NakeshiaRenee Photography: Blog en-us (C) NakeshiaRenee Photography (NakeshiaRenee Photography) Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:15:00 GMT Wed, 21 Mar 2018 01:15:00 GMT NakeshiaRenee Photography: Blog 80 120 2018 Spring Mini Sessions! Spring MIni's will be taking place 

March 31st

at McPherson Park in Greenville! 

Families up to 5 people 




Please send a message or email to us for the time that would work best for you.

Times are first come first serve.  You will be sent an invoice of $25.00 to retain your spot. If you'd like to go ahead and pay in full that option is available too. 


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The Best of 2017 Families! Okay so have I mentioned how much I love the families that choose ME of all people to be their photographer? If I haven't I'm so sorry! This year has been a great one! Check out some of my favorites! I'll do my best to put them in order, but you should know I live on the struggle bus! 



The Grand-Vos-Smith family became one of my favorite sessions! Can you believe this HUGE family's session took less than 30 minutes? Everyone was dressed, ready, and there was a schedule so that everyone knew where to be and when to be there It was awesome! Check out some of my favorites. 



The beginning of this year was the beginning of the larger families for sure! This next family The Browns! 

The Sweet McDowell Family! Honoring her Papa. 

The Grant Family! 

The Smith Family! 

The Palanza Family! 

The Severence Family! 

Lawson Family! 

The McJunkin Family! 

The Georgia Family! 


The Groves Family! 

The Ayers Family! 



The Ortiz Family! 


The Atkinson Family! 

The McCurry Family! 

The Hunter Family! 

The Crumpler Family! 

The Daniel Family! 

The Nelson Family! 

The Hanks Family! 



The McClure Family! 

The Dalton Family! 


The Lee Family! 



The Johnson Family! 


The Simmons Family! 


The Reeves Family! 


The Rice-Irby Family! 



The Hatton Family! 

WOW! THIS YEAR HAS BE AMAZING! I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting a few families too! Thank you guys for such a good year! Can we do it again in 2018? No Seriously. Let's do it again! <3 




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Gardin Wedding First - HI I'm the most inconsistent blogger known to the world. My lovely clients have been keeping me busy! <3 The Final wedding of 2017 was a special one let me tell you why.. 


We first met in a parking lot. She looked familiar (Thank you Facebook.) and I saw her getting her gear out of her car for a shoot. I went to quickly introduce myself to a fellow photographer and I actually ended up helping her as an assistant and ‘behind the scenes’ photographer just for the fun of it!

She’s since then turned into one of my closest friends. They say God places people in your life when you need them the most, but also when you least expect it. (Hello Parking lot) We share the same faith in God, we’ve laughed, encouraged each other and called each other out on our mess, but I’m thankful for every SINGLE moment.


She got engaged and we started talking weddings. She’s like me didn’t exactly want a large, expensive, and outrageous wedding. She just wanted something intimate with friends and family. I was simply hoping to be included in the friend portion of it all, but it almost FLOORED me when she asked me to be her photographer. I remember searching for the most ridiculous GIF I could find to respond saying, “Yes!”


I have to admit I was nervous to photograph her wedding. I didn’t want to disappoint which is funny because even though I’ve got a ton of weddings under my belt I still get nervous with each one and because she was a photographer too it rose the stakes even more.


They’re both fans of a winter wonderland, but we’re in South Carolina so ya know that’s not going to happen naturally so I did a little magic ;-) ! I learned so much about their relationship, their families and their love during their special day.


I’m so thankful for this opportunity! Check out some of my favorites, special edits and more! 

So Happy these two found each other! I can't wait to see where God takes them next! <3 

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Toy Drive Mini Sessions! HEY ALL!

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! My favorite Holiday is thanksgiving – I’m pretty sure it’s mostly because of the food! Haha


Every year I think of ways to be thankful for those who have chosen me to be their photographer all while giving back in the community and organizations near and dear to my heart!

Last year I teamed up with TipTop Cake Shop in Easley and we did a toy drive together for the children in the Miracle Hill Children’s home.


This year – I would like to continue this by offering DISCOUNTED Mini Sessions!


Mini session price is $65 for a 20-minute session and 10-15 images.

 If you bring a toy for a child between the ages of 2-16 you will receive $15.00 off your session!


Please note - Toiletries and Personal Item donations are allowed as well! 


I will be doing TWO dates for these mini sessions December 1st and December 9th.


December 1st the Available times are:


4:00pm - Taken 

4:30pm taken 

5:00pm - Taken 


December 9th the Available times are:



8:30am - Taken 

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4:30pm - Taken 

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To reserve your time please contact me! I’ll be marking the sessions off as they’re booked! Thank you!  



