Johnson Family

It was the perfect fall evening in Hampton Park for a family shoot with the Johnson family.   I could steal those two boys from Adam and Margaret.  They were perfect angels during the shoot and made my job quite easy.  Evan, the little blond guy, even made me a thank you (on his own accord!) that evening.  Melts my heart!
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Meredith & Monroe

These two are partners in crime!  Meredith won my fall Instagram promotion and received $100 off her family shoot.  We then got to spend an hour and a half chasing Monroe around Pitt Street Bridge :)  She’s quite the diva, but what a sweetheart!  One of my favorite parts of this job is making connections with clients who, under normal circumstances, I never would have met.

Had trouble choosing my favorites for this one…
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Liesel

Leah and I have worked together (both at our 9-5 and photo stuff) for a few years now and I was THRILLED to take photos of her little peanut, Liesel.  She’ll have to get used to being photographed because her mama is a super talented photographer!   LieselNewborn-1 LieselNewborn-2 LieselNewborn-3
Evie is looking much happier here than in the photo I posted on Instagram after the shoot!LieselNewborn-4 LieselNewborn-6 LieselNewborn-7
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Shawn & Heather

I instantly loved this couple the moment I met them at Starbucks to discuss the details of their engagement shoot.  Shawn and Heather are so genuine and joyful and just fun to be with.  So glad a mutual friend got us together!  You can easily see how excited they are to get married… AND the beauty of our city, Charleston!
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We stopped at the Blind Tiger to end the shoot, love the brick!Shawn&Heather-12 Shawn&Heather-13

Berg Family

The Bergs are expecting baby #2 in January!  Molly wanted to get some family photos while they’re still a family of three.  Oliver was moving a lot faster during this shoot than he was last time!  Loved Molly’s comment to me after she saw the photos:  “It always amazes me that you got THESE out of the crazy mess of our photo shoot!”
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Here’s Curt’s attempt at a Pinterest pose.  I don’t think Molly’s feelin’ it.BergFamilyOct2014-10 BergFamilyOct2014-11
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A21 Campaign Walk for Freedom in Copenhagen

From the A21 Campaign website:
“Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings, mainly for the purposes of forced labor and sex trafficking. As the world’s fastest growing criminal industry, it affects every nation across the globe. Every 30 seconds, someone becomes a victim of modern-day slavery.

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labor against their will.”

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On October 18 in cities all over the world people participated in the A21 Campaign’s Walk for Freedom.  Anne, Annette and I were thankful we got to walk it together in Copenhagen.  It was such an amazing experience.  We had about 250 ladies from Hillsong Church Copenhagen walking in a single file line, not saying a word, wearing black hoodies.  We definitely got some attention!  You couldn’t miss us.  People walking, driving, riding on buses and bikes did double takes and stared trying to figure out what we were doing.  It’s definitely not the norm to intentionally try to get people to stare at you, especially when you’re in a foreign city.  Some guys from Hillsong joined us and helped by passing out flyers and telling people what we were up to.  They shared with people the statistics of this global problem.  Awareness is a huge piece of the puzzle as the A21 Campaign strives to end slavery in our lifetime.

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The reactions we got were so interesting to observe.  I saw one man’s eyebrows go up, shocked to read that only 1-2% of the 27 MILLION slaves are ever rescued.  This is unacceptable.  I watched another woman read the flyer then bend down to get on her son’s level and explain to him why we were there.  We walked by two beautiful blonde girls playing in the park and couldn’t help but think the average age of a trafficking victim is 12 YEARS OLD.  You can’t help but tear up thinking of that reality.  Some people shrugged and didn’t make eye contact indicating they weren’t interested.  But the majority of people we passed were interested and open as to why these 250 women were walking silently through their city.
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Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth,
judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:8&9

*I didn’t take these photos – the guys from Hillsong Church did!*