Posted on August 31, 2010
Pat is a huge baseball fan, so we were a little bummed when we could not work out getting onto USC’s new field to snap a few engagement shots at the home of the College World Series champs. But it was fitting I had a double-header photo session on this unbelievably steamy day. Suzanne’s bridal session was absolutely divine, but of course, I can’t spoil the surprise of how lovely she’ll be on her upcoming wedding day. After she traded her gown for a short, fun dress, her fiance arrived at their wedding site. The light is so beautiful there, so all we can hope is for a repeat on wedding day — minus about 20 degrees.
I am so completely happy that this couple has found each other. Can’t wait to photograph the wedding!
Posted on August 25, 2010
Several years ago, some dedicated parents, social workers, therapists, and teaching assistants came together to host a unique summer camp catering to the needs of children with multiple and severe disabilities. Their goal to create a year-round charter school serving these same children was lofty to say the least, but with the tireless support of an enthusiastic community, talented fundraisers and passionate board members, their vision has become a fantastic reality!
Yesterday, the community came together to celebrate the opening of this amazing school. Speakers included Pattison’s mom Pam Sloat, executive director Sloan Cooper and Mayor Joe Riley. Beth and Darius Rucker joined some of the students to cut the ribbon and welcome the community to tour the classrooms. Beth has been on the board since its inception, and the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation made key contributions to Pattison’s Academy.
Like other schools in Charleston County, Pattison’s Academy opened its doors August 18. It was truly humbling to be surrounded by the people who have made this happen and to meet the children, the teachers, the founders and the local people who have provided funding, energy, transportation and a wonderful facility. My words are truly inadequate to describe yesterday’s celebration full of hope and joy, but I am grateful for the dedication and generosity of my friends and our community to engage 32 children with playing, learning and laughing every day.
Posted on August 9, 2010
I’m finally catching up with editing some personal photos, and I had to share about the great party we had for my daughter’s sixth birthday! A Charleston July is way too steamy for a traditional backyard celebration, so we look for indoor fun or watery experiences. This year’s Charleston Museum birthday party was so much fun! “America’s first museum” offers a variety of themes for boys and girls, but I knew when I read about the history doll theme that it would be a great fit since my gal was counting on receiving Lanie, the American Girl doll who is all about nature in her backyard.
The museum staffers hadn’t met Lanie before, but they created the perfect morning for us. We started in the classroom checking out various Lowcountry animals and learning about some of their habits. Next, the girls painted beautiful butterflies and decorated binoculars for exploring at home. We went on a scavenger hunt in the museum, stopped in the children’s section to dress up, then carried on to the impressive Natural History Hall. After all that learning, it was time to hydrate, sing to Cidney and enjoy cupcakes. The museum even provided balloons and goody bags. Only a couple of Cid’s guests had attended a party here before, and we can’t recommend it enough! Also, it was surprisingly affordable for an off-site adventure. In fact, all of their children’s programs look interesting, so we’ll be joining the museum this year to take advantage of all the great exhibits and special programs.
Posted on August 3, 2010
These two were such troopers for braving the 100+ heat index for these Charleston engagement photos! They’ll marry next spring, and they were eager to have some shots for a save-the-date card. Ben is a merchant marine, so he’s heading out this week for another month off the Louisiana coast, on a ship that is currently assisting with oil spill cleanup. Colleen, who occasionally babysat for my kids during grad school, is set to start work at a new charter school specializing in children with multiple and severe disabilities. These two have such big hearts, and it was great fun wandering the steamy downtown streets with them. Congratulations, y’all!