I had the lovely opportunity to photograph Megan & Elysia at Isle of Palms, SC this past weekend.
Megan is working on her modeling portfolio plus she is thinking about becoming a makeup artist - this of course is on the side of her 9-5 job as a banker. Quite an accomplished lady.
Gorgeous, isn't she?
We took these first photos on Sullivan's Island by Fort Moultrie, but we decided to take a little drive across the island for the rest of our shoot - there were about a million more people there, but she was a trooper and I think we got our best photos here!
We had to jump out of the way every two seconds for cars backing out of parking spots,..it actually started to get funny.
I love her sass! This was the look she threw at a truck full of guys who just "happened" to need to put all of their fishing gear together again while parked beside us.
Megan was so much fun - I hope she chooses me as her photographer next time she needs to update her portfolio!
During Mom & Dad's visit this past weekend we also took a trip over to John's Island to see The Angel Tree.
To be honest I'd never heard of it until right after we moved down here and Dave mentioned something about this giant old tree in our area. Man am I glad we went to check it out!
For some reason the weekend they came down was the COLDEST one we've had since we got here - so we had to find stuff to do that was either inside, or in a "sheltered" place so we would freeze.
(Ok northerners - I know that "cold" in SC isn't really that cold, but we are
SO MUCH FURTHER SOUTH WE SHOULDN'T HIT 38 DEGREES!!!) :-)
When we pulled up to the Angel Oak park it didn't look very impressive. In our "underwhelmed" state we went into the park anyway. HOLYCOWWEREWEWRONG
The only thing I didn't love about this tree was the fact that there were about 100 people walking around it, and signs posted everywhere. Since we live here we're going to try to get back to the tree at some point when there are fewer people there so I can get a good photo.
The handstand queen, doing her thing in front of this amazing tree
Obviously the next step in any of our family outings is (once we're done checking out the sites) is to be goofy and document it.
Aaaanddd......as usual.....we had to attempt some jumping photos.
Don't ask....I have no idea what the gorilla arms are doing here....but this is us laughing over our failed jump attempt. Turns out we are not coordinated, and none of us can count to 3!
These next photos are the aftermath of Megan throwing an acorn directly into Dad's eye...don't ask. I have no idea, I only happened to look over at them at the perfect time.
Needless to say we had fun. The tree was amazing (and we're going back) and we got some great photos while visiting. Next time hopefully it'll be warmer!!
If you are a follower of my blog you know my husband (Dave) and I are history nerds - so this weekend when our parents came to visit from out of town we jumped at the chance to take them on our favorite tour of Charleston!
I think the best way to see a city is by walking through it and getting to know it intimately, and this is exactly what the tour we went on does. When Dave and I went on our "Mini-Moon" trip back in August '15 we were referred to Tommy Dew's Walking Tour by the amazing concierge at Courtyard Marriott in Historic Charleston and we LOVED it.
We've been talking him up for months, so my parents (and one of my sisters) were very excited to see what all the fuss was about! (no pressure Tommy....)
We parked at the garage up by the Mills House (Wyndham Grand Hotel) and walked down to the City Market to meet the tour. Obviously we were a little goofy on the way. Mom and Dad were trying to remember where they'd had great oyster shooters the last time they'd been to Charleston. (Turns out it was at Grill 225 on E. Bay St. in Charleston)
We started the tour at the foot of the Daughters of the Confederacy building at the front of the City Market.
Toast was the first stop on our tour, because it is also the North-West corner of the former Charles Town wall. We love Tommy's tour because at every stop he gives such a full account of the history of the location it's amazing.
Since we are from the North Tommy's tour gives a very different perspective of history as we know it. I'd never really thought about the Civil War from a Southern perspective (honestly, I thought it was stupid that some southerners were still upset about a war that happened in the 1800's) but Tommy gives a very interesting viewpoint from which to consider American history.
We saw so many different historic places that I can't even really explain them. The best way is for you to just give Tommy Dew a call and go on a tour! They're so worth it.
Tommy laying down some history for our tour group
The walking tour we did this time was actually (almost) completely different than the first one we went on. When I called to book the tour I told Tommy that we'd been on a tour with him already, and since we loved it so much we were bringing our family back to do one with us - I think because he knew we'd already seen one route he decided to take us through a whole new one - amazing!
Checking the dirt for relics that may poke up through after rainstorms. Dave found a cool alabaster piece, and Tommy picked up a porcelain fragment. He said he finds a lot of bones (animal usually) as well as things as crazy as old slave tags.
Every time I've walked through the city I've wished I could just "delete" the cars from view - how much prettier would this place be?! But then again, every once in awhile we see a beauty.
Our tour ended on the Battery Wall, and then we had to head back across town to the parking garage. For $25/person I'd say taking the tour is well worth it!
For more information on Tommy Dew's Walking Tours check out his website:
Our walk back to the car was a little chilly since the sun was going down, but so beautiful!
For more adventures and for updates on new posts, register to follow my blog! See you next time.
This past Sunday we (the roommates.....my hubby, and my twin sisters) we tried to go to Boone Hall Plantation, but they were having some sort of event that we didn't plan for, so we had to think fast....so we decided we'd check out Shem Creek!
We've been seeing signs that say "Save Shem Creek" all over the place, so we'd been thinking about it anyway....plus it was (kinda) on the way home.
No trip with us is right without a little weirdness.....mostly from Elysia, let's be honest. :)
Yep, this is our kind of normal! Plus we're pretty excited about the fact that we can be outside and not wear winter jackets!!
We didn't spend a ton of time....we just walked up and down the boardwalk, but it was beautiful! Maybe we'll go back on a sunny day sometime this spring or summer and do a little paddleboarding ourselves.
So (as sometimes happens) Meg stole the camera from me and took some goofy photos with me in it.
Our jumping photo is a.....success? Haha. Not really sure what Dave's doing, but we got air!
Aaaannnddd....I hurt my knee. As per usual. I'm not exactly the most graceful.
We were goofy, it was warm, we loved it!! Hopefully next weekend we actually get to check out the plantation, but in the meantime I (personally) love finding all these little spots for quick getaways!
To top off the amazing day, this gorgeous sunset view from the porch of our apartment.
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.