Photography by Michelle Hires » Columbia, SC Photographer. Weddings. Children. Family Portraits

Emma’s 1st Birthday Cake Smash | Columbia, SC Photographer

I first met Emma’s Mom and Dad during an OpLove homecoming session back in 2012.

One of my favorite images from that homecoming I call  “The Last Step” because it’s a moment that families wait 6, 9, 12 even more months for and is often the one that does happen in slow motion when you’re in the moment because you just can’t get them in your arms fast enough.  That was this moment for me and I’m sure them.    Emma wasn’t even a blip on the radar yet.

G Family - OpLove South Carolina

I watched on Facebook as Ashley (who happens to be one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet) announced her pregnancy and then welcomed her darling little girl into the world.  I watched as Emma grew from that wrinkly little newborn into a beautiful (but mischievous) little toddler, all the while wishing I could get my camera on her.  As luck would have it, I relocated back to Columbia, SC and was just delighted when Ashley contacted me to photograph Emma’s 1st birthday portraits with a cake smash!  This little beauty was born on Valentine’s Day and you’ll see that my studio setup took that theme on in it’s entirety.  Emma’s now an expert at being 1 and still keeping Mommy and Daddy on their toes!


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Enjoying Life | I Heart Faces

When I saw this week’s challenge title, I immediately thought of this image.  This was his first trip to the beach and I think it’s safe to say, he LOVED it.  If only we could all love life this much!

Head over to see more Enjoying Life photos at I Heart Faces and enter a picture of your own!

Photo Challenge Submission


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  • lizzy - this is just too cute!!

  • Sheribeari - what fun

  • Rebekah - LOVE this! A wonderful capture!

  • Jaymie - Love this perspective!

  • Amy Mallory - LOVE this so much!

  • Sunshine Day/ Samantha W - Such a great moment captured – very cute!

  • Tracey Washington - I love this! *sigh, to live next to the ocean again…. :)

The Vandeway Family | Cape Cod, MA Family Photographer

I love photographing people, I think that is plainly obvious.  What I love even more is photographing people I love.  I’m terrified and nervous and anxious just like I am before every shoot but, the minute I start snapping away and begin creating beautiful images for the people I love, all of that melts away.  I had a BLAST with these guys but, I totally knew I would.  What I didn’t foresee was how much fun I would have editing this session too!  I smiled and I giggled  so much so that my mouth was starting to hurt like it was cramping.  Tammy, I am going to miss you and your family like crazy when we leave for South Carolina next month.  I hope these images are cherished memories for years to come, I know they will be for me!

You might have noticed that my blog posts titles are changing locations.  This session was shot in Arizona but, next month we’re making the move to Columbia, SC and I hope to begin shooting there by the beginning of January 2012.  If you know someone in that area, I’d love for you to suggest me to them.  We can be found on Facebook at


The Vandeway Family

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Tori & Luke | Cape Cod, MA Couples Photographer

I love to meet my potential clients ahead of time, I recommend it actually but, never force it.  In some cases, it can be a bit awkward meeting the client the day of the shoot and wondering if you’ll ‘gel’.  Well, it was needless worry in this case.  I sent Tori my pre-session questionnaire and I knew almost immediately it was a match made in heaven, we were both HUGE Criminal Minds fans.  For anyone who knows me ‘nough said.  But seriously, Tori and Luke could not have been easier to work with.  We walked, talked, shot a little; walked and talked some more and shot some more.  It was an awesome way to spend a weekend afternoon.  It doesn’t hurt that they’re ridiculously gorgeous and so wonderfully friendly.  Tori and Luke, it was SO hard to narrow the images down to the best of the best so, I showed you almost all of them.  Here are a few (and I mean just a few) of my favorites from their session.



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Lollis Family | Sierra Vista, Arizona Family Photographer

I am insanely flattered every single time I get an inquiry from a potential client about hiring me to take photos for them.   I consider it a gift for me to be able to share in their joy and love and to capture images that will be treasured for a lifetime.  Just a teensy bit better than that, I think one of the most flattering things ever is when another photographer wants YOU to take their family photos.

Theresa and I have been friendly since just after I moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona.  I saw some of her work on her blog or Facebook page and complimented the quality of her work.  It was a pretty instant connection from there on out.  The photography community as a whole can be quite competitive and it’s nice to meet someone who doesn’t treat you like you’re a threat.  We’ve talked shop, shared our inspiration and we both happen to be Nikon users/lovers so huge bonus there!  When I found out they would be leaving Sierra Vista soon, I knew that our session would be happening sooner rather than later.  THEN the nerves set in.  Here’s a little secret about me….I ALWAYS get nervous before a photo shoot.  Always.  Jittery, funky nerves kinda like the ones you’d get before a first date.  I get those before my sessions with you!  It’s not that I’m not confident, because I am, it’s that I’m just so darn anxious to make sure that you’re more than pleased with the images we produce from our sessions.  I was SUPER nervous with Theresa and her family.    We had a great time shooting not just at the family home but also at a place we called Ireland;  an oasis of green in the middle of the desert.  The perfect place to make some beautiful images.  I loved listening in as they talked to me (and their beautiful children) about how they met and fell in love.  I loved seeing them look in each others eyes with a depth of emotion and love that made my heart full.

Theresa, thank you.  I wish you and your family nothing but the best as you continue on the next phase of your journey.  Thank you for inviting me to capture these amazingly special images of your family and thank you for sharing your feelings about them with me – nothing renews my faith in the fact that I have chosen the right path for me more.

Look at this beautiful family!

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