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Chris Smith is a professional photographer in Charleston, SC. A photographer for almost 30 years, Chris offers a superior knowledge of creating perfect images. For many years, Chris has been the official photographer of the Family Circle Cup, a professional tennis tournament held annually in Daniel Island's tennis stadium

Lightbending at Runnymede Plantation

There’s something about a beautiful red-head that just says “exotic”!!!

Red hair only occurs in 1-2% of the human population. It’s caused by a mutation in the MC1R protein, that brings about high levels of the reddish pigment pheomelanin and relatively low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin.

A few days ago I was looking for a fresh face to work with in my Lightbending workshops…and found it in the girl next door! Introducing…in her modeling debut…Rachel, the beautiful and gifted daughter of our neighbors, Eric & Linda. She did an AMAZING job!!! 🙂 Also, many thanks to their other gorgeous daughter and model, Julia, for helping with hair and wardrobe!

The shoot was held on the historic and dramatic grounds of Runnymede Plantation. Described as “an artist’s dream”, this venue is truly breathtaking! Nestled along the Ashley River, among other historic plantations such as Middleton Place and Magnolia Gardens, this is a much more private, rustic, and less traveled piece of the past. I can’t thank Tim Whitfield at Runnymede enough for granting us private access to this beautiful property!