25+ Black Photographers in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Upstate SC

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25+ Black Photographers in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Upstate SC

Looking for an African-American photographer in the Greenville, Spartanburg, Upstate area? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of 25+ black photographers for your special event or milestone.

Kids & Families

Sasha Q. Photography

By Marie Photography

Jasmine Le’Staci Photography


Headshots/Business Branding

Smitn Photography



Weddings/Engagements

One Union Studios

Instant Focus Photography

Are you a wedding photographer or other black wedding professional based in the Upstate? Join the Collective: Black Wedding Professionals of the Upstate.



Vivid Exposures by SLJ

3S Photography

Moments by Myles



Videography

Silo Vision

Mylow’s Customs

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments!

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Wysheka + Clarissa | Harborbide East Charleston LGBTQ Wedding

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Wysheka + Clarissa | Harborbide East Charleston LGBTQ Wedding

Rainy Wedding Day at Harborside East in Charleston, SC

If rain on your wedding day symbolizes good luck, what does it mean if the sky falls through during a torrential downpour? However the tale goes, Wysheka and Clarissa had a fabulous Charleston destination wedding.

Both brides, alumnae of Clemson University, exchanged hand-written, heart-warming vows after moving their ceremony indoors with their supportive guests.

Congratulations to Mrs. & Mrs. Austin! May your union be just as beautiful as the two of you uniquely are.

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: One Union Studios

Venue: Harborside East

Desserts: Swank Desserts

Catering: Flavor21

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Amartha + Charles | Nigerian and Panamanian Wedding at 701 Whaley in Columbia, SC

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Amartha + Charles | Nigerian and Panamanian Wedding at 701 Whaley in Columbia, SC

For the Cultures: Nigerian-Panamanian Wedding

When Amartha and Charles described their dreams for their wedding they wanted to be fun and uniquely who they are. Incorporating their Nigerian (Amartha) and Panamanian (Charles) roots through the attire, music, and food, everyone undoubtedly felt their electric energy as a couple throughout the night. The rain held off at their 701 Whaley wedding venue for a beautiful ceremony.

Thank you, Amartha, Charles, family, and friends near and far (guests came from as far as London and Nigeria!) for a joyous evening!

Special thanks to the following vendors who helped make the night everything Amartha & Charles dreamed of:

Photo + Video: One Union Studios

Venue: 701 Whaley

Coordinating: II Sisters Event Planners

Bride’s Make Up Artist: Tolu Funso of Gold Faced Artistry

Bride’s Hair Stylist: Cynthia Osarere of Imagine Ur Hair Salon

Lighting: Ambient Media

DJ: DJ iAM

Bartending: Erik Cunningham

Wait Staff: Native Sun Staffing

Officiant: Chris McCleklin

Flowers: McCutchen Florist

Catering: Mrs. Ramat

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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

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Hope + Willie | Casual, Studio Engagement Session in Greenville, SC

It’s always a blast from the past when I get hired by my former coworkers. And it makes me grateful that I didn’t keep quiet about my love for photography and couples back when I was running around in steel toe boots and safety glasses.

Willie had been keeping up with my photography business after we parted ways at work, so when he reached out to let me know that he was engaged I was all over it!

His fiance Hope and I had the pleasure of meeting via FaceTime months ago so she could take a virtual tour of my studio. She fell in love with the brick facade and enormous amount of natural light, courtesy of the loft windows.

Hope and Willie’s engagement session was a prequel to what I’m sure will be a wedding for the books—music, throwbacks and new hits, laughs, reluctant smiles (cough cough Willie), and the classic two-step to Frankie Beverly and Maze “Before I Let Go”.

Enjoy this sneak peek from their engagement session at my studio in the Village of West Greenville.

Photographer: Latoya Dixon Smith of One Union Studios

Make Up Artist: Deidra Mills

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Date Night Ideas by Love Language

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Date Night Ideas by Love Language

What is A Love Language

What makes you feel loved? Is it a spontaneous date night? Your partner doing the dishes? Or them telling them how much they love you? The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts is a New York Times bestselling book by Gary Chapman that explores how individuals effectively receive different forms of love and affection. It has led many people, including myself, down a path of self-discovery in order to become better lovers and friends.

The five love languages are: acts of service, physical touch, receiving gifts, words of affirmation, and quality time.

Why Knowing Your Love Language is Important in Dating

Knowing your own love language as well as your significant other’s is important for improving your relationship and how you communicate with each other. For someone whose dominant love language is acts of service, physical touch may be nice, but not as effective for them in how they receive and acknowledge love. Because physical touch is a dominant love language for me, receiving gifts is appreciated, but doesn’t connect with me as effectively.

If you’ve ever experienced a rift in your relationship or have had miscommunication with your significant other, consider taking the love language quiz and studying what the two of you can do to better support each other by your love languages. This leads to deeper connection and introspection.

