Monday, August 28, 2006

Friends in Strategic Places

I used to HATE going to the dentist. Now I don't mind it so much! :-) Since switching to Hilton Dental, I've been treated with the utmost respect by Dr. Hilton, given top notch care by his staff, and experienced a quality of service that far exceeds any other health care I've ever received. As we've gotten to know each other over the years, I now look at my dentist as a friend rather than a tyrant (HA!) He uses modern technology and refined techniques to do a thorough job WITHOUT leaving me bleeding. I LIKE THAT! My teeth have never looked healthier. It's nice to have friends in strategic places! This was a staff portrait I did for their office this week. Thanks for the great service, guys!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Ambassadors of Their Craft

Last night Christopher Teves (respected local guitarist) & Tacy Edwards (acclaimed local flutist) invited me to attend the Release Party of their new CD! Last year they had seen the cover I photographed for country music star Paul Parr's "Family Tree" album, and had hired me to photograph some images for THEIR new album. Chris & Tacy are true artists and ambassador's of their craft. So it was an honor to be invited and to be recognized for my tiny contribution to their new CD. Check out their website at and order your copy of the "The Water is Wide" while you're at it!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Celebrities are People Too

You would not BELIEVE the background checks and security clearance I had to go through to get this job. But I had the privilege of covering the National Governor's Association this week. It was very interesting and I got to meet a lot of powerful people. (I was secretly hoping Arnold Schwarzenegger would be there, but he couldn't make it.) This is a shot of Governor Mark Sanford with his son, enjoying the huge fish tank at the South Carolina Aquarium. I don't know why as a society we single out celebrities and put them on such a high pedestal? Deep down, they're just people too. They deserve all the same courtesy, privacy, and respect that you and I take for granted every day. Instead of mobbing him like the rest of the paparazzi, I just quietly approached him like a regular guy. The Governor was kind, friendly, approachable...and had a great time showing his son all the wonders of the aquatic world while I clicked away!

Sunday, August 6, 2006

The Fisheye

I had a GREAT TIME at Anna & Jared's wedding this weekend. They both have so much enthusiasm and charisma! I remember sitting down with them last year and talking about all their plans for the "big day". Anna mentioned that she really liked the unique perspective of a special lens she had seen another photographer use...The Fisheye. I did not own a Fisheye at the time. I guess I just sort of thought it wasn't a "real" lens, just a gimmick. And at $650, an EXPENSIVE gimmick at that! But we truly aim to please - so after they left I immediately ordered Nikon's famous 10.5mm Fisheye. Over the next year as I started practicing with this new lens, I realized it was the KEY to a whole NEW way of looking at the world. Now it's one of my favorite lenses for fun candid shots like this one! Thanks, Anna!!! :-)

Friday, August 4, 2006

If I Had a Million Dollars...

I know it seems like I've been shooting a lot of editorial work recently. It's a challenge I thoroughly enjoy. This was another Charleston Magazine shoot about remodeled carriage houses. This particular shot is from the historic Edmonston-Alston House at 21 East Battery. Mindy Crawford, the caretaker, was very helpful and told me all kinds of amazing details about the property. This carriage house has been fully remodeled into a beautiful B&B. Another one I shot had been converted to an indoor swimming pool. It simply BLEW ME AWAY how much money had been invested in these old carriage houses! I guess if you have it you might as well spend it. How does that song go? "If I had a million dollars...I'd be rich!"