Richard + Amanda

I am so glad that I was put in contact with Richard and Amanda just a few months before their wedding, we got to sit down and go over the details of their day. I was so happy after getting to meet them and really getting a feel for what they wanted and getting to know a little bit about them and their sweet kiddos. They have been together for eleven years and have three children who they obviously adore and are truly sweet kids! I really enjoyed getting to capture them and watch them as Richard and Amanda’s special day unfolded. They decided to not do a first look and it was so sweet seeing Richard as Amanda began walking down the aisle, you just know there is so much love between them just by watching them together.

Just like any wedding day things don’t go as planned or timelines get adjusted, Amanda handled everything like a champ! For a very detail oriented bride she really was amazing throughout the wedding day. And of course everything was so pretty and had so many pretty fall colors that I was enjoying all day!

Amanda had set aside all these pretty details and I loved getting to shoot them, and see her special little broach from her Grandmother.

Thank you Richard and Amanda for letting me capture your special day!

Shaun + Autumn Engaged

Shaun and Autumn have been together for a little over two years and you can see in their eyes how much they love and care for each other. They met while working together on the NGU campus and have had a great connection from the start. My family was so excited and happy that Autumn had found someone who loves her and cares for her and it was so evident with Shaun how much he truly cares for our sister. We were so happy when Shaun proposed to Autumn while they were on a getaway to Tennessee last year, and now they have their wedding venue and date set for next October!! I just love a fall wedding and I know theirs will be beautiful!

We went downtown Greer to start engagement pictures and then we headed over to Mayfield Farm and Events. Check below for my favorite images from the night!

A Crisp Morning at the Apple Orchard

We took Olivia to the apple orchard in North Carolina one Saturday morning, It was cool out when we left but I was not expecting it to be overcast and windy, and like 10 degrees cooler than home. Thankfully we all had jackets, just wished I would’ve had a hat for Olivia to cover her ears. (I gotta get to crocheting her a few hats, and maybe some mittens!!)

We wanted to pick apples so I was really excited to get to use Olivia’s new wagon for her to ride in and carry apples. She started off in the wagon but by the time we were done picking apples we were taking turns carrying her and the wagon was full of our bags and the apple bucket! Haha Still was a super useful item I am glad I keep in my trunk!

Olivia’s first instinct was to eat the apples or at least slobber on them before we put them in the basket, but hey it made her happy. We have already made some applesauce and will probably be making more of that and some apple chips! If anyone has any healthy recipes with apples send them my way, we still have a bunch to use up!

Enjoy the pictures from our little trip up the mountain to pick apples!

Olivia's First Birthday Party

I had Olivia’s first birthday planned in my head for a while and it turned out so wonderful, and we were blessed to find such a beautiful space to have it in. (Mayfield Farms and Events, Greer,SC)

I wanted fall EVERYTHING and I think I did a pretty good job of that, pumpkins, leaves, warm colors, and pumpkin pie!!

I think Olivia really loved her birthday party and especially loved her pumpkin pie that she rubbed all over her! Glad we took her clothes off, and then she had a quick sink bath.

Enjoy a few of the pictures I was able to take in between eating, talking to everyone, directing other things, and trying to enjoy our time with our one year old.

Ryan & Rikki

I was able to work with Ryan and Rikki last weekend at the lake, they have been married 3 months so they were really fun and easy to work with! Seriously they made me feel like I had it all covered and going great because the knew just how to walk and laugh and just love each other! They are so sweet and I would love to work with them again! Best wishes to the two of you as you continue to grow and love each other for years to come!

Olivia ~ 12 Months

It’s so hard to say that my baby girl is ONE year old, I remember walking into the hospital super early morning to get induced and taking our last picture as a family of two and then having my water broken at about 830am, eating ice chips, turning from side to side, laying down, sitting up, getting an epidural at 4cm, not feeling my legs, and then finally feeling the pressure to push and baby came quick after a few pushes and the surprise to having a baby girl when almost everyone was saying we were going to have a boy! The best day of our lives getting to see OUR beautiful little baby girl. Nick got to cut your cord, no crying for your first shot, and making mommy and daddy and the nurses in shock as you opened your mouth and latched on and began nursing like you had been doing it forever!! Olivia Reagan you amaze us every single day and we could not be happier to be your parents and get to spend every day watching you grow and loving on you.

Wow, 12 months and we are still nursing, Olivia is just now as of last week getting her first and second teeth. Thankfully she really has been great, she wants to nurse a little more often and has a yucky nose but she’s dealt with teething really well!! She just had her first Massey’s pizza delivered by her Mimi from Ohio, she LOVES eating period. HA! She will try everything,even dog food. (insert eye rolling from me)

Olivia I am sure you will be walking very soon, you are standing up by yourself not pulling on anything to get up, you walk along furniture, walk holding mommy and daddy’s hands. I am so excited for you to walk, so we can walk around the park and explore some new things! I am so proud of you baby girl, learning everyday!

