Monet in Wonderland

Back in June we celebrated 16 wonderland trips around the sun with our very special magical Monet. Our collective family of creatives came together to create a Wonderland with our very own mad hatter supper under the stars. It was a magical night. Thank you to everyone who shared the love, light and prayers for Monet's journey on this earth. She is a bright light we are all grateful to love and live life with. 

In glitter and all things, enormous gratitude, for all the tiny, precious moments shared so far and all the beautiful moments that lie ahead. You are stardust and light Monet! Everyday a gift to share the journey. Be still and listen. Be brave and believe. In all the beautiful dreams you dream. 

Love, mom

Sometimes we get to play Cupid's helper

Finding the person you want to share this crazy journey of life with is a miracle: a beautiful, wild, amazing miracle! We celebrate LOVE in all things we do and when we are asked to capture these miracles of life, we feel so grateful and completely honored. 

This summer my daughter/assistant and I have shared in several proposals and each one has been so special!! I had no idea it was a thing to have your proposal photographed until I kept getting called over and over to do so. It's like playing cupid and spy all together and it's a blast! We've made shell hearts in the sand, created flower hearts and written love notes in the sand... all in the name of LOVE! If you know us, then you know how much we LOVE to spread LOVE so this work is right up our alley. 

The best part is hiding in the bushes and waiting. We've also had some helpers along the way pose for pretend shoots so the bride to be didn't know we were photographing her. This LOVE SPY work is perfect for us! We're grateful to be invited into these special moments and grateful to be able to do the work we love!

Keep spreading the love and so will we! 

 

 

 

Bowie would be proud of our women!

Can I tell you that my favorite new series in Charleston is the "Women &" series started by Hazel Ketchum and Lindsay Hollar at The Charleston Music Hall. Hazel and Lindsay gather a group of Charleston's most amazing female musicians together for a night of music to celebrate different artists. We've experienced Women and Young, Women and Waits and this past month we got to experience WOMEN AND BOWIE!! 

I have to say that the Bowie night has been our favorite, maybe because David Bowie is my hero and if we would have met we'd of coarse been dearest weird friends. When we heard that the next series would be honoring David Bowie Monet and I signed up to help recreate some Bowie inspired make-up for the musicians. We had an absolute blast painting and glittering the Women of Bowie night. I'm sure Charles has been finding lots glitter bombs around the Charleston Music Hall. 

Thank you to all the women who made this magic night of music happen and to the Music Hall for the sound and light show (which was the best light show I've seen so far at the Hall!!) I know we made Bowie proud. 

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." _David Bowie

 

CELEBRATE the love!

The idea of "finding your person" is something most of us long for. The more I grow the more I know how powerful love is, how precious it is, how it can shape and change us, how we can change and create with it, how much it grows when we nurture it, how we need to BE love and BE grateful for love and how we need to share that love and express our love to one another. 

When two of your favorite people find each other in LOVE, the JOY you experience is so powerful you can't help but be affected by it, it's contagious, it's inspiring, it's beautiful and hopeful and so awesome to BE around! This is how I know many of us feel when we are around Ward and Danielle. Two of my most favorite humans found love together and they have been glowing ever since. A few months we gathered to celebrate these two and to be present with them as they said YES! I DO!! 

I've experienced my share of weddings and this one goes in the books at the top of my list! This was a celebration of love, of family and friends, of music and dancing and food and sharing time with your people! A weekend to camp out, cook out, tell stories, dance, sing and celebrate the LOVE with all your favorite people! No fancy venue, nothing extravagant, just simply.. friends and family celebrating two people who "found their person", just as it should be. 

I want to say how much I love you both Ward and Danielle! I am so grateful to have been present for this part of your story and I look forward to the many volumes to follow. All my love and best to your beautiful family! 

