Joshua & Kathryn: The Engagement at Taylors Mill

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Joshua & Kathryn: The Engagement at Taylors Mill

After months of trying to schedule a date for their engagement session, I finally got to meet Joshua & Kathryn a few weeks ago at the Taylors Mill. Between Joshua working in Georgia and Kathryn's schedule as a nurse, you can imagine how difficult it was to get everyone together.

I must say, though, this session was worth the wait! Taylors Mill is an incredible place for an engagement session. There are tons of places around the campus that are perfect for photographs, with the top floor work room being the quintessential location at the Mill. 

We started out on the top floor and moved down to the loading dock, then over to a small park on the west side of the property. I absolutely love the way these images turned out. Take a look for yourself at some of the highlights below.  

Enjoy!

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Michael + Rachel: The Engagement

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Michael + Rachel: The Engagement

There is a little-known location in South Carolina called Cedar Falls Park. During the fall, it is a gorgeous location for a photography session. There's a river and a dam here, surrounded by trees whose leaves have turned all different colors. And this is exactly why we met Michael and Rachel here for their engagement session photos.

I've posted a few of my favorite pictures from the session. Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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Wesley + Katie

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Wesley + Katie

A couple weeks ago, I posted some pictures from Katie's Bridal session and I think they turned out amazing. So naturally I had been excited to actually get to the wedding! 

The weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony and the venue, which was located in the foothills of Marietta, SC, was incredible! Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better location, weather, or people to work with. The day was definitely a success! 

Below is some of the highlights from the day. Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Katie Bridges: The Bridal Session

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Katie Bridges: The Bridal Session

I had the honor of working with Katie about a month ago to capture her bridal pictures. The location was a small farm in Marietta, SC with a white barn sitting on top of a hill. This farm was actually the venue for the wedding a few weeks later. You honestly couldn’t ask for a more picture-perfect location for a wedding!

We all had a great day walking around the property enjoying the scenery and capturing some stunning bridal portraits. I’ve posted some of the highlights below, so take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Clemson Senior: Victoria

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Clemson Senior: Victoria

Victoria is a senior at Clemson University and she is incredibly smart and loves the Lord more than anyone else I know. She is graduating in December and we did her senior pictures a couple of weeks ago while Hurricane Matthew was paying a visit to friends on the coast. Luckily for us, the weather was almost perfect except a little wind…

Take a look below for some of the highlights from the day. For more information on booking your own senior session, you can visit our pricing page or you can email me.

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Jamie & Leah - The Engagement at Campbell's Covered Bridge

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Jamie & Leah - The Engagement at Campbell's Covered Bridge

I’ve heard it said before that when two people are made for each other, you know it instantly. And that is definitely the case between Jamie and Leah! During this entire session, this couple from Greenville, SC did not take their eyes off each other for more than 15 seconds. It was immediately clear, even without the engagement ring, that they were in love.

Take a look at some of the pictures below and see if you agree!

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Tommy & Rachel

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Tommy & Rachel

I met Tommy back in March of 2015 at a motorcycle rally in Spartanburg. Now I'm lucky enough to call this man a true brother. I had the honor of watching him fall head over heels over an amazing woman named Rachel and back in September I had the honor of being able to capture they day that they finally tied the knot.

Below are some of the highlights of the day. Take a minute to scroll through and check them out. Enjoy!

 

P.S. - There's also a funny (to me) story about the pig as well... I made a comment to Tommy (originally from Boston) that I had grown up in the South never even been to a pig-picking before. He was kind enough to point out that my first official pig picking was at a yankee's wedding. 

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11 Tips for the Perfect Portrait Outfit

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11 Tips for the Perfect Portrait Outfit

One of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding any given photography session is “What should I wear???” So I decided to write up a post to help you pick the perfect outfit so that you know you are going to look great in all of your pictures! 

