engagement photography

Myrtle Beach Ocean Boulevard and Pawleys Island Engagement | Letsy & Herson

It's amazing when you are in the presence of true love. I was truly mesmerized by Letsy and Herson during their engagement session. The amount of love and joy they displayed was out of the world, and each time Letsy smiled you could simply feel the warmth of her love towards Herson. Every time Herson looked at Letsy you could see how much he loved and adored her soul. This was a pretty cool engagement session that was broken up into two parts.  We started at sunrise on Ocean Blvd in Myrtle Beach and finished up at Calendonia and Pawleys Island Point. If you never believed in soulmates, be around these two and then you will believe.

Thank you for allowing us to capture this glorious day and not letting the rain dampen your spirits.

Until next time...Stay Happy and Keep Smiling!!!

Calendonia Golf & Fish Club | Lowcountry | Engagement Session | Tomecca and Octavius

Tomecca nd Octavius first were introduced in November 2010 through mutual friends and under some very interesting circumstances. However there wasn't real sparks at that time.  Tomecca felt she needed some time and divine intervention to happen to make sure Octavius was the "one". Guess what...there was some divine intervention in the works. With her friends and the divine intervention working in the background. She was starting to noticed how much her friends liked Octavius, but most importantly how much they had cared for him. So Tomecca finally gave it a shot and gave Octavius her number. The first phone conversation lasted for hours which planted a seed for something amazing to come.

After that first call followed many more calls with great conversations that led to a meaningful friendship.  That friendship turned into an amazing relationship. This relationship was done the old fashioned way. They did what the old people called "courting."  The first date was February 15, 2011 at an Italian restaurant in which they enjoyed dinner and talked until the doors were closed. Even the waitstaff knew something special was brewing because they just cleaned up around Tomecca and Octavius and never interrupted or asked them to leave.  They just let them fall in love right then and there. The rest was history after that.

So fast forward 5 years to February 14, 2016.  Octavius wanted to make this Valentine's Day special. So for this special day he decided to take Tomecca to the same restaurant where they had their first date 5 years earlier. Requested the exact same booth they sat in for that very first date; and they had great conversation like they had on that very first date. However he had something little more special to add to this night.  So at the end of this night he wanted to make the love of his life, his wife. He knew he had a special woman who would be there for him and love him just as much as he loved her. Those long late night conversations turn into friendship. That friendship blossomed into love. Now that love will manifest into a beautiful marriage in April of this year.

These guys are amazing together. They love so many of the same things and love to be by each other's side. You can't help but love them too. However there is one thing they both know I don't like about them...their LOVE for those DALLAS COWBOYS! (I should have charged them extra); but I will let that slide. Can't wait to photograph their moments that will tell their love story! 

The Market Common & Huntington Beach State Park Engagement | Victoria + John

There is nothing like photographing a couple's session with two good looking goofballs that are just their animated, loving selves...and this is exactly what this was. Victoria and John had me laughing so hard at times that I couldn't keep the camera steady enough to get a good shot.  And the faces that Victoria made would make a blind man laugh. Unfortunately I was told not to display those but you can tell from the images that we have here proves that they had a great time.  We started this photo shoot on this beautiful afternoon at The Market Common and finished up on the beach at Huntington Beach State Park. Two beautiful people in two beautiful locations.

What I do, and why I do it...

I really don't write blogs about me personally. However I felt I needed to share my thoughts with you today about me and photography. This is pretty long but please take the time to read. 

Over the last couple of months I have been asked a few times "what made you decide to get in to photography?" Also, Ive been asked many many times "why do you want to be a wedding photographer? Isn't that a hectic job?" Before I give you the answer, let me say this...it wasn't a decision to get into photography, it was a want, a desire, an absolute yearning. I feel when you decide or make a decision there is always another option. For me I felt there wasn't another option. Well let me put it this way...I wanted no other options, nothing else distracting me for what I felt was a true passion to photography. Some may describe it as a calling. I call it LOVE!! So if you or someone else asks me again "What made you decide to get in to photography?" My answer to you or them is simply LOVE.

