A DAY I CAN CALL WHAT I DO A JOB.
I’m Lea Austen, I specialize in family portraits and intimate wedding ceremonies. I’ve been photographing professionally for two decades now, from Charleston, Kiawah and Seabook islands, to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and overseas. My approach is calm and down to earth. I like to use humor to put my clients at ease and make each session a fun and natural experience. Think of me as of a friend with a camera, no fake smiles or awkward posing. Just you and your loved ones spending time together, sharing stories, laughing and being fully present in the moment.
My photography style is candid, photojournalistic, yet intentional. I think my background in acting and teaching yoga has made me more mindful towards the little details. It’s the secret winks, the silly smiles and stolen kisses, that often go unnoticed, yet carry so much value and meaning. I’ll be sure to surprise you with some lovely shots of those moments.
We were so impressed with her work – we flew her and her assistant to Austin, Texas to photograph our wedding. She did a phenomenal job. Last summer, we were back at Isle of Palms for a family gathering. She took the most amazingly pictures of my 6 month old baby and our family. We did not know this would be our last beach trip with Papaw. If I can say anything about Lea – she is a great photographer and you will feel as though she is family after your session.
My husband and I had the privilege of hiring Lea to be our wedding photographer in July of 2014. She was the first person that took a genuine interest in us. She was extremely professional and knew exactly what to do and when to take pictures. All I can say is that the pictures she took were priceless. I can honestly say that there were no bad pictures which made choosing the ones we wanted that much harder. By the time our wedding was over, she had captured memories that will last a life time.
From the moment I saw her photos online, I just knew she had to be ours and our search for a photographer ended there. From the bridal session to cutting the cake, we loved every minute we spent with Lea. She made me feel like the model I longed to be as a little girl and captured our personalities in every photo, while putting us completely at ease. My only regret is not being able to to do \"get to know you\" pictures with Lea. My husband and I swear we are going to get some family photos with us and our dogs the next time we are in Charlseton.