On the twelfth day of christmas my true love gave to me, “Twelve Drummers drumming”.

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This picture of the twelve drummers was taken at Callaway Gardens during the fun Christmas trip with Mom and Steve.  I loved watching the joy and happiness on her face while we drove through the grounds VERY SLOWLY so she could take in all the lights.

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The Twelve days of Christmas is ALMOST over!  While I have completed my photo journal of the songs lyrics, it is only the 24th. Tomorrow is the BIG day ~ Christmas. Tune in for the grand finale of my Christmas project.

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I say this for the last time – as the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Eleventh day of christmas my true love gave to me, “Eleven Pipers Piping”.

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These golden pipers were taken at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.  In actuality, there is only one statue.  I took photographs of it from different angles and then photoshopped them together to create my “Eleven Pipers Piping”.  I looked long and hard to find other pipers for todays blog but..pipers are a rare bread of individual.  A marching band would have helped but, unfortunately, there were none available.

We are getting close to the end ~ only one more day left,  and then the GRAND FINALE!

So, as the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Tenth day of christmas my true love gave to me, “Ten Lords a Leaping”.

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These “ten lords a leaping” are ten amenable men from the Rotary Club of Daniel Island. It is 8:30 in the morning and they willing jumped for me before they went to work.  (No men were hurt in the taking of this picture).  They are lords of the golf course, lords of their homes, (we won’t tell them the truth, right ladies!), lords of their businesses, and most importantly lords WITH a heart.  They are all active members of the rotary club helping people in need in the community. And they are lords of my heart for being willing to jump in the air and look silly. (I understand the bystanders were having a good laugh) Thank you lords of the rotary.

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My friend Sara from Island Expressions comes through again.  What luck that she just happened to have on consignment a beautiful Fitz & Floyd candelabra. The picture does not do it justice.  I am just amazed that there even is a Ten Lords a Leaping candelabra.  Who knew?

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There are only TWO days left to the “Twelve Days of Christmas” photo journey.  Stay tuned to see what I have in store for Christmas Day!

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, “Ten Lords a Leaping”, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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These are the dancing HAT Ladies of Charleston. The head Hat lady, Ms. Archie Burkel, is the lovely woman in the white dress and fascinator. These pictures were taken at one of their holiday Christmas parties.  I mentioned to Archie that I needed nine ladies for my Twelve Day project and five minutes later nine where in front of my camera! At first I wanted them to pose for the camera, to ensure a good clear shot.  But that wasn’t working – these ladies wanted to dance.  And dance they did~ moving and grooving to NO MUSIC.  They were line dancing, twisting, doing the Charleston, whatever dance came into their minds. The only semi-posed shot I got, was of them starting to ballroom dance . But they weren’t still for very long. Soon they were gliding around the room.  I really think they could be on Dancing with the Stars!  These women were so accommodating helping me with my project and I truly appreciate their support.  They are a Fantastic group of Dancing Ladies!

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These fine ladies from the Rotary Club of Daniel Island were very nice to allow me (actually in this case, my husband) to snap their picture at 8:30 in the morning. That’s very early to dance, isn’t it?  We only had 7 ladies attend the club meeting that morning, so I had to step in and become a dancing lady.  Also, if you look at both the pictures, my friend Ann has just realized, she has a TWIN. Who knew?  she didn’t! Thank you all for being so sweet.  Everyone looks Fabulous Darling, simply FABULOUS!  (P.S. I am the one in the white top and black pants, on the left.)

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the ninth day of christmas my true love gave to me, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of christmas my true love gave to me, “seven swans a swimming”.

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I took this picture last spring on a day trip to Middleton Planatation. These beautiful birds were gently gliding over the water silently  executing a graceful dance with each other. Actually, there are only two birds (life long mates) on this pond at Middleton.  I took so many pictures that I was able to photoshop them together to make the seven I needed for todays lyrics. I hope you enjoy their beauty as much as I do. (I decided to make this picture larger then normal so everyone could appreciate the swans beauty.)

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Callaway Gardens on the Christmas trip with Mom and Steve.

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Six and one quarter Swans a swimming!  I thought about photoshopping a full one in there but thought it would be more fun (and give you a chuckle) if I didn’t. This little cygnet (actual name of a baby swan) is having a tough time keeping up with her/his brothers and sisters. He/she needs to work on those feet muscles!

Taken at Callaway Gardens.

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, “Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and  a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, “Six Geese a Laying.”

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These lovely geese were very hard to photograph.  As soon as I got near, they ran off. You would think with all the cars and people around their pond, they would be used to someone coming near, but NO!  Patience is always the key when taking pictures of animals, especially wild ones. Perseverance paid off and I got the shot.

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In the above  picture you see the goose eggs laying right under or near these lovely birds.  I have a confession to make, I had to photoshop those in.  I took an egg from my refrigerator, snapped it, cut and pasted, and there you are, a goose egg.  Creativity is the key in my line of work.

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, “Six Geese a Laying, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of christmas my true love gave to me, “five golden rings!”

