In May, I was taking photographs at the annual Woodstock Dog and Cat Festival. At this time, my dog was very lonely for a friend, as we had recently lost a pet. A volunteer brought Blossom to meet me, and said she needed a home, and I thought, “Why not”? She needed a home, and I really needed her, as it turns out.
We were a little anxious about adopting a Pit-Cross breed, but Blossom (who we named Xena), is the sweetest, most loving dog. I am very passionate about rescuing and re-homing unwanted pets, and hope that if you’re considering pet adoption, that you’d think about a rescue animal. I did an interview recently with FOTAS in Aiken County, and said, “Don’t just walk by the dogs with the square heads and long tongues, the dogs who look beat up and used, the dogs who many not present well in the kennel. All they need is a little love, security and care to blossom into a blessing. Give them a chance, and they will give you a lifetime of love and devotion.” I help coordinate Polo under the Stars each year in October to benefit the organization, and you can find out more HERE.
The blazing hot summer temps are here, and I am loving images like this; sunny, cheery, and full of beautiful light! When the temperatures get higher, it’s usually time to hit the beach or the pool, which means you need one thing: a great swimsuit (or two)! I love the comeback of the one piece suit. Whether a vintage, high waisted one piece, or a modern one with cutouts and sleek lines, the one piece is so versatile and is always elegant and classy. Of course, the usual bikini is easy and fun, but it’s great to have a larger variety of suits.
Prom season is always a very exciting time, but we increased the anticipation with an amazing contest recently! Before prom season, we did a collaboration with some of the area’s most amazing brands to give one lucky couple their dream come true! The giveaway was for the ULTIMATE PROM PACKAGE, which included items that valued over $600! It included a gift certificate to Brittany Boutique, which has some of the best prom dresses and selection in our area (at great prices), a certificate to Studio 285 for hair and professional makeup, a tuxedo rental from Simon’s Formal Wear, and a couples photoshoot with ME! We announced the winner in March, and this lucky pair were the winners! Don’t they look dapper?? I love the mermaid style red dress that this beautiful girl chose, and how elegant and classic it is while still being a showstopper…the dramatic ruffles are so fun.
These two were so lovely to work with, and were all smiles for our shoot together. Special thanks to Brittany Boutique for their assistance with the giveaway, and for allowing me to partner with them. If you are local, be sure to check out this luxury boutique for your next formal event…they are well-stocked with lots of sizes, styles, and price points, no matter what your needs are!
Here we are again, another year later: Graduation! What a privilege it was to photograph so many wonderful individuals. I remember my own graduation day (you know, just a few years ago…wink, wink), and how momentous of an occasion it was. After twelve years of hard work, discipline, and all the drama that comes from high school, I was definitely ready to graduate! I sympathize and am so excited for all these graduates in 2017. They are moving from one milestone to the next, and are some of the most hardworking people I’ve met. Some are going to university to study biology, some for philosophy, others for marketing, and still others for psychology. Some are working through college, and others have received scholarships to attend college. Among all the diversity and walks of life, one thing is clear: all people are passionate people.
Harriet Tubman wrote of passion: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” She hit it right on the nail. The graduating class of 2017 are the next world-changers! Everyone I worked with on their senior photos displayed a zeal for their future. They are dreamers, working through diligence and passion to bring their dreams out of the stars and into reality. I love to hear about all the different passions my clients have, and try to work that into their senior photos. It’s a fantastic challenge and dream-come-true for myself to work to highlight and promote these world-changers as they step out of one challenge into the next. If they are anything like how they were when I met them, they’re definitely up to the challenge!
It would be my honor to capture this momentous occasion in your life! I put my passion to work, to capture your individuality in a set of photos, so that you and your family can look back on your achievement anytime you want. To remember all the work you put in, all the friends you’ve made, and all the happy times you still think of and cherish years later. This is my passion, to commemorate your work and to showcase your beauty, inside and out! 2018 is right around the corner, and I’m already booking for it. Contact me today to reserve your shoot!
Meet Nina…she’s fierce, beautiful, and strong, and I had such an amazing time as her senior photographer! She attends Mead Hall Episcopal School, and wanted a high-fashion, editorial style session that really showed off her personality. She says she draws a lot of her inspiration from CW hit show Gossip Girl, and channels that into her wardrobe. Of course, I really wanted to find a location that would bring her dream to life, so we wandered downtown to find some urban settings. Nina says her friends would probably describe her as “funny, organized, and optimistic”, and that she is currently still deciding where she will attend college.
One of Nina’s favorite items she owns is her Christian Louboutin shoes, and of course, we incorporated those red-accented beauties! “My personal style ranges from bohemian to dressing up very quickly…I like to dress to impress! I wear athleisure clothes, but if I’m going out, I love to be dressed nicely”, she adds, “I love the GUESS clothing campaigns, and want a session that looks similar.” She heard about my photography from her friend, and then researched my Instagram page to see my work, saying, “You have amazing work, with also a big following and great reviews!”
Thank you, Nina, for choosing me to celebrate your senior year!