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Andrew & LaurenSouth Carolina Aquarium & Summerall Chapel WeddingCharleston, SC

This wedding was truly amazing.  I’m excited to share it with you.  Lauren & Andrew married in the Summerall Chapel at the Citadel, Charleston, SC.  But the day’s festivities started downtown Charleston on King Street as the bride and her sister got their hair and makeup down at Cos Bar.  Follow along with me…

Ariel Shot of Downtown Charleston

Here is great ariel type shot over Charleston from the Francis Marion hotel.  I really like the warm tone from the winter sunlight.  It sets the stage for the wedding.

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‘Tis the season…for Love.

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Lauren looks so happy on her wedding day.  I also photographed her and Andrew’s engagement session, they are just super fun and goofy with one another.  It’s great.

Groom gets ready for wedding in Charleston

Andrew has previously served our country in the military and now in law enforcement for the City of Charleston.  The flag is a wonderful reflection of that as Andrew is silhouetted in the foreground.  Thanks to Alex for this cool photograph.

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Lauren decided to go with a uniquely designed feathery and flowing wedding dress (sorry if I’m describing it wrong, I’m a guy HA).  😀

Bride's Shoes

I chose to photograph her wedding shoes on the floor of the hotel room.  I was drawn to the blue and gold color of this vintage pattern.  I felt like it accented the wedding colors very well.  Plus it seemed to match the elegance of her shoes.

Bride gets ready for wedding ceremony

This has got to be the cleanest ‘getting ready’ room I’ve ever seen.  Here’s a tip:  Have your bridesmaids do their best to keep the rooms clean.  It makes the photos turn out so much better.

Bride gets ready for wedding ceremony

Hahaha.  I’m not going to even mention those curlers (whoops, I guess I did anyways!).  This Charleston wedding photo of the bride getting into her dress is hilarious!!!

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Lauren is dressed and ready for her wedding day.  She looks beautiful.

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I’m very happy with the way this wedding shoe shot came out.  Again, that pattern matches so well.  There is also very good window light coming in.  Love it!

Bride stares out the window

The time is getting closer…the wedding is coming quickly.  From here we head to the Summerall Chapel at the Citadel for their first look reveal.

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These vintage buses were provided by Low Country Valet.

Summerall Chapel Wedding First Look

Lauren’s father and sister walk her to meet Andrew for their first look reveal.

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Wedding guests watch the first look from a distance.

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Andrew is super excited to see his bride.

Summerall Chapel Wedding First Look

I love this moment between the two of them.  She really likes him in his cap and uniform.

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They’re so sweet to each other.  I chose black and white for this image to convey the intimacy of the moment they are sharing together during their first look.

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I can’t tell you how much I like this shot of them holding hands and walking together.  Once again, I think black and white makes this image shine.

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Lauren is such a sweet and laid back bride.  I’m really excited for them to get married in a few minutes.

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Andrew’s father gives him a congratulations and well done handshake.

Groomsmen at Citadel Summerall Chapel

This is an awesome shot of the groomsmen in front of the Citadel barracks.  I think the tough guy, serious look works really well for this one.

Groomsmen at Citadel Summerall Chapel

Bride’s sister’s little kiddos were the cutest things.

Family Portraits at Summerall Chapel Wedding

I’m throwing in this family formal shot to show you how awesome this particular location and time was.  Just remember not every family formal has to be at the foot of the altar.  We can go outside for some more warm and light hearted shots instead.

Family Portraits at Summerall Chapel Wedding

Here is one more family shot of the bride’s sister and her family.  They’re going to LOVE this shot.  It’s not too often that families with little ones get shots together.  I’m very happy to take these kinds of photos at the wedding.  Just grab me and we’ll do it!

Summerall Chapel Wedding Ceremony in Charleston

For the ceremony, we move inside the Chapel.  Guests are seated and everyone awaits the Bride’s arrival.

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Check out those Christmas decorations!  You’ll see more in a second.

