Hurricane Dorian-{charleston sc family and childrens photographer}

What a ride and I’m so happy to be off of that rollercoaster!

We came out alright over here and Dominion Energy got our lights back on at 1pm today! So thankful. We only lost power for 33 hours total and while of course that’s no fun, it’s nothing considering what it could have been so no complaints here.  This is the first hurricane I didn’t evacuate for since Irma and boy was it scary for a little bit, but the kids slept right through it while I kept watch all night making sure we didn’t need to make a mad dash to the laundry room. We stayed inside all day Thursday, checking in with the hubs who was out patrolling the Mount Pleasant streets. He got to come home Thursday night before going back in early on Friday.

The sun showed up right before it set on Thursday night. I had been on the porch soaking up any bit of ‘light’ since our house was all boarded up. I ran inside for my camera and grabbed just a few shots before it was gone as quick as it showed up. It felt like seeing a rainbow after a big storm. A sign that it was over!

This natural light lover didn’t waste any time on Friday getting that drill out and pulling those window covers down to let the light inside. I felt 95% better after getting those down and being able to open up my blinds. We had to board up and prep early b/c we didnt’ know exactly when Tommy would get activated and we wanted to make sure it was done just in case things got bad. All I was hearing was, ‘there’s still so much we don’t know about this storm’ from the weather reporters. The window covers weren’t necessary for this storm, but the ‘just in case’ factor put my mind at ease. I hope you all are ok too with no magor damage but stories to tell.

Here are some shots I took to document the kids first ‘hurricane’ experience. Mine was Hugo and I was 6 and have little memories of it. Even though I’m aware this was a picnic compared to Hugo, I thought it would be cool for them to have some photos to look back and remember it. They built epic forts, painted some rocks and we just hung out eating more snacks than ever with two confused dogs stuck inside with us. I let our retired k9 out Thursday morning smack dab in the middle of it b/c he needed to go and he just turned around and looked back at me like, are you kiding me? He walked and got his tennis ball across the yard and came right back, ready to come back inside. We dodged a bullet with this one and we are fully aware of that and just feeling incredibly grateful to be just fine.

I’ve been trying to find the best place to help in whatever ways I can for the folks in the Bahamas who endured the very worst of this storm. 

I think I have decided on Samaritans Purse though I’m still on the search. I want to make a donation by Sunday. Click to visit their site. If you have suggestions, please post them in the comments for me :).

Update: I also chose WaterMission.org  -Based in Charleston

From their site: “Thanks to our generous partner, Foster Friess, all gifts to support these relief efforts will be matched, up to $1 million.”


My personal experience top 10 hurricane tips if you found yourself unprepared:

  1. Get a generator!! You will want that bad boy if your power goes out to get your fridge running again at least. 
  2. You can use your generator to power a phone, but that’s just extra chords. We got this handy little device at costco that allowed me to charge up my cell phone so I could stay in the know a little and keep in touch with family. So have something on hand that can charge your devices too.
  3. Get lots of ice and if you have a deep freezer, store it there until the the power goes out. Use that ice in coolers if you don’t have a generator. I used the cooler until the winds died down. I don’t play with generators/rain and wind, so I waited to hook ours up until most of that was gone and our cooler kept things nice and cold until then. If you have a big and nice enough cooler, it should hold things like milk and cheeses over until the power comes back on.
  4. I filled up a bunch of big cups of water and stocked them in the fridge. When we needed drinking water, we used those instead of bottled water. Though we still bought some just in case.
  5. Fill up the bath tub. We didn’t lose our water so this wasn’t needed, but do this just in case you lose your water supply.
  6. Put pillows/blankets, shoes and a flashlight in the inner most room of your home. This way, everything is there if you need to hurry up and take cover. People just north of us found this out with the outer bands htiting them and tornadoes brewing up.
  7. Get one of those handy lanterns that will light up a whole room +lots of little flashlights and batteries. 
  8. Things for the kids to do! Board games, things to paint, books, etc. I also had charged up their ipads and turned them off, so they had a full charge to use those when they needed some ‘just them’ time.
  9. The day before the storm, I made a big meal of pot roast and all the sides. I thought we could eat well at least one night before just cold meals and snacks. I also went ahead and made 2 boxes of the Suddenly salad pasta b/c we like that cold and it’s something besides PB&J.
  10. Oscilating Fans! Again, you’ll need that generator to power them, but when it hits 90+ after the hurricane and you still don’t have power, you might want some airflow to keep your sanity.

