The Xiong Family – Milliken Park | Spartanburg, SC

This adorable little family was a joy to work with.  I got an email from Kristy about a family session and everything went smoothly after that.  We met up, she showed me photos of her girls and husband and I was so excited to photograph this beautiful family.  Seeing these girls in person (with their pretty little dresses) made me smile so much because, c’mon, they’re freaking adorable!

We shot around 7PM, which is SO ideal for portrait sessions in the end of summer/beginning of fall.  The light was beautiful and made for fantastic family photos for them :)

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Families JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Families JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - FamiliesKristy asked me initially if there was time, if I could get some photos of just her and her hubby.  Well, of course I can!  Couples portraits are one of my favorite things to photograph :)

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - FamiliesAren’t they just a lovely couple?  :)

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - FamiliesKristy and I were talking away while her hubby and the girls went towards the fountain (which that’s all they were worried about because let’s face it…kids love water, lol).  And he started picking them up with one hand and swinging them.  It was too cute NOT to catch it in action!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - FamiliesAnd we ended the session with the girls just sitting together and playing their little hearts out in the water.  Kristy had splashes of water from them kicking so much of it on her, haha.

I really hope they decide on doing photos again next year.  I’d love to photograph those beauties and see how much they’ve grown :)

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JMP TIDBITS

I am booking for SC Christmas Mini Sessions RIGHT NOW for November 1st!  I will put up the times available in the Specials section at the top of the page.  Also!  I am booking TWO Kentucky Christmas mini sessions for October 25th ONLY.  Details for those are TBD upon inquiry :)

AND!  The new JMP Website and pricing will be released VERY soon, most likely within the next two weeks.  If you’d like to book ANYTHING with the old JMP Pricing please do so before then.  I will announce the release in a few days :)

Thanks for checking out the JMP Blog!

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JR & Kayla – Married | Four Star Village – Red Fox, KY

JR & Kayla were married on August 1st at the Four Star Village Barn.  This place was paradise to a photographer like me.  With all of the wood and chic light colors, it was just lovely.  But more about them, not me, lol.  I done their engagement photos back in March of this year and we weren’t as fortunate weather wise.  Well…we shot around 3PM (which we didn’t have a choice, haha) so the sun was very overhead and bright.  And in Kentucky, the trees don’t start blooming again until late March/April.  At this time, the trees were still very much bare and had dead leaves.  BUT!  We made it work.  I had to break out the reflector that day and make the best of what we had.  You can see their engagement photos HERE.

Kayla and I went to high school together, so we had talked before quite a bit before ever discussing their wedding or engagements.  After Kayla started telling me about where her wedding was going to be and the details, color scheme…everything.  I HAD to shoot their wedding.  And lucky for me, JR & Kayla agreed :)

I am so blessed to have been able to shoot this wedding.  It was so beautiful and that venue was absolutely LOVELY.  To have been a part of their big day warmed my heart and made me even more happy to just be there.  JR & Kayla are an amazing couple and deserve every single bit of happiness.

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OH!  Also?  Kayla is THE most artistic and crafty person I know.  She painted the mural at our high school and it was AMAZING.  So a lot of the signs at the wedding were painted by her.

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They had these made for them both to give to their new mother-in-law.  They done this during the ceremony. JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JR & Kayla decided on a first look and I’m SO happy that they did.  It was my first one and was decided at the very last minute, haha.  Kayla just burst into tears after she saw JR right before the ceremony.  I will definitely be encouraging first looks from now on if the couple is into it :)JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

All of the men just walked up the ceremony area with the girls following right behind them on a golf cart, haha.

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The look of pure joy.  Just loved it!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

Whenever we got to the formals, we got some really sweet shots of Kayla and her sister and then a nice intimate shot of JR and one of his best man, haha.

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

This car is very well loved by JR and Kayla and is a work in progress, so it was decided to throw some shots in with the car, haha.  Loved how fun these girls were!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

This could definitely be one of my favorite shots from the whole wedding.  Just LOVE it.

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

They have this tradition at the venue where you get to sign and date your names into a leaf on the “tree” in the bridal room.  I thought that was so neat!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - WeddingsAnd they left out with popping sparklers and taking a risk to go back inside for one last kiss of the night.  Literally my last shot of the night :)

I absolutely love JR & Kayla.  They are a couple that just seem like a couple that’s been together for so long, they didn’t even need to get married.  I wish them both the absolute best in life and love.  I thank you both for including me on your special day! :)

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Boho-Chic Styled Shoot – Spartanburg, SC

Every year, I strive to do one kind of styled shoot.  It helps me get more creative and I can do whatever I want with the people I’m working with.  I’ve done them for what is now the second year, but STILL….it’s a THING now, lol.   Every single year, I work with this marvelous couple.  Chris & Jessica are just awesome people and an even more amazing couple.  They are so creative and let me do my thing.  It’s just AWESOME.

