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Kate & Andrew are married! // The Cloister Sea Island Wedding Photographer

Kate and her family used to vacation at Sea Island, and she knew she wanted to also one day have her wedding there as well on the gorgeous grounds of The Cloister.  They day finally came, and Kate cascaded on her dad’s arms through the lush gardens to her groom, Andrew, waiting in the little white chapel covered in ivory vines.  Inside, while waiting, the guests got a chuckle as the violins played the wedding march 3 times in a row, going on the 4th, as they wondered when the church doors would open.  Finally, the doors opened, and Andrew got a huge smile on his face as he watched Kate walk toward her future in a wedding that felt like a fairy tale from a happily ever after storybook.

Here’s some of our favorites from their beautiful day!

CEREMONY/RECEPTION/FLORIST/CATERER The Cloister at Sea Island  MAKE UP/HAIR: Amy Jenkins DRESS: Anne Barge SHOES: Kate Spade BAND: Papa Sol CINEMATOGRAPHER: iMint Media

Charlotte ShimojimaMay 31, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Scarlett and Stephen,

Your photos are absolutely amazing. They truly capture the spirit of the event. What a beautiful couple …..wishing them much happiness!

Emily & Mike are engaged! /// Jacksonville Engagement Photographer

Emily and Mike met one year at Florida State University hanging out with friends a special tavern.  Turns out, they discovered they were also neighbors in the same apartment complex.  With Mike’s outgoing personality, I said he must have had a good pickup line at the tavern that night they met.  But Emily was quick to add in, “Oh, no, I was the one that chased him!”  Mike just nodded and smiled and said, “Yep, she was the chaser.”  A year after meeting, they finally started dating and this past Christmas, Mike got on his knee down in his home town area of Key West in the historic lighthouse that is the most Southern Point of the USA.  As you can see in the pictures below from their engagement session, “She said yes!”

Here’s some of our favorites from the shoot with all their cute signs!  Emily gives props to her Maid of Honor who made all the fun props to create this styled shoot.

scarlettOctober 3, 2012 - 1:18 pm

@Erin- A random field on an abandon lot down the street from my mom’s house. :-)

ErinOctober 3, 2012 - 8:52 am

I am never disappointed when I browse through your blog. Beautiful! I <3 the props and the which picket fence! Where in Jacksonville were these taken?

Lia LernerMay 30, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Very cute!!!! I love all the props and they are such a beautiful couple!!!

Once Upon A Stylist

Once upon a time, my path crossed at a Jacksonville wedding with a hair stylist who became a great friend.  She then became my own wedding updo girl.  And then my own hair stylist. And well, yes, I’m biased at her talent, but yet, there’s so much more to Mandi.  When you first meet her, you instantly notice her great big smile.  She’s the kind of person who radiates beauty from the inside out, yet, is also drop dead gorgeous.  What you wouldn’t know about Mandi unless she shares with you in her chair about an organization called Just For Grins, is that, Mandi was born with a cleft palette, and because of it, she has a passion for helping other girls see their true beauty.  After numerous corrective surgeries, she now hosts a yearly event that gives makeovers to local teen girls with a cleft palette, along with inspirational talks sharing her own stories of the ups and downs of getting through it growing up.  It’s people like her who I look up to as an amazing positive role model with all the beauty of her own light she is brightening the world with.

Now it was time for Mandi to launch a website for hair design business and she asked Stephen and I to help bring her idea to life.  ”In my chair, I’m more than just a hair stylist, I’m a story teller, I’m a therapist, I’m a girly girl who wears so many hats,” she told us when brainstorming for the name and feel of her new site.  And after many names tossed around, it finally clicked: Once Upon A Stylist.  In addition to designing her site and logo for her, we took these new promo photos for her new website.  Here’s a few of our favorites from the shoot.  If you are looking for a great girl to use for your wedding, I highly recommend you contact Mandi.  But then again, I’m biased.

Her new banner picture for her blog.

And here’s a cute one we grabbed with her adorable kids who also modeled in the shoot!


Scarlett & Stephen Workshop Review

Originally, we were heading to Australia to shoot a wedding.

Then word got out, and we got a handful of emails from some Aussies asking us to teach some workshops in Sydney and Adelaide.

