Goodbye Charleston, Hello all-of-North-America - Let's Play Ride and Seek

The time has come for my wife and I to move into our self-converted camper van in order to travel full-time around North America. We are super excited for this adventure but it is bittersweet because it does mean saying goodbye to Charleston… for now.

I’ll no longer be doing any studio photo-shoots here in Charleston, however this does not mean that I’ve given up my photography business. I’ll be expanding to do photo shoots all across the country as we travel about.

Follow along on our journey on instagram @letsplayRideandseek


Restaurant Hopping in Charleston

5 New Charleston Restaurants to Try Right Now

If you've ever been to Charleston and love food, you know this city is full of fabulous eateries. It seems as though there's always new restaurants popping up all over town! One of my fiance and I's favorite things is to try the new restaurants. The best way to do that is to get a group of friends together and restaurant hop. Charleston Transportation offers the perfect solution  to get our group safely to multiple destinations in one night. Sure we could call a cab every time, but Charleston Transportation makes it so much easier, plus we can all ride together which makes the evening much more fun.

 Here are some of our favorite new establishments to open recently in the area. Here you'll find a list of some of the newest businesses to open in Charleston. From wine bars to specialty seafood, anybody can get behind these five new options! 

The Establishment
28 Broad St
This is a fitting spot to bring a date. It has a romantic atmosphere that is hard to deny, especially when the live piano player is in the house. You'll mostly find seafood dishes on the menu here, but there's also a good selection of steak and chicken dishes. If you do enjoy seafood, don't leave without trying the razor clams with parsnips and bacon, or the fresh wreckfish!

Uncork Charleston
476 King St
Come check out a new wine bar with amazing desserts! They have great cheese plates for pairing with their selection of wine. We love how their wine is laid out in a vending machine style, it's very unique. There are local beer options if you're not a huge fan of wine, so don't worry about being left out if you're coming here with friends! The staff is extremely friendly if you have questions about anything.

162 East Bay St
This self proclaimed modern Southern eatery is a part of Charleston's revival! The chefs here work with local farmers, and those fresh ingredients really shine through all of their dishes. Even their cocktails are thoughtfully executed! Be sure to try their popular pan seared grouper, New York strip steak, and their impressive macaroni and cheese that comes served in a fried cheese shell.

Tattooed Moose
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
This traditional American bar is located inside of the Citadel Mall. It's across from Planet Fitness! It was featured on Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives, so you know the food is quality here. Mike's Famous Duck Club is present on most "Best Of" lists around Charleston, so it's a completely solid choice to start with. Plus, how can you go wrong with duck fat fries?

Parcel 32
442 King St
Seafood lovers will rejoice at the menu offered here at this lounge in the Radcliffborough
neighborhood. We love their inviting, contemporary atmosphere. Their happy hour deals run from Tuesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 6:30 PM. You'll get to enjoy $2 off all cocktails, $1 off beers, and $6 house wine. Even if you're not a huge fan of seafood, there are menu options that you will love eating.

How to get the Best Boudoir Photos in Charleston

Are you curious about a Boudoir shoot for yourself or your partner? Here are a few things you should consider in order to get the best boudoir photos in Charleston.

Research... There are a lot of professional photographers in Charleston; make sure you find one who offers boudoir photography services on a full-time basis. They'll be experienced in working with different bodies and they'll understand how to light the shot or pose you so that you look your best. A flip of the hand one way can add 10 pounds, a flip the other way can take 10 pounds away, and you want someone who knows the difference. I have over 10 years of experience working with women of all body types and ages. and I just love making them feel beautiful! 


Check the photographer's website for examples of their work.  Some photographers have a Playboy style while some may specialize in Pin-ups. You want the photographer's style to match your taste, so choose your photographer accordingly. Also, you might want to take nude photos, and not all boudoir photographers do nudity. Personally, my style is more sensual and artistic. I am comfortable with all levels of nudity. It's up to you to show as much or as little as you like. A well-known photographer will have samples of their work on their website and social media and will be receptive to questions if you have them. 

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There's a huge range in pricing, but boudoir photography packages can cost anywhere from $400 to over $5,000. Pictures are an everlasting investment. Be cautious of those that offer a session for $50. The saying is true that "you get what you pay for." I offer a variety of packages, so there is something for every budget.

Ask the studio if they edit pictures for the client. You shouldn't expect the studio to do major Photoshopping, but you want the pictures to be softened so you're not seeing stretch marks, cellulite, etc. 



Consider location. Do you want to do the shoot outdoors or in a hotel room? If not, find a photographer who has an actual studio. My photography studio is located at 811 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407. 

Go into the session with a really open mind and a positive attitude. Even with a great attitude,  no one feels natural about "looking sexy" at first. Everybody's a little nervous. Trust that the photographer you're working with will make you look the best they can make you look. You're being transformed into a supermodel for a day, so celebrate that moment. 

A session might take 10 minutes, or it might take a few hours. Different photographers work at different speeds depending on their personal style and how much experience they have. 


The shoot will probably change your life. It's going to be an experience, and it can be an amazing and uplifting one.


Ready to book your Boudoir photo shoot? Consider NON'PA*REIL PHOTOGRAPHY for all your  boudoir session needs. Contact Abigail Marie at or at 484-798-4117. 


DV8 Couture

DV8 Couture creates fashionable, functional, and fun clothing inspired by pole dance. Recently I had the opportunity to both model and photograph some of their new designs. 



Check out the DV8 Website


Recently my friend and housemate fostered, and eventually adopted, a 3 weeks young kitten. I love cats and have enjoyed capturing some precious moments of this charcoal colored kitty. She is named "Meeps" because of the adorably comical way she speaks.


Cover Work

I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work on so many interesting projects. This Summer my work has been featured on the cover of two magazines and a book! 

An Intimate Embrace

This couple is a joy to photograph. The love between them is inspiring and visible down to the fingers and toes.


 I love LOVE. Baring your soul to another human is such a beautiful thing. It's all about the vulnerable intimacy that comes with a committed romantic relationship. Couples interested in having their own intimate portrait, please contact me for rates and availability. 


"Skimming down the paths of the sky's bright ether
On they brought you over the earth's black bosom,
Swiftly--then you stood with a sudden brilliance,
Goddess, before me;"


Model: Cassidy Giles

Hair/Makeup/Outfit by Cassidy Giles. Inspired by the greek goddess Aphrodite. 


Here's a screenshot of the retouching I do for a boudoir session. I love boudoir sessions. Every woman brings something beautiful, something unique. 

Some women love to wear corsets, garters and lacy things. While others would rather don a tank top or sports jersey. 

Or maybe she prefers a pin-up style? 

Be you, be sexy. 

Charleston Pride

Walking in the parade was a blast! I must thank my walking group who made it that much more fun!  Thanks to my sweet doggy Luche and my wonderful friends Quenby, Katey, Melodye and Cam, and his dog Psyche too!





On Summer Solstice (June 21st, 2014) I hosted a little creative celebration at the studio. I displayed paintings by myself, Quenby Keisler and Christin Tucker. I also took turns painting faces and shooting portraits. It was a fun creative affair!