End of the Year Review: Lost Project

Every photographer has a list as long as their arm of personal projects that they are working on. Some are shot and waiting to be finished, others are sketched out on a sheet of paper stuck in a day planner. But whatever state they are in, the personal project is the first thing to be put aside when other things arise.

I started such a project with Lydia Catherine and Amy Schaming as model and stylist, looking for a classic beauty portrait, a throw back to an Old Hollywood glamor photo.

Amy and Lydia did an outstanding job with everything, hair, makeup, wardrobe, the works.


Lydia-101Alas, when all was said and done, this project got pushed back as weddings and portraits came up, but I kept coming back to it because of the exceptional look that Amy and Lydia put together. It really captured the look and feel I was going for. See what they can do for you at The Color Amber Salon at the corner of Senate and Marion in downtown Columbia, a block from USC and the State House.




Fresh Face: Karen Tenise James

I am running back through my work over the last few months, and it dawns on me that I have these incredible shots of Karen Tenise James I shot for FFS that I had loaded and ready to go and kept forgetting to post. Karen was wonderful to shoot with and her shoots just jumped out at me. The hardest part of the whole shoot was deciding which I liked best.





Fresh Face: Madalyn Hair

Introducing Madalyn Hair, the newest model to sit for me. She is great and I can’t say enough about her enthusiasm and professionalism.  Ultimately the images speak for themselves.

Started out in the studio working up a classic headshot.
Started out in the studio working up a classic headshot.

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Madalyn pulled Audrey out of the ether and made it look natural.
Madalyn pulled Audrey out of the ether and made it look natural.

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Madalyn finished with what was my favorite look, her London shopper look.


Impromptu Fashion Shoot

I have been combing back through my images from Columbia Style Week, Recently renamed Columbia Fashion Week, and grouping images by designers, models, hair and make up artist so I can find things quickly should someone call. Better then putting someone on hold as I try to look through 3000 images. I ran across these, which had fallen through the cracks the last day.

As we were winding down to the finale of Style Week, we had our designers coming in for one last sit down with the press, each bringing a model to showcase a look they would have in the show that evening. I was there as I was most days to get images for PR and to check that we were running smoothly. Being a Saturday afternoon, there was a lot of running around, especially at a place as busy as the Sheraton. People checking in, checking out, wedding parties waiting in the lobby for the last person to get ready. You get the picture.

Add to that, a bevy of models dressed for the runway, hair and makeup people doing touch ups, and it was a little chaos. But the good kind.

The kind that creativity germinates from.

So we grabbed a few models and made our own event, an impromptu fashion shoot right there in the Vault at the Sheraton.



I was in a lucky spot because the designer and model that are in these images are both women I had worked with before, Jennifer Ghelardini from the Ghelardini Collection, who just recently had come back to Columbia after studying and working in New York, and Emily Hammond, an amazing model and true professional. They were both up for doing something fun while we killed a little time.

Emily especially is a joy to work with. She knows her stuff and moves fluidly, knows when to stop and when to transition. And she brings a lot of energy. Most of these poses are her playing with the space and trying different things.




We wrapped up by taking it outside onto Main St where we did a few



Megan – Workout everyday, Dance everynight

This is from a recent modeling shoot with Megan. As has been the habit this summer, we were shooting on a wing and a prayer that we could get it in before the rain started, or at least hope in and out during breaks.

Megan arrived with a very specific idea. She wanted to do a set of images for her portfolio showing off her fitness side. As a former dancer, Megan still maintains the physique and flexibility that served her well in her previous career. Megan was a great sport and held some of these positions while I moved reflectors and lights to make sure everything was right.

We then changed directions and Megan slipped into an evening gown and we spent the remainder of our time doing a little of everything, bouncing between traditional beauty to a more editorial look. FFS-Megan-101


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Featured Designer Tsvety Fashion

One of the benefits of being Director of Photography for Columbia Style Week this year was being responsible for the promotional spreads and getting to work with all the amazing people that went into making these images come together.  We shot our promo images in and around the Sheraton Hotel on Main St. A beautiful place and they rolled out the red carpet to let us get these great images.

Tsvetelina McAuliffe, of Tsvety Fashion, came down from Charlotte with her collection and worked closely with us to get some incredible shots. Brittany Carr and Sabrina Lecera, our models, came early and stayed late, as did our hair and make up team led by Victor De Leon.

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Tsvety’s designs looked great in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine’s summer issue. The rest of her line made its appearance to close out Friday night of Columbia Style Week.

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2013 and I am back…

First full week of 2013 has come and gone, and it has started out with a bang. Already this month I am getting calls for weddings (all the couples who got engaged over Christmas) and I am starting to hear from couples and families looking for portrait sessions this spring. Lydia-101

The end of 2012 was crazy with a lot of end of the year orders for Christmas presents, and last-minute commercial shoots that took me all over the state. This year will have many more posts and behind the scene views of what we have going on. subscribe or check back often to see what is going on.

Starting this week I am going to start posting some images from my favorite shoots in 2012. A few I have talked about before, most I haven’t, and some are just personal projects that I have been having fun with.

Thanks for taking the time to stop in and we will see you in 2013.



The Ghelardini Collection – Part 2

This week is the second set of images from the Ghelardini Collection. As I have been going through these trying to pick my favorites, and keep marveling at how much wonderful work came out of a short afternoons shoot.

Not enough can be said about having the designer on set to make tweaks and adjustments, and an amazing make up artist there to make sure the last images looks as great as the first.

I posted this image in part one, but kept coming back to it. In black and white it has a much more raw feel, like she just stepped out of a pulp novel.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite images from the whole day. The pose, the look, the color, all just came together.

Felicia looked amazing in this window light.

This image jumped out at me as a classic beauty portrait. Flawless skin and bright eyes.