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Model - Anna Riley I got to work with aspiring model Anna Riley a couple weeks ago. She's a naturally beautiful girl with brains to boot. She's a student at a local college with dreams to conquer the world. She's got an great sense of style and a fun personality.  Make sure you follow her on Instagram at @AnnaRileyyy 


Make sure you follow me on Instagram at @NakeshiaReneePhotos 

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Model - Cierra Denise It was a pleasure working with Model Cierra Denise - We've been friends for a while and she took a leap of faith with me(Check out this article) She's now signed with Millie Lewis Modeling Agency out of Greenville & Columbia, South Carolina.


Make sure you follow her on Instagram at @Cierra_Denise_ 


Make sure you follow me on Instagram as well at @NakeshiaReneePhotos 


#WatchGodWork & Stuff. 

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Following the Breadcrumbs  

If you know me and you’ve been a client of mine for a while you know I do my best to give God all the credit I can! What happened this week was nothing of my own doing!


For the past couple months God has been giving me little ‘breadcrumbs’ for me to step out of my comfort zone as a photographer. I’m comfortable photographing sweet families, and weddings, but I was uncomfortable photographing a more professional crowd.


I started studying the book ‘She’s Still There’ by Chrystal Evans Hurst with my small group at church. First, the book is amazing! I could talk about it all day, but you don’t need my rambling in your life! I sought encouragement in one of the chapters where she spoke about her children and how she never allowed food outside the kitchen in her home, but she’d regularly find someone who broke the rules because they left a trail of CRUMBS for her to follow! She referred to how God always has a next step for us in our life, but we’ve got to find the bread crumbs first.  


I’ve always wanted to do a 90’s themed photo session. I put out a ‘model search on my personal page and a few people submitted and I chose one of my friends who everyday style was so close to what I was aiming for anyways! Little did I know how amazing we’d both feel after that session!

I felt the need to encourage her to submit the images to a local modeling agency and just see what happens. She did. We were both stepping out of our comfort zones and taking a leap of faith. She texted me a few days later excited because she had a meeting with the owner of the company. More encouragement followed and we were pep talking each other as we were holding back our nervousness. The day of her meeting I was praying continuously asking God to guide us both because what was going to happen next, we weren’t too sure of. SHE GOT IN! She was offered an opportunity to join the agency and she did.


She told me that she basically told everyone about me at the agency. They know my work I’ve photographed several of their clients before. They encouraged her to still work with me because my work was great. The even used the word ‘High Fashion’ I started jumping around like a lunatic in the kitchen as I was preparing lunch for the kids. They had no clue why I was, but joined in anyways!


I finally got over myself and admitted that I had been drifting from my goals for a while. I needed to fully trust God and that he’d encourage my next step because I’ve been known to give advice but often I don’t know how to take my own. (Go figure huh?)

I prayed a bit more and decided to do another model search. This time – I would make it a contest just so it would be as close to far as possible. I honestly thought maybe 20-30 people would submit their images, but God had other things in mind. I have honestly lost count of how many people have submitted their images. Facebooks Insights as of now shows over 4,000 comments, over 250 shares, and a total reach of over 80,000 people from across the US in less than a week.

Something that start off with just maybe picking one person has bloomed into something more. Seeing the reach, a Publicist I’ve worked closely with for a while now said, “Nakeshia, you can’t just pick one person you’ve got to reach out to as many of these girls as possible. Your goal is to help others succeed professionally in their chosen field while excelling at your own.” We put our heads together and came up with a package that we could offer helping as many as we can. I again (Oh me of little faith) thought maybe only a few people would respond because it wasn’t free. God again proved me wrong. Over 100 submissions within a few days of people wanting to start modeling, but having no clue where to start.

I’m writing this all to say if you’ve drifted from your goals. Go after them. Even with my little faith God has open doors beyond my control. I’m learning to enjoy the moment and trust God more and more every day not just because of what he’s doing for me personally, but because what he’s doing for those around me as well.


In fact. I’ve got an assistant now. (Weird, right?) She’ll be helping me with larger shoots, and events. She’s eager to learn and I feel it’s about time I admit I can’t do this all alone! <3


If you read this all you’re an absolute SAINT. Stay tuned for more good news because I’m trying to be more diligent about sharing it!


We’ve got several dates for Fall Mini’s opening up and we’ve got a few spots for weddings in 2018 as well!


With Love,





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Family Session Recap! <3 I've been such a slacker on blogging, but in my defense my wonderful clients, children and graphic design stuff has kept me BUSY! 


