Posted on November 28, 2011
I’m so thrilled that Moment Junkie has selected one of my photographs again as its daily feature! Actually, it was a Black Friday feature, and we’re already on Cyber Monday. Hope your Thanksgiving was grand!
If you haven’t yet discovered Moment Junkie, take a look. Unlike all the lovely blogs that focus on wedding color schemes, swoonworthy attire, fab florals and inspirational ideas, this site features one momentous wedding image each day, guaranteed to make you gasp, guffaw or succumb to the warm fuzzies, like my shot of Vanessa and her dad. (The first time MJ featured one of my shots, it was a funny image.)
Per the site: “Moment Junkie is a blog devoted to showcasing the best in contemporary wedding photojournalism, with a focus on moments between people that are timeless, heartbreaking, hilarious, or all of the above. We love gorgeous portraits and well-planned details, but so often we’ve found that the photos we hold most dear — the ones we would give anything to hold onto — are those that encapsulate a memorable moment or remind us of how we felt as much as they show us how we looked. So we’re here to tell those stories, with submissions from some of the best working photographers around today.”
Posted on November 17, 2011
Bailey and Brian recently married at Founders Hall on a perfect autumn day. A few weeks prior to the wedding, Bailey and I met at the Legare-Waring House, also at Charlestowne Landing, and wandered from room to perfect room shooting some portraits. I highly recommend brides opt for a bridal portrait session for several reasons: it’s the perfect time to give your hair and makeup a run-through, a leisurely session enables brides to relax and soak up the it’s-almost-time bliss, and you can add some portraits to the album even if you aren’t planning on displaying one at the reception. Best of all, the dress rehearsal gives you another reason to revel in your success having found the perfect gown. And I have known a few brides to make changes to their bouquet, jewelry or makeup after seeing the portraits. Practice makes perfect!
I think you’ll agree that Bailey didn’t need much practice though. Lovely!
Posted on November 10, 2011
Charleston is a magical place to live. Conde Nast recently rated Charleston as the top city in the US and the third best travel destination in the world. Yeah, In The World. We have beaches with temperate water, history dripping like moss off the sturdy oaks, world-class cuisine (whether you dine out or cook local produce and seafood at home), sleepy tidal creeks where you can paddle with dolphins or reel in redfish, and one of the largest historic districts in the country. Our easy pace has even been known to inspire non-Southerners to utter “y’all” in the proper context. I dare say the only thing we lack is deciduous trees. In fact, since we can’t count on cooler air arriving by October, my trusty autumn signal is the persistent knocking on the roof as pecans fall from the trees.
That’s one of the reasons this family session was so fun. (Oops, maybe the segway implies this family is nutty, but I was rambling about my fondness for fall.) Obviously the AKF (adorable kid factor) was off the charts, but it was also fun to shoot in a little green space that felt autumnal — like a pumpkin spice latte with plenty of crunchy leaves underfoot.
Posted on November 8, 2011
With visions of autumnal amusement in New York, I packed our bags, and we hopped an early nonstop to Gotham City for a special girls weekend in NYC. We met our cousins, who flew in from NC, to join us for a weekend heavy on memories and light on sleep. Alicia, the curly girly pictured several times below, took a similar trip a couple of years ago with her older daughter, so she had insight to add to our ideas. Our whirlwind itinerary included dumping our luggage at Hotel Belleclaire on the Upper West Side and walking a couple of blocks to the American Museum of Natural History. It would have been easy to spend the whole weekend taking in the amazing exhibits, but the unusually warm day beckoned us outdoors to frolic in Central Park.
After a quick clothing change, we hopped the subway to Rockefeller Center, where our 6:10 pm tickets proved to be the perfect time to watch the day’s light fade and all the lights come up. Top of the Rock was a definite highlight – especially if you can time your visit to watch the sunset. After dinner, we hit Times Square for quality Saturday night people watching, a jaunt to M&M World and the last ferris wheel ride of night at Toys R Us. Our heads hit our pillows at midnight, and we were all grateful for a quality snooze.
Day Two, rise and shine! Tavia and Cidney prepped themselves and their American Girls for another fun-filled day, which started with sidewalk sustenance at Isabella’s. Yummy brunch and a perfect morning for dining al fresco. Hopped the subway and headed to the Staten Island Ferry terminal for a free harbor cruise, breezy vitamin D and breathtaking views of Lady Liberty.