October 3, 2023
There are many weeping willow trees and grassy knolls in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. I am a bit picky when location scouting, however. I like to make sure the background is free from houses, power lines, and dark roads. Then of course, there needs to be a bunch of natural light, so forests are typically canceled out. This big open meadow near Trailblazer Park and the Swamp Rabbit Trail was an ideal setting, as long as you’re okay with walking in a thicket of tall grasses.
A location like this meadow in Travelers Rest, South Carolina truly only works early in the morning or just before sunset. Otherwise, the lighting is just too harsh any other time of day, unless of course it’s overcast. Trying to put your subject in the shade of the tree does not always work either. The sun shining through often lends to spotty, speckled light on the subject’s face and clothing.
We were able to photograph the dogs early on in the shoot, but only for a couple of minutes. Photographing dogs can be very tricky, and there were probably just too many new scents they couldn’t resist! I captured a quick few images before we moved on solely to Rhonda and Phil.
I have photographed at this location in Travelers Rest SC before because there is parking and it’s easily accessible. Parking is directly across from the field at an entrance for Swamp Rabbit Trail, and you don’t have to trek to get to the field. A win win!
This photo session was truly so lovely. They were fun and giggly and made the entire shoot enjoyable. I am used to photographing small children. I absolutely adore that, but I will say this was a welcome change. This was way less challenging than having to persuade a toddler to look at the camera!