I'm so blessed to be able to meet awesome families and take their pictures. Here's a few of my favorites from the past couple months! 


'The Georgia family' 

This sweet family was referred to me by one of the photographers I know and get the opportunity to look up to! It made my day when they chose me as their photographer! 

' The Lawson Family' 

I've known this family most of my life. It was an honor to be selected to take some updated family photos for them. You may know the tallest son. Clemson Defense End 'Shaq Lawson' who's now a Buffalo Bill's Defensive End. They've always been a great bunch quick to make you laugh. 

'The McJunkin Family 

'The Smith family'

I had the pleasure of photographing Mr & Mrs. Smith Years ago! I'm thankful they selected me to update some family photos! 


The Severance Ladies 

'The Groves Family' 

This sweet family has been through a lot lately. Thankfully through some creative editing I was able to update their family photographs honor the memory of their loved one. 

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Mr. & Mrs. Heiden-Hudson I had the opportunity to photograph the sweet wedding of Tyler & Kourtney Heiden-Hudson.  The location was the Westin Hotel in growing Greenville, South Carolina. Makeup was done by Sabrina Palmer and Hair was done by Abigail Kirkwood. These ladies made an awesome and entertaining team even though they're not a formal team! I love it when everyone can work together flawlessly! 


here are some of my favorites from this sweet & humorous wedding! 

The ladies for sure knew now to start things off. 

The ceremony took place in the 'Gold Room' inside the Westin these sweet shots really made my day. 

Personality is definitely a big thing in this group. Everyone always made it hard for me to keep a straight face. 


details are always important. 

Some of my favorites of just the sweet couple. 

Cute kids we've gotta love them. Seriously I slightly fell in love with this one & her goofiness. 

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Mr. & Mrs. Waldrop I had the opportunity to do something I've never done before. I got to photograph a bride walking towards the aisle on a horse. 

I had the pleasure of meeting this sweet couple and photographing their special day. It was a beautiful day in Spartanburg for a small, sweet wedding with all the details you can't help but love. here are some of my favorite images! 

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'IAmYou' Natural Haircare Session I had the pleasure of shooting the images for a new haircare line entitled, 'IamYou' I've known the creator of the product for years now and I was overjoyed when she brought up the idea of me doing a product shoot and possible shooting the cover of her new book. (OMG!!) 


It was a huge opportunity for me and I reached out to the social media world to friends who love rocking their natural hair in a casting call.  Alexis and Jessica are just two of the girls that were willing to come to my rescue! Here are some of my favorite images from the session we attacked downtown Greenville, and apparently I introduced them to parts of downtown they had never been before! <3 (You're welcome small businesses) So thankful for these two ladies and them gracing me with their presence! check out the products in detail and please, please purchase! My girls and I love the products! 



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Senioritis - NakeshiaRenee Style Every year I have the opportunity to photograph several graduates and soon to be graduates! I'm so thankful for the ladies I've had the opportunity to photograph  so far this year!

I love when I get text like " Thank you. You did an Amazing job. The pictures made my mama cry again."

Then I hate that I made mama cry, but I love that they're tears of joy! #LoveMyJob 

Here's some of my favorites! These ladies despite their challenges with classes, responsibilities and everything else life can throw at your have graduated from Anderson University as well as USC Upstate! I'm so PROUD of them like they're my own family. The best sessions always end in hugs and feeling like a part of the family! I can't wait to see what God will do in their lives next and I hope I'm still around to capture the happy moments! <3 

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Always an Adventure Part 1 As a photographer I often get to capture special moments in families lives Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations and more. I'm thankful for the moments that I get to capture some adventures in my own family as well. As a stay at home mom people think I'm supposed to be cleaning and cooking away. In fact I'm probably the direct opposite most of the time. I love cooking and cleaning is a necessity, but I live for a little adventure. The kids aren't old enough to take on hiking trails for hours just yet so we find other ways to have an adventure. 

McKenna decided to immediately step into the water. She doesn't realize it was a hands only experience. Thankfully she's cute, cute, cute and she's always open for an adventure as well. 

Aaliyah got these boots for Christmas. It will be 101 degrees outside and she'll still be wearing them, but she's cute too so it's acceptable.  She's channeling her inner #SaltBae and changing it to #TossRocksBae  She's always up to something. There's not a day that goes by that I'm questioning her thinking process. I feel we'll be in the ER a lot with this one.  We grabbed some penny's out of my wallet and make a few wishes.  We of course how to stroll down Main St. Hand in hand.  We got some ducks, met an international friend and had a blast.

