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

July 10th, 2014

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 […]


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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.

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cousins | Isle of Palms, SC photographer

July 8th, 2014

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 […]


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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

June 24th, 2014

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 […]


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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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She’s 6 | Anderson, SC photographer

June 12th, 2014

“A Good movie has memorable scenes, and so does a good life.” -Donal Miller This coming September will make 2 years since my dad died.  I have no words to describe how much I miss him.  “Miss” just doesn’t do it justice.  Life is different now.  The loss of my dad touches everything I do […]


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“A Good movie has memorable scenes, and so does a good life.” -Donal Miller

This coming September will make 2 years since my dad died.  I have no words to describe how much I miss him.  “Miss” just doesn’t do it justice.  Life is different now.  The loss of my dad touches everything I do on a daily basis.  Things kind of revolve around the fact that he is not here anymore.   Inevitably, right as I get caught up in the despair of his absence, I am shaken back to reality as my mind is flooded with memories of my dad…the best dad.  One of the things that makes me the saddest is the realization that Marlee, Gretta, and Phen will not grow up having “Bubby” around.  That one thought brings immediate tears to my eyes…the uncontrollable kind.  As sad as that is, I find some consolation in knowing that he worked very hard to make memories with them.  At the time, he had no idea how important those memories would be because he wasn’t doing it for that reason, he was doing it because that’s who he was.  He loved them and lived every moment with them and their cousins to the absolute fullest.  Whenever we were together, he was making life exciting…a visit with Bubby meant donuts, homemade icecream, going to the rides, bouncy houses, the beach, and staying up past bedtime.  He knew how to make life memorable, and because of that, he will always be the lead in some of our most important scenes.

Now, I want to continue making memorable scenes for our kids.  At this point in their lives, Matt and I are their directors and it is our job to orchestrate the scenes that one by one, will eventually become their story.  Birthdays are not my forte.  My sisters are much better at planning extravagant birthday parties than I am, but I am realizing what a neat opportunity they are to show our kids how important they are to us…a day we can celebrate them.  I am realizing how important it is to make memories with them.  Sometimes, all it takes is some cake and popcorn, a pop-up camper, and Christian music night at the skating rink.  Losing Daddy has taught me, among a lot of other things, that life is way shorter than we ever thought it would be, so we really should work as hard as we can “to make a day stand out.”  Especially a birthday.

Gretta turned 6 on May 19 and this is how we celebrated her.

“When we look back on our lives, what we will remember are the crazy things we did, the times we worked harder to make a day stand out.”  

-Donal Miller

Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!  I wish you knew how much we miss you!

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10 on 10 | June 2014 | Anderson, SC photographer

June 10th, 2014

The following photos were taken between 4 pm and 9 pm, Sunday, June 8 (can you tell 24 is back on…holla!!!  Nobody says “holla” anymore, but I still do…holla…see ) I decided I would do some explaining for y’all this month… 1.  Marlee has more money than I do…if you decide to rob our house, […]


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The following photos were taken between 4 pm and 9 pm, Sunday, June 8 (can you tell 24 is back on…holla!!!  Nobody says “holla” anymore, but I still do…holla…see :) )

I decided I would do some explaining for y’all this month…

1.  Marlee has more money than I do…if you decide to rob our house, I would go for that gray pocket book.

2.  I think it’s hilarious that Matt has a backpack blower.  I don’t know why that cracks me up.  When I was in high school, my main chore was to blow our driveway.  I got demoted from cutting the grass when I drove the riding lawnmower into my dad’s boat.

