Jul 18 2011

Folly Photos Photography

A lot more than swimming and catching a tan can happen at Folly Beach. On any given day, you might see a young couple on their first family vacation with a new baby or a local high school senior contemplating his future. You might even see a couple exchanging vows. In fact, Folly Beach is one of the most popular special occasion spots in the southeast, and Julia DuMars is grateful.

DuMars is a local photographer and the owner of Folly Photos. She specializes in beach photography and has done everything from weddings to senior portraits to baby’s first photo session. “It’s all about the beach,” she said.

Also a CPA, DuMars was always a photographer at heart. It began as a hobby and she would take pictures of friends and family. But about five years ago, her hobby became a thriving career. “When I moved out to Folly my husband encouraged me to go for it, so I started this little business,she said.” Now she still does some tax work, photographs landscapes and has sold some art, but she focuses mainly on her passion for portraiture.

DuMars truly loves going to work every day to capture these special moments. It’s not even like a job because the people are happy and it’s beautiful, she said.

But if you’re planning to have some pictures taken on Folly, there are a few things DuMars says to consider. It’s best to take pictures on the beach early in the morning or late in the day. Otherwise, the heat can make you sweaty and the sun can create unflattering shadows. When deciding what to wear, choose something that shows your personality. Groups don’t always have to be matchy-matchy. DuMars always has babies dress up and seniors bring things along that reflect who they are.

In the end, it’s about capturing a special time. DuMars’ favorite events are early morning weddings and sunset weddings. I love the smiles and the beauty of being out in nature. The people are happy. They’re on vacation, they’re getting married, they’re playing. The energy is great.

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