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Greenville, SC Photographer | Spartanburg, SC Photographer | Kendra Martin Photography

I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this post is all sort of random :)!!! BUT if you know me, that’s how I role!!!!!

A few Friday evenings ago I met one of my best friends for dinner.  She lives in Charlotte so met halfway in the cute little town of Kings Mountain, NC & found a very yummy restaurant!!  We WILL be meeting there again :)!!  Well while we chatted over dinner & then kept chatting on that beautiful night on a quiet bench outside, we somehow stumbled on talking about  creativity and I can’t remember exactly what all we talked about but I remember telling Emily that I had a fun session scheduled at the end of the month and if she was free and wanted to tag along she totally could because I knew it was going to be fun & it would also give her a chance to play with her camera!!  I could probably talk to Emily for hours upon hours about all sorts of things and I love that, there’s something about our friendship and how we “get one another”… well I probably bug her way more than she wants me to about photography things but she gets me, she gets photography, she loves photography… so in turn I probably talk about it way too much!! SORRY EMILY IF I DO!!!!  Jumping ahead to Sunday evening she did come down to Spartanburg to tag along and play with her camera.  Before she headed back to Charlotte, she ended up letting me have all the photos she snapped since some of them were behind the scenes…. I looked through them today and Emily, you captured some great images of Elspeth & Kevin!!!  Emily also captured some behind the scenes shots that I wanted to share!!!  Thank you Emily so much for capturing these and for coming down on Sunday!! It was so much fun!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer 1This is also a teaser for Sunday’s session.  Y’ALL!!!!!  Elspeth & Kevin rocked it in front of the camera and I had soo sooo sooo soo much fun just being with them & photographing them.  I can not wait to share their images with you all in a few weeks!!! PS… all of Elspeth’s skirts & all of Kevin’s bow ties were made by either Elspeth or her mom Becky.  They own Belles of Cotton… and they make beautiful clothing & pillows & other stuff as well!! You HAVE to go take a look at their site!!!!!!!! Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer 2

When I saw the photos Emily took with me in them I totally had to laugh.  I wrote her and said “well I’m a walking billboard for Shootsac!!!”  I’ve had a few people ask me what kind of bag it is that I carry on me to weddings & sessions, so I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to share!!!!  Well I carry a Shootsac lens bag.  Yes, there are TONS of bags made for photographers out there (and I’m on my 2nd rolling bag in 5 years.. but that can be for another post), but this is the bag that I found worked for me back in 2009 and thankfully continues to work for me today.  For sessions it’s great because I have my camera in hand (usually with 50 or 35mm on… for this particular session my 50mm didn’t leave my camera), either my 35 or 50mm in my bag, extra memory cards, lens cloth, keys, id, a water bottle, and maybe a few other things.  For weddings I have everything that I have for a wedding, probably my flash in there, and batteries.  Everything else stays in my rolling bag in a safe & secure location that is easy to get to if I need any backups or whatever.  So yeah… I really like my shootsac!!!

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I really can not wait to share this session with you all!!!  Thank you to Emily for these photos & for Elspeth & Kevin for such a fun few hours!!!!!

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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 31, 2014 - 12:14 AM

Ruth Bloch - So great having images of you shooting!!

Spartanburg, SC Photographer | Love this family sooo much!!!

