The Scavone Family

Our family session was scheduled for 6:45 on Monday evening. Around 4 the weatherman was predicting 30-40% chance of precipitation with more rain earlier and slacking off right around 7. At 6:00 it started pouring, like Charleston monsoon-style pouring. Traffic backed up everywhere; roads closed due to flooding, and my poor little Mazda 3 almost drowned at a stop light. At 6:40 things still looked grim and we talked about canceling, but since Crystal’s family had to go back to Augusta that evening, we didn’t know when we would be able to reschedule.

Then, at 6:43, the rain stopped. It was like turning off a faucet! The Scavones finished fighting monsoon traffic, and we were able to do our session as planned!

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These guys were the best! I love photographing older couples who are still crazy about each other :)

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This is Winston. The photo below is the result of whistling and saying his name; the photo above is what happens when you ask, “Winston, do you want a girlfriend?” I guess that means he does ;-)

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Grace is One!

Ok so she’s technically not one yet, but she’s really really close! And remember how she loved to dance at one month,


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Well now she’s up and dancing on her feet! She especially loves to dance to Rock Band, and will probably be a famous drummer one day :)

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This is what she does if you ask her to “Love her teddy”!

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After our “formal” photo shoot, we moved to the back yard for some birthday cake. This is Grace’s first taste of frosting, and I think she likes it ;-)

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Deandra and Jerome // Charleston Engagement Photography

Deandra and Jerome love to laugh! No really. They LOVE it! At least half of my shots are of them cracking up at some private joke, and you can just tell they’re going to be one of those old couples that are still the life of the party :-)

Deandra and Jerome, I had a blast working with you guys! I can’t wait for your wedding in August, and I hope you keep on laughing!






















The Benefits of Dogs

You’ve probably heard that owning a dog can make you healthier and happier, not to mention more patient, but no one told me the affect dog ownership would have on my vacuuming expertise.

Trey and I (ok so mostly Trey, but he’s so much better at telling when the hose is clogged!) probably vacuum around 6 times more frequently than the average fur-less household, and that’s when it’s not shedding season (Confession: I totally made that number up since I have no idea how often normal people have to vacuum…). Not only are we vacuuming more frequently, but I actually know about my vacuum cleaner, like how to use all of the attachments and everything! I can also tell you that my vacuum probably operates above the safe decibel level…

So my point is: if you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, ask your pet owning friends! They can probably list the pros and cons of their particular model with an impressive degree of knowledge and honesty (unlike the guy who comes to your door every other month ;-) ).


Adventures in Cooking: New Recipes!

I am constantly impressed by food bloggers. First they concoct consistently delicious meals, and then they photograph them! Generally in good light and on pretty dishes, too! Now I don’t know how you feel after slaving in the kitchen over a new recipe, but I’m generally pretty hungry, not to mention anxious to see how it turned out. Food bloggers, however, put all of that aside. They pull out the nice dishes that perfectly compliment the colors of the food. They find the one window that still has some sun or maybe a nice lamp, and they ignore the pleas of their “but Mom we’re starving” family, while they carefully photograph the dinner they’ve worked so hard to prepare. Food bloggers, I tip my hat to you.

These pictures are from mine or Trey’s phone (whichever was closest at the time) that just barely captured a few of our meals before they disappeared.


First up, legit sesame chicken. I’ve been making several “easy” or “healthy” versions of Asian food off of pinterest, but sometimes you just need the real thing. This chicken was marinated, deep fried, covered in a thick sauce, and quickly devoured with each delicious calorie left intact. Next time, I might even put in the effort to fry the rice too :-)
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Next, we have my first ever salad-as-dinner, and if you think I made to much, you’re absolutely right. While Trey was willing to admit that it was a very good salad, he still didn’t want to have salad for dinner. He was a trooper though and ate two bowl fulls (washed down with a half a row of Oreos ;-) ). If you do like salad for dinner, however, this is a great Southwestern take on it, and the creamy dressing keeps it from being too healthy. Note that you probably don’t need an entire head of lettuce for two people, though.
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And finally, an old classic for when I’m too lazy to make real dinner: crescent dogs. Take a hot dog, wrap it in a crescent roll, follow the baking instructions on the tube, and voila! Dinner! My Mom used to add cheese too, but I don’t like the way it overpowers the butter taste of the rolls :-) . Of course I think she also used to serve them with fruits and veggies, but let’s not get carried away here.

A Round Tuit

You know those things that basically live on your “to-do” list? Not perpetual chores like laundry and vacuuming, but stuff that you need to do and stuff that you want to do, but stuff that never gets done? Maybe you want to read that classic novel, learn how to crochet, or finally organize the filing cabinet? Well this week my list of “round tuit” items just got shorter by two.

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Part 1.

This is my laptop. I jokingly tell people I built it myself, because when I fried the motherboard of my original one in college, I was able to take the hard drive out of it and put it in my brother’s identical computer. It worked out really well since he had just bought a new mac, and he was happy to let me have this one. Well that was over three years ago, and for the majority of that time I’ve been meaning to clean out the hard drive. For the past two years I’ve been wanting to wipe it completely because so much crud had gotten built up, and it was definitely starting to slow down.

