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Hope Taylor is a photographer specializing in senior portraits serving both Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.


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Kentucky Derby Styled Shoot at Deep Water Vineyard in Charleston, SC with Southern Smoke Cigars

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This week has been a BUSY one on the blog…but this may be the post I’ve been most excited for!!! If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen that I worked on a BEAUTIFUL styled shoot here in Charleston last week! It was my first time working with a group of wonderful vendors since moving here, and I am SO proud of the images and the beautiful shoot we created!! This all started because I met Jason of Southern Smoke Cigars at a networking event a few weeks ago. He reached out to me on Instagram wanting to put together a fun shoot to showcase his amazing cigar lounge. But, the catch was that he wanted it to be a girly, feminine shoot…one that shows that GIRLS and bridesmaids can enjoy his lounge just as much as the guys!! The event that we met at was hosted by the fantastic planners of We Do Charleston – so we knew we wanted them in on the shoot, too!

Baylye and Haley came up with the idea of having a “Kentucky Derby” inspired shoot including gorgeous cocktails, beautiful florals, fun hats and bright, preppy colors. It was RIGHT up my alley!!! I knew it was going to be beautiful…but these ladies truly knocked it out of the park with this shoot!!! The entire vendor team (listed below!) absolutely blew me away and I was so honored to be a part of it. These images are just SO fun – I hope you love them as much as I do!!!

A HUGE thanks to all of these amazing vendors for including me on this project:

Southern Smoke Cigars

We Do! Charleston 

Deep Water Vineyard

Creech’s Florist 

Dessert Designs by Gisela 

Hope Taylor Photography

Obsessseddd with these floral pieces.

These COLORS!! I wish I could photograph them all day long!!

Love this set of shots!!!

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I'm Hope Taylor, an international Senior Portrait and Wedding Photographer based in Charleston, SC. I'm also an educator, international speaker, and the host of multiple sold-out workshops each year!



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