Category Archives: Maternity

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage {West Ashley Announcement Photographer}

And now a baby in a baby carriage!  You first met these two when I wrote about their wedding.  I first met them surrounded by friends, laughter and fun.  It is hard to believe that Click-Click and I have been there for their proposal, wedding and now as they announce news they have waited all their life for.

The Cromptons are having a baby!

Baby Announcements by Songbird Photography

Dear Baby Crompton,

You are so lucky.  Your parents are some of the most warm, wonderful, loving, nurturing and caring people I know.  They have waited for you and prayed for you before they even knew each other!  Your mommy almost jumped over the moon with excitement when she found out you were expected and throughout the trials of pregnancy, she has been so thankful for you in her life.  So get ready, Peanut.  Get ready for the best ride of your life with these two.  They will love you like crazy, spoil you to satisfaction, and keep you well fed throughout the way!  Just remember to play nice with Charlotte….She is sorta queen of the castle.

Love, Auntie Steph

Baby Announcements by Songbird Photography

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Have You Heard Southerners Rust? {Charleston Portrait Photographer}

As a photographer, I know the importance of capturing time. I don’t have artwork in my house. I have photographs. I have memories on my walls and magical frozen time on my shelves. Growing up, our family didn’t “do” family photos.  It was no one’s fault in particular, but I assume 2 fighting daughters, imperfect bodies, busy schedules, lots of opinions, and the inability to make decisions always got in the way…and I hate that.

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

I hate that looking back, my mom was always behind the lens and never in the moment.  I get irritated that all our family photos fit into 4 albums.  It’s saddening that some birthdays went undocumented and that it wasn’t until I was in college that the pictures on our walls changed from when my sister and I were under 10, to a more accurate depiction of our 20-something selves.

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

But, I love that they changed.  Perhaps it was because I became the resident photographer. Maybe life was more exciting so we felt a need to photograph things. It certainly helped that for years, my sister and I started giving my folks framed pictures for Christmas gifts.  No matter the cause, the effect was over-the-moon wonderful.  I love walking into our parents’ house and seeing the walls flooded with photo collages.  There is something glorious about remembering those moments and feeling valued because someone else thought they were wonderful enough to be spotlighted. It’s what got me through a time when my father was sick. It’s what renews my faith in our family when we are at odds with one another.  It’s what reminds me of home.

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

Wild Cotton Photography wrote a beautiful blog on why photos are important.  I urge you to read it.  Whether you are a grandma, new mom, or graduating senior.  Life is always changing and evolving and we must take time to appreciate the moments and record them.  She poetically shares her story about her nana and gratitude for photographs…and mentions how we southerners rust (which is a hoot).

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

She mentions, “The only thing between the past and the future is the click of a shutter.” Don’t let a negative self impression, scheduling, or fear of a bad experience get in the way of recording your memories.  When you are up against the wall, lean into it.  You can move it. You can change things.  And then you can have a gorgeous image to remember that season of life.  It doesn’t always have to be beautiful to be beautiful.  Sometimes, honesty, transparency, and authenticity are the most beautiful things a person can posses.

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

So throw on your favorite top and take advantage of the back to school deals to get a great pair of shoes.  Grab a camera, or schedule a session and record the moment.  Every ounce of it.  For one day, the kids will be too old to dance in their tutus.  They won’t be interested in digging for buried treasure.  Your husband won’t have that full head of hair and you or a member of your family may have passed.  You will want these memories captured.  Go grab a camera, but most importantly, get in front of it.  Special event photographs are great, but life isn’t made up of special events spread out over the years.  It’s the little moments and victories in between them.

Family Portraits from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

Waiting for Baby Lola {Mt Pleasant, South Carolina Area Maternity Photographer}

They needed no direction.  Anna and Caleb were natural models.  Typically, my sessions consist of 25-50% model direction and a the rest is candid moments, but let me tell you…This session was composed of just about 100% “candid, let me stalk you around your house and be your new best friend” moments.  And it was wonderful.
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina Maternity Photographer
Anna and Caleb are expecting lil baby Lola soon.  It is crazy to believe she is in her last trimester (and did I mention, still looking just as beautiful as ever?)!  They are a fantastic couple, one of those contagiously funny couples that you can’t help but feel comfortable around?  Yep, that’s them.  It probably helps that they don’t take anything too seriously and love life’s best offerings (hello all tech gadgets, hats, and dogs).

South Carolina Maternity Portrait session

Their easy-going nature and nurturing instincts will certainly be helpful tools as parents.  My favorite part of our session was watching them interact with their dogs.  Anna was kind, nurturing, and already exhibited all typical parenting traits towards the 3 furry kids, while Caleb had them trained, doing tricks, and leaping for joy.  I have no doubt this feisty lil girl will be well-loved and surrounded by laughter and licking.

South Carolina Maternity Portrait session

South Carolina Maternity Portrait session

Congratulations Anna and Caleb!  May the outcome be worth the process (which I feel 100% confident that it will) and you always keep your calm-under-pressure personalities.

South Carolina Maternity Portrait session

Triple the Fun {Mt Pleasant Maternity Photographer}

I cannot even imagine the conversation….

Doctor says, “Congratulations.  You’re having triplets!”

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That’s exactly what Paul and Callie heard.  While I am sure it took some adjusting to, they were nothing short of blissfully excited during our maternity session at Dunes West, in Mt. Pleasant.  They were all smiles and giggles about having three boys, knowing each other since they were teens, and really wanting to commemorate this season of life.

Maternity by Songbird Photography, Charleston photographer, South Carolina Photography

It was such an easy going session. The parents-to-be were fun, silly, and still crazy in love.  It was wonderful. They also happened to be great sports for braving some crazy wind gusts.

Maternity by Songbird Photography, Charleston photographer, South Carolina Photography

I have no doubt their sense of humor and generous hearts will make them great parents. They tended to one another and served each other with compassion and consideration. Did I mention they are also wizards in the kitchen?  I practically started drooling as I was listening to the food they made in the past.   Additionally, Callie’s grandparents will make sure the boys know how to hunt and golf (seriously, her dad only talked about golf and his mounted deer in the basement..which was impressive)!

Maternity by Songbird Photography, Charleston photographer, South Carolina Photography

Congratulations Callie and Paul!  You will make exceptional parents, but more significantly, you will set a beautiful example of marriage, family, commitment, and love to the three lucky boys!