How To Find Out Your Love Language

My top two love languages are physical touch and words of affirmation. When it comes to how I prefer to be shown love (at least by my husband), I am always down for some PDA (public display of affection) in the form of hand holding, kissing, hugging, or just sitting close enough to each other to feel each other’s warmth. I also enjoy hearing words that affirm me as a wife, a mother, and as a friend—things like “I’m proud of you”, “We appreciate you”, and “You’re beautiful”.

If you’d like to find out your own love language for free, click here.

Date Night Ideas by Love Language

We have created our own date night guide based on the five love languages. Whether you prefer physical touch or acts of service, there are plenty of ideas listed on our guide to help you plan your next date night based on how you and your significant other best express and receive love. Enter your information below to receive the guide!

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Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding in Greenville, SC | Sarah + Derek

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Old Cigar Warehouse Wedding in Greenville, SC | Sarah + Derek

Old Cigar Warehouse | Greenville, SC

For Sarah and Derek, simplicity in the essentials was all they needed to make their wedding day a treat. When Sarah reached out to me, she let me know that she loved the fact that I am an inclusive photographer who shoots all couples, no matter how they look or who they love. I instantly knew we'd be a great fit.

The wedding took place at popular, Old Cigar Warehouse in Downtown Greenville, SC. Sarah and Derek wasted no time in displaying their philosophy of love, by entering the ceremony TOGETHER, hand in hand.

The night was full of line dancing, plenty of cake eating, and a great time with close family, friends, and Furman University alumni.

Cheers to Sarah and Derek on their wedding day and many anniversaries to come!

Special shout out to the vendors for their wedding:

Planning/Coordination: Christina Alsip of Lovely Ever Afters

Venue: Old Cigar Warehouse

Gown: BHLDN

Enjoy these images from their wedding!

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Hotel Domestique Wedding in Traveler's Rest, SC | Alix & Ryan

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Hotel Domestique Wedding in Traveler's Rest, SC | Alix & Ryan

The Journey Southward | Greenville, SC

Alix & Ryan, both natives of New York State, grew up not too far from each other. But it wasn't until they met in Greenville, SC at Soby's Restaurant that they became friends and eventually partners.

Alix and Ryan married on a warm, South Carolina September afternoon at the beautiful Hotel Domestique in Traveler's Rest, SC.

Congratulations, Alix + Ryan! I am so honored to have been part of your wedding day celebration. I am proud to call you friends.

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Vendors

Venue: Hotel Domestique

Wedding Gown: David's Bridal

Florist: Laurel Creek Florals

Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy

Men's Attire: Men's Warehouse

Wedding planner: Sarah Pannell, Hotel Domestique

Hair and makeup: Kelly Davenport

 

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What To Wear To Your Couples' Session

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What To Wear To Your Couples' Session

It's almost here! My annual limited couples' sessions! This year I am particularly excited because I will be partnering with Urban League of the Upstate (in Greenville, SC) and Sowing Seeds into the Midlands (in Columbia, SC) to donate each session fee to these organizations!

Click here to learn more about how to book.

If you've already done so, you may have asked the questions, "What should I wear?"

I've got you covered.

Comfort Over Everything

If my style had a motto, this would be it. Being comfortable is the most important thing you should consider when selecting your wardrobe for your shoot. There will be both poses of sitting and standing, so whatever you choose should be ideal for both. There are options that offer style and comfort, for both men and women.

For women, consider a dress or jumpsuit. One-piece options eliminate the need to coordinating multiple pieces together. However, if you decide on a skirt or pair of slacks, feel free to get creative with the paired options.

Men, a pair of khakis or your favorite pair of jeans you wear on date nights would work perfectly.

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Colors

Although all colors look great on camera, there will be some cuddling and canoodling during your session. Avoid bright, neon-like colors which could leave a color cast on your partner/spouse's face or clothing. Bold colors and neutrals will look better against the natural elements of both the venues in Greenville and Columbia.

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Coordinate

Coordinate, don't match. You and your partner do not have to both wear the same color tops and bottoms. You want to complement each other, not look like brother and sister (ouch)! Use contrasting and complementary colors to enhance each other's look.

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Accessorize

Take your outfit up a notch with some accessories; watches, bracelets, beads, or hats are all subtle additions that can add more personality to your session. 

I have been ready for so long to announce these couples' sessions and they are finally here! I don't want you to miss out so click the link below to learn more about them and book a session. Availability is limited so please get your session booked as soon as possible!

 

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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

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Affirmations To Avoid Stress and Find Calm on Your Wedding Day

Stress is the #1 uninvited guest to a wedding day. After months of planning and gathering order, even the best of us might find nerves and stress creeping into our day of celebration. Through meditation with Black Mom's Guide to Calm, I've learned to acknowledge the distracting thoughts, let them go, then return focus to what matters most.

