Sunday, September 28, 2008

Old Trucks and Good Times

Even though I photographed this family a couple weeks ago, I just couldn't get enough of them. I noticed a really cool truck in their driveway and wanted to use it in some more pictures. This time, the boys really wanted to go play with the neighbors but their daughter was all about the pictures. She is so beautiful and loves the camera, which, of course, I love. By the end of the shoot, I was ready to go camping. Something about the old truck and the woods... two things that speak to this girl's outdoorsy heart!

I'm a sucker for an old truck! I think it stems from the many nights working with my daddy out in his garage when I was a little girl. To this day I still love the smell of car grease- weird, I know. We always had a beautiful old 54 Ford. I learned to drive on a beast of a truck too. It was a white 63 Chevy with granny gears. When I drove it to highschool all the girls thought it was so strange that I was driving that monster (that didn't have power steering), all the guys thought it was so cool. ...So, when I saw this beautiful green truck, I couldn't resist wanting to include it in photos...

Camera Bonding Time

I got to know this sweet family through another client and I'm so glad I did. They have great kids and I enjoyed strolling through Azalea Park with them all. The daughter was an absolute doll. I loved her gorgeous blue eyes, perfect skin and cute little braces. Such a sweetie! And the son was a perfect gentleman. He wasn't your typical 16 year old. Such a polite young man and good big brother.

W, D, T & R,
Thanks for letting me photograph your beautiful smiles. I'm so glad we did it. I'm glad everyone came out of their shells because you all were great. I hope you treasure your pictures for years to come.
Best wishes always,

"Dog pile on the rabbit. Dan is the rabbit."

What kid doesn't feel this way when their parents smooch?

This was one of my favorite shots of the day.
Rachael was so sweet and cute. This picture pretty well sums her up:

Does a little sister ever get over her adoration for her big brother?
No, I don't think so.

Wendy has such a gorgeous smile and she is very photogenic. I love this shot that captures the joy that Dan brings her.

Maternal love:

Friday, September 26, 2008

Moving Forward

One of my big goals before leaving SC was to have some great family pictures taken downtown Charleston. Thankfully, I've had the benefit of becoming friends with a photographer who's work I had fallen in love months before we met. It was a crazy coincidence that we ever even met, actually. Furthermore, I got to shoot a wedding with her and finally, she took our family pictures downtown, which was so valuable to me. It is amazing how it all played out.

The thing I love about Tomme Hilton and her style is that it is completely out of the box. She has always challenged and inspired me as a photographer to think differently, to see things differently and most importantly stay true to what speaks to me. Her photography is so romantic (especially her wedding stuff) and uniquely beautiful that I began looking at her work regularly, which always inspires me in one way or another.

I've had many clients ask me what they're going to do for pictures now that I'm leaving the area. I think it's clear I would highly recommend Tomme, since I used her for my family portraits. She did a fabulous job with us. She took her time and was very patient with our 2 year old who would rather run in the park than sit for a picture. Also, we had very difficult lighting to work with but Tomme somehow made it work.

Once I'm back out West and you're ready for some new amazing photographs, look up Tomme and let her give you the gift of great photography.

Until next time,

Here are some of my favorites of the photos I've seen so far that Tomme did for us:

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Equation

Beautiful Family + Perfect Lighting + Lovely Setting = Fabulous Photographs

This darling family wanted some shots downtown so they can remember this wonderful season of their life. Everything came together perfectly for us. We had so much fun and finally we all agreed that we probably had more great pictures than we knew what to do with. So we called it a day, packed up and headed home with some shots that I hope these guys will always treasure.

Thanks for being so easy-going and so willing to do the fun shots. You guys were great. HG was a doll and so perfectly behaved. I loved the time I got to spend with you. Thank you!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sweet Beach Time

Just yesteray, we got to enjoy some early Fall weather at the beach. The skies were very gray but this gorgeous family could light up the dullest of days with their smiles and warmth.

What a gentle and kind bunch! Within the first 5 minutes of our shoot, their sweet little daughter stepped into a rather deep puddle that looked shallow. Her entire dress and hair were soaked. Both parents were such good sports, I could hardly believe it! I was so impressed by the way they handled the entire situation. This kind of tenderness and love continued through the whole evening. What blessed little children to have been given such amazing parents.

K & R,
Thank you so much for the chance to make some amazing artwork with your precious family. What an awesome example you both are of loving parents. I enjoyed every minute with your family.
Blessings to you,