Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Happy Memorial Day

This was our last full day at the lake, and it was also Memorial Day. Thank you to all who served and paid the ultimate price so that we can live freely and safely.  We ended our time here with fireworks.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Christine's Bridal Portraits

I have been dying to post these for the past 10 days but couldn't until after the wedding.  We had such fun shooting, test driving the dress and the makeup.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Matt and Christine are married!

So instead of a traditional wedding followed by a honeymoon, Matt and Christine decided they wanted a small wedding on the shores of Lake Keowee in upstate South Carolina.  That is how the family and a few close friends ended up spending 5 days together in a very large rented house near Seneca.  We arrived here on Friday and they got married on Saturday.  Matt's cousin Simon from South Africa surprised him by joining us. Even a small, informal wedding requires a significant amount of planning and preparation, so things were a little hectic until everyone had eaten and things had gone smoothly. Thereafter, and for the next few days we will be relaxing in the sun, and just chillin'.  Here are a few photos from yesterday (I was doing double duty as the photographer and mother of the groom!)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Enjoying my Backyard Birds

When I hung one bird feeder from a tree a couple of years ago, I never would have thought that it would have led to more feeders, a couple of birdbaths, and an ongoing monthly overhead of approximately $35 in seed - choice grade of course.  Never mind, the entertainment they provide, including the antics of our ever increasing squirrel population, is more than worth the cost.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Party for Friends of McLeod

Yesterday evening, the Friends of McLeod were invited to a celebration to mark the opening of the McLeod Plantation under the stewardship of the Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission. The buildings have been shored up and renovated, the grounds have been tended and everything just looks wonderful.  We have to thank the Friends of McLeod, the City of Charleston, the Town of James Island, the CCPRC and countless individuals who labored tirelessly to preserve this historic property for the citizens of Charleston.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Swedish Tall Ship Gunilla Returns to Charleston

The 160 ft. Barkentine Tall Ship, Gunilla visited Charleston during the last week of April for the 10th time.  I photographed her back in 2009 during a previous visit, and I would absolutely love to photograph her under full sail, but haven't had an opportunity yet.  In the meantime, I had to be content with angles of her tied up at the Charleston Maritime Center where she was docked for a few days.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Daniel Island

Yes, I know that was last weekend and now here we are at the beginning of the following weekend, but I'm playing catchup.  There have been quite a few above average photo opps recently and so I was reluctant to gallop on (excuse the pun) to the next before you had savored the previous, like the very cute Claire.
These horses are magnificent however, and the traveling show is most impressive.  The carriage is polished until it mirrors everything around it.  The brass, leather and other components of their hitching gear are spotless. What a great opportunity to get up close to this iconic slice of Americana.  Here are a few of the images that hopefully capture the excitement of the parade.