Tourist in Your Own Town: April 2016

We love Charleston so much + tell people all the time that we are so lucky to get to live in a city that most people only get to visit. But we also know that when we travel we want to know where the locals go. Here's your local insider look at what we think is awesome around town.

Here's what we went around asking:

  1. How long have you lived in Charleston?
  2. What is your favorite thing about the people of Charleston?
  3. What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
  4. What is a secret spot that only locals know about?
  5. When you have family/ friends in town to visit, what do you take them to do?
  6. Why do you heart Charleston? ;)

Shaida Blackmon 

  1. Since 2014
  2. My favorite thing about the people of charleston is that everyone is open and down to be adventurous.
  3. All of them. I have no favorite. I haven't had a bad experience yet. (Knock on wood)
  4. Charleston Pour House on James Island
  5. The beach
  6. Because it is a melting pot of so many people and a place I feel at home. 

Megan Johnson

  1. On and off my whole life
  2. For a southern city, people come from all over. I meet people from different places all the time. Oh yeah and the beach!
  3. There are so many great places in Charleston I could go on forever. But honestly there are days I wake up and know I have got to go to Basil within the week, I just crave it.
  4. There is a fairly new dock on the edge of the West Ashley greenway. I love to walk or run there. If I am in a happy mood that day I may do a little yoga. As far as food everyone needs to try Dellz Deli. Momma Dell has a heart of gold.
  5. When friends come we usually go kayaking or I find a way to get them out on a boat. Walking out to see the lighthouses are a must also.
  6. i{heart}charleston because this city is a holy city where I feel blessed regularly. It is old meets new. I also love the way it feels southern and European all at once.

Bridge Run High

Where are all our running fanatics? Are you signed up to tackle to the Cooper River Bridge Run?

It might be one the biggest runs on the east coast. Runners come from all over the world to run this 10K event. Promoting continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle is the main focus of the Bridge Run {as locals call it}. And we ourselves are advocates of getting out there and doing something active. Charleston is a beautiful city + what better way to see some of the sites then running in a race.

We have decided to jump in on the action of promoting physical activity with you by offering a special for all runners who are coming to Charleston, SC to run the bridge. In the weeks leading up to and after the event, schedule any type of photo shoot with us and receive 20% OFF that service by showing us your bib or registration for the run. 

Capturing Spring Break Adventures

iheartcharleston family and children photography

It's all about your kids. You know it is. You snap pictures of them with your cell phone camera every chance you get. Whether it’s a silly face, sporting event, school program or something so stinkin' cute that you have to share with your family + friends. Be honest.... you have like a gazillion {ok well maybe not a gazillion but more than enough} photos on your phone or Facebook of your handsome boys + fun loving daughters. But how many professional photos do you have hanging on your walls at home or sitting on your desk at the office? More importantly, when was the last time you had professional photos taken?

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iheartcharleston family and childrens lifestyle photography

Did you know that professional photos can be more than just having them sit on a prop posing or looking at the camera by someone in a department store or at your church? We like to have fun with our children + love to bring out their unique personalities with action shots of them in their element of joy + play. So let's get together and take some photos of those precious smiles, from the gut giggles to playful joy out in park. 

iheartcharleston family and children lifestyle photogarphy spring break 2016
iheartcharleston family and children lifestyle photography to bring out your personality

These years are precious and go by in a blink of an eye. Let's get them outside playing + off their electronics. Put some smiles on their faces {and yours}. We are running a special for the Spring Break season. So while you are on vacation in Charleston, SC for Spring Break or you are local and wanting something fun to do with your children while they are out of school, let's go play in the park + capture some lifetime memories of your little ones. Book your Children's Spring Break photo shoot NOW!

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iheartcharleston family and children lifestyle photography spring break 2016
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Spring Break Photo Special

March 26th-March 31st

  • 1 hour fun, creative photo shoot
  • online gallery
  • 20 page hard cover custom designed photo book
  • thumb drive of all edited photos

$499 (reg. $699)

  • 1 hour fun, creative photo shoot
  • online gallery for ordering prints and digitals
  • 20 page hard cover custom designed photo book

$299 (reg. $449)

  • 1 hour fun, creative photo shoot
  • online gallery for ordering prints and digitals

$149 (reg. $299)


The Fashion World Descends on Charleston

The high class world of fashion descends on Charleston next week. Among the champagne + cocktails you'll find up + coming fashion designers, top models and fun-loving fashionistas mixing + mingling under the tents on Marion Square. Our team loves to be at the forefront of trends so fashion week is right up our alley.

Our good friend, Ayoka Lucas founder of Charleston Fashion Week + STYLEPUBLIC.COM, gave us a little inside scoop on what we might see on the runway next week. “Trends you may see on the runway this year will represent more freedom with patterns and color! I believe things will be a bit more fashion forward and defiant of old fashion rules. Menswear will be a  hot item on the runway this year as well and always a hit at CFW!"

The Spring Bridal Show at CFW is always a big hit as well + jump starts the spring wedding season. It’s no wonder that Charleston has become such a destination for planning a kick-ass wedding with all the bells + whistles. Trends at the bridal show this year will align with some of the fashion you will see on the main runway such as bold floral patters and feminine color palettes with blush + mint.

Charleston Fashion Week is always a fun time where fashion + our unique Charleston lifestyle showcase amazing southeastern designers. We love to join in on the fun + capture beautiful photos that let our clients really explore the artistic side of trendy fashion. Feel free to book a session + be a model for a day.


