Thanks to my Photography Clients
In every business no matter how good you think you are any success is because of your clients. I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every client. We honestly feel that we have the best clients that any business could want to have. I feel blessed to be able to capture the moments through photography of people and families in every stage of their journey together. This could be the very beginnings in weddings, engagements to maternity and newborns right through families growing with kids, pets and events.
Photography is a great industry to be in as you get constant feedback during the session, through seeing comments in social media and from client testimonials and most importantly from having customers return. It isn’t as often that we get to say thank you to all of our clients for their part in our success and growth.
Happy Easter – Happy Photography
Happy Easter everyone. It is such a beautiful day, a gorgeous sunny 8 degrees. It is a wonderful day for an Easter egg hunt. We just spent the morning out side with the kids finding candy and toys in our friends rural back yard. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be outside on such a wonderful day. I will post a few pictures once I get a chance to pull them off of the camera. We are just home for a few minutes before we head out to the conservation area for a hike through the woods and of course lots of photography. With such nice weather today and tomorrow we can’t help ourselves, we will be outside as much as possible, and of course my camera will be with me all day.
Happy Easter everyone and don’t forget to take lots of picture.
Back and Ready For Photography
After a couple of weeks away it is great to be back for vacation and back to photography. We had a wonderful time over the last two weeks shooting the scenery, history and family around South Carolina & Georgia but now the studio is busy again. We have a couple of wedding photography consultations this week and lots of kids and babies in the studio. We seemed to have a wealth of new babies born in the last few weeks while I was away so they will all be coming into the studio. I love taking pictures of those little ones in their first few weeks. The pictures are always so adorable. I will post a few on this blog as well just out of interest.
Harbour wedding photography
While we are on vacation in South Carolina we have been exploring an area on one end of the island called Sea Pines. It is a beautiful part of the island and has many distinct areas to walk through. Once of the most famous parts is the lighthouse and marina at Harbour Town. If you are a fan of golf you may recognize this famous lighthouse. The PGA event on Hilton Head (RBC Heritage) often shows the lighthouse in many of its images.
Living where we do in southern Ontario we are blessed to be near the lake. Capturing these images reminds me of my wedding. Our wedding was at the Oakville yacht club overlooking the marina and harbour. The setting was magnificent as we were married on a wonderful summer day. We shouldn’t forget that there are so many great places to use for wedding photography along the lake from Mississauga to Oakville to Burlington and Niagara.
Places at the lake in Oakville for Wedding Photography:
- Gairloch Gardens
- Oakville Harbour
- Bronte Harbour
- Erchless Estate
Some Mississauga wedding photography locations
- Adamson Estate
- Benares Historic House
- Bradley Museum
- Leslie Log House
- Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens
- Richard’s Memorial Park
Don’t forget that in many areas (Oakville and Mississauga included) you do need to apply and pay for permits to use them for wedding photography.
Palmetto Bluff is a picturesque area near Hilton Head, SC. The area has a brief history but more recently a planned community was build in it place. They planned the small town to capture the look and feel of many old communities in the south. You almost feel like you are in a small village built around the time of Savannah or Charleston until you notice that everything is actually new. If you are interested below is the history of the area in the early 1,900′s. The new “history” did make a lovely backdrop for photography.
The actually brief history is (as stated at palmettobluff.com/wilson-era.aspx):
“In 1902, Palmetto Bluff was purchased by Richard T. Wilson, Jr., a wealthy New York banker, and an era of lavish entertaining began. Although Wilson intended to use the property as a hunting estate, his wife, Marion, loved the social scenes of New York and Newport. Sometime around 1910, the Wilsons began construction of a grand mansion appropriate to a hostess of Mrs. Wilson’s standing. The four-story home filled what is now the Village Square and included a ballroom and a library as well as servants’ quarters and numerous guest bedrooms. One visitor described a room as being entirely devoted to the dolls of the Wilson daughters. The palatial building overlooked the May River and was surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens.
The Palmetto Bluff estate was designed with guests in mind. Visitors arrived at the estate by way of a Savannah Line steamship, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, or the Seaboard Airline train. The social pages of the New York Times listed the comings and goings of the New York elite with frequent mention of individuals “leaving today to visit Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Wilson of Palmetto Bluff, S.C.” Guests would stay for weeks, enjoying Mrs. Wilson’s lavish parties. Mrs. Wilson loved music and was an avid hostess. In New York, neighbors regularly complained that her parties there lasted well into the night.
Palmetto Bluff was Richard T. Wilson, Jr.’s idyllic retreat away from the city of New York until March 2, 1926, when the great mansion caught fire. A distraught Wilson had to twice be led away from the roaring flames, which eventually reduced the magnificent building to ashes. The loss of his beloved home devastated Wilson. Unable to face rebuilding, he returned to New York and sold the entire property to J.E. Varn a few months later. Wilson died in New York City in 1929.”
Photographers view of Savannah
I love taking pictures of old cities, the architecture, history and detail n the photographs are always wonderful. I always imagined as a photographer that it would be one of my favorite venues for wedding. While we have been vacationing in South Carolina we spent the day in Savannah, Georgia. If I ever had an opportunity it would make a great backdrop for wedding photography. They have “squares” throughout the old city filled with fountains, massive old trees, status and other relics of the old south. Many of the historical buildings or the waterfront would also create a beautiful frame for any wedding party.
The horse drawn carriages, flowing gowns, paddle boat cruise of the summer evening, the smells of southern food filling the air would truly create a day out of Gone With The Wind. Below is just a few pictures from our day.
Savannah Architecture – A journey via Photography
There are many places through out the south where the old architecture is stunning. While we were walking through the old part of town we came across the Lucas Theater. The detail is stunning. The Lucas Theatre was built in 1921 by Arthur Lucas and architect C.K. Howell. It was used primarily for movies but has also held many live shows in its time. It was also interesting to learn that the theater was the first building in Savannah to install air conditioning in 1923. Since 1986 when it was rescued from demolition the theater has undergone a significant restoration. When we first visited the theater a few years ago it was partially complete and after visiting it this year it appears to be now complete.
Just a few shots from our Photography Gallery. Tomorrow some photography from around town.
We’ve passed by this little nook for years coming down to the island. Today we finally made a point of stopping the car and ventured in. There was such a treasure of vintage decor and antique finds here! I was in absolute heaven I’m heading back before we leave to bring back a few new “additions” to our home — in Hilton Head Island, SC.
The building has a very unique and historical background. This 1873 church building nestled on the nursery property at The Greenery is a delight for history buffs and for shoppers. In 1973, Ruthie and Berry Edwards saw a quaint little church for sale, right next to the brand new Bethlehem Baptist Church. The building had a ‘For Sale’ sign, so the Edward’s purchased it for $600 and barged the old church to Hilton Head, where it now sits. Click here to check out more of its history.
The farm and nature reserve. How about farm wedding photography?
Looking at these I would love to have the opportunity to do wedding photography on a farm this season. If you are so inclined and farms or animals are part of you a farm can offer some really great wedding pictures. In the barns, tractors, with the horses or other animals. They all offer a really great background for wedding pictures. While we are down here in South Carolina we have spent a little time exploring the island. Below are a few pictures that show some of the diversity of the island. From the beach to the nature reserve to adventuring around sea pines.