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Family Whimsy {Charleston, SC area family photographer}

There aren’t too many things in life that make me as happy as giggling kiddos.  The Dizenhouse clan certainly fits the bill.  I love them because they are exactly what they are.  You know those types of people who don’t put on a show…They are just in your face honest and it is beautiful?  That’s them.  And it’s beautiful.

fun family picture ideas with songbird photography

Thanks for keeping my camera busy and my heart happy!  You guys are always the best sports in our sessions and come with fun ideas, roll with the punches, and have a beautiful flair for the dramatic.  Can’t wait until next time!


Lucy Turns Two! {Sullivan’s Island Portrait Photographer}

Wow.  Firstly, let me apologize.  This is way too long to not speak to one another!  A lot has happened in my life since we last chatted… but here’s an overview to catch you up:

  • I stopped drinking coffee
  • I photographed my nephew because he is turning 2 (his lil pictures are to come)!
  • I went to Atlanta and had a wonderful weekend filled with fun families (pictures to come too…) and managed to sneak a session in with my parents to celebrate my dad’s birthday (also snuck in an awesome dinner that reminded me and the hubs of our Germany travels)
  • Came up with a 5-year-plan
  • Started a full-time job
  • Started drinking coffee again
  • Started a book club
  • Actually read the chapters for the book club
  • Found a new favorite restaurant (Seriously.. go to Basico and get some tacos and guacamole)
  • Dodged the flu
  • Celebrated my first wedding anniversary
  • Got the flu
  • Redesigned my website
  • Remembered I had a blog and that I should probably start writing for it 🙂

So now that you know where time flew….let’s get to this lil cutie.  World, meet Lucy.  She has turned 2 years old and is as cute as a button!


I loved my session with Lucy for a few reasons.  Firstly, her momma is so laid back and easy to work with!  Secondly, Lucy was the most distinguished talking toddler I have ever met!  I swear, she is 2 going on 12.  Her words were very articulate and her wishes were so fun to get caught up with during our time.  Lastly, we played a game together…called Guess The Next Color Car That Drives Passed The House.  Granted, the name needs some work, but Lucy loved it…And that is all that counts!

Happiest belated birthday to you , Lucy!  May your years be filled with wonder and amazement!

Happy Chaos {Charleston, South Carolina Family Photographer}

So, I am sitting here, roasting like a turkey on Thanksgiving day, because our air conditioner is broken (although hopefully, by the time you read this, it will be fixed).  But I catch myself thinking, “It’s not all that bad.  I get to spend my time with this wonderful family.”

Family portraits by Songbird Photography in Atlanta, Georgia

The Vecseys are, undeniably, the most loving folks ever.  They love, eat some ice cream, and then love some more.  You can’t get away from it (as if you’d want to) and you can’t ever beat them at the loving game.  I am pretty confident that when you become friends with them, you just have to admit defeat and surrender.  Jamie will always be better at giving awesome gifts. Jay can’t be beat at making you feel comfortable and well entertained when you are over for dinner.  And the kids?  Oh man.  They are like walking, human lollipops, they are so sweet.  They greet you with a hug and have you playing in the back yard before you can even grab your first drink.

Family portraits by Songbird Photography in Atlanta, Georgia

I think a part of it comes from this lady.  Oh lovely Nana.  She is the queen of entertaining and also, ridiculously generous.  She remembers my birthday and to send me love in the mail better than my own relatives.  She is happy to help someone out and I am thankful that God brought a wonderful, equally generous, and kind man into her life.  He is like her rock and I have never seen her happier than when she is around him.

Family portraits by Songbird Photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Which is a wonderful thing to be said because when I am around all of them, it is crazy.  Not the bad kind of crazy.  The kind of crazy that makes you want to step back, smile, and watch all the fabulous joy happening around you.  And running.  There always seems to be lots of kids running and playing.  It is never dull.  It is never the same twice.  It is never short of good food, entertaining conversation, and a enough love that you feel like you heart might explode as you drive home, full of ice cream, brownies, and in the case of this session, 100 pounds of yummy salmon.

