While I was visiting family in New York this summer my sister-in-law’s mama asked if I could take a few photos of their family. I LOVED shooting in her beautiful backyard! Unlike me she has quite the green thumb and I told her I wish I could bring her yard to Charleston and use it for family sessions all the time. The photos of these grands with their great-grandpa melt my heart!
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I worked with the Ziesemers two years ago when we did a family beach session during their vacation. This time they traveled from Chicago to renew their vows at the church they got married in. I was honored for them to ask me to document the special day! We visited a couple other locations in town where they had previously taken photos on their wedding day – the William Aiken House (the gate) and The US Customs House (the checkered floor and columns). I just love the kiddos outfits!
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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.
I just returned from a visit with family in New York and had to share some of our images from a trip to pick berries! Most of them are of Nora – she’s just too photogenic and I can never choose my favorites!
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Mr. Johnnie and Miss Barbara’s daughter arranged to have these images taken for their 50th wedding anniversary! How sweet are these! (You’ll see their sweet granddaughter sneak in for a few, too!)
I asked how they met and they said they’d grown up near Charleston not too far away from each other but didn’t meet until high school. One day Miss Barbara got on the school bus and Mr. Johnnie had saved a seat for her. And they said the rest is history. She said, “It’s not always the grand gestures that mean the most but the small acts can change your life forever.”
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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Summer time is a fun season for photo sessions. (Well, besides having to work around all of the crazy thunderstorms like we did for this session. I’m thankful for flexible clients!) Most of my clients this month are visiting Charleston on vacation and family members are enjoying the city and the yummy food and beautiful surroundings together. I feel so honored to document their special time together with some photographs! Ryan and Brooks had me cracking up this whole session! So funny and expressive!
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