09.21.2010 | filed under: lifestyle

Last week I met up with the Barnes family in Charleston for what turned out to be one of my favorite sessions to date. Rae & I had been emailing back & forth for months trying to come up with a free day in our schedules to make this shoot happen. With her in Philly & me in NC, plus our fall shoot schedules…lets just say it was tricky :) So when she called to tell me they would be in Charleston vacationing for a week & asked if I could make the trip… I was in. But after 10 hours of driving to Highlands & back over the weekend, and a blinking engine light on my Rover, I was starting to think life had other plans.

So what do you do when life throws you a curve ball?

Rent a car.

Or in the strange case that Enterprise has NO cars available…you borrow your dads :)

Who knew that in the midst of the busiest month of my life, driving 10 hours to photograph a family playing in the surf would be just what I needed? We had a perfect sunset dancing off the water and Rae, Chris & Claire are so natural together, I felt like a quiet observer soaking in their sweet connection. They are the happiest little trio. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend a Tuesday afternoon than running up & down the beaches of Charleston with them.

Thanks to my sweet friend Lauren for suggesting this perfect location on Sullivans Island. It was a little slice of heaven with some of the prettiest light I’ve ever seen.



Comments: 22    leave a comment

  1. LOVE them! Thanks so much Kellie!


  3. Their feet in the surf – wow! So perfect, Kellie!!!

  4. i am SOOOO in love with these!! by far the best pictures i have seen of us in 5+ years of being together. THANK YOU!!!!!

  5. holy cow rae these are amazing!!!! kellie kano – i have a major photo crush on you :)

  6. You can feel their love through the photos – absolutely beautiful!

  7. Oh Kellie, these are so lovely! We need to get together soon and chat!! I cannot wait for our session! :D

  8. I knew when you told me you were going to Charleston something magical was going to come out of it. Ohhh I was so right. What a beautiful family and what a beautiful place. I love your gift. Its truly amazing. Love is radiating through my computer screen right now. :)

  9. Beautiful images, but I can’t believe you came to my town and didn’t let me know! : )

  10. Kellie! These turned out beautifully! What a great family! I knew Sullivans would be ‘Kellie-worthy light’! So glad we got to sneak in a brief coffee chat, next time lets sit on the beach an afternoon! Love you, and the beautiful memories you make for so many!

  11. for reals….oh my goodness.

  12. oh my! i check your blog often and it’s so nice to see my hometown of sullivan’s here! these are great and i know just where you were. i hope that you had a wonderful time there and if you saw a red haired lady with a goofy yellow lab, that was my mom! :)

  13. I’ve been a longtime follower of Rae’s blog… now I can add yours to my list! These are gorgeous.

  14. WOW!!!!!! Absolutely breath taking!

  15. so so cute! love the shots of the little girl :)

  16. LOVE the feet in surf with the reflection. You are such an amazing talent and inspiration to us “up and coming”. Charleston is a gorgeous place to shoot, part of why the hubby and I love living in SC. Awesome work as always!!

  17. Awesome shots! My favorite is the next to the last one…

  18. Such SWEET images!!!!! Love love love.

  19. Just stunning, Kellie — I especially love the B&W conversions. And the flare on that last one? Well, that’s just perfection.

  20. absolutely precious – I love this session.

  21. The pictures are just beautiful!!!!!

  22. Beautiful session!!! I love the last shot…gorgeous light!

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