Elopement Wedding Photographers in Charleston, SC

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I often see the search term “cheap wedding photographers, Charleston, SC” come up on google. I don’t really fit this category. I don’t offer deals or discounts because I want to keep the high level of service and professionalism my clients expect after 15 years of photographing weddings in Charleston. 

But in 2018 I added an elopement package to my price list. For $900 I offer 1.5 hours of photography, an online gallery for viewing and ordering prints and the high-resolution files. That is a great deal! 

I love photographing intimate weddings because they are so comfortable and relaxed. Leah and George were married in February at Planters Inn in downtown Charleston, SC. With, only their parents and Georges brother in attendance. It was a sweet elopement, and I was honored to be a part of such a happy family memory. 

Leah and George are planning a bigger wedding party with friends back home in Massachusetts in a few months. 

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Family Beach Portraits

Family portrait on the beach at the Isle of Palms at sunset

I have been photographing family portraits at the Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Folly Beach for the past 15 years. One of my first jobs in Charleston was at a portrait studio, Portrait Innovations in Mt. Pleasant. There I learn posing techniques for large group portraits and individuals of all ages. I also picked up tricks on helping young kids smile and engage with the camera. 

Now that I have two young girls 6 years and 7 years I have discovered even more tricks on helping kids relax and smile in front of the camera. I also have a greater appreciation for the planning process of a family portrait. From the clothes selection to timing everything perfectly so all the kids are happy. 

If you haven’t already, be sure and visit the home page of my website and sign up to receive my Family Portrait Clothing Guide. There you’ll learn tips on selection clothing for your portrait that will help your family look more cohesive in a picture and let their personality’s shine.

Be sure and schedule your family portrait as soon as possible. Summer sunset portraits fill up fast, especially on holiday weeks. You can fill out my contact page or give me a call 843 442-0802.

Bother and sister posing for a photo on the Isle of Palms near Charleston, SC
Family portrait session on the Isle of Palms
Group photo of a family on the Isle of Palms
IOP family portrait sitting with a little girl in the sand
little boy sitting in the sand during a family portrait sitting on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, SC
Couples portrait on the Isle of Palms.
Isle of Palms family beach photo of grandparents and grand children.
Children on the beach doing the floss dance durning a family portrait.
Funny family beach portrait on the Isle of Palms. People holding cellphone in a family portrait.

Wedding Day Timeline Advice

A Couple Exiting the Carolina Yacht Club

I can not stress enough that every wedding is unique and it should reflect your personality’s and your family traditions. I am not a cheerleader for a first look; I am a traditionalist. I love that classic chic-flick moment when the groom lights up as he sees the bride walking down the aisle for the first time. My heart skips a beat just thinking about it. However, there are plenty of advantages to a having a first look lighting and photography wise so would never discourage a first look if it fits your personalities. 

Assuming you are not doing a first look a good rule of thumb is to plan the ceremony two hours before sunset. That way you have plenty of time for family portraits and couples portraits following the ceremony. Your guest will get to enjoy the sunset during cocktail hour and just as the sun sets you will be starting your reception. When the lighting gets low guest will hit the dance floor!! 

Here is a sample wedding day timeline for a TRADITIONAL May wedding with a 7:30 sunset. 

2:30 Photographer arrives

3:30 Hair and makeup are complete bride steps into her wedding dress

4:00 Bride, bridesmaids, and brides family take portraits outdoors

4:00 The groom, groomsmen, and grooms family meet the second photographer at the ceremony site for portraits

4:45 The bride is tucked away in the church and groomsmen start escorting the guest to their seats 

5:30 Ceremony begins

6:00 Ceremony ends

6:15 Family portraits begin

6:30 Cocktail hour begins

6:30 Couples portraits begin

7:00 The family and the couple join cocktail hour

7:30 SUNSET

7:30 The reception begins with a first dance

8:00 Dinner is served 

9:00 Toast, cake cutting, father daughter and mother son dances

11:30 Exit


Here is a sample wedding day timeline for a May wedding with a FIRST LOOK and a 7:30 sunset. 

2:00 Photographer arrives

3:00 Hair and makeup are complete bride steps into her wedding dress

3:30 First Look with Bride and Groom

3:45 Bridal party portraits / Bride and groom portraits

4:15 Family Photos

4:45 The bride is tucked away in the church and groomsmen start escorting the guest to their seats 

5:30 Ceremony begins

6:00 Ceremony ends

6:30 Cocktail hour begins

7:15 Couples portraits at sunset

7:30 SUNSET

7:30 The reception begins with a first dance

8:00 Dinner is served 

9:00 Toast, cake cutting, father daughter and mother son dances

11:30 Exit