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Debby and Greg had hired me as their Savannah elopement photographer for their modest wedding in Whitfield Square with a handful of guests planned before Hurricane Matthew changed all that. I kept in phone contact with Debby while I waited out the storm in Statesboro. They were both so understanding and supportive of me, of Tybee Island and of Savannah while the plans they had made so many months ago were still uncertain.

With two such kind people and supportive guests, rescheduling was a breeze and when it came to the day they couldn’t have hoped for nicer weather. It surprised me that not only was the gazebo in Whitfield Square unharmed but only a few branches had fell in the square due to the storm.

There was a moment shortly after their ceremony that they shared a beautiful exchange. The photo where both Debby and Greg are looking up and taking in the square is that moment. I heard Debby softly say to Greg, “Look how amazing this place is!” Tears started to fill Debby’s eyes as they looked around in awe. I saw in their faces what we’ve all felt when we first fell in love with Savannah. I’m so grateful they got to fall in love with Savannah too.

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I am always grateful when a family chooses me to be their Tybee photographer during their visit to our quaint island, especially when there are many talented photographers that work in Tybee, Savannah and the low country in general. But when the Steffen family has already made plans and reservations to travel all the way from Illinois to stay at Hilton Head, yet finds your work and not only hires you, but makes the drive to Tybee because they trust what you do and want you to do it in the location your most intimate with, man, that’s just humbling beyond words.

Holly and her husband Jason, along with their son Holden and six-month-old Huntley came ready to play. These guys had me inspired by how relaxed and relatable they were from the moment their feet hit the sand. It sounds silly and obvious, but the more a parent connects with a child on their level during a photo session, the better the images become. I always encourage parents to be as excited and fascinated by whatever captures their children’s attention and imagination. Get down on their level or join them in whatever the activity may be. And by all means, don’t take life so seriously. It’s your kids and you’re at the beach for a family vacation. They’ll be moved away, married and only visiting during the holidays before you know it.

When Holly sat right down in the sand cuddling and engaging her children I knew this was going to be a special session. Jason was equally open and unhesitant when it came to getting in the water or getting sandy. Even little Holden was so delicate and endearing in his interactions with his new baby sister, bringing her small gifts or gently touching her foot or head. I just love when people get past the little things that don’t truly matter and they see the value of the bigger picture. I’ve been a Tybee photographer for years and it happens often, but it never gets old and my heart usually beats faster and I lose tract of time as much as my families do.

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Tybee Island Family Photography – Whitham Family

It is nearly impossible to say how much this family means to me. I’ve known Krista, Andy, Parker and Paxton for four years now. They’ve traveled three out of those four years from their home in Iowa to vacation on Tybee Island by way of an 18 hour drive. They have been so supportive of my work since the time that I first ventured into family photography and my style changed drastically.

In fact, they are one of the first families I photographed when I began doing Tybee Island family photography. I used to fear photographing families and thought I’d never want anything to do with it. Who would have guessed that fours years later I would love it so much that it would be the lion’s share of my business.

There are many things that make this family special and I am humbly honored that Krista and Andy have trusted me to document their visits in such a natural and candid way. It’s quite awesome seeing the children in the families you work with grow, seeing them lose bits of the child and add traces of the adult to come.

I am so glad the lighting was soft with moments of bright contrast and the waves were big for your session. It fits so well with your personalities and the way you interact and connect with one another. Every time I’ve had the opportunity I’ve been in awe to watch you guys through my camera and it’s over way to quickly. I cannot thank you guys enough. There aren’t words for what your friendship means to me. I hope my images speak in some small way to how grateful I am to know you all.

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