Another “Extremely Satisfied” Customer

We just received this review and are ecstatic to share it.

Dear Shirley:
Before I get back to the busyness of life, I wanted to take the opportunity to say how much we enjoyed working with Fort Mill Photography at Ellie & Scott’s wedding. Both you and Chris were professional, courteous, and extremely thorough, moving things along in a timely manner to make sure you had appropriate lighting for the shots you knew the kids wanted. Having seen just a few of the proofs that you promised and expedited for our Thank You and New Year’s cards, I am confident we will be another Fort Mill Photography “extremely satisfied” customer! The few photos we have had the opportunity to view are absolutely gorgeous! We could not be more happy and satisfied with our choice to use Fort Mill Photography to capture our very special memory. I would highly recommend your services and it would be my privilege to serve as a reference in the future!

Best,

Sandy & Matt Ketchem

Bride and Groom Thank You

Steal away shot during the reception. © Fort Mill Photography

Katye’s Fall Bridal Session at Rosewood on Country Club

Katye chose her reception location of Rosewood on Country Club in Lancaster, SC for her Bridal Portrait Session this Fall. She looks absolutely stunning in all of them but these are a few of our favorites.

Wedding Gown Purchased at Exclusively You in Matthews, NC : http://www.exclusivelyyoubridal.com/

Bridal Bouquet by Winona’s flowers in Lansaster, SC http://www.winonasflowers.webs.com/

Fall Weddings at The Dairy Barn | Matt and Kelsey

So where does a young outdoorsy Colorado couple choose to have their Fall Wedding…well The Dairy Barn of course. Matt and Kelsey grew up in the Carolinas but were enjoying life together in Colorado after college.

The proposal took place on a mountain top in Colorado but the wedding planning was going full steam ahead in the Carolinas. Once the Venue was decided upon, Kelsey’s Mom pulled together an amazing team of professionals to make this day extraordinary.

The Rustic Elegance Theme was unfolding bit by bit with the help of longtime friend Heidi and one of our longtime favorite florists The Flower Diva.

The photos will tell this story in vivid detail from the wedding details, the decor, their passionate first look, their vows and the joy of family and friends who support this couple 100% in everything that they do.

Many thanks to all the talented vendors who helped bring this vision to life.

Photography by Fort Mill Photography: http://www.fortmillphotography.com
Bridal Hair and Makeup by Pink Warrior makeup Artistry: http://pinkwarriormua.com

Event Designer: Heidi Maria Williams owner of Vatiche’ Instagram: heidimaria
Venue: ASC Greenway / The Dairy Barn : http://www.ascgreenway.org/weddings-rentals/dairy-barn-1

Event Rentals by Creative Solutions Special Events: http://www.csspecialevents.com/
Catering by Leroy Springs Catering: http://www.ascgreenway.org/weddings-rentals/leroy-springs-catering
Video by Bollinger Images: link to video https://vimeo.com/75613691
Wedding Gown purchased at The Wedding Mall
Formals by The Tuxedo Shoppe: http://www.thetuxedoshoppe.com/
Florals Designed by The Flower Diva: http://www.theflowerdiva.com/
Cake Designer: Cake Lady Jill : http://www.weddingcakesbyjill.com/
DJ Entertainment by C’Leb Entertainment: http://www.clebent.com/

Late Winter \ Early Spring Bridal Session | Ashley

For the Brides’ who are just now ordering their Wedding Gown and stressing because you won’t have your Gown until February or March, this post is for you. You can still have fun and get great images even if there aren’t any leaves on the trees. This Bridal Portrait Session was photographed on April 4th. Ashley must have thought I was crazy when I asked her to come out into a wooded area behind their home to create her portraits but she said she was up for anything so away we went. Yes it required off camera lighting, light modifiers, reflectors and all the gear but well worth the effort to create these. We started inside with her son and her flower girl then headed outside through the woods and eventually ended up at the back of their property on an old stone fireplace. ” Ashley I think you would have looked great anywhere I photographed you but I’m really glad we chose the trees…thanks for trusting my vision.”   Photography by: Shirley Wedra Owner and Lead Photographer at Fort Mill Photography

 

Oh How Time Flies

When you think back about that first year of your child’s life, it seems like a blur. It feels like little Arden was just born yesterday but as you can see she’s quickly approaching that first Birthday already.  Arden’s Mom takes lots of photographs of her in between the times that we do professional photos so she knows just how important it is to capture those little moments that quickly pass. I think it’s cute that Arden has her own personal clothing designer (her Grandmother) who makes such adorable outfits for all of our shoots. Capture these special times in their lives folks. It’s literally gone in a flash.

Fort Mill Photography’s Owner and Lead Photographer Shirley Wedra wins 1st and 2nd place in the South Carolina Association of Wedding Photographers Contest.

Being a wedding photographer is a challenge for sure. It’s a challenge that many photographer friends of mine want nothing to do with because they can’t have enough time with the client, the lighting is challenging, it’s too high pressure to produce etc. etc. etc.

Personally I love the challenge of doing my absolute best to walk away with great images under adverse conditions. I love the fast paced environment, the different locations it takes me, working in all different types of lighting situations and capturing a moment that the client didn’t get to see from your perspective or your artistic viewpoint.

I don’t enter many competitions with my work but there is one that I enjoy being a part of. It’s a wonderful learning experience with other extremely talented photographers who know all the rules about photography and are not afraid to break them to create a great image. This organization is the South Carolina Association of Wedding Photographers.

I am very excited to announce that this year I walked away winning entries in 2 out of 7 categories. I won 1st place in Getting Ready and 2nd place in Bridal or Groom Portrait. Both of these images created on the wedding day in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, which is my favorite place to be.

http://www.scawpj.com/2013-Winners.html

Buttons and Lace

1st Place Getting Ready © Fort Mill Photography

2nd Place Bride or Groom Portrait

2nd Place Bride or Groom Portrait © Fort Mill Photography

1950’s Inspired Maternity Session

This shoot was so much FUN! This is a real client (also one of our associate photographers “Laura”) in her own retro styled kitchen. No stylists, no models, no set designers, just a lot of forethought put into this before the shoot. Laura and I shared a Pinterest board  before the shoot to collaborate ideas and feeback. Laura had hair and makeup done that morning in the 50’s pin up style and then she put on that swanky little polka dot dress that fit her and this scene to a T. From there we lit the scene, played, laughed and created some really great images.

Then it was time to take advantage of those pretty Carolina Blue skies with an original Pram baby carriage that was found while cleaning out her husband’s grand parent’s house. It had been her mother-in-law’s carriage when she was a baby “in the 50’s”. It was just perfect against that gorgeous Winter sky.

Finished off the shoot with a couple more shots at the old courthouse in downtown Monroe and called it a day. By then “Little Momma” needed a break from those hot little red pumps.

Hair Design by: Tammy Walden of Strandz Hair Studio, Monroe NC

Makeup by: Kris Singleton, Independent Mary Kay Consultant, Monroe NC

Photography by: Shirley Wedra, lead photographer at Fort Mill Photography