You all have spoken, so may I introduce the Valentine's/Galentine's Mini Sessions!!!
This year, they will be held at The Pier at Clemson's actual pier (yes, there is one all the way in the back of the neighborhood and it is gorgeous) on January 30th from 3:30-5:30pm. We have five 15-minute time slots for you and your significant other or best friends. We have a cozy picnic theme all set up and I cannot wait to show you! You will also receive 5-7 digital images via an online gallery and access to my print shop!
For Covid safety, everything will be wiped and disinfected prior to each session and I will be wearing a mask. As a student, I am also tested weekly and do not go to in-person classes. Social distancing will also be enforced, except between you and your other(s) because snuggling in makes for a very cute photo.
Here are the time slots and they book quickly, so grab yours soon!!!
3:30-3:45 no longer available
5:10-5:25 no longer available
As 2021 begins, I cannot wait to see all you gorgeous people at my sessions. For my seniors, I suggest booking early! If December graduation was any indicator, if you would like me to photograph your senior moments, I would schedule something soon. For my couples, my January and February dates are almost full, so if you're looking for some cozy winter portraits, I would start booking now. If you aren't a senior or a couple, you do you but dates are filling quickly!
This session below was a mentor session for another local learning photographer who normally does street style. We had so much fun and cannot thank Liz enough for driving from Atlanta to model for us! I have loved seeing my mentees grow and learn their own style through some of these sessions and I cannot wait to see what they do this year.
As always, stay safe and stay well!
She did it! She graduated! And she knows sign language!
Amanda is one amaze balls woman whom I had the pleasure of meeting last year. She has worked her butt off through college and in college. She is currently doing internships with elementary level students in Aiken and she is literally making moves.
I don't usually do family sessions; but when I happen to be in the area, how can I say no? I just need to spotlight Kayla's family and her review really quick because I teared up when I read this!
"I just want to say that Sydney Rose is amazing! Unfortunately due to COVID we have been unable to have family portraits taken, things finally relaxed a little and I was able to book a session with Sydney. And I am so glad that I did!! She took the time to give me direction about outfits and appropriate colors for the four of us. She walked me through every step and answered every question. It was truly nice to have someone listen to what I was looking for and actually deliver just that. Sydney is very professional yet also fun. I was super excited and anxiously waited to get the photos back. She initially stated that she would have them back to me within a week and she had them back the next day! I understand this may not always be the case but I was thrilled to get them back sooner. I could not stop looking at the photos I got in return, I was truly amazed at the images she was able to capture and the quality of them. I was beyond impressed by her work and would hands down refer her to anyone that I can! I am already considering booking her again next year for my daughters one year portraits! :)"
Con-GRAD-ulations to this determined biology major! Not only did he receive his bachelors in bio with a minor in microbiology, he is also planning on going to law school for health policy. Impressive if I may say. You guys in law are an amazing bunch because I could never.
For his session, we hit up the good 'ol Tillman and Sikes, then headed over to the stadium for the last half hour. Also, no one told me that they removed the metered parking by Sikes. . . as if we didn't have enough parking problems on campus.
I can't wait to see more of you graduates soon!
Not only is Gayle beyond smart and good with animals, but she's gorgeous too! She is graduating with a degree in Animal Vet Sciences a semester early with various honors cords and stohls.
This was such a fun shoot and a great person to start the busy graduate season! We started up at Tillman and popped some champagne with one of her best friends and then moved to Sikes and the new business building on campus. Her photos at Sikes and the new building have got to be some of my favorites and I definitely am going to start suggesting it for some of my upcoming seniors (especially those in business/marketing/etc.)
I cannot wait to see which job she accepts in the near future and I am so excited for her! GO GAYLE!
What's in my camera bag, you ask? Well, it changes based on the shoot, but these are things that I always keep handy.
In place of my usual Nikon D750 (used to take these instead), I have the Nikon EM. This is one of my favorite film cameras and it is so easy to use! I often use my 50mm or 35mm (used to take this) and have shown a 70-200mm. I generally keep the 35 or 50 on my camera to save space in my bag and then have the big guy when I need it. Some of the things that I add to the bag include string lights for bokeh, smoke bombs, scissors for loose strings, a mini reflector, and a bag of cords for my camera.
I also keep some aspirin or ibuprofen in my bag because some shoots can be long and the long lens is heavy on my wrist. Tissues are a very important accessory. If I am shooting a proposal and there are tears, I got you. If it's cold and your nose is runny, I got you. If you have a little sweat on your face, I definitely got you (sometimes I even carry blotting papers). Since the covid, I have been keeping a mask in my bag for safety.
My actual camera bag is a whole story in itself. Come back soon to learn how I took an old bag and made it perfect!
December 2020 Graduates,
You have gotten through a whole year of zoom university and that is something to commemorate! I have only been doing it for one semester and it's not all that entertaining. For you guys to have to go through it before there was a real system, my goodness. I am quite impressed, the opposite of how my cat child and I feel about these statistic classes.
To commemorate the amazing things that you have accomplished throughout all of this AND the last 3-4 years, now is the time to start looking at dates for your senior session! Do you and your friend group want photos together, ask about group pricing when filling out the contact form under bookings!
I am also starting to roll out the print shop where you can select what kinds of prints you'd like for any of your images all on the same platform! Right now, this is on a trial basis, but if you would like access to try it, let me know. I may be able to smuggle in a discount for the first 5 people, just because you read my blog ;)
Clients always ask what they should and shouldn't do before a session; and while there really is not a right answer, these are just a few tips that I have picked up over the years!
1. If you are a person with facial hair, you should definitely tidy up your neck when you do your face.
2. Many people also try to change their facial routines before the session (deep exfoliation, new kind of wax, etc.), but I don't suggest that. If you are unsure about how your skin might react or haven't done it before, just stay on the safe side.
3. Wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in! I suggest solid and neutral colors that way you won't conflict with your house design when you print the photos and hang them up. Plus, some patterns show up funny on camera.
4. Remove the hair ties from your wrist!!!
5. Finally, do your thing and get ready to have an amazing session.
Don't forget that it's never too early to book graduation sessions for those December graduates! I can't wait to work with you!
Congrats to the lovely Hannah Korzen on graduating from Clemson University! Not only is this fabulous woman smart, but she likes PLANTS!
(Plants are superior, please try to change my mind.)