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Last weekend, I took my seven-year-old daughter on a memory-making adventure in New York City. It was her first plane trip (unless you count a couple of short hops on Vintage Air from Jacksonville, Florida to the Abacos when she was ten months old). In fact, it was a weekend of firsts (taxi, subway, pedicab, Broadway show) and utter disregard for veggie counts and bedtimes.

I took today’s Faceless Friday feature after an elevator whisked us to the 67th floor of Rockefeller Center for breathtaking 360-degree views. We timed it perfectly: I purchased our tickets in advance for the slot twenty minutes prior to sunset. We saw the whole city in daylight as it transformed into a pristine autumn evening. It’s crowded up there, but don’t let that stop you. The view is well worth it, the staff is very efficient (they move 20,000 people to this rooftop on an average day) and everyone is pretty good about sharing a people-free spot with their neighbor. A definite highlight of our trip! Get to the Top of the Rock, y’all. That’s the Empire State Building on the left.

Faceless Friday by Carolina Photosmith, Silhouette Sunset at the Top of the Rock NYC

  • Liz Houston - Love this! So glad y’all had a great time!ReplyCancel

It’s still Friday, so I can post this even though everyone is done killing time in front of computers for the day. It’s happy hour! Time to kick off the weekend, and I hear fall weather is really and truly just around the corner. (Please?)

Speaking of good times, here’s a glimpse of Vanessa and Rob, kicking off their married life with a little happy hour Chesapeake style. They wed on the lawn beneath a threatening sky at Love Point at Kent Island, and while guests were enjoying cocktail hour, the dynamic duo stole a moment to soak in their wedded bliss. They were really just getting psyched about dinner and some QT on the dance floor with guests two and up. Let me just say, these two did NOT need more cowbell, and their on-stage chemistry reminded me of Sonny and Cher back in the good ol’ days. Way back before politics and that Dancing With the Stars craziness. Many happy returns, y’all!

Faceless Friday portraiture by Carolina Photosmith. Happy Hour on the Chesapeake.

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This handsome couple lives in Southampton, New York, so we didn’t have the pleasure of shooting an engagement session or bridals prior to their wedding weekend. I photographed the rehearsal party at the Carolina Yacht Club the night before the wedding, and the heartfelt toasts gave me a glimpse into why Kendall and Robby make such a great couple. Surrounded by their fun and loving families, lots of buddies from Davidson College and a special celebratory visit by their dog King, Kendall and Robby shared a perfect wedding day in Mount Pleasant.

The girls prepped at the Old Village Post House Inn and donned watermelon frocks by Kay Unger before heading down the street to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Carolina Floral Creations used lots of stargazer lilies mingled with palm fronds in the bouquets and on the doors of the church. The reception was held at the Old Village Post House, where guests ambled between the upstairs buffet, starlit courtyard, tavern and dance floor where Super Deluxe ensured everyone had a blast. Congrats, Kendall and Robby. And a hug to your dapper dog!

Wedding morning visit to the bride's home, a quick visit with King
Makeup artist Pamela Lesch applies wedding day makeup to the bride's mother
Pamela Lesch applies wedding day makeup at the Old Village Post House Inn
Bridesmaids and family friends arrive at the Old Village Post House Inn on wedding morning
The gang's all here, prepping in the suite on Kendall's wedding day
Finishing touches for the bride and her mom at the Old Village Post House Inn
Wedding details at the Old Village Post House Inn by Carolina Photosmith
Going to the Chapel by Carolina Photosmith
Handsome couple of Davidson grads prepares for their walk down the aisle
Groomsmen pose outdoors before wedding ceremony at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Watermelon bridesmaids at Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church
Fun with formals with princess bride by Carolina Photosmith
It's time for the wedding processional at this Charleston church
Kendall and Robby make it official at Mt Pleasant Presbyterian Church by Carolina Photosmith
The bride made a tux for the couple's beloved dog, King
Bride and Groom pose with their firstborn, a German Shepard named King
Old Village Post House is a charming Charleston wedding venue
Old Village Post House is a charming Charleston wedding venue
Southern girls love colorful wedding attire. Watermelon and purple!
Best man and minister laugh at The Tale of the Missing Rings
Soaking up the starlight at the Old Village Post House
Newlyweds twirl on the dance floor by Carolina Photosmith
Super Deluxe gets the crowd movin' and groovin' at Old Village Post House
How many Davidson alums can we fit in this corner of the Post House tavern? By Carolina Photosmith
King waits for the newlyweds while guests mingle in courtyard
Dreams do come true for the newlyweds and their beloved dog

