Just some of the nice things folks are saying about Red Shutter Studio. If you want to read the most recent reviews, please check out our page on the Wedding Wire or The Knot.


Wedding planning, organizing, and day-of execution is no small feat. Red Shutter Studio upheld the highest standards of integrity, forethought, and competency, pre-, during-, and post-wedding. We were especially impressed with how effective both Rod and Tara were at communicating throughout the wedding process. Answering impromptu questions, providing foresight/advice into picture planning, and maintaining accurate cost estimates are just a few of the areas that were of utmost importance to their team and our family. We have not forgot, and do not under-appreciate, the part their team played in our successful wedding. During our wedding at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain (Tucson, AZ), we were told by multiple guests that Red Shutter Studio were the among the most diligent photographers they had seen. Rod and Tara were direct and efficient while maintaining warmth and affection - this blend of competence and energy is what ultimately drives me to write such a supportive review. A wedding is not only a joining of souls, but a statement to both friends and family in the form of a grand event. The couple has to balance an amazing time with that of a smooth operation. We firmly believe that the photographers are a crucial element in this scheme, and that Rod and Tara played their part to perfection. They were upbeat, energetic, and proficient to an extent that cannot be overstated. Positive, lively, and fundamentally competent are the traits we use to describe them when recommending photographers to wedding planners. My wife and I are extremely grateful for the quality and quantity of photos their team provided.

- Meleighe and Ryan, Arizona

Rod & Tara are AH-MAZING at what they do!! We were looking for a photographer that would do more than your average photographer with just a really nice camera. They are true experts in capturing artistic photographs and their editing techniques are incredible. It also helps that they are the nicest couple to work with and catered to our needs that were totally unrelated to our photography needs. Without hesitation, they offered us rides to the ceremony and reception when an unanticipated situation arose. We felt comfortable being around Rod and Tara and they made our wedding day absolutely perfect.

- Rena, Colorado Springs, CO

From the moment we were engaged, we knew we wanted to use Red Shutter Studio to capture one of the most important days in our lives. Having known Rod and Tara for a few years, I have seen the dedication and passion they have for making a Bride and Groom's big day one they will never forget. From the very beginning, they are committed to you and will work with you to meet your needs. What sets them apart, to me, from any other photographer is the relationships that they build along the way. What they do isn't just a job to them; it's much more. They work extremely hard to get those unique and candid shots, but more importantly they know how to have fun! They will brighten up your day with jokes, laughter, and smiles. In saying this, I highly recommend, if you are even slightly interested, to give them a call.

- Carrie, Apex, NC

Rod and Tara are incredible and so are their photos! Both were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. The day of, the two were professional, unobtrusive, and at the same time warm and friendly. The photos are incredible and my only complaint to date is that the group shot that includes Rod with our family wasn't in the set sent to us . . .

Highly recommend!

- Karen (mother of the bride)

You cannot get two BETTER photographers than Tara and Rod with Red Shutter Studio! We were running out of time to find and book a photographer so we called the very first photographer recommended to us and had a “get to know you session”. After that we were hooked! We didn’t even bother to call another person…and it was the best decision ever! Their prices are listed openly on their website which saves you time. When we met with Tara to discuss what they had to offer, she showed a genuine interest in us and what was going on in our lives. She took the time to answer and ask many questions in detail to direct her services to suit our personality and preferences. She has a very professional attitude and “the customer knows best” approach. She responded promptly with all correspondence, and worked with us on making changes to their photo package to suit the interests of me the bride, which reassured me they are the best in the business! On rehearsal night I met Rod… Can I say hysterical!! This guy will make you laugh and put every care and worry at ease. He knows how to work with your guests and get the best pictures of your family possible. He also is a wizard with Photoshop and will turn every picture into a piece of art. When it was raining on the big day, he recommended we head to the college laundry mat to take pictures in lieu of getting soaked outside. Instead of taking pictures of memories…we made memories while taking pictures! It was a blast and a nice little secret get away to unveil to our guests later. We received so many positive comments back regarding these “not so traditional” pictures. Now my husband and I plan on going back every ten years to the laundry mat to get anniversary pics. Hopefully, Tara and Rod will be there with us to capture the moment. The best thing was they got our pictures to us within a week! I highly recommend Tara and Rod for your wedding day or any memory of life you want to capture! I have chosen my photographers for life!

