What does the “modern south” mean? For me, it means tradition with a twist. Think front porches, comfort food, bowties, nice manners…meets urban farming, pinterest projects, thrift store shopping, breaking the rules…and top it off with a little splash of “bless their heart.”

I live in Charleston, but also fly to Nashville (and photograph lovely people in both cities). In my eyes, both cities are perfect examples of the modern south.


.My little girl Clara. I never knew being a mama could be so.much.fun. (Less sleep…but more fun). She is only 3, but I may or may not have already taken a few thousand photos of her.

.My fur-baby Buster the lab. (He is still getting used to being second fiddle to the human baby 3 years later).

.Coffee. I am not a fully functioning human being unless I have had a good bit of caffeine in the morning.

.Anthropologie. {Most. Beautiful. Clothes. Ever.}

.Pinterest. I don’t know how I would decorate my house or cook anything without it.

.Cooking. I like to pretend that I am a Top Chef and cook as frequently as possible, despite the fact that I was on “toaster probation” when I was little for almost catching the kitchen on fire {sorry Mama!}.

.Books. Real ones…not the electronic kind. I like to underline, fold down the pages, and hold actual paper in my hands.


Life is beautiful. Without photographs, we often forget the beauty that happens in everyday life.  I once heard a photographer say that the only thing between the past and the future is the click of a shutter. I wholeheartedly agree. I am passionate about capturing memories for people…but most of all I love that strangers become friends during the process.


September 12, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Stephanie Wennerlund - Hey Aly,

My mother-in-law (Janet Wennerlund) got us a gift certificate for you for a newborn session. :) We are due Saturday, but if Baby is not here before then… We will induce next Wednesday, September 19th. I wanted to see when a good time would be for our newborn session. Janet said you mentioned trying to have it within the first 2 weeks. Please let us know when a good time would be and what your recommendations are for preparation. We just live in a small 2 bedroom condo.

Thanks so much!
Stephanie Wennerlund

July 25, 2017 - 5:33 am

Alexa lindsey - Would love a quote on wedding photos!

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