Southern Girl Chic Boutique | Simpsonville South Carolina

I'm so blessed and excited that I had the opportunity to work with such beautiful ladies, while we shot some of the spring collection for a cute little boutique on Woodruff Rd in Simpsonville South Carolina, "Southern Girl Chic". You can come in grab a glass of bubbly's and shop till you drop.

It was a very windy and cold day. I was impressed with how well they did, especially with Mary & Jane keeping all of that beautiful Rapunzel hair from covering their faces. We had to send in Laurie back inside at one point because her lips started to turn blue, but she was definitely a trooper. Sally King the owner and Jonet Wooten a local blogger were our rocks. Y'all ladies are amazing. 

It was fun thinking outside the box. We walked next door to a smoothie shop and rearranged their tables and chairs a bit, I promise we put it all back. Drove down the street to a building that had beautiful yellow accents which helped the girls outfits stand out so much more and its a Springy color. Is Springy even a word? We ended up jumping out on the road in front of the boutique for a few group shots before the sun set all the way.

Here are some of my favorites!! Comment, Like, Share, and show the ladies some love!!!

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Another Birthday | Personal Post Greenville, SC

It seems like just yesterday we were watching our son say his first word, take his first step, and yell “Don’t let go!! Don’t let go!!!” when he was learning to ride a bike… I can’t believe that my baby just turned 9 years old!!!

I remember being heartbroken when I found out that I couldn’t have kids; excited and freaked out when I found out I was pregnant because it was not possible, and beyond overjoyed when I held him for the very first time. He has been the biggest blessing in my life, and I Thank God each and every day for giving me such an amazing, sweet and wonderful gift!! Don’t get me wrong he still frustrates me and doesn’t listen at times but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.   

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The other night while I was flipping thru our family pictures I realized how fast time goes by, and I really need to make more of an effort to be in each moment the good and the bad. Looking at the pictures I didn’t see or feel the things we were stressed about or our frustrations. All I felt was the joy and the warm feelings, how cute he was the silly things he was doing. So with tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face; I want to let you all know we made it 9 whole years with God’s wisdom, grace and mercy! And I pray every day for more of it!!

One of my goals for this year is to get our family pictures printed. Make books and plaster pictures all over my house; one can never have enough.  So that even on a bad or stressful day, I can come home, see those pictures and a smile would come to my face.

Alyssa Duwe | Senior Photographer | Furman University | Greenville South Carolina

Graduating is a life changing adventure. Alyssa is a stunning young lady who is starting this new and exciting chapter in her life. Ralph Emerson said “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” Have a blast making new memories and changing lives.  Congratulations sweet girl! I’m excited to share my favorite images from this senior shoot. Class of 2018!!!

Location: Furman University - Greenville, SC

Hair: Uptown Salon - Greenville, SC

Ustimchuk Family | Christmas 2017 | The Barn at Poplar Springs Farm | Moore, SC

4 years ago, Tanya and Vitaliy contacted me for the 1st time for a Christmas photo shoot. I remember I was so excited because they were so sweet, and fun.  At that time they only had Rocky, their sweet little dog. Since then I have had the pleasure of capturing them grow as they added Vitaliy Jr. to their family.

We tried a theme last year, cookies and milk. But Jr. even though he was barely walking, did not want to sit, lay, stand or stay still at all. So this year we decided to skip the props. We had to let him run around a bit and get to know the place, before asking him to do anything.  

Mom and Dad had to do some fun things to make Jr. laugh and smile, because out of all the days Tanya told me, he decided to skip his nap. The sun went down and I pulled out a blanket and little led Christmas lights that I have been dying to use with a toddler. Jr. just celebrated his birthday so he thought that the LED’s were candles, and was trying to blow them out, totally melted my heart. And in the end they all did great, and I got all the shots that I wanted to get.

