Emma’s Cake Smash

Emma’s turning ONE!  And to celebrate we had a little cake smash.  Emma’s mama wasn’t sure if she’d really get into it, but after those first few bites she didn’t disappoint!  And those blue eyes…!EmmasCakeSmash-1EmmasCakeSmash-3





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Happy Birthday, Emma!

Abbey’s Senior Shoot

Ok, I had trouble narrowing down photos of this beautiful girl!  Abbey graduated from college and her mama wanted some photos for her announcements.  I had a blast with Abbey and her mom, Donna Carole, who I used to work with!  We laughed throughout most of the shoot.  Charleston (per usual) gave us a perfect night with some beautiful lighting for our time together.  Congratulations, Abbey!
Special thanks to my partner in crime Leah from Leah’s Opus Photography for assisting me by holding reflectors and such :)

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Josh, Laura & Roman

Roman is growing up!  The last time I saw this little guy he was turning ONE.  We did a family session and I also took photos at his birthday party.  Now he’s 18 months old and getting taller! He is certainly at that independent stage but sure does love his mama and daddy.  My favorite moment was when he did sign language for “more” to get more kisses from Josh and Laura.  So sweet!PetrinoFamilyMay15-1 PetrinoFamilyMay15-2 PetrinoFamilyMay15-4 PetrinoFamilyMay15-7 PetrinoFamilyMay15-9 PetrinoFamilyMay15-12 PetrinoFamilyMay15-13 PetrinoFamilyMay15-14 PetrinoFamilyMay15-15 PetrinoFamilyMay15-16

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Friday :)

IN-CAMERA Photo Workshop with Zach and Jody Gray

Some of you know that I headed to Nashville last weekend (Franklin, to be exact) to attend an IN-CAMERA Shooting & Light workshop taught by Zach and Jody Gray.  So, for two days I joined about 20 other photographers in Zach and Jody’s home to learn about geeky photog tricks! 

Here are some photos from Day 1.  We learned to use an expo disc to get correct exposure and white balance IN-CAMERA.  Then, you don’t have to correct those things later in post processing.  Translation: This will save me tons of time when I edit!  We carpooled over to “The Factory” in Franklin to practice shooting and worked with four models – Linsdsey, Steph, Elly and Micah.  It was so great to have Zach and Jody, along with some other folks, available so we could ask questions and practice.  I’m looking forward to using these techniques on photo sessions with my clients.ZachJodyWorkshop-1

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The topic on Day 2 was off camera lighting which I haven’t spent much time doing.  I usually use only natural light on my shoots.  Zach and Jody taught us how to use off camera lighting to create some more dramatic photos.  It was fun to play and see how changing a setting on your camera would affect the final result.  Here are some images from the day!
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If you’ve made it to the end of this post thanks for visiting!  And thanks to Zach and Jody for inviting us into their home and teaching us their photo skills!

Heron Family

This kind of shoot requires an assistant!  My friend Mandy and I headed to West Ashley to photograph the Heron family.  I met Steve and Suzanne about 5 years ago when they were just two and as you can see they’ve grown quickly!  I love hanging out with this family.  Any amount of time with them and you’re guaranteed some laughing, hugging, crying, dancing, drama…. :)

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Mark & Sarah

How stunning is this mama-to-be?  April is one of my favorite months in Charleston.  It was a beautiful day to take some maternity photos out at Hampton Park in downtown Charleston.  I’m so looking forward to taking pictures of Mark and Sarah’s new little one in June… AND finding out if it’s a boy or girl!DavisMaternity-1 DavisMaternity-2 DavisMaternity-3 DavisMaternity-4 DavisMaternity-5 DavisMaternity-7 DavisMaternity-11 DavisMaternity-13 DavisMaternity-14 DavisMaternity-15 DavisMaternity-16 DavisMaternity-17Sarah’s checkin’ out Mark’s baby bump ;)DavisMaternity-18