Summerall Chapel Wedding Ceremony in Charleston

Lauren is escorted by her Father and Mother down the aisle to be handed off to Andrew in marriage.

Summerall Chapel Wedding Ceremony in Charleston

I absolutely LOVE Lauren’s eccentric reaction here.

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Just look at how beautiful the Christmas decorations are for their ceremony.

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These two just can’t stop smiling!

Summerall Chapel Wedding Ceremony in Charleston

I used the tilt-shift lens to add an artistic look to this wide shot of the wedding ceremony in the Summerall Chapel.

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I wish I could remember what was said here but something must have been SOOOO FUNNY.  Just look at Lauren in the right photo above.  The best part is the officiant’s face. HAHA.

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Yay!  Bride and Groom first kiss as husband and wife!

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That ceremony was wonderful.  From here the wedding party headed to the South Carolina Aquarium for the wedding reception.

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Random fact about the above image: Blue and orange are complementary colors.  And this is a jellyfish. HA, you knew that one though, and maybe the first one too.

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I believe I heard that this big guy is over 100 years old.  That’s amazing.

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Guests were allowed to explore the aquarium during the cocktail hour.  That made the reception much more enjoyable, I think.

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I really liked the South Carolina Aquarium as a wedding venue because there were so many different areas and rooms for the guests to explore.  Everything wasn’t crammed into one single room.  It was kind of an adventure.

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When we arrived at the Aquarium I made sure to take more wedding portraits of them two.  I like how different the Aquarium makes the photos look.

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I can’t get over how happy these two are.

South Carolina Aquarium Wedding in Charleston, SC

This was a total different style wedding for me.  I normally shoot outdoor ceremonies at Charleston plantations and such.  I’m really happy with the aesthetics of this wedding.  You can’t go wrong with a setting like this one.

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This tank is over two stories tall!  But their love for each other is probably even taller (if that even makes since HA).

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Bride and Groom enter the wedding reception from the escalator.  That’s pretty grand.

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The Bride’s Father kicks off the evening with a welcome speech and toast.

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HA.  Here her Father was making jokes about Andrew’s shooting skills.  Obviously it was pretty funny for both of them!  I’m glad he had a sense of humor.

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This has got to be the funniest cake cutting moment I’ve seen.  Look at that helmet and that commando knife!

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The Bride and Groom dance together for the first time.

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The wedding guests had a wonderful time socializing and dancing all night long!  It was a great party.

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More Bride and Groom portraits incorporating the Aquarium tanks and their sweetness towards each other.

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And the heels come off!  Let the dancing begin!

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Yup the crazies start!

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Everyone was having a great time thanks to Lucas for keeping the party popping for hours.

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Towards the very end, friends and family joined to together in celebration of friendship, life, and love.

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And a sweet kiss to end the night.

I hope you enjoyed that walkthrough of Lauren and Andrew’s wedding in Charleston.  I like to hear what you think, leave a comment below.

Downtown Engagement SessionCharleston Engagement – Sebastian & LaKitaCharleston, SC

Well, so much for winter.  It’s still summer in Charleston this December.  I guess that could be a good thing.  I was personally looking forward to those cooler temperatures and warm sweaters.  I know that Sebastian & LaKita definitely enjoyed that incredible weather for their Charleston engagement session.  I want to share a few of my favorite images from the photo shoot.  Take a look below and comment if you like them too!

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I absolutely love those first two shots.  I turned them to black & white to create a romantic and intimate feel.   And man, I crazy about this wonderful little spot in Charleston.

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Sometimes you’ve just got to go wide to get a sense of place.  The Charleston Battery is a tourist spot, we were lucky to get it without any other people.

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It’s obvious Sebastian treats LaKita really well.  I liked that he kissed her hand right here.  I didn’t even tell him to do that. Haha. He’s a good guy for sure.

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This is a great hanging out and snuggling shot.  Don’t they look really happy.  He was a goof ball too. 🙂 Haha.