Creative "studio" in the woods

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create: to play

verb  cre·ate  \krē-ˈāt\

cre·at·edcre·at·ing

  1. :  to cause to exist :  bring into existence :  produce

 

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Nature is my favorite space to create and always will be, but there is a feeling of walking into my special space meant for nothing more than to CREATE that I have been missing. So a few weeks ago I got an idea to create a studio space in nature that would still allow me to set up my lights and control the images I wanted to create. Using a pop up tent, some backdrops I've saved from my old studio and my faithful photogenic lights I set out to make a studio in the woods. 

I asked my friend Jessica to sit for me and we spent some time playing in my pop up studio. She's a strong and gorgeous woman, so it isn't a difficult challenge to create a beautiful portrait. We experimented with movement and lighting and I even flipped roles with her to step in front of the camera. 

We must be a little vulnerable in order to step of the camera and trust the photographer to create a portrait that reflects who we are in some way. I don't normally have to play that role but for this shoot I stepped in front of the camera for a few. Neither one of us had our hair or makeup done because like most of my ideas, it was spontaneous and I just dove in, and the end results were naturally lovely. 

Thanks for playing with me Jessica! This was so much fun. I love these images with my dreamcatcher wings and I will add them to my Sarah Album. One maybe day Monet and even my grandkids will look at the album of all the ages and stages and silliness that make me, ME. 


I'm proud to be a part of Lowcountry Local First

Lowcountry local First’s mission is to advocate for the benefits of a local living economy by strengthening community support of our local independent businesses and farmers.

"As lovers of the Lowcountry, we understand that we have a choice in what we buy and from whom we buy it. We have a choice in what we eat – and from where and by whom it’s grown.

Collectively, our choices have great power. To build or break a life. A business. An economy. A city. A culture.

The people of Lowcountry Local First offer a simple solution: Choose The Lowcountry.  Lowcountry Local First is a way of life that celebrates and supports what we love most: the local, independent businesses and farmers who reflect the unique character, flavor, and culture of the place we call home.

You have a choice. To choose the Lowcountry with your dollars. Your vote.                                                                                                                                                                    Your voice. Your heart. So, choose – with                                                                                          everything you’ve got."

I'm always happy to help out Lowcountry Local First  and a few months ago I was able to photograph the 2015 Growing New Farmers program. My friend Gina Perez was one of the very first students in this program when it started a few years ago. Gina is a marine biologist ( and a fine bass player too). When she told me she was going to be a full time farmer, I said "of coarse you are!" Her passion for farming reminded me of my grandfather and on my days off I would take Monet out to the farm to help Gina out and learn from her. There's nothing like getting your hands in the earth to shift your mood. 

The Growing New Farmers Program will start up again very soon and they are accepting applications now if you have interest in learning how to grow your own food or start your own farm based business. This program is for you!

AND check out my listing at http://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/business/?id=83215 

Thank you Lowcountry Local First for all you do to support our local small businesses and farmers!!!! Ya'll be sure to get your tickets now for their Chefs Potluck  

"One of the most popular fundraising events of the year, the 9th Annual Chef’s Potluck takes place at beautiful Middleton Place. Sixteen participating chefs are paired with local farmers, fishermen and ranchers to bring attendees the freshest, local ingredients in Charleston!

Tickets are all inclusive.  Enjoy live music by Garage Cuban Band, local libations from Coast Brewing, Firefly, Cannonborough Beverage Co., Grassroots Wine and Palmetto Brewery, live auction, Cirsea Ice Cream, tastings from each chef and some of the most beautiful views at America’s oldest landscaped garden at Middleton Place. 

Tickets available here:

annual http://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/events/chefs-potluck/




Spring will bring Natalie and Adam a blessing

One of my favorite Folly Beach families will be welcoming their first child into the world in just a few weeks. We are all awaiting the birthday of their son Cash and look forward to having a new beach baby to love up. Natalie took some time a few weeks ago on the beach with me and my camera and I wanted to share a few of our favorites with you. 

 The beauty that a women possesses when she is carrying a child is nothing short of magical so of coarse the word "glowing" always comes to mind. Natalie has been glowing for months now, I saw it the day she told me she and Adam were expecting. I am wishing her lots of rest in the next few days and weeks as she prepares for the next part of this amazing journey. We're counting down the days until we meet this little guy and I'm sure Natalie is counting the minutes, the longest minutes ever. 

