Horse Power Heals

Fun-raising! Shaking it up! Low Country Harley Davidson put on the First Annual Horse Power Heal’s poker run in support of LEAP (Lowcountry Equine Assisted Psychotherapy). Tattooed Moose on Johns Island hosted the after party with bbq, drinks, music and raffles. Keep your eyes open for next year’s low key, fun-raiser that supports local individuals on their wellness journey.

PS. Yes, there is a slight bias. We are extra invested as our horse, Harmony, is one of the four-legged team members! She along with her human helpers (aka therapists and equine specialist) do really big work.

Art of Healing

I dig receiving mail. Stamps, letters and cards. It is a simple pleasure, but it often rates high on my joy meter. And occasionally we receive a thank you card from a hospital. Specifically, a “guest” (patient) of the hospital. While I like living in a city with great hospitals and health-care facilities, those institutions usually inspire an emotion other than joy. But not so with cards from Roper Hospital. I cannot wait to open it. “Seeing your picture made me feel better.” A simple “Thank you” from a guest that selected and enjoyed James’ landscape art while recouping at Roper St Francis Hospital.

Roper Hospital and the Gibbes Museum of Art partner in an effort to bring art to hospital rooms. In a unique program, guests get to select a piece of wall art from the Gibbes Museum Lending Collection for their room while healing at Roper. James currently has one black and white fine art photograph loaned by the museum but the program boasts a sizeable collection of art to choose from.  Mostly color and mostly paints. A variety of art for a variety of tastes and all for a good cause

To learn and share more, I pulled the inspiration from Gibbes original press release below;  

The idea for the Art of Healing program at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital began several years ago when local composer and artist Richard Moryl was a patient in the rehab unit under the care of Jeb Hallett, MD, Roper Vascular Care. Richard mentioned to his wife, Artistic Director Emeritus for the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Ellen Dressler Moryl, that being surrounded by art would raise his spirits. “People don’t smile enough in hospitals,” Richard Moryl said. With several of his paintings displayed on the walls, the hospital felt more like home. “When it comes to healing, I don’t think you can beat art,” he explained. Dr. Hallett agreed and an initiative to bring art to Roper St. Francis patients was born. “Art can help transport a patient’s attention away from their pain or condition to produce more positive emotions. The art being provided through this wonderful Gibbes program will be a means of expanding our patient’s thoughts and interests, leading to improved mental and physical health,” says Dr. Hallett. (http://www.gibbesmuseum.org/visit/press_releases_detail.php?id=155)

Bring on good health. Encourage a smile. Art your walls!!!

Art of Healing Print


Blogged: Middleton in Pink

Rachael and Steven's real wedding featured in A Lowcountry Wedding's blog has a timeless feel. Cindy of Engaging Events gracefully set the stage for the couples unique elegance, fun and general kindness. And yes, the animals of Middleton Place did flock to them!

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images © MCG Photography

images © MCG Photography

Giving Out Gifts

How does MCG give? One way is by sharing images. Images that hopefully bring life and light to some of the good work being done to feed and house locals in need, promote wellness with the aid of horses and keep our local waterways and ocean flourishing.

As a business, MCG covers multiple events each year that are in support of a healthy tomorrow. Local groups include 180 Place (formerly Crisis Ministries), Meals on Wheels and Fisher House. To feed their personal interests, Corrie spends time volunteering with LEAP and their horses while James (a Pisces) takes his camera to the water for Charleston WaterKeepers, and most recently Surfrider Foundation.

Freckles and Speckles

On a scouting trip outside of Asheville, we explored Claxton Farms for clients. We explored, checked lighting and locations, ate from the suggested wedding welcome list and took in the mountain air. Along the way, we met two speckled animals that grabbed our attention.

Bride and Horse

When pairing brides with horses, what is not to love?  I am sure most photographers have magic words that if spoken they are immediately hooked. For me those words are photography, dance and horses (Corrie speaking). For James the hook words are boats, travel, flying and photography. Sign us up!

For all cringing moms, this session took place after the wedding so we were free to play worry free.