3.  Those two guys are awesome…really, really awesome.

4.  He really does love her, I promise.

5.  Please do not text me, Granna…he’s fine!

6.  Macey is Meredith and Chris’ youngest and spunkiest.  Her personality is as fiery as her red hair.

7.  I hope that in 10 years, Marlee and Hadley love each other as much as they do now.

8.  “Greta” is actually spelled “Gretta”

9.  These girls had a blast at their VBS kick-off dinner.  Marlee wore her I <3 VBS shirt to bed last night.

10.  I got to have ice cream with some dear friends to celebrate a birthday.  That’s not my hand.

Now head over to Third Avenue Photography to see some more 10 on 10 excitement! :)

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collecting memories | greenwood, sc photographer

May 27th, 2014

Back in the fall, when Phen was 6 months old, we had the opportunity to go camping with some friends from church.  Matt was very excited…me, not so much.  Camping with a nursing 6-month-old was not at the top of my list of fun things to do.  As a matter of fact, it wasn’t at […]


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Back in the fall, when Phen was 6 months old, we had the opportunity to go camping with some friends from church.  Matt was very excited…me, not so much.  Camping with a nursing 6-month-old was not at the top of my list of fun things to do.  As a matter of fact, it wasn’t at the bottom of my list either.  I ended up telling Matt that I didn’t think I was up for it, so he graciously said I could stay home and he would take the girls.  Now that was a plan I was excited about!  The only hurdle was telling the family we were going with that I wasn’t going to be able to make it.  I texted my friend, Robin, and told her the news.  That’s when my plans got changed back.  They basically created a scenario where everyone would help take care of Phen and they would make camping as easy as possible for me.  How could I say no, so I ended up going.  I still think back to that weekend and thank God for using the Moseleys to get my rear end camping!  I had the best time and quickly decided that I wanted the Dragos to be a camping family!  By the end of our weekend, I was already on Craig’s List looking for pop-up campers!  We ended up finding one in Georgia a few months later and now we are the proud owners of our very own pop-up!  If you have talked to me in the last 2 months, then you know how obsessed I am with my pop-up and with camping!  I think every family should invest in some gear and head outdoors.  There is just nothing like it!  My goal for our family is to visit every state park in South Carolina before Marlee graduates from high school!

A couple of weeks after buying our pop-up, we ventured to Lake Greenwood State Park with the Moseleys and the Mansuetos!  That was our very first trip with our very own pop-up, so I had to take my camera along.  I promise I won’t do a blog post every time we go, but since this was our “first” trip I just had to take a few pictures! :)

I really want to use this blog post to publicly acknowledge the Moseley family for being so awesome and for getting us involved in something that is going to make collecting memories very easy.  Y’all have given us an invaluable gift! :)

I also want to thank Roxi Mansueto for all of her super-awesome camping tips! :)

“Giving your children the opportunity to experience many things, from camping and fishing to astronomy and physics, is giving them a big view of God. Look at all the cool stuff God lets us do…He is not a fusser, watching the clock and checking things off His to-do list. We need to imitate Him, His extravagance and liberality toward His children. Did you catch that glorious sunset He set out in the sky tonight? Or were you too busy fussing over something “righteous” and forgot to look up? Come on! Don’t tell me He wasted all that color and light and you didn’t even notice? He seems to delight in distracting us away from our many mundane duties to look and wonder. So we ought to distract our own children away from their studies and chores.” -Nancy Wilson

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10 on 10 | May 2014 | Anderson, SC photographer

May 10th, 2014

It’s the 10th again…wow! :)  I took these pictures on May 3 while we were still in Florida on vacation (thanks SO MUCH, Granna)!  I knew I needed to get my 10 photos done, but Matt was not there, I have an 11-month-old, my kids are not great swimmers (yet!), I’m a nervous mom around […]

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It’s the 10th again…wow! :)  I took these pictures on May 3 while we were still in Florida on vacation (thanks SO MUCH, Granna)!  I knew I needed to get my 10 photos done, but Matt was not there, I have an 11-month-old, my kids are not great swimmers (yet!), I’m a nervous mom around water, and I forgot to pack a battery, so I only had 2 bars…these things do not make taking pictures easy!  I like a challenge, so one afternoon I took my camera out for a grand total of 20 minutes and captured a snapshot (or 10) of what our week looked like.