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SURPRISE - I love Love. I love Love. 
Sounds really weird when I say, but it’s true. I love shooting couples who are truly in love. Sometimes sessions can be awkward because people are scared to be themselves, but I try to talk to everyone, pick on them, find common ground and interesting things just to ‘break the ice’.

When they’ve relaxed and gotten comfortable with me some of my favorite images are taken. Flirting, true laughter, clumsiness, shock and my favorite….SURPRISE!!! 

This past weekend I had a few sessions at Furman University beautiful campus and of course while I’m waiting I get to people watch, and explore. 

This first couple has been together for a while and he FINALLY popped the question and surprised us both. I generally ask all my clients ‘Are there any photos you want that I haven’t gotten?’ they both said no they think we got it all. I was like cool! We talked a bit more and he said, “Well, There’s just one more picture I’d like to take.” I was like okay! Getting ready for him to describe what he wanted and being the perceptive detective I noticed him slowly reaching for his back pocket. I knew what was happening. I jumped around to the other side has he got down on one knee and SURPRISE. 

I’m so thrilled I was able to capture this moment for them. I congratulated them, thanked them and when I got in my car I called my mom in excitement like she knew them personally! 

So thrilled for this sweet couple and their family! 




My next Couple was a referral from a previous lovely couple who I got to photograph. They walked up and unfortunately saw me being an awkward nerd standing there on top of something doing calf exercises while on my phone. Why? I don’t know I can tell you I just do stuff. 

They were both down to earth and ready for anything. I was pumped. We had something in mind for their wedding invitations as our sole purpose, but I just can’t stick to one thing so we explored the campus a little bit and had some fun. I wish them all the best with their movie themed wedding! <3 

(Guns are fake $1 store dollar store purchase. No one was hurt or threatened.)



I’m thankful life always has one adventure after another. I’m thankful for surprises and I absolutely LOVE LOVE. 

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2016 Year In Review This year has pretty much been amazing! I didn't realized how busy I was until I was culling through images for this little project! I can't wait for 2017 and the adventures it will bring! <3 

2016 Year in Review Music by AblazeDaArchitek This year has been a great one! Looking forward to 2017!

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Model - Diamond Scott Recently I got to go exploring with an aspiring model named Diamond Scott! We were introduced by a mutual friend and I was nervous working with her simply because models to me have EGOS, but not this girl. She was down to earth, we both experimented, laughed, talked about life, realized we had a lot in common and already planned ideas for new shoots before we even finished our first. I'm so thankful she was willing to climb, get a little dirty and have some clean fun with me! 

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Mr & Mrs. Morgan I had the opportunity to photograph the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Morgan and the privilege to work with Mr. Timothy Thompson of Horizen Media, Mrs. Erica Brewster of EricaRenee Events and the great team at the Hilton in beautiful Greenville South Carolina. 

I was excited to shoot this wedding, but of course nervous to shoot a new location, but those worries quickly went away when is stepped into the ballroom! Enjoy some of my favorite images from their wedding.  The Flowers were provided by Mrs. Cheyenne Stovall; the dress was from David's Bridal and the suits were from Men's Warehouse. 


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From Jersey, with Love - Mr. & Mrs. Martin This past weekend I got to shoot one of the most special weddings ever. The love I felt from this family makes me feel like what I do truly matters. To tell you this story. I have to take a walk down memory lane...

I've known the Daughenbaugh Family since I was in first grade. Mrs. D was my first-grade substitute teacher. Being from Jersey she had never come across anyone with my name.. when she called on me in class from the list given by our teacher instead of saying "Nakeshia" she said, "Nakasha." My entire class erupted in laughter. Instead of being embarrassed I just corrected her. The other kids struggled to say her last name, but being me I decided to make fun of her name too. I started calling her Cottonball. She thought it was hilarious so I was her Nakasha and she was my Cottonball. She started working with my mom shortly after and a beautiful friendship developed. 

Fast forward YEARS later and they're still some of my favorite people. Jon Jr. started his journey as a DJ around the same time I started mine as a photographer. I would go to bars and clubs, but ONLY if he was there to protect me just in case something went down. I knew if all else failed my big bro was there. 

Fast forward about 2-3 more years we got the news Big Jon had cancer. He was fighting it, but it was fighting back. They started asking me and telling me "we need to do family pictures. Dad isn't getting any better." I would say okay just let me know I got you. Months went by and finally said look guys we've got to do this soon we don't know how much time he has and if we don't do it soon we'll regret it... we finally got their family photographs, and Big Jon lost his battle shortly after.. it broke my heart. I cried and at the same time I thanked God that I was able to get them together before it was too late. 

