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Cameron and Jackie | April 5, 2014| Greenville, SC engagement photographer

April 14th, 2014

“When you fly across the country in an airplane the country seems vast; but it isn’t vast. It’s all connected by roads one can ride a bike down. If you watch the news and there’s a tragedy at a house in Kansas, that guy’s driveway connects with yours, and you’d be surprised by how few […]


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“When you fly across the country in an airplane the country seems vast; but it isn’t vast. It’s all connected by roads one can ride a bike down. If you watch the news and there’s a tragedy at a house in Kansas, that guy’s driveway connects with yours, and you’d be surprised by how few roads it takes to get there.” -Donald Miller

I’m so thankful that photography has been a road that has led me to people like Cameron and Jackie.

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10 on 10 | April 2014 | Anderson, SC photographer

April 10th, 2014

I love Phen’s room.  It is most definitely my favorite room in our house.  He is finally getting old enough to have some “room time”, so I started him the other day, with some sister-brother playtime.  I was in the kitchen making a pound cake, and I heard laughs (and cries) coming from the back […]


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I love Phen’s room.  It is most definitely my favorite room in our house.  He is finally getting old enough to have some “room time”, so I started him the other day, with some sister-brother playtime.  I was in the kitchen making a pound cake, and I heard laughs (and cries) coming from the back of the house, so I thought I better go investigate.  Since it was 10 on 10 time, I also thought it might be a good opportunity for some pictures of our everyday.  When I entered the room, I moved along the walls, trying to go unnoticed…except for having to say “if you do that, you might kill your brother” and “let’s not jump off of that” and “seriously Gretta? seriously?”  In the midst of all of that, I was really taking in everything that was around me.  I looked around Phen’s room and thought of all the people we are blessed to do life with.  I thought about my dad (and cried) as I looked at the wainscoting that covers all 4 walls.  He came one weekend before Marlee was born and got it up in time for the nursery to be ready for her arrival.  I thought about how much I want to tell him that his namesake is enjoying those walls now.  I thought about my mom and how she swooped in right when I needed her to and purchased all of the final touches for Phen’s nursery, including the curtains that weren’t available anymore and had to be bought for twice as much on e-bay.  I thought about my mother-in-law and all of the hours she has spent crocheting stuffed animals and blankets so Phen can be warm during his naps and have plenty of toys to play with.  I thought about my sister providing tons of hand-me-downs that fill Phen’s closet and drawers.  I thought about the mud stains on the white stripes of his black and white rug.  They came from Matt’s work pants as he knelt down to change Phen’s diaper after work one day.  The stains wouldn’t come up with carpet cleaner, so they are left there as a reminder of what an awesome man I am married to.  And then there’s the elephant hanging on Phen’s wall right above his crib that my aunt ordered for me and the other elephant in the corner that holds all of Phen’s dirty clothes given to me by my other aunt.  I could go on and on and on.  The point is that God, in His greatness and goodness, has surrounded me with more than I could ever ask for.  He has saved my soul and then added blessing upon blessing on top of that.  I am so thankful for this 10 on 10 project.  This is only the second month and it has already caused me to stop and smell life in a way that often gets dismissed during the hustle and bustle of the everyday.  And now, I hear my children trying to plug in the hairdryer…I better go investigate again…this time without my camera.

Because motherhood is missional, there’s something of eternal value taking place in the realm of the unseen. It’s true — sometimes the only cheering a mom hears is when the lid of the ice cream container snaps open in the kitchen. But as mothers share the gospel with more souls than we can count and faithfully raise up the next generation, the applause of heaven echoes in eternity.

-Gloria Furman

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Annaleece is here | Greenville, SC photographer

March 26th, 2014

Pruitt…party of 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Annaleece is HERE and we are so excited!  Philip and Ashley are good friends of our’s and we have all been anxiously awaiting the birth of their first little girl.  When there son was born, 2 1/2 years ago, I got the call on the way out of town for a week […]

 

Pruitt…party of 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Annaleece is HERE and we are so excited!  Philip and Ashley are good friends of our’s and we have all been anxiously awaiting the birth of their first little girl.  When there son was born, 2 1/2 years ago, I got the call on the way out of town for a week of vacation.  I was SUPER BUMMED that I would not get to visit the Pruitts in the hospital for the birth of their firstborn.  This time, I was determined to get there and I certainly did!

