I met with Marie, Dave and their adorable daughters at Wormsloe Plantation for an early morning session. The family is from Michigan and was vacationing in the area, spending time in Bluffton visiting family. I really enjoyed photographing this sweet family!We first fell in love with the charm and beauty of the Low Country when my husband, Dave, and I visited Charleston for our anniversary in May 2010. We reside in a historic suburb of Detroit, Michigan but love to travel and experience different landscapes, architecture, and cultures. We have since been back annually to the Bluffton, SC/Savannah, GA area to visit my parents, who bought a residence in the area to escape the brutal Michigan winters. After seeing photographs online, we thought that the canopied road into Wormsloe Plantation would be a unique background for our family photos. Perhaps family photographs taken with a backdrop of trees dripping with spanish moss are not unique to people in the South, but they will definitely be striking in our Michigan home. When we are South, we love to try out different restaurants and enjoy southern cuisine. The Bluffton BBQ is a must – the sweet potato casserole might as well be dessert! We enjoy strolling around different towns and neighborhoods to soak in the beautiful old homes and landscape…A favorite this year was taking a historical horse and carriage tour in Beaufort, SC. I highly recommend visiting the Bonaventure cemetery in Savannah. Sounds weird to recommend a cemetery but it was very beautiful and peaceful as well as a historical experience. I was overcome with sadness for the families who lost so many children so young and am very thankful for modern medicine! When we visited Charleston, touring some of the homes was also a highlight. This winter has been especially harsh in Michigan so just being in the sunshine and feeling the warm sun on our skin was a treat. The girls love love love playing in the sand so hitting up the beach on Hilton Head is always a must. On this trip, we also made our way to Florida for a couple of days to visit Disney World and go on a swamp tour. The swamp tour was a great time. The highlight was a gigantic 14 foot alligator. With an estimated 7,000 alligators in the swamp, let’s just say I’m thankful that the boat didn’t sink:) Disney was memorable with the girls getting to hug and talk to their current obsession, Mickey Mouse.