Sorry for the radio silence..

With a full-time job, never ending list of home improvements, second shooting for weddings and local photography companies, as well as pop-up projects I have, the blog has taken a hit.

To check out timely images of recent sessions, check out the Songbird Facebook Page.

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I hope you had the time of your life. {Candid children’s photography by Songbird Photography}

Hello there.

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Have I told you how very much I love being an auntie? A few weeks ago, while my Sissy and Broseph were on vacation, I had the joy of watching the boys. Somewhere between dropping the parents off at the airport and Gabey Baby going swimming in a public bathroom’s toilet, I thought, “What have I gotten myself into?”

But, we made it work. Not only did we make it work, we thrived. We had an enormous amount of fun and snacks and giggles and playtime and learning and snuggling and adorable moments of which I tried to capture.
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Seriously, I love just spending time with kids and families in their natural habitat, photographing them just doing their thing. Like… I LOVE it. Nothing makes me happier.

One day, maybe, this is all I will do. Maybe you will welcome me into your home and we will have a session over animal crackers and playtime. One day, some day.

But for now, I will keep my day job and cherish moments like this with my family, my friends, and my clients (who basically become my family and friends), share them with you, and take every chance to capture honest moments with authentic emotions during our fun times together.

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Until next time-

South Carolina Portrait Photographer

Orange Fanta on the Hilltop

You may or may not know, but I recently traveled to the lovely Nicaragua with 6 high schoolers and another adult for 10 days. We worked primarily with youth leadership development programs (aka partnered with a local church and helped their youth leaders create programs for the city and invested in them emotionally, spiritually, and relationally to be stronger, more authentic leaders). That being said, there was a morning when we woke at 3 am to feed the local homeless teens and plenty of ministry, service, and lessons in faith and humility.

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My moment of humility came when I was picking up sticky juice pouches of the ground at a school for children who have learning disabilities, are deaf, or need more specialized attention. My moment of pride come from seeing my students serve a community with compassion, positivity, and authenticity. To see them face their fears, step out of their comfort zones, and take a step into the woman they were created to be. That was a pretty good high.

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A lot of beautiful things happened in those 10 days. We saw salvations, healings, and emotional breakthroughs. People let go of their past and pressed on towards a promising future. Students crossed a cultural or language barrier to be one body for the kingdom. Leaders let their pride and agenda fall to the wayside to learn about flexibility and collaboration. Locals and non-locals learned to find common ground, even if it was with the help of Google translator or what felt like the longest round of charades.

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Of course, none of us would be here without the help of others. I have a wonderful community of support (both financial and prayerful) who brought myself and these students to the land of lakes and volcanoes. A place where the stoves always have a pot of gallo pinto, the showers are cold (or room temperature at least), the people are kind, and a small team from America received the best hospitality they could have dreamed of. Thanks to everyone who was generous to grant us financial or thoughtful support. We couldn’t have done this without your help and God’s hand. We hope to have left the city of Matagalpa a little more inspired or challenged. We know that’s how we felt as we sat on a plane, exhausted, pumped with coffee, plantains, and a small sugar high from the tres leeches cake the night prior.

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And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9-11

Money Talks {South Carolina Family Photographer}

Dear Valued Client,

I know you work hard, play hard, and live well.  I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I do want to have an honest conversation about money- specifically how it may affect our relationship moving forward.

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In efforts to make sure I have a stable business, I had to make some changes to my pricing structure for this year.  After hours of research and mathematical equations, I realized that my earlier model was not sustainable, profitable, or the best use of our time. Because I want to maintain the platform for affordable photography (which in this industry varies based on your location, but in my book, should be something you could save up for in a month) that captures authentic moments between loved ones, I had to take a good hard look at expenses, check my gut, and crunch some numbers.

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After all that time, deliberation, discussion, and prayer, I came up with 4 package options to meet a variety of needs and budgets.  The quest to create an affordable option that encourages repeat purchases within a year and provides a livable wage was challenging.  I want to thank you in advance for your understanding, consideration, and support.  While I hope the new pricing model does not discourage you from future bookings, I do hope it helps you understand the value in our sessions and my approach to try and build the business successfully, so I can continue to photograph you and your loved ones for years to come.  A house cannot stand on a shaky foundation and neither can a business.

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For more information about pricing and discounts available, you can click here.

Thanks again for your time, understanding, and support for Songbird Photography.  Looking forward to our next session together.

South Carolina Portrait Photographer

Tis the Season {Charleston Area Photographer}

The year 2014 is going to bring all sorts of great things.  I am confident of that.  At this point, I don’t know if it will bring me full-time business, a new job, better relationships, another puppy (yes- conversations about this are in the works), or more home improvement projects. No matter what, I know it will bring something new and exciting.

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Last year, it was a trip to Germany and a new house.  This year… who knows.

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So here is to a season of uncertainty, a winter that has felt like a spring, a spring that will feel like a summer, and a year that will be awesome.  What kind of things do you do when you’re unsure of what is next?

With a Wink and Smile {Mt. Pleasant Family Photographer}

I love having clients return year after year.  To see how a family grows and changes is one of those things I feel so privileged to be a part of.  The Neher/Ogden Family was gracious enough to ask me back this year for their annual extended family photos and we made a party out of it. Well, a playground party at least!

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These kiddos are the best.  It was just another Saturday outside with the family, complete with dizziness from spinning, laughter from playing, and crying from leaving.  Happy 2014 Nehers and Ogdens!  May this year be as fun as a Saturday at the park.

Rain, Rain, Go Away {Mt Pleasant Family Photographer}

You can come back another day, but don’t let it be on this family’s session, please!  That’s how we felt all weekend.  There is a fine line when preparing to photograph a family on a rainy day.

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In one had, you don’t want to risk getting caught in the rain.  On the other, you don’t want to reschedule and ignore all the wonderful anticipation leading up to the day.

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So we risked it.  And it was wonderful.

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Here’s to rainy days in party dresses and metal slides.  May your family always have the joy of childhood and stay ageless.