Olivia Bridal Session | The Venue At Falls Park

denise benson photographyOlivia Bridal Session | The Venue At Falls Park
Now that my baby sister is officially a married woman I can FINALLY share her bridal session portraits.  And believe me, sitting on this session has been difficult!  First world photographer problems…I know.  She originally didn’t plan to do a bridal session, but I told her this would be a moment in life she would never get back.  The hustle and bustle of the actual wedding day often times doesn’t leave you with a lot of time for portraits of just yourself in your gown so the bridal session is a great time to capture those images and do a test run of how you will look on your big day (hair and makeup included).
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The day of her session was long starting out in Lancaster, SC for her hair appointment with Donna Heath of Elegant Touch and then trekking to Columbia, SC for her makeup appointment with Maranda Williams of Faces By Maranda and finally ending the day in Greenville, SC at The Venue At Falls Park for her actual portrait session.  Along with the help of her good friend and wedding planner Laquesha White we made a little bit of magic that day.  My sister was a stunning bride and I’m so thankful that I was able to capture this moment for her in such a beautiful location!  And although her wedding day is my last as a lead photographer (more on that to come on a future blog post all about my transitions) I absolutely LOVE capturing bridal portrait sessions.  So if you have a big day coming up I would love to be a part of it and make it memorable for you.  Please email me today so we can begin discussing your bridal session and how I can play a part of such a special moment in your life.  I can’t wait to work with you!
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April + Brandon | Love Story Session

portrait photographyApril + Brandon | Love Story Session
I know I’m always preaching about parents never taking the time to be photographed by themselves after the wedding is long over.  Which is why during most family sessions I like to pull them to the side to capture a few images of just the two of them so they can remember where it all started.  April and Brandon both knew the value of that so they booked a couples session with me and I was thrilled at the opportunity to work with them.  Yes, you read that right.  They decided to leave the kid at home and focused their session on just the two of them which I think is absolutely beautiful!  Sometimes you just have to take things back to where they began.
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We met in Rock Hill, SC at beautiful and scenic Glencairn Garden and had a great time snapping and laughing along the way.  They are seriously the CUTEST couple and I could see from just the hour that I spent with them how in love they are and how they were drawn to each other.  Laughter is one of the most important parts of a relationship in my opinion.  After your looks fade away and you can’t go out and about and do the things you used to do, the ability to laugh and have fun in one another’s presence remains and that’s exactly what April and Brandon share.  Being around them for such a short period of time was so much fun for me and I hope I have the opportunity to work with them again in the future.  And if you’re looking to book a session for you and your significant other I would love the chance to talk to you!  Email me today so that we can discuss your love story session or how we can capture your family as a whole and then sneak you two away for a few images!!
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Bianca C. | Airport Session

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Bianca C. |  Airport Session

My clients keep me on my toes.  Especially those clients that I have a longstanding relationship with and we have to keep things fresh since we work together on a consistent basis.  And I love that they challenge me with new ideas on regularly.  When my repeat client Bianca of The Crawford Austin Agency reached out to me for a travel themed session I was immediately intrigued and wondered if it could actually be done.  After a few phone calls and talks she was able to pull some strings and we made the seemingly impossible happen!  To date this has to be one of my most unique sessions and it fits so well with Bianca’s lifestyle and overall brand.  I don’t know if I know any other person that travels quite as frequently as she does so it only made sense for us to capture her doing what she does on a regular basis.  All too often I see people having sessions in places that don’t make a lot of sense for their brand or that speak to who they are as a person, but Bianca knows that capturing her in her element makes sense for her and she wants to showcase that to her clients.
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She assembled a dream team that included makeup artist Maranda Williams and fashion stylist Nadia Rutherford and together with the help of her assistant the session turned out better than even I could have imagined!  It was so much fun doing something unique and out of the box and I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of it.  If you’re looking to do something original for your next session then I’d love to chat with you!  Email me today so that we can put our heads together to come up with a session that is uniquely you.
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Natalie H. | Summer Poolside Session

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Natalie H. | Summer Poolside Session
Natalie, of Freely Nat, and I always have a blast when we get together.  Whether it’s a full hour long session filled with props and fun ideas, or something quick and easy like our most recent session in Rock Hill, SC.  She’s a staple here on my blog and I love getting to share all of the good stuff that we come up with during her sessions with you guys.  It’s officially fall now (and yes I am THRILLED!), but we can always do a quick throwback for those of you that are wishing summer lasted a bit longer.
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Natalie and I met up at her hotel that had the cutest outdoor patio and indoor pool!  Her vibes were fun, flirty and now that she has a little bun in the oven it was fun to capture some maternity poolside looks for all those mamas-to-be that just aren’t sure what to wear when heading to the beach or pool.  Nat makes it look easy, cute and best of all FUN!  Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to cover up from head to toe in unattractive ensembles.  These days bright colors and figure flattering swimsuits and cover-ups are all the rage.
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We had a blast hanging out that morning and I’m already eagerly anticipating our next session together…and stay tuned because it’s RIGHT around the corner.  And if you’re up for some fun, out of the box sessions then I’d love to hear from you!  I’m always looking to try new things and clients like Nat keep me on my toes and get my creative juices flowing.  So if you think that’s you then please reach out to me today so we can discuss your vision and how I can help bring it to life!
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Kennedy’s Sweet 16 | Glencairn Garden Session

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Kennedy’s Sweet 16 | Glencairn Garden Session 
Two life celebration blog posts in a row?!  Yep, you’re right!  Last week we celebrated with Caylen as she brought in 21 and today I’m helping Kennedy celebrate the milestone of being 16!  I’m celebrating lots of life over here at DBP and I couldn’t be more excited about it!  A sweet sixteen birthday symbolizes a girls transition into womanhood and I could definitely see it with Kennedy.  I had the pleasure of working with her and her brother years ago when I was still fairly new to this photography thing and seeing her again for the first time since then was such a shock!  She’d matured into such a beautiful, smart and articulate young lady.  It was truly my pleasure being able to capture such an important moment in her life.
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Kennedy’s session took place at Glencairn Garden in Rock Hill, SC and it was the location of her first session with me which made it that much more special.  Part of what I love about this photography journey is that I get to grow alongside my clients as they expand their families, enter into new business ventures or literally watch them grow as I did with Kennedy.  It’s a unique position to be in that most other professions can’t relate to and something that I definitely do not take for granted.
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I am excited to see where Kennedy’s life takes her and I can already tell that she’s a determined young woman so whatever she puts her mind to she will achieve it.  I look forward to watching her thrive even more in the coming years!  And if you are a teen (or the parent of one) and looking for a special way to commemorate the next chapter in your life I would love to discuss a life celebration session with you!  Email me today so we can begin planning for your birthday!!
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