Every bride deserves to be treated like royalty, and royalty deserve to be placed in a castle. That was the case for Nikki’s bridal portrait session.Read More
Jason and Jada are the kind of couple you can just take a glance at and say, “yeah, they deserve each other.” You can see for yourself. They are some of the most radiant and infectious people out there.Read More
We did our best to work around the rising waters and murky environment, but it just goes to show how beautiful love makes the the world seem.Read More
This wedding was truly one of the most intimate and most touching ones I have ever done, and not just because of the sweet sentiments, the beautiful sights, and gorgeous people, but because of how connected I felt. She’s shot weddings with me before, and now the time came for me to shoot hers.
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Imagine having a playlist for your life; a soundtrack filled with songs and sounds just for you. For Tim and Caroline, some of the most musically gifted people around, they’re soundtracks contain plenty of love songs and laughter. This engagement shoot is just a snapshot of the lives they have, and will soon share.Read More
Some of the most beautiful things in life are small, intimate moments that only few bare witness. That was the case for the wedding of two joyous and loving people. A touching way to kick off the new year, Jill and Brady Stoever said their vows on the historic and scenic Conway River Walk in front of an audience of one: me. What the ceremony lacked in numbers, it was made up for in spirit and laughter.Read More
Dustin and Melina are missionaries and are from two completely different sides of the world, but through their calling they met in a foreign place doing work for God and fell in love. Melina if from the island of Cypress and Dustin is from right here in South Carolina. They decided to have their wedding here at Upper Mill Plantation and it was a wonderful experience to see them promise their lives to each other.Read More
I grew up in Conway, South Carolina and maybe it's just the southerner in me, but I love hometown church weddings. I find them so elegant and meaningful to the couple. It's pretty awesome to get married in the same church you grew up in. That was the case here for Tamara and Zach who had a beautiful June wedding with all of their friends and family.Read More
It's so much fun to see young couples tie the knot. There was so much excitement and love between them that it made for a gorgeous dayRead More
Trisha and Pat's wedding day was so much fun for everyone involved. Having the ceremony in Holden Beach and then the reception at the Brick Landing Plantation, made for a wonderful array of scenery for the entire day. It's interesting, and very enticing for beach weddings, that the ceremony site on the beach there is a good distance from the water and in between dunes to allow less wind to disrupt and still allow for plenty of seated guests. What a beautiful day that I was honored to be a part of!Read More
Wildberry Farm is so much fun for both portrait sessions and weddings. There are so few venues in the Myrtle Beach area that provide so many different types of places for inspiration in one location! From a luxurious loft apartment to wooded nature walks to the beautiful barn reception hall. One of my absolute favorite things on property is this beautifully placed swing right outside of the loft! With all the amazing places around the Wildberry property, my client Shannon wanted to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery for her bridal portrait session.Read More
Trisha + Pat, two newly engaged Myrtle Beach visitors, wanted their engagement photos to portray themselves in a place they enjoyed: the Market Common. This location has proven to be simple, yet diverse in all that it has to offer. Having little to no setup time, the Market Common is packed with photography gold, ranging from modern colorblocked walls to the natural serenity of Valor Park. On top of that, shots of warm brick, walls of ivy, column-and-lattice walkways, and flowing fountains offer stunning backdrops to couples of every kind, for any occasion. Located very near Surfside and Murrells Inlet, Trisha + Pat felt right at home in one of their favorite destinations nestled in the heart of the Grand Strand.Read More
This North Myrtle Beach bridal portrait session was simply magical! The beautiful scenery at The Surf Club made for an amazing evening as golden hour set in.
Heather found her dress at David’s Bridal and her grandmother made the beautiful flower arrangement for her bouquet. Heather and her fiancé Chris were also married at the Surf Club months later for a gorgeous spring ceremony over looking the golf course and ponds.
If you are looking for an amazing location in the North Myrtle Beach area, I highly suggest this wonderful venue!
This Myrtle Beach destination wedding at Breakers Resort created a magical day for Albert and Cheryl Rosa. In fact, Cheryl’s unique personality showed through with her handcrafted bouquet and use of a vintage car. It doesn’t stop there, as it is also sure to put a smile on your face when you realize their dog plays an important role in their bridal party.
It was a beautiful day in North Myrtle Beach as the Wojcik couple renewed their vows with their son as their lead the ceremony for his parents. They couldn’t have chosen a more stunning location then North Beach Plantation. It was a simple yet lovely ceremony that will forever mean the world to them as they continue their lives together!