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You can’t beat those southern oak trees.

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I like their closeness here in these few shots above and below.  I always try to capture the closeness and the connection a couple has with one another.

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And lastly, that warm sunlight…I live for that sunlight right there.  It’s my favorite time of the entire day, whether I’m shooting or not.  I absolutely love that moment with the sun turns everything orange.

Thanks for viewing.  Until next time, have a great day!

Preserving Your Photos for Future GenerationsRecommendations for Photo Storage & Backup

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In this day and age, the documentation of our greatest memories are all stored electronically. While this can be beneficial if utilized properly, it also brings major risks with it. These risks—which I will identify below—concern me when it comes to the longevity of all of our photographic images. Many people don’t actually print their photos anymore, especially those taken with smartphones or personal cameras. Not making prints of your images leaves you without a physical copy in the event the digital versions get lost or deleted. Our personal images are very important. They need to be highly cared for and protected. I think there are only a few things that can be passed on to our descendants: wealth, stories, wisdom, and photographs. We want to make sure that those images will still be around when the time comes to past them on. It’s about legacy. We’re all about leaving a legacy. I want you to leave a legacy for future generations to come.

Your photos will show your children’s children who you were, how you lived your life, and some of the greatest memories you have experienced like your wedding day. I’m worried that 20 years from or 50 years from now, many people will lose some, if not all of their photos at some point in their life, at least those stored electronically. Let’s stop that from happening.

So what’s the big deal with the way I’m storing my wedding photos or my family photos? The big deal is that ALL hard drives eventually fail. Most hard drives contain moving and spinning parts or in the case of USB sticks, microchips and transistors. The same goes for computers, they will fail too or they will become so outdated that they’re unusable. I’m sure many of you have already experienced this in your life. Additionally, if it’s not a computer component failing, it’s possible that the images could be accidentally deleted, overwritten, erased, or worse, permanently lost because of a virus. Your images are also at risk of fire or water damage. This is obviously less likely to occur than a computer or memory card failing. Yet, it should not be dismissed so quickly.

The goal of this article is to bring to your attention the seriousness of this issue. I aim to provide you with some practical steps you can take to minimize the risk of losing your images. Thus, preserving them for future generations to come.

Common failures and problems that occur which lead to the loss of images:

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  • The computer hard drive or USB drive your images were stored on stops working for no apparent reason. The components wear out and won’t work any longer.
  • The computer hard drive file system gets corrupted and yields the files or the entire disk unreadable. This is a major issue that I’ve personally experienced multiple times. Many times this is unfixable. This is also a major issue for USB thumb drives.
  • Smartphones get dropped, smashed, or dunked in water. It’s very likely that the storage memory in the device will be greatly damaged and all content will be lost. Or you have lost your device. It’s gone. Not getting those images back if it wasn’t backed up to the cloud.
  • You thought your smartphone was backed up, but it wasn’t. Be sure that your backup is turned on and there is adequate storage space available.
  • USB thumb drives have major issues with the file system getting corrupted. This can be caused by being inserted into many different computers and used a lot.   USB drives are rated for a certain number of read and writes over their lifecycle, approximately “10,000 to 100,000 write/erase cycles” says Peter Cardin. “Once this number is reached, it’s possible that the memory chips inside the device will start to fail and they will no longer hold portions of the data” (Cardin, FlashBay.com).
  • Your images get accidentally deleted or erased by you or someone else, possibly by even your children or a spouse.
  • Photos just disappear out of nowhere. Anyone else had this happen? It’s happened to me. I can’t explain it. But you can’t figure out why some files just disappear but they just do.
  • A house fire destroys everything you own. Yikes!

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Guidelines and recommendations for handling and storing your images:

I want to give you some practical guidelines to follow when determining how to minimize the risk of losing your images. If you take the approach I recommend, you will greatly increase your chance that you will never have to experience losing any images again.

