A couple of days ago I posted on Instagram that my business, Melissa Griffin Photography, just celebrated it’s 7th year! I really can’t put into words how much I’ve learned and how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know my clients during that time frame. These folks below included!
When I started my business that’s what I expected – that photography would be a fun way to meet new people and I would share in their joys of newborn shoots, weddings, family reunions and adoption homecomings. What I didn’t really think about was how much my heart would be invested in the lives of my families. I have photographed some families 8, 9, 10 times. And after doing it for 7 years the hard stuff comes. I don’t typically write sad posts but this year has been different. One of my clients passed away in February. I served the families of the victims of the June 2016 shooting at Emanuel AME Church by photographing the premiere for the Emanual documentary that just released. The family below was devastated early this year to find out that Mary Mitchell, the little red head on the left, has been diagnosed with MPS3A (Sanfilippo Syndrome). A rare, incurable genetic disease. This session was hard. In these moments I never have the right words but I am reminded why I do what I do. I’ve had people thank me for giving them memories and that they will cherish the photos forever. There’s truly nothing more rewarding than that.
On a side note. The way this family below has responded to the news about Mary Mitchell has been nothing short of amazing. Not that they don’t have bad, hard days but they are real and their hope is ultimately in God who is sovereign and good and loves Mary Mitchell more than they do. You can follow their story at the Instagram account @hopeforshug.
Grandma and Grandpa have their hands full [literally] with their sweet crew of grands! We braved the bright sun of the beach and made lots of silly faces and noises for the kiddos. One of my favorite things is to see all the crazy stuff the extended family will do for a smile – family members are the best assistants!
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This little guy! He made me belly laugh through most of our photo session. (I left out the photos of his shorts falling down!) The Chung family was visiting Charleston from Boston and we visited Pitt Street Bridge and Isle of Palms for our session to mix things up and include some different backgrounds. At the end of our session Matty melted my heart with, “The next time I see you, when you come to Boston, we’ll take pictures together. I have a blue camera with yellow buttons, it’s a rectangle!”
When you try to get a shot without the kiddo…
Matty snapped this one, notice the angle 🙂
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These families gathered on Isle of Palms to celebrate a special 50th wedding anniversary! (And come on, how cute is this couple!?!) We took a few “boring” posed photos up on the boardwalk before heading to the beach to play! Because… you can see how things end up once the kiddos hit the water 🙂
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These photos were a birthday gift for their mama, such a good idea! This group gathered at Folly Beach from Ohio, Michigan, Denver, Phoenix and Houston so I think she was happiest with just having her whole family in one spot 🙂 And to get some snuggles in with her grandson, of course!
These faces may look familiar if you’ve been following me for a bit. This is my fourth photo session with the Washburn family, I started working with them before the youngest was born! I laugh a LOT with these guys while we’re running around on the beach. The littlest one ended up nude covered in sand and yelled, “It’s picture time!!!!”
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Here are images of Connor and Aiden on my FIRST photo session with them at 18 months old. ❤ The following photos are from our recent on the beach for their 4th birthday! We had a blast jumping, running around, playing in the sand and getting SOAKED. Is this really my job??