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It’s Friday, and it’s the first day of fall! Although we’re still a ways from mulled cider and oyster roasts in Charleston, it is time to don camel cables (camel is all the rage this season) and a snappy beret. My niece Jade was a perfect fit for today, and as I grabbed this photo, I was reminded of “That Girl,” a groovy 60s show where another big-eyed brunette took on life in the Big Apple. Raise your virtual hand if you even know what I’m talking about.

If not, check out the show intro or the rest of my Faceless Friday images. I love how even photos without faces can convey a vibe and give you a glimpse into the subject’s personality. Stay tuned for a full blog post featuring my fave four-year-old niece. Maybe you’ve seen her in this season’s Nautica campaign. (They change this page up frequently, but today’s shot includes another faceless view of JadieLou.) Happy autumn weekend!
Tot with Topper and Camel Cables is That Girl. Faceless Friday portraiture by Charleston's Carolina Photosmith.

Contact me to arrange your autumn session full of pumpkins, falling leaves, crisp apples, or just your ravishing smile!


Hurricane Irene, large and moody lady, attempted to thwart my plans to fly to DC and photograph Vanessa’s at-home bridal portraits. I was able to leave Charleston just before the airport delayed some flights, and we enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon with her family in Warrenton, Virginia. Vanessa’s sister (her maid of honor) had just returned to the States, and her mom, grandmother and childhood friend were on hand watching Vanessa’s dress rehearsal. One of the highlights of the bridal portraits was when she let her dad have a first glimpse of her bridal beauty.

The ladies were agog. Dad was gobsmacked. I was just giddy to be there. It’s a unique privilege to be chosen to document such intimate family moments. I’m grateful to create something lasting for such a wonderful family.

Strapless lace gown and rustic bouquet for bridal portraits in Virginia Sister assists bride with dress rehearsal for wedding portraits Bride collects thoughts, friend delivers bouquet, sister pours champagne First glimpse of bride before she shows her dad her wedding day look Dad

Dad assesses his daughter after seeing her wedding dress rehearsal. Magical moments by Carolina Photosmith Love this fatherly look as Dad approves of his daughter Beautiful backlit black and white bridal portrait in sitting room by French doors Bridal portraits in family home by Carolina Photosmith Bride and Willow series by Carolina Photosmith atuesque bride by willow tree. Natural light portraiture by Carolina Photosmith Grandma is giddy to hold Vanessa A horse is a horse, and a bride is a bride. Portrait by Carolina Photosmith. Bridal portrait collage, hydrangeas, horses Vanessa and Charlie horse. Bridal not bridle. Wedding gown.

Although I usually photograph brides and families throughout the Carolina Lowcountry, I happily embrace changes in topography. Contact Jen to inquire about wedding photography or arrange a portrait session.

  • Jessica Horton - LOVE that you told the “story” of the bridal portrait…. and it wasn’t just about the dress. Yay for the Lavins!ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Ritzy Bee - Beautiful work Jen! Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures! PS – love the picture of Nana too! 😉ReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks so much, Maria! I’m working on the wedding photos. Fantastic wedding! Enjoyed meeting you.ReplyCancel

  • Tall - Cool! Love the documentary side to bridal portraits. Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Leo Druker - Terrific work, Jen. My favorites are the last two – beautifully done.ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - Lovely indeed. You make me feel like I was there!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Love the shots in the weeping willow!ReplyCancel

  • Justin - Awesome use of the environment for this bridal session – & that looks like a big, beautiful horse! Great portraits:)ReplyCancel

  • Paul Rowland - GORGEOUS bridal session, especially the black and white curtain picture.ReplyCancel

  • nadine - what a lovely bride.
    and how awesome that you got to shoot with a horse!ReplyCancel

  • Steve Koo - These are lovely! Nice job!ReplyCancel