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South End of Pawleys Island, Portrait Session

I’ve been meaning to blog about this special place….since we moved here….and since it was chosen as the family portrait session location for this beautiful family, why not now?  The south end of Pawleys Island….not exactly hidden during the summer, and you really have to know when to go…as the parking is limited, but one of the prettiest beaches in the state if you ask me…Where the inlet meets the ocean, and the turtles are safe!  It is very coveted, this beach….and also has the most beautiful light.  Here is Nan and her gorgeous family…we had even more fun after the groups were done, and her adorable grandsons could run and jump and play.  It was a beautiful night.  

Katianne and Justin, Mansfield Plantation

Katianne and Justin are about to become members of the dashing Mommy and Daddy’s club!!  It’s a thing, trust me!  We spent some time at the breathtakingly gorgeous Mansfield Plantation for this session.  I actually want to go back and live there!  Katianne’s family celebrated her father’s birthday here, I can’t imagine how happy that must have made him!!  So many beautiful backdrops, a photographer’s dream!!  It’s also on Hollywood’s spectrum, “The Patriot” was filmed here!  Gah!!

These photos speak for themselves.  This couple, so in love and so ready for the newest addition.  I’m not going to lie, I am anxiously awaiting her text!!



Update:  Katianne and Justin welcomed their first born son today, at 5:15am.  Happy birthday, Baby!!  Congratulations to two people who will be amazing parents.  


Meghan and Justin, Married!

It was the weekend of the Masters Golf Tournament….and I drove from warm sunny South Carolina to Boston, to find it exactly how I remembered it….unpredictable temps but pulsing with excitement.  It was also the wedding weekend of Meghan Kelley and Justin Barrett, to be held at the beautiful Alden Castle in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Meghan’s family is already familiar to me, as I worked in her Aunt Barbara’s successful Headlines Salon and Day Spa on Cape Cod for just under 10 years.   Barbara has been a very important part of my success, and still is.  I photographed their entire family, in the upward numbers of almost 30, and it was then that I saw Meghan and Justin together.  He joined in on some of the family set ups and fit in perfectly.  I knew he would be a permanent addition when I saw the rapport he had with not only Meghan, but her brother and father, and the rest of the family.  So when I received the message from Meghan that she was looking for a wedding photographer, the grin on my face went from ear to ear.  I was so excited to hear of their plans, and the venue, which, for years, I drove by every night on my way to night classes at photography school, also happened to be her great grandmother’s residence when she was young.  Done deal there.  And it did not disappoint.  Holy moly, the preservation of the castle, with modern touches.  Nothing short of spectacular.  As was everything about the day.

Thank you, Barbara O’Neil for referring me to Meghan and Justin!  And to the amazing couple for having me share in your special day!  And it could not be better, having my friend and mentor, Kristin DeLeo Chalmers, photograph this special day with me.


Moorman Family, Atalya Castle, Murrells Inlet

Low country offers so many beautiful backdrops for family portraits.  The locations are endless as I learn everyday.  People from all over the country, heck, the world, to relax and marvel at the wide beautiful beaches and the historical nature of our coastal region here.

When someone contacts me to do a family portrait…especially when there are young ones, I always say, let’s get the formal family photos done first.  Then we can have fun!  The children, depending on their ages, basically run the show.  It’s all about managing expectations.  And the fun just keeps on and on!

Thank you Anna for reaching me to do this for your inlaws!  Your girls are so shy!!  Ha ha!!

I love my job.  

Bridal Show Prep





I’m so proud to be a part of the beautification team at Mirage Hair Studio.  Today we practiced hair and makeup trials, to prepare for the Iheart Radio Wedding Expo at the end of the month.  Our team will be making 10 to 12 models runway ready for the fashion show.  Stay tuned for that….but our very own Marie made for the perfect vintage bride.

Hair by the ever fabulous Kelli Roe Philo

Makeup by the fierce Katie Wolfe

Our model is color and blonde expert, Marie Cusaac

Love my job.  Oh, and I get to take pretty pictures….