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 »
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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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!
The Wimberly family is one of our dearest clients! We have been very lucky to be their Charleston family photographer for many occasions! Valerie and Co. first had the pleasure of capturing Kelli and Landon’s love as they said their “I do’s” and Kelli’s maternity session with their beloved dog Scout. Even though Kelli and Landon have now welcomed their first baby girl, Scout will of course always be their first “little baby.” Scout is always one of our favorite dogs to photograph during our annual “Dog Days of Summer” sessions!
This session with sweet little Anna Landi was full of curiosity and sleepless moments. Most newborns are very sleepy and pretty easy to pose, but this little girl did not want to be wrapped up and posed! Anna Landi was just too full of excitement and wonder about the world around her! Even though the session was full of laughter and baby tears, for mom, there was still an unspoken silence while sweet Anna Landi wore a special hand-made hat to match her late Uncle’s firefighter helmet in honor of his memory, life, love and service.
Just like many of our past clients, we hope to continue to celebrate each chapter in the Wimberly family’s life as their Charleston family photographer!
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This sweet little blue eyed baby girl and her family is a past client of mine from our 2014 Halloween costume mini sessions. I am so honored her family enjoyed their first experience with our studio and chose me to be their Charleston family photographer to document such an exciting milestone as their baby girl’s first birthday! For many one year olds we do in studio cake smash sessions, but it was so much fun to do an on location session in downtown Charleston to celebrate this baby girl turning one year old!
Their baby girl has some of the brightest blue eyes, beautiful blonde hair, and adorable big toothy grin that will all make make you melt. She is one happy little girl, and I truly enjoyed capturing her many expressions throughout the historic district nearby Waterfront Park. I loved including just a few sweet shots of Mama and baby girl together as well as a couple of wonderful portraits with her lovely grandparents. I look forward to having the opportunity to be this family’s Charleston family photographer for years to come!
Jessica Perdue is a past client of mine, so it was such a joy and a treat to finally meet and photograph her sweet family that has grown by another little one since the first time I worked with her. We absolutely love the Perdue Family! I am very happy and honored that she enjoyed working together in the past and chose me to be her Charleston family photographer!
The Perdue Family of five are some of the sweetest and down to earth people you will ever meet. From the oldest to the youngest, their three children’s personalities reflect what kind parents they have and just how much family is so highly valued to them. We all had an amazing time with their session in the historic district of downtown Charleston in the Waterfront Park area. Do you not just adore the images of just the kids in the beautiful gated alleyways as well as the sweet and fun shots of the whole family on the green space by the water? We look forward to being the Perdue Family’s Charleston family photographer for years to come!
Liz and Brian Gensheimer live in Atlanta, GA so it was an honor and exciting they chose to make the trip to Charleston for their maternity photo session with me! Liz is also a past client of mine. It was such a joy to hear from Liz and have the opportunity to work with her again. I am happy to be a Charleston family photographer for our local families the majority of the time, but I also love it when I have clients who travel to Charleston to work with me. Not only did Liz and Brian travel to Charleston for their session, they arrived separately from two different states! Liz drove from Atlanta, and her husband Brian flew in from Pennsylvania where he had been on a business trip. We loved getting to work with them during their stay, and we hope they enjoyed their time together in Charleston, SC because it’s a great choice for a “babymoon!”
The Gensheimers recently welcomed their baby boy named Caleb, and we can’t wait to meet him some day and watch him grow! There is nothing sweeter than helping families like the Gensheimers celebrate the growth of their family and the love they all have for each other. Liz was an absolutely glowing Momma-to-be, and we just know Liz and Brian are handling parenthood beautifully. We are so happy for you all, and it is always a treat to be your Charleston family photographer. We are flattered when clients make a special trip to work with us!
If you could put yourself in the shoes of a photographer, imagine what would be your first thought when hearing a client’s family session will include their 1, 2, and 3 year old children. Of course you think this is going to be a challenge to have all of those little ones, siblings at that, to cooperate. I am always up for a challenge, but as luck would have it, the Merrithew’s 3 children ages 3 and under were the sweetest little dream subjects a photographer could ask for! I had such a great time being their Charleston family photographer!
This couple is obviously doing a phenomenal job as parents raising a wonderfully behaved and loving little bunch of kids. What a joy it was for me to meet them all and celebrate such a loving family. I am so happy The Merrithew’s chose me to be their Charleston Family Photographer! Look how much fun we had that day together!
I had a wonderful day photographing Donna Kraus and her extended family who all traveled to the Charleston area from multiple states to spend the Thanksgiving holiday week together at a rental home on beautiful Isle of Palms, SC. I am so honored to have had the chance to be their Charleston family photographer! Together, we all made the best of a quite dreary looking day. The mist and fog actually surprised us and became part of the magic and beauty in the images from their session.
