Nester Family on Seabrook Island

For me, the highlight of each summer “beach portrait season” is always the week of July 4th when the beautiful Nester Family visits Seabrook Island for their annual vacation!

Having photographed Suzanna & Jeff’s wedding back in the day, it’s been an absolute honor to capture this family’s portraits each summer since then. Rick & Carol have two amazing children, who have married two wonderful partners, and given them five beautiful grandkids!  I’ve had the pleasure of capturing so many changes in their lives.  And they have embraced Cami and I as an extension of that family!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Nester family for another successful Seabrook Family vacation! It was such an honor to hang out and catch up with you guys again this year!!!

Baby Christening on Seabrook Island

What an amazing treat it was to be a part of April’s Baby Christening at the beach on Seabrook Island!

April looked angelic in her delicate christening gown. Her parents, brother (Oscar the dog), uncle, and both sets of grandparents were all there to bear witness. Father Karl performed a beautiful ceremony in a peaceful setting, surrounded by nature, with the waves gently lapping at the shore behind us.
It truly was a special moment!!!

Many thanks to Julie & Ryan for allowing me to capture this joyous occasion.

Sutton Family on Seabrook Island

I’d like to say a HUGE “Thank You” to my friend and amazing photographer, Michael Cyra, for recommending me to the Sutton Family! They were SO MUCH FUN to work with!!! 🙂

From Arden, NC, The Suttons gathered the whole family together and decided to wrap up their year of celebrating 40 years together with a beach vacation. This was their first time at Seabrook Island…and I don’t think it will be their last…everyone seemed to be having a BLAST!

Originally, Rene’ had planned for the family shoot to be a big surprise. She was going to tell the kids they would just set up a camera on a tripod and take their own picture. Then I would come swooping in to save the day…HA! But her daughter started asking about hiring a professional to do it. So Rene’ had to let the cat out of the bag. 😉

I arrived on a beautiful evening, the day after Hurricane Isaias had rolled through. Everyone was so organized, and dressed so perfectly for our beach shoot. All the kids were absolutely adorable. They couldn’t have been a nicer family to work with!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Rene’ and Kenny!!!

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Nester Family on Seabrook Island

I have been photographing the Nester family so long that I feel like I’m that silly Uncle every family has…you know, the one that’s always acting silly and getting the kids riled up right before bedtime!  🙂

It’s been quite a few years. But I still remember Jeff & Suzanna’s 2006 wedding like it was yesterday. Each year their family returns for summer vacation, always with something fun and new and interesting going on in their lives. This year I was sad that Suzanna’s brother, Tyler, and his family couldn’t make it due to travel constraints from the corona-virus. But hopefully next year we’ll all be back together again!

It’s only been 24 hours since their photo shoot. And I’m already looking forward to seeing the Nester’s next year! They are easily one of my all-time favorite families other than my own!!!

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Long Family on Seabrook Island

I’m so glad Susan contacted me about photographing their family portraits on Seabrook Island this year! Their son will was an absolute dream. We hit it off from the start, and had a blast playing games together. The entire family was so much fun, even running, splashing, and sitting in the water right along with little Will!!! I loved our time together, capturing some beautiful family memories throughout the evening. 🙂

Nester Family on Seabrook Island

The Nester family is one of my all-time-favorites!!!

I look forward to their family reunion on Seabrook Island every year! This is partly because I know what fond memories those cousins are forming during their time together. But it’s also because I get to go out and play with these six adorable kids!

Earlier this week we had another wonderful session together. It was great catching up with Suzanna & Jeff, who’s gorgeous wedding I had the pleasure of photographing oh so many years ago (age withheld to protect the innocent). I always enjoy discovering what new and exciting things Meghan & Tyler are up to. Hearing about Rick & Carol’s travels and adventures is always fun too.

But the best part is just goofing off and hanging out with those delightful grandchildren!!!  🙂

Rhone Family on Seabrook Island

One of the BEST parts of my job is meeting new, fun, and interesting people!

I had a serendipitous opportunity to photograph the Rhone family on a beautiful Seabrook Island beach this morning.  I say “serendipitous” because I originally had another assignment booked for today…which got rescheduled at the last minute. Later I get a call from Kim, hoping I might have an opening to squeeze in a family beach shoot this week. Today was my ONLY available opening. But their daughter wasn’t scheduled to fly in until late last night…and the forecast called for 70% chance of rain.

We decided to go for it!  And the stars aligned for us to have a WONDERFUL family photo shoot this morning!!! In spite of very little sleep (Maddie’s flight got delayed), we arrived to clear skies and cooler temperatures as the rain passed through overnight.  We all had a BLAST!!!  It was an honor and a pleasure to capture these fun memories for my new-found friends.  🙂

11 Years with the Nester Family

WOW!!! I can’t believe I’ve been photographing the Nester Family every summer since Jeff & Suzanna’s wedding 11 years ago! They are such an adorable family. And they always make me feel like one of their own. I love these guys!!!  🙂

Here are a few favorites from our family beach shoot on Seabrook Island a few days ago…

Nester Family on Seabrook Island

It’s hard to believe…but it’s been TEN YEARS since the Nester Family began their annual tradition of coming to Charleston for the 4th of July!

I had the honor of photographing Suzanna & Jeffrey’s awesome wedding at Charleston Place Hotel in 2006. And each year, the whole family takes time out of their busy schedules to gather together at a beach house for the holiday week.  CONGRATULATIONS Suzanna & Jeffrey…it’s been a pleasure being your photographer, and your friend!

This year found the Nester’s back at a beautiful place just off the beach on Seabrook Island. Sadly, Suzanna’s brother and his family couldn’t make it this year. But they had an AWESOME excuse, as they recently welcomed a new little one into their family. Congratulations Tyler & Meghan! Another big congratulations goes out to Uncle Ron and Aunt Nancy, at the birth of their daughter Megan’s first-born! We missed you guys…but look forward to having you all back next year! For now, here are some picks to let you “absentee” family members see all the fun you missed out on this year…HA! 🙂

Let’s raise a toast to ANOTHER fabulous 10 years of crazy Nester Family Portraits!!!

LaCoste Family on Seabrook Island

I can’t believe it’s been 6 years already since Kate & Dustin’s beautiful wedding!

I’ve been photographing this wonderful family for years. But this was the first time I got to meet the two NEW additions to the LaCoste/Ham clan! Jake & Tyler were an absolute hoot! Alex has gone on to the Big Times…now working with Apple. Russ & Maggie are still big tennis nuts and as energetic as ever! It was so great to see everyone and catch up with their busy lives.

We all had a BLAST, on an absolutely GORGEOUS day at Seabrook Island!!!

Whitney & Ryan

Whitney & Ryan’s wedding ROCKED! I had photographed Whitney’s sister’s beautiful wedding two years ago (thanks for the referral Stacia and Brandon!), so when Whitney called to ask if I’d cover hers…well…how could I say “no”?!? 🙂 The day started out kind of “iffy” with scattered thunder storms all around. Right up until the last minute we didn’t know if we would have to move things inside. But miraculously the skies opened up to gorgeous weather for their ceremony. The big man upstairs was smiling down on these two! It was the FIRST EVER wedding on Seabrook Island’s brand new Ocean Terrace. After the ceremony the clouds rolled back in allowing us to get some really dramatic images at dusk! CONGRATULATIONS Whitney & Ryan…you guys are a match made in heaven!