Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:46:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.chrismanstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/favicon-ben.png Chrisman Studios https://www.chrismanstudios.com 32 32 Isle of Palms Family Photos https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/portrait-session/isle-of-palms-family-photos-by-chrisman-studios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=isle-of-palms-family-photos-by-chrisman-studios Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36516 The Rotter Family spends quality time together on Isle of Palms, SC.

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Shortly before their Isle of Palms family vacation, Wendy realized it had been a long time since her family had had photos together. It also struck her that they were currently in a short window of time as a family of four, before her two grown children married and started families of their own. She wanted photos that captured the “magic of this moment,” as she so perfectly worded it. 

These Isle of Palms family photos focused on their energy and chemistry as a family. They live in Memphis and Virginia, and all have busy lives. But they recently bought a vacation home in Wild Dunes, which is their new happy place. Their Isle of Palms vacation was a way to set aside time to just be together, have fun together, and make amazing memories.

They really love being together. They get along. They are friends. They laugh often, and hug often. During the session, they each spoke lovingly about each other and what they mean to each other. It was one of those family photo shoots that lifts our spirits and expands our hearts! 

As the beautiful Fall weather sets in here in Charleston, we would love to meet more families who would love beautiful family photos that will forever transport them back to the happiness they feel right now! Before you go, check out more of our Charleston family photo shoots and also our Charleston family vacation photos! You can see our most up-to-date Charleston photos here: Charleston Photography.

 

 

 

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Hatten Family: Hilton Head Island Vacation https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/portrait-session/hilton-head-island-family-vacation-at-sea-pines-resort/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hilton-head-island-family-vacation-at-sea-pines-resort Thu, 10 Sep 2020 14:57:20 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36502 Washington D.C. family has pandemic getaway at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Resort.

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This Hilton Head vacation was medicine for this busy family trying to get through a pandemic quarantine. 

After quarantining for months already at home in Washington D.C., the Hattens knew they needed an escape, and a way to have valuable family time in a different setting.

“We were desperate for a change of scenery, and this beach vacation was just what we needed,” mom Erin said. “The boys are at such fun ages right now, and it’s incredible to see them change by the minute. Oliver learned to dive and boogie board the day Ben came to take the photos. Henry would have sat in my lap all day doing drip castles. He is still my baby for a little longer. We have been spending so much time together in quarantine, and it was nice to step back and appreciate the moments versus being relieved another day has passed.”

The Hattens rented a home at the Sea Pines Resort, along with Erin’s parents, whom they hadn’t spent time with since Memorial Day weekend, as a precautionary measure. The week was all about quality time together, away from laptops and Zoom calls and the daily grind of being stuck at home together in a quarantine. Even though it was only temporary, it was worth it.

“The beach is such a calming, happy place for me,” Erin said. The simplicity of their time there was healing for them, “just watching the joy in the boys’ faces as they played in the sand or listening to their laughter chasing birds on the beach,” she said. “Those simple pleasures seem to never lose their novelty. Plus, in my opinion there are very few things that beat sitting in a beach chair in the warm sun, toes in the sand, with your eyes closed listening to the wind blow and the waves crash against the shore.” 

Erin and Ben are former weddings clients. Definitely check out their Merriweather Manor wedding in Washington D.C., where you’ll read the story of how a couple with our same names ended up hiring us for their wedding!

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Molly&Colin: A Savannah Elopement https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/molly-colin-pandemic-elopement-at-forsyth-park-in-savannah/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=molly-colin-pandemic-elopement-at-forsyth-park-in-savannah Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:00:41 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36416 Molly and Colin's Savannah elopement during the coronavirus pandemic.

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When it was time for Molly’s vows, instead of directing her attention at Colin, she pulled his daughter Kenzie in front of him and looked her right in the eyes. 

Her first vows were to the little girl she has watched grow up since Kenzie was 5 years old, who she knows was Colin’s first love and who will always be at the center of their lives. That moment said everything about who Molly and Colin are. Along with Kenzie and their dog, Etta, and the baby girl growing in Molly’s belly, they are not just a couple, but a family. It didn’t take a wedding to make that happen. 

Savannah Elopement

Molly and Colin’s pandemic elopement in Savannah was intimate, joyful, adventurous and a celebration of who they are right now, in this unique moment in time. It was the peak of what has been an action-packed, whirlwind quarantine for them. This Pennsylvania couple got engaged in March, then shortly after found out they were pregnant, then sold their house in Philadelphia, and are now searching for a new home that will be the home base for their newly expanded family. Molly and Colin initially put wedding plans on the back-burner, but were suddenly struck with the idea to elope at the end of the summer. They realized Kenzie would be going back to school soon, and this was their only window to have the quiet, simple wedding they always wanted, in a town they love. They planned it all in two weeks. 