  • Obtain a minimum of two external hard drives. Something like a 3TB or 4TB will work great. These hard drives will work as a set, they will be mirror copies of one another. This way, if one hard drive fails, you still have an exact copy of everything on the other drive. All of your important photos and data should be stored on there; anything that you do not want to lose. Stay tuned, I will post another article soon outlining the detailed setup and configuration of this method. Basically, you will be copying your images and files to both hard drives. But, I will give you a semi-automatic method for doing this.
  • Do not permanently store or save anything directly on your computer’s hard drive.   Instead, save important data on your mirrored, external hard drives. Doing so will prevent you from losing data if the computer crashes, gets a virus, gets stolen, or becomes physically damaged.
  • Store one hard drive in a “fireproof safe for digital media” in your home, if you don’t have a safe, store one hard drive at an offsite location such as your office at work. If you store your backup drive offsite, be sure to periodically take it home to update the mirror copy. An offsite location is great because it adds additional protection against physical damage such as a fire or flooding.
  • Apple Mac users: An alternative to a mirrored hard drive is the use of Time Machine. If using the iPhoto or the new Photos app on your Mac, I highly recommend the use of Apple’s Time Machine backup program (included on every mac). You must still buy an external hard drive but you only need one. The Time Machine app will automatically backup your files. I recommend that you still apply the principles of offsite storage to this backup drive or store it in a “fireproof safe for digital media” in your home.
  • Print your most precious photographic images. Order physical prints of all your most beloved photos. I recommend ordering 4×6 proof prints of all images from your most important memories such as vacations, events, getaways, or your wedding; and 8x10s or larger of your absolute favorite photos. Prints are also great for storing in boxes and then pulling them out and sorting through them during the holidays with your family. #printyourphotos
  • Incorporate online backup services. Do not solely rely on these services but it’s great to add these into your backup method as added protection against losing files and images. I use Dropbox to store important files such as contracts, business data, and select images. Dropbox syncs these files to all of my computers and also backs them up online. I also maintain additional copy on an external hard drive.
  • My iPhone utilizes iCloud backup to keep the images on my smartphone safe and sound. Periodically, I will download these images onto my computer and back them up using the same method as I do for my other images.

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  • The rule of thumb is to have as many copies of your files and images as possible and store them in multiple locations. In the real world that means your files and images are stored on multiple hard drives, keep those hard drives in different physical locations. You can also make other copies on USB drives, copies on CDs, and don’t forget to make prints and albums of your photos.
  • Do not entrust the preservation of your images solely to an online service such as iCloud or Dropbox. It’s ok to use these services, but be sure to use them in combination of other backup methods I’ve recommended.
  • If your hard drive starts making weird noises, backup your files and replace it immediately. Don’t take any risks.
  • If your hard drives takes a long time to load files off of it or if your computer locks up when trying to open files from the hard drive. Again, backup your files and replace it immediately. Don’t take any risks. It’s going to fail.

I’ve lost some of my best personal photos early on due to hard drive failure and computer failure. I have since learned how to stop this from happening to me now. I want the same thing for you. Don’t wait to do this, if you wait, it could be too late.

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It’s all about leaving a legacy for your family. I want you to keep your images safe so that you can pass down things like your wedding photographs, yearly family photos, and all of your other favorite images and most prized memories to your children’s children.

Leave a Legacy. A Photo Legacy.

– Philip

Chris & Kelly’s Wedding at The Loom at Cotton Mill Place

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Loom at Cotton Mill Place
Florist: Everett Smith
Hair & Makeup: Angel Samples
Catering: Reeves Catering
Cake & Cupcakes: Buttercream Bakehouse
Officiant: Crystal Corr
DJ: Tim St. Clair
Rentals: Professional Party Rentals
Wedding Dress: Gregory Ellenburg Custom
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Weddington Way
Groom’s Suit: Michael Kors
Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Stationery/Invitations: Swoozie’s Greenville
Photography by STUDIO 1250.