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There is nothing more precious than a Daddy holding his new baby girl. It warms my heart that I get to see this and capture it for my clients. This daddy will cherish this portrait forever. And I got to be a part of that. My job rocks!

Hartsville-McBee, SC Newborn Photographer

October 9, 2013

It’s been a hard day. You’re tired–and let’s face it–a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky.

So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.

Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.

The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.

But images on disc sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.

Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.

The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.

And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.

Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.


I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. We stayed busy but had plenty of relaxation too. We ended up painting my daughter’s bedroom. She had outgrown the pink she asked for 3 years ago so we decided on a pretty turquoise. She absolutely loves it so it was time well spent. Here she is 3 years ago painting her own room (Age 9) and this weekend painting it again (Age 12).

This week I found a gorgeous photo wall that includes step-by-step instructions. It doesn’t get better than that! I found the original post on the Tatertots & Jello Blog. How cute is that name?!


The colors are so crisp and bright. Doesn’t it just say “Hello! How are you? Come on in.” to people coming in the front door? There are step-by-step instructions on everything from painting the frames to hanging them without putting holes in your walls. So go check it out and have fun with it. Who’s ready to create a beautiful wall gallery of their own? I know I am! Have a great Wednesday!!

Peace and Popsicles!


Back to School Mini Session

Who’s loving that school is back in session? Not so much, huh? Well to make the early mornings and late nights of homework a little more fun we’re introducing our very first Back to School Mini Sessions for the entire month of September. These sessions are so much fun! We’ve created an adorable set featuring a chalkboard background that will feature your child’s name along with some other special information for this particular time in their life including their grade, school, teacher, some favorite things and any other info you’d like to include. How freakin’ cute is that?!

Here is the Session Info:

Sessions will be 20 minutes long

Session fee ($29) will need to be paid to book your session

Packages are as follows:

Traditional Print: $59
(Up to 4 different images can be used)

Digital Package: $99
3 Digital Images of your choice
Add all additional digital images for an extra $99

You will choose your package and pay for it on the day of your session. Your Session images will be available to view in an online gallery within 7 days of your Session. Your gallery will be available for 5 days and you will choose your package images during that time. Your friends and family will have the option to purchase items during that time as well.

These sessions are only available during the month of September so please book yours now as we’ll only be doing them after school so they will go fast. Call the studio at 843-245-7320 or email to book your session now. Remember this special time in your child’s life with these super cute portraits! We look forward to seeing you!!

Peace and popsicles!!


I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. The rain is a making it a little gloomy but I’ve been listening to Etta James on Spotify in my office and it’s making the day much brighter. This week I’ve found something that is so easy to create that just about anyone could do it. I found this idea on an adorable blog called Tidbits from the Tremaynes. This mom documents her home improvement adventures and makes you laugh the entire journey. Here she’s created a beautiful wall portrait gallery of various sizes, shapes and frame types. This is such a great idea for all of those mismatched portraits and frames you don’t know what to do with.  It makes it really easy to change out photos as well. And don’t we all have that awkward wall that we have no idea what to do with?! Let me know if you’re going to try this. I’d love to hear how yours turns out! Have a wonderful day!

Peace and Popsicles!!



Wall Portrait Art

I woke up Wednesday morning just like any other morning. Except it wasn’t just any other morning. It was the first day of school. I know, all moms deal with the first day of school every single year. But this year is different. This year my son is a Senior. This year I woke him up for his last first day of school. I’m in tears typing this because I can’t imagine a day when I won’t be able to wake him up for school. I don’t want to imagine it.

And my little girl started 7th grade. She made the transition from elementary school to high school (our town only has 2 schools). No longer will she be walked from class room to lunch room in a single file line with a teacher close by. She gets to mingle in the hall with her friends and walk to lunch completely teacher-free.

After the kids left for school and Daniel left for work, it really hit me how things were changing and changing fast. And there was nothing I can do to stop it. I broke down into tears standing at the front door. I pulled myself together long enough to get ready for the world. But later that morning I talked to mom (and we all know how moms can make us even more emotional than we already are). At that point I broke down again and didn’t recover until dinner.

It’s our little family tradition to take the kids out to eat after the first day of school. We talk about their day, find out what they think of their new teachers, see if there might be any issues. Luckily Daniel knew I was having a hard time with it all and he kept the mood light and fun. He made us laugh the entire time. The kids chose a Japanese restaurant so we indulged in some yummy favorite! The entire ride home all I could think was it was the last time we’ll ever have that dinner. Yes, we’ll have plenty of family dinners together after Gage graduates but we’ll never have the First Day of School Dinner with all of us together…ever again. It hurts my heart to think about. My kids think I’ve lost my mind because the smallest thing will make me break down into tears. They just stare at me like an alien has taken over. I know all parents go through this and I’m sure it won’t be this bad every day. I’m just hoping I can get over it fast because I can’t continue to spend every day crying. My clients might think I’m having a mental breakdown!