All in all, this extended family of 11, including 5 children, were such a joy and some of the most fun and pleasant clients a photographer could hope for. I am very touched and happy to say, that after returning home, Donna let me know that the entire family agreed that “the photo shoot was one of their favorite activities in Charleston, SC!” In one of the country’s most charming and popular vacation destination cities, it is very exciting for me as their Charleston family photographer to hear that our photo shoot was one of the highlights of their trip! I bet many of us wish we could say the same with our own family photo sessions, even just snapshot taking. Having the whole family enjoying and cooperating for a family picture (or quite more than just one shot) is a big victory for most. I am so happy that Donna and family all enjoyed their photo session with me as much as I enjoyed the time spent with them.
I love being a Charleston family photographer, but who doesn’t love a chance to get away to an exotic locale, even for work?! I am honored to have photographed my cousin Shelly’s destination wedding in November in gorgeous Cancun, Mexico! While we were there, we decided it was the perfect backdrop for a maternity session for one of my other cousins, Cindy Newby.
Cindy and Jeff have been married since 2009, and the moment they and our family have been anxiously awaiting is almost here–the birth of their first child. Cindy is expecting a sweet baby girl, and this is absolutely a dream come true years in the making for this couple, but especially for Cindy. Cindy has always loved kids, being a babysitter and nanny since a teen, and fittingly she is also now a professional photographer herself, specializing in families and babies! I am so happy that, like myself with my own 9 month old, Cindy will also soon enjoy the gift of knowing and raising her own child! For years as professional photographers we have been there for family, friends, and clients celebrating their growing families’ milestones and new additions, and now we both will know the joy of loving and celebrating the lives of our own children too!
I must confess, I was somewhat intimidated photographing a maternity session for a fellow family photographer, even though she is my first cousin. Cindy specializes in family and children photography, and I definitely did not want to disappoint and wanted her to be in love with her images from our session together. I am happy to report that Cindy and Jeff are thrilled with her maternity portraits, and I can’t wait to meet their sweet baby girl who is expected to arrive this February! This Charleston family photographer had a blast being able to celebrate two major life events for two of my own extended family members in such a beautiful and distant exotic locale as Cancun, Mexico!
We just love photographing newborns, and sweet little Katelyn Walters gave us our “newborn” fix just before the holidays! Kelly and Jason Walters welcomed their gorgeous baby girl to the world and their family on November, 18, 2014. She was a perfect 6 lbs. and 1 oz. of adorable everything! Katelyn is one beautiful little baby, and we are so honored to have been the Walters family’s choice for their Charleston Family Photographer and newborn session.
Baby girl Katelyn has some of the most beautiful little blue eyes we’ve ever seen! This family’s session was like a dream, and we are so happy to have received and presented them with their gallery wrap canvas order that will be cherished by them and their family forever. Welcome to the world, baby girl Katelyn! We look forward to watching you grow throughout the years as your Charleston family photographer.
I had the honor of photographing Drew and Addie Wagner’s wedding, and since then I’ve had the privilege of being their go-to Charleston family photographer for many occasions and milestones! Since their wedding, I have taken photographs on their property for the Palmetto Christian Academy prom. I am happy to have taken pictures of both of Addie and Drew’s children when they were babies–first, Mary Margaret, and now little Levi! Levi participated in our oh-so-fun Halloween mini session this year also. He was the most adorable little Lion we have ever seen!
This session brought the whole Wagner family together on the grounds of their gorgeous new home in Awendaw, SC. We are so honored and happy to continue to celebrate the lives of the Wagner family throughout the years as their Charleston family photographer! Please enjoy their sweet session at their new home!
What a joy it was to work with the Jones family in the beautiful historic district of downtown Charleston, SC! Brooke, her husband, and their adorable little girl, Aubrey are such a sweet family, and I had so much fun being their Charleston family photographer! The weather was gorgeous, and I truly loved seeing this couple run around and chase Aubrey and enjoying the outdoors on this beautiful day. Aubrey’s blonde curly hair, bright blue eyes, and sweet smile make for one oh so precious little girl!
It is the best day ever when I get to photograph a family spending quality time with each other and making memories they will cherish for years to come! I’m so happy as a Charleston family photographer to be able to document and share memories from days just like this with my clients, friends, and family.
Buzz and Shannon Busby and their adorable 8 month old son did a family session with us at beautiful Hampton Park. Their little guy gave the sweetest grins and was cute as a button! We couldn’t be happier to be their Charleston family photographer! The Busby family was referred to me by one of my dear friends and past clients. Shannon and Buzz met through medical missions at East Cooper Baptist Church where my own Dad is a pastor. Their session was so much fun for me because my own daughter is the same age as their son. It inspired me to go out and take pictures of my 8 month old daughter in the fall leaves. I enjoy being a Charleston family photographer in a whole new way now that I have my own little one! Please enjoy this sweet family’s session. We would love to hear which images are your favorite!