The fact that these four live within an hour of me just makes me all giddy and smiley!! GRANTED, I haven’t made the trip to have our kiddos play together yet… but I definitely see our families spending some time together!!!!  Nikki is one of my oldest, dearest, and most treasured friendships.  She’s not just my friend, she’s a sister to me and always has been.  I am the oldest child, but from the time I met Nikki when I was a braces wearing, curly puff hairdo, scared little middle schooler (maybe even elementary schooler… we can’t remember the exact moment we met… we just know it was WAY BACK in the day :)) she has looked out for me, taught me, loved me, been there for me and been such an example to me… so yeah, she’s my older “sis”!!!  The last time I saw Nikki was when her & miss C came to my sweet baby shower back home almost 3 years ago… and while we haven’t seen each other very often since college when we lived with one another… EVERY time I see her it’s like not a day has gone by & we’re right back to being Nikki & Kendra and my heart is always so full!!!  So when I texted her sometime this spring well before we announced we were moving and asked “HEY!! How far is “insert city” from Spartanburg”, she answered something like “about an hour… WHY?!”… well you know where the story goes from there… I excitedly spilled the news that I’d be that close to her and she was excited for us!!!  In the time it’s been since we last saw each other I had my first baby :) and she had her 2nd (AND HER BABIES ARE ADORABLE!!!!!!) & I couldn’t wait to meet the newest addition to this sweet family… Well a few weeks ago, her love (whom I love like a big brother!!), her beautiful little girl & adorable little boy made the trip to Spartanburg, SC for family photos!!!

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I honestly wasn’t sure when I woke up the morning of the session if these photos were even going to happen… and even an hour prior to meeting them I was unsure because it rained, and rained and rained ALL DAY!!!!  BUT Nikki & Dave knew that getting our schedules aligned might not happen again so they took the chance and drove down and we had a cloudy & windy, yet BEAUTIFUL window of time to take photos!!!  And can I say with it being in the lower 50′s maybe colder I can’t remember (all I know is we had had warm weather and then had this cold front hit us that day)…  it was cold and these four rocked it and did awesome and the kids did amazing and I love that despite the weather I was able to capture these memories for them!!!

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I will say that when we were done, we were done :) and these two little cuties very nicely let us know it!!  Mainly by turning blue because they were sooo cold!!!

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Nikki, Dave, Miss C, & Mr. E… ohh how I loved spending even just a small piece of time with you four.  Seeing your family together for my first time made my heart so full & seeing the love you have for one another and remembering it right now makes me so incredibly happy & blessed & thankful that I have your family in my life to look to as examples!!!  Love you all so much & loved having you in front of my camera!!!!!  Can’t wait to see y’all soon!!!!

Kendra Martin Photography | Spartanburg, SC 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 28, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Sally Salerno - Aww they are so cute!

October 28, 2014 - 4:18 PM

Lynda Sides - I can’t even put into words how seeing these pictures and reading your narrative feels my heart.

October 28, 2014 - 5:43 PM

Heather - What a wonderful family session!

October 28, 2014 - 11:12 PM

Michelle - These are great images that you have captured for her… How awesome that you are friends? Get those kids together soon!

October 29, 2014 - 12:28 AM

Dawn - What a lovely family and such beautiful captures!

Spartanburg Photographer | Melissa, Matt, & Cooper!!!

First off… I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE (can I say it enough?!?!?!?!?!) that I’m now within DRIVING distance of my best friend… selfishly, I wish the 2 hours and 15 minutes was more like 15 minutes, but just a highway away will do!!!!!!!!  Anyways, on to what this blog is about :)…. One of my FAVORITE things about being a photographer is getting to photograph & document those dearest to me.  There’s just something about photographing family & friends that makes me fall in love with what I do over and over again!!!  Well we headed back “home” for a VERY short (like less than 24 hours) visit at the beginning of the month and I was able to both hang out & photograph my best friend & her little family (and when I say photograph… we just snapped literally like 5 minutes worth of photos :) but hey it was still life giving and I loved those 5 minutes!!!!)  You may recognize these two from the wedding (as in that I snapped randomly throughout her day since I was in her wedding & Kenzie was the flower girl… should have brought a babysitter a long that day to take more photos… I digress!!) or engagement photos I took of them over the last year…. BUT you won’t recognize COOPER!!!!!  Cooper is the newest addition to this little family & he is a total sweet heart (yes he’s a wild, fun, crazy puppy) but he totally was fascinated with Kenzie & she with him… and he is just so stinking cute & I know Matt & Melissa are so in love with him and so am I!!!!!!  Matt, Melissa & Cooper ;) it was my pleasure to capture y’alls first family photo!!! LOVE Y’ALL!!!!!!!

