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Josh and Leah | Greenville, SC wedding photographer

May 8th, 2015

Every wedding has a vibe and this one was awesome!  This group of friends and family were so much fun to be around, and Josh and Leah were a pure joy to work with!!!!!!!!  What a blessing that I get to document these days for such neat folks!  Enjoy your sneak peek, you two!!!!!!!!!!


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Every wedding has a vibe and this one was awesome!  This group of friends and family were so much fun to be around, and Josh and Leah were a pure joy to work with!!!!!!!!  What a blessing that I get to document these days for such neat folks!  Enjoy your sneak peek, you two!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Eoghan | Greenville, SC photographer

April 3rd, 2015

One Sunday afternoon, Candace and I loaded in my van and headed to their house after church.  They threw lunch together, after their crock pot meal was deemed unworthy to eat, and I talked a little and took a few pictures.  I left their house with a full heart.  These two love each other, love […]


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One Sunday afternoon, Candace and I loaded in my van and headed to their house after church.  They threw lunch together, after their crock pot meal was deemed unworthy to eat, and I talked a little and took a few pictures.  I left their house with a full heart.  These two love each other, love their little boy, and love God above all else.  What a joy it is to be able to capture these times for families.  Thank-you Candace, Jared, and Eoghan! :)

“So what I wish I would have known before bringing that first son home? The baby years are short, kind of like five minutes…underwater. It doesn’t seem like it, but he will go on to kindergarten then read the Harry Potter series then join the “ninja club” in middle school then play high school soccer and rent his first tux for prom and run over a fence in his truck, and near the end, you will hit your knees and thank God that you got to parent this kid, that he was yours, that he walked into your arms at one and will walk out of them at eighteen, but my gosh…what a gift.

-Jen Hatmaker

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Cody and Laura | Greenville, SC engagement photographer

March 26th, 2015

These two were SO MUCH FUN! We hadn’t met before  our session, but became instant friends.  We explored her family’s land, laughed, climbed fences, threw holi powder at each other (well, me not so much), and ended the session with a truck tire stuck in the mud.  I enjoyed every minute of it and can’t […]


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These two were SO MUCH FUN! We hadn’t met before  our session, but became instant friends.  We explored her family’s land, laughed, climbed fences, threw holi powder at each other (well, me not so much), and ended the session with a truck tire stuck in the mud.  I enjoyed every minute of it and can’t wait for their August wedding! :)

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Josh and Bethany | February 2015 | Anderson, SC photographer

February 27th, 2015

This session was wonderful, and windy, and fun, and perfectly enjoyable.  Looking forward to Josh and Bethany’s May wedding!


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This session was wonderful, and windy, and fun, and perfectly enjoyable.  Looking forward to Josh and Bethany’s May wedding! :)

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baby silas | February 2015 | Greenville, SC photographer

February 25th, 2015

I had the pleasure of meeting baby Silas and his parents last Monday morning.  He is one blessed little fellow.  I think his mom and dad are feeling pretty blessed right now, too.


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I had the pleasure of meeting baby Silas and his parents last Monday morning.  He is one blessed little fellow.  I think his mom and dad are feeling pretty blessed right now, too.

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The minute project | one minute in January | Anderson, SC photographer

January 31st, 2015

For 2015 I am beginning a new project with fellow photographer, Anna Roberts of Third Avenue Photography.  Anna and I have never met in person, but I know if we lived near one another we would be great friends.  I love her photography and her outlook on life.  She is also the mom to three […]

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For 2015 I am beginning a new project with fellow photographer, Anna Roberts of Third Avenue Photography.  Anna and I have never met in person, but I know if we lived near one another we would be great friends.  I love her photography and her outlook on life.  She is also the mom to three littles, and spends her days taking care of them.  The internet sure has made the world smaller, and I’m thankful God used it to introduce me to people like Anna.

