Officially : Chicago Children’s Photographer

Officially I will be back in the office tomorrow but I’d first love to share a snippet of our FABULOUS time in Isle of Palms, South Carolina (not very far from beautiful historic Charleston!).

We spent a few days in the Smoky Mountains.  Here’s a quick shot of my youngest hanging out on the deck of our cabin with the most incredible views of the Smokies:

Smoky Mountains

This was the view we woke up to and went to bed to the two full days we stayed here:

Tennessee Mountain Views

There was also a hot tub on the lower deck where I spent a great deal of time!

The Smokies were unbelievable, we didn’t expect what we got from the area.  We ended up driving about 40 minutes away and went tubing on the Little Pigeon River.  It was an unbelievable experience to just be lazy river travelling…something I’ve always wanted to do.  One of my vacation highlights for sure.

If you ever are in that area I highly recommend the river tubing experience, the website is here: River Rat  We loved every minute of it.  The tubes are high quality, the people are nice and the shop is super well run!

We also hit the Smoky Mountains National Park for a few hours the same day.  I have images on my other camera, we hiked up to Laurel Falls, a nice calm (ahem) 1.25 mile trek UP a mountain to get to.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!  I’ll have to post those later.  We didn’t spend nearly as much time as I’d like exploring the park but I assure you what I saw was incredible!  The girls had their National Park Passports stamped (we started that tradition back in 2007 when we did our Yellowstone trip!) and we were able to experience just a bit of what the Smoky Mountains offers.  I was encouraged by some locals to go to Cade’s Cove to see the Black Bears gather in the morning so that is a definite must do for the future!

We left the Smokies on Saturday a.m. and drove to South Carolina where we checked into our condo.  We had the most amazing view of the beach on Isle of Palms.  We were lucky enough to have a private rooftop deck that we could use at our leisure to experience the salty winds coming off the Atlantic.  It was truly amazing.

We stayed in Isle of Palms for the full week, only leaving the resort for necessities and a day trip to historic Charleston (which, btw, I am in LOVE with!).  It was the perfect vacation for an overtired clan such as ourselves:


Chicago Family Photographer

Duane & I as seen by my oldest (wonder where she gets those mad camera skills from?) 🙂

Charleston Child Photographer

My oldest on the beach on our last evening


Isle of Palms Child Photographer

My youngest on the last night there


Charleston Children

The girls hamming it up in Charleston


Charleston Family Photographer

All of us at the fabulous STELLA NOVA , it’s hard taking self portraits of the fam 🙂


Charleston Child Portrait

My oldest hamming it up


Charleston Kid Photographer

Waiting in line to get into…



Charleston Real Estate

One of my Charleston dream homes on King Street. 

Charleston Dream Home

Charleston Carriage House

Carriage house.  PRETTY.

And finally: some more of the beach.  My two lovelies:

Charleston Family Photograph

and the beach on its’ own:

Beach Photography

Thanks for stopping in.  Back down to business later in the week!

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  • corey civetta - August 19, 2009 - 6:51 am

    Gorgeous captures! LOVE that view!! Looks like you had a wnderful time away!

  • Kimberly - August 19, 2009 - 8:27 am

    You were so close, and yet so far… next time!

  • PamN - August 19, 2009 - 4:48 pm

    OK, I’m only 90 minutes south of Ashville…next time!!!

  • Danna - August 20, 2009 - 8:40 am

    What a BEAUTIFUL place!! I am so jealous. Looks like you are all having a wonderful time! Thanks so much for sharing some of your holiday with us 🙂

  • Sylvia Laughrin - August 20, 2009 - 11:26 am

    wow, what a gorgeous location… i can tell by your images that you had a wonderful vacation.

  • Lisa Lucky - August 22, 2009 - 8:02 pm

    Glad you had a great vacation. Awesome pictures:)

  • Brandy - August 23, 2009 - 11:40 am

    It looks like a dream vacation! You’ve made me want to go!

  • elizabeth - August 23, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    i love these.. looks like a great time was had by all, and by the way So Nice to see you in some of the photos

  • Lisa Kelly - August 23, 2009 - 10:01 pm

    What a wonderful group of images. The first two though, those views are amazing. What a wonderful spot.

  • Terrilyn - August 24, 2009 - 9:24 am

    So much fun!! You really worked that wide angel well Mare. What amazing memories you’ve captured for your family!!

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