November 30, 2014

Meet Baby Jesse













September 18, 2014

Allison + Jesse + baby

If you’ve been a bridesmaid lately you’ve probably had the pleasure of meeting Allison Long. She owns and runs the Bella Bridesmaid Charleston store on John Street and has a phenomenal collection of dresses that I kind of just want to wear all the time. You know, Amsale, floor length, flowy gowns to take the kids to school, right? Totally normal. I am so excited to see her become a mama next month.



























July 29, 2014

Ashton is on the move

This sweet thing is going to keep her mom and dad on the run for a while. She is one seriously determined little cutie. But when you have blue eyes and big cheeks like she does you pretty much get your way. And getting paid back with smiles is just perfect.

















June 18, 2014

Ashley’s Maternity Session at Boone Hall

Beautiful Ashley is going to be a mama next month. I photographed her wedding two years ago and I could not be more excited to witness the next chapter in her life. Can’t wait to meet the newest member of her family! And I’m sorry, Ashley, but I’m really hoping your sweet little bundle will be a week late so I can share a birthday with her.

















January 13, 2014

Meet Ethan

11.5 pounds of pure sugar.

August 13, 2013

Meet Jack

Jack’s mama called me last week to schedule his 6 month portrait session and I asked if he was crawling yet. “No, not yet,” was her reply. Well sure enough a week later Jack had me chasing him all over the place. We put him on a blanket and off he went! Cutie pie is quite the showoff.

October 17, 2012

Catching up with the DeWolfs

Here are Sara and Ben in May 2008:

And here they are today:

I had the pleasure of catching up with them and meeting their sweet little girl last week. She’s not even two and is SERIOUSLY loaded up with personality!

Thank you, Sara and Ben, for inviting me over. Congratulations and I can’t wait to meet your next pumpkin!

August 22, 2012

The First day of School

I’ve been looking forward to this day all summer. I dropped the boys off at 8.45 and went for a run (first one since NOVEMBER) and had a chance to clear my head. It’s Marcus’s 2nd year at St. Phillip’s and he was really looking forward to seeing old friends, Mason was cheerful right alongside him until I dropped him in a strange classroom without his brother and headed out the door. He started to cry, as did I, and I made a run for it. I’m sure the waterworks lasted only a minute and I thought if I lingered it would just prolong the drama. And now I’m experiencing the exact opposite feeling, staring at the clock and I can’t wait to pick them up, to see the excitement in their eyes and hear all about their big morning.

July 23, 2012

sleepy little Colette

I met Colette last week when she was just 8 days old. What a tiny and sleepy sweetie she is! She doesn’t quite outweigh her furry and ferocious protector yet but she’ll get there!

July 9, 2012

Meet Olivia Grace

Sweet and tiny Olivia Grace stopped by in between naps for a few pictures recently. Though at first she was not amused, she quickly turned on the charm and then decided it was time for some more beauty rest.

April 19, 2012

the Netzlers

I met Molly’s family last year when I photographed her brother’s wedding and we just recently met up to shoot some family photos of her two cherubic toddlers. I started out by asking little Grayson to give her brother a hug and instead she ran up to me and gave me a giant hug. Molly’s sister in law was snapping away with me and she got a great shot. I had a really hard time taking pictures after that because I was totally distracted trying to figure out how to take her home with me without anybody noticing. So. Stinking. Cute.

(Last photo is courtesy of Ashley Jeter. Thank you!!!)

January 30, 2012

Catching up with Jane and Glenn

There are few things that I enjoy more than hearing from former brides who want me to photograph their new and growing families. I recently got to catch up with a couple who  just moved back to the Charleston area after getting married here 8 years ago. Here are Jane and Glenn in 2003:

And here they are in 2012:

Their two dogs stayed at home enjoying some quiet time so the five Stiegmans and I ran around their neighborhood on a sunny but brisk afternoon.  I had a blast chasing the kids through the playground and around the lake. And don’t worry, no children were harmed during the shoot, little Davis is only PRETENDING to knock his brother in the face on the swings…






January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!

