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,


three months,


and eight months?


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.

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