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Featured in The Celebration Society Magazine | Charleston Wedding Photography

It's finally here - Fall that is - and along with it a fabulous feature in the Fall 2015 issue of The Celebration Society Weddings magazine! This Charleston destination wedding inspiration coordinated by Lemiga Events in Atlanta was a who's who of some of the best wedding vendors in the South (keep scrolling for details & originals), and I'm so excited to share some top picks from the shoot with you lovelies! 

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| Venue - Wild Dunes Resort | Planning & Design - Lemiga Events | Stationery - Papered Wonders | Escort Card Display - TEN23 Designs | Welcome Boxes - A Signature Welcome | Gown - Maggie Sottero from Bridals by Jodi | Tabletop - Polished Tabletop | Florist - Rhapsody In Blooms | Rentals - 428 Main, Eventhaus | Linens - Nuage Designs | Cake - Sablee | Doughnuts - Glazed | Hair - Tamsyn Rickards | Makeup - Lauren Campion | Menswear - The Modern Gent | Hair Accessories - Treats for Tresses | Groom Bow Tie - Brackish Bow Ties |

New England Summer Detour | Nantucket, MA

With the mid-January chill in full effect, I for one am feeling nostalgic for the summertime. To sate that sun and sand craving, I'm sharing some favorites from Nantucket! Destination wedding photography can take you to some pretty amazing places. I had a wedding in nearby Cape Cod last year, and took the opportunity to explore the perennially chic beach town with my sweetheart while in Massachusetts. Much like our beloved Charleston, Nantucket is known not only for its beautiful Atlantic beaches, but also for its incredibly well-preserved architecture. Designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1966, the island is known as "the finest surviving architectural and environmental example of a late 18th- and early 19th-century New England seaport town" and it did not disappoint. I can't wait to visit again, and look forward to exploring more beautiful places in 2015!

5 Tips for Your Engagement Photo Session | Jessica and Tyler | Charleston SC Wedding Photographer

The holiday engagement season has passed, and now is the time for the betrothed among us to do some major planning! Engagement photos are a wonderful way to celebrate this special time in your relationship, develop rapport with your photographer, and get those "being on camera" nerves out of your system before the big day! Not to mention, engagement shoots are a lower pressure experience allowing you and your sweetheart to just have fun and enjoy each other in the midst of all the pre-wedding frenzy.

Jess and Tyler met as students at UNC, and have been totally smitten since. We did their engagement shoot in Charleston, SC and I can't wait for their November wedding at the Asheville School Boyd Chapel in Asheville, NC!

Their engagement photos turned out so beautifully, I decided to feature them along with tips for a perfect engagement session. So, gather 'round lovelies, here we go!

1. Location, Location, Location!

Location and setting are central to getting fabulous results in your photos. Selecting a place with significance to you as a couple will help you both feel more comfortable and add a touch of sentimental sweetness to the mix. It is also important to choose a location with a variety of potential backdrops and settings. Bustling cities, beaches, mountains, or even a quaint farm could all make great locations for shooting lovely photos. We are so fortunate here in Charleston to be surrounded with both natural and architectural beauty, as seen in Jess and Tyler's photos. 

2. Activities, Hobbies, and Pets

Incorporating any of these will help you feel more relaxed, and will make your photos look natural and comfortable. Re-enacting your first date is always sweet, and activities like boating or fruit picking (if seasonally possible) look great on camera as well.  If you have any pets, bring them along! The furry ones are a part of your new family, and never fail to bring the fun. Jess and Tyler are both nature lovers (they met in a coral reef ecology class!) so taking advantage of Charleston's romantic beaches was a no-brainer.

3. Hair & Make-up

You want to feel your best in your engagement photos, so why not get that trim, blow-out, and manicure beforehand? While you may not need to hire a make-up artist, make a point to wear a little more than usual (without going overboard!) since it doesn't show up as well on camera as it does in person. 

Most importantly, get a good night's rest. It's the most tried-and-true beauty trick in the book, and will help you both feel energetic, happy, and healthy. A hangover looks good on no one, so don't pick the night before your shoot to indulge and stay out late!

4. Wardrobe & Props

Wear colors and patterns that complement each other without competing visually.  Be sure to avoid large logos and anything too trendy, as these will both date your photos with the changing fashion tides. This is the time to break out those classic looks. Weather-appropriate layers are a great idea, and will make it easy to change up your outfits and stay comfortable. Props should fit the the desired "feel" of your photos, and can be as simple as the brilliant rust autumn leaves Jess & Tyler playfully picked up for this kiss shot.

5. Be yourselves!

Your photographer will help coach you on poses, but it's important to avoid stiffness and rigidity. If you want to smooch or tickle your sweetie, go for it! Don't be afraid to add your own personal touches. Playfulness and genuine emotion will better serve to show your love for each other than "place your hand on his left arm" alone ever could. 

Remember: This is a beautiful day for you to share. Have fun!

Harris Family | Beach Portrait Session | Charleston SC Family Photographer

I met the Harris family through my friend Kate over at Fabulous Fête. They are such a cool family, and I was thrilled when they asked me to shoot a family portrait session with them. As luck would have it, Charleston has some great beaches perfect for capturing this playful bunch in action. The day was gorgeous! Despite the cooler November water temperature, we even found a live starfish! Zoey and Dylan were delighted, and had a blast playing on the beach all afternoon with mom and dad.