I’ll leave with a couple of photos of my babies. I know this image is horrific (I wasn’t always a talented photographer lol) but it’s my favorite photo of them when they were little. Gage had just learned to whistle and was whistling a tune for Lindsay when she was ready for bed. Again, my heart is breaking. I can’t even look at these without breaking down.


And fast forward 12 years to Wednesday – the First Day of School 2012.  Gage’s LAST first day of school.

First Day of School

Lindsay’s first day of 7th Grade

first day of school

Please excuse the bad cell phone pic but getting them together in a photo isn’t and easy thing to do. They look thrilled to say the least. But they are my heart and I’m looking forward to making the most of every single day with them!

first day of school



How freakin’ cute is this? Daniel would never let me do this in our living room but I absolutely love it! I can see creating this design in a hallway instead of doing the same old line of photos down the wall. Or maybe in a child’s room replacing the black frames with colorful ones. I know Hobby Lobby carries wall clings that look very similar to this but you could also find them online. Or if you’re really creative just paint your own tree! Have fun with this one! You could really use your imagination!

Original post here

photo tree

I’m sharing this Wall Art Wednesday post on Thursday. I was having some technical difficulties with the blog yesterday which led me to serious thoughts of throwing my computer against the wall. Luckily I took a breather before I could do any damage and the problems worked themselves out. So this morning I have a blog post for you and a computer that isn’t in 400 million pieces.

Wall Portrait Art

I came across this awesome idea on Pinterest (are you on Pinterest? If not, you definitely should be). How many times have you happened upon some old windows at a thrift store and wondered “Hmmm I know I could do something cool with those, but what would it be?” It would be this! What a gorgeous way to display your family’s photos and add a unique point of interest to any room in your home. It would be beautiful in a kitchen, dining room, family room…any room! I love the cottagey feel it has. Do you have some old windows that could be pulled out of the garage and put to some use? I’d love to see your version of this! Share it in the comments section or email it to

Have a wonderful Thursday!



I fell in love with this wall when I came across it on Pinterest. There was no link to the originator (I hate when someone pins something without a link) so I can’t say where it came from. But isn’t it a gorgeous statement piece…and all about the family that lives in this home. It helps tell the story of how much this family loves each other and how important they are to one another. No landscape picture can do that. I can tell by looking at this that these images were printed on canvas that’s ready to hang but you could also do it with prints mounted on foam core and use Velcro pieces to adhere them to the wall. That way you can change them out as your family grows. I love this and I may consider this for a wall in our home. Portrait Wall Art I hope you enjoyed today’s Wall Art Wednesday. Is anyone feeling inspired yet?! Tell us what you think in the comments. We’d love to hear from you! Peace and popsicles! Heather

We love our pets!! Yep, I said it. I’ve turned into one of those crazy pet people. I dress my dogs up for Halloween, I feed them leftovers, I take them to the vet to get their teeth cleaned (I know!). I never thought I’d love our animals as much as I do. They have become part of our family and I couldn’t imagine living without them.

But not all pets are so lucky. When I visit the shelter in Darlington my heart breaks for all of those helpless animals. They look so sad and desperate to find someone to love them. If I could bring all of them home I would. But I would definitely be single if I bring home even one more animal (we have 3 inside dogs and 2 cats). So I do what I can to help out when I can. We’ve created an event that will help the shelter and all of the other crazy pet lovers out there. Our Pet Days Charity Portrait Event is an annual event where we collect puppy and kitten food for the shelter in exchange for a portrait session and print of your favorite pet. A win/win for everyone! Here’s how it works:

You bring your pet and a 20 lb or larger bag of Purina puppy or kitten food to the studio to have a 10-15 minute portrait session. You can even get in there if you’d like (we limit it to either 2 children or 1 adult). You’ll pick your favorite image and we’ll send you a FREE 5×7 Professional Quality Print. How cool is that?! You help out the shelter and you get a beautiful portrait of your furry friend! We were able to collect lots of food for the shelter last year and we’re hoping to top it this year. If you’d like to schedule your session please call 843-245-7320. If you don’t have a pet but know people that do (and don’t we all know a crazy pet person?) please forward this email to all of the people you know so we can spread the word and raise enough food to feed these desperate animals for a good long time. We’re looking forward to seeing you and your furry friend at the studio on August 18 & 19th!!

The shelter also needs tons of other items if you’d like to make a donation. They need blankets, towels, bleach, collars and leashes, chew toys, gas cards for transporting the animals and of course cash donations made directly to the shelter are always welcome.

Please share this on Facebook too! We need all of the help we can get to reach our goal of filling up these time slots!! Thanks so much for your support!

Pet Portrait Charity Event

Hugs and sloppy puppy kisses xxxoooxxx!!