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Cute babies abound! And this 6-month-old reveled in her time at Cherry Point. Her witty mama was a coworker of mine at the Aquarium, so it was fun to reconnect. This baby is soooo relaxed and happy — a fine product of her laid-back parents and homestead in the country. The couple chose the edge of Wadmalaw Island because they’d had engagement photos taken there (long before this babe became their pride and joy.) Kinda tough to figure out which ones to share, but I’ll start with these.

Modeling Handmade Frock (courtesy of doting grandmama)

Modeling Handmade Frock (courtesy of doting grandmama)


Sizing Up the Photographer

Sizing Up the Photographer


Taking in the Blues and Greens

Taking in the Blues and Greens


Serious Babe Lounges on Leaf

Serious Babe Lounges on Leaf


The Family Tree (Sports New Twig)

The Family Tree (Sports New Twig)


And there’s something about wee ones that cries out for a vintage vibe.
A Tisket, A Tasket

A Tisket, A Tasket


And one more for the fans! MK = Doll Baby 😉
A two-fer.  And it's not even Tuesday!

A two-fer. And it's not even Tuesday!

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  • MK's Mom - I can’t stop looking at them! They are awesome, awesome, awesome. I’m going to look for frames this weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Ammons - Jen,

    I am pleasantly surprised at your amazing ability to capture these precious moments during our seemingly casual photo session on Saturday. It was a pleasure getting to know you, and I look forward to an opportunity to have you work with us again in the future. Thanks for these beautiful memories.ReplyCancel

It was a gorgeous May Day afternoon when I headed to a local beach to photograph this young family. Unfortunately, the stiff breeze coming diagonally across the beach did us no favors. Picture four weepy children rubbing their eyes despite our attempts to tuck behind a dune. Even so, we managed some keepers — what a photogenic bunch! Plus, I scored a bonus meeting to take some photos after baby K’s christening later in the weekend.

The Happy Couple

Newly Engaged? Nope! Parents of Youngsters.

Happy Mom

Happy Mom's Day!

Boys at the Atlantic

Boys at the Atlantic's Edge

Blond Sis, Brown Baby

Blond Sis, Brown Baby

A Victorian Look for Miss Plumpalicious

A Victorian Look for Miss Plumpalicious

Christening in the Old Village

Christening in the Old Village

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So I photographed a newborn! Sweet Knox was a sleepyhead most of the morning, which worked out pretty well for capturing some dreamy moments. The biggest challenge may have been that Mom had her hands full with two other tots, an 8-month-old baby girl and Big Brother, who is not quite two. Can you imagine?!? Somehow, this mom of three appeared rested, relaxed and completely calm despite constant diaper changing and toy shifting. Her husband, the youth minister at our church, was with us at the beginning, but after a family shot, he had to head into work. (Just think — in a few more years, they’ll have their own youth group!) Meanwhile, it will be fun to watch these beautiful children grow.

Sweet Dreams!

Sweet Dreams!

Pondering His Window to the World

Pondering His Window to the World

Sweet Adeline has become a Big Sis at just 8 months!

Sweet Adeline has become a Big Sis at just 8 months!

Early Education: Adeline Shares Fish Flashcard

Early Education: Adeline Shares Fish Flashcard

Family in the Garden

Family in the Garden

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With Charleston’s spring break approaching, any families who have opted for a staycation will be looking for ways to fill a few hours. I highly recommend the Center for Birds of Prey as a just-outta-town field trip worth taking! We paid our first visit over the weekend, and it is an impressive facility. Situated on about 150 acres, over one hundred hawks, owls, eagles and friends are housed in cabin-like structures. Guests can join one of two daily tours or just amble along shaded gravel paths, checking out more than 30 species. Our kids oohed and aahed at each enclosure, pointing out the cutest, fluffiest and noisiest birds. The flight demonstrations are really cool, too!

Saker Falcon Sports Dapper Post-Flight Headgear

Saker Falcon Sports Dapper Post-Flight Headgear


Falcon Snags Lure from Bird Handler

Falcon Snags Lure from Bird Handler

We were inspired to make the 20-minute trek after Pearsall (the hubby) smacked into a red-tailed hawk several weeks ago. The poor bird had become one with the grill of his Wagoneer, and he called the Center for help in freeing the injured bird. A volunteer appeared on the scene within minutes to retrieve the hawk and took it to the center’s medical facility. Although “our bird” is still several weeks from being able to see visitors, we look forward to future trips to the center — now that we’re card-carrying members.

My Clan Chats Up the Birds

My Clan Chats Up the Birds


Despite the pristine outdoor setting, picnicking is discouraged (lest you and your lunch become a talon temptation to a turbocharged bird). All the more reason to fill up on fried shrimp and hushpuppies at the nearby Sewee Restaurant before or after your visit.

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  • Nancy - Lovely shots, Jen. What an interesting outing. I can’t help but wonder who’s job it is to make those little leather falcon helmets…ReplyCancel

My last official (paid!) job — prior to becoming a play-at-home mom of two — was working for the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. I learned so much about making wise seafood choices and had the opportunity to photograph and write about local fishermen for a wonderful but short-lived magazine. I handled PR and events for the program, and we coordinated with local chefs who made a commitment to serve more local seafood. A fulfilling role in at least two ways.

Last night, the hubby and I joined some fun friends for a fabulous meal featuring local bounty with a side of education from the fishermen who provided the clams, oysters and vermilion snapper for the feast. It was the first Sustainable Seafood dinner we’ve attended in a while, and we love The Boathouse on Breach Inlet.

I shot the Edible Lowcountry cover for an article about clam farming. The “eat local” mural advertises a local chain that serves local shrimp during the season. I pedaled past it on a recent bike jaunt downtown and loved the colors.

McClellanville Clam Farmer Bob Baldwin

McClellanville Clam Farmer Bob Baldwin


Sustainable Seafood = Fish for the Future

Sustainable Seafood = Fish for the Future

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