What a great time that I had with Shanna and her beautiful family for a recent portrait shoot out at the new Shem Creek Park in Mt. Pleasant, SC. They currently live in Charlotte, NC but come down to Charleston all of the time to visit and see family and friends. Now most of the time when I photograph family portraits most parents (including myself) always try to bribe the kids with some ice cream or sweets. Well you know a family really loves the lowcountry when the “bribe” for the kids to be good for the shoot is crab dip from one of the local seafood restaurants on Shem Creek. ha! Love it! ;-)

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Tricia and Adam came into town last week for their engagement session and we headed downtown for some fun. So August in Charleston surely lived up to its reputation with some serious summertime heat and humidity. (heat index like 110 or something) By the end of the shoot I’m sure that Tricia, Adam, and myself were almost willing to go jump in the Ashley River because as much as we were sweating I doubt you could have noticed much! ha! They were both great sports about it and we had a great time walking around the downtown area. Thank you Adam for your service to our country  and I hope you have a speedy return so that you can have that gorgeous Charleston wedding next year that you and Tricia are planning! ;-)

Be sure to view their slideshow below along with some quick collage pics! For Mobile devices, click on this link to view the slideshow. (Iphone, Ipad, Androids)

Charleston engagement photos

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Summertime in the lowcountry usually means beautiful sunsets over the marsh grass and what better place to see that than at The Links at Stono Ferry Golf Club over looking the Stono river. The late afternoon rain clouds were trying to creep in on us like usual in August, but it held off and we had a great shoot with Erica and Brad. Now since Erica is the director of sales, club membership, and event coordinator at Stono Ferry Golf Club, who better to take out on the course than her for all of the great locations that she knows about around there. I explained to her fiance, Brad, that it was going to be a really easy shoot for him. All he had to do was hug and kiss on his beautiful fiance for most of the photo shoot. He didn’t seem to have any problems with that whatsoever! ha! ;-) Congratulations to the both of you!

Here’s a quick video slideshow to enjoy! For all mobile devices, use this link for better viewing!

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Recently my friend Allison Long opened up her new location of Bella Bridesmaids in downtown Charleston at 43 1/2 John Street. It’s such a great new place that she has and I send a lot of my brides over to her when they are trying to find the best looking bridesmaids dresses in town! She also has jewelery that you can select right there in her store. These particular jewelry items were created by Stella & Dot.  If you are in the market for some beautiful dresses or know someone who is, send them over to Allison. She’ll take great care of them! Congrats on the new store front and soon to be “new mommy”! ;-)

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Now of course I remember not to long ago having a very beautiful bride to photograph back in 2006! ;-)

bella bridesmaid bridal image of Allison

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Last week we were dodging rain showers all over the lowcountry, but Mike was determined that his surprise proposal plans at Seaside Farms Plantation were going to happen for his girlfriend, Kara. She originally thought that he was at work and that she and her parents were just touring around some places in Mt. Pleasant. Needless to say Mike had planned for both his parents and Kara’s parents to be there for the big surprise! I think she knew something was up when she first saw Mike, but it didn’t really sink in until that shiny new ring popped out as Mike went down on one knee. He totally got her by surprise! Congratulations to the both of you! I’m so glad that I was able to be a part in this very special day for the two of you! ;-)

Be sure to click on their engagement slideshow below! 

For Mobile Devices- click on word link below.

Mike’s Surprise Proposal Shoot.

A quick collage of images!

lucy_photographer / great photos! Fantastic compositions, great moments captured… just beautiful work all around.   07.18.2014- 03:44pm 

Recently I traveled to Pawleys Island for the beautiful wedding of Kate & Hunter Durbin. It was right on the beach at the lovely Pelican Inn Bed and Breakfast. Wedding coordinator, Della, of Della Ramsey Events put on another wonderful event! Be sure to click on their wedding slideshow below to see some of the fun times that we had along with some quick wedding images. Thank you for letting me be a part of your very special day. It was such a good time!

Just click on the slideshow below!

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What was so special for Kate was having both of her younger brothers walk her down the aisle. I love how the brother on her left is looking at her right before going down the aisle. Even the little ring bearers had to get a good look! ;-)

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More wonderful design elements by Della Ramsey Events!

