I believe that wedding photography should be centered around connection and building relationships. I decided that when I started photography that I didn't want to just be a photographer for my couples, just another vendor! I wanted to be their photographer, and friend! And because I believe this so much, I truly take time to get to know my couples and build a lasting relationship with each one.
Why? Because I was the bride who had the photographer who didn't get to know me and my groom! Our photographer didn't know our names or take time to make us feel comfortable. And we associate those feelings with our own wedding pictures. So, I take time to have a relationship with each of my couples in a way that I wish it had been done for me when I married Michael in 2011 (pre- Pinterest.. I know.. yikes!!)
I can’t promise not to cry during your first look, when your bridesmaids see you in your dress for the first time or your mother and son dance (mainly because I know that I will have my own moment like that with my baby boy). I can promise to help you feel so comfortable in front of the camera! To capture not only the big moments, but the in between moments as well. I promise to make sure that you take time to breathe and enjoy your once in a lifetime wedding day together. I can promise to give your parents a HUGE hug at the end of the night, because this day was just as big for them! I can promise that I will be invested in your story. And when you leave for the night on your wedding day, I can promise that your relationship with me doesn't end! I will be there celebrating with you for years to come! Cheering on your accomplishments, checking in with you just because, and hugging you every year at my annual couples event!! If you are looking for an experience with a friend and not just a photographer, you have found your girl!
I’m Natasha, married to Michael and mama to Jackson! I am so fortunate to be a Charleston native! I whole heartedly believe that growing up in Charleston has helped shape me into the woman that I am today! Michael is actually from a small town south of Boston, named Scituate (if you are trying to figure out how to pronounce that, you are not alone! It took me some time too! SIT-YOU-IT). And believe it or not, we were actually born on the same July day, 10 hours a part! As soon as I met him I said this is destiny. I mean, he would never forget my birthday, right?!! Michael is in the power industry as an engineer, and Jackson roams the halls of the same elementary school that I attended when I was his age! You can catch glimpses of them in my Instagram stories most days.
It's crazy to think that I started this business as a 34 year old stay at home mom who had never owned a camera other than a Kodak wind up camera... I might be showing my age on that one! However, starting a wedding photography business when I did has truly helped shape the experience that I provide to my couples. I have been where you are. I have planned a wedding in Charleston. Michael and I got married at Charlestowne Landing in 2011. And one thing that I did not value at the time was a photographer, and because of that we do not have wedding images that we love. We look at them and see a couple who was uncomfortable because our photographer didn't take time to get to know us! Shoot, he didn't even know our names.
So for me, photography is not just about creating beautiful images. Tons of people can do that, just scroll Instagram for 10 minutes to see all of the amazing photographers there are out there. My photography is about my couples experience. Because I am living proof that people will forget what you did but they will remember how you make them feel.
I am ready to help you feel comfortable with a REAL relationship with me. I am ready to be your cheerleader (fair warning I get really excited when we are getting swoon worthy images!!)! I will cry with you and laugh with you! I am ready to celebrate your milestones not only during your wedding but for years to come! Including inviting you to an exclusive night out for all of my couples every year! I invest my whole heart into making sure that each of my couples not only have magazine worthy pictures from their day, but an experience that makes them feel so loved.
"Words cannot begin to express how thankful we are that we chose Natasha to capture our wedding day! The Lord has given her a very special gift to share with others, and we thank Natasha for sharing it with us. We have found our lifetime photographer.”
makenzi & david
Meet my boys, Michael and Jackson! They are my whole heart and my main cheerleaders!! Michael might be from Boston, but he absolutely loves Charleston.
The coastal life, warmer weather and Southern hospitality has grabbed hold of him. He is an engineer, a New England Patriots fan and the guy who fixes everything around the house for me. Jackson is our rambunctious, yet incredibly sweet 7 year old. He loves hot wheels cars, riding his bike as fast as he can down the sidewalk and is the ultimate social butterfly. And he’s the main reason I get teary eyed every wedding day!
Michael and I were born on the same July day! I was born in North Carolina and 10 hours later he was born in Massachusetts. Destiny? I think so! And really cool to say the least!
We got married in 2011 before the days of Pinterest but still one of the best days of our lives! And every time we hear our first dance song “Only you can love me this way” by Keith Urban come on, we have to stop everything and dance to it!
There are a few things in this life that I feel are black and white, no grey area.. and one of those is that hugs trump handshakes. So I think it is safe to say that you will be getting a hug from me!!!
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” - Walt Disney
Disney World has this way of making you believe that all your dreams can come true. That kind of magic is something that we want our son to feel more often than not as he is little. So you can find us strolling Main Street multiple times a year.
I have been blessed to call Charleston home for most of my life. I grew up here, went to College of Charleston (Go Cougars!) and we got married here! We did move away for 8 years to live in Massachusetts and Greenville SC, but we were blessed with the opportunity to move back! And now I can not imagine living anywhere else.
Starting my business at 34 years old has taught me so much!! I learned that you can't be successful in business alone. You need community! And I will forever be grateful to those who helped me when I was starting out. I am a firm believer in helping others chase this dream! So I started a YouTube channel to share tips and tricks on photography and business.
Isle of Palms & Sullivan’s Island
During the summer you can find us chasing sunsets at one of our go to local beaches, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island! You will find me under a Lilly Pulitzer beach umbrella with music blaring, or riding a boogie board with our son in the waves.
As a Charleston native, I have a great appreciation for my hometown. Charleston is a one of a kind city. From the history, to the beaches and the food, there is so much to see and do in Charleston!! And I want to share a few of my absolute favorite things about living in the Holy City!
One of our favorite things about Charleston is the abundance of options for food that knocks your socks off! And if you love some good BBQ, you will have so many places to choose from in the Holy City! Some of our favorites include Lewis’, Hometeam, Rodney Scott’s and Swig and Swine.
As a Charleston native, the lowcountry has a very special place in my heart. Every time I leave, I long to come back to the marshes, cotton candy sunsets and steeple lined sky line. It’s a city that grabs ahold of your heart and doesn’t let go.
I have had an obsession with Tradd St since I was a little girl. The gorgeous Charleston architecture, hidden gardens and painted doors showcase the charm that makes everyone fall in love with this city! If you can only see one street while you are in Charleston, Tradd is the street you have to walk down!
Michael and I love it when my parents offer to watch Jackson for us to have a date night downtown. You will usually find us at some of Charleston’s tried and true restaurants, like Poogan’s Porch for their brunch, Félix for their hamburger, 82 Queen for their she crab soup, Halls Chophouse for a mouth watering steak and Slightly North of Broad (or as locals like to call it, S.N.O.B.) for some shrimp and grits!!!
Something inside of me lit up
At the age of 34 I was longing for deeper purpose within my life. I made the decision to stay home with our son when he was born, which was the absolute best decision for our little family. But once he started growing and going to school, I knew that it was time for me to really take a look at what my dreams were.
I didn’t want to lose my sense of purpose outside of being a wife and a mom. As soon as I booked my first portrait session, something inside of me lit up. I knew that this was the gift God has given me and it would be my way of reaching a deeper connection with people that I may not have met otherwise. I knew that my sense of why was to build real and lasting relationships with my couples. And I have worked everyday since to make that happen. All while knowing our son is watching each step that I am making. I pray that he grows up to see that it is never too late to chase your dreams and make a difference in this world.
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