- Melissa, Johns Island, SC

Dear Tara and Rod,
I can't thank you both enough for the wonderful job you did with the pictures at Rebecca's wedding this past Saturday. You guys were terrific and seemed to be everywhere. You were both so professional yet seemed to so "get" the emotion that comes with this type of event. I think with you all having a daughter yourself you could understand that attachment and love that is endless. Rebecca just sent us a link to the initial pics and they were amazing! Thank you so much We will be sure and let Ali, the wedding planner know, how great you guys are as I feel certain she will be sending more brides your way. Thank you again for everything and enjoy the wonderful times ahead that you will have with your daughter. Children are a true blessing from God.

- Fondly, Becky and Dave Timmis (mother and father of the bride)


I absolutely loved Rod & Tara and I loved the moments they captured at my wedding. When we first met I asked them to capture all the moments. I am not one for stiff posed shots. Well they delivered more than I could even imagine. Check out their website and tell me you don't want those moments captured at your wedding. And their turn-around time is amazing!

In addition to stunning, swoon-worthy, amazing photographs, they have top notch quality. They raise the bar for how anyone in the wedding industry should act. Tara responded almost instantly to every email I sent and was very organized throughout the entire time. The day of, they kept us laughing and relaxed throughout the pictures. Everyone, even my "Don't take my picture" Grandmother loved them.

These photographers are so amazing that my best friend is flying them out for her wedding in a different state because she just has to have stunning pictures and knows they will deliver. I whole-heartily recommend them for your wedding photographers. They are the type of people who will treat you right and make you look stunning.



Rod & Tara were an integral part of our wedding day as we got ready, got a little bit nervous, and finally said our I Do's. My husband and I were so thrilled with their service, the quality of the photos we received as a finished product and their interactions with our bridal party and guests. We so enjoyed them, and thank you for capturing every single moment of our day as well as fitting in the "must have" shots. We would recommend them to anyone we know!

Thank you Rod & Tara!!


After meeting with Red Shutter in October of 2011, I immediately knew this was the level of professionalism I wanted to capture the day. They provided samples of their work, albums, and links to other Charleston Weddings of which they were a part. I booked them on the spot. Tara and Rod are a husband and wife team. They arrived at 3:30PM at the Salon, for getting ready,and were by the bride and groom's side until 11:00PM. From the salon, to the venue, to the church, back to the venue for dinner and dancing, and departure, they didn't miss a moment! Exactly what I was hoping for, to be able to relive the day over and over again! I have 1543 photos to relive the day! They are very personable, and made us feel like long time friends! I cannot say enough good things about Red Shutter! We just loved them. They provide memories we will have forever! 


Zoe and Dave

Zoe and Dave

Rod and Tara not only photographed our wedding, but helped us plan it! They recommended vendors and were totally understanding when our "little elopement" turned into a real wedding! They made us feel completely at ease while taking photographs (probably not the easiest task with my husband, who I know was nervous about the photo session). The pictures we have from our wedding day are beautiful and they did a phenomenal job capturing our big day.


Rod and Tara make wedding pictures fun! They can relax a camera-shy bride, make family portraits relaxed, never a bit awkward, come up with a variety of photographic ideas, but most of all, you may be assured that the photos will be simply stunning. They don't miss a thing. This is the second wedding they have shot for my family and EVERYONE is impressed and all are pleased.

- Janet

Matille at Folly Beach, SC

Matille at Folly Beach, SC

Rod and Tara both are wonderful people and excellent photographers! They are a lot of fun, very professional, and always willing to make the bride happy! It rained on my wedding day and I was a little bit bummed at the time. However, Rod had some very creative ideas and remained positive. It helped so much! Now instead of being upset that it rained on my wedding day, I will always remember how I felt during our special moments, because it was all captured so beautifully!


Red Shutter Studio is amazing! Rod and Tara are wonderful to work with, and they make photo sessions fun and easy going. The photos of our wedding speak for themselves. They also produced our wedding album, and it turned out brilliant! They're very organized and professional and all-around nice people.

- Almar 

Rod and Tara were absolutely fantastic and did an amazing job of capturing our special day. Not only were they professional, they are also fun people that made the whole experience exciting. We received our images quickly (within less than a week of our wedding) and the album is impeccable. I would recommend Red Shutter to any couple.

- Melissa


Rod and Tara of Red Shutter Studio are two of the best photographers out there! Working with Tara to coordinate everything was a breeze and I didn't have to worry about a thing on my wedding day. The engagement photos were amazing and came with the package we purchased, which was a huge plus. Their dynamic is hilarious and everyone was immediately put at ease. They are efficient, flexible, creative but will still get you every photo you request. The wedding pictures were stunning and I would definitely recommend Red Shutter to anyone, anywhere, for any type of occasion. Truly a 5 out of 5!

