Portuguese Water Dog, Pete, was named by his family after the dog ‘Petey’ from the show Little Rascals. Just like Petey in the Little Rascals is a pal to lots of kids, the Hallam family's pet Pete is also a pal to a great number of children! Pete is a part of the Pet Therapy Program with MUSC's children’s hospital. Mrs. Hallam is Pete’s handler for the pet therapy and she also works as a vet tech at an animal medical center. They both very much enjoy the work they do. Our studio's job as a Charleston Family Photographer, is to capture pictures of the whole family, which includes furry family members too. :-) We just loved the Charleston pet portraits we took of Pete and we loved learning all about what he does and how meaningful it is for so many!
The rich spirit of adventure that children possess, is a wonderful and precious quality! Though kids seem to grow in the blink of an eye, as they age and develop, it’s amazing to witness how their experiences and explorations help shape their curious little minds into who they’ll become. Pictures that document each fun age, and the different formative stages, are a special treasure. Having your Charleston family portraits taken throughout the years will provide you with beautiful high-finished family photographs to cherish. Valerie & Co. Photographers had a fun session with adventurous young siblings, Leland and Edith, and both have big and fantastic dreams for the future!
Bride and Groom, Rachel and Blake, are a sweet and easy going pair and we really love them! They like the beautiful and the simpler things in life which draws them to their shared love and enjoyment of nature. That love, and their love for each other, is what shaped their rustic & romantic wedding day! Though based as a Charleston wedding photographer, our studio adores capturing "I do's" in locations near and far. :-) Rachel and Blake's beautiful big day took place in a lovely little rural area a few miles outside of Charleston and was a county wedding done right! Every detail of their Monks Corner, SC event, makes you feel as though you've stepped into a countryside daydream.
The Valerie & Co. Photographers crew is really excited for the start of this year’s wedding season. You know it’s about that time when all of the flowers are blooming and really nice weather begins to roll in. Our studio is all set and ready to rock & roll through this new wedding season, but, even though Spring is the kickoff, it’s not the only time of year for weddings. Summer’s extreme heat can sort of bring a slow to the season in Charleston, the fall, however, is when weddings pick right back up. The weather is, once again, excellent and it’s a beautiful time to get married, just like our couple, Christina and Mike! Their Charleston wedding at historic Society Hall was a perfect fall nuptial celebration. This lovely venue was built in 1804 and, since 1841, has hosted a variety of meetings, from dance classes to weddings. The pair’s big day at this historic Charleston site was our last 2016 wedding and a really great event to end the year with! There were so many beautiful, fun, lively, and emotional moments. It was an honor and a pleasure to capture them all and these two were also very glad that we did. Bride, Christina, kindly thanked us and said, “Thank you for all you did. So many of my guests made comments about how hard you all worked to get the shots you got and many said whatever I paid you, you were well worth it and more.” Making these two so happy with images from their fantastic fall wedding was a delight! We appreciate their acknowledgment, and their joy is such a huge compliment to us. For a little more about Chris and Mike, their wonderful wedding, and their different vendors, the pair shared answers to a few of our questions!
The first day in March this year, marked the beginning of the observance of Lent. With the start of this holy season, Valerie & Co. Photographers couldn’t help but think about the Reverend Sean Norris, his darling family, and their wonderful family session! We're so glad our studio got to do a shoot with this beautiful bunch when they wanted a Charleston Family Photographer. :-) Wife Kate and the Rev. Sean, serve as The Church of The Holy Cross campus pastors for The Chapel at I’On. They have a group of volunteers that help at their weekly services with The Chapel at I’On and Holy Cross has a larger staff that help to serve at the other two church campuses on Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island. Currently, their services and events go along with the Lent period and they’ve even provided a nice Family Guide for Lent & Easter on their website. The charming little Chapel at I’On is
It was such an exciting thrill to have recently photographed David’s surprise marriage proposal to Erika at Charleston’s Waterfront Park Pineapple Fountain! The two are so in love and such a perfect couple, which made it even easier for Valerie & Co. Photographers to capture romantically sweet images of the pair’s special moment. :-) The proposal location David setteled on is one we love and is a top spot to visit for tourist and locals alike. David had originally thought he’d pop the big question over dinner at the delicious restaurant, 82 Queen. However, after a few change of plans with Erika’s schedule, David rearrange the surprise proposal, and he and Erika took a little downtown evening stroll after work to the Pineapple Fountain. That was the spot where we waited to snap the sneaky pictures of this perfect proposal!
We cannot stop swooning over this couple's Charleston Waterfront Park surprise proposal photos! Lindsay and Sam's story is just as sweet as the love, joy, and happiness you can see all over Lindsay's face in these pictures. :-) AND THE RING… there just aren’t words to describe how beautiful and precious it is! Read all about Sam and Lindsay, their love story, and the answers they gave to a few of our questions.
Where are you both from?
We are both from South Florida- specifically, Sam is from Cooper City and I am from South Miami.
Where did you two meet?
We were introduced by a mutual friend- my sorority sister at Boston University and Sam's good friend from high school- her name is Ashley. She used to have the biggest crush on Sam and when he showed interest in me, she figured she'd assist in matchmaking!
How long were you dating before engagement?
We went on our first date December 26th 2013; we say April 4th 2014 is our anniversary (not exactly sure why but it was a turning point in our relationship and felt right to say that was the date- it was also when Sam said i love you for the first time. Anywho- a little shy of 3 years if we go by anniversary. =)
What is your proposal story?
It was my 26th birthday so Sam had told me we were going on a horse and buggy ride around Charleston to enjoy some of the historic sites. It was our first time visiting so we had a lot to pack in for the weekend.
We boarded our carriage ride, took some photos with the horse, and were off on our tour. Taking in all the sites, the driver stopped about 20-minutes into our ride in front of a pretty fountain by the water. Sam held my hand, told me that it was our stop, and we started walking down a beautiful pathway lined with trees. There was an electric energy in the way Sam held my hand, I knew something was going on but couldn't put my finger on what. Sam began to talk about our first months of dating and when he knew I was the one and I was on cloud 9 with emotions. Next thing I knew, Sam was getting down on one knee and asking me to marry him. The answer was pretty obvious! I mean especially after the most magical proposal! =)
What kind of engagement ring do you have and is there a story to go with it?
I have a round engagement ring with a pave diamond band. The stone is actually from Sam's mother- it was her mother's ring
It's absolutely gorgeous and I love wearing it...AND cleaning it!
When is your wedding?
Our wedding will be late winter/early spring of 2018 in Miami, FL
It was an honor and a delight for Valerie & Co. Photographers to capture Lindsay and Sam’s wonderful Charleston Waterfront Park Proposal. Congratulations to the happy couple!