A huge thanks to “The Barn at Poplar Springs Farm” I love this wedding venue for any kind of shoots, especially families. They have so much to offer, from a newly built beautiful red barn, bridal cabin, gorgeous fields, fences, swing bench, tractors and the views especially at sunset are breathe taking. I can go on forever so I’ll stop here lol. So here are some of my favorites from their photo session. Enjoy!

Monroe Family | Christmas 2017 | Spartanburg SC

I was so excited when Nicole asked me to do a Christmas shoot for her. I have not met Hudson yet and couldn't wait to work this bundle of energy. We ended up going to her sisters back yard in Spartanburg which is absolutely stunning and a photographers dream location. I wonder if she would notice me trying to sneak in a family back there lol.  It was such a perfect cold evening, the leaves were crispy and the sunset was magical. We ended trying to convince Hudson that between McDonalds and Zaxby's; Zaxby's is a better choice. Enjoy my favorites!

The Morgans | Christmas 2017 | Greer, South Carolina

I had such a blast with the Morgans while shooting their Christmas session. With all the crazy work schedules we had to take pictures on Sunday morning, and this was the 1st day where it was freezing in SC! By the time we were done, my fingers were all pins and needles. But they were all troopers and didn't let the cold effect the shoot at all. What a special and Godly family the Morgans are, without words they were able to show the love of Christ. Here are a few of my favorites from their session. 

P.S - I'm definitely investing into some nice gloves for the freezing shoots that are coming my way! Any suggestions?

Spartanburg & Greenville, SC | Christmas Special | 2017

"I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast." -Robert Rodriguez

It's that time of year again, when the weather gets cold, the leave start to fall, and we make beautiful memories with our loved ones. Let’s freeze time and let me capture your family. So when you want to look back and reminiscence on 2017, you will have beautiful pictures to look back at. And with this year’s special you can pass those memories along to your friends and family with the 25 complimentary Christmas cards. To book go to my "CONTACT" page and fill it out! For card design samples keep scrolling down. 

 

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Moore, SC | Engagement Photography | Sergey + Talina | Proposal

When I asked Talina to help me with a stylized photoshoot she did not expect to become an engaged lady by the end of the night!! Her sweet boyfriend came to me and asked what we can do so that she would not suspect that he will propose to her. So we decided on a stylized shoot, and a huge thanks to all the amazing vendors that helped make that special night happen.

It rained the whole day and on the way to the farm we were all praying that it would stop for at least a little bit. Guess what?!?!?! It stopped!!! We were able to get some amazing shots before Serge got on one knee and popped the question. At first she thought that it was part of the photoshoot. But that didn’t last for too long since her best friend which came to help was yelling at her from behind me “THIS IS FOR REAL!!!! ITS FOR REAL!!!!” it was absolutely cute when it finally hit her, and they shared a very sweet moment together, right before it turned dark outside and we went into the barn for a little picnic shoot. Right as we were leaving it started to rain again, what a blessed day and amazing experience it was for me to be a part of that moment and capture it for this amazing couple!!

Farm   -   https://www.thebarnatpoplarspringsfarm.com/

Decor-  https://www.instagram.com/your__special__day/

Makeup-  https://www.instagram.com/makeupbymarinabuzyan/

Chairs-  http://www.noblerentals.com/

SPARTANBURG, SC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | LUDA & ANDREY

Back in September I had the pleasure of capturing Luda and Andrey’s beautiful wedding in Spartanburg, SC.  They are so much fun, always laughing, joking and having a good time. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day and working with the bridal party was such a blast, they were all on a different level of high and excitement.

The wedding decor was the perfect balance between rustic and glamorous with soft whites, eggplant, accents of gold and OMG the floral design!! Check out some of my favorites! 

And a BIG thank you to Ilona Savich for the beautiful hair and makeup.

