Tree Farm Maternity Portraits | Greenville SC Photographer

When your adorable baby bump coincides with Christmas, tree farm maternity portraits are the perfect way to capture this special time! The wonderful folks at Star Crest Christmas Tree Farm in Easley SC were so easy to work with and opened up their sweet little farm for Nick, Alicia, and big sister Reaves’ maternity portraits. I love love photographing this growing family…and not just because they are my in-laws! 😉 They are super photogenic, Pinterest-dressed, and their home is FULL of printed photos. If you know anything at all about me and my process, you know I am passionate about getting tangible products into your hands…but that is another post! Anyway, Alicia is so sweet to always choose me to capture their most special moments, including Reaves’ newborn and 1-year portraits. You can also see their birth announcement photos and gender reveal photos, all taken by moi, on Alicia’s beautifully-written blog. It was windy and chilly on the afternoon of their maternity portraits, but that just meant for snugly poses and warm blankets.

Introducing….the Keelys’ Tree Farm Maternity Portraits

  

I don’t wanna have to pick, BUT if I could only ever photograph one thing for the rest of my career, it would probably be mamas and their children. I love this sweet little moment between Alicia and Reaves. And this light at the tree farm? Perfection!!

Again, THIS LIGHT!! This is basically my dream lighting. I love glowy, backlit portraits so much!

Can we PLEASE talk about her little tippy toes? Dying from the cuteness!

Told ya’ it was cold!! (But how cute and snugly??)

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–Amy

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Generations Portrait Session | 50th Anniversary in Greenville SC

You guys know how much I love photographing a generations portrait session, right? It is so special to have your entire extended family together, and unfortunately in these days it’s pretty rare! The Palmers celebrated their 50th anniversary here in Greenville SC, and we gathered for family portraits prior to their party. It was so sweet to see the love and joy these two have for one another and for the family they created. My goal with a generations portrait session is to capture all the many relationships and interactions between family members. I loved how much everyone loved laughing together and celebrating these family bonds.

Introducing….the Palmers’ 50th Anniversary Portrait Session

Still snuggling and laughing after 50 years; I’d say that’s a wonderful example of marriage!

LOVE. How perfectly sweet is this little moment?

The whole family

Little in-between moments are so fun to zoom in on.

There’s no love like grandparent love! I think this crew loves each other just a bit.

The Originals 🙂

Extended Family Portrait Sessions are the perfect time to update individual family photos too! I always make it a point to photograph each “sub-family,” including kids alone and parents alone. While everyone is already dressed up and cooperating, let’s make it happen!

These sweet hands have held each other…their babies…their grandbabies…and so much love and life. Happy 50th Anniversary to you, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer! Here’s to many, many more yet to come!

If you’d like to see other extended family portrait sessions, you can find the Elys’ HERE and the Painters’ HERE. I’d love to photograph your family when everyone gathers together–please reach out so we can chat!

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Brooks’ Downtown Greer Senior Portraits

Better late than never, right? He’s long graduated from high school, but we can still show off Brooks’ downtown Greer Senior Portraits, right?? Brooks is the second of three boys, and it has been so much fun photographing each of their senior portraits and seeing their unique personalities come to life. As a high schooler, Brooks loved robotics and music, he has such a genuine smile, and it was fun to see his confidence in front of the camera. Guys get a bad rap for not wanting to be in pictures, but I actually have a ton of fun with my Senior guys!

Introducing….Brooks’ Downtown Greer Senior Portraits

I love having Greer City Park basically in my front yard! There’s always something going on here, and it’s got great spots for photos. Brooks strummed some chords for his parents and me, looking all chill in his RayBans. 😉

Brooks’ mama, my sweet friend/cousin-in-law Tonya, always has the sweetest ideas for documenting her sons’ growth during their Senior Portraits. As the saying goes, “the days are long but the years are short,” and isn’t that such the truth? I know for parents, it seems like *just yesterday* that their graduating babies actually WERE babies. Even if their shoe size changes [drastically!], some things stay the same–family love, big smiles, and that awesome ginger hair!

This one was a family favorite, and I’m pretty sure it made it onto Brooks’ graduation announcement!

