The Dabneys / Anderson, SC family photographer

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13This is a great, great family.  We love them dearly.  We planned several months ago to do family photos in September.  As in, put it on the calendar and made a plan.  They were going to come for the weekend, we were going to have lots of fun, and at some point do a family session on Saturday.  Well, Saturday came and it ended up being very cloudy.  That kind of worked in our favor, because we were able to take our time, knowing we could go out at any point to get the photos done.  Unfortunately, we ended up going out about 15 minutes before a severe thunderstorm hit downtown Anderson.  Y’all, I was so engrossed in what we were doing that I didn’t even notice the cloud until I looked at these pictures…yikes!!!!!  Note to future clients…please notify me of impending doom…I really might not notice it! :(  The kids didn’t even have a chance to warm up to the camera before the sky opened up.  We decided to take advantage of that and get a few pictures in the rain, but only had a brief minute to do that before the thunder and lightning started.  It was the worst storm I have been in, in a very long time.  So, the Dabneys are getting another family session very soon!!!!! :)  Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the night ended with some sunshine, so we got a couple of pics of Johnathan and Kali right before sitting down to share dinner together.  The pictures may not have turned out the way we had planned, but the fellowship was absolutely perfect! :)

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Caleb and Jade / September 6, 2014 / Greenville, SC wedding photographer

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When I receive an inquiry from a potential bride, I always reply with a questionnaire.  The answers to the questions help me get to know the bride a little better and they also give me some insight into what the wedding day will be like.  I ask questions like, “does  your wedding have a theme?” and “how many will be in your bridal party?” , but the answers to those questions aren’t what I’m necessarily interested in.  It’s question #1 that reveals the most about the couple and what their wedding day will be like.  The question is, “What is your fiance’s name and what is your story?”  I get a lot of answers like “we met in college” or “we met at work”.  Those are great places to meet, but that doesn’t really draw me in.  Jade told me a story.  Her answer was at least 5 paragraphs long and she began it by saying that she hadn’t intended to type that much, but once she started she couldn’t stop.  I read through her “story” just like I was sitting down and reading an article in my favorite magazine.  I enjoyed every single minute of it, and I knew at that moment, that I had to be their wedding photographer.  I wanted to be a part of their story.

The day of their wedding was exactly what I had hoped for.  Caleb and Jade were an absolute pleasure.  Their friends and family felt like my friends and family.  It was perfect.

Caleb and Jade, THANK-YOU for being so AWESOME!  I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!!!! :)

AND, thanks to my husband, Matt, who second shot this wedding with me.  I can’t even begin to describe what a gift it is to have him there with me.  It only seems fitting that I would be able to capture such an important day for folks like Caleb and Jade, with the person who has made marriage so wonderful for me! :)

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Ryan and Hannah / August 30, 2014 / Greenville, SC wedding photographer

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Hannah and Ryan are Texans who came home to South Carolina to get married.  It all happened at Camp Buckhorn, located atop Paris Moutain in Greenville.  Just picture lots of little cabins, beautiful water, and the sweetest family and friends you could ask for.

“You rarely see this kind of Christ-like love in other relationships because the stakes are never as high. A husband and wife have covenanted before God to love each other until death. There are no exit ramps or escape hatches. That might sound scary to some, but we were made for this kind of love — covenantal, enduring, lavish, promise-keeping love. It’s how God loves us, and it’s the kind of love that confirms — tangibly and regularly — the gospel we share with our needy world.”

-Marshall Segal

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10 on 10 / September 2014 / Anderson, SC photographer

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Our summer is officially over.  We started school about 2 weeks ago and have even been doubling up a few days, since we got sort of a late start.  My type A heart thrives on structure, so staring school has been extremely refreshing to me!  Since, all we do these days is SCHOOL, it makes sense that my 10 on 10 this month would have some school shots in it.   Folks, homeschool is no joke!  I have never done anything as simultaneously rewarding and frustrating as teaching my own children.  We have hit some really high, highs, and some really low, lows.  Thankfully in the midst of this season of homeschooling, God has graciously revealed one thing to me and that is this…it is a privilege to educate my children.  It’s a real privilege and I never want to take it for granted.

“The well-educated person is the person who has the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what he needs to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of his life — and that would apply to whatever sphere of life he pursues.

