Portraits are Important

Too often us as photographers get so caught up in all of the pretty details and parts of a wedding that sometimes we forget that the images that are going to stand the test of time, the ones that are going to be passed down from generation to generation aren't the images of invitation suites with pretty silk spools or sweet little velvet Mrs. Box's with gorgeous rings, but actual portraits. 

I make it a point to take portraits of my favorite people at least once a month. My mama hates being in front of the camera but I always make sure to take one or two portraits of her and try to capture her just as I remember her in that very moment. My husband (eek so weird to say that) is another person that I always make it a point to photograph. He absolutely hates it, gets antsy and starts making silly face, but I can't help but want to freeze time with him, capture his smile or his hair- just every piece of him. 

 

The same thing goes for my family- my father in law is so dear to me and I love being able to photograph him, as is our niece. 

I think this love of capturing special portraits in ordinary moments was something that I started putting an importance on last year. When my grandfather passed in May, we were scouring albums and phone camera rolls for even just one portrait of him that captured his simple nature, his hard working eyes and just him.

I had taken an image of him in March that embodied just that. A simple moment, that captured a simple man. This image of my grandfather is now in every one of my family members homes. It is so dear to us, and the thing that really makes me happy when looking at it is that even though you can't see me in the picture, every time I look at his eyes I know it's me that he's looking at.

I can't reiterate how important portraits are. While portraits of our brides and grooms are so dear to their families, we should also take time to focus on documenting our own loved ones and create heirlooms for our own families for years to come. 

All images taken by Fabiola Isabel Photography

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Molly + Conor | Downtown Charleston Park Couples Session

Beautiful blooms, Spanish moss, and a gorgeous couple? What more could I want? Well- a bit warmer weather would have been nice BUT I’ll take a gorgeous sunny Charleston afternoon at one of my favorite parks with new friends any day.

Molly found me through Facebook a few weeks ago, reached out via my website and the rest is history. Her and her boyfriend Conor were going on a mini getaway to Charleston and wanted to get some portraits done, and if you know me I’m ALL about some portraits in my sweet home town. In fact, last year I started specializing in portraits- bridals, engagements, anniversaries- but portraits that become family heirlooms are my greatest joy.

There is just something so refreshing, so fulfilling about capturing a couple in a beautiful time in their lives, and creating stunning heirlooms that are going to be a reminder of the sweet love that once was and still is, years to come.

Molly and Conor drove down from Tennessee and met me at Hampton Park in Downtown Charleston where the azaleas and flowers had bloomed early and had welcomed them with open blooms (I’m totally not funny, but humor me). Richard and I had such a great time getting to know them and exploring my favorite little downtown park. Early Spring in Charleston- and sessions this time of year are filled with so much color and life that you almost forget that it’s 50 degrees out and freezing.

We danced, laughed, and I made Conor give Molly a ton of forehead kisses. By the end of the session they were absolute naturals and I was so thankful to have been able to capture their sweet love!

Book your full or half session today and you'll get to spend a fun afternoon laughing at my cheesy jokes!

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Old Sheldon Church Ruins Bridal Session

Hailey and I went to high school together but it wasn't until she inquired about wedding photography that we became great friends. I've been lucky enough to photograph her and her (now husband) Jared, through their engagement- and get to know them and their quirks, and always photograph Jared's cool socks. They married at Alhambra Hall in Mt. Pleasant in December, and in November in true Southern tradition, Hailey got all dolled up and we packed in the car and drove the hour and some to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Beaufort to photograph her bridal portraits. I've had so many photographers that aren't based in the South what a bridal portrait is and what it is for and in short- it's just a time for the bride to test out her hair, makeup, and florals and do any last minute adjustments to her dress and be photographed so they can have a beautiful portrait to display at the reception! 

 

After packing into the car with her mom and sister, we drove to Beaufort and literally chased the light until it was gone. The gorgeous ruins, stunning Oak trees covered in Spanish Moss and the late Fall light and colors just made this session a dream come true. Hailey STUNNED in her gorgeous Stella York gown from Gown Boutique of Charleston and Meg Workman did some work (pun totally intended) on her hair and makeup. 

We shot for about 45 minutes until there was no light left in the sky and captured every detail- from her gorgeous gown, to her florals, and her stunning engagement ring in a Mrs. Box that Jared had given her for her birthday. My focus during these sessions is to make sure that not only we have gorgeous heirloom portraits, but that the bride to be is feeling happy, comfortable and feels as beautiful as she looks. 

2016 is going to be a hard year to beat- my brides, couples, and my family at theFINDlab made it one amazing year! I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for me and my business- my goal this year is to blog more so expect to see a ton more blogs headed your way! 

Mrs. Smith, you are stunning, hilarious, and such a gem- happy New Year and thank you for trusting me to capture you! 

