I feel honored in so many ways to showcase these portraits. They feature two girls I've had the pleasure of knowing since they were born. Secondly the location stirs my soul. It's home. Having grown up in the lowcountry, and then moving to the midlands of South Carolina in 2001, I love the opportunity to return to my roots near the coast. I miss so many things that were a part of my everyday life growing up: the giant, centuries-old Live Oak trees covered in moss, the smell of the marsh, spontaneous trips to the beach, the feel of downtown Charleston - rich in history and charm. The lowcountry will always feel like home to me, so the opportunity to offer portrait sessions in this incredible city is something I've been waiting for. I love the idea of combining the beauty of a client with this distinctive and gorgeous city as a backdrop.
Preparation for this shoot started early in the morning so that we could take advantage of the cooler part of the day and begin the shoot before the city was bustling with tourists. We spent the morning at several gorgeous locations downtown, stopping for hair and makeup touch-ups and wardrobe changes along the way.
These sisters are nothing short of breathtaking. They are hilarious, candid and clearly are very close to one another. As always when I photograph sisters or mothers and daughters, I appreciate the privilege of witnessing their connection to one another, and sharing in their humor during the shoot. This shoot was particularly fun because we were constantly on the move (as opposed to staying in the same studio setting). There was an added element of excitement we all enjoyed.
There are endless possibilities for beautiful photographs in this city. I enjoyed using more of a vintage fashion/editorial style for Hannah and Amanda's images, yet I also dream of adding in a husband and children to one of these shoots for an incredible family portrait.
I'm currently booking portrait sessions in Charleston on select dates during September and October.
Special thanks to Katie Depoppe for all her help with design, hair and makeup, and navigating the city for this shoot!