With teaming up last year as now husband and wife photographers, we purposely didn’t want to jump back into the workshop scene for a good year.  We wanted to make sure that first and foremost we were able to run a solid photography business now joining forces together changing the way we did our old business model to a new more efficient one.  We wanted to spend a year figuring out if we even felt led to continue to offering workshops to other photographers, or if we just wanted to simply be photographers.  We know the workshop scene is over saturated and there are lots of others options of people you can learn from, so we wanted to make sure that we even had something fresh and valuable to offer to make it worth every dollar and more you would invest in it.

We tried to put it off, but you kept asking.

Now a year into our marriage and our new business model, we have made changes and seen dramatic differences in how we’ve been able to stay afloat and book higher end weddings in a time when a lot of photographers are drowning.  With 2 workshops down, and 2 coming up, we’re excited to continue sharing with you here in the states what we already have shared with the Aussies!

The reviews are in, you can watch this video below to see what others are saying about our first 2 workshops we held in Australia, as well as some behind the scenes footage of what we share in the classroom and during the photoshoot portions of the day.  Also, one attendee, Rob Jenkins, wrote a really great in-depth review of his thoughts about attending the 1st ever Scarlett & Stephen Workshop.  Be sure to check it out to get all the inside scoop!


We are about to hit the road and plane to visit Myrtle Beach, SC and Dallas, TX, both where we’ve been invited to host our next upcoming workshops.  We have a few last minute seats remaining in each city, and you can reserve YOUR seat by clicking on the city name below!


Myrtle Beach, SC // June 5, 2012

Dallas, TX // June 13, 2012

Here’s some fun behind the scenes photos courtesy of workshop attendee Cindy Lee!

During the photoshoot portion of the day, we taught attendees how to create different kinds of lighting with the simplicity of one flash.  Here is one of our student’s final result.





Australia in InstaGrams.

Once upon a time I used to be a regular blogger… then I got married, traveled the world and back, fought jet lag, got sick, had to answer a million emails, work to catch up on, shooting, client meetings, etc etc etc, and in between it all, I regretfully slacked on the blogging.  I admit, sometimes I miss the days when it was just me and my pup Rhett with all our extra time to blog regularly.  Now being married, I constantly feel like a failure in the blogging department as I try to find that balance of spending time with my husband, getting back to clients promptly, album designing, trying to get exercise in (keyword: trying), and oh yeah, sleeping.

But alas, it’s a Friday afternoon, and all my clients have been tended to this week, we have an hour before heading out to an engagement session, and I’m finally giving myself permission to make time to share with you all about our amazing trip to Australia!

Whew….. what a whirlwind trip it was!  We went there for a few reasons:

1. To shoot a wedding.

2. We were invited to host 2 workshops for photographers.

3. To celebrate our 1-year wedding anniversary!

4. To cross some things off our bucket list.

It started with shooting a wedding the Saturday before we left (that wedding to hit the blog later this week!), and driving home that night from Georgia, finish packing, and head straight to the airport for our 32 hours of travel on 0 hours of sleep.  Ahhhh, the life of a photographer.  We had a slight delay in New York for a layover while spending some time with clients-turned-friends Shara & Vinnie, and soon to be on the blog Jen & Steve, to then arrive back to the airport in plenty of time, but because we weren’t there exactly 2 hours before, they refused to let us on.  The next day though, we finally got on the plane, and somehow it all turned into the next day with Australia being 16 hours ahead of our time zone.

First we arrived in Adelaide, Australia to present our 1st ever workshop together, and what a great time that was with some fabulous Aussies!  More on that to come in a separate blog entry soon!  But the funniest part of the day was when the group surprised us with a bag full of Australian food to help us learn more about the culture.  We thought it was funny how obsessed Aussies are with things like Meat Pies, Iced Coffee, WheatBix, Hot Dogs with Bacon/Eggs/Barbeque Sauce, Tim Tams, and this weird but oddly good thing called Vegemite.  Eaten by itself, Vegemite made our faces squirm when dared to try it, but once someone put it on toast and butter for me, it actually was pretty good.