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Brett and Sarah | March 1, 2014 | Greenville, SC wedding photographer

March 17th, 2014

Some weddings just ooze wonderful…the people, the venue, the food, the bridal party…everything about the day is a pleasure and completely enjoyable.  My 2014 wedding season started off right with one of those weddings.  Brett and Sarah, the epitome of a wonderful couple, could not have chosen a better day or location to get married.  […]


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Some weddings just ooze wonderful…the people, the venue, the food, the bridal party…everything about the day is a pleasure and completely enjoyable.  My 2014 wedding season started off right with one of those weddings.  Brett and Sarah, the epitome of a wonderful couple, could not have chosen a better day or location to get married.  The weather was perfect and the Gassaway Mansion was beyond ideal for a wedding venue.  The decor, the flowers, the food…they did everything and they did it beautifully.  I cannot recommend this wedding venue enough…BRIDES…run, don’t walk, to book this location!

Brett and Sarah decided to do a first look, which gave us plenty of time to get pictures done beforehand, leaving the rest of the evening to celebrate with their friends and family.  Sarah didn’t have a long list of pictures she wanted taken, instead she gave me total artistic freedom and trusted me to capture her day.  For a photographer who loves to tell the story of someone’s wedding day, this is HUGE!  Knowing the bride trusts me to do what I do, makes my job much easier!

Brett and Sarah, I wish y’all the absolute BEST!  You are a joy to be around and I know God has great things in store for you! Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to capture such an important day in your lives.  It was my pleasure!

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story, and put us in with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say, ‘Enjoy your place in my story.  The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you.’”

-Donald Miller

*THANK-YOU, Kelli, for second shooting!!!!!  You are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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10 on 10 | March 2014 | Anderson, SC photographer

March 10th, 2014

I am so excited about this blog post y’all!  About a month ago, I got an e-mail about joining up with a great group of photographers to do a monthly 10 on 10 project.  The object is to post 10 pictures on the 10th of every month that will give others a glimpse into my […]

 

I am so excited about this blog post y’all!  About a month ago, I got an e-mail about joining up with a great group of photographers to do a monthly 10 on 10 project.  The object is to post 10 pictures on the 10th of every month that will give others a glimpse into my crazy, fun, hard, grace-needing, wild life!  My initial reaction was to say NO…I didn’t want to add one more plate to all the others I feel like I am constantly spinning.  Before I had a chance to respond, though, I was reminded of the desire I have had in the past few months to take more pictures of MY children.  My computer and memory cards are full of pictures of other people…people I have enjoyed photographing and who have all become friends, but they are not pictures I can hang on my own walls because that would be kind of weird.  I love the people I get to work with and I think they are beautiful, but in 50 years my kids aren’t going to sit down with my computer and want to flip through files of someone else’s wedding.  I want to take more pictures of the people I am closest to, the people I am with all of the time, the people I love more than anyone or anything else…Matt, Marlee, Gretta, and Phen.  Once I realized this project aligned with what I had already been feeling, I decided I needed to jump right in! Thank-you so much, Anna, for including me in this.  I am truly grateful!!!!!!!! :)

So, folks, this is it!  The very first of my 10 on 10 project!  I hope you enjoy getting to know us a little better by peeking into what we do all day, everyday!  I would be honored if you would come back and visit on April 10…May 10…June 10…and so on, and so on! :)

“Our Maker did not create only the robin and the trout but streams and skies full of wonder, splendor, and variety. The sun never paints the same mural twice. Every moment, each step to the left, and we see new hues of majesty on the horizon. He does not only design the snowflakes that will be admired, but He uniquely crafts the ones that will melt into the muddy spring slurry unnoticed. He gave us every fruit bearing tree to eat from, save one. There is no stern look on his face as we enjoy both the apple and the pear. He has spared nothing from us, not even his Son. We have been given “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and “the richness of his grace, which he lavished upon us.”

