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A Sunny, Spring Four-Day Weekend in Charleston, SC | Travel Guide | Pennsylvania and Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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Charleston, South Carolina - home of Rainbow Row, Spanish moss, US history, sailboats, incredible food, pink doorways and so much more! Earlier in March, Collins, Megan and myself took a road trip to Charleston! This was all our first time exploring all Charleston had to offer and let me say, it did not disappoint! I’m already figuring out when I can get back to the charming coastal city. The girls planned this trip to explore and shoot a bunch of fun Spring fashion content for their blogs! I always love when I have the opportunity to travel with them and shoot new, exciting, inspiring content for them. :)

We stayed in the cutest Airbnb in the sweetest neighborhood located in Mount Pleasant, just over the bridge from Charleston. Mount Pleasant and Charleston are so idyllic! Every single street, home and street corner is so picturesque. You feel like you’re walking on streets out of a storybook that are lined with darling historical pastel painted homes and palm trees.

Food:

Tradds is a newer restaurant in Charleston, but one you should definitely add to your list! Their style and atmosphere is so unique and fun. It was a great place to grab drinks and a delicious entrée with a group of friends!

Basic Kitchen was most definitely my favorite food stop! We enjoyed a really lovely lunch there. We got to sample several options on their menu (salads, fish, nachos, fried cauliflower, and my favorite - sweet potato fries!). Basic Kitchen grows much of their food and vegetables out in the back where they have several garden boxes and adorable deck seating! I highly recommend reserving a spot for lunch at Basic Kitchen!

Coastal Crust Pizza is located in the adorable suburbia of Charleston, Mount Pleasant. Their pizza is incredible! You can also order a glass or bottle of wine or beer to pair with your oven-baked pizza. They also serve a delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches, which I could not pass up! It was so good!

To Do:

We took a horse drawn carriage tour with Old South Carriage Tours. Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned so much fascinating history about Charleston, the architecture and all the crazy building codes they have! They take their homes and building/restoring regulations very seriously.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (the movie) was filmed in Charleston! We had planned on taking the Notebook movie tour, but ran out of time. This came highly suggested to us by many, so I would love to take this tour next time I’m back!

We made a day trip down to Savannah, Georgia, which was a great decision! Savannah is about a two hour drive and totally worth it! I wish we would’ve had more time there! Savannah is just as darling and charming as Charleston, but in a small town kind of way! I could have easily spent a three-day weekend in Savannah (which will happen at some point). ;)

A few years ago, I was able to take a quick day trip to Savannah. I visited Wormsloe plantation and immediately fell in love with the mile long drive lined with majestic oak trees covered in Spanish Moss. I highly recommend visiting if you can! We had planned on visiting Boone Hall Plantation, but also ran out of time for that. Shooting fashion content can be more time consuming than people think! :)

When I visit a new place, I love to just take a day to walk around on the streets, explore, check out the shops, boutiques, coffee shops etc. One of my favorite things to do is to find a coffee shop and try their coffee, along with a delicious pastry. I always find a cute coffee shop!

I can’t wait to go back to Charleston and add a more extensive travel guide!

xoxo, MK

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A Tropical, Retro-Styled Brunch at The Liquor Store | Collins Tuohy Smith | Memphis, TN

Happy Wednesday! 

I made it a goal (again), to start being way more diligent about blogging in this new year. So, I'm holding myself accountable and making it happen! Aside from being a Fine Art Wedding Photographer, I also am a Fashion/Blogger photographer as well! I primarily shoot for Collins Tuohy Smith and Laura Boswell (Walking in Memphis in High Heels)! I have always loved fashion, however I never thought I'd see the day I would get to include it in my work! 

Let's go back to May 2015. It's a long story, that if you'd like to hear it some time (it's a crazy, fun story), ask me in person and I'd love to tell you, of how I met Collins and how we got from there to here (present day). May 2015, Collins reached out to me about shooting a little project for her family's Making It Happen Foundation. I was honored to participate! I really thought this was a one time thing. Little did I know that Collins had other plans. Haha! At this point, fashion blogging was really starting to pick up, especially on Instagram. The company LiketoKnowIt took off running full steam ahead and Collins had a desire and interest in starting a fashion blog! :) 

Now, almost three years later, Collins' blog has really taken off and I've had the incredible opportunity to watch it blossom, but also be a part of it. She may not know it, but I consider her to be a dear friend, a huge, unexpected blessing in my life. Her friendship pushes me outside of my comfort zone both personally and behind the camera, she encourages me and believes in me. She has given me countless, incredible opportunities I could have only dreamed of and I know that we're only scratching the surface! Working along side Collins gives me new daily inspiration that is different from my wedding photography -- in fact, it helps challenge me and keep me inspired with my wedding work. I am really excited for where this will continue to take both of us! They say, "Team work makes the dream work!" 

Earlier this month we collaborated with a new restaurant on Broad Avenue in Memphis - The Liquor Store. This place is definitely one of our top 5 favorite places to eat brunch or lunch here in Memphis! They also (hence their name) make amazing signature cocktail drinks to go with your dish! You have to go check them out! 

I wanted to share some of our other work because it's just pure FUN and why not?! It's really cool to see our work transform over the years as well. :) Most of these images are edited with my signature work, while others are edited with a custom preset I created specifically for Collins (which we have refined over the years). For any bloggers who may be interested in working with me, YES, I do make custom Lightroom presets specific for your blog/Instagram profile. This keeps your content cohesive and consistent. Please email me to inquire about it! :) 

Enjoy! xoxo

MK

Memphis Fashion Photographer - The Liquor Store - Collins Tuohy Smith
Fashion Week September 2017 - New York City (my favorite city, eva!)

Fashion Week September 2017 - New York City (my favorite city, eva!)

La La Land inspired shoot!! Definitely one of our favorite ideas! 

La La Land inspired shoot!! Definitely one of our favorite ideas! 

That one time we got permission to shoot at Graceland!! :)

That one time we got permission to shoot at Graceland!! :)

Emily Loeffelman blog | Lifestyle

Let me introduce you to Emily and her adorable family of boys! Meet Jacob, Asher, Max and their pup, Melvin. They seriously are the sweetest and I was so excited when Emily reached out to me and asked me to come shoot a Lifestyle session for them! They moved from North Dakota and built a beautiful abode just south of Memphis. It is gorgeous! Emily and I recently connected over Instagram and we quickly bonded over photography, blogging and having cute little boys! We quickly discovered that we have several mutual friends from different friend groups located all over the country! Talk about a small world! I'm happy our lives collided and we became friends! 

We have a few outings planned over the summer, so be sure to tag along via our Instagrams (Mary) (Emily) and blogs! Ps: Go follow Emily's blog, she is an inspiration! :) 

xoxo,

Mary Kate