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A Charleston Sunrise

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A Charleston Sunrise

Charleston is my favorite city to visit. Every year, I manage to find my way there 5 or 6 times. It's even where my and my gorgeous wife got married last October. 

I was fortunate enough to spend part of this week down in the Holy City. For the first time, I stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel downtown off of King Street. It was just a few blocks away from the water front park and the battery so I decided to take a stroll one morning over that way. I got up at 5am with my camera bag and tripod over my shoulder and walked over to see the pineapple fountain. 

When I got there, I noticed that there was a cruise ship in the harbor. It was actually sort of odd, seeing this massive ship sitting in the harbor lit up like a Christmas tree while the rest of the city laid peacefully asleep in the dark of the night. I decided to take a few shots there first since it was still an hour or so before the sun would rise and there was nothing else to do at the time. 

After a few minutes of that, I moved over to the pineapple fountain. By this time the sunlight was just beginning to peak over the horizon and all I saw was a faint silhouette against a night sky. So I picked up and went over to the railing by the water. I waited patiently as the orange glow on the horizon slowly pushed the deep blue sky further and further up. 

I decided I would try my hand one more time at the pineapple. And as luck would have it, the sun finally cooperated with me enough to get a shot off!

After I was finished and packing up, I started walking off to return to my hotel. But something made me decide to look over my shoulder once more. And as I did, I saw the sun finally peaking over the horizon. I scrambled to get set back up before the moment passed and was cable to capture it. 

Here are some of my favorites from that morning. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  

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"We have something to tell you!"

"We have something to tell you!"

A few weeks ago, I told you about some friends that I did a shoot for at Cambell's covered bridge. Well, turns out there is a LOT more to that story!

Earlier that Monday, Liz called me and asked if I could meet them to take some pictures that weekend. I told her that I was free and that I would love to. It was then that she told me the reason why she wanted pictures....

Turns out she had some big news and wanted to surprise her husband, Josh, with it and for me to capture it all. You see, they had been trying for a while to have a baby, but things just weren't working. After they finally got to the point to where they didn't know what to do next, they left it all in God's hands. It was that very month that she found out she was pregnant!

The goal of the session was to make it seem like a normal couples shoot... a few by the river, a couple by the bridge, etc. Then after a while, she wanted them to write a note to each other and stand back to back. On the count of 3, they would turn around and read each other note's. Except she had a baby's onesie that read "COMING SOON!"

That day went exactly as planned. Josh never had any clue about the news that was about to hit him. But the look on his face was priceless when he found out.

I've said it before , but it's days like this that remind me why I love photography so much.

First Wedding of the Season

First Wedding of the Season

Last Wednesday was the perfect day to kick off wedding season. It was a sunny day with clear skies with temperatures in the mid 80's. And on top of that, the setting was right out of a story book! 

The ceremony took place on a large lot of land in the middle of Fountain Inn surrounded by trees everywhere and a large red barn in the background. It was a beautiful ceremony complete with spiral seating

It was an honor to be there to capture it all!

Session at Cambell's Covered Bridge

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Session at Cambell's Covered Bridge

There is an amazing place not to far from where I live called Campbell's Covered Bridge. I've known about it for years and I've always wanted to go, but it was one of those things I had just never quite gotten to.

Well yesterday, I finally had the opportunity to go shoot for a crazy couple, Josh & Liz. It's very rare that you see a couple that are as in love with each other as these two. It's sessions like this that remind why I love what I do! 

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Picture Perfect Couple

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Picture Perfect Couple

Have you ever met someone that no matter how hard you tried, it was just absolutely impossible to capture a bad picture of them? That's how I felt this weekend, except there were two (2!) of these people!  

I met with them late in the afternoon and we walked out around their property and came along countless places that seemed if their sole intention was to take pictures there. After walking away that day and looking through the photos I was tapping my wife on the shoulder saying "Look at this one!" after every shot.

Anyways, I just thought I would share some of my favorite moments form the day with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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