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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!


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

I’m so excited about this new weekly blog. Wall Art Wednesday was brought about after I made a delivery to one of my favorite clients. She’s been putting together a photo wall since her son was born 18 months ago (well longer since her maternity portraits were there too). She’s talked about it before during her sessions but I hadn’t seen it in a while. I was blown away by how much thought and effort she had put into it. She was on the Baby Plan so her son had his newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year portraits taken with us and they were all displayed along with her maternity portraits, family snap shots and a few from the Limited Editions they participated in this year. There were gallery wraps, small framed prints and larger prints all put together to make an amazing photo wall that I’m sure everyone loves to look at when they walk into her home.

Obviously I’ve gotten to know this mom over the past few years (I shot their wedding too) so I know that she is extremely crafty and loves Pinterest as much as I do. So it wasn’t a huge stretch for her to come up with something like this and execute it on her own. But lots of people have no idea what to do with their portraits and snapshots. They sit in a box or worse on a computer hard drive waiting for someone to do something with them. I thought it would be a great idea to help those people envision what their photos can look like and how beautiful they could be hanging on their wall. And that it doesn’t take a huge space to make a huge impact. So Wall Art Wednesday was born. Here on the blog I’ll post wall art that I find on the web or photos of my own clients’ walls. I hope to inspire people to take down the landscape picture of a windmill and replace it with beautiful pictures of your family. You’d be surprised how just passing by them can bring a smile to your face. I know mine do…especially when my kids are getting on my very last nerve.

Our very first Wall Art Wednesday is so much fun. I came across this idea on Bliss Images and Beyond’s Blog.

Portrait Wall Art - Photo wall

I loved the idea of adding a conversation starter as well as beautiful images. Using clocks below each of your child’s photos stopped at their birth times you are giving people something to talk about. Of course when someone sees it for the first time they’re going to ask what it means. It’s such a unique way to tell a story about your children and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy this new series and get something out of it. Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. And please send a photo if you have a gorgeous wall in your home or if you create one using the inspiration you find here. You can email it to I can’t wait to see what we create together!



One of the most common questions I get from my Seniors is “What should I wear?” Of course I recommend wearing clothes that you feel comfortable in and that help tell the story of who you are. If you love t-shirts and jeans then we need to incorporate that into your session. If you love fashion and always try to wear the latest trends then you should definitely work that in. We’ve teamed up with Lulu’s of Hartsville, a leader in trend-setting fashion in our area, to bring you the latest trends for Summer 2012. Brandi Wheeler, owner of Lulu’s, shares with us what new styles of hair and clothing are making their way across the red carpet.

“What’s in style you ask? Color blocking, bohemian headbands, braids, anything neon, maxi dresses, sheer fabrics, messy buns, one shoulder tops and dresses, feminine touches like ruffles, pastels and floral prints, rompers, low side ponytails, edgy earrings, statement accessories like clutches, stacking bracelets, and of course anything from Lulu’s!!!!” – Brandi Wheeler

Here are a few images of the latest Lulu’s has to offer.

Summer trends 2012 from Lulu's of Hartsville

Summer trends 2012 from Lulu's of Hartsville

Summer trends 2012 from Lulu's of Hartsville

Head wrap and color block blouse from Lulu's of Hartsville


So now that you know what’s new for Summer 2012, get on over to Lulu’s and find a fabulous outfit for you Seniors Rock! Session. We can’t wait to see you! You can find Lulu’s at 108 East College Avenue in Downtown Hartsville or online at Or visit them on Facebook to get great deals and see what’s brand new every week! What do you think of this summer’s new looks? We’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below.

I couldn’t wait to share this Sneak Peek of The Pattersons’ Day at the Beach Session from this past weekend. We had such a great time and little J did not want to leave. Who can blame her, right? I wanted to jump in the water myself. Here are just a few of my favorites. Thanks so much Ms. K for coming all the way to the beach to see us!! I hope you love them!

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer

Myrtle Beach SC Photographer