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catie and ryan: day-after session

exaggerate, romanticize & commit!
Many of you may admit that creating a series of compelling images require, forethought, creativity, technical prowess, dedication and a bit of luck, but what does that mean on the practical-day-to-day level? What does commitment, dedication and forethought look like? And who is required to have more of these at the shoot, the photographer, or those being photographed? Should the photographer have more forethought, but the client more dedication?

It's easy to look at a photograph and say "i could do that", and an entire different thing to actually do it.

One thing I do, is look through today's top magazines, scanning through the ads, and cover shoots, watching for color combinations, retouching nuances, chosen backdrops, and the cohesiveness of the elements in an image, all the while trying to imagine how the shot was executed. This inspires my creativity, and challenges me to give 100% to every shoot I undertake. This is part of my dedication, my forethought, and my continued journey toward creating a better photograph.

If you're the client, what do you do? What is your vision, and what is your dedication level? The pictures you see on this site creates an illusion of simplicity, comfort and ease. Many of the places we shoot have elements that are often uncomfortable to those being photographed. Fields with cow pies, ant hills, thorns and thistles. Weather that's too cold, or flaming hot. And humidity that makes you feel as if a rain cloud is showering under your clothing. But what is good art worth to you? You say you want something different, beautiful and special, but what will you go through to get it?

When we shot the Ryan and Catie out in the field next to the thunderbird, it began to rain. We had rented a 1956 thunderbird and had a half hour to get the pictures we wanted. None of us had planned on it raining. My photography gear is not water proof and can actually be ruined in the rain, not to mention, the only thing worse than high humidity for hair, is a steady downpour.

With the ground becoming mud-soaked every minute, we grabbed some umbrellas, and covered the equipment, while snapping off a series of shots that would later hold a magic we can only thank God for. It was a crazy 30 minutes, and yes, there were times of doubt while shooting, wondering if the rain would ruin the shoot, however, we all dedicated ourselves to the moment, and put forth an effort of perseverance, and were rewarded with an amazing set of images—that, oddly enough, we would not have captured if it had not been raining. The rain was a blessing, but while going through it, felt like a possible disaster.

I encourage each of you to develop a mindset of dedication; doing whatever it takes to get that "something different", all for that piece of beautiful art you will cherish. The more effort you put into something, the more gratitude you have during success. To answer my questions above, it is all our responsibility to help create an amazing image. The photographer may have the vision, but you needs to bring the trust, the willingness, and the dedication to stick with it, even when it rains, or when thorns press through your clothing, and when there are ants biting at your ankles.

We have some of the best client in the world. And yes, if you ask them, they say it's totally worth it!

wishing you well,



the cinematic kiss (and yes, you too can try this anytime, anywhere)

The art of the "dip & kiss" probably started back in "the garden" when Adam in a throe of passion, grabbed eve, showing off the grace in which he could spin, dip and kiss her while wrapped in his arms. Millennia's later we're still striving to achieve the elegance adam proved man could do, if he only put in a little effort toward perfection.

Our story begins high atop the mountains on Lake Keowee, where Ryan proved grace and manly elegance is not lost. (cue the jazz band) .....he saw her on the greene looking out across the field; sun bouncing off her dress, causing it to glow and adding something beyond perfection to an already perfect moment. (yeah, I bet you didn't know that was possible did you?) A cool breeze (most likely in the high 70's & moving about 2mph) added an everglow to the music coming from the end of the clubhouse where he watched a falcon circling some poor rabbit that was about to meet it's end... but I digress. Marching with a swagger a double-O would be jealous of, he wrapped his arms around her waist, pulled her close and in one graceful move, dipped her back and kissed her!


the ruse


Dave and Tiffany: the day-after (creative session)

You may remember Dave and Tiffany, our "New Zealand couple", from an early post. After a beautiful wedding in Thornblade, we had the opportunity to work with them in one of our "day-after" creative sessions. These sessions don't literally need to happen "the day after the wedding", it's just describing that it's usually a post-wedding session.

We offer this shoot to anyone who may want to dress up in their wedding attire again, and take some fashion inspired imagery in a relaxed environment. (It's our version of a trash-the-dress session, without the need to actually trash the dress—unless you want to of course)

These are just some of the beautiful shots we captured that day. Let us know if you'd like to be part of a session like this, and we'd be happy set up your very own personalized session. (After all, who wouldn't want to feel like a model for the day!) :)

much love,


summer wedding & lazy days (day after session)

A session we always love, is our creative sessions (also known as the day after session). This session is usually taken anywhere from the day after a couple's wedding, up to several weeks past their wedding day.

Inspired from the pages of today's top magazines and cinematic masterpieces, we strive to bring a different flavor to these shoots than that of a wedding day. Think of this shoot more as cover shots, and idealized romantic moments capturing the epic-ness of love and romance.

Always fun, and never boring, these sessions are perfect for the newlywed as much as for an anniversary gift of the already married.

The last several posts have featured Alex and Holly, one of our latest couples we've done a wedding for. But don't feel you need to book us for a wedding to get this beautifully-unique photo session. This session is a standalone session, dedicated to those in love, who want something unique and creative to showcase their love for each other.

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