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When you don’t have any ornaments for your tree, just grab 5 gold hoop earrings, attach at clasps, and there you go.  I have so many ornaments on my tree, but this one is special.  Just like when I was little, I MADE IT!

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These  five beautiful rings and the necklace with the pendant consisting of five rings are available for sale at Island Expressions.  It was fun working with Sara and taking pictures of the items that correlated with the lyrics.  The problem started when I wanted to buy some of the “gold rings”. Honey , I have a wish list at Sara’s store!

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This last set of rings is a little different.  It is five rings x two = ten.  Ok, ok , I am taking some liberties with the lyrics but these bracelets were so pretty, I had to make it work.  Island Expressions – hurry – they will soon be gone.

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, FIVE GOLDEN RINGS, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

On the Second Day of christmas my true love gave to me, “Two Turtle Doves”.

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Cypress Gardens seems to have rare breeds of animals.  This is first I knew about the rare species of turtles called Turtle  Doves.  Who knew that turtles love chocolate? ( In case you couldn’t tell, that little silver square is the chocolate.)

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Another pic from Callaway Gardens (you will be seeing several of them since that is the only place I could find some of the pictures to go along with those interesting lyrics!)

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I needed to get creative in finding a “turtle dove” since none are  available to photograph in Charleston.  This little dish is courtesy of my friend Sara Cooper who owns Island Expressions on Daniel Island.  Aren’t they cute! The heart M is from my logo and it radiates with the love these two little turtles feel for each other.

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As the song goes:

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me Two Turtle Doves, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
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The Twelve Days of Christmas has always been a favorite song of mine because I can remember as a child learning the lyrics with my Mom, practicing over and over until I got them all.  The great joy was remembering them in the right order especially in reverse!  Mom and I would dance around the kitchen (we were always in the midst of making a batch of Christmas cookies) and she would clap when I was successful.  I’m not sure who was more excited when I FINALLY got the words right, Mom or I.  I feel like I am still in the kitchen with her enjoying the holiday.  What a precious holiday memory!

The true 12 days of Christmas start on the 26th of December and ends on the 5th of January.  I thought long and hard about following the true tradition of the 12 days and start on the 26th., but since the holidays are so busy and we all breathe a sigh of relief after the 25th, I decided to start my project today. Christmas is finished on the 25th, right! Want to know what the project is?  Is the suspense killing you?

I have decided to create a photo gallery of pictures, both old and new, and match them to the lyrics of the song.  Each day you will see several pictures that relate to that particular part of the song.  Some will be serious and/or accurate, and others will be funny.  It really is hard to find a pair of turtle doves in Charleston, so I had to improvise.  If there is a story that goes with the picture, I will share that as well. And on the 25th, which technically is the 13th day, there will be a beautiful surprise for all to see.

I hope you all enjoy Mary’s Twelve Days of Christmas.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”.

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Taken at Callaway Gardens in Georgia during a wonderful 10 day southern road trip that Steve and I took Mom on in 2006 as one of her Christmas presents.  While Mom enjoyed the entire trip , she LOVED the festival of lights and we drove thru them both of the nights we were there. If we had stayed another night, we would have gone again. Anything to make Mom happy. :)

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Taken at the Biltmore Inn this past weekend. This display was in one of their shops in Antler Village.  I know, I know, it’s not a pear tree, but sometimes I have to improvise!!

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Lastly, this picture is a combination of my photo of the partridge and a picture I took off the internet of a Bradford Pear Tree.  I did have a picture of the same tree from Mom’s yard but I couldn’t get it to scan in.  Oh well, electronics and user error!

See everyone tomorrow!

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Here is an article written by Jennifer Johnston of the Daniel Island News on November 2, 2011 announcing the opening of my photography exhibit at the Honeycomb Cafe on Daniel Island in November.  This article captures who I am and I compliment Jenn for allowing my true nature to come through beautifully
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A young subject of Mary Wessner’s camera is caught delightfully off-guard.

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Mary Wessner knows the way inside your head: through your eyeballs. No, this is not some weird post-Halloween riddle. She simply knows that many of us have lost consciousness of the beauty right in front of our faces every day. So she has taken it upon herself to filter out the peripheral stimuli and place the hand-picked bits of glory right in our inescapable line of vision. It is her assertion that in the delivery from her camera lens to our ocular lens, a sort of reawakening occurs. And she’s got an education, and a true gift, to back this up.

Mary has lived here on Daniel Island with her husband Steve for seven years. She grew up in the Northeast and spent several years in New York City before moving to the Lowcountry, where she realized she is really more of an “outdoorsy type of girl.” Somewhere in between, however, she studied spiritual psychology in California, where she tells us she began understanding the heart and soul of people. Through her studies, she came to realize that when people are a bit lost, it is really just where they are at that particular point in life. When they are reminded of their own “loving essence” and faith in the world around them, they are better able to reclaim responsibility for supporting themselves and get back on track.

