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
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
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My family has been through some tough stuff, rain and flooding being pretty high on the list. Never thought we would have to go through it again though. I explain most everything in the video but I wanted to add something.
Please be very careful with your words. This is more than just house. It's memories, and hard work and a place where I spent 20 years of my life. 20 years! So before you ask about flood insurance or say that you would just tear it down and move or make some tired joke about lake front property, think about the fact that it's more than 4 walls and a roof. It's a big part of people's lives. Unless you have dealt with something similar, you have no idea what type of heartache that comes with losing a home. So before you comment on someone's photo status or retweet that photo, have compassion for those that are losing their possessions.
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One of the most romantic locations on the Grand Strand would have to be Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in the Murrells Inlet and Pawley’s Island area. With the help of this beautiful scenery these bridal portraits with the stunning Trisha Allen came out marvelously. Her jewelry, gorgeous dress and lovely bouquet all just made the magical qualities of this venue shine that much more! If you are looking for a fun traditional location in the Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet or Pawley’s Island areas make sure to check out Huntington Beach State Park!
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
The south end of the Grand Strand is one of the most beautiful places on earth with it's sweeping marshes and lush forestry, it really makes for a great backdrop for photo sessions. One of the places that sits very high on my recommendation list is Caledonia.Read More
I have always had a love for cameras. I love the way they look, the way they feel. Cameras themselves can be works of art, and in the coming months I hope to show a few of cameras off in some blog posts. One thing about vintage cameras, is that you have to keep them working, running film through them now and again . Moss never grows on a rolling stone. I am the proud owner of a Nikon FG, and though not many people would call it "vintage" It is older than me and I feel that counts. Its a beautiful SLR that has very classic styling that many cameras today are starting to emulate. While leading a street photography workshop not long ago, I decided to shoot with it to give it a little exercise instead of letting it collect dust on a shelf.Read More
South Carolina is home to a great number of State and private parks that allow you really enjoy nature in some of the most serene places we have to offer here in the palmetto state. One of those places is Myrtle Beach State Park. Just south of The Market Common and the end of Ocean Boulevard is a wonderful place to enjoy the beach in it's most natural state. No high rise hotels towering over one side or over crowded beaches, just great fun enjoying nature. There are great hiking and nature trails all throughout the property, not to mention the foliage and wildlife that you will see along the way.
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Conway, South Carolina is my home town and still close to the top of my favorite places to shoot in the whole world. There is just something about the way downtown feels and helps to convey the relaxed nature of the whole town. Though known as a college town, Conway is home to a lot more than just classrooms and sports arenas; it has a beautiful historic downtown area with a riverside boardwalk that makes for a wonderful location for photos!Read More
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a very popular destination for family vacations, everyone knows that. Many families love capturing their vacation in family portraits taken on the beach. It doesn't have to be limited to family portraits though. Meet Becca. She is a rising senior who is very involved in her high school sports. She had a certain vision and I was very glad to help her out with it! I love when a client comes with an idea and also allows me to be creative to come up with something she likes. We ended up shooting under the Springmaid Pier and around The Market Common on the south end of Myrtle Beach. Enjoy!Read More
Conway, South Carolina is my home town and where I spent the first 23 years of my life. Though I only live 20 minutes away now, I don't get the opportunity to see many people that I grew up with. It's nice to catch up with people I haven't seen in forever and help them back up their memories of this time in their life with photos! My friends Adam, Christian and their son Emerson were a ton of fun to photograph!Read More
One of my ongoing projects is to show the world the Myrtle Beach that is visible only when the bright lights of the boulevard fade away. Over 14 million people visit us every year but only 20,000 of us are here to see what happens when everyone else leaves. Though the main goal of my project is to show everyone's favorite spots in Myrtle Beach completely abandoned, I couldn't help but photograph this old building on it's last leg.
This Motel is one of the few left standing from the golden era of the Grand Strand. The Tradewinds name is now used in much newer structures, but this old building has been long forgotten by travelers coming through. Being condemned due to asbestos, the place has fallen apart and is now only used to house what looks to be construction materials for what I am sure is another property. I will be surprised if this place last until next year.