Music is such a big part of our stories, and it always amazes me how closely music is tied to memory. Certain songs and you’re just THERE. Music is a big deal in this family, too. I love this whole hoodie series…

Downtown Greer Senior Boy Session

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Greenville Mountains Engagement | Brandon + Andrew

Today is Brandon + Andrew’s wedding day, and I am SO EXCITED! Their Greenville mountains engagement session last fall was ahhhhhh-mazing, and I can only imagine how special their wedding will be. These two sweethearts, who go back as far as middle school, are filled with love and compassion for each other and for those around them. They support and push one another, and they are so intentional about their love. During their session, Brandon + Andrew showed not one bit of hesitation as they allowed themselves to be vulnerable in front of my camera. That trust, that vulnerability, that joy of being in the moment makes for beautiful portraits, but mostly, it makes for a beautiful life together.

Introducing…Brandon + Andrew, Engaged

We started their Greenville mountains engagement session at Wildcat Falls in northern Greenville county. I love this area because it is beautiful yet so easy to access!

Andrew was a good listener, and he bought the perfect ring for Brandon. Gorgeous, right??

After leaving Wildcat Falls, we headed up the mountain to what may be my *favorite* photography spot–Bald Rock. We had incredible afternoon light and some gorgeous fall color. Looooove!

In their pre-session questionnaire, Andrew was telling me that he knew Brandon was “The One” when they were seniors in high school and planning to go away for college. He said, “I didn’t think I could ever live my life without her, and it turns out I was right.”

May you two spend the rest of your lives looking at each other with this much admiration and love.  

So. I am 100% a crazy cat lady. When little Piper, their mini-Aussie, made her debut, however, I was smitten. How stinking cute is she??? This baby pup nearly stole the show from her mama and dad!

Oh my heart! She is so cute.

To really make their session meaningful, I asked Brandon + Andrew to write each other a love letter. They traded letters and took a few minutes to soak in this special time. Brandon so perfectly summed up the engagement experience: “There is something that changes in your relationship when you get engaged. The change from wanting to be with someone forever to knowing that you will be with them forever is an incredible feeling.”

 

 

Greenville mountain engagement photos at Bald Rock

Brandon + Andrew, may you always dance like no one is watching, fall in love over and over again, and put each other before yourself. I am grateful to capture your love with my camera–it is truly a special thing. Happy Wedding Day today! –ACK

 

Greenville mountain engagement photos at Bald Rock

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  1. Wow! Amazing Couple.Nice Pictures.

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Generations Portraits | Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

I talk all the time about how much I love photographing Generations Portraits! It’s just so special to have entire families–from grandparents to new babies–all together to love on each other and to make memories together. As families get busier and more spread out, it is that much more meaningful to document the times when we’re all together under one roof, healthy and happy. The Ely Family has a wonderful tradition of coming together in the North Carolina Mountains, and last Thanksgiving was the second time they asked me to document their time together. This time, they were celebrating the addition of sweet Andrew, who is ADORED by the entire family but especially by his three precious big sisters. It was so special to see them all laughing and snuggling on a beautiful fall day at the Botanical Gardens in Asheville NC.

Introducing….The Elys’ Generations Portraits in Asheville NC

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Oh how I love these sweet “in-between” moments during photo sessions. Of course everybody loves a good smiling-at-the-camera portrait, but in 10, 20, 40 years from now, seeing how your grandpa grinned at you, or how you looked up adoringly at your grandmother will mean much, much more than perfectly placed hands and “nice” smiles. These memories and the emotions connected to these memories are why I do what I do.

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Fall in the Carolinas is theeeeeeeeee best. I mean, this light is so amazing. And nobody is even wearing a coat in November! How can you not feel happy and in love with life??

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Grandparent Love is like no other kind of love.

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These sisters are so sweet, so polite, so sincere. And how about the dimples???

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Baby Andrew got some time to shine! As the newest member of the family, he is so incredibly loved. As the baby brother to THREE sisters, he is never without a pair of arms to hold him or a smile to brighten his face.

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Look at this happy boy!

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Now I have no idea what goes on behind closed doors (or how this will change once he’s getting into their dolls and toys!), but I can tell you that during our portrait session, Andrew’s sisters were genuinely in.love with him.

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And last but not least, one of my very favorites from the entire day!

Fall Family Generations Portraits in Asheville NC Botanical Gardens

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–Amy

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  1. Beautiful images created by you describing the whole scenario of the loving moments of entire family. Really liked your post and captures of the Generations Portrait.

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