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.

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Cotton Field Sessions | Lone Star, SC

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

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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.

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!

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

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.

Summer Sunflower Shootout

Last month I got together with fellow PPSC (Professional Photographers of South Carolina) photographers for a fun “shootout” in the country.  We wanted wildflowers and sunflowers, which of course are only blooming in the HOTTEST of months!  It was so worth all the sweat though!

Thanks to Shane for the use of his sunflower field and to all the beautiful models!  Great day, y’all!

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We timed the date perfectly and the sunflowers were at their peak!

Photographers came all the way from Charleston and Columbia to our little property in the country.

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We had 3 great senior models.

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There was no shortage of adorable kids.

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Sarah Goldman is a family and senior photographer in Columbia, SC.

 

Jet-setting 1940’s Engagement Session in Columbia, SC | Tara + Kellen

Since Tara and Kellen are planning a destination wedding for next February, they decided on the theme of “jet-setting” for their engagement session. We met at an old airplane hanger in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. Kellen, a local business owner, worked some magic to get permission to shoot there and find an airplane to use for the shoot. Tara said the space gave her almost Pearl Harbor vibes and she envisioned herself in a long floral dress with vintage suitcases. They brought along their passports as props. She was only sad that Josh Hartnett couldn’t be there, but Kellen was an excellent stand in!

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Sarah Goldman is an engagement photographer in Columbia, SC.

WedTexts | a sit down with Caleb White

I recently sat down with Caleb White, Co-Founder of WedTexts.  WedTexts, a communication app, is based in Columbia, SC.  I have been recommending this app to all my engaged couples because I know it will be super handy during both their planning process and during the wedding weekend.

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SGP:  What exactly is WedTexts?

CW: WedTexts is an app that allows engaged couples to communicate with all of their guests, or groups of their guests, via pre-scheduled text messages.  If everything goes as planned WedTexts becomes the modern day weekend itinerary letting your guests know when and where events are taking place.  Couples can schedule this type of message weeks in advance, giving them one less thing to worry about during their wedding weekend.  If things don’t go as planned, then WedTexts can help save the day.  When plans change, couples can send out real time updates letting guests know new event details.  This was extremely helpful for one of our couples that had to re-plan their entire wedding in 2 days due to a flood.  With one WedTexts’ message to their guests they were able to keep everyone in the loop!  In short, WedTexts is the easiest way to WOW your wedding guests!

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SGP:  How did you come up with the idea for the app?

CW: I can’t take the credit for coming up with the idea of WedTexts.  My wife and I got married in New Orleans in June 2015.  Because she is from Connecticut and I am from South Carolina, we were nervous about all the logistics surrounding events for our family and friends who had never been to New Orleans.  (In addition, I think she was nervous about all my college buddies making it to the wedding on time.)  Anyway, 5 weeks before our wedding she recommended that we use the software my company had been developing to send scheduled text messages to keep our guests in the loop throughout our wedding weekend.  So that’s what we did, and WedTexts was born.

Our loved ones were traveling from far away, so we wanted to show them a good time in the Big Easy.  To do this, we had events Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We scheduled at least one text message each morning (around 10am) letting our guests know the events for that day.  For example: that Thursday we had a crawfish boil, so Thursday morning we sent a text to everyone saying, “Thank you for spending the weekend with us! If you are in town we are having a crawfish boil @ 5pm @ The Fly! bit.ly/23Z7WT7″  Our guests loved receiving the messages!  Three of our engaged friends asked us about the “texting thing”.  All three of them have used it along with couples across the country.  I am very grateful for my wife!

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SGP: Could the app be handy for communicating with people other than wedding guests?  Vendors?

CW:  Yes!  Many wedding planners and photographers have expressed interest in using WedTexts.  Wedding planners are excited to be able to communicate with all the wedding vendors and the wedding guests to make sure everyone knows the crucial details.  Photographers are very eager to use WedTexts to round up the wedding party and family before weddings for pictures.

SGP: Where do you see WedTexts a year from now?

CW: We are humbled and excited each time someone signs up for a WedTexts account.  The most exciting thing about being in the wedding industry is helping couples make their special day their own.  We built WedTexts with this in mind.  You are able to put your own personal flair on every WedTexts’ message you send to your guests.  We are excited to see all the ways thousands of couples will make WedTexts their own.  A year from now, we think we will be fortunate enough to be a part of thousands of couples’ weddings across the country.

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Thanks, Caleb for telling us about WedTexts!  I’m excited to see what’s to come.  For more information about WedTexts, check out www.WedTexts.com.

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Sarah Goldman is a wedding, engagement, and family photographer in Charleston and Columbia, SC.

Imaging USA 2016 | SGP travels to ATL

In January I went to the annual Professional Photographers of America photographic convention.  My friend and assistant, Lisa, from Living Lenz Photography and I packed up her hybrid and headed to Atlanta for 4 glorious days of all photos all the time.

When we arrived at the Omni we were super excited about our view!

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Luckily Lisa brought her tripod so we were able to take some night time shots like this:

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Amy Purdy was the keynote speaker – amazing!

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We met up with lots of other photographers from South Carolina!  Here we are at the awesome White House Custom Colour (WHCC) party.

The trade show was killer.  I almost bought an Ice Light at the Jerry Ghionis booth – some day!  I went back to Redtree Albums booth at least 3 times – their albums are just gorgeous!  Gah!

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We had a really great turn out of photographers from Columbia, SC and elsewhere around the state.

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The closing night party was at the Georgia Aquarium!

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Overall, a great first time to Imaging USA!

 

 

 

Sarah Goldman is a photographer in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Wedding Day Videography | a chat with Bill Grant

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I recently chatted with videographer Bill Grant of Cinema Couture Films in Columbia, South Carolina.  If you are like me, then your idea of a wedding video is a camera set up in the back of a church recording the ceremony.  Well, after seeing the beautiful films that Bill produces, I know that is just not the case!

You can view some of his wedding highlight films and feature films here.  Make sure you grab a box of tissues because they will grab you by the heart strings!

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Below is a quick interview I did with Bill….

SG:  Why should bride’s consider adding videography to their wedding day?

BG:  Videography is important because of two things; movement, and sound. Without recording these things they will be lost. You not only want to remember what people and things look like, which photographs already do very well, but you want to remember how they move and what they say.

SG:  How has wedding videography changed in recent years?

BG:  In the last few years several things have happened that have changed the way we do videography. The first is a technology change that simply improved the image quality of our cameras. We’re now able to shoot images that are very close to what you’re used to seeing in films or television. The other is the dawn of the “storytelling” aspect. We are now approaching a wedding wanting to get to know the couple. We want to understand why they’re in love, how did we get to this day, and what the future holds. We’re able to tell the viewer in just a few minutes why this day is important, and who they are.

SG:  What questions should brides ask their videographer?

BG:  #1 What is your experience level with weddings? Short films, television, commercial production do not prepare you to shoot weddings. Only experience with weddings will give that comfort level.
#2 What is your style? What do you focus on and what will determine the kind of film we get?
#3 Show us your last wedding. Not your best one. See something that’s not on the demo reel. This will help establish consistency.
#4 References. Give us 2 or 3 vendors, specifically photographers or wedding planners, you’ve worked with. Let’s see how they perceive the way you work. It’s all about building the best team to give you an amazing wedding experience.

Be sure to check out Cinema Couture at http://www.cinemacouture.com/ !

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Sarah Goldman is a portrait and wedding photographer in Columbia, SC.