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Spartanburg Photographer | Eli & Christine

I met Eli & Christine for the first time over the weekend of July 4th back in 2009!!  I was in Charlotte visiting my best friend Melissa & she planned all sorts of fun activities while I was in town.  One of those being Pops in the Park (I really hope that’s what it’s called)!!  Well at pops we were meeting up with a few of her closest friends there in Charlotte… Christine happened to be one of them.  I had heard about Christine quite often since her and Melissa both went to Appalachian State together but hadn’t had the chance to meet her… well I finally met her that weekend & also happened to meet her boyfriend Eli.  I don’t think to two had been dating long but I remembered thinking then how well the two of them went together (and guess what… they go together amazingly!!!)!!!!  Fast forward to just a few weekends ago and these two were meeting me in Spartanburg to take photos!!

Before heading downtown for the majority of their session we snapped a few photos in our backyard… I might just have to offer a few mini sessions here!!!!! :)

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Christine, I LOVE y’alls outfits!!!!!!

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 We then headed to downtown Spartanburg for the next part of the session…. and can I just say I LOVE DOWNTOWN SPARTANBURG!!!! I can not wait to photograph lots of families, seniors, and couples on these streets!!!

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What makes this session soo fun… is that a week prior they celebrated their first year of marriage!!!! :) :) (be on the lookout next week… because they may have gotten dressed in their wedding attire again :) )!!!!!! These two were soooooo much fun to have in front of my camera!!!!! We may just have to do this again!! ;)

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With me being in Texas I hadn’t really gotten to know Christine or Eli except from what I’d heard Melissa say or see via social media… BUT over the last year I’ve gotten to know Christine a lot more (and soo soo glad I have :) ) due to Melissa getting married and us both being in the wedding party!!  I have loved getting to know her & Eli (via chatting with Christine)… But then actually spending time with the two of them a few weeks ago was soo soo great… what’s even greater is that we live a little less than an hour away from one another.  I am sooo excited to spend more time with these two!!!!!  Thank y’all so much for letting me photograph the two of you, I LOVED it!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer

   Kendra Martin Photography specializes in Wedding, Senior Portrait, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity and Child Photography in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas including but not limited to Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX.

 

October 16, 2014 - 10:26 PM

Dawn - Beautiful images! Such a cute couple.

October 16, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Trisha - How beautiful! Love your candid style and your clean edits!! Great work!

October 17, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Kendra - Thank you Trisha!!!!

October 17, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Kendra - Dawn thank you so much!! And aren’t they?!?!?!

October 17, 2014 - 1:12 PM

Jill - Cute!

October 17, 2014 - 3:25 PM

Meghan - What a great couple, and a gorgeous location! Awesome work!

October 17, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Kendra - Thank you!!

October 18, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Katy Hibberd - What a beautiful couple!

October 18, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Michelle - These are great! I bet they just love them!

October 20, 2014 - 9:47 AM

Casey - I love your black and whites – and your images are so sharp! Love the lighting in these, as well.

October 20, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Kendra - Thank you so much Casey!!

Spartanburg, SC Photographer | Three with one on the way!!!

When we first got the phone call that Gary’s now employer wanted to fly him out to Spartanburg, SC for a job interview I of course freaked out because that meant moving across the country, AGAIN.  I then contacted some of my closest and dearest friends and asked for prayers & asked if they knew ANYBODY that lived in the area because we thought we knew nobody, and that made this move even scarier!!  Turns out I did know someone!!!  My friend Jenn informed me that her roommate from PA School (whom I had met a few times when visiting Jenn in Charleston) lived in Spartanburg.  SOOOOOOO me not being scared messaged Kathryn after all these years to say hello!!  Boy am I glad I did because she has been able to pray with us and for us through this whole process.  It was a process that we were keeping on the down low due to Kenzie & I being in Texas for a month and a half while Gary was in South Carolina… we’re  I’m funny like that!!  Back to Kathryn, She has been SUCH a blessing to be able to chat with and ask questions & recommendations & etc… she referred us to our amazing realtor & has just been so gracious and loving and I really don’t know how to thank her enough!!!

A few Friday’s ago I met up with Kathryn, Caleb & mr. W to take a few photos.  Side note… mr. W is only a month younger than Kenzie… I can’t wait till our schedules all align and we get our families together because I think the two of them will have fun & us adults will have fun too (Gary happened to be with me at this session & afterwards if it wasn’t for us starving we probably could have sat in the parking lot and chatted for a lot longer)… back to this sweet family, because seriously they are the sweetest :) … They met me at a park in Downtown, Spartanburg to take photos… I was nervous all day because it was looking like it could storm or rain, but thankfully it held off… we had lots of clouds but that didn’t stop us from having fun and taking photos!!!

