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    I am a wedding and portrait photographer, based in South Carolina, but available for travel worldwide. Read more about me on the "About" page!

    The Hustad Family and I met let week to shoot their maternity session before little Eli arrives!  I love working with this sweet family! I was so honked to get to photograph Emery throughout his whole first year and now I get to watch little Eli grow through his first year also!  Loved the images from this session! The sun and clouds and sunset worked perfectly for us that evening…which rarely ever happens : )


    • July 21, 2014 - 1:07 pm


    Isn’t it beautiful to see and Bride and Groom exit their reception, to start their new lives together, through a line of bright, beautiful sparklers? Yes it is! But did you know there is a lot more planning that goes into that exit than many might think?   There is nothing worse than getting all of your guests in line with sparklers…and no way to light them in unison- yikes!

    Here are a few tips that I have learned over the years, to help you pull off a nearly perfect Sparkler exit!

    1. Have all sparklers in a vase or basket by the door that the guests will be exiting out of for the sparkler exit.  If they located right by the door, guests can just grab one on the way out the door. Buy the LONG SPARKLERS!

    2. Have guests form two lines on either side of the walkway that the bride and groom will be walking down.

    3. Have a plan in place to light all of the sparklers at the same time.  You can have several attendants with candles helping to light the guests sparklers at the same time or have several large outdoor candles set in designated places where guests can easily light the sparkler and quickly return to their place in line.  If people have to light them one at a time, then by the time the bride and groom walk out, the first sparklers will already be burned out.

    4. The Bride and Groom should walk at a slow to moderate pace, so the photographer can have plenty of time to capture your beautiful exit.




    It’s been a little over a week since I was lucky enough to have attended a workshop with Jasmine Star in Atlanta, GA.  I mean, I still get giddy even thinking about it, and writing this post.  Many of you may not know who Jasmine Star is…but she is like my “celebrity”! She is a wedding photographer based out of Orange County , CA…and voted one of the Worlds Best Wedding Photographers.

    I just happened to be glancing at my email when it popped up- “Attend a Jasmine Star Workshop in Atlanta GA”….my heart immediately started beating faster because I had already told myself that the very next time she announced a workshop- I WAS going!  Of course this was even better because instead of having to fly to California, where she usually hosts workshops, I could DRIVE to Atlanta! I immediately clicked on the
    register” button…knowing that there were only 20 seats available- I kinda figured that I would miss out.  I was on pins and needles for two hours, waiting to see if I had gotten in…and then the email arrived “Congratulations You’re IN!”……I felt like I had won the lottery!  Then I paid my fee…which mdd me feel like I had NOT won the lottery- haha! But that’s ok, because it was totally worth every penny that I invested!

    The workshop took place at the DeKalb History Center in Decatur GA.  It was a whole entire day of learning and shooting and meeting other amazing photographers.  It was so interesting to see how weddings changed from region to region and how others handled the day.  There were many similarities and many differences and we all gave each other some great pointers and tips.  It will be a day that I will never forget!  Apart from the great shooting and posing tips, I also learned a lot about strengthening my brand, about shooting for  the “look” that represents my business, and carefully choosing what images to post on social media.  It definitely got me thinking. 2015 will me my 10th year in business, and I plan to make it one of my best.

    Below are some images from the day…from the workshop to the live shoot outdoors (I wish i had fought my way to the front of the line a little more…most of my images have elbows in them from other photographers- haha)


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