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.


Isle of Palms Beach Session | Baxter Family

Charleston is feeling more and more like a big city, but for those of us that have lived here a long time (I’m approaching 20 years!) it feels like we know most folks or know someone they know.  About halfway into this session, I realized I had met my client before.  We discovered we had mutual friends through my grad program at the College of Charleston!  Charleston – still a small town. 🙂

I met the Baxter Family at their rented beach house on Isle of Palms.  It’s so nice when extended family can get together for a week and document their time with a beach session!


Sarah Goldman is a beach photographer in Charleston, SC.

Waterfront Park Engagement | Jordan + Evan

Jordan + Evan are getting married!  Here’s a few of my favorites from their Waterfront Park engagement session:

Engaged couple standing in front of Pineapple Fountain




Sarah Goldman is an engagement photographer in Charleston, SC


Downtown Family Session | Charleston, SC

I was excited to see this family again this year.  Soon they will be a family of 5!

family in front of rainbow row in charleston


Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

2018 International Photographic Competition

The International Photographic Competition (IPC) just ended and I wanted to share my experience.  The IPC is a fierce competition  where photographers from all over the world compete for a coveted place in the Loan Collection – the best of the best! There are 2 intense rounds of judging that anyone can watch in person or live online.  A panel of jurors select the top images from thousands of entries each year.  The standard they use is called the 12 Elements of a Merit Image:

  1. Impact
  2. Technical Excellence
  3. Creativity
  4. Style
  5. Composition
  6. Presenation
  7. Color Balance
  8. Center of Interest
  9. Lighting
  10. Subject Matter
  11. Technique
  12. Story Telling

This year there were 5,077 images entered, 2622 of those were “merit” images scoring an 80 or above, and 513 images “went loan” and will be featured in the Loan Collection book by Marathon Press.

This was my third year entering, and I’m finally starting to feel like I have a handle on how it works.  Last year I got a bronze medal, meaning all 4 of my images merited.  I was hoping to get the same this year, but alas I got 3 out of 4.

Here are my entries:


“Oh So Grand”

Score 80.

Originally entered in a state practice competition, it scored an 81. I got feedback from the judges, made some changes to the crop, clarity, and presentation, and it scored a point lower!

This was taken (you guessed it) at the Grand Canyon in April when I was there with my mom. I was at this spot for about 3 hours waiting for sunset, watching the light creep across the canyon. Beautiful!

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Natural Light

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“Rub-a-dub-dub Two Frogs in a Tub”

Score: 81

I’ve been photographing amphibians for a few years now. It’s been a fun project, and I decided to enter one in IPC in 2016 and got my first Loan Collection Image! I knew I had something special at that point, so I’m still working on my frog collection.  This is Rico and Keith, 2 pet tree frogs belonging to my cousin’s kids.

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“Workshop Daydreamer”
Score 84.
My only “human” portrait to merit in a competition. Also my highest scoring image ever!

This is Bill Mayes in his workshop in Brevard, NC. Bill ran a summer camp – Camp Deerwoode – for boys here from the 1960’s to 1990. My husband (also Bill) went to camp here for many summers and eventually became a Junior Counselor. Last fall we stayed at Deerwoode and I got to see the magical place for myself.

While the 2 Bill’s were catching up, I worked a lot of different angles to capture a portrait. I love the sense of place and his organization.

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ISO 1250
Natural Light



“Gently Down the Stream”
Score 78

This one did not merit. In retrospect, I think the title was maybe not a great one for this very contrasty image. Or maybe the judges didn’t like the composition.

This was taken in Gatlingburg, TN along the Roaring Fork Nature Trail.

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ISO 100
28 mm
Natural Light

I’m already working on my 2019 competition images and trying to challenge myself to be more creative!  Congrats to all the photographers that entered this year!


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.


A Folly Beach Engagement | Anna-Morgan + Greg

High-school sweethearts, Anna-Morgan + Greg, wanted to have their engagement photos taken at the far east end of Folly Beach, near the Morris Island Lighthouse.  They fought sand gnats and the threat of rain, but were blessed with a dreamy sky and perfect lighting.

Folly Beach Lighthouse Point

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Sarah Goldman is an engagement photographer in Charleston, SC.

A Charleston Wedding | Sharlene + Zack

Sharlene and Zack tied the knot last month in a beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and afterwards celebrated with friends and family at The Francis Marion Hotel. From Sharlene’s gorgeous wedding gown to horse drawn carriages, it was a day to remember!

Sharlene and Zack, thank you for letting me photograph not only your engagement session, but your wedding day.  It was been a true pleasure to have you as clients and now friends.  Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

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Thank you to the following vendors for making the day possible:

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Monsignor Brovey

Stephanie Stewart, coordinator

Francis Marion Hotel

Ligia Dixon, flowers

Studio M and Jonny Cosmetics

Old South Carriage Tours, transportation

Gown Boutique of Charleston

David’s Bridal, bridesmaids dresses

Men’s Wearhouse

Dillards, shoes

WildFlour Pastry

Rico the Rose Man

James Paris, videography

Sarah Goldman Photography

Charles Merry Photography and Living Lenz Photography

Kim Weeks, Photography assistant


Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Charleston, SC.

Fall Family Photos | Griffin Family

I was so excited to photograph the Griffin Family again this year.  We met at White Point Gardens at sunset for their family session.

family photos in white point gardens in charleston

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, South Carolina.