Hampton Park Family Session | Visser Family

I love extended family sessions!  I’m always impressed that one family member takes the lead and gets everyone together, coordinates outfits, and helps to give their family members a gift that will truly last a lifetime in the form of photographs. The Visser Family traveled from Tennessee for a vacation in Charleston, and I had so much fun getting to know everyone!


Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.


Healing Portraits | Guest Blog Post by Peck Law Firm

Many of the families I work with have been impacted by divorce.  I was glad to be contacted by Peck Law Firm who wrote this guest blog post on how new family portraits can provide some healing after a difficult time.

Healing Portraits

Getting divorced is difficult. Even a relatively straightforward divorce often leaves both partners feeling stressed and emotionally drained. As an individual going through the divorce process, you know your Charleston divorce lawyer is your biggest advocate. Your lawyer is the one who makes sure you’re aware of your rights and all your legal options and gives you valuable advice as you work through the process of ending your marriage.

There’s another way your lawyer can help you that you might not realize: connecting you with a professional photographer who can help you heal from the divorce by taking your portrait. Your divorce isn’t the end of your life; it’s just the end of your marriage.

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Portraits as a Means to Reclaim Power

A divorce can leave you feeling powerless and out of touch with yourself. A portrait can help you get to know yourself again and reclaim your power by making you the focal point of the image.

You’re not the same person you were before your marriage. You’re also not the same person you were during your marriage or while you were working through your divorce. Your experiences shaped you, so embrace them and draw power from them. And any time you need a power boost, your portrait is there to provide it.

Showcasing Who you are, At this Moment in Time

You might not feel like you look your best right now. You might have gained weight or you might not be wearing the latest fashions. That’s okay; a big part of healing from a divorce is accepting yourself for who you are. No matter what you’re wearing or how you’re styled, there’s one thing every well-executed portrait captures: confidence. Trust your photographer to create an image that showcases your strength and resilience and pushes your style into the background.

Illustrate your Life’s Progression in Portraits

One important way a portrait can help you heal from a divorce is showing how your life’s changed after the divorce. Take a portrait with just your children or with your parents and siblings to replace your family portrait with your former spouse.

Years down the road, you might want to update your family portrait to celebrate your new marriage, birth of a new baby, new pets, addition of stepchildren to your family, and births of your grandchildren.

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Finding the Ideal Photographer for your Portrait

Don’t just choose any photographer to take your healing portrait. Take the time to really shop around to find the photographer who fits your budget and your style. Some photographers specialize an innovative, fun portraits that feel modern and even avant garde. That’s great if it matches your style, but if you’re more of a traditionalist, even the best avant garde portrait photographer isn’t the right photographer for you.

When you ask your lawyer to connect you with a portrait photographer, tell him or her about your style preferences and budget to help him or her connect you with the ideal photographer for your project.


Thank you, Peck Law Firm, for your thoughtful article on healing portraits.

Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC.


Folly Beach Family Photos | The Tommeraasen Family

The Tommeraasen Family spent a week on Folly this summer, journeying from the great state of Iowa.  I always feel a special connection to Iowa since I was in The Music Man in high school, which takes place in the fictional town of River City.  There’s a song called “Iowa Stubborn” that lists a bunch of Iowa towns: Dubuque, Des Moines, Davenport, Marshalltown, Mason City, Keokuk, Ames, Clear Lake.  Now, I don’t know where these towns are, but regardless, I kind of feel like I’m from Iowa. Ha!

The Tommeraasen’s were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with their kids and grandkids and I was thrilled to spend the evening with them!  How cute is 4-year-old MaKenna?  She was giving me some super sassy looks.

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They saw the shark photo on my website and had to have one of their own!  These always crack me up.


Sarah Goldman is a Folly Beach photographer.

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!

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Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, 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.




Isle of Palms Family Photos |Leong Family

I love when extended families meet at the beach for one magical week each summer. The Leong Family gets the same beach house on Isle of Palms every year.  They always take a family photo, but this year they went all out and hired a pro.  🙂

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Sarah Goldman specializes in family beach portraits in Charleston, SC.

Siblings meeting in Charleston | Selaine and her brothers

Selaine and her brothers (and everyone’s spouses!) came from all over the United States to reunite in Charleston.  They attended the Friends of the Hunley oyster roast and took a chance on bidding on a Sarah Goldman Photography gift certificate, hoping they could use it during their short stay in Charleston.

I was able to squeeze them in, and I’m so glad I did.  What a fun group!!

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Sarah Goldman is a family photographer in Charleston, SC