Seabrook Island Family Photos | The Moellering Family

Seabrook Island is one of the most beautiful places in the Lowcountry.  With my old job as a marine biologist I was lucky enough to get to go there almost every year to teach people about the salt marsh with Leadership South Carolina.  The beaches are vast and pristine and you can regularly see dolphins strand-feeding along the banks.

The Moellering Family knows how special Seabrook is, which is why they return year after year!  I met them at their beach house this month to take some updated family photos.  The light was gorgeous that night and I was able to capture some beautiful colors in the sunset.

family photos on the golf course on Seabrook Island

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Sarah Goldman is a beach photographer in Charleston, SC

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Family Reunion Photography | Jackson Family

The Jackson Family recently met in Charleston for their bi-annual family reunion.  Each reunion is planned by a different family and this year family members from the upstate of South Carolina planned the get together. We were so thrilled they chose us to document this important day for them.  Not only were they fun to spend the evening with, but they welcomed Charles (my second shooter) and I with open arms and a delicious dinner!

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

Battery Engagement Session | Katie + Cat

Katie + Cat met when they were camp counselors at summer camp.  Don’t you just LOVE that?  Congrats on your engagement, ladies!  xoxo

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

Kiawah Family Photos | The Callahan Family

I recently met the Callahan Family who have been vacationing on Kiawah for many years.  It didn’t take long for the Callahan kids to show me how high they can jump and how well they can play “Simon Says”!   We were treated to a beautiful night on the beach – windy, but perfect.  We even saw a doe grazing in the dunes on our walk back up the boardwalk.  A perfect Kiawah night!Kiawah beach photos (38)

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And just because it’s SHARK WEEK this week…..

a photo of a family running from a great white shark

I think that one should be their holiday card this year!

 

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer serving the greater Charleston area including Isle of Palms, Kiawah, Seabrook, and Folly Beach.

Waterfront Park Family Photos | Dawson Family

I had the pleasure of photographing an adorable family recently at Waterfront Park.  Being fellow James Islanders and the grandkids of my friend, Sue, I had seen them a lot over the years at school concerts, football games, and when I photographed Lexi’s ballet photos.

 

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

34 West Presents Simply Irresistible

34 West has a new 80’s musical that just opened: Simply Irresistible!  If you saw the crowd favorite Addicted to Love last year you won’t want to miss this one featuring all your favorite characters.  I think I may have a new fave….

Come get yourself a lemon sparkle and enjoy the show!  (Runs through September 7th.)

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Family Photos at the Beach | A Typical Session

In the summer I spend most of my evenings photographing families on the beach in Charleston.  I wanted to give you an idea of what a typical family beach session is like.

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If a client is staying at a beach house on Folly or Isle of Palms I will typically meet them at the house and we go out onto the beach from there. If they are staying elsewhere we will choose a good meeting spot.  Beach sessions are done the hour before sunset unless the client requests a sunrise session.

We almost always start off with a nice posed family portrait near the house or out on the beach.

From there I generally photograph some smaller groups such as: individual families, grandparents, couples, dad with kids, mom with kids, grandparents with all the grand kids, siblings, family dogs, etc.  There is no limit to the number of groupings, so please don’t hesitate to ask!

Then I usually do some more photos with the entire group with a different background.  We usually make our way closer and closer to the water. Sometimes it will be a walking one.

If the client wants them, I will photograph kids individually.  By this point they are usually pretty warmed up and their personality shows through! Usually towards the end of the session the kids are kind of dictating what we do and I just go with the flow to get the best shots.

The best light is towards the end of the session – if we’re lucky we’ll be treated to a pretty pink or orange sky and then my favorite time of day – blue hour!

Once we are sure we have gotten all the groupings the family wants we’ll take some more casual, playful shots – sometimes sitting in the sand or even getting in the water!  This is always a fun reward for kids who are getting tired of posing and smiling on cue.

Here are my tips for a successful beach session:

  1. Leave your worries behind.  Don’t fret too much about that one family member who won’t wear what you want them to or a cranky kid who missed their nap.  This is going to be fun – I promise!
  2. Wear clothes you are comfortable in and are OK getting sandy… and possibly wet.
  3. Don’t punish kids during a session.  This is the time to let your parenting rules fly out the window – we only have a limited amount of time together and if a child starts crying sometimes they can’t come back from it.  This is the time to bribe bribe bribe!  I suggest the promise of ice cream or getting to play in the water afterwards.  I usually have little toys in my bag as a reward/bribe. 🙂
  4. Have perspective.  This is more than a photo session.  This is precious time with your family.  When you look at the photos years down the road you will remember that this was a special time with those you hold dear.

Once I get home and backup your photos I dig in to editing.  If you want a sneak peek I will post something to Instagram and Facebook while I’m editing.  Then within a week I deliver your edited photos via a private online gallery.  Typically there are 50-70 photos delivered. Clients can download the digital files from the gallery and also order archival-quality prints (4 x 6 to 11 x 14) too.

photoshopped shark beach photo

Want to see more photos of Folly Beach?  Click HERE.  Isle of Palms more your jam? Click HERE.  I’m also available for sessions on Kiawah and Seabrook Island. Sullivans Island does not allow commercial photography, but there are plenty of other options!  I generally book up 2 weeks in advance, so CONTACT ME to schedule your family beach session soon.

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions about family photos on the beach.  I hope to see you on the beach this summer!

 

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

 

 

Updated Headshots | James Island

Everyone needs headshots these days – whether you are a business owner or just want to look your best online. Libby needed some updated headshots for social media and she wanted more of a lifestyle feel.  We met at her home on James Island to capture her new photos.

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.