-Melissa McDonald

*When you’re done browsing here, please head over to Jordan Parks Photography for some more fun! :)

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bowling with the hervieux family | Greenville, SC family photographer

February 27th, 2014

Sarah is getting married on Saturday.  Before she even got engaged, she contacted me about giving her family a gift certificate for Christmas to do some family photos.  In a really cool act of God’s providence we ended up having to do the pictures last Saturday, one week before she will move out of her […]


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Sarah is getting married on Saturday.  Before she even got engaged, she contacted me about giving her family a gift certificate for Christmas to do some family photos.  In a really cool act of God’s providence we ended up having to do the pictures last Saturday, one week before she will move out of her home and marry Brett.  The most exciting part of this for me was that we did the session at the bowling alley, one of the Hervieux’s favorite spots.  They’ve always bowled together…it’s their thing.  They have a lot of memories that involve bowling shoes, pizza, and 70′s carpet.  What better way to spend the Saturday before your firstborn gets married, than to do the thing you’ve enjoyed as a family for years!  This Saturday Brett will be joining the Hervieux family bowling league and they couldn’t be more excited! :)

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The Dragos (and Grimsleys & Johnsons) take Disney | December 2013 | Orlando, FL photographer

February 14th, 2014

I have so many things I could say about our trip to Disney World back in December.  First of all, for those of you who haven’t already read this on Instagram, I want to give you a little background on how this trip came to be (this is in my sister, Jennifer’s, words-without her emoticons […]


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I have so many things I could say about our trip to Disney World back in December.  First of all, for those of you who haven’t already read this on Instagram, I want to give you a little background on how this trip came to be (this is in my sister, Jennifer’s, words-without her emoticons :) )…

Now that the long awaited Disney trip is over, I realized I was never able to explain this hashtag we kept using… #bubbysdisneytrip2013 . And since I have had many of you ask, I wanted to take a minute to explain. Back in January of 2012, to make a long story short , my dad, grandmother, myself and j&e had all gone to Anderson to be with the twins/families for the weekend. While there, the subject of my dad’s retirement had come up. We jokingly asked when it was EVER going to happen. He said that he was thinking about possibly retiring the Fall of 2013. We started joking about what we should do for his retirement and he said “Do NOT throw me any kind of party or any of that mess!” And so then we were like, well…what CAN we do?!?! Hmmm…And someone reluctantly threw out “Let’s all go to Disney World”!!! And he paused – and we were like is he really entertaining the idea??!! – and he said “that sounds good…go ahead and plan it…but you know you’re going to be spending up your inheritance!” We all laughed and said “DADDY! We would much rather spend it with you here then after you are gone!!!” I remember it VIVIDLY. Well, as most of you know, not even a month later, he found out he had stomach cancer. He battled it for the next seven months. We never mentioned the trip again but it was in the back of our minds the entire time. And then he passed away on September 12, 2012. Last spring (2013), that weekend/the trip came up and the twins and I agreed that we HAD to make it happen. The last time we talked to Daddy about it, he said to plan it and so we knew we had to. And that’s why all the pictures had #bubbysdisneytrip2013 . Words will never describe how much we miss our Dad. But we have now added another memory/time we will think of him and it’s when we see/hear about anything Disney! We love you SOOO much, Daddy…thanks for sending us to Disney! :)

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So, as you can see, this Disney trip was very important to us.  Although our dad was not with us physically, he was still very much a part of our trip…the biggest part actually.

