The Day Family | Milliken Park – Spartanburg, SC

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family one chilly day. It was just a mini session, but that’s all we needed to capture the joy that this family brings to one another. And I couldn’t have chosen better outfits for their session. This family’s clothing choices were on POINT and perfect. I wish I would’ve had more time to shoot with the Day’s, as I had such a wonderful time photographing them and capturing even just a few moments of joy to share with everyone else.

Me’ja & Sedrick, you have a wonderful family and beautiful little girls! ¬†Here are just a few of my favorites from this mini session ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

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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When I’m Feeling Uninspired

As you ¬†may ¬†have noticed, I haven’t been blogging that much this past month. ¬†Dec-mid March are slow months for me, but it’s been exceptionally slow here lately. ¬†But I have been feeling kinda down and discouraged because I haven’t had anything to really do. ¬†And when I get that way, I tend to start watching videos on YouTube of my favorite channels; ¬†People to make the laugh (Olan Rogers), people to encourage me (Once again, Olan Rogers [ha] and Jasmine Star), and just people that share the same interests as I do, and then vlog about it, haha (Anything beauty related, haha). ¬†I tend to run these thoughts in my mind about styled shoots (and don’t worry, I will be needing people for one soon enough, haha) and then when I get to the part when I ask for models, my mind draws a blank and that feeling of being uninspired comes back. ¬†…Until I find the perfect couple. ¬†They look the way that I had envisioned, find my jokes funny, and are the coolest cats on the planet. ¬†This is the way I hope it happens, haha.

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Chris & Jessica are an amazing couple. If every couple I worked with could be as enthusiastic about shoots as they are, I’d be the happiest person alive, haha

When I get to the point when I feel like I can’t go on anymore, I look back and realize that it’s been FOUR years of this. ¬†Why quit now? ¬†In my mind, I’m thinking, “It would be easier to quit”. ¬†Of course it would be easier. ¬†I wouldn’t have to worry about advertising, planning, organizing sessions, editing, TAXES, but all of that makes up for the fact that I’m doing what I love to do.

I get to go out there with my gear and photograph some amazing people in the best way that I know how. ¬†Have a great time and possibly enjoy those tiny rays of sunlight that peek through tree branches and land perfectly where I need them to. ¬†Ya know…the little things.

And then there’s Hailey.

For those of you who don’t know, Hailey is my four year old daughter. ¬†She is the most sassy, wild, curly headed little turd that you’ll ever meet.

She is my reason for life in general. ¬†I never knew what that meant until she came along and until here recently, didn’t realize how big she is getting on me. ¬†We registered her for k4 (which is pretty much preschool for 4 year olds in SC) last Friday. ¬†This child was so excited because she thought she was just gonna waltz right in that building and go to class. ¬†She put the biggest book she owns in her backpack and threw that bad boy on her back. ¬†She amazes me every single day and I know the good Lord will give me slack if I stop doing what I love to do (besides being her mommy) right now. ¬†I was actually reading through Hailey’s baby book yesterday and I read something that really sat with me. ¬†There was a section that was “About mommy & about daddy”. ¬†In the interests, I had wrote (this was either before she was born, or right after) that I, “Loved singing and music, I love to paint and taking pictures. ¬†Hopefully mommy will be a famous photographer one day!”.

I don’t know if that’s suppose to encourage me or make me feel terrible because I haven’t gotten there yet. ¬†But once again….I’ve only been at this for FOUR YEARS. ¬†But if you really think about it, four years, is quite a long time to really stick with something. ¬†Practicing at it, getting better at times, making mistakes, and learning lessons from those mistakes…it’s all a part of ¬†life. ¬†But I need to prove to myself that I can get to that point to where I feel accomplished or “famous” as I wrote in Hailey’s baby book. ¬†There have been things in the past couple of years that have pushed me back, but I have a feeling that things will pick up very soon.

I’m here to kick yer butt 2014. ¬†Get ready ūüôā

Until next time….

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Vintage Picnic – Styled Shooting

It started with an idea. ¬†Something that would really put me out there and make me stand out among any other photographer, at least that’s what I thought it would do. ¬†I’ve been wanting to do a styled shoot for a very long time, but never really had the means to do so. ¬†I hadn’t known any other vendors, nobody to really point me in the right direction, and not even models to make the shoot happen. ¬†And then I met the Classy Styles crew.

I had been advertising casting calls for models for my vintage picnic shoot. ¬†It was just everything that I wanted to do. ¬†EXACTLY my style. ¬†But surprisingly, nobody jumped on the opportunity. ¬†I wasn’t even going to charge these people, I just wanted them to look awesome and rock my camera like a dang wagon wheel. ¬†And then I got a message from a past client of mine. ¬†They were actually my very first clients in South Carolina when I moved down here and I was ECSTATIC. ¬†I remember this couple being so photogenic and wonderful to work with. ¬†Their names are Chris & Jessica and they are AMAZING in front of my camera….or any camera for that matter.

