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So one of my favorite couples, Carolyn & Jason,  asked recently about some family portraits that they wanted to do. Since they will be adding a “new bundle of joy” coming up in April, this was a perfect time to also get some maternity pics for Carolyn. Soon to be big brother Henry had a blast running around Hampton Park looking at the ducks in the pond and all of the different colored flowers in the park.  I just love it when I can photograph a couples wedding and then continue on as they grow their family. Congrats on baby #2!! :-)

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Family portraits in Charleston SC

charleston family portraits

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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!

downtown charleston sc photography studio

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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We had a great time this 4th of July with our very own neighborhood parade in the morning lead by one of the fire trucks from the City of Charleston Fire Department! How cool is that?! I think that just about every single kid from the neighborhood came out to ride their bikes behind the fire truck. Everyone was decked out with American flags, banners, and some even dressed up in costume for the occasion. Some of the adults even dressed up their golf carts to drive in the parade. We made a quick loop around the block then ended back up at the neighborhood pool for a cookout. Now I realize this wasn’t quite all of the hooplah of the Macy’s fireworks display in New York City for the 4th, but it was pretty cool never the less to see all of the kids so excited and happy just to be in a parade! It was a great sense of community involvement to have fun with all of your neighbors. It reminded me of a funny post that I saw on Facebook yesterday that tied in with the passing of Andy Griffith recently. “We need more Mayberry, and less Jersey Shore…..” Isn’t that the truth! ;-)

Here were some quick pics!

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What a great time Austin had playing his first year of t-ball for the St. Andrews Parks and Playground. He had some wonderful coaches and loved every minute of it. It’s really a funny site to see a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds all on a baseball field running for a ball when its hit. As in the Whole entire team chases after the ball! Too Funny! A special thanks to Coach Chad, Chris, and Jason for doing such a great job with all of the little ones! Also thanks to the Savannah Hwy. Chick-fil-A store for their sponsorship and after party that they gave at their store! Looking forward to next year’s season!

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Now that I was able to catch up on a few jobs, I can finally post the video of the family beach portrait session of Sean and Anna Keller. This was shot back in the first part of October and the weather was still really nice to go out to the beach! Don’t forget about those family Christmas Cards! Call or book your family portrait shoot today!

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High heel Shoes / It's really good blog post   02.17.2012- 06:14am 
Wedding Videographer / Nice beach photos. Glad you have been able to catch up. Looking forward to more posts in 2012.   01.02.2012- 11:26am 

So the guys (Bryan and Greg) at Other Brother Entertainment decided to throw a killer New Year’s Eve party at the Charleston Marriott Hotel downtown. What a party it was! The place was packed! I think the large crystal ballroom holds something close to a thousand people, and if they didn’t hit that, they sure were close to it! There were three different party bands up on stage through out the night along with a special guest DJ. Then for the midnight count down, they had a large projector screen set up showing the Times Square event in NYC. If you missed out, make plans to attend their party next year because it was well worth it! I had a great time photographing the event.   After the slideshow, their is a link to where all of the images can be found online.

Nerd Notes for Camera folks: For most of my “overhead” shots, I used my extension pole with a remote camera on top so that way I could get some above the crowd type of shots. I had a combination of my Radiopoppers and some Calumet RF remotes to trigger off my flashes and camera. I love my Radiopoppers to trigger those flashes! Since so many people have point and shoot cameras at any event that you go to, these are a great way to get around an accidental flash pop and still have complete control of them (flashes)  from across the room.

Be sure to view the slideshow and links below!

New Years Eve 2010 Charleston, SC photography

New Years Eve 2010 Charleston Photography

New Years Eve 2010 Charleston Photography

New Years Eve 2010 Charleston Photography

Slideshow from the Big Party!

