Healing Portraits | Guest Blog Post by Peck Law Firm

Many of the families I work with have been impacted by divorce.  I was glad to be contacted by Peck Law Firm who wrote this guest blog post on how new family portraits can provide some healing after a difficult time.

Healing Portraits

Getting divorced is difficult. Even a relatively straightforward divorce often leaves both partners feeling stressed and emotionally drained. As an individual going through the divorce process, you know your Charleston divorce lawyer is your biggest advocate. Your lawyer is the one who makes sure you’re aware of your rights and all your legal options and gives you valuable advice as you work through the process of ending your marriage.

There’s another way your lawyer can help you that you might not realize: connecting you with a professional photographer who can help you heal from the divorce by taking your portrait. Your divorce isn’t the end of your life; it’s just the end of your marriage.

family beach photos with palm trees

Portraits as a Means to Reclaim Power

A divorce can leave you feeling powerless and out of touch with yourself. A portrait can help you get to know yourself again and reclaim your power by making you the focal point of the image.

You’re not the same person you were before your marriage. You’re also not the same person you were during your marriage or while you were working through your divorce. Your experiences shaped you, so embrace them and draw power from them. And any time you need a power boost, your portrait is there to provide it.

Showcasing Who you are, At this Moment in Time

You might not feel like you look your best right now. You might have gained weight or you might not be wearing the latest fashions. That’s okay; a big part of healing from a divorce is accepting yourself for who you are. No matter what you’re wearing or how you’re styled, there’s one thing every well-executed portrait captures: confidence. Trust your photographer to create an image that showcases your strength and resilience and pushes your style into the background.

Illustrate your Life’s Progression in Portraits

One important way a portrait can help you heal from a divorce is showing how your life’s changed after the divorce. Take a portrait with just your children or with your parents and siblings to replace your family portrait with your former spouse.

Years down the road, you might want to update your family portrait to celebrate your new marriage, birth of a new baby, new pets, addition of stepchildren to your family, and births of your grandchildren.

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Finding the Ideal Photographer for your Portrait

Don’t just choose any photographer to take your healing portrait. Take the time to really shop around to find the photographer who fits your budget and your style. Some photographers specialize an innovative, fun portraits that feel modern and even avant garde. That’s great if it matches your style, but if you’re more of a traditionalist, even the best avant garde portrait photographer isn’t the right photographer for you.

When you ask your lawyer to connect you with a portrait photographer, tell him or her about your style preferences and budget to help him or her connect you with the ideal photographer for your project.

 

Thank you, Peck Law Firm, for your thoughtful article on healing portraits.

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

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Win a Free (mini) Engagement Session!

Win a Free Engagement Session is back for the 5th year running!  This is always a fun contest that I run during my slow month of January.  It’s so fun to meet a new couple who is recently engaged and hear their proposal story and wedding plans.

To enter the contest, go here: 

https://www.sarahgoldman.com/Win-a-Free-Engagement-Session

fill out the form and then wait to hear from me the end of this month. 

engagement photos with sweetgrass

Here’s the fine print:

The session must take place before March 30, 2019.

The session will be a “mini” engagement session – about 30 minutes.

Good luck!

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

Moonshine County Christmas | 34 West

34 West Theater Company is currently running a hilarious new musical comedy: Moonshine County Christmas! Sarah Callahan Black’s character reminded me of Ruth on Ozark. And for long time 34 Westies, the cat is back! The show has been sold out for weeks, but if you are still hoping to grab a seat, try checking the day of in case they’ve had a cancellation. Last night is Dec 31st.

Their next show is a short run of their summer sellout, She Drives Me Crazy.

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

In Home Family Session | Charleston, SC

Last month I got to photograph my good friend and neighbor and her super fun family!  With kids under 5 you have to be ready for anything, and we were.  From making music with moracas to blowing bubbles, to making silly faces in the window, to Miles holding a back scratcher in all the photos, we all followed the children’s lead and got some cute photos.

White Point Gardens Proposal | Cody + Kelsie

Cody’s mom contacted me in November when she was tasked with finding the perfect proposal photographer for her son and his girlfriend while they were in Charleston.  As I looked at the weekend forecast – another wet one – Cody and I began planning how his secret proposal would go down.  He planned to take Kelsie on a bike ride Saturday morning from their hotel (The Vendue) to Waterfront Park and finally to White Point Gardens where I would be waiting.  The forecast looked worse and worse so we changed the date to Friday afternoon.  I think Cody was relieved to get it over with earlier in their trip so he could relax!

I contacted 2 trusted photographer friends and we hid behind live oaks and tried to blend in with tourists.  Right on cue, Cody and Kelsie rode up and strolled through the live oaks to the spot I had marked for him with 2 sticks.

Afterwards they toasted with champagne and we walked around South of Broad and took some engagement photos.

 

Congrats, Cody + Kelsie!

Special thanks to Rick Dean and Charles Merry for second shooting this happy moment!

 

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

James Island Town Hall Opening | The Marshlands House

The Town of James Island has moved into their new town hall building on Dills Bluff.  Earlier in the year they were accepting photo submissions to decorate their new space.  Although I’ve lived on James Island for 14 years, I don’t have that many photos on the island.  After scouring my hard drives I found some of Pinckney Park and some of the Marshlands House on the SC-DNR (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources) property at the end of Fort Johnson Rd where I used to work. You could only submit one image so I entered the one of the Marshlands House, and it was accepted.

The Marshlands House serves as the educational headquarters at SC-DNR.  It is a beautiful Federal-era mansion built around 1810 by planter Edward Ball.  It was originally built near rice impoundments on what is now the old Charleston Naval Base and Shipyard where it used as officer’s quarters.  In 1961 the Navy planned to tear it down, but in the end it was floated down the Cooper River to its new home at Fort Johnson.

Marshlands House at Fort Johnson in Charleston, SC.

I’m so glad this photo of the Marshlands House will be displayed at James Island Town Hall for years to come!

Here are some photos from the Grand Opening:

James Island town Hall (8)

It was great to see my friend (and wildlife photographer!) Keith McCullough and his bluegrass band playing some tunes and to see yummy cupcakes by my favorite bakeshop, The Cake Stand!  It was a great event – congrats to the town!

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Sunrise Cotton Field Session | Woodrum Family

The early bird gets the worm (and the beautiful morning light)!  Thanks, Woodrum Family, for coming all the way from Charleston to spend the morning with me.

family sitting in a cotton field in south carolina

family standing in a cotton field with baby

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Mother Daughter Session in Hampton Park

Tayler’s family got her a gift certificate earlier this year for a session with me.  She brought baby Emma, looking cute as a button in the most darling little outfit. We met in Hampton Park, one of my favorite family photos locations in Charleston!

family in hampton park in in charleston, sc

sunset in hampton park

 

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

Back to the 80’s with 34 West

Get yourself to 34 West Theater Company ASAP!  Their current show, Uptown Girl, is a hilarious romp through the 80’s.  This show is almost sold out, and runs through November 10th!

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Cotton Field Sessions | Lone Star, SC

For the first time ever I’m offering Cotton Field Sessions during a special 2 day event!

cotton field in south carolina

There will be 6 time slots available on October 20th and 21st: 1 sunrise session and 2 sunset sessions each day.  The cotton field is located in Lone Star, SC – less than an hour from Columbia and about an hour and 15 minutes from Charleston.

Details:

$199

30-minute session, $100 print credit

Oct 20 – 21, 2018

To book, contact me here.

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.