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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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More than once I have a client call and ask in a shy, almost apologetic voice, if I will photograph their Tybee Island elopement. “Of course!’ and “They’re some of my favorites!” is always my response. I offer clients half hour session coverage of elopement Sunday through Friday and seven days a week when it isn’t summer. When it’s just the two of you and you’re just starting out in life together but would like images to look back on it’s my honor to provide a service that fits your needs.

I talk with every client about best locations and times for a ceremony in regards to light, tide and privacy. I show you images from past ceremonies and full explain your options. My primary focus for you is a great experience first, because if you have a great experience the photos will naturally follow.

John and Nancy are two very endearing people that recently asked if I’d document their intimate elopement on Tybee’s north beach. I could tell they felt a bit overwhelmed since they would be traveling from Atlanta with limited knowledge of Tybee. I assured them that everything would be as perfect and planned as possible.

They were already in good hands having secured Dana Johnson of Tybee Bride as their Tybee wedding officiant. Dana shares the same beliefs in giving each client the best experience possible and he does his best to personalize each ceremony and make every client feel special on their day.

John and Nancy were a bit nervous, of course, but once they got into the ceremony and said “I do” their personalities really shined forth. A few clouds and an overcast evening didn’t dilute an ounce of joy or laughter these two shared after tying the knot. Thank you both for the honor of experiencing your love for each other.

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I personally love creating Tybee Island photos at sunrise on south beach more than anything. This morning mini session with Ellen, Morris and Michael, the new center of their world, was idyllic in ever sense of the word. We were greeted by a beach still untouched by footprints and a quality of morning light that is possibly unrivaled. Thank you both for your display of devotion and affection for one another. Thank you so much for not only understanding the passion that is translated visually by your unhesitating willingness to get in the water in your clothes and connect with each other, but for doing so in such a natural way. Like the morning light, our time together was brief, yet beautiful.

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