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Top 10 Photographs of 2011

As I look back on 2011, I’m filled with gratitude!  Each of my clients have blessed me by trusting me with their special moments.  For these opportunities, I am so very thankful.  These ten images are some of my favorites from this past year.  They range from a newborn session to wedding days to my travels.  Some were chosen because of their composition and lighting.  Others were chosen because they capture a monumental time in the person’s life.  Others were chosen because they make my heart flutter, just to realize…I’m living my dream.  I welcome 2012 with arms wide open, my hope is that you will do the same.  Thank you for your support, trust, site views, comments, and encouragement.  I appreciate each of you. 
And now for the TOP 10!
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This wedding party photograph makes me smile because they were all so comfortable with each other and enthusiastic for Jasmine and Andy.  It’s not overly posed and I think that’s why I like it more every time I see it.
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I snapped this shot on my own wedding day…this is my husband, Jeff.  We thought our friend was joking with us when he told us he locked the keys in our getaway car after the decorating.  We didn’t have a spare key.  We didn’t know the code number to open the door.  We did have several friends that stuck around and played games to pass the time until the pop-a-lock man came.
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Here’s Meredith!  This fun photograph was shot in downtown Greer, SC.  These were her seniors portraits, I think this is one says “I’m ready to take on the world!”
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Annie Rice has expressions that will melt your heart over and over again!  This was taken in downtown Charleston, SC to celebrate her adoption into the Prikazsky family.
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Over the past few years I have been in awe of the “First Look.”  It helps the wedding day run so smoothly and the bride and groom get to have a special time together before the ceremony begins.  Christina and Blake had such a precious reaction to each other it had to make the Top 10.
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In February, my family welcomed Vincent Cole into the world!  He has continued to bring us joy and laughter.  This image is from his newborn session shortly after Vincent’s grandfather learned they were namesakes.
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There were so many feelings in this image.  I remember feeling anxious that Perry would see Courtney’s reflection in a mirror or something crazy like that.  All of the bridesmaids were on Courtney’s side of the door ooooing and awwing.  There was a lot of excitement going on, but if you just look at that picture…you see a young man and woman ready to embark on their life as husband and wife.  This was taken at Furman University’s Daniel Chapel in Greenville, SC.
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Yosemite Valley National Park in California is a breathtaking landmark.  While traveling across CA, my mother and sister spent a day riding bikes and touring in the valley.  I stopped for this shot of my bike with the famous Half Dome towering in the background.
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This image makes me smile every time.  By this time I had spent an evening with these ladies at their rehearsal and dinner and we had spent the morning together as they were getting ready for the wedding.  They all had such fun personalities that complimented Melissa’s.  I feel like this shot captures the essence of bridesmaids, they are true friends.  This was shot in Jacksonville, Fl for Jordan and Melissa Floro’s wedding.
drum roll please…
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As a photographer, I’m constantly presented with split second decisions.  As we rolled up to the reception at Lake Lure Inn & Spa in North Carolina I quickly asked Blake and Christina to stay on the trolley as the rest of the wedding party was exiting.  Here is our result, a photograph of a husband who absolutely adores his new, gorgeous wife.
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Goodbye 2011, hello 2012!
Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer