ashley and chappie | a story of her

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Ashley is one of the most incredible women I have met. She is strong and cheerful, and I think she is beautiful. She has a kind heart and a sweet spirit, and each time I have gotten to meet with her, I have had the *best* time, because she is full of life and fun too. I want to introduce you to her, because I think she’s the kind of person who makes an amazing friend, and I hope so much for her.

I have photographed Ashley before, and I loved her pictures, and she loved her pictures too, and she loved them so much that she asked me to photograph her again, and oh, oh, oh, I ran across these the other day and thought “I need to share these,” because she is amazing, and story, and a girl on the beach with her dog in the autumn and the sunset is just too good to resist here, especially when I want you to see how I love to do pictures!

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session specialIn case you missed it, there is a Black Friday Session Event happening at Kelly Sauer Ltd. Co. this week – any session you book with me through Saturday is 30% off!

Want to book something for you or for a loved one? Please just drop me an email at info@kellysauer.com!

Black Friday Session Event

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session event

Christmas is coming, and we have almost all of our Christmas shopping done. After a bad Halloween experience a few years ago, we have begun shopping for Christmas on Halloween, just when the Christmas decorations are all coming out at the store, and when the crowds have… other things to do with themselves. I like to avoid the rush.

So with less busy for me on the shopping front now (and more to do with my life than worry about shopping on Black Friday), today I am early-launching my Black Friday Session Event. If you book a photography session with me any time through this Saturday, I will deduct 30% from the full session cost.

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session event

I will accept FAMILY SESSIONS (still need to get those last-minute photos for your Christmas cards?), HEADSHOT SESSIONS (do you know someone who needs one?), PORTRAIT SESSIONS (I have a wonderful photo story coming for inspiration on this one this week!), BOUDOIR SESSIONS (girls, have you thought of this for him for Christmas?), COUPLE’S SESSIONS (want to have photos that aren’t your wedding photos to hang around the house?), or even BRIDAL SESSIONS (oh come on, you know I had to offer it – girls in white dresses and all that!).

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session event

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session event

I know I might be biased, but photos have been one of the very best gifts I’ve had to give to my family and friends, whether it is taking them so they have their own memories to hold, or sharing them with loved ones who just aren’t close enough to be in our lives every day. I would be so honored if you would let me help you make some unique images to hold and to share.

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | black friday session event

Pre-Christmas session slots are limited and must be scheduled and shot before December 13, 2014. A non-refundable retainer fee covering 50% of the session cost is required to hold your session slot. If you are purchasing a session as a gift for someone else, we will provide you with a tangible gift item to wrap for your loved one.

Discounted session pricing begins at $350 (regular price: $500). Sessions include photography coverage, personalized styling (what do you want your session to feel like?), 35-85 photos (depending on your session type), a set of proof prints, and a downloadable web album with a limited-use license (you can use your photos for whatever personal use you have, so long as you don’t re-sell them).

To book, please just send me an email with your desired session, and we’ll get you on the calendar:
info@kellysauer.com

Astami & Chan

“We are something together. I’m not me without her,
and she’s not her without me. We just work better together.”

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

I love photographing couples. I could say a lot of stuff about that, but I’d bet a lot of it has been said already, and I don’t need to reinvent the wheel here. So what I will say is that I loved photographing this couple, three years married and visiting Charleston, and making memories they wanted to hold onto. Astami, a photographer based in New York City, asked me to help them capture those memories on camera while they were in my town. I pretty much fell in love with their sweet relationship – the way he made her feel beautiful, the way she made him laugh. We had so much fun, in spite of the Charleston rain and humidity and my big baby belly knocking my center of gravity around. These two get what it means to make art our if their real life together, and I hope they get to celebrate many more anniversaries in years to come!

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie
exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

The Wedding RowThis sweet shoot was published this week at The Wedding Row, the official blog of Charleston Weddings Magazine. I couldn’t think of a more perfect place for these pictures (and more!), and I’d love it if you’d stop in over there and leave a comment for this special couple!

CREDITS:

Location: Charleston, S.C.
Photographer & Stylist: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer
Floral Source & Inspiration: Intertwine by Kelly Lenard
Natural-Dyed Silk Chiffon for Bouquet/Detailing: Silk & Willow
Her Skirt: Madewell
Her Sweater: J Crew
His Outfit: J Crew
Her Shoes: Need Supply

you can have courage

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer | la joie, la vie

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.”