And of course, if the storm is going to be bad enough, just pack up and get the heck out of dodge. This one came a lot closer than I thought it would so it was scary seeing it moving so close to us and gaining strength. 

This storm is gone, but it’s only September and we could be going through this again soon, so plan ahead and you’ll be much better prepared to ride it out at home. 

 

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Hurricane Baby-{charleston sc newborn photographer}

Who can sleep when there’s a hurricane on the way? Not this guy, but oh the shots you can get with an awake baby. 

Last newborn before Dorian arrives!

Let’s all just prepare for the worst and hope for the best for our pretty little coastline in Charleston!

 

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At Home Newborn-{charleston sc newborn photographer}

You might remember this cutie from a few posts back at their fresh 48 shoot at the hospital.

…And now a little bigger and a week or so later, here he is, home sweet home.

Thanks for welcoming  me into your home and trusting me with these precious memories with your growing family!

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Party of 5-{charleston sc newborn photographers}

I was literally tickled when this mama told me she was expecting baby #3!

Thanks for welcoming me into your home again to photograph your beautiful new baby girl!

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2019 Fall Mini Sessions are LIVE-{charleston sc fall family photographer}

I can’t believe it but these SOLD COMPLETELY OUT on the first day! 😮

I’m so incredibly thankful for all of you and SO excited to do these shoots in November. I’ll be in touch with everyone very soon with more info and lots of details, but feel free to reach out with questions in the meantime! 

If you missed these, I’m still booking full fall family shoots, so email me to save your date for one of those.


It’s that time again! Annual Downtown Charleston Fall Mini Sessions are LIVE!

$250~20 minute shoot~10 photos

Both downtown locations will be in the evening this year with a park option as the sunday morning spot to mix things up.

$100 due to reserve a space, remaining $150 is due one week prior to picture day.

These will be in the evening on November 2nd and 3rd +morning on November 3rd. There will be 4 spots on Saturday +8 total on Sunday split between morning and evening. 

These are the one and only mini sessions I offer all year long! Snatch yours up before they’re gone!

I do only 4 at a time to make sure every family is getting good lighting!

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Mini sessions are a great way to get a taste of the family session experience for half the price. 

Sessions are each 20 minutes and you get to choose your favorite 10 photos from your gallery. If you wish to purchase your whole gallery, that’s also an option for an additional fee.

These are not available for extended families, only immediate families up to 5 people.

Get your holiday colors ready or just your layered fall best and snag a spot while you can!


Now Booking!!!

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Book Saturday evening-downtown Charleston-SOLD OUT

Book Sunday morning-downtown park-SOLD OUT

Book Sunday evening-downtown Charleston-SOLD OUT

Please read description under each date and be flexible and available during given time frame. I will assign specific times in October.

Please also note daylight savings time is Nov. 3rd and times listed reflect this.

Peek back at years past:

2018

2017

2016

If you think your family would be better suited for a FULL family shoot, I’m also now booking full family sessions for fall 2019. Email me to save a date on my calendar.

TickledBluePhotography@gmail.com

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August in Charleston-[charleston sc maternity photographer}

Thank goodness you can’t see humidity in photos ;), b/c it was strong this morning. That’s a Charleston August for you though.

Loved working with this couple who traveled from Columbia for a baby bump shoot in downtown Charleston.

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