Front Steps Project | A Way to Bring Us Together During Social Distancing

We are over a week into social distancing with no end in sight. One positive is families are at home together. As a family photographer, I wondered how I could use my skills to bring some joy to my neighborhood. I have been inspired by Cara Soulia Photography in Boston, MA @followgreg in Cary, NC Christine Hamrick Photography on Sullivan’s Island and many others who are spreading joy (and NOT the Coronavirus!) to their neighbors.

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#theFrontStepsProject aims to bring communities together (virtually and with strict social distancing) in a time when we are all isolated. Beginning Tuesday March 24th (and for as long as I’m able due to evolving guidelines) I will be taking 5-minute portraits of families on their front porches. I will email the digital file to you within a few days. Absolutely no fee or catch, but please consider making a donation to Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) or Calvary Women’s Services (or a charity of your choice that is helping those in need during this difficult time.) Portraits will be taken outside with a long lens from at least 10 feet away. Pets included. This is not a typical family portrait session – feel free to come as you are, wear PJs, mismatched clothes – anything goes! Let’s document this unique time spread some joy in our neighborhood! Please fill out the form to sign up for a time slot.…/front-steps-project-


Winter Beach Session | Crone Family

Sometimes in South Carolina it’s nice enough to go to the beach in the winter.  We lucked out on a beautiful day for the Crone Family’s photos last Christmas!  There was a gorgeous sunset that started out orange and turned pink and a really cool vintage truck was in the parking lot at Folly Beach County Park.  The owner was generous enough to let us take some photos with it. 🙂

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Sarah Goldman is a beach photographer at Folly Beach.

Can’t Buy Me Love | 34 West Theater Co.

34 West‘s latest show, Can’t Buy Me Love has everything you’ve come to expect from this talented bunch:   sensational acting, great music, a hilarious story, tons of laughs, and “how did they think of that?” use of props!  They call it “Working Girl Meets Pretty in Pink”.  The show only runs through November 16th, so go see if you can snag a ticket!


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC

Charleston Family Session | Orris Family

The Orris family planned a big family vacation to Charleston this year and they booked the perfect hotel that is close to everything:  The Mills House.  We met there to begin our walk/photo session.  They wanted some family photos that showed “the charm of the South”.  With all the cobblestone streets, live oaks, and beautiful Charleston architecture, I think they picked the perfect location!


Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

34 West: a Proposal!

Steven and Hannah are regulars at 34 West shows so naturally Steven thought this would be the perfect place to propose!  I was thrilled when Tabitha from 34 West contacted me and we worked together with Steven to make the perfect plan.

I had Steven send me a photo of himself and Hannah so I would recognize them when they arrived.  It was so hard for all of us to play it cool and not stare at them as they found their seats, ordered drinks, and got ready for the show!  At one point Steven looked at me and winked, I nodded.  The plan was on. 🙂

During the show I pretended to take photos of the show as I normally do and I also took lots of photos of Steven and Hannah.  After the bow, Jeff invited Steven up on stage and he made an adorable speech and asked Hannah to marry him.  Not a dry eye in the house!

Congrats, Steven and Hannah!

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Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Cool Charleston Restaurant | Eleve

Before a 34 West Theater Show recently a friend and I tried a new (to us) restaurant in downtown Charleston:  Eleve.  It’s at the top of the Grand Bohemian Hotel at the corner of Meeting and Wentworth.  The decor is amazing:  big chandeliers, a bright YELLOW bar and gorgeous roof top views of the city.

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We shared the Truffle Frites and the Baked French Bread.  Definitely get the bread!  Covered in herbs and cheese – we practically filled up before our salads came.

Our salads were good too.  I had the Roasted Pear and Michelle had the Caesar.  Ohhh, and the frose!  Delicious!

Check out the views!

Even the bathroom was cool:

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Definitely worth a visit!  We’ll be back for sure.


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Fall Family Photos on the Horseshoe | Maas Family

The Maas Family was lucky enough to win a gift certificate for a free session at the USC School of Medicine’s Black Tie White Coat Gala!  We met on the historic Horseshoe to take some family photos.

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Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in South Carolina.

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.

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Sarah Goldman is a beach photographer in Charleston, SC

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