Emily and Eric have been photographed by Valerie many times, not the least of which was for their beautiful wedding! In August, Valerie and Co. Photographers again photographed Emily and Eric with the addition of one more… their Newborn daughter Mary Catherine! We were so excited and honored to meet their brand new baby girl and be their Charleston Family Photographer. Mary Catherine was sweet as she could be and is one of those babies who makes having a newborn seem not so stressful. She just has a peaceful disposition about her. It is fun being a part of a newborn session and seeing parents proudly bring their baby out (often for the first time other than a doctor’s appointment) to show off the new little one to the world. Our studio isn’t exactly the “world” but it is a stepping-stone to the world 😉 At the time of this newborn session, nine-days-old Mary Catherine had already been featured on at least 3 Internet sites! Now she can add a Valerie and Co. feature to her list. The little pumpkin showed us a little bit of her personality when Valerie swaddled her in a soft lace shawl, Mary Catherine began inching those little finger out the top one by one until her arms were free. Her parents said, “that’s what she does!” These two know their girl well, and being parents seems to come naturally for them. We wanted to see Mary Catherine’s beautiful blue eyes for a few shots and even though she was just brand new, mom and dad already knew what makes the little miss open her eye, if only for a second. You must be quick with the camera at these newborn shoots! We were able to get a variety of photos and poses with Mary Catherine and are happy to share a few of our favorite of this sweet pea. Our studio really loved capturing all the sweetness of Mary Catherine and all the love of the newly minted family of three!
We’ve been there to shoot for Kelli and Landon starting with their engagement, then the wedding, and we’ve done their family portraits with their sweet pups too. Once the Wimberly’s were expecting, we were overjoyed to do a maternity session. Precious Anna Landi was born and we got to do her newborn portraits, as well as every stage of growth for her 1st year!
Well here we are now, Anna Landi turning one, and we were pumped to celebrate this little girl’s 1st birthday!
Pretty in pink and gold and surrounded by matching party balloons, Anni Landi was sure to get all her adorable and playful photos in first before making a beautiful pink mess of her perfect birthday cake. The gorgeous blush colored rosebud cake, looked dreamy, with a sparkling glitter gold calligraphy style topper of Anna Landi initials.
It was almost sad to see the sweet cake go, but so much sweeter to see her eat it! We are so pleased to catch these darling moments.
Some of the most cherished of these moments are from Anna Landi’s newborn portraits where the Wimberly’s requested to incorporate the fireman’s helmet of Anna Landi’s uncle, Ross, who has passed away. He is dearly loved and very missed. Truly it’s an esteem to help honor the memory of Ross. It was especially precious to once again incorporate her uncle’s helmet for the one-year-old portraits.
The greatest compliment was when Kelli said how Anna Landi’s helmet photos are her all time favorites. Ross would be proud of his niece and Valerie and Co photographers are proud to be the ones to capture these special points in time.
Happy birthday baby! We look forward to being there for the Wimberly’s next phase in life! To view more family sessions by this Charleston Family Photographer, go hereRead More »
Of course mom, dad, and adorable big brother think she is perfect too. Some of our favorite shots are of big brother and baby sister. He loves her, wants to help take care of her, and it is precious to see.
Oakleigh melts your heart with her soft wispy light brown hair and her piercing eyes. It’s funny too that her little eyes just did not want to shut for some of the photo shoot, which is not typical for a newborn! This little one wanted to stay awake for the action and we got some pretty precious shots of her taking in her surroundings.
However, being a newborn is tough work, so we did get a plenty of shots of this angel asleep in dreamland.
The Weavers came to us before Oakleigh’s birth to do a Maternity Session at Boone Hall Plantation. That session was wonderful too! The whole family is picture perfect, Allison is beautiful and was absolutely glowing for the maternity shoot. Oakleigh arrived, and the Valerie and Co Photographers team was thrilled to do Newborn Portraits with the Weavers. It’s amazing to be the ones to capture the growing family in different stages and being a Charleston Family Photographer for the Weavers is special to us.
Oakleigh is so loved and you can tell the darling Weaver family were just meant to have Oakleigh. We can not say thank you enough to them for letting Valerie and Co Photographers be the ones to photograph these precious moments!
Pregnancy can be an amazing time in a person’s life. You get to feel little kicks from the growing baby, perhaps the family will document mom to be’s belly bump gradually changing, and if you’re fortunate enough, you may even have that beautiful pregnancy glow that people speak of! Valerie and Co Photographers can tell you that for sure, Allison has that glow! We hope you all enjoy these images form this Glowing Weaver Maternity Session as much as we do.
We went with the Weavers to Boone Hall Plantation for their Maternity Session and sincerely captured Allison’s gorgeous glow. The setting and the family are a dream for any Charleston Maternity Photographer. Boone Hall Plantation is renowned for it’s picturesque grounds. From the old oak trees covered in Spanish moss, the spiraling wrought iron gates, the rustic dirt roads lined with trees, the quaint dock on the marsh, to the beautiful wild flowers, there’s not a bad place to capture a portrait. The Weavers too are fantastic to photograph; you can see the fun and love they share. We can already tell that big brother is going to take good care of his baby sister when she arrives.