Rachel asked me to take her and Brandon's engagement pictures, of course, I was pumped to do it.

After she asked if I would photograph their wedding. I agreed. I started plotting then to do something special for her and started Facebook stalking as many members of the family I could try to collect photographs of Big Jon for me to use to insert himin to as many moments of the wedding that I could. 

I was given that opportunity. 

My heart broke during the brother-sister dance. In fact, for the first time in my career, I had to LEAVE the dance floor because I was snot dripping crying in the hallway. I couldn't see what I was shooting. I still took some "in good faith photos" praying I got enough.. when I was editing I saw the photographs I took and remembered one photograph from their family session of Rachel talking to her dad and he looking at her with so much love in his eyes. 

In my mind, as a perfectionist, this wasn't the best composition, but I knew that this wasn't about me. This was about proving that even though Big Jon wasn't there physically, he was indeed there in spirit. 

I'm thankful for the love, the comments and making me feel like what I do matters. There are moments where I want to give up but this wedding THESE people. Reminded me that what I do matters. That at the end of the day a picture is worth 1000 words. I'm so blessed to be an unofficial member of this family. I'm so blessed with amazing clients. I'm BEYOND THANKFUL that God used ME of all people. 

Here are a few of my favorites from this day full of TONS of laughter, a few tears and lost of dancing. 

Hair and Makeup were done by Tonya Yates - to contact this amazing chick you'll find her at Blondies The Salon in Anderson, South Carolina. 
 864-226-3030 or

The wedding took place at the beautiful Poinsett Club

The Cake was made by Holly Bowers and her team at Holly's Cakes. 

Thanks for reading my sappy story. Leave a comment congratulating the bride & groom your good wishes.

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Jay Scholar - F.I.S.H. It's always a pleasure when I have repeat clients. Especially musicians. Jay has not online be a repeat client, but he's been an amazing friend for a while now! He's from Charleston, South Carolina. 

He released his newest project entitled " F*ck It Sh*t Happens: F.I.S.H." The project has seven tracks; He's worked with some great producers such as Weatherman Beatz, JR Hitmaker, and Kace the Producer. 


If you want to get to know Jay and his Music make sure you follow him on Facebook.

Here's a few images from our session. 

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Officer Xavier - #LetThereBeLight  This post originally was on facebook, but here's the whole story.. I was heart broken by the senseless deaths, police brutality and fear and hate  spreading quickly. 

Fact: I was going to write a long, heartfelt, and heart broken blog post about how scared I am that my son could be the next victim of police brutality, senseless killing or freak accident. 
Fact: I'm worried continuously about my kid's safety. I've taught my kids REPEATEDLY that color doesn't matter. In fact, my closest friends are awkwardly pasty white people. (I Love them, and they love me, and they know this.) 
Fact: Society says that my son should fear the police.
Fact: My Bright eyed, growing, energetic little boy wants to be you've guessed it. POLICE OFFICER. 

I've taught him police officers do more than just shooting bad guy, in fact, real police officers hate pulling out their guns because they don't like hurting people. They're here to protect and serve. When he asked what that meant, I said,
"They help others and think of others more than they think of themselves." 
"They stop bullying when they see it because bullying leads to someone getting hurt." 
"They make sure people are following the rules because rules are there to make sure we don't get hurt." 

I'm not ready to have a conversation with my son about how he's possibly a target. I'm not ready to admit that one day I can't protect my son from any decisions that he's made. 


Fact: I'm doing my best to instill respect and honesty into my children so that when people see my kids, speak to my kids they'll know them as fun, energetic, well-mannered and God fearing. 

Today he expressed how he liked protecting and serving. He enjoys helping and caring for his baby sister. He enjoys opening doors, reminding me how strong he is and how much he loves helping. 

I'm doing my best as a parent to make sure if and when he becomes a police officer he'll be one of the good ones.

We're living in a dark world. I chose to be light. 

I chose to allow God's glory shine if not by my answers than by my actions. When I do things I hope that they see God through me. I want to see people the same way God does. 

As a Christian how am I supposed to react to these situations other than what God has said repeatedly. 
He's told us to love our neighbor as ourselves. 
Mark 12:31 
He's told us to be a living Sacrifice. 
Roman 12:1 

I'm not perfect the farthest thing from it, but I'm trying to be Genesis 1:3. 
I'm trying to live like Matthew 5:16 
Study his word like Psalms 119:105 
And teach my children that John 9:5 is true.
 We were interviewed by The blaze on our act of trying to be a light in the darkness. I hope and I pray my children and I always have something positive to add to the world around us.

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