Try this practice when you find yourself becoming overwhelmed on your wedding day, whether you're dealing with overbearing family members, stressing over the timeline, or trying to keep your heart inside your chest from sheer nerves. I've compiled a list of positive affirmations to avoid stress and help you find calm on your wedding day.

Enjoy!

I only attract good vibrations on my special day.

The power of love will make my day perfect.

I trust my vendors will be at their best.

-- A Sunrise Media Group

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I inhale peace and exhale overwhelm.

I focus on the thoughts that bring me peace and joy.

I let my worries go so I can be here for the beauty that surrounds me now.

-- Black Mom's Guide to Calm

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All I need to do right now is breathe.

My need to feel calm is being fully met.

I discover peace in those around me and respond to them with peace.

-- Spirituality Health

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I am relaxed and full of energy and inner strength under all circumstances.

All unnecessary thoughts are leaving my mind now, letting me experience inner peace.

All worries and anxieties are leaving my mind, making space for calmness and peace.

-- Look Within You

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All is well. Right here. Right now.

I connect with the comforting silence of my Soul.

I radiate peace and love to others, helping them to be in a state of peace and love.

-- Spirit Voyage

Looking for an easy-going photographer who will help you keep your cool on your wedding day? Contact me today to check if your wedding date is available!

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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

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20 of the Best Places to Take Engagement Photos in Greenville, SC

If you've ever wondered, "Where should we take our engagement photos in Greenville", you need not wonder any longer. As a weddings and engagement photographer in Greenville, I've searched, scouted, and have come to find a few places that I love and my clients do as well. The following list contains places that are public, open, private, intimate, large, small, and in between, offering you a little bit of what Greenville, SC has to offer.

1. Falls Park on the Reedy

Nothing is more iconic to Greenville than Fall's Park on the Reedy. This park is nestled right in the center of downtown, but offers a natural getaway with several pockets to take photos. Liberty Bridge stretches across the Falls and offers architectural eye-candy. Because Falls Park is so central, it his highly requested. However the park is so big that you're guaranteed to find an area private and quiet to take your photos. If you prefer more privacy, avoid scheduling shoots during high traffic times of the day.

If Greenville is significant to you and your partner, consider having your engagement photos taken at Falls Park.

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2. The Loft at Soby’s

The Loft at Soby's is a charming event venue located in Downtown Greenville. The Loft sits above the Soby's restaurant. For couples who want a more cozy, secluded engagement session with a private rooftop, check out The Loft at Soby's.

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3. The Village of West Greenville

The Village of West Greenville has undergone some significant changes in recent years to deem it Greenville's arts district. While new developments continue to pour in, The Village has managed to keep its charm. If you're looking for downtown proximity without the downtown traffic, head to The Village of West Greenville for your engagement photos.

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4. Furman University

Furman University has a beautiful campus that features a rose garden, the Furman mall, and the Furman lake to name a few. Furman is really green if you prefer a well-manicured and natural feel to your engagement session.

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5. Hyatt Regency

Downtown Greenville's Hyatt Regency is a photographer's dream with large windows that allow the most beautiful light to pour in. The Hyatt can offer both a formal and casual feel for engagement photos.

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6. McPherson Park

McPherson Park is located in Downtown Greenville just a short walk away from the city's center. McPherson is lush and green during the warmer months for an outdoorsy-inpsired engagement session.

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7. Legacy Park

Legacy Park was inpsired by NYC's Central Park and is located in the Verdae area off of Rocky Slope Road. There is lots of green space at Legacy Park for you to take advantage of while taking your engagement photos.

 

9. Wyche Pavilion

If you're at Falls Park you may as well visit Wyche Pavilion while taking your engagement photos. 

 

9. The Venue at Falls Park

The Venue at Falls Park recently opened and offers a modern, intimate space with white washed walls.

 

10. Taylor's Mill

The Taylor's Mill community and venue is located out in Taylors, SC. Taylor's Mill is an actual mill that has been revitalized. If you are looking for an industrial element to add you your engagement photos, consider Taylor's Mill.

 

11. Rock Quarry Garden

 

12. Cedar Falls

 

13. Lake Conestee

Lake Conestee Nature Park is located in Mauldin. Lake Conestee is for nature lovers.

 

14. Heritage Park

 

15. Southern Bleachery

 

16. Campbell's Covered Bridge

 

18. Poinsett Bridge

 

19. The Loom at Cotton Mill

 

20. Wildcat Falls

 

21. Caesar's Head


These are a few of my favorite places that I've taken engagement photos at around the Greenville/Upstate area as well as places I'd like to one day shoot at. While I am primarily based in Greenville, I love to travel to cities like Asheville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, and Charleston. If you're looking for other options, I have an arsenal of locations I'd love to share with you to consider for your engagement shoot.

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