*when you’re done, head over to Anna Roberts’ blog for some more 10 on 10 goodness! :)

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Nate and Christa | April 12, 2014 | Greenville, SC wedding photographer

May 5th, 2014

Nate and Christa got married a few weeks ago, and I had the privilege of documenting it for them.  Thank-you so much for allowing me to do that, Mr. and Mrs. Cockrell!!!  Enjoy your sneak peek! Thank-you so much, Kelli, for your awesome second shooting skillz!


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Nate and Christa got married a few weeks ago, and I had the privilege of documenting it for them.  Thank-you so much for allowing me to do that, Mr. and Mrs. Cockrell!!!  Enjoy your sneak peek! :)

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John and Cassie | April 2014 | Greenville, SC photographer

April 28th, 2014

When Cassie asked me about doing their maternity pictures, I was ecstatic!  I was so excited when I found out they were pregnant, so being able to capture this time for them was a no-brainer for me.  Cassie and John’s journey has not been an easy one, but their desire has always been to glorify […]

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When Cassie asked me about doing their maternity pictures, I was ecstatic!  I was so excited when I found out they were pregnant, so being able to capture this time for them was a no-brainer for me.  Cassie and John’s journey has not been an easy one, but their desire has always been to glorify God with every area of their life.  When we discussed the session and what we would do for the photos, Cassie asked if we could do a lifestyle session, so they would have some photos of the things they have done to get baby Kayleigh’s nursery ready for her.  I was really moved as I imagined their little girl, 20 years from now, looking back at these photos and feeling the love and excitement that overflowed from her parents as they prepared for her arrival!  What a privilege it is to be a photographer and get to freeze these kinds of memories for people! :)  What you are about to read was written by Cassie…she was gracious enough to share their story here on my blog, in hopes that God would be glorified and others would be encouraged…

