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May 9, 2011     |     Lifestyle

Charleston Lifestyle: Hanna Brooks Nation

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Katie Armour, blogger of The Neo-Traditionalist and co-founder of the online magazine, Matchbook. Matchbook Magazine is a women's lifestyle magazine celebrating "the classics shaken and stirred", as Katie so charmingly noted, and I was excited to learn that upon perusing the site, I am indeed a Matchbook girl, are you? Katie asked if I would shoot photographs for a feature story in Charleston starring Hanna Nation, founder of Gadabout, a stationery design store. Not only is Hanna as stylish as the designs she creates, she is also utterly adorable, kind and was so honored and thrilled to be featured in the magazine.  
Hanna, I am so glad that we were able to meet and collaborate for this shoot! You deserve every bit of recognition for your beautiful stationery and I can't wait to see your business grow and flourish. I am even more excited to take pics of you in your wedding gown for your bridal portrait in just a few short months!  
Tasked with taking pictures in quintessential Charleston locations, Hanna and I decided on three unique locations. Hanna chose John Pope Antiques on lower King Street as the first location. John's antiques are gorgeous - what a wonderful and unique place for a portrait session. Thanks for the champagne and for making us feel so comfortable in your space, John! :-)
I absolutely LOVE this image. When I snapped it, I told Hanna that I knew this one would get chosen for the feature and it was.
The second location we chose was south of Broad Street in downtown CHS, natch. It has some of the most gorgeous homes in Charleston which make for the most amazing backdrops. Since I live south of Broad, I bike around in search for perfect locations for my clients. I don't like repeating locations...if I can, I want to make each session different and unique for each client/couple. I am not even kidding when I say you can find a wall, shoot, take two steps and find another gorgeous backdrop...I am head over heels in love with Charleston.
Side note: I am obsessed with house on Tradd Street, isn't it insane??? It's being renovated right now. If I had a million dollars, I would buy it.
This is my favorite image from the shoot. Hanna, you are so beautiful.
This photo is the coolest. Hanna is holding Lauren Bush's Feed bag, a bag that if purchased, helps feed those in need.
This wasn't one of Hanna's final favorites but I love this image. I told her that her Mom will love it, especially in black and white...isn't it gorgeous? It's just sweet, especially since she's about to become a Mrs. this year.
The third location we chose was the marina because it just wouldn't be a Charleston shoot without some water in it somewhere, right?
I really need a pair of these Hunter boots, like now.
To view more of my images, check out the spread on page 86 of Matchbook Magazine!

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