Friendship and a Photography Gift!


Plays back like video film, spotlighting highlights in my friendship, personal life, and business growth. I can honestly say that we hit all of our goals last year, and I learned more about myself and the breath of my business than in any of the past 15 years in business. Becoming the Regional Director for South Carolina’s Professional Photographers of American has also added it’s charm, stressing the importance of staying inspired and recognizing the need to grow with a community of photographers.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is the quality that comes from separating the person from the contract.

I want to talk, for just a minute, to all the lovely couple’s I had the pleasure to document this year. You have been inspirational to me. I want to let you know that I recognize your love in it’s many shapes and forms and that I see it’s most important element is friendship. Friendship is the foundation for hope and gratitude, it unlocks the door allowing for a deeper and more human connection. You were the greatest of friends to each other, that’s how you impacted me. If there was a theme for 2015, for you guys it would be rain…and the good omen it brings.

Every couple I met, I saw you and your stories of triumph, even against the odds. You would be able to hold it down even if it was in the midst of a hurricane. In your happiness, you all reminded me how grateful I am to have found my partner and how deeply rooted our friendship is at our love’s core.

So I want to say a special ‘Thank YOU’ and I want to pay it forward.

When you guys met me, I wanted to provide something for you that is so dear and special to me, something that goes beyond the business/client relationship. It’s called a ‘human experience’ and I have been creating more emphasis on building a friendship with my couples because I want it to be that personal. Getting personal allows me to get closer with confidence, to get to know who you are, and to be able to tell your story instead of only handing you pretty wedding images.

So let’s have some fun together to start off 2016. As a token of appreciation, I want to offer a special give away to my remarkable couples:

The couple with the greatest number of voting comments on this post will receive a stunning retouched 16×20 print for their first year as newlyweds. In addition, any couple that has over 50 votes will receive a $50 gift certificate to our A La Carte menu items. To all my readers, feel free to leave some love too because your are equally valued to me.

Tay and Roosevelt

A single tear rolls down the brides cheek at her wedding ceremony at The Myrtle Beach Train Depot Black and white posed couple on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Sarah and Davis

Romantis hug from the groom with his bride on the golf course in Myrtle Beach Cake smash in brides face, wedding photography, photojournalism

Wendy and Joe

Loving look of a newly married couple under the live oak trees at The Dye Club in North Myrtle Beach Excited bride holding her flowers up in the wind at The Dye Club

Kathy and Alan

Guest clapping as the happy couple are announced at the alter in Pawleys Island Chapel Marries couple cruising in an old Morgan across the Inlet in Litchfield Beach

Hillary and Adam

Deep look of love for the happy couple after saying their vows on the beach Happy couple walking away from their beach ceremony in North Myrtle Beach

Allison and Roddy

Married couple with their two dogs under the live oak trees at Sunnyside Plantation Mom wiping away tears as shw watches her daughter kiss her new husband during a wedding ceremony

Mary and Stoney

ecstatic couple laughing after saying I do on the alter at Myrtle Beach First Presbyterian Church Happy couple in the limousine looking out the window

Amanda and Cash

Beautiful blue sky and palm trees for this couples first kiss Bride and Groom unwrap their presents from the father of the bride

Emily and Joey

Throwing umbrellas up in the air on the golf course at The Dunes Club Loving look at The Dunes Club for this happy couple

Stefani and Justin

loving couple kiss on the swing at sunnyside plantation Love written in sparklers with bride and groom under live oaks at Sunnyside plantation

Michelle and Patrick

Happy bride says I do at the alter in Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach Wild crazy wide angle shot of wedding party on New Years Eve

Every individual who comments will be entered into a separate giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. Share to Facebook, Tweet about this post, and get creative with spreading the word!

I love a good laugh and I’ll be counting comments on ONLY this page’s comment section – one per person – until February 11th.

The Winner will be announced Friday, February 12th!

Everything isn’t about the perfect pose or the magazine-style shot. For me it’s about creating a memorable experience, one that my couples and clients will remember forever. I do this in hopes it will lavish a future that distinguishes between a photograph and a memory.

273 thoughts on “Friendship and a Photography Gift!