Then we got to spend some personal time with our awesome bride and groom, Rhiannon & Tom, and their families.  First, driving on the left side of the road on the right side of the car, they took us to a wildlife park where you got to walk amongst the bouncing kangaroos and hand feed them.  Honestly, this was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip!  I was so amazed at how tame and friendly they were.  They loved eating the biscuits right from your palm, and a few times they perched up to put their arms around me and give me a hug.  Stephen and I seriously fell in love with them and came home to Google “How to buy a pet kangaroo.”  Ha!  We also got to hold a koala bear which was on my bucket list, and I was so thrilled to finally hold one!  Again, such sweet loving animals, and it was just like holding a big furry baby.

Next, we shot the wedding, and had a blast doing that.  Again, their blog entry to come soon!

The next day, we jetted off to Sydney, which we found to be just like New York, or San Francisco.  It’s basically a big busy city, they just have different accents.  It was such a thrill to see the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.  We were tempted to do the famous bridge climb, but it was all we could do to keep up the exhaustion of the jet lag and busy schedule.  We enjoyed simply being tourists and seeing things like the gorgeous St. Mary’s Cathedral, where supposedly Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban got married.  We also held another workshop in Sydney, which again is hitting the blog soon.  And Stephen got to mark off a bucket list item for him by getting to attend Hillsong Church in Sydney.  What a powerful and moving service that was as we lifted our hands to the Lord in worship as Hillsong United played live in front of us.  Another great highlight of the trip for me was, I met another Scarlett Lillian!  She was the daughter of the photographer who helped host us in Sydney.  Talk about a small world!  But in even smaller world that it was, our last night there, we met up with the fabulous Justin and Mary Marantz, good photographer friends also from America, who were also in Sydney at the same time.  It was great to catch up with the sweet couple that they are!

Lastly, we jetted off to Cairnes to go snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.  It reminded me a lot of Hawaii with a tropical feel.  We enjoyed a day out on a yacht seeing Nemo, sea turtles, and so many amazing colorful fish and breathtaking reefs.  All I could think was, “God is such an amazing artist.”  Words can’t even describe the feeling of seeing for yourself this beautiful whole world that exists under the water.  Stephen actually got to see a little more up close with his first time scuba diving.  I tried it, I really tried to give it a shot, but my ears gave me problems, on top of a mini panic attack, so I decided to go back to the simplicity of snorkeling.  For our final adventure in Australia, we took a skyrail cab through the Kuranda rainforest, admiring the lush greenery and cascading waterfalls.  Again, I was simply taken aback at amazing artist God is.

In the small town of Kuranda in the middle of the rainforest, I got to see my first ever blue butterfly, which goes back to a special memory with my dad and I before he passed away.  Blue butterflies are an extremely rare butterfly, and as he neared the end of his days, he told my mom and I that whenever we saw a blue butterfly, to know that it would be him saying hello from Heaven.  It has been so amazing to see how many blue butterflies we have seen over time in different forms, but it was a truly special and tearful thing to finally see a real one in person.  And not just one, but we stood in a sanctuary of what felt like a hundred blue butterflies all fluttering around us.

Before we knew it, 2 weeks had passed, and our adventure brought us home.

I admit, as photographers, we probably should have taken all these amazing travel photos with our big nifty expensive camera gear… but honestly… sometimes doing that feels like work… and we simply wanted to relax and just enjoy documenting our travels through our addiction to InstaGram.  So to show you Australia through our eyes, I’ve put together a collage of Stephen and I’s InstaGrams from the trip to share with you as our Australia recap here on the blog.  And if you are on InstaGram, look us up at usernames: scarlettlillian and stephenknuth  :-)


scarlettMay 26, 2012 - 9:53 pm

Thanks guys for sharing in the fun! :-)
@Kellene- Can’t wait to finally meet you soooooon!

IradisMay 26, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Wow, it looks like you guys had such an amazing time!! I love the instagram collage – it tells the story so nicely. :)

Kellene MaynardMay 25, 2012 - 8:19 pm

LOVED this re-cap!! OMGosh how fun! My dear friend went to college in Queensland and it was so cool seeing all her adventures! I cannot wait to see you both in Dallas! EEKKK!! Enjoy this lovely weekend! Blessings and Love! Kellene

mary doughertyMay 25, 2012 - 6:24 pm

great recap + awesome trip! some how I am also lucky enough to go to Australia this july, and we are hoping to do several of the things you guys did – so this made me look forward to it even more!