Furry Family Fotos

"Ruby! Look here. Please stop moving. I want to take your picture." Snap... ugh it's blurry.... AGAIN! Trying to take a picture of the furry family members can be so hard + aggravating. It turns into a screaming match with your dog + really that just involves you screaming and your little furry bundle of energy has she tucks her tail + ears. No one is happy then. What a dilemma!

 
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Solution... let a professional handle the photographing of that wonderful, lovable ball of fur + drool. Aggravation diverted! We are having a photo event for those adorable creatures {dogs, cats, goats, you name it we love it, we would love to photograph a goat!} that greet as you walk through the door after a long day at work + crawl into your lap as soon as you sit down on the couch for the evening to enjoy a movie. Bring out their personality + cuteness with their own personal mini studio session. 

iheartcharleston family pet photos March 2016
iheartcharleston family pet photos march 2016

March 19th-20th

  • mini studio session  
  • online gallery 
  • photo collage to post on social media

$49

Add on mini session with you and your furry family for an additional $39


Tourist in Your Own Town: February 2016

We're starting a new monthly series! We love Charleston so much + tell people all the time that we are so lucky to get to live in a city that most people only get to visit. But we also know that when we travel we want to know where the locals go. Here's your local insider look at what we think is awesome around town.

Here's what we went around asking:

  1. How long have you lived in Charleston?
  2. What is your favorite thing about the people of Charleston?
  3. What is your favorite restaurant in Charleston?
  4. What is a secret spot that only locals know about?
  5. When you have family/ friends in town to visit, what do you take them to do?
  6. Why do you heart Charleston? ;)

JILL POWELL
Owner of Charleston Lash and Beauty Bar

  1. 20 years
  2. The people are friendly
  3. Halls Chophouse (This one is just down from the office on King Street)
  4. I can't tell, it's a secret ;)
  5. Shem Creek to watch Dolphins
  6. I love that there's always something to do. Festivals, expos, events, parties, concerts, etc. 

DREW BANKS
Founding Team Member of Pink Wolf Racing and Chef at Charleston Grill

  1. a little over 3 years
  2. the wide variety of culture and we ALL love the beach
  3. Hall's Chophouse (we're starting to see a trend here)
  4. Gueren's Bridge Road 😁
  5. Motorcycle rides, out to eat at the newest restaurants in town and deep sea fishing
  6. The warm weather year round, the constant booming in business and the beautiful scenery

Upgrade Your Image Head Shot Event

iheartcharleston and NuStreet dance team professional head shots

Why haven’t you gotten a professional head shot yet? Is it they are too stuffy looking? Too expensive? Let me ask you this, what is a first impression worth? We all know how important first impressions + marketing yourself is, so why let your poorly lit selfie do the talking for you?

Customers are more savvy than ever and as the old adage goes, we work with people we know, like + trust. In today’s digital economy imagery is the best way to convey who you are. That’s why head shots can be such fun marketing pieces. Think outside the box {another cliched term, #sorrynotsorry} when it comes to being a professional in your industry. Drawing a blank? We can help. We do A LOT of head shots + can help you create fun + engaging marketing material {and we have Ronii + Jenn who are pros at this kind of stuff, it’s like having your own little personal head shot marketing team}.

Not only are head shots fun, they are a great way to bringing out your personality. You are a fun + quirky person {aren’t we all}, so make your head shots fun + quirky. If you are known as a rockstar in your industry + among your peers, then bring it. Does your business do something fun like Champagne Thursday {our operations marketing rockstars Ronii + Jenn do these} or Wine Wednesday? Show that off too! Don't be afraid to experiment so you can stand out in the crowd + be unique. Your target will love it + it makes you noticeable because no one ever remembered status quo. BE the one everyone is talking about because they saw that new profile pic of you poppin a cork from a bottle of Champagne on Instagram. 

iheartcharleston profesisonal head shots for website
iheartcharleston professional head shot for work
iheartcharleston professional headshot in downtown charleston
iheartcharlesotn professional head shots for marketing

Go for it! Be different. Be fun. Be unique. And still be professional. 

We’re having a special Head Shot Event February 25th-27th. Book your photo session today + take advantage of this amazing deal!

$79


Family Photos, Not just for Humans Anymore

NEWS FLASH!!!! Hot off the press! Pets are making their way to the top of the family food chain. It is not just about Mom, Dad, Son/Daughter anymore. Cats, dogs, birds, rabbits... even goats are becoming "children" in the everyday household. Some parents seem to favor their pets more than their children. Oh the shame.... LOL! But no seriously, is your cat or dog or.... goat, a member of your family?

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This is not actually new news. We’ve always known that our fur babies are as much a part of the family as anyone. Their distinct personalities + characteristics are a reflection of our own. Our very own marketing +business rockstar, Ronii, recently adopted the most adorable, sweet boxer puppy, Lucy.

Lucy loves carrots, her squeaky mummy toy + snuggle time. Her philosophy in life is there’s so many kisses to give but so little time. We love that she has so much love to give. When Lucy is in the office we always make time to stop + play on the floor.

Whether your children have 2 legs or 4 or you have both, capture their individuality with photos that show the world just how much they mean to you! Let everyone know {you know in case they don't already} that your 5 cats are your children too. Because let's face it, sometimes your cats + dogs + goats can be more of a hassle than you 3 + 5 year old. So what is everyone waiting for? Book your pet photo shoot TODAY! Let's make those furry creatures famous!