  1. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was absolutely amazing! You all did a fabulous job catching many wonderful memories that they will cherish forever!

  2. Michelle and Patrick. The photos from the wedding made me feel like I was there in person. Beautiful day for a lovely couple!!

  3. The photographer at Michelle and Patrick’s was by far the best I have ever seen! The photographer was engaging and his assist was just as good! They were so accommodating, never came across as stressed, wonderful people, I just loved them. Thinking of hiring them for my 50th wedding anniversary in just over one year!

  4. Karl,

    The pictures you took at Patrick and Michelle’s wedding were fantastic! I loved how engaging you were with everyone. I heard so many great comments from people who said they loved how you really got into your job!

  5. Alli and Roddy’s wedding was amazing. A perfect blend of fun, family and individuality! The love came through in each photograph. No hurricane was going to ruin their day!

  6. Seales Wedding!!!!!!!!! Take that, rewind it back….Ludacris got the flow that make you booty go (SMACK)!!! Thanks for the great shot lol ! And many, many more fun memories you rock!!!! Best wedding pictures I’ve seen in a long time! You capture everything!

  7. Roddy & Alyson! We were so sorry to have missed Roddy & Aly’s wedding, but thanks to your photos we almost felt like we were there!

  8. Michelle and Patrick’s wedding was one to remember. I haven’t had that much fun in a long time. The photographer was so much fun and had a great personality. It definitely cut some of the stress off of Michelle.

  9. Loved having you as part of our special day!
    You knew just where to be and how to interact with people to get these awesome shots!

    • Thank you so much Justin. It was a pleasure to be there with you and your family and witness the love you guys have for each other. I wish you many years of happiness watching the twins grow up. All the best, Carl

  10. Yes, we had an outdoor wedding in the middle of a hurricane… And it was wonderful. With out you and your crew paving the way and directing which path that would be best to walk (even after totaling your car on the way there) it never would have worked out as seamlessly as it did. We are so glad to call you and your family our friends. Thanks for everything. Cheers

    • Yeah I totaled my car on the way to your wedding and yes we had a 1,000 year flood and wind to deal with but I think this brought us all closer and allowed what was really important (your love) to surface strong and proud. It was a truly great to have been with you and Alison and to call you friends, here’s to many more sips on good beer and barrels of laughs. Carl.

  11. Thank you for beautifully capturing the best day of our lives. You made our day so special amist a hurricane and that crazy car accident!! I’ll remember that the rest of my life!!! I vote for US!!!! Allison And Roddy

    • Big hugs to you and Roddy, great to have been with you and your crazy, wild friends that supported you through all the rain and wind. You guys have a special bond that was amazing to witness. Carl

  12. We had a blast at Amanda & Cash’s wedding! Both photographers were outstanding and super fun – our baby girl fell in love with them too! ????

  13. The Grahamonetta wedding was one of the best weddings ever! Loved all the pics from beginning to end. Thanks for a great job!

  14. Allison and Roddy’s pictures were awesome!! Hated to miss the wedding but thankful these pictures really captured the story of their wedding day!

  15. Amanda and Cash are one of the most fun, caring couples I know and their wedding protrayed just that! The rabbit and yoyo story was touching and memorable, I’m so glad you were able to catch it visually. Wonderful wedding!

    • Thanks Jessica, it was a truly touching story of love and togetherness. It was emotional listening to the speech and I am glad I had a steady hand to capture the images of that wonderful gift.

  16. Roddy and Allie Graham are just the sweetest people we know. They totally deserve a great gift after the stress of a flood on their big day.

  17. Lovely pictures of Amanda and Cash! I was in the wedding party and really enjoyed your energy and creativity while you took your pictures. Great job. Cheers!

  18. Cash and I are so thankful to have met you and been able to work with you. Thank-you for so beautifully capturing such a special day in our lives!

  19. Amanda & Cash’s beach shots are so beautiful! Thank-you for the great work you do. I’m sure you enjoy it and it really shows!

  20. I’ve only seen the two photos here of Allyson’s and Roddy’s wedding. Prior to even seeing the comments regarding the storm/hurricane, for several reasons… these are my favorite! It was not an easy decision, but something really drew me to them in particular!

