Holli could be a walking advertisement for pregnancy. She makes it look so cool, fit, and downright enjoyable. In these pics, she’s just two weeks from her due date, and she looks amazingly fabulous. Of course, this is not surprising to me. I met Holli when I took maternity portraits during her first pregnancy, and she was just as joyful and gorgeous then.
I was thrilled when she contacted me to say they were expecting baby #2. Woo hoo! This is such a special family, and Holli is truly one of the most gracious human beings you’ll ever meet.
Oh, I love Mr Sampson! I can tell he’s been practicing his poses. He’s also sporting his new summer trim.
Little Smith is so giggly and adorable.
Let’s hear it for real family moments…yay!
Holli, once again, you and your family were a dream to photograph. I can’t wait to see your little fella once he arrives!
Man, I do love a Day After shoot! When it’s with a couple as fantastic as Steve and Christina, and in a town as awesome as Charleston, well that’s just a win-win situation. The evening before taking these photos, they had a gorgeous beach wedding that couldn’t have been more lovely. The following morning, we met up, strolled around, and took lots of pics. Yay!
Now, you will notice that there are a lot of kissing pictures. I just want to clarify that I do not glue my clients’ lips together to get good photos. If I’d had a team of 2 gorillas, 7 ninjas, and a nun, I would not have been able to stop these two from smooching. It’s kind of adorable. How can you go wrong with a couple that’s so crazy about each other? Seriously, I’m lucky to have had two such fabulous people in front of my camera.
This first shot was understandably requested by Christina and Steve. That gorgeous chandelier is in the lobby of The Charleston Place Hotel, where we all stayed. So pretty!
Y’all know I can’t resist a good sign!
Thanks so much Christina and Steve. Your whole wedding weekend was just a phenomenal experience, and I couldn’t be happier for you.
This blog post is a blatant shout-out to my annoyingly talented friend, Evita. She can take anything, do some crafty voodoo to it, and make it way cooler. Seriously. I’ll bet if you gave her some earthworms, a bundle of pipe cleaners, a bag of lawn clippings, and some hot glue, she could make a gorgeous centerpiece for your dining room table.
She has been making some gorgeous neck and shoe adornments, and I had to share them with the webosphere. I’m already trying to narrow down my favorites so I can make a purchase. I think the necklaces would look so cool with a strapless dress, or with a girly white blouse, or a simple tank top. For all the modern, edgy brides out there….how awesome would one of these look with a wedding dress? Pretty awesome, I say.
Here are some pics of her work (photos taken by Miss Evita Smith). Please check out her Etsy shop by clicking HERE. She also has lots more cool images on her Flickr. Yay, Evita!! Keep being the crafty kitten you are!
She does shoe clips too!!!
Wow, wowwww, and WOW! I surely don’t have the right words to sufficiently describe how thrilled I am to post these photos. Not only was this a beautiful beach wedding in South Carolina, but I’ve also known the groom for about 12 years, AND he used to be my boss when I worked at the biomedical company. How crazy awesome is that??!! All my worlds came together in the coolest way. Steve and Christina are both such laid-back, lovely people. I couldn’t be happier that they found each other.
I have to fill you in on some of the fabulous details. Everyone stayed at the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel, and it was so cozy that I really didn’t want to leave. The ladies got all gussied up at Salon Solace, and the guys got massages and an old-fashioned shave at Gents Barberspa. Then we all headed out to Folly Beach for their sunny ceremony. I was lucky enough to get some time alone with the bride and groom for some photos on the beach before we drove back into Charleston for their elegant reception at Anson Restaurant. The decorations at the reception dinner were deliciously pretty. I think my favorite new wedding colors are hot pink and navy. For real!
Steve looked so dashing, and Christina was an absolutely breathtaking bride. However, what was most apparent was how much these two people love each other. Just doesn’t get any better than that!
If you want to see more photos of this incredible day, please check out the slideshow at the end of this post!
To view a slideshow of more images from Steve and Christina’s gorgeous wedding, please click HERE
Before leaving Charleston, I got to spend some more photo time with them shooting their Day After pics. Stay tuned to see those….
Get ready for some va-va-voom! Marie is a vivacious, sassy, gorgeous lady who recently had some Cheeky Lamb boudoir portraits taken. I love that these shoots are more like parties than portrait sittings. She brought along a sweet friend to cheer her on, and the fabulous Sloane Warren was there to work her makeup magic. With us 4 ladies, the snacks, the wine, and the music……we were probably just one pledge away from being a sorority party! Besides the whoopin’ it up, another one of my favorite things happened during this shoot. Marie transformed throughout our session from being a little shy and cautious, to completely owning her shoot. It’s so cool to witness someone’s confidence exponentially rising, until they are utterly comfortable with who they are and what they’re doing. There’s nothing more beautiful than that.
These photos will be a gift for Marie’s hubby-to-be, and I think you’ll agree that he’s one lucky fella.
Marie, thank you so much for letting your fun, fiery personality come through in these pics. You rocked it like nobody’s business!
It’s because this is the only type of photograph I like to be seen in. I often photograph people in mirrors or reflections, which can be so cool….unless my head or my elbow decide to invade the shot. However, when I sneak into a photo in an unexpected way, I think it’s pretty fun. I took the pic below on the beach, and you can see Christina, me (the monkey in the middle), and Steve in the reflection of Steve’s shoe. I also dig how the sand makes it look like we’re all living in a snow globe. Yay! Soon, I’ll be posting lots more images from their super-incredible wedding. For now, this will have to do.
I’ve got another bit of info for any of you out there who have wondered what the big deal is with the pixels when you purchase a camera. A camera with a high pixel number will let you print your images really large, change the size/resolution of the pics, or crop the photos without losing quality. This image below is seriously cropped. The full image is a pic of both the bride’s and groom’s shoes on the beach. The full photo is about 30 times bigger than what you see below. This is why we love lots and lots of pixels….hooray!
I do love a crazy portrait. That’s why I perk up when my theater pals hire me to snap photos for their shows and projects. Two of my favorite theater buds, Amber and Kevin, needed me to do just that. They work over at Dad’s Garage, and they have an upcoming improv endeavor where their team will be called “Kill the Dog”. Disclaimer: They are both lovely people, and I don’t think either of them actually condones the murder of canines. The name is a take on the popular screenwriting book, “Save the Cat”.
Don’t feel sorry for Amber when you see the shaving cream pics. It was almost gonna be toothpaste. I think she got off easy….this time.