Colin, Molly, Kenzie and Etta road-tripped from Philadelphia to Savannah for what Kenzie thought was just a vacation. They told her the photographers were there to do a family portrait session for them. Halfway through the day, Molly and Colin surprised Kenzie with the news that they were going to get married that day! At that point, the day quickly switched to wedding mode. A makeup artist arrived, Molly laid out dresses, shoes and jewelry she had bought for her and Kenzie, and excitement permeated the air. 

Forsyth Park Wedding Ceremony

Molly and Colin married in historic Forsyth Park, one of Savannah’s most famous landmarks, under ancient oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Officiant Tia Hughes guided them as they each shared very personal, emotional vows, exchanged rings and made it all official. The rest of the day was exploring this beautiful city, and eating takeout pizza on the plaza at the end of the night.  

Colin is a fellow wedding photographer, and you should definitely check out his intimidatingly excellent work here. Molly is a speech therapist. They both play the ukelele, and Molly sings as well. They have a unique and fascinating backstory of how they met and got engaged. Rather than me retelling it here, you should read this adorable interview with them in Philadelphia Magazine: Molly and Colin’s Story. At the very least, scroll to the bottom of the article to see the song Molly, Colin and Kenzie performed together to announce their engagement. It will make your day. 

 

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Charleston Proposal Photography on Sullivan’s Island https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/proposal/alex-tony-charleston-proposal-photography-on-sullivans-island/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alex-tony-charleston-proposal-photography-on-sullivans-island Sun, 06 Sep 2020 16:51:45 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36438 See photos from Alex and Tony's Charleston proposal on Sullivan's Island.

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This beautiful Charleston proposal happened right on the beach on Sullivan’s Island, as the couple’s family waited back at their beach house to celebrate their engagement. 

New York couple Alex and Tony were staying at Alex’s family beach house on Sullivan’s Island. Tony told Alex they should go for a late-afternoon walk on the beach. When they got out close to the water, Tony got his cell phone out to take a selfie of them. Then he turned to face Alex, got down on one knee, and held an engagement ring out to her. She was super surprised as she listened to his words, asking her to marry him. She said yes, threw her arms around him, and then Tony pointed out Ben who had been pretending to be a tourist on the beach with his camera. Alex had a big laugh over this! Then they headed back to the house where their families were waiting to congratulate them.

Having the opportunity to photograph a proposal in Charleston is such an honor. We love the thrill of making a plan but never really knowing how it will all unfold, and then of course getting to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments where a couple goes from just dating to making the decision to get married. There is nothing like it! 

Click here to see more of our Charleston photography. We would love to capture this next big milestone in your life!

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Baker Family Fall Photos https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/portrait-session/fall-family-photos-charleston-photographer-chrisman-studios/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fall-family-photos-charleston-photographer-chrisman-studios Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:11:18 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36421 The Baker Family's Fall family photos at home in Austin, Texas.

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It is such a joy to watch our wedding clients grow their families. We photographed Apollina and Brad’s Todos Santos wedding back in 2012 and have remained close with them through the years. 

Their daughter, Amara, and son, Kaian, have made their lives even sweeter, and it’s so beautiful to see the love they all share. We did their Fall family photos in Austin, Texas, right in their backyard. Apollina knew she wanted to use some of the photos for a Christmas card, so she planned ahead and coordinated their outfits with complementary earth tones, and some bolder reds and greens. 

If you’re thinking about doing Fall family photos, we’d love to come meet you in your yard, or some other outdoor spot you love, with our cameras and masks, and document all the love you feel for each other in this most unique time in your life. 

 

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Lauren’s Charleston Maternity Portraits https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/maternity-session/charleston-maternity-portraits-best-charletson-maternity-photographer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charleston-maternity-portraits-best-charletson-maternity-photographer Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:32:39 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36397 Lauren's Charleston maternity session at her downtown home.

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This Charleston maternity session captured all the emotions Lauren was feeling a month before her little boy arrived. She told me she felt beautiful, strong and empowered. She was amazed by what her body could do, and how it was able to change, to foster this new life inside her. And she felt empowered being able to physically carry and nurture a human being with her body. 

Lauren and Charlie’s son joined the outside world last week. It’s wonderful to look back at these maternity photos and see the magic in her curves, the peace in her expression, the grace and strength of her body. 