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Now most of the time I don’t always post up pics from the rehearsal dinner, but I love real moments and Kate just has the most wonderful infectious laugh of anyone that I know! Now what was she laughing at? (see next image)

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Two of the bridesmaids that Kate has known through school dressed up like their former teachers and did a “history lesson” on Kate. Complete with an overhead projector no less. I’ve seen some good presentations in the past, but this one was the best ever! It just goes to show the real quality of friendship that both Kate and Hunter have with all of their friends when they will go all out on something like this at a rehearsal dinner. Good times! ;-)

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A few months ago I picked up a couple of the Fstoppers Flash Discs from Patrick Hall and Lee Morris. Now that I’ve had a few events to try them out in real world conditions, I thought I’d write a quick review since so many other photographers have been asking me about them.

Now what I really like about the Flash Disc is how small and compact it really is. It folds up nicely and fits in my camera bag where I keep all of my shoot thru umbrellas and such. The only thing that I’ve had to compare it with in the past was my smaller Westcott collapsible umbrella (part #2001) that I use on most setups. What I’ve been photographing lately with it is ring shots, awards, and other  detail shots. Since it has a smaller overall circular design, I’ve found that it doesn’t get in the way at events the way my larger shoot thru umbrella did. Nothing is worse than doing a quick table top setup at a reception event with an umbrella when some guest walks by and bangs it with their shoulder or body (insert drunk guests here) ;-) . Seeing how the flash disc doesn’t have any rods or anything else poking out like most umbrellas do, I’ve found it to be a rather smooth setup for situations like this.

Of course with this flash modifier and it’s compact design I’m not trying to light big group shots of 100 people. It’s just not designed for that. Different things for different types of jobs. I’ve found it’s a good item to use in the tool bag of light modifiers when trying to work fast and compact during tight timelines. I can also easily hand hold this on my flash when walking around photographing people at events if needed. It gives a nice diffused quality of light for skin tones that I’ve noticed. (see example pic below) Overall for my quick setups that I need to do at events, this have proved to be a very handy tool for me.  I guess the only thing that Lee will have to worry about will be all of the Chinese knock-offs coming out this time next year of his Flash Disc. (support the local folks!)

Some sample pics below

The first images is a close up shot of the rings using the flash disc on the right side of the camera. Same setup with the images below lighting an award.

Fstoppers flash disc imagesHere I was simply hand holding an SB-800 with the Flash Disc attached.

Fstoppers flash disc example shot

When the Flash Disc is opened up, it’s about 12 1/2″ inches wide. The square patch right under the tape measure is there to help reduce a hot spot from the flash when being used.

This is the universal flash head holder. It’s a stretchy material that allows it to be used with a wide number of flash models.

The material in between the Flash Disc is a neoprene type material that helps to give a nice overall soft light source from the flash.

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So if you are wondering how I’ve been spending a great deal of my time, energy, effort, and money lately………well here you go! The new downtown studio location of Robbin Knight Photography in the historic Harleston Village area. Right on the corner of Wentworth and Rutledge Ave. Also right next door to the awesome florists at Frampton’s Flowers!

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Now I told someone the other day that I would probably not be a very good general contractor/building remodeling by any means. What a learning experience on fixing up an historic building in the downtown area. Projects that I thought might only take a few days ended up takes a few weeks and then when I thought some project might cost a certain amount, it was like triple the price! ha! So I kinda blew my whole timeline (and budget) for when I wanted to really open. Which was a few months ago. ;-) Like anything else, there is always something  to do or improve upon when having a studio location. I’m still setting things up and ordering canvas gallery wraps to go on the walls, but for now we’re open for business!Email or call if you would like to stop in sometime. Or if you happen to be walking around downtown checking out all of the sites, come on in!

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So if you still can’t think of where this is in the downtown area, here’s  a quick pic for you. It’s on 162-A Wentworth Street.

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What a great time I had photographing Rich & Rachel’s wedding last month. A December wedding where the weather was in the 70’s! Love that! :-) Now an interesting proposal story on these two…Rich is also a pilot who flew for the Navy and also has a commuter plane that he flies sometimes. So he set up a sign on Botany Bay’s beach with a “will you marry me sign“. The only problem was that Rachel who was flying with him that day, never saw the sign. So he had to keep circling around and around and then finally tipping the side of the plane more so that she would look out of the window. ha! How funny! Congrats to the both of you!

Be sure to view their wedding slideshow below along with some quick pics from the wedding.

Rich and Rachel downtown Charleston, SC wedding photographer

Gordon King / Excellent work as usual. Very well done! Thank you and congratulations...   04.01.2014- 07:42am 
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