Emily and Eric have been photographed by Valerie many times, not the least of which was for their beautiful wedding! In August, Valerie and Co. Photographers again photographed Emily and Eric with the addition of one more… their Newborn daughter Mary Catherine! We were so excited and honored to meet their brand new baby girl and be their Charleston Family Photographer. Mary Catherine was sweet as she could be and is one of those babies who makes having a newborn seem not so stressful. She just has a peaceful disposition about her. It is fun being a part of a newborn session and seeing parents proudly bring their baby out (often for the first time other than a doctor’s appointment) to show off the new little one to the world. Our studio isn’t exactly the “world” but it is a stepping-stone to the world ? At the time of this newborn session, nine-days-old Mary Catherine had already been featured on at least 3 Internet sites! Now she can add a Valerie and Co. feature to her list. The little pumpkin showed us a little bit of her personality when Valerie swaddled her in a soft lace shawl, Mary Catherine began inching those little finger out the top one by one until her arms were free. Her parents said, “that’s what she does!” These two know their girl well, and being parents seems to come naturally for them. We wanted to see Mary Catherine’s beautiful blue eyes for a few shots and even though she was just brand new, mom and dad already knew what makes the little miss open her eye, if only for a second. You must be quick with the camera at these newborn shoots! We were able to get a variety of photos and poses with Mary Catherine and are happy to share a few of our favorite of this sweet pea. Our studio really loved capturing all the sweetness of Mary Catherine and all the love of the newly minted family of three!
As children, for many of us, we looked up to our mothers. We admired the things our mother did and the way she did them. Our moms may not have always realized it but they fascinated, taught, and inspired us as children and still do even today. The way mom put on her lipstick. How she always knew exact way we liked our scrambled eggs. How pretty she looked to us before she walked out the door to head to work. The way she rocked our baby sibling to sleep. The way she kisses our cheeks. What she does while she’s working at her job. How she loved and cared for us. It seems, no matter what it is our mothers do, we want to be like mom. Now grown with kids of our own, we too see our children coping mommy and wanting to be like mom. We try our very best to set a good example for them, teach them, inspire them, and love them with all our hearts. Knowing this, it fills us with so much pride and joy when our little loves notice what we do, play pretend, and like to try to be like mommy! That imitation we’ve seen with our own children, lead us to this fun idea to do a photo series of mothers and their children wanting to be like mommy with Mommy and Me Photography.
Finding and falling for “The One” is not so simple. You want to feel joy with “The One.” You want “The One” to make you feel beautiful. You want all your friends and family to love “The One” just as much as you do. But ultimately “The One” makes YOU happy and when you’ve found it, you’ll know. I’m talking about your wedding dress of course! Brides, Andrea, Holly, and Melissa, all found “The One” wedding dress for them at Charleston bridal shop, Gown Boutique of Charleston, and we LOVE each lady’s gorgeous wedding gown photos.
This Charleston Family Photographer loves the friendships that flourish with everyone the camera gets the opportunity to photograph. It’s more than taking pictures, we love knowing your stories and capturing your precious moments. It seems close relationships naturally flow from and develop with the people we meet and we are blessed by it! It’s got us wanting to answer the question, Where are they now? One of the families that we asked just that are Wimberlys (You may recognize them from this and this LOL). We’ve seen them grow so much from Landon and Kelli’s wedding, to their daughter Anna Landi’s first birthday!
It’s been so tough keeping these a secret all these months! By far our favorite time to do bridal portrait sessions here in Charleston is while the azaleas are in bloom. This is usually the last couple weeks of March and/or the first couple weeks in April. (Weather might change this a little year to year.)
It was an absolutely gorgeous day and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous bride! Beautiful girl, inside and out…gorgeous dress, long veil and my personal favorite place, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. (Can we just do all our shoots here in the spring time? Please and thank you!)
It’s been such a pleasure for this Charleston Wedding Photographer to see Carrie & Garrett’s love story unfold in front of the camera lens. From Garrett’s grand and passionate rainy proposal, to the last image shot on their wedding day!
The couple met their senior year in high school just a few months before graduation. They were paired up on a awkward teenage blind date of cosmic putt-putt with friends of theirs as a double date! Fast forward 6 years to December 22nd, 2015 and the two high school kids, now grown, were a committed couple and Garrett was ready to pop the big question :)
When Valerie and Co. Photographers thinks of Charleston, South Carolina, we think of home. We LOVE our home and it’s one of the reasons why I love being a Charleston Wedding Photographer :) It comes as no surprise to us, that many, including Bride and Groom, Adam and Elizabeth, are drawn to the place we have the pleasure of calling home. For them they found a spot loved by locals and visitors alike and had a Shem Creek Wedding at Cottage on the Creek!