For Lauren’s Charleston maternity session, I set up a portable studio in her historic downtown home, with a backdrop and lights. We did half of the photos there, then moved to her beautiful backyard to catch the late-morning sunlight. We finished in different spots around her house, exploring each room with new wonder, experimenting with the ethereal light that was already there. Lauren’s dog Beasley (her FIRST baby), stayed at her feet for most of the session and joined in for a few of the photos. 

I will forever remain enamored with pregnant women, and this was no exception. If you are pregnant and would love to capture everything you love about this milestone moment in your life, I would love to photograph you. Check out our latest portrait work on our Instagram account, and please reach out when you’re ready! I can’t wait to hear your story. 

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Audrey&Jason https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/california-elopement-at-big-sur-private-estate-during-pandemic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=california-elopement-at-big-sur-private-estate-during-pandemic Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:24:54 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36355 Audrey and Jason's pandemic elopement in Big Sur, CA.

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The most beautiful thing about this Big Sur elopement was that it was completely stripped down to what matters most to this couple right now: love, health, parenthood and marriage. It was a wedding set within real life, in the context of a global pandemic.  Audrey and Jason allowed this time to be exactly what it was – no fantasies, nothing extra, just all the authenticity, weirdness and raw beauty that is true of their lives (and all our lives) right now.  

Audrey and Jason work in the film industry in Los Angeles, as a movie producer and still photographer, respectively. They’ve been engaged for more than two years, and had their daughter Alexandra about a year and a half ago. Because of their careers, it was already going to be hard to find time to have a wedding (they almost eloped in Japan while working on a project there). Then the pandemic set in, everything shut down, and an elopement in their home state of California, with their daughter, suddenly felt right. 

So this sweet family of three got in the car and road-tripped north to Big Sur, where they were married at a cliffside private estate overlooking the ocean. It was just the three of them, plus a few vendors: makeup artist, musician, wedding planner, and Ben, the photographer. There were no family members, no friends, no nanny. So while being a bride and groom, Audrey and Jason also had to maintain their roles as mama and dada. Alexandra was present for, and very much a part of, every part of the day. Jason held her as they watched Audrey get her makeup done, and they took turns holding her during the ceremony and portraits (I love that Audrey is still holding Alexandra’s blue toy during the first kiss!). Afterward, they fed her first before they could eat their own wedding dinner, which, because of the pandemic, was pizza that had been delivered hours before. After dinner, they grabbed the diaper bag and stroller, and packed everything up to go back to their rental house. 

The pandemic has given many of us new perspectives on life, love and family, and helped to rearrange our priorities. For Audrey and Jason, it has given their family the most precious gift of all… time together. Their Big Sur elopement, set against one of California’s most stunning natural backdrops and dotted with normal moments that any mother and father would have on a routine day, represented what real love and real life truly is at this moment. It’s rolling with the punches, savoring the bright spots as they come, celebrating everything, and working together to achieve something magnificent. And above all, it’s knowing how lucky you are to have this life.

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This Big Sur wedding venue does not allow us to identify it by name, but it can be booked through the wonderful Diane Allen at Big Sur Weddings.  Here are more of our weddings we’ve photographed there: Big Sur private estate weddings. Want to see more small, intimate weddings? Check out our other elopement weddings

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Melissa&Conally https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/portrait-session/charleston-portrait-session-historic-district-south-of-broad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charleston-portrait-session-historic-district-south-of-broad Wed, 12 Aug 2020 17:03:04 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36342 Melissa and Conally's Charleston portrait session.

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I love when we are able to do a Charleston portrait session that is extremely meaningful to our clients. Charleston is a favorite city for so many, whether they live here or are here for vacation. Memories are made all over this city, and we love when people come to us with ideas for capturing the places that make them the happiest, with the people who make them the happiest. 

Melissa and Conally are moving away from Charleston and wanted photos that represent their time in Charleston, especially in their favorite neighborhood South of Broad Street, in the historic district near The Battery. The city really showed up for their Charleston portrait session that evening with beautiful light, clear skies and a lighthearted happiness permeating the atmosphere. They will display these photos in their new home to always remember what a special place Charleston was for them in their first few years of marriage. We feel so honored we were given the opportunity to do this for them! 

To see more, check out our other Charleston weddings and portrait sessions

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Hope&Tucker https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/charleston-elopement-on-uss-yorktown-battleship-patriots-point/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=charleston-elopement-on-uss-yorktown-battleship-patriots-point Tue, 11 Aug 2020 17:34:18 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36308 Navy couple from Colorado elopes on the USS Yorktown in Charleston during the pandemic.

