Matt and I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  While I have some fond memories of dressing up as a child, Halloween has been my least favorite holiday as long as I can remember!  I have always despised anything creepy or scary.  Matt has a strong aversion to any character with a mask, whether it be Jason or Mickey Mouse.  Our kids have food allergies, which makes things difficult.  The list goes on…

With that said, our kids looooove Halloween!!!  They love the costumes.  They look forward to the candy, especially since it’s not something they get on a regular basis.  They ADORE the social factor of trick or treating in a neighborhood flooded with young kids!  It’s amazing how I find myself loving and looking forward to something through our kids eyes that I selfishly don’t care for.  I think Matt and I both looked forward to Halloween with excitement this year!  It has become tradition to go across the street and shoot some video before we venture out to trick or treat.  The kids are chomping at the bit, and Matt and I find ourselves doing RIDICULOUS shenanigans to get them to stay still for long enough to get a couple of clips and snap a few pictures.  In addition to our usual excitement, we had a special treat this year!  My parents were able to come down for the festivities!  Eli and Lucy Hayes have never had grandparents around for Halloween.  To say they were thrilled is an understatement!  We had THE best time trick or treating, having pizza, throwing a spontaneous dance party, all followed by a fire in the backyard after the kids were in bed!  Matt and I realized this morning that we suddenly have two “big kids” who are both old enough to trick or treat successfully!  No one was toddling and getting knocked down by big kids.  No one crossed the street irresponsibly.  They both walked up to each door without us and used their best manners.  It was a pretty stress free night for us!  Woo hoo!

Without further ado, meet Elsa and Officer Daniel!

Halloween 2014 from the Daniels on Vimeo.

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  • Tammy - November 2, 2014 - 12:56 am

    Love it and loved every minute of celebrating Halloween with our loves! We always look forward to the Halloween video. Thank you for capturing these sweet memories!ReplyCancel

Meet the Perry Family!

Spending the morning at the Pitt Street Bridge with the Perry family and their new little boy was such a great way to start the day!  After living in Charleston for the last few years, work is taking them elsewhere.  It was my pleasure capturing their wonderful family before they leave on their new adventure and I hope these photos make them smile and think of Charleston for years to come!

Perry Family .. it was great meeting you and I wish nothing but the best for all of your adventures ahead!

I’m kind of an intense guy, all around.  I’m a deep thinker, I like to push it physically, and I genuinely care about everyone I encounter.  It’s rare that I find a buddy who is willing to push the envelope with me in all of these areas.  While I have buddies who can kick back and talk life with me, there aren’t many who are also willing keep up and throw down in the gym as well.  Neal is one of the guys who is up for the challenge.  Not only are we able to push each other in the gym or on the pavement, but also in life.  This is a friendship I’ll be forever grateful for!

Neal proposed to his girl, Aimee, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited for them as they move towards marriage.  I had the privilege of walking with Neal as he approached proposing to Aimee, finding her ring, and then listening as he crafted out the day.  It’s been a fun past few months.  And as they get married, I’m excited to continue walking beside them and figuring out this journey called ‘life’ side by side!

[*Special thanks to EVO Pizza in Park Circle for humoring us for several photos!]

I’ve had the pleasure of taking this family’s photos for the past three years.  It’s so much fun getting to know a wonderful family such as this and get to see them grow!  Lucas, their little boy, turns 2 in a week and it was great being able to capture this quickly changing phase.  Between the trucks and the trains, so much of what he is up to reminded me of Eli.  I’m looking forward to the years ahead and hopefully continuing the tradition!

Lucas .. I hope you have a great 2nd birthday!

Before Valentine’s Day, Eli & I were chatting about how to take care of the girls when he asked:

How about doughnuts?”

Now, while I’m sure my boy’s motivation for doughnuts was purely selfless, I thought it was a great idea!  For there is a fantastic place downtown called Glazed that was created by a couple of local folks who serve some of the tastiest, unique, and fun doughnuts you’ll ever experience.  (And this is coming from me, who doesn’t really like / eat sweets!)  So Eli & I made a card asking if the girls would allow us to take them on a date for Valentine’s Day, and with minimal convincing, they said “Of course!”  🙂

We went to Glazed a couple of years ago and it had been too long.  Eli & I loved taking our girls out and we had so much fun trying different doughnuts, watching the kids get super excited, but most of all, simply being out as a family!

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