Don’t Miss These Shops on King!

Texture Design Co. and Be the Change Boutique are two new shops on King Street in downtown Charleston.  I’ve already visited them a few times!  The ladies that own them are so welcoming and fun and the items they have for sale are unique and make the best gifts!

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Emily, a dear friend of mine, owns Texture Design Co., a fun little stationary store and Etsy shop.  You’ll find the best gifts (for someone else or yourself) in her shop many of them inspired by Charleston.  I also love that Emily supports other local artists.  One is Heartwood Creative Co’s – those are her Charleston signs.
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Love Emily’s new pineapple fountain design!  And the pillows are made by Suite 33, another local artist.
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Emily partnered with Kate Waddell to create these fun, colorful note cards.Texture&BTCB-6Texture&BTCB-7Texture&BTCB-8Texture&BTCB-9Texture&BTCB-10

Be the Change Boutique is right next door and they have a wide variety of items which are always changing.  What I love about this store is that everything you purchase has a story behind it.  And your money goes towards a greater purpose!
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For example, Purpose handcrafted jewelry is empowering survivors of modern-day slavery to build a bright future.
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You can even purchase socks to give to others in need and employ the homeless, too!
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These new bracelets are hand stamped with Charleston’s coordinates by the Shine Project, a company that employs inner city youth to provide scholarships for college.
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Hand in Hand gives soap and clean water to those in need with each purchase.Texture&BTCB-19Texture&BTCB-20
Livin Life Man is a local artist and company.  With every purchase a donation is made to MUSC Children’s Hospital.
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They sell some fun mugs along with Ripple Coffee; grown by women roasters all over the world.  Your purchase helps aid in these communities for education, clean water projects,  infrastructure and health care programs.
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Thanks for visiting!  Have a great week🙂

Spreading a Little Hope

Meet Jennie and Hope!

I had the pleasure of taking photos for Jennie that she could use on her website for her new business.  It’s very appropriately named, Spreading a Little Hope.  I love being a small part of someone taking a leap of faith and starting their own business!  Jennie is a certified health coach who focuses on serving special needs families and women over 40 who need support and energy in their lives.  During our shoot I also learned that Hope is a fan of Clemson and One Direction🙂

After speaking with Jennie it is apparent that her heart is to serve and love on other women and families with the knowledge and wisdom that she has gained over the years.  To learn more about the services Jennie offers, visit her website Spreading a Little Hope.

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Heron Family

I’ve taken photos of these kiddos since they were newborns!  Hard to believe the twins are already 5, I feel old:/  Heron-2Heron-3Heron-7Grandma and Grandpa were here for a visit!Heron-10
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Four Years Old!

Today Melissa Griffin Photography is four years old.  Whatttt?!  In some ways it feels like it’s been every bit of that time and in others I feel like I blinked and here we are!  Has it been easy?  Nope!  It’s been a huge challenge.  I’ve learned a lot.  Lost sleep.  Doubted myself and my abilities.  Compared myself to others.  It can be lonely.  But I love it.  Why?  The people.  I have the best clients!  Hands down.  I’ve had the privilege of photographing family events and milestones, newborn babies a week old, extended families who have reunited for vacation, weddings, head shots for people starting their own businesses, and on and on. I owe an big thank you to my repeat clients (you know who you are!) who have booked me 4, 5, 6 times!  That’s what I want my business to be – me growing with families and capturing all of their milestones.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Here are four memorable shoots I’ve done since starting my biz!

I was honored to take photos for my friends Curt and Molly when their first son, Oliver, was born.  Such a crazy/emotional/intense experience  I will not soon forget!  (And no, I don’t do birth photography, so don’t ask!)
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THIS little guy.  Jack has my heart.  His parents and friends of mine Drew and Erica asked me to come take photos hours before he had surgery.  They really didn’t know if he was going to make it.  Lots of tears at this shoot.  But as you can see by the following photo Jack is now doing so well!  He’s a happy (and handsome) little guy!

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See the little girl dunking herself in the ocean to make everyone laugh?  Twenty minutes prior she was crying and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong.  Until she leaned over and puked in the sand dunes!  Poor girl!  (That’s the only time I’ve had someone get physically ill on a shoot, I promise!)

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And of course one of my most memorable shoots was the first time I met Nora June, my niece!  It’s amazing how much joy and love and laughter this little babe brings to our family.  I look forward to watching her grow up and to growing in a relationship with her (and being the coolest auntie).  ;)

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Thanks for reading!  And a big thank you to all of my encouragers, friends turned models, cheerleaders and clients!  I hope I get to do this for a long time🙂

Shoot Locations

Charleston is not lacking in the beautiful scenery department.  If you’re trying to decide on a location for your session take a look at some options below where I’ve done shoots!  If you have a good lighting situation going on at your home we can do our session there.  The only shoots I do indoors are newborn sessions (and I’ve done those outdoors as well).  We are, of course, not limited to these locations but I hope they will help guide you in the right direction.

Just click on the title for a map or the photo to see the original blog.  Hope this helps!  Contact me at info@melissagriffinphotography.com if I can answer any questions for you.

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Hampton Park
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Waterfront Park (& surrounding areas)
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East Bay St (Rainbow Row) and N Adgers Wharf [Works well for small groups]
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White Point Gardens (“The Battery”)
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Stoll’s Alley & Church Street [Works well for small groups]
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Washington Square
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Old Village
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Pitt Street Bridge
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River Landing Drive
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NORTH CHARLESTON

Old Navy Base & Riverfront Park
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ISLE OF PALMS
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FOLLY BEACH
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Sunrise Park (Melton Peter Demetre Park)
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Thanks for visiting!  I hope to work with you and your family soon🙂

 

 

Stovall Family Vacation

If you need an example of how to dress for an extended family photo shoot, this is it!  The Stovall family was looking good for their shoot with me.  They were all vacationing together and asked me to capture some family memories for them.  Little Reynolds did an awesome job and earned a lollipop at the end (it’s hard work being a model).  I am not above bribing on my shoots🙂

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Jeffrey Family

I can’t express how happy I was to take these family photos!  Jack was born in January.  Throughout the pregnancy there were complications and Drew and Erica were unsure if he would even survive.  I took photos of Jack in the hospital a few hours before his surgery which was successful and he’s doing so well now!  What a blessing.  Jeffrey-1Jeffrey-2Jeffrey-3Jeffrey-4Jeffrey-6Jeffrey-7Jeffrey-8Jeffrey-9Jeffrey-10Jeffrey-11Jeffrey-13Jeffrey-15Jeffrey-16Jeffrey-17Jeffrey-18