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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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Tutus on a Saturday Morning {Charleston, SC Family Photographer}

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE dressing up in this slip-dress.  It was all white with a huge tutu-esque bottom and a little rose on the top.  It was perfect and I never took it off.. Unless it had to be washed.  In that case, I swapped it out for my pink spandex shorts and one of dad’s old t-shirts.

So you can only imagine my excitement to photograph a couple of cuties in their tutus, as they played with their mommy and daddy.

Fun kids session in Charleston, SC with tutus and frog hats

I love childhood and all the fun it offers.  It is laughter and crying, creative thinking and challenge, all wrapped up in one lacy, furry, polka-dotted package!

 

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