I’m going to use her words to explain our latest project… I was inspired by the 5 minute project (with amazing contributors!) and decided to do our own little version for fun. The first month of the year we document 1 minute of our lives, the second month we document 2 minutes, the third month we document 3 minutes, and so on… These aren’t planned or set up. Just ordinary, regular minutes in our lives. I love this challenge and another way to keep me accountable in documenting our lives.

So, here goes.  1 minute of our lives.  We were in Hobby Lobby right before Christmas and I bought a couple of these ironing bead kits to put in the girls’ stockings.  I had no idea that they would become one of the their favorite presents.  They have spent hours on these things, perfecting their creations and ironing them into place.  The day Gretta spent at least an hour making a beautiful butterfly, then dropped it on the way to the iron made both of us cry.  Today I made sure we would never forget the year of the ironing bead craft…does anyone know what the real name is? :)

 

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Joel and Ivie | New Year’s Eve 2014 | Greenville, SC wedding photographer

January 20th, 2015

As a wedding photographer, who has been married for 11 years, I almost feel like the ghost of marriage future who gets to visit couples on the day they make the same decision I made in July of 2003.  The biggest difference between me and Jacob Marley’s scary future ghost is that my glimpse into […]


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As a wedding photographer, who has been married for 11 years, I almost feel like the ghost of marriage future who gets to visit couples on the day they make the same decision I made in July of 2003.  The biggest difference between me and Jacob Marley’s scary future ghost is that my glimpse into the years to come is full of life and hope not doom and gloom.  The truth is, marriage is hard.  It just is.  I don’t care how it appears or who you talk to, it’s just not easy.  It’s a constant give and take…it’s a daily, deliberate sacrifice of yourself for someone else.  My own marriage has been a real adventure, complete with lots of ups and lots of downs…some really high, highs, and some really low, lows.  If the ghost of marriage future had shown up at my own wedding with the highlight reel of some of those lows, I think I would have been totally hopeless.  So, I decided to go into wedding photography to warn everyone about what’s coming, right?  Not quite.  I love weddings.  They are my thing.  really.  I love wedding cake and bridesmaid dresses and bouquets and dancing.  I really do.  BUT, while I’m photographing all of those things, they aren’t necessarily what’s on my mind.  By the time I shoot your wedding, we’re friends.  I genuinely care about my brides and grooms.  So, as your friend, I am beyond excited about the adventure you are about to embark on.  Your’s will be different than mine, but it will be your story, complete with your own highs and lows.  Because I know that God is writing your story, I know that He is orchestrating your ups and downs.  I know that in a few years, you will be just as thankful for the downs as you are for the ups, maybe more so.  I know that He is good and He knows best and He loves your spouse way more than you do.   He truly does know the future of your marriage, because He designed it.  He is trustworthy and He is faithful.  As your friend and your wedding photographer, I want your photos to reflect the beginning of your adventure in a way that will remind you of the good times during the bad ones.  When I’m spending hours going through your photos and staring at you, your friends, and your family, I am hoping and praying that seeing those photos will be a reminder to you of the good work that God began in your relationship and promises to complete in both of you.  God has grown me more in the context of my marriage than in any other season of my life.   I absolutely love the fact that He has given me the privilege of photographing couples on the day that their own adventures begin.

I don’t even know where to begin with these two.  I love Joel (or is it Michael? :) ) and Ivie.  I am SO thankful for the day I received Ivie’s e-mail asking if I could photograph their wedding.  I am already experiencing some withdrawals because it is over (is it really over already? :( ).  They are great.  Their friends are great.  Their families are great.  Their wedding was great.  I just can’t really explain all of the greatness that is “Joel and Ivie” in words.  I hope their wedding photos will speak for me.