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Kathryn laughed at the fact that this little park is right next to a place her company holds different events and she’s never even seen it :)!!  Love that I was able to introduce them to such a sweet little green area!!

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This family is sooooooooo much fun to be around.  mr. W is all over the place, HE LOVES LOVES LOVES LOVES LOVES trucks :) and I absolutely loved the challenge of capturing him & his sweet little personality.  And ohhh my goodness I LOVED being around Kathryn & Caleb, their love for each other & for sweet mr. W is amazing and it shows in how they look at one another, love one another, and have OHHH soo much fun with one another!!!

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Kathryn & Caleb, thank y’all sooo much for getting in front of my camera!! I had a blast with you guys and I am soo soo excited to meet the newest member of y’alls family in November!!  Kathryn, thank you for answering all my crazy questions for all these months :) :) :)

  Kendra Martin Photography specializes in Wedding, Senior Portrait, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity and Child Photography in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas including but not limited to Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX.

 

October 9, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Jill - How sweet! These are gorgeous! Great job!

October 11, 2014 - 7:20 PM

Jessica - What a fun session! I especially like the genuine smiles you got out of their little one. So cute.

October 12, 2014 - 11:16 PM

Dawn - Lovely family! These are great!

October 14, 2014 - 7:06 AM

Jill - Stunning images and family

Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | 7 Years!!

Gary – It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been 7 years since we got married.  It seems like 7 years ago was when we first met in high school, but no that was definitely over 15 years ago (Oh gosh I feel really old to be able to say that!!!).  This 7th year was a big year for us and our little family.  We didn’t do a whole lot of traveling or anything like that but we did make a BIG move.  I’m not going to lie… the move was hard… is still hard… but I can say that being here in SC WITH You is sooo MUCH better than those 6 weeks that you were here & Kenzie & I were still in Texas… I love that we get to see you every day and there’s no more trips to an oil rig in the gulf… we love that we have daddy home on Saturday’s and that we get to explore & spend time together.  Yeah, I miss family and friends but thankful that this move to SC now has you home more because you are my/our family!!

We’ve done 2 cross country moves in 7 years, bought a house, sold that house and sight unseen to me bought another one (I still can’t believe the first time seeing our now home was when we pulled up after making the 2 day move), brought home Daisy, brought miss Kenzie into the world, and lots of stuff in-between (good, bad, hard, easy breezy…).  I can definitely say that I’m thankful and blessed that it’s been you that I have gotten/get to do all this stuff with!!!  I love you with my whole heart & am so thankful for the 7 years we’ve had as husband & wife!!! Looking forward to what this next year and all the other years to come have to hold for the two of us & our family!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!  Happy Anniversary!!

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  Kendra Martin Photography specializes in Wedding, Senior Portrait, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity and Child Photography in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas including but not limited to Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX.

October 6, 2014 - 12:36 PM

Jill - Happy anniversary to you both

October 7, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Jill - Soooo sweet! Happy anniversary! :-)

October 7, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Dawn - Happy Anniversary! What an adorable family.

October 8, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Katy Hibberd - Love this so much, especially about it being difficult to move, but not as difficult as being away from Gary altogether <3

Spartanburg, SC Photographer | 2 + 1 = 3!!!

I’m just going to start this post off by saying I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED for Stephanie & Jason.  They have a little one on the way in March!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)  When Stephanie found out she was pregnant over the summer she immediately contacted me to see if when I was back in Texas for a wedding in August if they could book a session of just the two of them but also make part of the session about their upcoming addition.  Of course I was delighted to have them in front of my camera & get the chance to spend time with them.  You may recognize them from this session that we did last fall shortly after their wedding.  These two are dear dear dear friends of Gary & I and we miss them sooo incredibly much.  I hate that it took us so long to meet since we lived right across the street from each other, but I am thankful for the time we had with them and the fact that these two are friends for the long haul for us!!!! Love these two so much & can’t wait for baby girl & all her bows to join this sweet family next year!!!!!

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At the time we took the photos they didn’t know the sex of the baby but since found out and had a gender reveal a few weekends ago so I didn’t give anything way when I said baby girl!!!  Jason, Gary & I are sooooo excited for you to have a little girl that wraps you around her finger :)!!!  Just bug Gary with any girl questions… I know we are totally bias but you are going to LOVE being a daddy to a little girl!!!  I was excited when I found out y’all were pregnant but even more so when Stephanie told me the baby was a girl!!!  Y’all I really can’t contain my excitement… I am sitting here grinning ear to ear!!!!!!

