Columbia Photographer: Update

This has been a very strange spring season. Normally, I am shooting weddings every weekend from the end of March until the middle of June. Due to Covid-19, things have looked very different. I wanted to provide you with an update on what this South Carolina photographer has been doing the last few months. If you do not already follow me on Instagram, be sure to follow me there to get more frequent postings: @loladeephoto

First off, you may have heard of the new “Porch-trait” trend that has been happening since the stay-at-home orders were given here in the US as well as all over the world. Well, I roped my fiance and fur babies into getting our very own “porch-trait” done by the talented local photographer Triston Davidson (@tedavidson_). These sessions are a great way to support the local photography community while abiding by the quarantine regulations! I highly recommend that you check your area for photographers who are offering this service.

Luckily, I am getting to be good friends with Triston, so when I asked him to take a few portraits of my fiance and I over in some gorgeous light next to the house, he was happy to oblige. Check out this cuteness:

Other ways to support our photography community is to book and pay for sessions in advance. We are looking forward to some portrait sessions later this year with some very talented South Carolina photographers! Also, instead of cancelling sessions, postpone them if you are able. We are all in this together, and together we can get through!

During this extra time, my fiance and I have done a lot of work on our backyard. We have built two raised planter beds: one for pretty flowers and one to grow some vegetables. The flowers (and my engagement ring) have provided great subjects to photograph! Our pets and the animals that like to hang around our home have also provided for some fun photography opportunities.

This past weekend, I came across some wheatgrass and I knew that I had to shoot some portraits in them! Luckily, my friend agreed to model for me (she wore bonafide boots and went where I directed). This was the first portrait session I had done in months, and boy – did I miss it!

These were taken late in the day as the sun was setting and it provided a “golden hour” look. I used one off camera flash to fill in the light on her face. I absolutely love being able to control and direct the light in a photoshoot. Definitely take the advice of your photographer when she suggests a time for your portrait session. We know what looks good!

The sun at her back providing that glow on her hair is pure magic! I aim to take more portraits this year and strive to get artsy with them. Being a member of the Professional Photographers of South Carolina, I have a love for competition photography. I really hope that this year provides more opportunity to capture images that could be competition-worthy! One thing that I do want to improve is my composite skills. Which leads me to my final image. My fiance and I are going to be traveling to Scotland as soon as the world allows, but until then – here’s an image I captured in Scotland combined with a photo of us from Denver and a sky from our front yard.

I am looking forward to capturing my first client wedding since March of this year this coming Saturday! Even though it’s going to look different, I know that it will still be filled with lots of love. Be sure to keep an eye out on social media until the next blog post. Until then, smile brightly and smile often! ~ Lola Dee

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