***I would like to thank my dear friend, Molly, for shooting this wedding with me.  She spent her New Year’s Eve with me instead of her family (and Ryan Seacrest) and for that I am eternally grateful!!!!!!!  Thanks for taking pictures, wrangling flower girls, and making me laugh, Molly!!!!!***

“It really is true-a marriage of unity, understanding, and love is not rooted in romance.  It is rooted in worship.  It is when we love God more than we love ourselves and when we quit building our own little kingdom and start seeking his that we will love our spouse.  When we really do love our husband or wife, we will be willing to do the hard work that such love requires.  When we do the hard work that love requires, we will be humbled by how weak and needy we are when it comes to love, and we will begin to celebrate the love of God that is with us in our moment of greatest need.  When we are daily aware that we are being loved, we will be excited about loving our husband or wife in the same way.  And when our spouse is being treated with daily love, respect, and appreciation, he or she will be encouraged to love us in return.  Do you want this kind of marriage?  If so, worship God above anything else.  Do the hard work of love to which he has called you.  And trust that he is with you with transforming grace in his hands.”

-Paul David Tripp

Joel and Ivie, the fun is just beginning…

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Benjamin and Lauren | December 21, 2014 | Spartanburg, SC wedding photographer

January 7th, 2015

The week before this wedding, I watched more weather forecasts than I have in a very long time.  One day they were saying Saturday was going to be a wash and the next day they would say that it was only going to drizzle, but not constantly.  The day before, they seemed to not have […]


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The week before this wedding, I watched more weather forecasts than I have in a very long time.  One day they were saying Saturday was going to be a wash and the next day they would say that it was only going to drizzle, but not constantly.  The day before, they seemed to not have any idea what was going to happen, which means I planned for the worst and hoped for the best.  I know rain on your wedding days means “showers of blessings” (at least that’s how I encourage my brides), but I always feel badly when a bride and groom get a bad forecast.  Benjamin and Lauren, however, were not affected in the least bit.  It was so refreshing to work with two people who were so genuinely kind and easy going.  We did the “first look” in an open field, getting drizzled on the whole time, but no one complained or even batted an eyelash.  Benjamin was overwhelmed with emotion when he opened his eyes to see Lauren and I was overwhelmed just watching them.

Matt and I drove away that day, grateful that we had gotten to be a part of Benjamin and Lauren’s wedding.  We got to witness their first look and mingle with their family and friends.  What a privilege it is to be a wedding photographer and to be a part of the day when two individuals become one!  Benjamin and Lauren, thank-you SO VERY much for being so gracious and wonderful.  We will never forget the joy it was to work with you!!!!! :)

Lauren’s sister Rachel chose me for Lauren’s wedding day and I am so thankful she did!!!!! :)  You can check out Rachel’s photography here…she’s super!!!!!!!!!! :)

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10 on 10 / December 2014 / Anderson, SC photographer

December 10th, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014 The story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and New Creation is one we need to read often. It’s the story of God’s faithfulness and goodness. And because we know the Author of the story personally and we trust his will, we can watch the story of our lives unfold with wonder and […]


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Sunday, December 7, 2014

The story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and New Creation is one we need to read often. It’s the story of God’s faithfulness and goodness. And because we know the Author of the story personally and we trust his will, we can watch the story of our lives unfold with wonder and awe. Even when we get to a scene that is confusing or seems out of place, we can remember, wait, and watch, knowing that the storyline is moving forward to a beautiful and glorious end. Jesus made it so when he signed the manuscript with his own blood and said, “It is finished!”  -Christina Fox

 

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Corey and Mackenzie / Spartanburg, SC photographer

November 20th, 2014

Corey and Mackenzie met in downtown Spartanburg and then years later, were engaged in the very same place.  Obviously, we had to do their engagement pictures there, too! We didn’t have a plan at all.  We just walked around, getting to know one another and stopping every few steps to snap a picture.  There was […]


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Corey and Mackenzie met in downtown Spartanburg and then years later, were engaged in the very same place.  Obviously, we had to do their engagement pictures there, too! We didn’t have a plan at all.  We just walked around, getting to know one another and stopping every few steps to snap a picture.  There was something very quaint and magical about the whole thing.

Corey and Mackenzie, I am SO excited about your wedding!  Enjoy your sneak peek!!!! :)

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