You only weigh 17 pounds, 1 ounce and 70.4 inches long. You had to get four shots at your 12 month doctor visit and a finger prick but you did so well and we got a new book from the doctor!! We had your birthday party before your actual birthday but you loved it, we got some amazing gifts and you had pumpkin pie to smash and you loved it!!

Olivia has been clapping, dancing and doing the indian call all day everyday and it makes her so happy! We have been going to the park and swinging in the baby swing and playing in the grass. She is still in size 2 diapers and wearing some 9 and some 12 month clothes. She has recently tried raisins, masseys pizza, and a cake pop for her birthday.

Enjoy her 12 month photos!!

Our Quick Trip to Charleston, SC

We decided we wanted to go to Charleston, one to take Olivia to the beach for the first time and two Kendall wanted to do her senior pictures down there. So we started making plans and things got messed up along the way, but we ended up leaving around 3 pm on a Thursday and left Charleston around 4pm Friday because we had plans for Saturday we had to be back for. That was the quickest trip I think I’ve ever made, but if you saw Kendall’s senior pictures and Olivia having so much fun on the beach it was worth it!

We got to walk around a little bit Thursday night and we got dinner at this scrumptious restaurant on the water. After wandering around and having dinner we were kind of tired and knew we had to get up early so we headed to the hotel.

We got up around 6am to start getting ready to do senior pictures and Olivia had woken up to nurse around 5ish so she was not interested in actually waking up at 6 something. I had Olivia halfway undressed before she decided to wake up and see what was going on. We were able to make it to the beach in time to get some beautiful morning glow for Kendall’s portraits and we decided it was a good time to get into our swimsuits after I finished shooting.

Olivia of course was loving the sand and you know she had to taste it so that was fun, she got to have a morning snack with Grandma on the beach and see the birds and dogs walking all around. And it was so nice to have such a HUGE space for her to just crawl her little heart out, until she got close to the water of course. She picked up a shell right off the bat so we kept that for her and some sand in a bottle to do something special with. Olivia took a couple small waves in the face, but she absolutely loved the water and the sand, I can’t wait to see how she does when she is walking.

After we played on the beach we headed back to the hotel to shower and change and check out. Kendall took FOREVER picking out her second outfit but finally we got out the door and headed downtown Charleston to Rainbow row where I started shooting again. So we got some really fun shots, and there is just so many places to shoot down there it’s crazy. After I finished shooting we stopped to get lunch at Magnolia (see Kendall’s images, the yellow alley has a sign) and that place was so yumm!! We got to walk around for a bit more after that. Everything is just SO CHARMING down there. I love it so much. We got to see the pineapple fountain too. But we were exhausted by about 4 PM so we were like I think it’s time to get on the road. We still had 3.5 hour drive home. So I realize there is a lot more to see in Charleston and around it but I am just glad we were able to get down there to get senior pictures, take Olivia to the beach, and cross this one thing off my 2018 goals. Yay! It was quick but it was fun!

Enjoy some of my favorite images from our trip!

First cell phone pictures, yes some are blurry because I can’t get this girl to sit still!! haha

Kendall ~ Senior

I may be a little biased, but Kendall is gorgeous and these senior portraits are beautiful! It’s truly hard to believe that Kendall is a senior in high school and making these amazing plans for college and beyond. We made a VERY QUICK trip down to Charleston Septeht -mber 6 and came back the next day. We didn’t realize that we made the trip just in time since just the very next weekend a hurricane was called to hit. It was probably the fastest trip I have ever made, less than 24 hours. But we were able to wake up Friday morning early and some how get ready and get to the beach before the morning glow was gone! You will see how beautiful it was, how soft the light was and how glowy it was. Thankful that we got a few wispy clouds in that gave us a little extra time to shoot on the beach.

One thing we were totally surprised by was that Kendall came to the beach with curly hair she spent time doing that morning and I am not even kidding you five minutes into shooting her hair went flat!! So I will be reaching out to some photographer friends that live at the beach for some tips on what to do with hair. I just didn’t realize or think that maybe the salt air or the humidity or whatever would make her hair go flat so quickly!!

Regardless of the hair fiasco and thankful to the clouds for some softened light we got some really gorgeous images!

After the beach we headed to Rainbow row where we walked up and down the streets searching for little nooks and crannies, fun walls, and pretty alleys. And let me tell you in downtown Charleston there is a lot of pretty, bright, fun places to shoot. We ended up with pretty much perfect weather the whole time we were there, it actually rained for like one whole minute right before we took a break for lunch. It was seriously so fun and so charming getting to shoot Kendall downtown Charleston.

Kendall is really considering going to Charleston Southern University next fall and getting in to the medical field. We are all so incredibly proud of Kendall for doing so well throughout high school despite all the trials she has had with family and just typical high school life. She has really worked hard getting good grades, now in her senior year she is as busy as ever!!

Kendall is taking a few classes to finish out her senior year, one college class, working part-time, and taking clogging with our youngest sister Emma.

I am so proud of you Kendall for pushing yourself and making big plans for your future. I wish you all the success and an incredible time in college wherever that may be!! (But I do hope you go to Charleston so we can come visit often!!) Love you baby sis!

Enjoy some of my favorite images!!