YOUR HOLIDAY RESOURCE GUIDE: For making it through the holiday with your butt intact.


Tis the season for fuzzy socks and peppermint mocha lattes...except, here in Charleston it's still 72 degrees and sunny! This is great news however, since it's also December, the month of taking family photos outside for holiday cards. What better weather could we ask for than the light breezy days we've been gifted!?!?

I've got some holiday news for you and a bit of inspiration for those needing an extra dose of "you got this" to get through what could be a stressful time. Let's be honest, not everyone's holiday season is all Christmas trees and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sometimes it's more like "I forgot to get Emily a gift, holiday cards are late, and my butt is on fire!"

For those of you who can relate, I've compiled a little holiday survival 'resource guide' if you will, to make it though this Christmas with your sanity, and your butt intact.


CHRISTMAS COOKIES: If the above gif looks like you trying to make holiday cookies, then you and I should have a baking party. That is a pretty accurate image of me trying to measure ingredients. Ask my husband, anything with more than 4 ingredients and I am like " forget it." Really's bad. haha. I did find 3 awesome recipes on Pinterest though that hit all 4 of my 'baking' requirements.1. EASY. (4 ingredients or less)2. NO BAKE.3. VEGAN.4. DELICIOUSCheck them out here: PHOTOS: Loving the idea of family photos but not sure where to begin? Here's the deal.1. Location? : Click here for some favorite locations perfect for holiday sessions.2. Date? : You choose the date that works for you.3. What to Wear? : Click here for some tips on coordinating outfits.4. Cost & What's included?

30 min sessionALL edited images copyright freeat least 50 photos guaranteed$149



HOLIDAY CARDSSo, about that holiday card situation.....this year, let's make this process a total breeze! I promise, you'll have gorgeous photos, and a card you will be so proud of you will be singing when you are stamping those envelopes!


Order custom photo cards RIGHT from the same place you view your photos.That's it. No more hassle. ONE. STOP. SHOP. BOOM.  GIFT GIVING :What do I buy for the people who have everything? This is the question I hear people asking year after year. Well, this year, I have an answer.Those holiday photos you took, they weren't just for your Christmas cards. Double up on the sentimental goodness by getting your loved ones framed photos, canvas and metal wall portraits, ornaments, cell phone cases, mousepads and mugs galore! Choose from TONS of product options for every person in your family:

  • The office worker

  • the coffee drinker

  • the sentimental collector

  • the proud-of-her-grandchildren-show-them-off-everywhere-grandmother

  • And even the he-has-everything-dad


I've got you covered.ACTIVITIES WHILE FAMILY IS IN TOWN (and another gift idea! ):iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Dec 29th @ 10:00AMMake your picture 'LIKE' worthy with the iphone photography walking workshop. Join us as we take a stroll around historical downtown Charleston for this fun-filled learning experience. During this course, you will learn how to use creative angles, compose the best shots, and utilize good lighting to improve your eye for photography. Don't miss out!RESERVE MY SPOTPrivate individual lessons are also available if you prefer one-on-one! Learn in-depth technical skills for DSLR cameras with each session that is tailored to your specific needs.MORE INFOOTHER GIFT IDEASSo what if my friends and family don't want photos of me? Well, here is a compilation of other unique ideas for gift giving that I PROMISE are awesome resources. Well, because I know them.  ;)FUN STUFF: Charleston photo artwork: These are perfect for someone who loves historical Charleston, or who is decorating their home with a Southern vibe!Dog walking package with Groovin' Paws: Because wouldn't it be nice to have someone gift you quality service dog care?! Get $10 off your first booking with owner, Mara.Wando, Clemson, and USC t-shirts at East Cooper Sporting Goods in Mt. Pleasant. All short sleeve t-shirts are only $5! Now THAT is a bargain!Local Book: Local author, Dianne Miley, wrote the book 'Time to Enjoy your Blessings' with loads of helpful holiday tips to stay organized. Also for sale is her Charleston-based inspirational romance novel, 'Sunflowers for Sarita'.  Two great holiday finds for all your book worm friends!TREAT YO SELF:Acupuncture Treatment: at Dakini Acupuncture: Paige is very skilled and gentle. This is a great service for someone who's ready to take their self-care to the next level. Holiday special: $40 off initial consultation and treatment.One hour massage at Lotus Massages: Best masseuse in town, hands down. I go to Maria on the regular and she knows her stuff! She's doing a 20% off gift certificate deal through Christmas.Happy Holidays!Love, Melissa