How time flies. This is the year I probably have to stop taking pictures of Marcus naked, so I’m going to squeeze a few more in while I can.





December 8, 2011

Meet baby Finn

Finn is a jolly 4 month old that has the kind of belly you could just bury your face in. His huge, expressive eyes had me captivated and he stole my heart the moment I turned my lens on him!

September 30, 2011

The Whitneys: Beach session

My adorable nephew attends Sundrops Montessori and I donated a portrait session to their Holiday auction last year. The Whitney family bought the auction item and opted to do their pictures on the beach. It was one of those humid, summer days where it looked like the sky was about to open up and drop torrential amounts of rain but it never did. The clouds were thick, fluffy and grey and the lighting was spot on perfect for an afternoon at the beach.

August 15, 2011

Last days of summer

He’s been exercising more, can you tell?

August 12, 2011

Mama’s little helper

When Marcus isn’t pulling every item out of every drawer in the house or insisting on painting the kitchen floor with his lunch, he can be pretty helpful.

June 17, 2011

Happy Father’s Day

Somebody please caption this!

June 6, 2011


Hi, I’m Mason. I’m 14 weeks old. I like Leos, milk, balloons and warm baths. I can also stash a ham under the fat rolls in my neck.

June 1, 2011

the butt paste incident

After putting Mason in the stroller this morning, I walked back into Marcus’s room and found him on top of the changing table, finger painting with butt paste.

My Nikon was downstairs but I figured what the hell, I already had a pretty decent mess to clean up so I might as well just shut him back in there for another minute and get some good pictures. I love what he did with his hair in the meantime.

When I explained that there would be no walk this morning because we had to clean up, he immediately pitched in with the purell.

He’s such a team player. It’s a shame he’s going barefoot for the rest of the summer.

May 20, 2011

Almost, but not quite.

Today we learned that some brushes don’t go in your hair.

May 6, 2011

On mother’s day

Marcus and Mason have pretty similar names, so to simplify things we’ve decided to just go with “Thing One” and “Thing Two.” Next up, blue wigs.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, and a special thank you to Mrs. Shumway for the great detective work!

April 12, 2011

The life of the party

Mason just hit the six week mark and by my estimate I think he’s been awake for about 45 minutes since he was born. I had no idea babies could sleep so much because little Marc’s nickname was the “sleep slayer” for the longest time. He saw a nap coming and ran in the other direction. Fast. I caught a few rare glimpses of Mason’s eyes this afternoon trying to get some pictures of him with my mom. It was short-lived but I’m not giving up hope just yet, and in the meantime I may be biased but I think he’s pretty cute even when he’s passed out cold.

March 23, 2011

Welcome aboard Mason Halsey!

This has been an exciting month here, we welcomed a new little bundle on March 4th! Mason Halsey Durlach weighed in at 7lbs 6oz and has been packing on poundage like it’s been his job for the last 19 days. It’s as if he knows he needs to catch up with Marcus, who is completely amped to have another little guy in the house. Marcus is only 17 months old and it’s been incredible to see his transformation from baby to big brother. He’s so concerned whenever Mason cries and loves to hold his tiny hands and kiss his peach fuzzy head. I hope he can keep it up for another 20 years.

March 1, 2011

Hello, Henry!

Leave it to Hannah and Matt Alexander to achieve baby perfection. Henry made his debut on December 5th and he’s figured out how to charm the ladies in no time. I fell under his spell this morning when he woke up from his nap all smiles and sunshine and hammed it right up for me. Total. Baby. Perfection.

February 23, 2011

Spring Fever

It was 75 degrees here yesterday so we took advantage of the sunshine and got messy outside. I’m ready for spring!

February 9, 2011

Snakes, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

It’s always a treat to check in annually with my friend Ellen’s boys, Luke and Jack. They’re 18 months apart and bursting with energy. We romped around Hampton Park recently and they entertained me to no end. What cracked me up the most was Jack, the youngest, was constantly poking, teasing, or tackling Luke. I did the same thing to my big brother ages ago just to see his temper flare up but he’s 7 years my senior so the outcome wasn’t nearly as cute.

