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Now that the munchkins are back in school, I’m catching up on editing family sessions. I’ve met so many fun families from around the country the past few months! Anyone else been staying up too late watching the Olympics? I wanted to share a glimpse of what’s been on my monitors. Here’s an assortment gold medal family photography of those who have excelled in events not yet recognized in world-class international athletics.

What a summer for Team USA!

Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Goofy Facemaking

The competition in the cousin class is always robust!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Lowcountry Fishin’

This category no longer requires a bamboo pole, and this young chap has elevated pond fishing with newer technology and a megawatt smile.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Lawn Twirling

Color, curls and whimsy from this duo inspired a new high score from the Mt. Pleasant judge!
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Furry Photobombing

This dog made record time from ocean swim to befriending strangers and shaking wildly before retreating back to the sea.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Parental Tot Launching

As usual, there was stiff competition (and belly laughs galore) in both the pool and ocean categories.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical
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Family Wave Jumping

Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Synchronized Swinging

These girls nailed it and incorporated an impressive triple twist, with a dog, in their dismount. You should have seen it!
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Sassiest Posing

This crew’s score was boosted with the added difficulty of ditching crutches after a skimboard injury earlier in the week. Flamingo-hopping to ocean’s edge (at low tide) required incredible focus!
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Mom Squeezing

Perfect form and stellar execution in hug quality and mama’s haircut.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Team Color Scheme

Only this mom would be savvy enough to anticipate a passing container ship and have her family sporting a matching color palette. Gold!
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Ensemble Vibrance, Men’s

Competition is more heated in the women’s race, but this father-sons team has raised the bar!
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Finally, some gold medal family photography starring my own clan! Like the cobbler’s kids who wander shoeless, the photographer’s family remains pictureless until this gal catches up on her work. Thankfully, the Hudson team’s expanding teen population and a hardworking batch of iPhones ensured some instant gratification. The adult family members are a well-rounded crew, scoring well in spike ball, bocce ball, beach frisbee, paddleboarding and wiffle ball. Sadly, my green jacket at Pirate’s Cove mini golf is undocumented, and my cartwheeling skills did not result in a medal.

Lifeguard Stand Commandeering


My kids and their cousins excel in this, year after year. This event is followed by Lifeguard Stand Leaping, which results in squeals of delight followed by twisted ankles.
Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Artful Beach Leaping

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Boogie Boarding, Execution

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Boogie Board Modeling

Charleston family photographer's colorful family beach vacation.

Synchronized Bubble Blowing

More colorful and skilled each year, the dozen cousins win the best all-around!Gold medal family photography is fun, colorful and whimsical

Keep bringing those medals home, and contact me when your athletes are ready for a gold medal family photography session.

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It’s been a busy summer chock full of family sessions, which are always fun. But it’s time to share a favorite spring affair. I absolutely loved documenting Déla and Joe’s intimate island wedding! She’s a graphic designer for the Charleston City Paper, and she met her Irish husband at a conference in Belgium. This pair is so gracious and low-key, and I love how they chose quality over quantity.

About 25 of their favorite people traveled from Ireland, Kansas and places in between to witness this enchanting international wedding in the warm, salty air. Friends strung garland and soaked up sun while mingling with family members. The caterers from Divine Catering took over the kitchen and set tables for a delicious porch supper. Other than her hair appointment and the ceremony time, the day flowed effortlessly with little concern over timelines and compulsory elements. So completely refreshing!

