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The Howell Family Shoot

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The Surprise Vow Renewal

Trinh Le's Senior Shoot

Summer Clouds

        Clouds have always been a joy for me to capture. I love their formlessness, their role in the cycle of nature, and the dimension they add to the vastness of the sky. It's been a booming hot summer here in Greenville, and with it come the summer storms. Despite the unbearable heat, the skies has been an incredible canvas all summer long, warranting my attention every time I go out my door. It's something, though...that such large, beautiful forms are things we can't even really touch. I've always viewed truly beautiful things as fleeting and overlooked. You have to appreciate them while they're there. Otherwise, you miss them.

"Summer Clouds I"

"Little Pig"

"The Ship"

"Pinnacle"

"Summer Clouds II"

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Charleston and Edisto Island

"Substance of Order II"

"Dragonfly Wings"

"Stroll"

"Fingerprints of the Sea"

Street Photography: Atlanta, Philadelphia, and the Carolinas

"Comrades of the Relentless Grind"

"The Substance of Order"

"Resting Wizard"

"Calm on a Saturday Morning"

"Street Living"

"Southern Cross"

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Caleb Whitley's Senior Shoot

        It was a great pleasure to work with and serve Caleb Whitley for his senior photo shoot! The shoot itself took a different direction than what we had originally planned (we were planning to shoot on a stage). But changing it up to shoot in the beauty of the woods more accurately captures his quiet, spiritual strength that drives the kindness and genuineness of his personality.

        I've known Caleb since he was a sophomore in high school and have been able to watch him grow in strength and grace as he sought direction and strength from God to overcome obstacles. Even when I knew him then, I could tell he fought against the superficiality that floods his generation. He didn't want to waste his time or emotion, but meaningfully live in ways that could help other people.

        Caleb has always been a young man with a lot of heart. He understands that life is a process and a journey, and that it is a battle looking for peace in a world of chaos. Being an aspiring musician and worship leader, he pours that same soul and emotion into how he writes and plays his music, as well as in the relationships he chooses to build. He wanted me to capture that side of himself - the emotional, the purposefully creative, and the faith-driven - and I think that comes out.

        I'm excited to see where he goes after graduation. Couldn't be more proud of him! I know his future has a lot in store!

"Compelled by Sacrifice"

"Waiting for Inspiration"

"The Builder and Worker"

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Ryan Bartel's Senior Shoot

       I'm extremely proud of Ryan Bartel. I've known him since his sophomore year of high school and he's always exemplified solidity, a big heart for people, and an extremely positive attitude. He takes the initiative to talk to others and rally people together with a spirit that refuses to break. I'm excited to see what he does as he graduates and jumps out into the college world! 

"Old Soul"

"Thought Bubble"

        When Ryan asked me to do his senior photos, he told me that he really wanted to get some shots that broke from the norm and that reflected his personality. For him, those things were "country and CrossFit." So we looked for locations that looked and felt different, broke out the stars and stripes, and brought on the squat cleans and tire lifts!

        Ryan ran cross country his first two years of high school. Any person on his team could tell you that he was the one that never gave up and continually pushed and encouraged his teammates. He convinced me to try CrossFit with him, and on his first day (while I was huffing and puffing at the halfway mark) he did the entire workout and then some! Hardworking and unrelenting, this kid will always have 'beast' status in my book! 

"Like a True Patriot"

"Mental Readiness"

"For Country and CrossFit"

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The Jake Irons Shoot: Capturing a Person and a Soul

        Jake came to me one day after seeing a headshot that was done for me by a fellow photographer friend. He told me he wanted to get a shot that was similar, one that reflected the traditional and class valuing era of his father. So, we set out to capture just that!

        We shot at The Mill in Taylors, SC. It used to be an old textile mill that had been unoccupied for 60+ years, but reopened up about three years back to be a base for small businesses. Since then it has been grown to be the hub for a thriving community of artists. I chose that location because I felt it reflected that quality Jake wanted: old-fashioned, a little rough around the edges, but standing strong. 

        I've known Jake for around four years now, and he's always been someone who lived his life with conviction and strong values that he didn't back down from. Compared to most guys I know, he's a very deep person. I wanted to capture that emotional and contemplative side while still conveying a sense of strength and pride. I think that all of those qualities show!

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Kaitlin and Hunter's Couple Shoot

        Late last year I had the opportunity to break out of my creative box and work on a creative couple shoot with my friends Kaitlin and Hunter. We did the shoot early in the morning on the back part of the land that Kaitlin's family owns, which made for a great backdrop! The light that morning was amazing, as well!

        We were going for "haunting and beautiful" quality, which I think came out quite nicely. The shots remind me of something out of an old movie. The serious tone of the shoot, though, couldn't help but be lightened by the goofy and laid back nature of Kaitlin and Hunter's dynamic! They're an extremely photogenic couple! 

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