- Kelly

If I could give them 10 stars I would. I can not say enough good things about Rod and Tara from Red Shutter Studio. Not only are their pictures absolutely stunning, they were a dream to work with. It was beyond a pleasure to spend the day with Rod, we had the best time. I've never laughed so much or so hard as I did all day that day. They were accommodating from the very beginning. Since we were planning from 800 miles away we could only get to Charleston a few times before the wedding and on one of these occasions we wanted to do our engagement session, but they were booked solid. Rod took off his volunteer position at The Citadel to shoot them for us. They both have an eye that just can not be matched. If you do nothing else for your wedding in Charleston hire Red Shutter Studio for your photographers. I swear you won't regret it.

- Courtney 

Rod and Tara,

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you did for us throughout our special events! We found you through your website and we were instantly impressed by your work.

We had such a fun time with our engagement shoot and we couldn't believe how relaxed you guys made us! The pictures turned out perfect and we used our favorite one on our save the dates!

I had such a wonderful time with my Bridal Shoot! That is a moment that a girl looks forward to her whole life and they made it one that I will never forget! Some of my guest still talk about how great my bridal portrait was that we had displayed our wedding.

I cannot begin to describe how amazing you were at our wedding!!!! I love your attention to detail and how you were able to just blend in with everyone. You captured every special moment from start to finish and every time we look at our pictures it takes us right back!

You two are such a wonderful couple and team! We also want to thank you for such a fast turnaround with all of our pictures! We cannot thank you enough!!!!

- Mike & Jennifer
Charlotte, NC

Tara and Rod are extremely professional, but they also make working with them like a fun evening out. We laughed almost the whole time, and I could cry when I look at the gorgeous photos they took of my baby girl. I don't believe anyone else could've captured all her many funny, serious, sweet expressions along with the soft lighting in the background. They certainly have the eye and the skills to get any job done to perfection!!!

- Katherine 

Out of all of my wedding vendors, I am the most satisfied with Red Shutter Studio. Rod and Tara are phenomenal photographers and very fun people, too! :) I am so happy with my engagement, bridal, rehearsal, and wedding photos that they took. They handled all sessions with a very timely turnaround time and used excellent editing skills when necessary. My wedding album is top-notch and a permanent fixture in my house. I would not hesitate to recommend Red Shutter Studio to anyone for any photography needs. They're the best!!

- Ashton

Red Shutter is wonderful! We fell in love with them just looking at all the recently taken pics on their website. Our engagement session was tons of fun, and we got a lot of unique candid photos to use in our save the date cards. The turn around was incredible--our engagement pictures were done 10 days after the session, and our wedding pictures were done 6 days after our ceremony!Rod and Tara are a very funny pair but are able to blend into the background when they need to. They are absolutely worth every penny. Even beyond their personalities, the quality of pictures, and the quick turnaround time, Red Shutter is fantastic because they give you the rights to your photos--meaning that you don't have to order prints through them each time you want a copy of your pictures!

- Maggie and Ben

We loved working with Rod & Tara! Have had our engagement pictures already, wedding is in 6 months. They are wonderful to work with and loved our e-pics! No one I've shown them to has ever seen anything like them! You can look in my bio for some samples. Also, their packages are simple! Two separate packages that are all-inclusive, no picking and choosing, they just include everything, which is so nice not to have to think about the little things!

Edited to add:

They were wonderful on our wedding day! They kept things fun and rolling at the same time. They were especially accommodating when we had some extra picture requests from family & friends, and they were more than happy to help! We got our first peek within a week of the wedding, and then the full shot list (1600 pictures!) up within 3. So fantastic I didn't have to wait months and months for them! And, we own the pictures after the wedding, so it'll be nice to have them when I want to make a print down the road! Couldn't have asked for anything more from Rod & Tara!

- Sarah

Rod and Tara were absolutely the BEST!! They really had fun with us, and it felt like we had a couple of friends there taking pictures! Not only was their work absolutely breathtaking, they were professional when they needed to be and fun when we wanted them to be!! They are both so great at photography, the package we got was impeccable and they allow YOU to own the images once they are done! Not many photographers do this, it's a great way for guest to be able to have pictures of the event without paying an arm and a leg! I would do ANY event with these two. Prices are very reasonable, they are amazing at what they do, and it doesn't take very long to get the gallery up of the Bridals/Engagements Shots or the Wedding! Their packages allow for a lot of choosing whatever you want- Go with Red Shutter Studio and check out their website for examples of their work, you'll be floored!