Dreamcatcher LOVE

The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

It is believed that the origin of the Native American dream catcher (or Indian dream catchers) is from the Ojibwa Chippewa tribe. The Ojibwa would tie strands of sinew string around a frame of bent wood that was in a small round or tear drop shape. The patterns of the dream catcher would be similar to how these Native Americans tied the webbing for their snowshoes.

However a Lakota story tells of how Iktomi (spider) came and spoke to an old Lakota spiritual leader who was on a high mountain and had a vision. In his vision, Iktomi, the great trickster and searcher of wisdom, appeared in the form of a spider. Iktomi spoke to him in a sacred language. As he spoke, Iktomi the spider picked up the elder's willow hoop which had feathers, horsehair, beads and offerings on it, and began to spin a web. He spoke to the elder about the cycles of life, how we begin our lives as infants, move on through childhood and on to adulthood. Finally we go to old age where we must be taken care of as infants, completing the cycle.

But, Iktomi said as he continued to spin his web, in each time of life there are many forces, some good and some bad. If you listen to the good forces, they will steer you in the right direction. But, if you listen to the bad forces, they'll steer you in the wrong direction and may hurt you. So these forces can help, or can interfere with the harmony of Nature. While the spider spoke, he continued to weave his web.

When Iktomi finished speaking, he gave the elder the web and said, The web is a perfect circle with a hole in the center. Use the web to help your people reach their goals, making good use of their ideas, dreams and visions. If you believe in the Great Spirit, the web will filter your good ideas and the bad ones will be trapped and will not pass.

The legend of the Dream Catcher is that it captures the bad Spirits and filters them. Protecting us from evil and letting through only the good dreams. Dream Catchers are believed to bless the "sleeping ones" with pleasant dreams, good luck, and harmony throughout their lives. It is how many people remember lessons in our community and get their visions. Dream Catchers are believed to bless the "sleeping ones" with pleasant dreams, good luck, and harmony throughout their lives. It is how many people remember lessons in our community and get their visions.

The creation of a dreamcatcher is sacred. From gathering vines and feathers to weaving and beading, I respectfully create in a state of prayer and gratitude. The circle has always represented life and love to me and the circle of the dreamcatcher symbolizes this journey of life and unending love. 

This past Valentines day, Elise Testone invited 25 of her favorite Charleston musicians to share the stage for a night of music in a celebration of LOVE. She asked if I can add some magic to the stage and I knew just what I wanted to create. With the help of local artist and clothing designer, Samantha Cortese, we created and installed 8 large dreamcatcher chandeliers for the Charleston Music Hall Stage. We climbed trees and collected feathers and vines and created each with love. 

These dreamcatcher chandeliers along with other sizes are available for purchase here. Shop Dreamcatchers 

"Wild and Free", "Weird and Wonderful" Family portraits that tell YOUR story!

fam·i·ly  fam(ə)lē/ 

1. people you love and love you back, not necessarily blood or biological, but you trust them and they trust you, and they take care of you and you take care of them.

Family looks different to each of us just like home looks different to each of us. The thing family has in common is that each is made up of the uniqueness of its design depending on the characters. Each family writes it's own story made up of these characters and adventures and each of those characters is writing their own story. So then family is the web of all this unique, wild, weird and wonderful group of characters come together to share life. They can make us laugh and drive us crazy. They lift us, inspire and encourage us and sometimes carry us through those hard spaces. They can break and bend and push us to our limits. Family can be hard and family can be pure JOY.

These characters are part of your story and it is my passion to tell stories through my art. 

I am a character in my own story and I am blessed to be a character in many families, through blood and by choice, through love. These families are my home and each character has played a vital role in shaping my character through their light and love. 

As we settle into the holiday season I am excited and inspired to photograph families and tell your stories through photographs and art.  Reach out by email or phone if you are interested in taking your family on a adventure with me and my camera (and my fantastic sidekick assistant Monet). We would love to create with you! 


