Candice J. | Columbia Branding Session

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Candice J. | Columbia Branding Session

While I love shooting in and around Rock Hill and Charlotte, NC it’s fun to get out of town every once in a while for a session and shoot in locations I only get the opportunity to shoot in occasionally and sometimes for the first time ever.  When my Soror Candice reached out to me regarding a branding session for her blog, But I’m Not A Critic Though (aka BINACT), I was so excited to get the opportunity to work with her!  BINACT’s mission is to provide unique and positive perspectives to today’s music culture.  BINACT, as it’s sometimes affectionately dubbed, gives it’s followers music reviews of not only mainstream music, but also independent artists that you may have never heard of before.  And in today’s culture that’s definitely a refreshing change of pace.
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Candice and I met in The Vista located in downtown Columbia, SC (home of my alma mater) for a quick shoot to give her some fresh, new images that she can use across the board for not only her website, but social media and her marketing materials.  Her laid back style allowed us to capture some unique imagery that isn’t stuffy or boring like typical headshots can sometimes be.  I love when my clients think outside the box and use their images to speak to who they are and what they want their brand to represent.
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You can check Candice and BINACT out on Instagram and Facebook. And to keep up with the latest at But I’m Not A Critic Though make sure to visit her website and sign up for her newsletter.  And if you’re a blogger, business owner or just need some updated images I’d love to chat with you!  Email me today so I can help you bring your vision to life.
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Sheena F. | Slay The Day

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Sheena F. | Slay The Day
I had the pleasure of working with Sheena a few months ago for her first branding session and we instantly clicked!  I love it when I meet a new client and our visions are so in sync that we’re already looking forward to our next shoot together.  So I was thrilled when she reached back out to me regarding her new t-shirt line “Slay The Day” and having me capture it.  Sheena is an advocate for living the single life fabulously so this new line of t-shirts (that let’s both married and single ladies know they’re slaying this life with no regrets) is completely on brand for her.  It was something a bit different for me when it comes to branding photography and I always like to stretch myself and try new things so I was extra excited for this session.
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We decided to shoot in her city of Columbia, SC, affectionately known as Soda City in the downtown area with a group of fabulous ladies.  Some that Sheena has known for years and others that she had just met prior to the shoot and got them to be a part of the fun!  I got to work with each of these ladies individually and in groupings and it was such a fun morning!  Thankfully we were able to get in and out before the humidity got the best of us and we came away with some amazing shots.  I’m so glad that Sheena chose me to be part of creating this campaign for her and I’m already looking forward to our next collaboration.  If you’re looking to build your brand or create new images for an existing brand I’d love to hear from you!  Email me today so that I can hear your ideas of how we can create some magic together.
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Meet Me In Maui

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Meet Me In Maui
A couple of months ago I took one of the most amazing vacations of my entire life all thanks to my best friend.  Hawaii has been on my bucket list for years.  And when I say years, I mean YEARS.  And although it’s part of the United States it’s always seemed a bit unattainable.  Literally being on the other side of the country and knowing how expensive of a trip it would be made it a trip that I wasn’t sure would ever take place.  So when the opportunity presented itself at the end of 2017 to actually go in August of 2018 I decided to put my doubts to the side and just say YES!  And boy am I glad I did.  It was one of the most beautiful and relaxing vacations I’ve ever taken.  For one week straight I was literally out here “living my best life.”
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The island of Maui is incredibly lush and scenic and although it’s a laid back environment we were never short on things to do.  From lounging on the beach in our own private casabella and at the resort pools of The Grand Wailea Resort, pampering ourselves at the best spa I’ve ever experienced, exploring a nearby rock beach on the search for sea turtles, to zip-lining in one of the most scenic places in the world it was a trip I will always remember.  If you ever find yourself in Maui take advantage of everything it has to offer.  And fully enjoy the cuisine!  We ate so good everyday and I’m still craving the shrimp poke bowls that I had on more than one occasion.  I’m so thankful this was something I was able to share with some amazing ladies and am already looking forward to my next adventure!
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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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