 

Downtown Charleston Anniversary Session

Rebekah is a fellow photographer who I've grown to know and love the past few months. So when her and Kevin came down to Charleston to celebrate their 1 year wedding anniversary I just knew I had to capture this wonderful time in their life! We met downtown at White Point Garden, and wandered through quaint Charleston alleyways, cobblestone streets, private driveways and took in all of the glory that is Downtown Charleston early in the morning before all of the hustle and bustle of tourists and students. 

A College of Charleston Bride

Brittany arrived just in the knick of time to get her bridal session started in downtown Charleston. We started at the ever beautiful St. Philips Church and chased the light all the way to the College of Charleston to finish out her gorgeous bridal session! 

Our first stop at Brittany and Shawn's engagement session also became our first stop at her bridal session! There is just something so iconic about St. Philip's Church and where it sits on quaint Church Street in downtown Charleston where Cobblestone streets meet with pink houses. 

Our first stop at Brittany and Shawn's engagement session also became our first stop at her bridal session! There is just something so iconic about St. Philip's Church and where it sits on quaint Church Street in downtown Charleston where Cobblestone streets meet with pink houses. 

Starting off on iconic Church street we just had the most delicious, warm, filling light. Because I had shot with Brittany before she was super comfortable right off the bat so we were able to head right into the session- like with every session I try to keep things going and not stay in the same place for too long so we are able to maximize our session time! From the street leading up to Saint Philips, we then went to Chalmers and found some gorgeous (but super hard to walk on, especially in heels or wedges- you're a trooper Britt) cobblestone streets. One of my favorite things about Chalmers is the pink houses- there are actually two pink houses on each side of Chalmers and when the sun hits them just right they light up the whole street- perfect for a super simple, romantic and feminine bridal session! The best part about shooting in Downtown Charleston is that every corner there is something different- so you don't have to go too too far to get some gorgeous backgrounds- and Charleston homes are just so Charming that they make the best backdrops! 

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Gosh, maybe it's just my photographer brain but there is just something so engulfing about warm, golden hour light  

Gosh, maybe it's just my photographer brain but there is just something so engulfing about warm, golden hour light

 

I always recommend you get not just your hair and makeup done for your bridal session but this is also a great time to reach out to your florists and have them create you a bridal bouquet. This way you can use similar blooms and get a good idea of what your bouquet will look like- and they also look gorgeous in pictures! We also recommend getting your nails done so we can get up close and personal with your bouquet and those little details! 

I always recommend you get not just your hair and makeup done for your bridal session but this is also a great time to reach out to your florists and have them create you a bridal bouquet. This way you can use similar blooms and get a good idea of what your bouquet will look like- and they also look gorgeous in pictures! We also recommend getting your nails done so we can get up close and personal with your bouquet and those little details! 

For all of you history buffs- the Cistern is the center of CofC's campus. Constructed in 1857 to help control flooding due to heavy rain, the Cistern now serves as a beautiful place to study and relax. And in late May and early June it serves as a performance venue for jazz artists during the Spoleto festival!

For all of you history buffs- the Cistern is the center of CofC's campus. Constructed in 1857 to help control flooding due to heavy rain, the Cistern now serves as a beautiful place to study and relax. And in late May and early June it serves as a performance venue for jazz artists during the Spoleto festival!

The best thing about CofC's campus- other than it's charming beauty- is that you get to really take in all Charleston has to offer- old buildings, gorgeous trees, and cast iron gates in a small space. We spent a good thirty minutes here until there was absolutely no light left and took in the gorgeous colors and textures of this iconic CofC spot! 

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For the last few shots in her bridal session- we went to a little walkway right outside this gorgeous iron gate, where we were able to capture the little bit of light that we had left and capture Brittany's fun, bubbly personality! 

Lashes and Lace in Mt. Pleasant did a beautiful job on Brittany's hair and Makeup! 

Lashes and Lace in Mt. Pleasant did a beautiful job on Brittany's hair and Makeup! 

This was the portrait Brittany put up at her and Shawn's reception! She loved how it was different from the traditional bridal portraits and her guests and family loved it! 

This was the portrait Brittany put up at her and Shawn's reception! She loved how it was different from the traditional bridal portraits and her guests and family loved it! 

And that's a wrap! So thankful for this beautiful woman, her captivating, kind personality and that she chose me as her photographer! It was such an honor to capture these beautiful memories for her and her family! 

 

xoxo

Fabiola 

Southern Barn Engagement Session

In early February we met with Logan and Mack at Logan's parents gorgeous private farm in Summerville, SC. She wore a stunning tulle skirt, her cowboy boots and a denim shirt and was truly the belle of the ball. I am so honored to get to capture not just their engagement but also Logan's bridals and her and Mack's wedding later this month! 

The Wedding in the Storm

Brittany and Shawn's wedding day started off with a lot of questions, a lot of uncertainty as nothing is as unpredictable as the weather, and with tropical storm Hermine (lovingly called Hermione) looming we didn't know if much that was planned was going to be fulfilled. But regardless of the weather, the storms, there were 2 people, and 2 families who had been waiting a long, long time to join their lives and nothing, not even a storm was going to stop that from happening! 

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