it when I have the honor of photographing a second marriage. Instead of fussing over the small stuff, they were wise enough to know that in years to come those things won’t matter. It is the joining of their families and sharing that with only their closest friends and family that really truly matters.
Stacey Fraunfelter of Red Letter Events helped Carrie to plan her beach wedding on the Isle of Palms for an intimate gathering of friends and family. Carrie and Tom has 6 children between them and wanted to make sure that they were all involved in the wedding.
Lotus Flower used calla lilies for the bouquets and peonies for the decor. Chefs from Wild Dunes came to the house and cooked up a dinner for everyone. Wild Flour Pastry made a beach wedding cake and knowing Lauren, I am sure it was as delicious as it looked!
There are so many things I love about this photo! The silhouette, the composition, but most importantly, the moment it captured.
Check out this handsome guy.
Carrie and her sisters have a tight bond. I left that night thinking about my own family and how those bonds are some of the most important ones we have in life.
Lotus Flower created beautiful and simple bouquets for the girls and boutonnieres for the boys.
I am a sucker for little boys and this moment totally got me.
It’s not a wedding without a flower girl!
How cute is this monogrammed handkerchief? It’s the perfect accessory for her bouquet and basket of flower petals.
Carrie and Tom’s children all participated in the wedding ceremony as bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearers and a flower girl.
The fun thing about a beach wedding is that you can go barefoot if you want. In fact, it’s encouraged.
Each of the children participated in the sand ceremony, pouring in their own cup.
How gorgeous are they?
They had the most amazing weather followed by an incredible sunset!
Nothing like a cake by James Beard nominee, Wild Flour Pastry.
Look at that sky!
Event Planner: Red Letter Events
Flowers: Lotus Flower
Catering: Wild Dunes
Cake: Wild Flour Pastry
This blog is a funny thing. Without a lot of feedback, I sometimes feel like I am writing and posting into an abyss. So I let a few weeks slide where I did post Seamus’ week-by-week journal chronicling his first year. And to my surprise, people noticed. (cue Sally Field’s Oscar winning speech: “You like me, you really like me!”)
So here we have Seamus at 14 weeks old donning the most adorable hat ever. His Nana and Granpa gave it to him and he wore it the entire winter, even in his Santa photo, which will be making an appearance soon.
It’s still funny to look back at a photo that’s a year old and think that he seems like a totally different kid now. All that red hair fell out and he’s blonde now. I suppose there’s a deep metaphor forming about how we are always growing and changing, but I’m still too close to realize it.
Now that I’ve mastered the art of “baby talk”, I’m all about photographing some babies! They are much less intimidating after having one of my own. Thank goodness because I get a real kick out of capturing their expressions. This little cutie is almost 6 months old, which I’ve decided is the perfect age for photos.
This first photo is one of my absolute favorites EVER! This adorable baby girl has the most fabulous paint color in her room and as soon as I saw her little reading nook, I knew we’d have to get a shot of her snuggled in there. And those bloomers! They are perfect.
Her (real live) puppy dog is in the background of this one. Look at those eyes!
Pretty in Pink
I love a classic shot like this one too. Another fave.
I turned the flash off and did some with natural light in her room. There’s something so soft about this one. You can just feel that baby skin.
Hee Hee… she’s also an acrobat.
And then out to the park for a little fresh air and natural light.
Awww! We can never have enough photos of mamas and their babies! We did some full family shots too, but I’ll keep those under wraps in case they are going to be on their Christmas card!