Thanks to the Arnold family for allowing me to photography their story over the years. We've had a whole lot of fun together creating some wonderfully weird and wild family portraits. 

Here's a sample of this years photoshoot:

Schedule your shoot for the next month, choose from your proofs the next day. We can do the design or you can use the digital edit to create your own personal cards. I think everything is better with glitter, SO this year we have some glitter optioned for you. 

Please contact me at sarah@sarahpoephotography.com or by phone at 843 696 4404 with any questions or to commission your session. 

Peace and love, 

Sarah


ONE for ONE

Tis' the season for giving....always.

We are made to love well and do good and to encourage others to do the same. 

As the time changes, the days get shorter and the holidays approach we can do our best to avoid the commercialism.... to slow down and focus on how we can love better, do more good in the world and GIVE back. 

I love being able to use my craft to lift others and I am inspired by the ONE for ONE projects of companies like Toms and Roma Boots who are helping to  "give poverty the boot" by giving one shoe or boot to a child in need for each boot purchased.   (http://smartycents.com/articles/10-one-for-one-companies/)

These businesses inspired me to do the same with my own work and starting with holiday portrait sessions,  I will be giving ONE to ONE sessions. I've chosen several local organizations to donate my services to and for each session that I am commissioned I will be able to give the gift of photography to someone who could not afford it otherwise. From homeless families, to women entrepreneurs getting started who are in need of head shots, to families facing a critical illness, I want to share my gift. 

To schedule your holiday portraits call or email....

sarah@sarahpoephotography.com  

843 696 4404

 

 

 

 

Live, LOVE, Latch and be gentle with yourself new mama

15 years ago I became a mother. It was the greatest day of my life and one of the scariest. I had dreamed of being a mother since I was a little girl. Most people look at Monet and I now and think I was a teenage mama. I'll take that as a compliment but NOPE, I was married and 25 and so very very ready to be a mom. When she entered the world I pulled her from my womb and onto my chest and I began to cry. I cried tears for the greatest LOVE I had ever felt and mixed in those tears of JOY were tears of fear, a lot of fear. I was terrified I was going to mess it up, drop her, roll over on her, feed her to much, too little.. I didn't want anyone to touch her with their nasty germs and get my little angel sick. I literally locked Monet and I in her room for days and would only let a select few come to visit and I talked to them through the door, through buckets and buckets of tears. Everything I had ever wanted was in my arms and along with it entered my old friend, fear and with him, depression. I would struggle hard and want to give up somedays but I would grow, I would fight and crumble and fall and get back up. I would grow up but the journey would be long. 

Breastfeeding Monet was my joy. I was so thankful that it came easy to us because it was one of the only things that did. Everything else seemed so hard. Monet cried a lot and rarely slept more that a few hours at a time (she didn't sleep through the night until she was 2). Soon after she was born we would find out that we had some battles to go through together. I would begin my fight for her, to take care of her when she got really really sick, I would fight to protect her, to provide for her and together we would grow up. How could I have know she would be my greatest teacher?

Gratefully, breastfeeding was the easiest part of being a mother for me but for some it is a battle and some mama's are warriors through this fight. I applaud you mama's who struggle with thrush and latching, cracked nipples, and the god awful pains of mastitis to provide your babies breastmilk. To face the pain and struggle over and over all day long is an act of bravery and unconditional love. I know there are lots of ways to deal with breastfeeding struggles and probably a lot more gadgets and creams that were out there 15 years ago. Cheers to you mamas! 

 There are two things that bother me when it comes to breastfeeding. One is the idea that it's not cool with people when a mama feeds her baby in public, yet we sell burgers and everything else imaginable by flaunting boobs and a women's sexuality in the media. You can hang your boobs out while munching on double pounder but its offensive when a mother feeds her child in a restaurant? NOPE! Not cool! 