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  Kendra Martin Photography specializes in Wedding, Senior Portrait, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity and Child Photography in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas including but not limited to Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX.

September 30, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Sally Salerno - How exciting!!!!!

September 30, 2014 - 12:41 PM

Trisha - These photos are beautiful! Congratulations to the happy couple!

September 30, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Kendra - Thank you Trisha!!

September 30, 2014 - 12:51 PM

Dawn - Aww.. those little shoes are too cute! Great session!

September 30, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Kendra - Thanks!!

September 30, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Kim Hayes - Cute! I love the little shoes :)

September 30, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Kylene Sherer - They’re lucky to have you capture these moments for them.

October 3, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Beth Storey-Wyble - Beautiful!!!

October 9, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Jennifer Kohl - So fun!

Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | Kimberly & John Celebrate!!

After Kimberly & John said I do, we all headed to The Heights Villa to celebrate!!  It was my first time at this venue & I really liked how charming it was.  Like so many things with the ceremony the reception had so many hand details that were put together with so much love!!  I loved wandering around making sure to document everything so that way all the hard work that went into everything could be remembered!!  I loved Kimberly’s choice in colors sooo sooo much!!!!  Kimberly & John made their entrance and had their first dance and then guests enjoyed dinner followed by mingling & four of the sweetest toasts (I may have teared up when Kimberly’s dad spoke).  These two are such amazing indivudiuals and as a couple they are even more amazing.  I am so excited to see what God does through their marriage.  The love and support that was shown to them on their wedding day and was incredible and so special to be part of and document!!!  After toasts everyone danced, ate cake, and just continued to celebrate Kimberly & John.

Kimberly & John,  Thank y’all so so soo soo much for wanting me to photograph your wedding day.  From the first email I received from you Kimberly, to the hugs before y’all made your exit for the night there was so much kindness & love from you to and I can’t thank you enough for that.  I loved getting to be surrounded by your family & friends on your wedding day & getting to know y’all over the last year.  Soo very happy for the two of y’all and I really can’t wait to see what God has in store for the two of you!!!

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I said it in the blog post Monday… IT WAS A HOT HOT HOT August day.  Kimberly had told me a few times prior to the wedding day to steal them away if I saw a window of time for a few more photos of just the two of them.  So after they were finished eating & their guests were still eating and mingling I stole the two of them away for a few minutes!!  We definitely braved the heat & hummidity again but I am so happy we did.  John, you’re a trooper for keeping that jacket on!!! :) :) So glad I had a chance to get these photos of them!!!  Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding PhotographerKendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding PhotographerI totally didn’t mean to do so many black & white images but I didn’t realize it till I uploaded them & I like them so much I didn’t want to go back and change what I’d done.  :) :)  I am a huge huge fan of black & white images.  If you were to walk into my house you’d see the same is true for our personal photos.  I definitely have more b/w images than color up AND I LOVE IT!!!!

To me there’s just something about them that’s classic, real, pure & timeless!!!

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 Kendra Martin Photography specializes in Wedding, Senior Portrait, Lifestyle, Newborn, Family, Maternity and Child Photography in Greenville, SC & Spartanburg, SC and surrounding areas including but not limited to Charlotte, NC and Houston, TX.

September 25, 2014 - 1:27 PM

Casey - Beautiful! Love the cake top and the glow stick exit! Great settings on this last shot.

September 25, 2014 - 3:18 PM

Sally Salerno - Gorgeous photos and couple!

September 25, 2014 - 3:23 PM

Chelsea - lovely! I love the posed images of bride and groom in front of the gate.

September 26, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Renee Leveille Bielby - Awesome!!

September 26, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Dawn - Beautiful images and wedding!!

September 28, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Mitch Peairson - Love this photographer’s work!

September 29, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Jill - Gorgeous images

September 29, 2014 - 8:07 AM

Jill - Love

September 29, 2014 - 11:23 AM

Tiffani Jedlicka - Beautiful wedding and amazing photography

September 29, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Kendra - Thank you Tiffani!! It was a beautiful wedding!!!

September 29, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Kendra - Thank you Jill!!!

September 29, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Kendra - Thank you Dawn!!!

September 29, 2014 - 11:57 AM

Kendra - Casey the cake top was awesome.. it was actually wood!! So many awesome personal details in this wedding!!!!

September 29, 2014 - 12:47 PM

Lindsey Harwath - A great part 2!

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