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!

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"

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.