Rachel’s Maternity Photos in Westminster Park

a mother and daughter walk hand in hand at Westminster Park, Rock Hill, SC

For those of you who didn’t know, Rachel and I had a little boy at the beginning of February. He is a little over a month old now and we are happy as can be to have him here and in our arms. We were able to make it out to take some maternity photos before he arrived though. I always love to photograph my family and is one of the reasons I almost always have a camera with me. It is an absolute joy to be able to document our family and keep a record, if not make art, of our daily lives. We chose one of my favorite locations, Westminster Park, in Rock Hill, SC.

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Chapman Family Photos at Westminster Park

Family stands under trees in Westminster Park, Rock Hill, SC

The Chapmans are some of our closest friends. We met them six years ago when they hired us to shoot their wedding sight unseen and have since become a family that we cherish as confidants and have grown with. Richard, their son, is a great friend and playmate to our daughter Cassia, Erin is practically a sister to my wife Rachel (and one of the most talented makeup artists I have ever met: Erin Ashley) and Shurn is well, Shurn, one of the hardest working beard sporting individuals I have met who truly enjoys and loves his family. I am always honored to photograph people that I love as I aim to capture their spirit in the photos I take and having a close relationship with them allows me greater access. We chose to do their family photos in Westminster Park in Rock Hill as it is a picturesque wooded area that is serene and offers plenty of awesome locations to shoot.

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Community Spotlight: Phud Chambers

A pastor sitting in his office in rock hill sc

We are delighted to introduce our community spotlight for July! Meet Remedy Church and it’s pastor, John “Phud” Chambers. We have been attending Remedy Church in Rock Hill, SC for the past year. We aren’t quite sure where the nickname of “Phud” came from, that is the only way anyone knows who you are referring to at church!

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Remedy Church is only two and a half years old, but Phud and his wife, Christie, have been dreaming about it for much longer. Phud was called to be a pastor in 2006, but he felt that God wanted him to do more than to lead at an existing church. He knew that he was meant to plant a church. That’s a lot of work, if you haven’t guessed! Planting a church requires people, open hearts, cooperation, money, space, planning, praying—a lot of faith. Phud and Christie began holding services in their own home in 2008 and the next year, Remedy was launched in the Baptist Ministry building on Winthrop campus. For nine months the fledgling congregation met at Winthrop, after which it finally moved to a place of its own. They now meet in downtown Rock Hill, in a renovated space devoted to the arts.

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More interesting than the history of this young church is what they have become in their surrounding Rock Hill. The name Remedy references the healing of Christ for all people; that is what this church shows the people around them. They volunteer at local schools and gather school supplies for children who don’t have paper and pencils and backpacks. Members have created a community garden as well! There are different groups within the church who help in ways around the city as they feel called.

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In addition to their busy schedules running a church, Phud and Christie have four beautiful and energetic children, Jaycie, Charis, Aiden and Mackalla.

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Remedy is a young church, thrumming with life and passion. Simeon said, “I am waiting for the consolation of Israel.” The consolation is the healing of God’s chosen people and Remedy Church is doing God’s work.

www.remedychurch.org

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Contributions: S. E. Pohlig

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