Matt and Mary-Stuart’s Wedding – Christ Church Episcopal and Twigs Tempietto

Matt and Mary-Stuart’s Wedding – Christ Church Episcopal and Twigs Tempietto

Matt and Mary-Stuart have been a pleasure to work with!  They had their wedding ceremony at Christ Church Episcopal in downtown Greenville.  Fortunately the weather was just right and allowed us to get quite a few shots on the church grounds before the wedding started.   We arrived at Twigs just in time for golden hour just before sunset and got some great shots before Mr. and Mrs. Shealy were introduced at the Tempietto venue.  What a fun group of friends they have!  The band, Trapfire Brothers was just awesome too…I really hope to work with them again.  Of course Twigs had everything put together just right (like they always do), and the food was delicious.  One of our favorite cakeries, Couture Cakes, provided the cake. Ceremony Site: Christ Church Episcopal Reception Venue: Twigs Tempietto Floral: Twigs Band: Trapfire Brothers Cake: Couture Cakes Dress: Dimitra Designs Keep scrolling for wedding pictures or Check out their engagement pictures. Wedding photos at Christ Church Episcopal We arrived at Christ Church a little before the church was opened to let us in which enabled us to get a few fun shots outside before the girls went inside to get ready, such as this shot of Mary-Stuart and her sisters with their monogramed bags.Being a guy (David writing this) I’ve never understood why wedding dresses have all these buttons that require a hook needle to fasten…apparently they know what they’re doing because the dresses always look great once they’re on!  Hey, at least it gives us plenty of time to get a picture!  I think it’s always a great thing when a bride and groom write...
How To Photograph Fireworks

How To Photograph Fireworks

One of the most common questions we get in our photography classes is, “how do I photograph fireworks?” Like most photography techniques, it takes practice, but here are some settings that will take a lot of the guesswork out. Here’s what you’ll need: Camera that has manual settings (you’ll need to be able to set the mode dial to “M” for Manual). A relatively wide lens, something that has something in the 24mm range is good.  A common lens is 18-55mm which will work fine in most cases. Tripod – this is a MUST! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but has to be able to hold your camera VERY still. Cable release (optional): it attaches to a special port on your camera and usually has a cord about 3 feet long and a button on the end.  It allows you to take a picture without pushing the button on the camera itself, therefore eliminating any vibration that could be caused by putting your finger on the camera body.  Settings for photographing fireworks: Put the camera on a tripod. Set the camera to “M” for Manual. Set the ISO sensitivity to 100.  If your camera won’t go to 100, then 200 will be fine. Set the Aperture (f/stop) to f/11 (the aperture is inside the lens, but you’ll use a dial or button on the camera to adjust this) Sometimes you have to use two controls simultaneously. On some Canon DSLR cameras you’ll push the  [+/-] button while turning the wheel or dial on the back until you get to f/11.  You may need to adjust this slightly to...
Surprise Proposal in Falls Park

Surprise Proposal in Falls Park

Adam convinced his girlfriend, Lauren, to go for a stroll in the park in the morning, and he had something entirely different planned.  “Oh, see those ducks?  Let’s get a closer look,” was the line he used to get her to walk down toward the Reedy River where Kristina and I (David) were “hiding out” waiting for Adam to make his move. Lauren had a permanent smile on her face, almost in a trance, when Adam turned to her and began his proposal.  The funny part for us was that Lauren was so focused on Adam that it was several minutes before she finally noticed Kristina and me taking pictures. “Where in the world did you come from?” she asked wiping away all the happy tears.  Then, to add to the surprise, Lauren looked up at the Liberty Bridge to see Adam’s family watching from above.  What a great way to start the weekend! David & Kristina are wedding photographers based in Greenville, SC. Check out other engagement photo sessions. More about wedding photography by David &...
Family Portraits at Furman – The Romosers

Family Portraits at Furman – The Romosers

The Furman University Campus is one of my favorite places to do outdoor family portrait photography because of the variety of looks you can get in such a small area.  The Romoser family was sooooo fun to photograph, not just because they look great in pictures, but were excited to be there.  It didn’t hurt that a family of ducks with some little bitty furry (I know it’s not actually fur) ducklings showed up at the little pond right when we started the session.  The kids loved watching the ducks almost as much as the adults! Here are a few of our favorites from the Romoser’s family photo session. David & Kristina are wedding and family portrait photographers based in Downtown Greenville, SC. Get pricing and schedule your family photo session....
Bleckley Inn Wedding Bradley and Rebekah