If we’re going to apply God’s word to the world, we need to know our world. Every chapter in a history book, every science experiment in the lab, every interaction between classmates is an opportunity to learn about the world God created — the place he especially put us to see him, enjoy him, and help others do the same.”  -John Piper

I wanted to share a couple of resources with you if you are currently homeschooling or interested in doing so.  A couple of these are blogs and a couple are links to curriculum we use.  The main resource I would like to recommend is FRIENDSHIP.  If it were not for the godly moms who have gone ahead of me and who have taken the time to talk to me and share their secrets, I don’t know how I would be functioning as my kids’ teacher.  I am also grateful for my friends that are currently in the trenches with me.  What a blessing to be able to text a friend in the same season as me when I feel discouraged or frustrated.  Thank GOD for COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!! :)

http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/

http://littlehousehomeschooling.blogspot.com/

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/

http://www.halfahundredacrewood.com/

http://www.charlottemasoninstitute.org/category/blog/

http://www.veritaspress.com/selfpaced/index.php

http://www.heartofdakota.com/

https://www.teachingtextbooks.com/Default.htm

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12When you’re done here, head over to Catherine Rhodes’ blog for some more 10 on 10 photos! :)

the Smith family / August 2014 / Anderson, SC family photographer

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16This is my cousin, Melinda, and her sweet family.  We don’t get to see them nearly as often as we would like, but they were able to stop in Anderson for about 24 hours last weekend on their way to their vacation.  They didn’t come planning to have family photos done, but we thought “why not?”, so Melinda picked some outfits out of their suitcases and we headed into my sister’s yard.  We were out there for about 5 minutes, and I think that’s all we needed.  They were naturals in front of the camera, so getting these photos was a breeze.  I know how special family photos are, so it was absolutely my pleasure to be able to take these for them.  Melinda is a talented photographer in St. Louis, MO…you should check her out!!!!

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August 2014 10 on 10 / Myrtle Beach, SC photographer

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This 10 on 10 will most likely be the one I remember above all the others.  This past week, my 88-year-old grandmother, Ruby, fell in her assisted living facility and obtained an injury that she will not recover from.  She was put in hospice on Friday and right now we are praying for comfort and peace for her as she waits to meet her Savior.  In the midst of the deep sadness we are experiencing over facing the loss of our grandmother, God, in His kindness, made our last memory with her extra special.  I just happen to have a memory card full of pictures that I took the last time we saw Ruby, which is where this post is coming from.  I don’t normally carry my camera around with me, so the fact that I had it that day, is a miracle in itself.  On this particular day, my sisters, their husbands, and all of the kiddos headed to the assisted living facility to pick Ruby up for a fun afternoon.  We planned to go eat, but the wait at the first restaurant was way too long, so we headed to a Seafood restaurant, where we were seated immediately and given a huge table in a room that we had all to ourselves.  We all sat around Ruby and watched her eat shrimp and smile at her great-grands.  She was truly in her happy place and we all knew it.  We spent the day enjoying one another, and when we left, we couldn’t help but think that our time together had been absolutely perfect.  As we were telling Ruby good-bye and walking out the door, she grabbed my sisters and I, squeezed us together and told us that we were the sweetest, prettiest, best girls in all of Horry County.   We didn’t realize it then, but that was her good-bye.

Please pray for Ruby.

“Happy are they who are found watching. Our sand-glass is not so long as we need to weary: time will eat away and root out our woes and sorrow: our heaven is in the bud, and growing up to an harvest; why then should we not follow on, seeing our span-length of time will come to an inch? Therefore I commend Christ to you as the staff of your old age: let him have now the rest of your days; and think not much of a storm upon the ship that Christ saileth in; there shall no passenger fall overboard; but the crazed ship and the sea-sick passenger shall come to land safe.”  -Samuel Rutherford

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21*After you’re done here, head over to Third Avenue Photography to check out her 10 on 10.