February 1, 2011

Love is in the air

February’s arrival has me thinking about Valentine’s Day! As a tribute here are some of my all time favorite smooches.

December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend! Drink some eggnog for me.

December 13, 2010

Baby proof, for now.

Little Marcus is an energetic, crafty, curious toddler. (Translation: Nothing in our home is safe from his path of destruction unless it is securely affixed to a wall.) This past week he discovered tools, a remarkable feat which now permits him the opportunity to knock objects off high surfaces which were previously out of reach. He’ll grab a wooden spoon or a roll of wrapping paper and swing it like a sword, yielding a bounty of fruit, books or iPhones which we naively thought were safe and unreachable at counter height. Good thing we’re minimalists without a lot of knick knacks. So rather than put a hideous gate around a Christmas tree this year we opted for a rosemary topiary table topper. Our living room doesn’t have the magical twinkle I love so much this time of year but (at least for the meantime) I don’t have to worry about him knocking this one over and hauling it around like he’s Paul Bunyan.

November 16, 2010

Sugar and spice and everything nice

My darling niece popped by last week for a quick visit. I still find it hard to believe I’m related to somebody so cute and blonde.

October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween!

It’s unfortunate that it’s 70 degrees outside, because Marcus is going to be wearing this outfit all weekend. It’s so cute I just can’t stand to take him out of it.

August 27, 2010

Meet Coleman

I spent a sticky August afternoon at my friend Heather’s fantastic downtown apartment frolicking with her 15 month old son Coleman. Coleman is just 6 months older than little Marcus and I’m amazed (and somewhat scared) of how much he can do on his own. Open doors. Slide bolted locks. Climb up on the bed. Get down off the bed. And run, run, run.

He’s also learned that good things come in little blue boxes. VERY important.

Coleman still sleeps in his crib but he has a big boy bed in his room that he adores playing on. (Note to self: overstuffed pillows can provide toddlers with endless entertainment.)

Meanwhile, Coleman provides the entertainment for Rosebud.

I went home and did the same thing. Thanks for a fun afternoon, Coleman!

May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

May 27, 2010

Old dogs are the best

In spite of his smell, his groaning like an old man at 3 AM, and his frequent four digit vet bills, Sur is a pup extraordinaire. Little Marc can pull, poke, jab and prod and he’s simply content to lay there and soak up the attention along with whatever food bits may be left on the baby’s limbs.

Hard to believe I was ever a cat person.

February 18, 2010

Let it snow!

Last Friday evening we had the first significant snow accumulation in Charleston since 1989. I think the official measurement downtown was one inch (woo hoo!) but my friend Kristiana said they had upwards of 6 inches out in the boonies where she lives past Summerville. It was beautiful coming down in Ansonborough in the glow of the streetlights. It turned our walkway into a lovely but slushy mess and killed off my last two jade plants that survived our frigid January.
By dawn on Saturday it was already melting away on the street but little Marc had a chance to play in it before it disappeared entirely. Incidentally, the weather had the immediate effect of turning the majority of snow-starved Charlestonians into giddy, childlike fools, myself included.

February 1, 2010


Last week I had the pleasure of photographing Cal Fairfield, a precocious and leggy 8 week old who is solely responsible for reshaping the growth chart curve. Seriously, he’s as big as my 4 month old. When he finally woke up his mom Catherine dressed him in a sweet little linen outfit, I love the little buttons and collar.

Quick change into a cute Western style number and he suddenly looked like a little man.
The hat was a little cumbersome so we took it off for a few shots. Here he’s all, “Had a rough day, can you get me a cold one?”

Cal is such a lamb chop and a really strong little guy. When they left I think he went for a quick jog over the Cooper River Bridge.

January 4, 2010

Marcus Russell Durlach V

Some of you may still be scarred from seeing my ENORMOUS preggo belly in September, the good news is that all the bloat and misery was worth it!! Marcus Russell Durlach V was born September 21st 2009 and has been filling our lives with giggles and warmth ever since.

Hard to believe he’s only 3 months old, he’s already become an old pro at posing for the camera.
And I think he’s made a certain dog a little jealous.

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