The second thing that bothers me is judgement. Come on sisters! We need to lift each other up and support each other through the journey of motherhood. A child is the most beautiful gift but the road can be really hard and if you choose not to breastfeed or its just to painful and hard and you need to let go of  it, we love and support you! We all know that breastmilk is the best thing we can give our babies. I'm 100% for it but I also know that many women struggle with it and the last thing they need is judgement. And if breastfeeding is not the right choice for some mamas or its too painful or too hard and you have to let go of it then we as women need to support and love and NEVER judge. Women need to be each other's cheerleaders and lift each other up!

Breastfeeding was one of the greatest joys in motherhood for me but I struggled in 100 different ways and the greatest gift during that time for me was unconditional love and support from family and friends. 


If I could write my 25 year old new mama self a letter I would say, 

"Dear Sarah, You are enough just as you are. Be gentle with yourself and have faith. Worry won't solve anything so let go and enjoy each moment, even the hard ones. Let the house get messy. Take naps when you can get them. Have a glass of wine every once in a while and stop freaking out. Allow others to help you. You are beautiful. YOU ARE ENOUGH. Have faith, the road won't be easy but together you and this beautiful little girl are going to grow and flower. I love you just as you are. "

Love and light dear friends,

Sarah

“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.” ~ Susan Cain

Solitude is my magic elixir as much as my snake oil. I need to be alone, to have quiet and space but the right SPACE. Solitude with my computer is NOT the magic elixir. 

Nature is my favorite medicine... she fills my bank, she HEALS my heart when it breaks, she listens, never judges, she gives me the space to BREATH and let go, she slows my mind,  she WAKES me ...  so I go to her, over and over I return,  to be still....to PLAY.... to dream.....to create......to LISTEN. 

I've been photographing nature as part of my own creative dates for years. When your work is also your passion sometimes we need to find a way to step out of it and create something for ourselves and my nature art is that outlet.  It's always just been for me but I have recently decided to share some of my nature art in wood prints, art prints and cards. This image reminds me of daydreaming under a tree. It reminds me to look up and never stop daydreaming. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson and Wingard love

I had the honor of photographing the wedding of Amanda Nelson and Thomas Wingard a few weeks ago. We drove down a dirt road and found ourselves in the middle of a large field where 2 trees gracefully and proudly stood as if they were planted there for just this moment. They towered about the couple and their friends and family as promises were shared and love was present in abundance. It was a gorgeous day for a wedding and I was grateful to play the part of recording memories. 

Here is a small collection of images from the celebration. Family and friends may email me at sarahpoedesigns@gmail.com for the link to view all the wedding day images. 



Poe family wild things....

 

Where the Wild Things Are

Last week Monet and I were so blessed to spend an entire week with our family on Edisto Island.  Time is a precious gift and we all know it. Life gets so busy and we have trouble slowing down enough to call the people we love and say, "Hey, I love ya'll, whats happening in your world?" I am working on this in my own life, trying to use my phone to actually make phone calls and not just text and I am working on writing letters as well. Life gets so busy that we forget how to slow down sometimes. But life is too precious not to do our best our best to slow down and enjoy the love in our lives. 

Thats why it was such a gift for us all to slow down and spend a week together with the Poes, playing on the beach, making suppers together, playing music and games and having fun together. The highlights of the week were the lip sinking contest, which will now be a family tradition at every gathering, and the night I got to share Botany Bay with my family. The eight little wild ones played and explored the beach, as did the ten or so adult wild ones. We had so much fun being little explorers and personally I was overwhelmed with JOY just to share some of my favorite things about this magical place I call my HOME with my family. There are so many places that I love to get away to in Charleston SC and I look forward to sharing them all with my family on their visits. Until next time... we have these wonderful images to remind us of our time together. I love these beautiful people and I am so grateful to have each of them in our lives!!

THIS is why I LOVE photography! As a little girl I was always the one behind the camera because I didn't want to miss a moment of life.  I am still that little girl behind the camera, feeling so much joy every time I snap a shot and freeze a moment. 

It's magic. 

Here is a gallery of my favorite shots of our little wild things.....