So, we set a date and this date was working FABULOUSLY because the Sunday after we had scheduled for the shoot was Chris & Jessica’s one year anniversary. ¬†So this shoot was also very special to them as well. ¬†It took us forever to find a location (actually, we didn’t decide on anything until a day or two before the shoot! lol). ¬†It was just hard to find something so intimate and something that would fit the style of this shoot. ¬†I then asked my dear friend April (of Classy Styles) if she and her crew would help me out on hair and makeup. ¬†They agreed and by God….DID THEY DELIVER!!!

This shoot was honestly, the best shoot, I’ve ever done, in my eyes. ¬†I loved every single shot that I took and I couldn’t have asked for a better day, weather, people, or anything for that matter. ¬†Everything was perfect. ¬†Chris & Jessica were perfect. ¬† Did I mention how perfect everything was? ¬†Yeah……I’m just so excited to share everything with you.

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This styled shoot, as you can see, was absolutely amazing. ¬†The sun came out when it was suppose to and wasn’t as harsh as I anticipated. ¬†It was all just perfect. ¬†Classy Styles made Jessica look like a freakin rockstar and took the look of things to a whole new level. ¬†Can you believe all of the props that were used for this came from Jessica?? ¬†She brought EVERYTHING!! ¬†I was just in awe of how amazing and how creative they are. ¬†I am definitely looking forward to working with this adoring couple again in the future…most definitely!

Now….this bring me to another point. ¬†I noticed that I work best with styled shoots and engagements here lately. ¬†And I want to do more! ¬†I had one….now I wanna do it all of the time! lol. ¬†So…..whoever comes up with the next best idea for a styled shoot and I like it (and as long as it will go great with my style of shooting), I will do it AND you can have the session for 50% off! ¬†WHOOPWHOOP! ¬†I’m all about anything vintage, cute, trendy, with bright colors, neutrals, with all natural lighting. ¬†I can’t wait to hear what ideas you guys might have! ūüôā

Until next time guys….

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Glassy Mountain: My First Styled Bridal Shoot

It started with an idea. One that I had wanted to do for quite some time, but I could never get anyone to take a leap and….just do it.

Until I was introduced to someone named April. ¬†She is a hairstylist/MUA (hair is her forte) ¬†in my area and by God, she does her job well. ¬†She introduced herself to me on Facebook after finding out that I had done¬†this engagement of one of her clients. ¬†Time went by and I finally decided to ask her about setting up a styled shoot. ¬†Now…a bridal wasn’t in mind, (although I had been DYING to do one!) and she brought up that she was more interested in doing one. ¬†And buddy, so was I. ¬†She already had two models in mind, a location, EVERYTHING. ¬†I was so happy to find out not even an hour later that we had one model who was willing to do it PLUS her wedding was only a week after we had planned on the shoot. ¬†PERFECT. ¬†And then the day came. ¬†I went to April’s home, where she does all of her work and I was so in awe with how well she takes care of her clients. ¬†As you can see below, the hair style she chose was so perfect and the makeup (done by Charleen – whom works with April) was beautiful for our day. ¬†I didn’t get there early enough to catch Charleen in action, but I did for April. ¬†The photos below show her doing her stuff ūüôā¬†

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As we finally got up to Glassy Mountain (where we had planned on shooting) we were in a bit of a pickle because there was a wedding going on at a certain period of time before we showed up…so we waited it out. ¬†And then we made our way to the chapel (and believe me…this chapel is SO gorgeous and the view is AHHH-MAZING) and found out that there was ANOTHER wedding happening immediately afterwards. ¬†Sooo, we had to improvise. ¬†And we….rocked. it. ¬†We went to a closed off golf course and got some amazing shots while the sun was trying to set. ¬†April (which is also our model’s name) was gorgeous and a natural in front of the camera. ¬†LOVED working with all of these wonderful ladies!¬†

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This was LITERALLY her wedding dress.  *sigh*  I could have died from happiness when I saw this dress in person.JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Wedding & Engagement Photographer - BridalsJennMarie Photography - South Carolina Wedding & Engagement Photographer - BridalsJennMarie Photography - South Carolina Wedding & Engagement Photographer - Bridals

 

What a beauty…and seriously…what a privilege it was for her to volunteer herself for April and I for this amazing shoot. ¬†Everything was hers. ¬†The dress, the rings, shoes, everything. ¬†EXCEPT for the bouquet, April (hair) made that bad boy herself! ¬†I’m so thankful that both Aprils (lol) helped me out in this great way for my first bridal shoot. ¬†I can’t wait for the next one, especially since this one has opened my eyes in so many different ways ūüôā

 

Check out April’s awesome business on Facebook and their website. ¬†All links are listed down below ūüôā ¬†

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Until next time y’all…or until after I’m back from vacation. ¬†I have two weddings this weekend which I am ALSO working with April on! ¬†SWEET!! ¬†But after this weekend, the beach is calling my family’s name.

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

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