When Erin asked me to be the one to write a bio for our maternity shoot, I felt humbled and excited at the opportunity to share what great things God has done, I pray that our story shows off His power and glory! John and I were married July 31,2010 and hoped to start a family soon after.However, there were a few obstacles in the way of “our plan”. God sovereignly designed for me to develop symptoms of an auto-immune disease called Scleroderma at the age of 14. My particular type of Scleroderma primarily affects my internal organs. In my late teens I came down with the flu that may have developed into bronchitis or pneumonia that was never treated, thereby causing inflammation in my lungs-which turned into scarred, unusable lung tissue. Lung specialists call this Interstitial Lung Disease. John and I were fairly certain that any pregnancy would be high risk, but we wanted to talk with our doctors to see if it would even be possible for me to carry a baby. My lung doctor told me that ” No way, and under NO circumstances would he ever recommend that I try to have a baby”, but I should seek a second opinion at Duke University. And I’m so glad we did. I really struggled with the death of this lifelong dream. My life’s aspirations were only ever to be a mother, to love and nurture a child, to disciple and train a soul and point them to Jesus, and that dream had been ripped from me and I was heartbroken. I wish I could say that I sought refuge in Jesus and trusted God’s sovereign plan-but I did not. At any rate, we went to Duke in November of 2011 and the specialists there told me that my lung disease was stable-probably had been for 6 years-and they saw no reason why I shouldn’t try to have children. They wanted to follow my case for a while to be sure that nothing changed with my auto-immune disease, but by summertime we should  be set to start trying to conceive. I was elated, rebuked and humbled at God’s kindness in restoring my dream to be a mother. In July of 2012 we were given the “go-ahead”, and 8 months later I decided I was done with the stress of all the planning and waiting and disappointment. During all of that time, we truly wrestled to see God’s plan for our life and my body as kind and loving. We were not delighting in the Gospel, we were not pursuing God with our whole heart-or any of it, really. We were in despair, and very nearly bitter. And then we started attending Redeeming Grace Church; God renewed our hearts in the Gospel through the Word, and through fellowship with friends that just poured grace on us. For months we soaked up every bit of grace they could give us, for we were so dry! These friends prayed for us faithfully, prayed for our souls to rest in God’s plan, and they begged God to give us children.. They asked Him for what we no longer had faith to ask him for ourselves. In September of 2013, I struggled to pass my 5th kidney stone, the largest at 5-6 mm. My doctor ordered a CT Scan, and asked “oh, by the way-what’s up with you and getting pregnant?” I told her I’d happily take a baby whenever God ordained for us to have one. She asked if I would be willing to see a fertility specialist, I could take it as far as I thought was ethical and right, but she thought we should at least check and make sure everything was working properly. So we agreed to go, and after paying $250 for an initial consult, I choked a little and told God that it would be really cool if He gave us a baby that month, and if He did it in such a way that no one could deny that HE did it! And I thought nothing more of it until October 1st. I still had not passed the stone, and went in for a final x-ray before discussing surgery to remove it. I was pulled down a hall by the technician and informed that they could not do my x-ray because my pregnancy test came back positive…I truly did not believe him. They decided to an ultrasound instead, which meant they probably wouldn’t be able to see the stone, but it was safer for the baby. I had some time to call John at work, and he was very excited-I could nearly hear his grin over the phone. As I was having the ultrasound done, the fertility specialist called and said that my hormone levels were too low for me to conceive on my own, and they wanted to put me on something right away. And I just thought “Holy cow, but they just said I’m pregnant!” If I was truly pregnant, it was still VERY early, so I waited a couple of days and took my own test, when it showed positive I thought “well, maybe there’s something to this after all..” I waited another day and called my doctor to have labs set up, and she confirmed around 10 pm that day that I was indeed pregnant. And so I started praying. God had given me a miraculous gift, had answered my very specific prayer, and He showed me that He was not confined to work within the scope of my faith. I determined in my heart, by God’s grace, to enjoy every bit of this pregnancy, however long it lasted, whatever symptoms I had to endure, because it was all part of a gift I hadn’t believed God would give. I didn’t want to live in fear of a miscarriage, or be miserable through morning sickness, I wanted to enjoy each day, each experience as part of this gift God has given us. And He has been so kind to preserve my body; my doctors are thrilled, my auto-immune and lung diseases have remained stable, I’m not dealing with any shortness of breath as they expected. I’ve not had to go on bed rest as of yet, I’m not on oxygen, my blood pressure is great, and my kidneys are working perfectly-with the exception of some brief Hydronephrosis that God healed through prayer! I have had some horrible, all-over eczema, but never had any morning sickness. God has been so kind to keep my heart truly trusting His plan for this baby, and I have had no fears weighing on my heart. Thanks be to God for this gift. We are expecting a baby girl and we chose the name Kayleigh Miriam. Kayleigh means  “Who is like God?” Exodus 15:11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Miriam means “Longed-for child” I Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him.”
Kayleigh Miriam is a glorious wonder that our majestic Holy God has made, an answer to prayer, a miracle.
Kayleigh Miriam is named in honor of Grandma Lana Kay Pachter and Great-great Gram Miriam Owen.

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baby annaleece | Greenville, SC photographer

April 21st, 2014

“Just as an artist who paints pictures and portraits exercises great care in his work, so each of you, mothers and fathers, must be attentive to these wonderful images [children]. Each day, a painter adds what is necessary to the picture. Sculptors do the same, removing excess stone and adding what is lacking. You should […]

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“Just as an artist who paints pictures and portraits exercises great care in his work, so each of you, mothers and fathers, must be attentive to these wonderful images [children]. Each day, a painter adds what is necessary to the picture. Sculptors do the same, removing excess stone and adding what is lacking. You should do the same: as makers of images, devote all your time to the task of fashioning wonderful images for God. Remove the excess; add what is lacking. Each day, examine the images closely. Cultivate the natural excellence that each one has, removing what is by nature inferior….[T]each them to be sober, vigilant, watchful in prayer, and to place everything that is said and done under the sign of the cross.”  ~John Chrysostom

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