Jimmy and Micaela | July 12, 2014 | Florence, SC wedding photographer

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I love these 2.  LOVE THEM.  I am so honored that they picked me to be their wedding photographer.  Seriously honored.  When you meet Jimmy and Micaela, you fall in love with them.  Instantly.  There is just something about them that is so genuine, you just want to be their BFF.  As much as I was looking forward to their wedding these past few months, I was also dreading it.  I didn’t want it to come because then it would be over and then they wouldn’t need me anymore.  I want to be their BPHF (see what I did there?)! :)

Loving them so much makes me SUPER EXCITED for them, because I know what’s in store.  I know what they’re facing because I’ve been living it for the past 11 years (Matt and I now share an anniversary with this sweet couple).  What’s coming is joy mixed with sorrow, good times with some bad thrown in, and ups with some downs.  When I got married 11 years ago, for some UNKNOWN reason I was clueless about life and the fact that it’s hard.  At that point, trials for me meant missing a trip with friends because I had to work or not being able to buy the jeans I wanted until my next paycheck.  Obviously, I had some things to learn and it took me several years to learn them (it’s an ongoing process).  So, what have I learned?    I’ve learned that God is GOOD.  He is VERY GOOD.  His ways are PERFECT.  Mine, not so much.  My hope is in HIM and not my husband, my children, or my marriage.  God’s definition of “good” is not the same as mine, but I’m going to go with His, because, well, HE CREATED THE UNIVERSE.  God orchestrated marriage as a beautiful picture of His love for His church.  We get to be participants in that for everyone around us to see.  We get to forgive as He forgives, love as He loves, serve as He serves, and hope in Him as we seek to live with another sinner and do life together.  We get to run to Him when we fail and experience the grace that can only come from a loving Heavenly Father.   God has used my marriage to deepen my relationship with Him, which in turn, has deepened my relationship with my husband…He sure does know what He’s doing.  And, that is why I’m excited for Jimmy and Micaela.  Because what’s coming may not always be easy, but it will always be good! :)

“So, in your marriage, God will find ways to drive you to the end of yourself so that you will put your hope and strength in him.  Your moments of weakness are not the bad moments of accident or bad luck.  No, moments of weakness are there because of divine intention.  They are the delivery system of glorious forgiving, empowering, and motivating grace.  God is using them to rescue you from you and to make you a person who, in marriage, really is committed to love as you have been loved.” -Paul Tripp

Jimmy and Micaela, I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!!!!!!!!! :)

*I would like to thank Jennifer Grimsley (a.k.a. my OLDER sister :) ) for second shooting for me!!!!!!!!!!  Love ya’, sis! :)

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10 on 10 | July 2014 | Isle of Palms, SC photographer

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Every July, my mom treats my sisters and I to a week long vacation in Isle of Palms, SC and we are so thankful.  It is SO MUCH fun, even with our brood of rambunctious kiddos.  We only wear bathing suits and pajamas all week and we pretty much stay on the same rotation the entire time…breakfast, pool, lunch, beach, dinner, bed, repeat.  Narrowing vacation pictures down to 10 (and by 10, I mean 14 :) ) is not easy to do, but here’s a brief look at one of our days in Isle of Palms.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12***Now, you can head over to Fantasma Imagery and see what they’ve been up to! :)

cousins | Isle of Palms, SC photographer

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If you have seen my photography, you have probably gathered that my style is not white shirts and khaki bottoms.  I’m not saying that traditional photos are bad, they’re just not my thang!  Don’t hate, I’m just keepin’ it real! :)  With that in mind, you might start scrolling down this blog post and wonder if you are at the right web address…have no fear, just scroll a little further, and I think you’ll find what you came here for.

Last week while we were on vacation with my mom (thanks Granna!), one evening in between showers, dinner, and bedtime, we took a few minutes to head out to the beach and have a little fun!  It actually ended up being A LOT of fun and something I don’t think the kids will forget!

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Joel and Ivie | June 16, 2014 | Greenville, SC photographer

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I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work with yet another amazing couple!  Ivie and Joel feel like old friends and their engagement session was nothing but fun for me.  It began with thunder and ended with a small peek of sunshine, a few raindrops, some wind, and on the way home, we spotted a deer and a rainbow.  What a night!  I know it is cliche for photographers to say they “can’t wait” for so-and-so’s wedding, but I really CAN’T WAIT for their New Year’s Eve wedding…really…I am so excited! :)  Thanks for picking me to photograph this time in your lives, you two…the pleasure is all mine! :)

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