Mary worked at a clinic here in the Charleston area for a number of years, and thought about going into private practice. But life had other plans. Her mother, who was at least 50 percent responsible for getting Mary interested in photography so early in life, had fallen ill and Mary decided she needed to be there for her. So it was once again because of, and perhaps in her honor of, her mother that Mary returned to her camera. And there she stood between psychology and photography. Though a melding of the two disciplines was not necessarily deliberate, there naturally existed an undeniable link between Mary’s recognition of daily splendor and her belief that positive imagery does wonders for the human psyche.

Thru the end of the year, Mary Wessner’s photography will be on display at the Honeycomb Café here on Daniel Island. And on Wednesday, November 9, Honeycomb Café will host a special art gathering to introduce Mary’s work – from awesome landscapes on canvas to sweet family portraits – to the community.

Jennifer Johnston: Did your parents teach you everything you know about photography? Have you studied further to keep up on changing technology?

Mary Wessner: I definitely learned a lot from them. They belonged to camera clubs, and both received awards for their work. My mother was “the lover,” seeing beauty all around her, while my father was “the perfectionist.” I wanted to be like my mother, whose photos truly spoke to people. But I also needed a little bit of my father in there, because you do need to know about composition. As a young girl, I took a photo of my father on the ground taking a photo! Later, I read a lot of photography books and took some classes. And of course, since life is a learning process, I’ve committed to lots of practice. Every photographer has a different style, but you needto know the basics. But I think what I’ve learned that is most important is to capture people when they’re relaxed. For instance, I always get to know kids before taking their photo. When I ask them to show me their toy cars or make goofy faces at them, they seem to forget I’m there to take their photo. I’m then able to capture them in their moment of just playing, getting the real essence of who they are once they are past the anxiety of having their picture taken.

JJ: How much manipulation do you do with camera in hand vs. back at the computer (cropping, color fix, etc.)?

MW: I do both, and not really one more than the other. My goal is to do less Photoshop and get the shot I want in the moment without tweaking later. But sometimes what your eye is seeing is not what the camera is going to capture. So you might have to use the computer if you want to, for example, bring back that color that you originally saw. Photography, like any kind of art, is subjective. I’m not the final word on what makes someone’s heart ping when they look at a photo. I’m just there to capture it the best I can. Where I might crop out someone’s hands to get a closer shot of their face, having their hands in the photo might be meaningful to them.

JJ: Your personal profile on your website mentions that you were “called back” to photography. Do you think this would have happened in the absence of your studies in psychology?

MW: In school, we were asked to do projects that inspired us, so I naturally picked up my camera again, and something immediately pulled me back to it. I started looking at everything around me in a different perspective. There are so many things that people miss; we need to be thankful and really look at what we’ve got. I figured if I could capture those beautiful things that people might miss, I could really express and share little opportunities for joy. Without my studies in psychology, I think I still would have spent time with my camera. I always had a point-and-shoot, but when I got the digital SLR it coincided with the time I was studying spiritual psychology. Then it was no longer about taking shots at a birthday party or wedding, it became more about the smaller moments, when I just had friends over and wanted to capture an un-posed smile. The greatest thing is that it doesn’t feel like a job, it’s just my passion. There was always this artistic side that really made me happy.

JJ: How long have you been the Daniel Island Rotary Club photographer? Were you responsible for that stunning duck drop photo from last year?

MW: I’ve been with the Rotary Club for 5 years, and yes, all the duck drop photos are mine. We get more ducks every year. The yellow stream of ducks falling from the bridge looks a lot more yellow with 30,000 than with 15,000!

JJ: What is more difficult to capture: that perfect landscape shot or a cohesive family portrait?

MW: When you have portraits of children, they are moving targets. When I was taking one particular family portrait, the best picture I got was with the young boys climbing on their father’s back. I also got a good one with everyone “in place,” but the best was still with them on their father’s back because it captured their personality. A basic landscape is not going to move, with the exception of a bird flying into the shot. I wouldn’t say the family photo is necessarily harder, it just requires more patience to see the vision and more time to actually get it.

JJ: Do you sell any photos, on canvas or otherwise? At what will visitors to the show at the Honeycomb Cafe get a peek?

MW: Yes, I do sell works on canvas, and several of these will be on display. Honeycomb will also showcase people I’ve taken pictures of so visitors can see my style and what they could expect if they hired me for an event or portrait.

JJ: Your photos are so vibrant – is your eye naturally drawn to colors that pop? Where possible, do you suggest that your clients wear particular hues of color?

MW: I am drawn to color; you can simply look around my house to know that. I’m also not exactly an introvert! So, am I drawn to vibrancy? Yes, but I’m also drawn to calmness. I will often suggest muted colors or pastels for portraits. In the end, however, I really want the person, not the clothes, to stand out.

JJ: Where is the real smile: in the mouth or the eyes?

MW: I’d say both. A true smile that comes from your heart uses your whole face. I’ve seen people try to smile without using their eyes, and it just doesn’t work. I’ve taken photos of the “Hat Ladies” downtown Charleston, and they amaze me – they always have the most natural smiles!

Learn more about Mary Wessner and her photography at www.marywessner.com. And be sure to come out to Honeycomb Café on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. to meet the artist and experience her talent first-hand.