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Charming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithJoseph and Déla’s mothers in their charming floral dresses, perfect for seaside!Charming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithCharming, small barrier island wedding © Carolina PhotosmithIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PShe found her dreamy Justin Alexander gown at Bridal House of Charleston. Joseph’s suit is from 319 Men on King Street. Hair and makeup by Salon Latitude on Isle of Palms. Intimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PIntimate island wedding with Atlantic Ocean views © Carolina PBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestHer gown was made for twirling, right? She wore two rings: her engagement ring and an Irish Claddagh on her right hand, symbolizing love and loyalty.Beach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and candlelit supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestBeach twirls and supper on a screened porch by the sea. CharlestA guest helps prep the floor for dancing by trying to work magic to break down the tables in the blink of an eye. Simple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaYes, there was stargazing. Every wedding make room for this in the timeline!Simple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSimple, lovely small island wedding near Charleston © CarolinaSo there you have it. Less can indeed be more! Didn’t you love this intimate island wedding? More time interacting with the special people you invited; more time to soak up wedded bliss without being ushered from one timeline element to the next; more time for your photographer to document your surroundings, create portraits in lovely light and capture candids. If you know of someone planning a small wedding, please share my name and this blog post with them. Thank you, Déla and Joe, for trusting me to photograph your easy, breezy day!

For another take on a small wedding with big style, see Mandy & Brandon’s rooftop wedding in an historic building on King Street, and reach out when you’re in need of  wedding and family photography. Cheers!

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  • Alyssa - What a lovely wedding! Love the stargazing 🙂ReplyCancel

This couple is planning their wedding in Ocean Isle, North Carolina. Since they were engaged here, they had their hearts set on Charleston engagement photos.

We started at Boone Hall Plantation under iffy skies, and the bottom fell out just as we left. Despite the rain delay, we met up the next day to finish our plan for making some Charleston engagement photos in the historic district.

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It’s always fun making pictures in a place that is special to a family. These sweet friends spend lots of time at Hobcaw Yacht Club swimming, serving and socializing. I was glad Bowman could join the fun while we soaked up the last light a couple of days before one of the girls got braces. Let me know when you’re ready for a Mount Pleasant family photography session.

Mount Pleasant family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaMount Pleasant family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaMount Pleasant SC family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaMount Pleasant family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaPretty grins often factor in to when people book family sessions. Even if you can’t find time between the perfect baby teeth smiles, the snaggletooth grins or the tweens and teens with braces, most anytime is good for documenting kids being kids. I hope you’ll reach out when you or your friends are ready for Mount Pleasant family photography. Whether it’s your backyard, a park, a beach or a special island spot, it’s a great time to document the here and now for later.Mount Pleasant family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaMount Pleasant SC family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaHobcaw Creek family photography. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaMount Pleasant family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaHobcaw Creek family photography. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaMount Pleasant SC family photography. Hobcaw Creek. © CarolinaHobcaw Creek family photography. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaHobcaw Creek family photography. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaHobcaw Creek family photography. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaMount Pleasant family photography by Hobcaw Creek. Mount Pleasant SC. © CarolinaOur yacht club is a fun spot! Where else can you learn to sail, join swim team, launch your boat for tubing or fishing, swim as ships and tugboats cruise by and take in amazing Lowcountry sunsets?Hobcaw Yacht Club sunset. Mount Pleasant SC. © Carolina PhotosmithLike this family’s easy, breezy style? Simple, colorful clothing enhances your photos. Coordinate, don’t try and match. Be true to your style and personality. Learn more about how to ditch the white shirts for better photos, and contact me when you’re ready to book. I look forward to hearing from you!

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When I first moved to Charleston (in the last millennium), I wrote marketing content and and press releases for Blackbaud, a company that produces software for nonprofit organizations. Over the years, I’ve met so many people in town who worked there. Liz was one of the few who recalls the Leeds Avenue office before the Daniel Island campus came to fruition. I’m so glad she reached out about Wild Dunes family photography. What a pleasure it was to meet her family and make some fun photos during their beach vacation!

Like many people, she said it had been several years since they arranged a family photo session, and sadly, the photographer they used last never delivered their photos. We hit various spots around the Grand Pavilion at the resort and made the most of our time together. Her boys are adorable!

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If your family or friends are vacationing around Charleston, I’d love to help! Reach out here to book a Wild Dunes family photography session. Here are some other family sessions downtown, at Boone Hall and on other area beaches. Happy summer!

 

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