Another thing I realized about this vacation is that vacations are kind of like weddings…they are really expensive and they go by very quickly, so you need to take lots of pictures.  I had actually decided I wasn’t going to take my camera on this trip.  I really wanted to be present during our vacation…if you’re a photographer or photography hobbyist, you know what I’m talking about.  I didn’t want my camera to control me while we were at Disney, keeping me from really experiencing every minute with our kiddos.  It wasn’t until the day before that I decided to pack it, and I am SO glad I did!  Like my wedding day, our trip is already kind of a blur…when you are running around multiple parks with 6 adults and 8 kids under the age of 8, stopping to smell the roses is not really an option.  I am SO thankful for the pictures I took (this is only about 1/3 of them…yikes)…going through these was like being at Disney all over again.  I laughed when I saw the popcorn pictures and remembered how Jennifer was dying for some popcorn and not 2 minutes after she finally got it, Jack knocked the whole box out of her hand trying to get a piece for himself.  I laughed so hard I nearly wet my pants! :)  Then I laughed again when I saw the pictures of the kids eating their Dole Whips, remembering that Jennifer purchased 2 for Jack and Ella, but when she got out of the line, she realized Jason had taken Jack and Ella to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, so she was left with 2 melting cups of ice cream…it was hilarious!  So, maybe you had to be there, but we were there, and now because of all the pictures we took, we can actually remember what happened! :)  The blessing of it all, is that I really only had my camera out about 50% of the time and I did not feel bound to it at all…I was so thankful that capturing some great moments didn’t keep me from actually experiencing them, too!

So, here are some pictures from our trip!  The majority of them were taken with a baby strapped to my chest in lighting that was less than ideal, but I wouldn’t trade a single one of these! :)

By the way, if you want to take a photographer with you to Disney World so you can actually be in some of your vacation pictures, I’m for hire!  Really…I’m serious!  Sign me up!!!!!!! :)

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Brett and Sarah | November 23, 2013 | Greenville, SC engagement photographer

November 26th, 2013

Whenever I do engagement photos I get nostalgic.  It never fails.  I think back to the night that Matt and I drove to Sears, me in my ribbed turtleneck and Matt in his tan sweater with blue lines…we really did that…for our own engagement photos.   I remember a lot more than just what we were […]


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Whenever I do engagement photos I get nostalgic.  It never fails.  I think back to the night that Matt and I drove to Sears, me in my ribbed turtleneck and Matt in his tan sweater with blue lines…we really did that…for our own engagement photos.   I remember a lot more than just what we were wearing, though.  I remember how I had no idea what I was about to get into.  I thought marriage was going to be awesome because Matt was awesome and I just knew life was going to be fun with a capital F from then on.  Without going into the entire history of our marriage, let me just say that it has not always been fun…we have faced a lot…together…we have been blindsided and gone through the trenches…together…we lost my dad and are still walking through that…together.  When I think back to those engagement photos I am thankful because that girl was completely oblivious to what was about to hit her and I’m not sure she would have gone forward, BUT, this girl would have told her she better keep going because she was about to enter the best days of her life.  Things may not have gone exactly the way I thought they were going to, but 10 years later, there is one thing that has defined our marriage and that is this…God is FAITHFUL with a capital F!  He took 2 kids…one in a ribbed turtleneck and the other in a matching sweater…and purposed to grow us closer to each other, but ultimately to HIM.  I LOVE marriage because I love how God puts His glory on display…on the mountaintops and in the valleys.  I LOVE my husband a gazillion times more than I did 10 years ago…I never imagined that could happen.  I didn’t know the plans God had for us, but as I reflect on them now, I get excited about what’s to come.  He is Good.  He is Faithful.  He is for us.  He is the mastermind behind this wonderful thing we call marriage.

So, that might explain why I love shooting weddings and engagements…secretly I know what these folks are in for, and it’s gonna be fabulous with a capital F! :)

Meet Brett, a talented graphic designer (check his etsy store out here), and Sarah, a gifted photographer (check her facebook page out here).  I am so excited to see what the future holds for this sweet couple.

