A South Carolina Lightning Storm

I am not a “gadget” person. Not with scuba gear, not with computer stuff, and not with camera equipment, but one item I really want is a lightning trigger. A lightning trigger senses a bolt of lighting and then takes a photo. It’s really hard to photograph lightning otherwise. Ever since high school meteorology class and seeing the movie Twister, I’ve wanted to be a storm chaser! There was a nice storm near my house last week so I grabbed my tripod and did some long exposures. I was lucky enough to capture a few bolts.  So much fun!!  I see more “weather” shoots in my future.  🙂


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.


Family Photos on the Farm | Wilcox Family

The Wilcox Family met me at our family farm, Fox Trot Plantation, for some family photos.  Baby Emma was 8 months old, sitting up, and overall being ridiculously cute. 🙂  Our flock of chickens even came out to visit with them at the end of the session!

family standing under pecan tree on south carolina farm


Fox Trot Plantation is a private family farm in Calhoun County, South Carolina.

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

Small Town South Carolina | July 4th

I love a small town Independence Day celebration.  I grew up in Pickerington, Ohio where we had a big parade from the high school, through the Olde Village and ending at Victory Park where the marching band would perform patriotic songs and local dance studios would perform.  There were rides, fair food, and a fish fry.  My dad would get up early on July 4th and drive our van down to Victory Park where he would park at the top of the hill – saving our spot for the fireworks display later that night.  Needless to say, I am still sentimental for a small town celebration. Our farm is close to Elloree, South Carolina, and we’ve spent several years commemorating our nation’s Independence there.

joe miller park in elloree july 4th celebration

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in South Carolina.

Downtown Charleston Maternity Session | Ruth

In March I met Ruth and her family in Washington Square Park in downtown Charleston for their family maternity session.  Baby Sarah arrived earlier this month (stay tuned for photos…)  I love late March sessions because the azaleas are at their peak!

family photo in washington square park


Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

34 West Theater | Super Freak

If you haven’t been to 34 West Theater yet – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?  It is such a unique experience –  from interacting with the actors before the show to ordering fun drinks and snacks from their super cool bar.  I saw their current show, Super Freak, last month.  Co-founders Steve and Jeff play a variety of hilarious characters and sing some super fly 70’s tunes.  The waterbed scene…OMG.  You just have to see it.  It’s so creative!

Super Freak runs through June 7th and next up is the 90’s show, She Drives Me Crazy starts June 12th.  This 90’s teen CANNOT WAIT!  See you at the theater!



Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

A Visit to Bitty and Beau’s | Charleston, SC

I’m writing today from coffee shop Bitty and Beau’s on Church Street.  I met my friend, Katie McCabe, here this morning for a blogging date.  She is a Charleston-area realtor who happens to be my James Island neighbor.  🙂

Bitty and Beau‘s is a coffee shop run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The first Bitty and Beau’s opened in Wilmington, NC in 2016 by Amy Wright.  Amy and her husbands are advocates for the value, inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and they have dedicated their lives to making the world a better place for their children and others living with IDD.

Neither Katie nor I had been here before.  We were helped by Sam and Cassie, who were helpful and welcoming.  I ordered a strawberry smoothie and a cranberry lemon muffin – both were delicious!  The coffee shop is close to the market and I’m sure this is a busy spot on the weekends with locals and tourists alike.

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Definitely check out Bitty and Beau’s next time you’re downtown – not only is the food and service wonderful, but it feels good to support a business with such a great message!


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Beach Sessions | Folly Beach & Isle of Palms

Family beach sessions are booking quickly this summer!  I’m excited to see some returning clients who rent beach houses at Folly or Isle of Palms every year and some new folks too. 🙂  Info: Beach sessions take place the hour before sunset (around 7ish depending on the date).  I can meet you at your beach house or another location.  I keep a couple dates open each week in case of rain.

Here are some photos of past year’s beach sessions:

Contact me to check my availability during your Charleston vacation!


Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charelston, SC.

Photos with Friends | McLaughlin Family at Rainbow Row

What a treat this session was!  My very best childhood friend (since we were like 3 years old!), Dana, and her family came to Charleston over spring break in March.  We met near Rainbow Row one morning to capture some updated family photos.  It’s fun to photograph people that I know so well because we have inside jokes, it’s easy to get them to laugh, and I know if a smile is genuine or not.  The other great thing about photographing friends?  Grabbing a meal together afterward. 🙂


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.