If you are looking for a luxurious venue for a wedding of any size, look no further than 21 Main and North Beach Plantation!
This beautiful South Carolina wedding was a wonderful treat and perfect example of the southern charm that comes standard with down home weddings. They were such a sweet couple and easy to photograph which made for a ton of fun. The dress was found at Amanda's Collection in Conway, South Carolina and floral arrangements by Granny's Florist.Read More
Being one of the last events of my 2014 season, this beautiful Christmas time wedding was absolutely a blast. With all the fun that 2014 came with, it was wonderful to end on such a great note. At Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, the couple said their vows and had a wonderful reception that followed. My good friend, Pastor Jeff Dunn of Christ United Methodist Church officiated the ceremony and did a wonderful job with an emotional message that made everyone's hearts swell. I think my favorite moment was when he took the opportunity to charge the crowd with praying for the couple and their upcoming life together, then asked the couple to turn around and see all the hands raised of those willing to commit to helping strengthen the bond these two were creating. All in all a wonderful day and I think everything turned out beautifully.
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Now I could sit here and list everything I think is so perfect about Brookgreen Gardens, but looking at these photos, I doubt I will have to explain what is so special about the once rice plantation. The trees, the foliage, everything makes this place the perfect wedding venue in any season.
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Lowcountry weddings are always special to me. Don't really know why I am so encapsulated by it, but there is something about the mixture between the inlet, beach life and southern hospitality that makes me feel at home. One place that is a wonderful example of what the lowcountry has to offer, is Pawleys Plantation. With a wonderfully appointed reception hall and accompanying rooms, it's perfect for almost any size wedding.
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I've always been somewhat of a gear nut. Not that I always thought I needed the best to be the best, but just that I really liked versatility in my equipment. Gear lust is something that every photographer deals with at some point or another, so I figured I would share a few details of what I have and have not utilized to its best ability.
I feel like I'm at the point right now that I could make use of just about any lens, so I am starting to focus on what I use more of and how I can utilize them better to improve my overall photography.
The first piece of gear that I want to talk about in this series is my sigma 70-200mm 2.8 Lens. I was a year in to my photography career when I was really itching to get a big aperture zoom. All the big boys swore by them, so I figured that I needed one too. Don't get me wrong it's a wonderful lens, with the fast 2.8 aperture and heavy build, it made my kit zoom look like a toilet paper roll and a couple of magnifying glasses taped together. I was able to find one used and didn't have to drop a lot of money on it, and it made a wonderful addition to my wedding photography bag.
Fast forward to now and you will find I've come to realize that this might not be the best lens for my use. It was a little soft in focus at both of the hard stops in this range, but I still had learned how to make a good photo with this lens. I primarily used this lens for weddings, but now I shoot with all primes. My compositions have for sure improved since I started "zooming" with my feet. So I decided to sell it.
See the advantage of selling a used lens that you bought used is that you can pretty much getting most of your money back. Lenses retain their value very well and even models such as this which are a few years old still can create a lot of interest. I'm already to put it on craigslist or eBay but I'm running into one problem: i'm scared to sell it. What if I need it later on down the road? What if I start to miss it, and I don't have it? These and many other questions are what have been plaguing me over the last few days, and I haven't come to a direct conclusion so I figured I would weigh out the pros and cons
It's not in the way we're taking up too much space
I still have confidence that I can take great pictures with it
It is a very versatile zoom range
The lens is getting a little old and is starting to lose value
I don't ever use it
If I want to sell it and need it again down the road, I could find the same model for less money.
It could help fund an upcoming project that is much more important to me
To me it seems that the advantages outweigh the risks and that is why I have decided to sell it. My biggest piece of advice to you would be look at what you have and what you are doing. In my honest opinion, money is better spent on other things than one big piece of gear that could "potentially" increase the quality of your work.
My advice would be to invest in a couple of primes like a 50 and 85. This would put you under half the price of a used 70-200 and provide you with great quality and help you grow your compositional skills quicker and more efficiently.
My camera bag has changed a lot over the years, but I consistently have a wide angle, Standard and telephoto lens. Very rarely do I ever need or use anything other than those. The 70-200 is a bit of a specialty lens in my opinion and if it fits your needs that's wonderful, but don't waste your money if you have to hunt for a reason to use it.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more posts like these!