I have always loved photography as a kid but was steered to another profession that my heart wasn't in to. I went to college for it, studied hard as I could and got a degree...and believe me that degree never panned out. However it is a nice feature piece in my office. :) Even throughout all the years in my life, photography was still always burning and yearning to be in the forefront. The love of this creative art finally just overwhelmed me one day and I made the leap.  Was it easy? NO! Was it tough? Absolutely! Is it still tough and hard to break into the business? YES! Do I regret my love for it? NEVER!!

I LOVE photography and it is as simple as that. Do I like getting paid for the images I create? Absolutely I do.  I still need to keep a roof over my family's head and provide the necessities for my family. However, that LOVE for being behind that camera is something special. My LOVE for photography and especially wedding photography is just like love for a person. My second paragraph sort of describes that LOVE, just substitute some things and switch around some words and you may get something like this....

...It's like that girl or guy back in the day that you felt that connection to or spark for but never did anything about it. You felt in down in your gut that that person was the one for you, but you allow others or other reasons steer you in another direction.  You go off to college and/or continue on with your life dating other people or simply living life...but that person is always in your thoughts. Then one day you are out there around town, in another city, at a party or whatever or somewhere and you see that person again. At that moment all those feelings you had for that person comes back tenfold and just floods your body, mind and soul and you make that leap.  You make that leap because you know this isn't a decision, you make that leap because you know there is no one else for you and you feel you need to do this and you two are meant to be. And you do it! Dry mouth, nervousness, sweaty palm and all, you take that leap to tell them how you really feel and felt all this time. They reciprocate the feeling and things move and it all works out. You are with the person of you knew was meant to be with and the person you LOVE. Will that relationship has it tough times? Probably. Will you two always see eye to eye on everything? No you will not. Will there be a time where you will have to fight hard for your relationship? Maybe. If all those things happened that I just described would you regret it or do it all over again? If you LOVE that person like I LOVE photography, you wouldn't regret it a bit and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I'm not saying this is how everyone falls in love with someone or something. I understand that. This is simply how I feel.  If I didn't take that leap how would I feel today? I would be always questioning this and that. Or asking myself what could have happened if I wouldn't have at least tried? The two words you don't ever want to say is "WHAT IF?".

I fell in LOVE like this before 3 times in my life and I will tell you in exact order.  I use to think that I fell in LOVE with my wife that way first but she was actually second. First I fell in LOVE with GOD that way. He gave me the LOVE that I knew as a kid and manifested it into a LOVE that I now have and cherish as an adult which brings me to #2. Second I truly fell in LOVE with my wife after GOD taught me how to LOVE the right way. This all happened after we were married. I always knew I loved her but this was a different kind of LOVE that GOD gave and allowed me to understand that I can't really put a finger on, but when you feel it you know it. We have not had the storybook and fairytale marriages that are portrayed sometimes on TV, but I THANK GOD for allowing me a second chance to meet her again after she went away a while after college.  This woman has supported me through so much in my life. Through both GOD and my wife's LOVE I fell in LOVE a third time and that was with photography. I know this maybe cheesy to some of you but to me this is what happened to me.

So this is why I cherish wedding and engagement photography, as well as couples photography. The idea of a two individuals taking that leap to marry each other and to love each other is so amazing to me. Having a photographer photograph them and freeze that moment in time is breathtaking and being a wedding and engagement photographer is not a job or work for me...it is an absolute HONOR. As a wedding and engagement photographer you are allowed into a couple's intimate and private space. To me I love being a part of that. I love to capture those moments between two people where they basically forget about you (the photographer) being there and it is just them in that moment. Those are the images that made me fall in LOVE with wedding and engagement photography. When I capture an image and you hold the print in your hand or see that image in your album and it makes you instantly remember what he or she said to you in your ear to make you look at the them with endearment, or laughter or a glowing smile and make you realize why you fell in love with them the first place, I know I've done what I was suppose to do. That's my goal in the images that I capture. I LOVE what I do because I have a passion, a yearning, a calling so-to-speak to capture LOVE and freeze it in time. Why I do it is because, I want you to feel the same LOVE for your husband or wife when you look at the image of each other and know that just like my leap, your leap was well worth it.

Until we meet...Stay happy...Love life...and Keep smiling!!

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