[ Mary Anne Radmacher ]

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart;
wait, I say, on the Lord!
[ Psalm 27:14 ]

I am blogging again because…

Okay, so I never know where to start after long absences from people and places. There is just too much to catch up on, so I guess I’ll do things the way I do and just pick up right where I left off. Which was also somewhere in the middle of things…

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

First, I am blogging again because I remembered last week that blogging is one of the very real ways I stay sane with a baby in the house. There is something about carving out some time to create something for myself and connect with the world in my way that helps me be okay when a finished to-do list is unattainable. I am just happier when I feel like I can tell a bit of my story to somebody instead of feeling like my whole life is locked up.

Second, I am blogging again because I have photos and photos and photos to share and I miss showing you what is happening in my world. Plus, I actually feel like showing my work is probably a very good idea at this point, since I would actually like to begin earning money again with my business. I’m pretty good at what I do.

Finally, I am blogging again because I had an epiphany a little over a week ago, a wonderful, beautiful, life-giving epiphany about what sets me and my work apart from every-other-body who picks up a camera and goes to work with it. I was staring at my Anthropologie catalog over breakfast and website reconstruction, dreaming about living the story on the pages of the catalog, and I realized that *this* is what I have been chasing, this place I began, the stories I wanted to tell with my words and with my camera. I got so busy trying to keep up with a business model and with marketing and with the rush of being a professional that I let this most important part of me go.

i carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain,
and the words that dance between people
and for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light,
remembering being alive together.

[ story people ]

Story is the reason I started. It is the reason I love people-watching, and writing, and traveling, and weddings. It is the reason I have wanted to shoot for catalogs and lookbooks, even though I haven’t wanted to take on that much responsibility. Story is the reason I love the blur and the motion and the poignant ache and the laughter ever so much more than directed poses and predictable industry imagery (I hate taking the same picture twice, did you know?). I have always wanted to tell real stories of real people living real life. I have always wanted to make you feel like you could live the story too.

I feel like I’m waking up from a bad dream about myself trying to be someone I’m not, and it feels amazing to be inhabiting my own dream again. So. I’m blogging. Because, I guess, story.

The image above is a preview from a really beautiful shoot I did with one of the realest people I met this year. It is an experience I treasure, meeting her, being honored to get a chance to photograph her. I hope to see the shoot published soon so I can show you some of my favoritest pictures ever!

CREDITS:

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer
Set and Fashion Styling: Lindsey Shanks, A Charleston Bride
Location: Private Residence
Florals: Jillian Manger, Mimi Nicole Events
Hair: Affair Hair by Tanesha
Makeup: Pamela Lesch
Gown: Heirloom
Silk Ribbon: Silk and Willow
Model: K. H. S.

Butterfly Garden Bridal (With Claire Pettibone)

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

There is a story of redemption behind this beautiful little bridal shoot, a story that spans over six years, a renewed friendship, and the kind of magic that is born when God moves behind the scenes on something you think you’re planning. I can’t tell all of it, only that the pictures here are the beautiful result of a mended relationship and a God-appointed morning for me under the California sunlight. This is one of my favorite shoots that I have ever done, as well as one of my very favorite pieces from my California shoots in April. It was amazing, planned practically overnight with the amazing Type A Society and E2 Beauty, and unforgettably wonderful from start to finish, even though we ended early and ran back to the hotel to get Carrie and Kelly checked out!

Noley and I got to eat at In-N-Out burger with the girls, and we had the sweetest, best sort of conversation, about God and life and doing the wedding things with children and real life, and the conversation has continued over the last few months as we’re growing into our brands and into the exciting things that God has been setting out for us to do and be.

This shoot also marks a move for me that makes me really happy – I am specifically building fashion and bridal portraiture into my brand from here on out. I will tell you more about that another day – for today, I am just so honored to finally get to share these with you and show you how much I love Claire Pettibone, my dear friends, and California mornings.

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

I am so happy that Style Me Pretty snapped it up almost as soon as I submitted (and omigoodness, they said the NICEST things!), and I am so, so pleased to share this spotlight today with you. If you would, could you please consider dropping over and leaving a comment at SMP? There are many more images over there to see – I just put a few of my favorites here!

As Seen on Style Me PrettyCREDITS:

Photography: Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer

Location: Huntington Beach Central Park

Floral Styling: Type A Society

Gowns: “Gossamer” and “Eloquence” by Claire Pettibone
Hair & Makeup: E2Beauty

Oh, hello

exquisitrie | photography by kelly sauer

Dear World, yes, I did it again. I redesigned, and I am refocusing my brand. For lots and lots of reasons that I don’t have time to explain right now. I love it, and it is simple, and I am happy, and I know where I want to go from here. It is worth a lot to me, and I hope you will love it too, if you are still here to check things out. I can hardly wait to begin again here after my long hiatus…