Don't get me wrong, I love my town; the excitement and fun that takes place here made for a great place to grow up. I hate that Myrtle Beach is seen by the public so often as dirty place with shows like "Myrtle Manor" and "Party Down South" and headlines that create nicknames for the city such as: Murder Beach or Dirty Myrtle. My hope is that through this project, I can do my part to help Myrtle Beach be seen on all sides, not just the glitzy and glamorous, and not just the dirty broken down places but everything. The way I see it.
Myrtle Beach is home to all kinds of attractions for people to come visit; permanent places that sit empty when the crowds go home. Though there are plenty of places like that, there is always one type of entertainment that goes to the crowd: the traveling circus. Traveling circus troupes have been a tradition for hundreds of years in one way or another and it's nice to see such an old piece of history being honored even in today's busy digital world.
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There are places all over Myrtle Beach that you can set your blanket but if you are not careful, you will have to pay out the nose to park your car trying to get there. In the downtown area, the resort section is littered with pay to park lots and parking meters. Most places will make you pay by the hour, but sometimes, you can get lucky and find a place that asks for $20 for the whole day. Though, even if you find a reasonable place to park your car here, if your headed to the beach you are then going to be surrounded all day by other families and way too much foot traffic.Read More
In my new project of my favorite photo I have taken over the last week. This photo is one I took when shooting some street photography at Broadway At The Beach here in Myrtle Beach. Broadyway is tourism attraction and the favorite hot spot for many people when visiting the grand strand. Having a flash of great weather last week I decided to go and take some photos and was pretty happy with the way this one turned out. Thanks for watching!
A quick photo description of my new vehicle. It's nice to finally be in something with enough space for what I need!
See the photos in better detail here!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jhucksphoto/sets/72157641537220185/
Traveling is something that I feel I was made to do. I have had many opportunities to see different parts of the world, but still one of the easiest ways to feed my addiction is picking a place fairly close to me that allows me to get a couple hours away from home and immerse myself in a culture that is different than my own. Charleston is a beautiful old city and is very well known for it's historical significance here in the south.
Home to numerous colleges including the Citadel and the College of Charleston, a day in there is filled with just as many slouchy beanies and fixed gear bikes as there are seersucker suits and mint juleps. Make sure to watch the video and enjoy the photos!Read More
Inspiration can be found anywhere. Everyone has a different type of muse. I myself, like to consume different types of visual media. I am a big video nerd and I love the television show style medium. Even if I am working on something else, I would rather listen to dialog from a show I have watched five times than the top 40 pop charts. I also love podcasts and YouTube channels that talk on certain subjects pertaining to my profession. One thing I heard the other day while describing the visual mediums that I am so fond of was the phrase "staggeringly simple", and I feel inspired to implement this in to my work. Zack Arias, I believe hit the nail on the head with his signature phrase "More Signal. Less Noise". The less noise in my photography the better, and I don't mean the type that comes with high ISO. I am now at the point in my photography where I feel it is time to start spending more energy developing my style and how I want my images to be produced. Technique is one thing and I know how important it is, but I will spend the rest of my life developing the types of photos I produce. Now style is more than just a combination of certain techniques added together in a specific way. Two guitarists can play the same chord progression and produce completely different songs. It's more than just color or black and white. Though I shoot all types of photos, I want there to always be an underlying theme: Simplicity.
On February 15th, the Myrtle Beach Marathon did not goes as easily as it had in the past. The 6:30 AM start was cold, raining and a pretty strong wind. By 8 AM many of the runners were passing through the first check point, a quarter of the way through the 26 mile run. I chose a place that was not very popular for the press as to get photos that others didn’t. The Market Common is a place that I work for and also one of the companies I was shooting for on Saturday. I loved capturing the faces of those working so hard and I hope to do more of this type of work in the future. Enjoy the photos!Read More