This Charleston Maternity Photographer wanted so much to capture and convey all of that for this great family through photograph. To our delight, we here at Valerie and Co Photographers feel that it all really shines through!
Congratulations to the Weaver family, we are so very happy for all of you. Everyone be on the look out for baby girl Weaver’s Newborn session soon… And for more maternity session photos, check us out here!Read More »
Senior Portrait sessions are some of the rarest photo shoots from our studio. We enjoy them very much but parents often don’t think about doing a special photo shoot outside of school-planned sessions. Who ever looks back at their yearbook photo and says, “Wow, that is a really good picture of me”? In the rush and excitement of Senior year and graduation, don’t forget to stop and take the time to capture memories from this time in life. This moment in time will be over all too quickly.
Lexie and her mom had the right idea! They celebrated this life moment with an afternoon stroll in Downtown Charleston, SC and asked Valerie to record it with her camera. It was fun, scenic and historic for this grad-to-be. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect nor the subject. Lexie was poised and radiant! She was effortless in her posing and model-like to photograph. Her mom and boyfriend even jumped into frame for a few of shots.
Rainbow Row is one of the most recognizable streets in the world, so we couldn’t miss a chance to pose in front of some of the homes. A good-spirited homeowner even took his chance to photobomb Lexie’s photo. Thank you to him, whoever he is! He made us laugh!
Parents know that their kids grow up way too fast and the transition from high school to pre-adulthood isn’t easy… Thank you Abbie and Lexie for allowing us to share in these happy memories with you! Best of luck Lexie!Read More »
6 Mothers Allowed Their 5-7yr old daughters to do their makeup…and the results were precious! – Charleston Family Photographer
“Pretty Mommy” – A Perfectly Imperfect Mother’s Day Celebration / Concept Shoot – by Charleston Family Photographer Valerie and Co. Photographers
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In an early celebration of Mother’s Day, we decided to put together something extra special!
It is truly a precious thing that, to a 5-7 year old girl, Mommy is the most beauuuutiful woman in the world. With-OR-without makeup, Mommy is perfect.
As parents, our kids trust us no matter what, and (most of the time) they know who’s in charge. For this shoot however, we reversed the roles a little bit. We put the daughters in charge for a little while! They had full reign of what they think Mommy’s makeup should look like. The moms owned their new high fashion looks with pride! At the end of the session, girls got to enjoy watching Mommy do a mini-fashion shoot with her new makeup. We had so much fun! (Have you watched the super sweet video yet?)
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My “real job” of course is a Charleston family photographer, but I love coming up with concept shoots to feed my creative soul. My original idea was more in line of how funny it would be to photograph moms with makeup a little “off”! (Haha! I’ll admit that was my original thought.) However, this concept shoot quickly morphed in such a beautiful way and melted my heart. As I photographed these special moments between mothers and daughters, I saw the love and the trust. I laughed at how the moms hid their fear as daughters brought mascara wands toward their eyes. The patience of the moms really made me smile. And OH! THE LITTLE GIGGLES! The giggles were absolutely the best. (I even caught one giggle on video from Kaia, did you hear it? Ah, so sweet!)
So THANK YOU, from the bottom of my artist’s heart, to all the moms and daughters who participated in this concept shoot. Thank you to all the dads and grandmas who babysit the other kiddos so these moments could happen! (And thank you for your willingness, to those who volunteered for the time slots that filled so quickly and we couldn’t get you in.) I hope all of you had as much fun seeing these pics and videos as I did taking them!
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We also do SENIOR photo sessions, check out our page here: http://www.charleston-family-photographer.com/charleston-senior-photography-valerie-co-loves-high-school-seniors/
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The Vaughan family is very happy to be expecting their third child due at the beginning of July 2015. This mom-be-be also happens to be a member of our wonderful Valerie and Co. Photographer’s team, and she has been friends with Valerie since middle school! It was an honor as a friend to be her Charleston family photographer to celebrate the announcement of the gender of the Vaughan family’s third sweet baby.
Every time the Vaughan family throws a party, you can expect to see very many crafty DIY details created by Mom! They have so much fun personalizing the decor and experience for their friends and family at their own special occasions, and she does the same when hosting baby showers and other events for others as well. We hope you enjoy some of the unique ideas and details that can be used in a gender reveal party. The Dad-to-be is in the US Navy, so it seemed only natural to choose a nautical theme for this gender reveal party: little sailor or little mermaid? She used this theme to create the personalized sign on her pinata, cupcake toppers, and for friends and family to vote their guess of boy or girl (little sailor or little mermaid).
On a hilarious note, as you can see, during the actual moment of the gender reveal, there was a pinata “fail”! The look on the face of the mom-to-be is priceless! They pulled the strings, but the candy and other pinata contents did not fall out which made the entire room erupt in laughter. Mom and Dad had to pull the confetti out and shower the party guests with fun blue confetti. Most of their friends and family had guessed girl, but the Vaughan family will soon welcome their third little boy to join the two big brothers. It was so much fun for this gender reveal party to be held in our Valerie and Co. Photographers gallery. Valerie was very happy to be the Charleston family photographer for the Vaughan family to announce they are happily expecting baby boy #3!