Morning location: Converse Collage Spartanburg SC

Evening location: Falls Park Greenville SC

Megan Scruggs | Portrait | Spartanburg SC

Megan is such a beautiful girl, inside, and out; I enjoyed every minute of it. She's so full of life, joy, and happiness. We were met by the golden rays of the Carolina's sunset, 85 degrees and fire ants. But... We survived and got some amazing goodness out of it! I hope ya'll enjoy!! "I will walk by faith, even when I can not see"

Vitaliy & Jenna | Family | Jupiter Florida

"The Love in our family flows strong & deep, leaving us memories to treasure and keep" 

What a pleasure it was getting to know this beautiful family, full of unique personalities; not a single dull moment. They flew in from Seattle, WA to Jupiter, Florida for their first stop on their family vacation. Each year Jenna and Vitaliy go to Mexico to minister, help rebuild buildings, helping kids and adults find joy and hope. Its so inspiring to hear the stories and see their passion. I cant wait to see their smiling faces again, hopefully this time around it will be in Seattle.

Makala Miller

It was such a pleasure capturing such a big milestone in Makala's life, graduating high school. I had a blast; she is such a beautiful girl, full of character, and a ball of energy. In between every shot there were jokes, laughs, and trying really hard to keep a straight face.  She has a bright future ahead of her, and I can’t wait to see what accomplishes in the next couple of years. Congratulations miss. Gorgeous! Class of 2016! I can’t wait to capture your next milestone in life.

Brigitte Bartley

"Expand your mind, challenge yourself, learn more, do more and try more. Get enthusiastic, passionate and excited about the unknown. Try something new, visit new places. Simply get out and give it all and you will never stop growing, smiling and loving life." - Brigitte Bartley

This quote describes Brigitte perfectly and the way she lives her everyday life. She has 3 beautiful boy which are sweet, funny, and smart. I enjoyed every min I spend with them. I cant wait to take more pictures of this fun bunch.

Winter Wedding | Spartanburg, SC photographer | David & Ilona

David is from Bellingham, Washington, when he came to visit his family in Spartanburg, South Carolina he met Ilona and they were instantly attracted to each other. The day of their wedding was such a beautiful day sunny but freezing; good thing it wasn’t too windy or else we would all be sick the next morning. The reception and ceremony at “Art of Salvation Church in Inman” was so beautifully decorated, every detail was perfect, and their I Do’s were just so sweet. We ended up going to downtown Greenville after the reception for some beautiful night pictures and delicious (oh so needed) Starbucks coffee! David and Ilona wishing you all the happiness in the world and I can’t wait to see you two love birds when you come to visit. 

Maternity Session | Spartanburg, SC photographer | Alina

What more can I ask for then the perfect combination of a baby bump and spring blossoms. The first thing that popped into my head when Alina asked me to shoot her maternity session was where can I find some pretty flowers to make a crown and LACE anywhere, any kind of lace!!!!!

It was so beautiful out that evening so nice and warm with a slight cool breeze that smelled like rain was coming our way. We found a pretty area near Spartanburg downtown in South Carolina, and hopped out to check it out walking over pine cones and needles, where we ended up in a beautiful field with blooming trees and a small pond. It was like out of a story book. See for yourself 

Portland City Grill Wedding | Portland, OR photographer | Dima & Olga

 

Portland is known for its gloomy and rainy weather especially in September, but boy were we lucky on Dima and Olgas wedding. It was nice and chilly in there morning with such a warm sun, it was as if we were back in South Carolina. The day started off with the wedding party climbing into a pretty sweet Lincoln Navigator and we were off to the Pittock Mansion; but not without stopping in to feed our caffeine addictions, thank you Starbucks. With the whole party being such a fun bunch that was up for anything we had no problem getting gorgeous, crazy, and fun shots. At one point a selfie stick made an appearance as well. After all that fun we were excited to get those 2 married. Ceremony and reception took place on the 30th floor of the Portland City Grill; everywhere we looked there were beautiful city views. There was lots of music, delicious food and fun games for hours. After all that goodness we ended our day with beautiful sunset pictures at the Mill Ends Park in Downtown Portland Oregon. Can’t wait to get back; grab coffee with the love birds and explore what Portland has to offer.