Monday, November 30, 2015

Ash Lawn Highland: Charlottesville, Virginia + Destination Engagement Photographer | Renee + Paul

Renee currently lives in Minneapolis and Paul lives in Philly and since they were in the area for Thanksgiving and had just gotten engaged about a month ago, we set up a session for this past weekend! I had been checking the weather and it looked like rain was in the forecast and I knew we only had one day to make this happen since they were headed back. I woke up the morning of their shoot to mist and fog but it wasn't pouring so we planned to meet and make the shoot happen. When I got up to Ash Lawn, I saw the fog hanging over the mountains and I knew it was going to be an awesome shoot. I hadn't ever talked to Renee or Paul except for over email but I could tell they were sweet and I was so right. They are such kind souls and they made this chilly, damp shoot such a blast! SO excited to have these up on the blog today!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Charming Charleston

I couldn't believe I had never been to South Carolina before this trip. It's only 8 hours to Charleston from where I am, yet I had never gone. I spent a whole week in this charming city and while Megan was at the conference I mentioned in my last post, I had a whole lot of time to myself. We were staying about half an hour from the city center and on the conference days, Megan put together a Bible study, which we started at 6:30AM. So we got up at the crack of dawn both days to do that and after Bible study, I was on my own from 7AM-11PM. You think that sounds fun until you're actually alone. Haha! Megan was kind enough to give me her car so I was able to go places but let's just say I'd much rather travel with someone. If I'm alone, I just end up having conversations with strangers and wandering through sketchy neighborhoods trying to get to buildings that look like castles. If you follow me on Snapchat, you are well aware of this. Haha!!

Most of these iPhone photos were taken on the two days I was wandering around because I ran out of things to do after seven hours. I spent a whole lot of time at a cute and delicious coffeeshop called Black Tap Coffee. Definitely ranks as one of my top two favorites ever, and I've been to a LOT of coffeeshops. So I started each morning getting coffee, working, and meeting new people while I was there but then ended up strolling King Street, the waterfront, and the Battery. The next day I headed to Edisto Island and Folley Beach, which was a lot of fun because I got to drive back roads and see outside of downtown CHS. South Carolina really is way more beautiful than I imagined and I loved having a laid back week to explore. Here are a few images from the trip. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and enjoys the weekend! :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Megan | Charleston, South Carolina + Destination Portrait Photographer

I'm so lucky to have just spent a wonderful week in the town of Charleston, South Carolina. I had heard about Charleston for years because I had a friend who went to the College of Charleston but it wasn't until I joined the wedding photography industry that I learned why it was such a great place. It is full of rich history and the most beautifully colored and textured homes I've ever seen. 

Megan was attending the Creative at Heart Conference and although I didn't sign up, Megan invited me to go along because she knows how much I love to travel. We did SO much while we were there but during the two days she was at the conference, I had those full days to explore and do whatever I wanted. Those photos will be coming soon in a later post but first I get to share with you the photoshoot I had with Megan! It's become a tradition for me to photograph Megan and Megan to photograph me everywhere we go. Megan has become such a great travel buddy and it's so nice because we are both photographers and we get new photos in such beautiful locations every place we visit. I feel like I say this every time I go somewhere but Charleston is one of my favorite spots I've been this year and I actually do mean that. I'm so glad I have Megan's gorgeous face to start off this blog post! Enjoy the Spanish moss, old oak trees, and awesome row houses.