Family portraits by Songbird Photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Thanks for letting me be a part of your family year after year Super Vecseys!  You all keep getting more and more beautiful, exponentially happier, and wickedly entertaining and I can’t wait to stick around for the future!

Family portraits by Songbird Photography in Atlanta, Georgia

Baby J {Southeastern area Portrait Photographer}

It all started by the hand of God.  He put us together….Which was a great idea at the time and one I am thankful for to this day.  What a smart God.

Family sessions in the Southeast by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

We were roommates our freshman year of college and oh my goodness, it was the most fun.  Emily was wise and spent her days studying and preparing to be a nurse.  I spent my days distracting her with ice cream, flashlight sardines with our neighbors, leftover Thursdays (when we would come home for lunch and reheat all the leftovers to create some type of magnificent cheesy tuna mac with mashed potatoes and creamed corn), and of course, crunk juice parties when Alex would come into town.  I was surprised at how quickly and easily I became a part of her family and still to this day love calling Mama Gayle just to catch up.

Family sessions in the Southeast by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

Emily and Alex have always been one of my favorite couples to be around.  Even when I was single, they never made me feel like a third a wheel and our weekends were spent playing video games, eating, and racing down 75 (probably not the smartest thing to do).  To see them survive struggles, get married, buy their first house, and now have a baby has been one of the largest privileges I could ask for.

Family sessions in the Southeast by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

So when they recruited me to photograph lil baby Landon in his first house (which they are soon moving out of to go to Memphis… How fun is that!), I quickly jumped at the opportunity.

Family Session by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

Our session was casual, easy, and entertaining, thanks to the constant prancing and photo bombing of their super cute maltipoo, Teddy.  He is just getting used to his role as protective big brother and finding his new place in the family, but wildly entertaining throughout it all.

Family sessions in the Southeast by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

I have no doubt that Emily and Alex are going to be amazing parents!  I can’t wait for them to get settled in and reunited in Memphis.  I am not going to lie, it’s partly so I can go visit and eat my way through every BBQ joint there, but also because they are such a fun, inspiring, and genuine couple when they are together.  They really function best when they are in the same city and I know Emily misses all the farts, laughter, and sports TV when Alex is away.  Congrats to you both on this very exciting time in life!  Welcome to adulthood.  May the ride be more exhilarating than racing down the interstate and more comfortable than mac and cheese.
Family sessions in the Southeast by Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell

Two Little Princesses and One Cutie Prince {Children’s Photographer- Atlanta, Georgia area}

As a photographer, my heart’s desire is to capture personal, authentic, and honest images, time after time.  Which really means I hope to continue photographing beautiful families year after year.  I recently went to Atlanta for a photography trip and was uber thrilled for my booking of the Dizenhouse family.  Being able to photograph their family continuously overwhelms me with joy and anticipation.  Besides, they are gorgeous and hilarious kids, so who wouldn’t want to throw a camera in the face and let them go crazy?

Family Sessions from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell in Atlanta, GA

These kiddos are always fun, beautiful, and warm up quickly to the camera, which makes me ecstatic to shoot them annually.  It’s basically when all my hopes and dreams for a session come together: return customer+shock and awe of how quickly they have grown+fun and laughter+lots of unpredictable moments=Stephanie’s favorite type of session.

Family Sessions from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell in Atlanta, GAFamily Sessions from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell in Atlanta, GA

Hayley, Layla, and Jack have big personalities (although all totally different) to match their big, passionate hearts.  They are bold, brave, and crazy fun.  Jack’s unique subtlities seem to balance the girls’ nonstop entertainment and energy.  You never know what is going to come out of the mouths next and I have had the best time watching them grow up over the years and fine tune their personalities!

Family Sessions from Songbird Photography by Stephanie Herrell in Atlanta, GA

So thanks to these cutie-pies for making the evening wonderful!  And for skipping rocks with me and their momma!