The most ultimate thing to see in the Bible about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. Most ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It is designed by God to display his glory in a way that no other event or institution is. -John Piper

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Jimmy and Micaela | November 2, 2013 | Table Rock, SC engagement photographer

November 12th, 2013

Micaela and I met for the first time a couple of months ago, but it seems like I have known her forever.  I shared that with her when we got together for engagement photos, and Jimmy chimed in that everyone feels that way with Micaela.  This is a sweet couple, folks.  Jimmy is a true […]


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Micaela and I met for the first time a couple of months ago, but it seems like I have known her forever.  I shared that with her when we got together for engagement photos, and Jimmy chimed in that everyone feels that way with Micaela.  This is a sweet couple, folks.  Jimmy is a true southern gentleman and Micaela is vibrant and genuine.  Together they are tons of fun!

They drove from Florence to meet me at Table Rock and we walked from one beautiful spot to another.  We were there on the perfect Saturday surrounded by the colors of fall.  I could have followed them with my camera all day long!

Jimmy and Micaela, thanks for choosing me to document such an important time in your lives.  I can’t wait until July! :)

Marriage is not mainly about being or staying in love.  It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives.  It’s about portraying something true about Jesus Christ and the way he relates to his people.  It is about showing in real life the glory of the gospel.

-John Piper

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Jordan and Jessica | Greenbrier Farms | Easley, SC wedding photographer

November 8th, 2013

I knew I wanted to shoot this wedding the moment I received the e-mail from Jessica inquiring about my pricing.  I could tell she had a sweet spirit and I was sure that her wedding would be special.  A few weeks after that first e-mail, we met for dinner and I seriously felt like I […]


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I knew I wanted to shoot this wedding the moment I received the e-mail from Jessica inquiring about my pricing.  I could tell she had a sweet spirit and I was sure that her wedding would be special.  A few weeks after that first e-mail, we met for dinner and I seriously felt like I was part of the family.  I’m pretty sure we ate and talked for almost 3 hours…we only stopped because the restaurant was closing.

When I arrived that Saturday morning I expected the usual hustle and bustle that surrounds any bride on the day of her wedding.  This day was different, though.  Jessica, her mom, and her friends were relaxed and joyful, soaking in every minute that was quickly leading up to when she would marry Jordan.  They were talking, laughing, and picking lettuce out of the garden for sandwiches before heading to the farm…it felt like an ordinary Saturday at home.  It’s strange to say, but I feel like I almost floated through the entire day as my camera was drawn to the genuine interactions that were occurring all around me.  I left that night feeling refreshed and not the least bit exhausted.

The ceremony and reception took place at Greenbrier Farms in Easley, SC.  I cannot recommend this place enough.  The food they serve is fresh from the farm and AMAZING…seriously AMAZING!  It is quaint and rustic and in my opinion, a perfect wedding location from start to finish!

Jessica’s ceremony was supposed to take place out by a beautiful tree in the middle of an open field, where her father and family had done a wonderful job decorating, BUT, it rained.  It wasn’t supposed to rain, but the sky opened up right around start time, so it quickly became an indoor wedding. Everyone handled the sudden change with such ease and grace that you would have never known that was not the original plan! The rain cleared up during the ceremony, so we were able to load the entire bridal party into a minivan and head up to the field so we could at least get a few shots for Jessica and her family to remember.

Jordan, Jessica, and your families…Thank-you for giving me the opportunity to share in one of the most important days of your lives.  I have no doubt that God has been at work in you individually and is now knitting you closer to one another and to Himself.  I am thankful I was able to play a small part in your story.

And last, but not least, thank-you to my second-shooter extraordinaire, Kelli Naisang! :)

Spiritually discerning spouses can see a bit of what God sees in their partners, and it excites them.  The rest of the world sees us wrinkling up, but using marriage’s powers in the grace of Jesus, we see each other become more and more spiritually gorgeous.  We are clothing, washing, adorning each other.  And someday the whole universe will see what God sees in us. 

What we should say to each other on our wedding day is, ‘As great as you look today, someday you will stand with me before God in such beauty that it will make these clothes look like rags.’”

-Timothy Keller

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