Daisy & Anthony’s Beaufort Wedding

Anthony’s mom, Christine, is an amazing photographer! We’ve been friends with her and Tony for quite a while, especially since they love to travel as much as we do. It was an INCREDIBLE honor when they asked us to photograph their son’s wedding!!!

Daisy and Anthony picked a gorgeous fall day to tie the knot in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina! Preparations for the day began at a historic Air B&B. Daisy was absolutely STUNNING in her fairy-tale wedding gown! And Anthony was quite dapper in his suit and bowtie!!! I especially loved the heartfelt emotions as Daisy shared a private first look with her Dad and then with Anthony.

Next it was off to the eclectic Old Bay Marketplace Loft & Rooftop for the ceremony and reception. Aside from a brief sprinkle right as the processional began, the weather turned out fantastic! They were able to have their ceremony outside on the rooftop as planned, with the reception following indoors. But of course in between the two, we couldn’t resist running across the street for some really cool sunset photos along the waterfront first!!! 🙂

CONGRATULATIONS Daisy & Anthony!!! We wish you all the best as you begin this new journey together…

USGC 61st Board of Delegates Meeting – Day 3

Day 3 of the US Grains Council’s 61st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting kicked off with more meetings in the big conference room, including great presentations, awards ceremonies, and votes for new officers.

Then I got to switch gears and turn to photographing headshots of the new board members, plus group photos of the new board of directors. I used the Nikon D5 + 70-200 f2.8 with the new Godox X2T transmitter in connection with 6 of the V860II flashes.  For destination events, I carry the Manfrotto 5001B light-stands, which are super compact and great to travel with. The flashes worked beautifully, and everyone was fantastic to work with!

Once the portraits were done, I had to pack in a hurry and head to the airport to catch my flight home. The entire event was a HUGE success!!! Many thanks to the US Grains Council Staff for all their hard work putting everything together and making it run so smoothly.

USGC 61st Board of Delegates Meeting – Day 2

Day 2 of the US Grains Council’s 61st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting started off with headshots for some new staff members. I love meeting new people!!! 🙂

After that we had tons of presentations, both in person and virtually. This was the first year of hosting a “hybrid” meeting, in which most of the international staff and attendees couldn’t be there in person. Everything went incredibly well thanks to all the hard work and planning that had been put into the conference!

At the end of the day, everyone celebrated in an off-site event. The USGC hosted “A Taste of Des Moines” at Cowles Commons, which is a big beautiful square with fountains and gardens in the heart of the city. There was food, drinks, an amazing band…everyone had a fantastic time!

With Day 2 in the books, everyone headed back to the hotel to rest up and get ready for the big finale the following day.

USGC 61st Board of Delegates Meeting – Day 1

Last year’s Board of Delegates Meeting got cancelled due to the pandemic. So it was with great pleasure that I was invited back to photograph the US Grains Council’s 61st Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this year!!!

This year’s conference was held in Des Moines, IA. I’d never been there before. It’s actually a really cool city, with a truly impressive state capital building! The meetings were held in the Iowa Events Center, which was connected via a sky-bridge to the Hilton Des Moines Downtown, where everyone was staying. The first day’s highlight was the keynote presentaion by Tom Vilsack, the US Secretary of Agriculture!

I’ve been photographing these conferences for the USGC for about a decade. The staff, and most of the members, have become more than just clients to me…they’ve become my friends. It was absolutely wonderful to see everyone again, and capture all these moments for them!

Headshots for Clawson & Staubes in Columbia

I always enjoy working with Clawson & Staubes, photographing marketing material, images for their website, and headshots of new attorneys.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing Deidra at the Columbia office! She graduated from the University of South Carolina law program. So we decided to meet at The Horseshoe, a famous lawn on the USC Columbia campus with tons of beautiful backdrops to choose from. I had a great time getting to know Deidra as we walked the campus and captured a wonderful variety of images for her to choose from.

(All images shot with Nikon D5, Nikkor 70-200 f2.8, Nikon SB5000 Speedlight, Godox softbox, Manfrotto supports, and Sony XQD memory.)

Please help me welcome this wonderful young lady to the Clawson and Staubes team!!!
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Dr. Usher for Mark Young

Mark Young is a well known portrait painter! His work is AMAZING!!! Check out his beautiful art at www.markyoung.com. Several years ago I was lucky enough to collaborate with him on a project. So I was incredibly honored when he asked me to work with him on a project for a painting of Dr. Usher!

As director of MUSC’s Clinical Cardiology Fellowship Program, Bruce W. Usher, M.D., has trained 115 fellows and recently was honored at a banquet for the rare milestone he reached in passing the 100 mark. You can read about his amazing accomplishments here: https://depthtml.musc.edu/catalyst/2010/co7-2fellows.html.

Since Dr. Usher just retired, the board sought out Mark to paint a portrait of him. And it was my great honor to capture a few “reference photos” by which Mark would create his masterpiece! 🙂

Headshots for CTA

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the newest team member at Corporate Tax Advisors. CONGRATULATIONS to Liz!  The really cool part is, Liz is a friend of mine. I’ve known her for many years! In fact, she was instrumental in getting me in the door at several of the previous firms she worked for!!!

We met up on Daniel Island when she had a break between meetings. It was chilly and windy…but the sun was out and the lighting was gorgeous! So we decided to go for it. I’m so glad we did. It was so much fun catching up with Liz and capturing these beautiful images for her new firm to use in their marketing material.

All shots were made on the Nikon D5 with the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VR. I used an SB-5000 Speedlight off-camera to create a little rim light in some cases, or a little fill light in others. The flash was placed on a Manfrotto light stand, shooting through a 24″ EZY Box softbox.

Many thanks to Liz for bringing me in on another great photo shoot!!!

Drone Service for Photographers

For many photographers, passing all the FAA Certifications, and meeting the necessary requirements to fly commercially can be a daunting task! Not every photographer has the skill, the time, or the desire to jump through all those hoops.

Having passed our Part 107 FAA Certification years ago, we’ve found a niche market in partnering with other photographers! We see it as a great way to help our fellow photographers provide the additional service of aerial drone photos to their clients, without all the investments required to purchase the gear and become certified themselves. In return, it gets us involved in projects and assignments that we might otherwise have never collaborated on. And of course the clients love the additional perspectives we can provide from the air. It’s a win-win situation for everyone!!!

Here are a few images from a recent shoot that we collaborated on with our good friend and AMAZING photographer, Mic Smith!  Thank you for thinking of us, Mic!!!