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This Charleston elopement is becoming a familiar story. In the beginning, Hope and Tucker had plans for a big April wedding in their home state of Colorado with all their family and friends. Tucker is in the Navy, and they had been living in Charleston for the past year. When the country locked down at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hope and Tucker realized they would not be able to get back to Colorado for their April 25th date. So they were forced in late March to cancel their mountain wedding, after six months of planning.

Shortly after that, Tucker left for 11 weeks of training in Connecticut while Hope stayed behind in Charleston. When he returned in July, they were set to move to Virginia with the Navy. Everything kept happening so fast, with Navy life and the pandemic making most things out of their control. Hope and Tucker were heartbroken about not being able to have their wedding, and realized that if they wanted to get married at all, they had a very narrow window in which to do it. So they planned a Charleston beach wedding where they’d have their families and their entire wedding party fly out to be there. But because of flight restrictions in the pandemic, that plan was canceled as well. 

“Feeling helpless, we found the true value of our wedding, and we just wanted to be together,” Hope said. Tucker flew in to Charleston from Connecticut at 1 am July 3, and they were married 15 hours later. Their parents and brothers were the only guests for their Charleston elopement on the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point. The next morning, on July 4, the newlyweds moved to Virginia. 

“It was never what I had imagined for my wedding day, and it was a totally different mix of emotions,” Hope said. “We are still sad we weren’t able to be around more of our friends and family and that it wasn’t what we had originally planned, but that’s why it made us that much more grateful. Everything happens for a reason, and I think we made the absolute best out of a bad situation. It made us focus more on what we wanted and what marriage and a wedding truly meant to us.” 

Hope and Tucker plan to have a one-year vow renewal and party next year, so their friends and more of their family members can be there. 

 

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Simone&Michael https://www.chrismanstudios.com/blog/weddings/simone-michael-lake-murray-elopement-wedding-covid-pandemic/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=simone-michael-lake-murray-elopement-wedding-covid-pandemic Fri, 24 Jul 2020 17:45:53 +0000 http://www.chrismanstudios.com/?p=36264 Simone and Michael's intimate elopement wedding on Lake Murray.

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When someone says they found the “woman of my dreams” or the “man of my dreams,” I wonder, can a person truly conjure the perfect companion for themselves, just in their minds? I am writing today as a sister, whose brother somehow stumbled upon the most angelic person I have ever met. Every time I think of Simone, I see her as the woman of my brother’s dreams. He may never have seen her coming, but when she arrived, everything was suddenly right with the world. 

Michael married the woman of his dreams who truly sees the best parts of him: his depth, his quirks, his humor, his sensitivity, his lovable weirdness. He married the sister-in-law of my dreams whose intelligence, kindness and thoughtfulness reaffirms my faith in humanity. She is someone I would seek out as a close friend, brother’s involvement or not. Michael married the aunt of Roxy’s dreams who will always stop what she’s doing to play on the floor or dance to the Trolls soundtrack. He married the daughter-in-law of my parents’ dreams who they’ve watched become the steward and protector of his heart, of his mind, and of his gifts that she sees more clearly than anyone ever has.  

Simone entered Michael’s life gradually, in bits and pieces, until it was clear they had found soul mates in one another. They saw a new path before them and decided they were ready to take it. In Michael’s wedding vows, he described suddenly feeling free and clear-headed, once he realized he loved her. I know that feeling well, and it’s all I’ve ever wanted for him. 

Simone and Michael love each other for the right reasons. They take care of each other, encourage each other, challenge each other, make each other laugh. Most importantly, they work every day to understand and appreciate each other on a deeper level. They both know from personal experience that happiness is fragile, and precious, and worth fighting for. 

They had planned a big wedding on Folly Beach, here in Charleston, in March. Then the pandemic spurred a nationwide lockdown, and weddings everywhere were canceled or postponed. Simone and Michael postponed the big wedding, but still wanted to be officially married on the date they had chosen. So we had a family-only wedding at a friend’s lake house on Lake Murray in Columbia, where vows were exchanged, tears were shed, smiles were huge, and emotional toasts were made. Simone and Michael made dinner for all of us afterward at their home, and we all danced to the Trolls soundtrack. 

Simone, we always hoped and dreamed for Michael to find his true partner someday, but you are greater than anything we dared to dream. In this time of uncertainty, it certainly feels good to see something we can believe in. 

 

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