Until Wednesday night. I was quickly flipping through a google image search on daisies when I got the zigzag screen of death. Maybe you know what I’m talking about? It’s white with thin multicolored zigzags running across the screen? Anyway my first computer did that when the motherboard fried, but the “new” one would do it whenever I tried to watch netflix and it got overheated. So I force shut it down, mostly annoyed that my notes weren’t saved, and tried to reboot. Lights, fan, out. Lights, fan, out. It was all too familiar. Remove all power sources and drain any residual electricity. Plug it in, boot it… lights, fan, out. Lights, fan, out. It was most definitely the motherboard again.

Well, I guess I’ll never be cleaning out her hard drive. RIP little HP. We crossed oceans together, and you never once complained about your unethical work hours :-(

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Part 2.

This is a box from Millers. This box is almost a year in the making, and I’m super stoked about its contents. See I did what so many brides on a budget do; I forwent the wedding album from my photographer in favor of the digital images so that I could make my own. Does that thinking save you money? Yes. Does it usually end with a beautiful wedding album in your hands? No.

I was fully aware of the statistics. I knew that newly weds are usually busy starting a life together and making their own album easily lands on the never-completed “round tuit” list. I was also determined to beat the odds. My one advantage was that I was in the process of starting my photography business at the time, so I knew I would have to learn how to make albums anyway. Why not learn on my own album? And what a learning curve it has been! I probably tried out ten different design programs and looked at countless album companies all offering numerous options with a wide range of price points before finally finding a combination I love. Which is why I am so happy to introduce…

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… the Miller’s Signature Album! All of our wedding pictures were taken by the super awesome Kelly of Kelly Lane Photography and her lovely second shooter, Hilde Marie of Hilde Marie Photography. This album is also available for the same price with a leather cover and you can have your names and the date stamped into the front, but we opted for the custom printed cover on canvas.

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Isn’t the texture awesome?

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Ten inches square, full bleed, gutter-less printing… my heart melts :-)

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*happy sigh*

So what’s on your round tuit list? Pick one thing and make it happen this month! I promise it’s so worth it :-)






Christine & Zach // Magnolia Plantation Wedding

Charleston is a photographer’s dream! There are gorgeous beaches, historic downtown buildings, rural fields and barns, and my absolute favorite: plantations! Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining Laurie of Laurie Diel Photography at Magnolia Plantation for Christine and Zach’s stunning plantation wedding. We arrived early so we could wander the grounds with Christine before the ceremony and do a mini bridal session :)








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Christine and Zach decided to do a “First Look” before the ceremony. This was the first time I had the opportunity to photograph a first look, and it was just as sweet and intimate as everyone said it would be :-)



































Christine and Zach, I had a blast capturing your day! I hope your marriage brings you much love and joy throughout the years.




Jasper Luke Barden was born on March 26 and is already such a sweet little man! His big sister just thinks he’s adorable, and Dad already has him holding baseball glove =)












Baby Grace in the Spring

Little Grace is growing up so fast! I can’t believe she’ll be eight months on Saturday! Since it’s finally warmed up a bit (I say finally because it’s Charleston, and honestly it should have been warm in March ;-) ), I got together with the Gormans to do some spring shots of Grace. This is her first little Easter dress (cue group “awwwww!” :D ) And since she really is “a wee bit Irish” we also did some pictures for Saint Patty’s Day. Beware, you may just die from all the cuteness that’s about to happen!





















Spring Craziness

Spring has finally arrived complete with (now predictably) warm weather, blooming flowers, and tax refunds! Everyone is waking up from the prevailing sleepy mood of cold, wet weather, and the neighborhood is a flurry of activity! Ok well, our house has been a flurry of activity. See this past weekend we combined two things that should never be combined if you want to wake up refreshed each morning: a new puppy and a building project. The original plan was to pick up baby Roxi on Sunday afternoon, after we finished building the fence, but with it being Easter, we had to pick her up on Friday instead. That meant my weekend looked something like this:

  • Friday 8 am, Trey’s parents arrive and hole digging begins
  • 11 holes later I leave with noticeably larger triceps to pick up Roxi
  • 2 hours there, 2 hours back
  • 4:30 pm, Roxi meets the Halls on their way out the door
  • Crate training (aka puppy screaming her head off) begins while I try to make dinner
  • 7 pm, Cole play  gently  with puppy training begins
  • 8pm, give up on training, feed the animals, head towards bed
  • night filled with puppy cries, potty trips (3), and cleaning
  • Saturday 10 am, my parents arrive and fence building begins
  • afternoon filled with fence building, potty trips, and puppy cries (no more messes!)
  • 7:45 pm, it’s dark and only the gates aren’t completely finished
  • 9 pm, pizza guy arrives
  • 10 pm, bed
  • night filled with puppy cries and potty trips (4)
  • Sunday 9 am, last potty trip, begin getting ready for church
  • 11 am, church
  • 3 pm, my parents head home, gate finishing begins
  • 4 pm, the fence is done! Cole gets his first fenced in frisbee toss and the humans pass out in front of the tv
  • 10 pm, bed
  • night filled with fewer puppy cries and potty trips (2!)


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