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 23, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Beth - He’said adorable!

October 23, 2014 - 4:21 PM

Ruth Bloch - Jealous! Wish I was so close to my best friend! Lucky you!!!

October 23, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Jenny Miller - great location and picture!

October 24, 2014 - 11:18 AM

Sally Salerno - <3 <3

October 24, 2014 - 5:38 PM

Morgan - I love this picture! Their puppy is so cute! I am so impressed that you got a picture of him looking at you!

October 26, 2014 - 8:52 PM

Casey - I agree with Ruth – how lucky you are! And I’m sure she’s thrilled to have her photograher-BFF back closer again. ;)

October 27, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Michelle - That is so awesome! You did great!

October 27, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Heather - These are just great!

Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | Eli & Christine “Day After”

I can say that Gary & I had a BEAUTIFUL wedding day weather wise so I have NOOO idea what it would be like to be the bride on a day that it is raining.  I have photographed many a bride on a rainy wedding day & even though it’s supposed to be “good luck” to have rain on a wedding day my heart always aches for those brides, because as a bride that IS NOT what you dream for your wedding… not matter if the most important thing is actually getting married!!  Well Christine & Eli’s wedding day… was a day FULL of rain… and from what I hear, it wasn’t just drizzle, it was raining cats & dogs!!  So when we decided to do a few fall photos… which if you missed them click here and you can see their photos from downtown Spartanburg… we decided to get them dressed back into their wedding attire for some NON rainy wedding photos!!!

We started this set of photos in downtown Spartanburg & then made our way to a nature area that I was told about!!  Y’all let me just say Eli & Christine are seriously an amazing couple…. I know if you’re friends with them you know that… and I think with some of these photos where they are laughing and smiling and just looking lovingly at one another you see it!!!!!!  Their love really is contagious & I soo enjoyed getting to photograph it and experience it!!!!

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Eli & Christine,  Thank y’all soo soo much for wanting to get in front of my camera & for wanting to slip back in your wedding day attire!!!  My whole Sunday afternoon we soo much fun!!! I really can’t wait to get together with the two of you again, y’all are so much fun to be around!!!!!  <3

 

   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 21, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Suzie - Oh I love these! They are perfect ❤️❤️

October 21, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Kendra - Thank you Suzie!!!!!

October 22, 2014 - 10:18 AM

beth - These are lovely! I think doing portraits after the wedding can be a great thing! There is so much commotion the day of…this allows the couple to be stress free.

October 22, 2014 - 1:02 PM

Morgan - This is such a great idea especially for rainy day brides! Her dress is amazing. It totally deserved to be photographed multiple times. :)

October 22, 2014 - 1:18 PM

Jenny Miller - Love the location, these are stunning!

October 24, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Sally Salerno - What a sweet couple!

October 26, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Michelle - I love the connection between them!

October 26, 2014 - 8:36 PM

Casey - Love this idea! So good of you to do this with them. As a bride from a rainy-day, I love my rainy photos, but also cherish the sunny ones we were able to have at our reception (they were different days). Not to mention, this takes the pressure off of fitting in the couple photos – a nice relaxing session just for them. And they look fabulous!

October 27, 2014 - 1:28 PM

Heather - Looks like a perfect day to me!

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!!

October 21, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Greenville, SC Wedding Photographer | Eli & Christine “Day After” » Kendra Martin Photography | Greenville SC Wedding Photographer | Spartanburg Wedding Photographer | Senior Portraits | Lifestyle | Newborns | Families | Maternity | - […] just drizzle, it was raining cats & dogs!!  So when we decided to do a few fall photos… which if you missed them click here and you can see their photos from downtown Spartanburg… we decided to get them dressed back into their wedding attire for some NON rainy wedding […]

October 21, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Ruth Blochr - Love how fresh all these are! Beautiful!

October 23, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Heather - Great session, and I love your conversions!

October 24, 2014 - 11:31 AM

Jill - Such a happy couple love these images

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