This year, me and Jessica were in the talks of doing an apple orchard styled shoot (which I STILL want to do!), BUT!  The apple orchard wasn’t even open when we shot this session, so that kind of shot that idea out of the water, lol.  Jess brought it up about a bohemian-chic kind of shoot.  And it was PERFECT!  They were perfect for it.  We had a little issue finding a field to shoot in, but it all worked out.  We got to shoot this RIGHT at their wedding anniversary as well, which is what we done last year.  Makes these little sessions, just that much more special :)

I got to explore the area where we were and gave a couple of different styles to this themed shoot.  With the bright sun, some deep green pine and some warm sunlight, to the sun setting at just the right time, it was all perfect.  Except the heat, no….that heat was terrible.  I could’ve done without that, haha.  Anyway, here is my take on a Bohemian-Chic Styled Shoot.

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

There’s this thing that Chris & Jessica have done with me for the past two shoots where they want to take a photo together of the photo from the previous anniversary.  Last summer was their 1st wedding anniversary, so they took a photo from their wedding.  This year includes last years styled shoot and the wedding photo!  Photoception, my friends! JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

Goodness gracious, what did I tell you about that warm sunset light?!  Easily one of my many favorites from this session.  EASY.JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Couples

Again, I loved this session with Chris & Jessica.  They are always amazing, and I really hope they decide to do it again next year!

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Justin & Taylor – Married

Justin & Taylor were married on a gorgeous (but definitely hot) July evening.  So thank goodness for a well air conditioned church, lol.  I first spoke with the both of them over a year ago via Skype.  Couldn’t really meet up with the both of them since Taylor was in KY and Justin was down here in SC!  Both of them were/are going to school and they were states apart.  I don’t know how they could stand being so far apart from each other for so long, but if their dedication and love for one another isn’t shown that way, then I don’t know how, haha.

I was so excited to shoot Justin & Taylor’s wedding over the sheer simplicity of everything and the overall style and color scheme.  Also, it helps that they are an absolutely adorable couple :P

It’s hard to explain into words how much I loved their wedding and how amazing everything went, so I’ll let you see for yourself :)

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Beth was Taylor’s MUA and was (as usual) amazing.  She use to work with my dear friend April at Classy Styles!  Beth has since moved on to Browning Studio in Greenville and is still rocking what she does the same as ever.  She also done the makeup for my styled shoot last summer!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

This prayer over Taylor was done by one of her friends (and who she called an honorary bridesmaid).  All of her bridesmaids and the mothers gathered around as they prayed over Taylor before she walked out to be married to Justin.  It was absolutely lovely :)

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And this prayer was between Justin & Taylor alone.  He was blindfolded ( and I loved that it matched everything from the wedding, haha) and ALMOST caught a peek of Taylor when walking up to her, haha.  So very sweet to watch these two start their marriage with such grace and love :)

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These favors….OMG….when I grabbed a bag or two when I was walking out to my car, I thought there might’ve been peanuts in there.  NO…there were these absolutely amazing candied pecans that absolutely rocked my world.  Taylor says they made them!  I must have this recipe….I just must!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

This little couple (I’m hoping they are a couple! lol) danced so much (and very well, might I add) that I just HAD to share this photo of them.

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As you can see…they are all clearly Clemson fans, haha :PJennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

They ended the night with a tunnel of sparklers!  And I didn’t catch this because I was caught COMPLETELY off guard, but the groomsmen held Justin and crammed a whole bag of (dry) grits down his pants, lol.  The sidewalk was covered with it, lol.

This wedding was absolutely beautiful and I’m very blessed that I was chosen to photograph it!  I wish you, Justin & Taylor, the absolute best with your lives and marriage :)

Until my next post (which will be soon, I promise, lol),

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JMP Fall Mini Sessions

I’m very excited to finally announce the details for the Fall Mini Sessions this year! I wanted to do these for mini summer sessions, BUT, fresh apples aren’t ready until late summer/early fall around here. SO! Here they are!

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I’ve mentioned on facebook more details, but I will go into more detail here since that’s what it’s for, lol.

These sessions are going to be apple themed. I’m trying my darnest to use a local apple orchard, but that’s a work in progress. Either way, I’m working on getting things that will make these sessions very special :) I’m looking to have fresh picked apples, wooden crates, some homemade items, and possibly some pumpkins! And if I find anything else worth throwing in there, I most definitely will have that!

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As it says above in the photo, sessions are $95 for the 30 minute session, 15 digital files, and you’ll get 10% off your print order if you decide to make one :) all returning clients get the session for $85 and if you’re a new client that refers a friend (that books), you get the session for $85 as well. Everyone else is $95. Full payment is due upon booking.

I’m keeping these dates and times available so everyone will get the chance to book a session. Two during the week of the August and two weekend days. And only two weekend days in September. If I can’t get the apple orchard for the location, I will be doing them at Miliken Park in Spartanburg. It all depends on the owners and what they agree to do with me.

Again, I’m VERY excited about these sessions and I really hope you guys are too!

Please contact me at contact@jennmarie-photography.com to book a session today!

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