May we all stay wild and free as we are as children. It's a gift to see through a child's eyes the innocence and beauty in all things. Children can make a game out of a rock and sticks, they have the ability to dream in day as well as night, they remind us to slow down, to play, to live without fear!! We are born fearless. It is the world that teaches us what we "should" be, its is the world that teaches us to be afraid. And somewhere along the way we may forget who we are. We may forget what we love to do, or how to play, or how to just live in the moment.

May we all remember to be child-like, without fear, with playful loving hearts, so that we may do what we LOVE and love what we do. I wish you laughter and joy and love today and all your days. 

Gratefully,

Sarah Poe

Freeman family love

I recently had the pleasure of spending an evening with some friends from Nashville while they were visiting the Isle of Palms with their fantastic family. We created some family portraits while trespassing at this old house on the island. It was a lovely evening and a joy meeting the family. If you are interested in documentary artists you need to check out Jace's work. Jace Freeman and Sean Clark together make The Moving Picture Boys. They are creative and extremely talented film makers located in Nashville. They recently received awards at The Nashville Film Festival for their documentary, The Ballad of Shovels and Rope. We are so proud of them and look forward to seeing all the work they will continue to create. You can follow them at www.themovingpictureboys.com

The talent in this family doesn't end with Jace Freeman... his gorgeous wife Regan  is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter. I was shocked when I heard the big ol voice that came out this sweet little red head. You can check out her music and follow her on facebook at Regan Lorraine. 


Goodwin Beach portaits

I had the pleasure of hanging out on Folly Beach with this sweet family a few weeks ago and creating some fun and beautiful images. These two were a joy to photograph and made my job east breezy. If you have family coming to the beach this summer or just want to have your own family photographed, I will shooting beach sessions in June! Call or email me at sarahpoedesigns@gmail.com to schedule time to go to the beach with me. 


Joel and Stephanie wedding day LOVE

Last month two of my favorite people vowed their love and commitment to each in other and we celebrated that love with friends and family on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 

I couldn't have been more honored to be able to share in this celebration of love and family and life. Love is a gift that we share with each other and Joel and Stephanie are very blessed not only to have found each other but to have so much love surrounding them in light and hope as they start their family. 

I celebrate Joel and Stephanie and sweet Tevoda Sound and all the love and light they bring the world. I am so happy for you and look forward to watching you follow your dreams together. May the force be with you!!!! The journey is so much sweeter when shared with the one you love! 

Love ya'll!

Here are a few highlights from the day....

You can view all the wedding day images at http://sarahpoephotography.shootproof.com/joelandsteph

Friends and family email me at sarahpoedesigns@gmail.com for wedding gallery code.


Tevoda Sound

Our name is the first gift we give our children and Joel and Stephanie chose a fitting and wonderful name for this sweet boy that we adore. His smile is contagious and the force is strong with this little man. 

Here are a few shots I took while we were hanging out a fews weeks back. 

Celebrate the LOVE

I wish you the courage to be warm when the world would prefer that you be cool.

I wish you success sufficient to your needs;

I wish you failure to temper that success. 

I wish you JOY in all your days; 

I wish you sadness so that you may better measure that joy.

I wish you gladness to overbalance grief.

I wish you humor and a twinkle in the eye. 

I wish you glory and the strength to bear its burdens.

I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey.

I wish you PEACE in the world in which you live 

and in the smallest corner of the hearth where truth is kept.

I wish you faith to help define your living and your life.

More I cannot wish you,

except perhaps LOVE,

to make all the rest worthwhile.

-Robert Ward

 Love is the gift we share that makes life sweeter. Love can heal us, love can change us, love can break us, love can mend, love can inspire, love can teach us.

LOVE is a GIFT! It is our gift to give ourselves first and a gift to share with others. 

Love is an act. Love is a following of the heart. Love is following your dreams. Love is sharing those dreams. 

May we all search for what we love, and go do it with full heart and without fear. 

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I LOVE to create!

 If you would like to create with me you may reach me by email at  sarahpoedesigns@gmail.com or call me  843-696-4404.