Bleckley Inn Wedding Bradley and Rebekah

We were excited to be chosen to photograph Bradley and Rebekah’s wedding at the fabulous Bleckley Inn in Anderson SC.  The late May evening provided excellent weather for this indoor/outdoor wedding and reception. The outdoor wedding took place in the courtyard of the Inn.  Rebekah wore a gorgeous dress from Dimitra Designs and was escorted down the aisle by her father.  After the wedding,  the Carriage House provided a  beautiful, rustic backdrop for the fun reception, which spilled back out into the courtyard.  DJ, Patrick Henson kept the party going until it was time for the bride and groom to ride off in the bride’s ’65 Corvette. Holly’s Cakes provided the wedding cake – which was fabulous as always!  The cake flavors were chocolate with peanut butter whip filling, red velvet, marble with fudge filling , white, and sweet potato with cinnamon buttercream. (The sweet potato was our fav!) Ceremony Site / Reception Venue: The Bleckley Inn Floral: Patricia Kinley Weddings Dress: Dimitra Designs Wedding Director: Brandy Vaughn DJ: Patrick Henson with Carolina Party Professionals Catering:  Five or Fifty Catering Cake Artist: Holly’s Cakes Musician: Jamie Hawkins Check out Bradley & Rebekah’s engagement...
Surprise Proposal with a Caricature

Surprise Proposal with a Caricature

Without a doubt, one of the coolest ideas ever!  Dustin proposed to Deborah by arranging for his “friend” Catherine (Dustin and Catherine had actually never met, but Deborah was made to believe they knew each other in high school) to draw a quick caricature of them during their walk in the park.  The dogs sat patiently as Catherine, the caricature artist, drew the proposal (who “just happened to be offering free drawings that day”)…then the big reveal! Deborah was SHOCKED!  I know they’re both having a great time telling THIS story! Check out Caricatures by Catherine in Greenville, SC. More about Caricatures by...
6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

By discussing these things with your photographer in advance, you’ll be assured that your wedding pictures will not only be beautiful, but you’ll have fun in the process. 1. Where and when you will be getting ready. View more photos from this wedding in Greer SC at Suber Road Baptist and Greer City Park. The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time! While this portion of the day might not be 1st on your list as a photo-op, it’s essential to telling the story of your day in an album.  You’ll want to make sure you have enough time for a few “getting ready” shots and the location has sufficient lighting for photos.  Your photographer will be able to help you with the lighting if there aren’t any windows. When you discuss the wedding day time line, this is an important part of that conversation.  The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time…even if you see each other before the wedding in a first look (see number 2) there’s always the thought going through your mind, “I wonder what’s he’s doing right now.  Is he as nervous and excited as I am?  Is he just chilling or still trying to tie his bow tie?”  2. To see or not to see each other before the ceremony (First Look)   View more photos from this wedding at Belfair Plantation You can spend a few minutes sharing thoughts with...
Russell and Jessie’s Engagement Photos at Furman Unviersity

Russell and Jessie’s Engagement Photos at Furman Unviersity

Furman University, the alma mater for both Russell and Jessie, was the perfect location for their engagement pictures.  We even got some great photos in front of Johns Hall, the building where both their college major classes were located. We had a great time photographing them, partly because they’re great in front of the camera…not camera shy AT all!  Also, they’re just so perfect together and love to laugh.  We’re looking forward to photographing their wedding later this year.   Check out Russell & Jessie’s Wedding Photos   View More Engagement...
Wedding Photography Trends in 2015

Wedding Photography Trends in 2015

Now that we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year, I’ve been able to confirm that most of the predictions I made near the end of 2014 are already beginning to come true!  Having talked to quite a few brides and grooms who are already well into the planning process for their 2015 weddings, these are some of the things that seem to be the most important or that are trending this year, at least for many of the Upstate South Carolina weddings. Wedding styles and trends are constantly evolving (and revolving) and while all of the details are featured in your photos, here are a few things that have a direct effect on your wedding photography. 1. Engagement photos are a bigger deal than ever before! An engagement photo session is a great opportunity to work with your photographer before the wedding and get some great pictures to share and build hype in the months leading to your wedding day. These sessions have always been important to some couples, but recently it seems as if the engagement session has entered the “can’t live without” category. With certain social media sites being unpredictable about what gets seen, sharing photos with friends and family on save-the-date photo cards are becoming more popular than they were a couple years ago.  Check out some of our recent engagement sessions. 2. Mobile apps and downloadable photo galleries are replacing the all-so-popular “disc of photos”. Even photo slideshows are being streamed online. While printed albums are still the ultimate in long-term photo enjoyment, sharing photos with a mobile device is both convenient and...