Chris Fig / Very cool shots. Looks like it was a jamming party. I know what it's like to work on New Year's Eve. I was at the Hyatt Jersey City videotaping a wedding. At least I was able to watch fireworks on the Hudson River.   01.13.2011- 08:37pm 
Creig Cooke / Great job! The pictures look fantastic!   01.04.2011- 04:15pm 

Happy 4th of July! Well as of this posting, it would be Happy 5th of July! ha!  So last night I took our “little tornado” out for the fireworks display at the North Charleston Riverfront Park. They always have a really nice setup out there for everyone to enjoy. Plenty of food and jump castles and slides for all of the kiddies! I even took Austin down one of the slides just because he was still a little smaller compared to all of the other big kids that were running around him. As far as the pictures go, do you know how hard it is trying to get a 2 year old to look at the camera while huge firework explosions are going on behind him?? Uggh! That was tough. I have plenty of shots of the back of his head though! ha ha!

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So my video guru of all things video and special effects, Trevor Erickson, created a really cool video logo for my business. What’s a video logo you ask? Well instead of just having a plain text logo appear at the end of my video slideshows, I can now have this super cool one here below! Yes I’m a guy and like these “techie” sort of things! ha ha! I thought I might even try to find some cool, royalty free music to set it to. Not sure about that just yet…..  Do you like / dislike? Let me know in the comments below. If you want something like this for yourself, just contact ol’ Trevor below by rolling your mouse over the “click here” text.


My good friends Trevor Erickson and Nick Smith entered their movie, Cold Soldiers, into the first annual Charleston Film Festival last week and won the”Audience Award” for 2010! Yay! I got to play a part as a get-away / stunt driver in the film which was a lot of fun. I have always enjoyed acting and working on films because there are so many people involved when producing and shooting an movie and it really is a lot of time, energy, and effort involved. I think both the guys worked almost three years trying to get this made with little to no budget. The whole crew had a great time at the Terrace Theater for the opening night premiere. Even though the weather was really nasty, a ton of people showed up which was great! I got to shoot some of the images for the movie poster sometime last year and Trevor put the layout design together which I think turned out  really nice! ;-) Trevor also had Force Protection come out to the premiere and bring on of the awesome vehicles to have on display. Force Protection is a local company that builds armored vehicles for all of troops fighting overseas. You probably already saw The Buffalo in the Transformers movie last year and didn’t even know that it was built right here in SC! Also, a big thanks goes out to my friend, Gordon King of ProPac USA, who was nice enough to not only allow us to use is sweet Ford GT40 in the film, but also his BMW. (Gordon was also a credited stunt driver in the film.)

Here’s a link to where all of the images are located: Click Here

Cold Soldiers Movie Poster:

Michael Furlinger of the Terrace Theater introducing some of the movies for the opening night.

Nick and Trevor speaking before the opening of their film.

Sold out showing at the 7:30pm time block.

Two of the actors from the movie who also happen to be photographers here in Charleston, Sasha and Charlie.

My buddies Chris Smith and Charlie Thiel at the premiere.

This is a quick pic of owner Michael Furlinger (in the middle) with Keva and Karen Keys who had the short film, Letters from Home, right before Cold Soldiers opened.

Nick and Trevor beside their movie poster before going into the theater.

My good friend, Gordon King, who was one of the stunt drivers in the film.

Some of the cast of Cold Soldiers: R.W. Smith, Nick Smith, Charlie Thiel, Trevor Erickson, Tom, and Michael Easler.

This was the awesome truck that Force Protection brought out to the premiere. It’s the little baby brother, The Cougar 4×4, to the bigger Buffalo truck that was used in the Transformers movie.

Here’s some of the crew from Force Protection with Nick and Trevor.

The first teaser trailer that was created for the movie: Once I figure out this new blog upgrade to WordPress and how to embed some of the YouTube video trailers, I’ll update this post. Uggh!!!!

Chris & Cami / GREAT STUFF, Robbin!!! Fantastic job in the film. Plus the movie poster is AMAZING! Did Joe McNally assist on that one???   03.19.2010- 11:46am 
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