  21. Emily and Joey Ropers wedding photos were the best! Thank you Carl for capturing our special memories with my beautiful sister and her handsome husband!

  22. Alli & Roddy’s wedding was by far the most fun wedding I have ever attended! You guys really captured how special these two are and how crazy their friends and family are about them. A 1,000 year flood even took a moments pause for the Grahamonetta soiree. Fantastic job all the way around!

  23. Wendy & Joe…….we had a great time!!!
    and Carl…..thx for getting my wife Alex, the amateur photographer into the picture…..would also like to see the closeup picture you took of her phone when it was focused on the ceremony ….thought that was a great idea….hope it turned out…..and by the way….no charge for providing you with the extra props…????

  24. Amanda and Cash’s wedding pictures were outstanding! We really enjoyed ourselves and are so thankful for all the memories you captured.

  25. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was a blast. The pictures were fabulous!! Carl, another wonderful job and as usual you made it a perfect experience!

  26. Allie and Roddy, #JoaquinDownTheAisle, Can’t believe all the amazing photos that you managed to capture IN THE MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE!! Love!

  27. Amanda and Cash! Carl and his team captured every emotion, every moment of their ceremony. Looking back at the photographs, it’s clear that Carl was an integral part of every aspect of this beautiful ceremony! I could not have asked for a better experience and better photographs of the biggest moment of my best friend’s big day! Amanda and Cash are truly deserving of this opportunity, and thank you Carl, again, for such a wonderful day!!

  28. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was beautiful. It was a gorgeous day and you captured very special memories that they will cherish forever!

  29. Amanda and Cash had a beautiful ceremony! It was complete with many touching moments of family stories and traditions! You did a wonderful job capturing them all!

  30. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was truly amazing and I was so happy and honored to be a part of their special day. The bride’s brother was particularly dashing and funny.

  31. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was such a lovely event! It was an honor to be there and share that experience with such a wonderful couple, and warm and welcoming family! All of the pictures are beautiful, and really captured the feeling of being there!

  32. It was wonderful to be a part of my beautiful granddaughter’s wedding. I was so proud to be able to bring Cash and Amanda together in matrimony and I look forward to seeing many years of their happiness.

  33. Amanda & Cash!
    You did an amazing job of capturing the emotion of the yo yo & rabbit’s foot story…probably my favorite part of the whole wedding! Also that shot above really froze the memories of the beautiful day it was!

  34. Amanda and Cash!! There wedding was beautiful. And you captured every precious priceless moment, for them to cherish! Loved that day, and everyone there :0)

  35. Amanda and Cash’s wedding was absolutely wonderful, and you did a fantastic job of capturing it, Carl. Well done! You’ve made some beautiful memories.

  36. Stefani and Justin’s wedding was so much fun and you captured all the special moments. I think the pictures of our dad seeing Stefani for the first time are some of my favorites! And, of course, Stef and Justin on the swing was so beautiful! Amazing job!

  37. Allison & Roddy Graham’s was one of the BEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL weddings that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. It was in the middle of a hurricane/monsoon. But it was sooooooo much fun. Everyone had an amazing time. Beautiful people, beautiful friends and pictures. They get my vote without a doubt. 🙂

  38. Allison and Roddy get my vote. Their wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. It was in the middle of a hurricane/monsoon, but the clouds parted for the ceremony and most of the day. But the rain didn’t damper the good times it enhanced them. The day was filled with beautiful people, beautiful friends and beautiful pictures. 🙂

  39. Amanda and Cash, What beautiful photos to capture your “Special Day”! Wishing you many, many years of love, laughter and happiness!

  40. Amanda and Cash ! Their wedding was so special to everyone who shared in it. Absolutely amazing pics.You seemed like a member of the family / friends the way you seamlessly worked through the crowd to capture the special moments. It shows you care about the people and the work you do.

  41. Emily and Joey! Carl, you did an amazing job capturing the fun and excitement of the day! The photos are awesome! Thanks so much!

  42. Allie and Roddie! This wedding was the most fun wedding I have been to and the candid shots you took are the best I have seen!

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