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Tracy and Shaun’s Downtown Engagement Shoot

Here are some beautiful shots from Tracy and Shaun’s Engagement session Downtown Charleston!  Don’t you just love her hot pink dress?  Nathan did a great job showing off the fun side of this beautiful couple.

Leslie & Ed’s all over the lowcountry shoot!

Leslie & Ed are such a sweet couple to spend time with. They LOVE each other. The way the talk about it each, look at each other, it truly shows. When then came in for their consult, Ed brought tears to my eyes talking about Leslie. I can not wait to see them say their vows, it will be a beautiful day!

Downtown Engagement Session with Erin and Paul

Fall is my favorite time of year 🙂

Pretty parking lots.

Nancy & Andrew’s Folly Beach SC Engagement Session

Can’t wait to photograph their wedding  May 2013 at Brays Island, SC!

Engagement Portrait Session in Downtown Charleston

I’m so thankful that Vandana, Tiru, and I were able to get together for this session.  In a few weeks, I’m looking forward to photographing their traditional Indian ceremony in Spartanburg, and I think that this session really helped us click so that the wedding day will be that much better.  Enjoy!

What a ride!

For our 5 year anniversary last August, Mell and I went to Knobles Amusement park in Pennsylvania (a way cool vintage park that Mell went to as a kid).  Mike and Rachel Mizzell were extraordinarily generous enough to fly up to take our pictures (from which we have an AMAZING collection of anniversary images!).

At the end of the evening, Mell’s old friends, Daphney and Nate came to have their engagement pictures for their wedding the next day, and Mike, Rachel, Mell and I had a field day.  Here’s one image that Mell and I got on the twirling swing ride.  Mell is on one swing, and I’m shooting from another, to take pictures of the couple behind us (whew!).   The Mizzells snapped some shots of us pulling off this maneuver (2nd image).

I was dragging the shutter, and using 580EXII Speedlites rear-curtain sync and radiopoppers to stop the motion after the blur.

Here's the shot from the ground (courtesy of Mike and Rachel Mizzell of Tillman Branch Photography). There's me in the middle, Daphney on the upper right, and Mell right underneath her, holding the speedlite.

Leah and Justin’s Waterfront Park engagement session!

I (Valerie) had a really fun engagement photo session downtown with Leah and Justin! Their wedding isn’t until July 18th, but since neither of them live in Charleston, we were lucky to squeeze in their session!

We met up in Waterfront Park, but the majority of our session was spent walking around downtown! We walked over to the train tracks, then to the steps of the Customs House, up East Bay Street a bit (where we shot in one of my favorite alleyways!) and ended back in Waterfront Park. 🙂

Here are a few favorites from their session:







I love downtown engagement sessions!

Gil + Nicole = FUN!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a crazy fun afternoon engagement session with Nicole and Gil! Let me tell you, these two are my type of couple! Their fun-loving personalities matched perfectly with my creativity that day. I told Nicole that we have good “photo karma” – haha! They were up for anything, so we got some really unique and different shots. I can’t wait for their wedding!

I just love this one of them on the train tracks behind the U.S. Customs House!


One of my favorite Charleston attributes is all the fabulous wrought iron! The creative, handcrafted detail makes for a great photograph, if you ask me! 🙂


We often discuss at our studio how spoiled we Charleston photographers are to be around such awesome color & texture everywhere we turn! This is one of my favorite alleyways:


I love the lines of the tall staircase at the Customs House.
(Gil and Nicole were so great to let me “play” with them with all of my silly ideas!)


The downtown sunset was lovely that day too!


April & Justin’s engagement session, historic Charleston portrait session

After many months of planning and anticipation, April & Justin are getting married this weekend! They have been so much fun to photograph so far, and I can’t wait!

Taken in hisotric downtown Charleston, their engagement session was a lot of fun. I thought you might like to see a few fun pics of this happy couple!