- Vanessa

If I could award 10 stars, I would! From the moment we booked with Red Shutter Studio, the dynamic team (Rod and Tara) were more then our wedding photographers- they were our rock through out every step of the process. Traveling from out of town for our wedding, we knew Charleston was where we wanted to celebrate our special day, but we were fearful of planning such a special event from 100's of miles away- counting of folks we didn't know. From the very first interaction, Rod and Tara defined helpful, creative, timely, and passionate. They were nothing like the other folks we had called- that started the conversation with price. Rather, they wanted to know about us as a couple and how they could capture our wedding day. They were by far the best team to support us with our wedding. They gave us the most amazing gift a bride and groom could ask for- we get to see our wedding through their eyes. What vision! If you are looking for partners for your wedding- look no further. We are very proud to have worked with Red Shutter Studio, and recommend them to anyone looking for a team of professionals to capture a special event.

- Katie

I couldn't imagine more beautiful pictures! This couple is amazing and worth 5 times what they charge. They are so professional and fun. We couldn't have asked for more.

- Suzie

Rod and Tara are the best people I have ever worked with in terms of vendors. Not only are they super professional but they are an absolute joy to be around and make everything very easy and comfortable. I love them! They did my bridal portraits, wedding and a family photo session. Cant wait to be able to work with them again.

- Gabriella

Hey Tara! 

Thank you SO MUCH for everything y'all did for Jenny and Chris; not just last week, but throughout the entire engagement period. They were so thrilled to have you as their photographers, and I know they'll be anxious to see everything you captured! I think it also goes without saying that I absolutely love being with y'all - there's nothing better than working an event with people you really get along with. I have a blast every time y'all are around, and I appreciate your professionalism!

- Sara Hosch
Event Coordinator, Southern Protocol

"Stylish, Charming and Gracious Events"


f I could give them 10 stars I would. I can not say enough good things about Rod and Tara from Red Shutter Studio. Not only are their pictures absolutely stunning, they were a dream to work with. It was beyond a pleasure to spend the day with Rod, we had the best time. I've never laughed so much or so hard as I did all day that day. They were accommodating from the very beginning. Since we were planning from 800 miles away we could only get to Charleston a few times before the wedding and on one of these occasions we wanted to do our engagement session, but they were booked solid. Rod took off his volunteer position at The Citadel to shoot them for us. They both have an eye that just can not be matched. If you do nothing else for your wedding in Charleston hire Red Shutter Studio for your photographers. I swear you won't regret it.
- Courtney & Jon, Delaware

Absolutely great experience working with Tara & Rod. They promptly returned any emails/phone calls and gave suggestions throughout the process. They have different packages that they offer which is great for all budgets. Also, you get full rights to all your photos, which is FANTASTIC. The pictures turned out better than I could have ever expected and they were such a blast to have with us during our special day!

- Tara & Scott

Mount Pleasant, SC

David and I had our photo's done at Folly Beach in October. It was the perfect weather for South Carolina. I can't even begin to explain how much fun we both had. We felt like ourselves in every single shot. None of those "prom shots", it was very comfortable and fun. I have had our photo's on Facebook for a day in a half and already I have been getting bombarded with compliments. Everyone has been asking who took our photos. We would recommend Red Shutter Studio to everyone! For any occasion. We can't wait to do something like this again with them.

- Sarah & David

Charleston, SC

Tara and Rod were awesome!!!!!   The pictures for our daughter's wedding couldn't have been more beautiful.  It was like a fairy tale.  They made us all feel so special, like we were old friends.  We will always remember our wonderful time in Charleston; gaining a wonderful son-in-law and having a great experience with Tara and Rod.

- Sincerely, Buzz and Teri Grant
Monroe, GA

It's been a few months since our wedding, but we still get choked up looking at our pictures.  The pictures truly capture every moment and emotion.  We love them and will always look at them and know how perfect the day was!  Multiple people have told me that they are the absolute BEST wedding pictures they have ever seen.  You were also so great to get them to us so quickly, even though we got married during your "busy season".  You guys always made us feel like we were the only bride and groom in your world, even though we know it is quite the opposite!  Thanks so much for your excellent work and for making us feel so special!  We were truly blessed to be able to have you guys photograph our big day, and honored to be your 100th wedding!

- Sincerely, Katherine and Bart Reeves
Charlotte, NC

Red Shutter is wonderful! We fell in love with them just looking at all the recently taken pics on their website. Our engagement session was tons of fun, and we got a lot of unique candid photos to use in our save the date cards. The turn around was incredible--our engagement pictures were done 10 days after the session, and our wedding pictures were done 6 days after our ceremony!Rod and Tara are a very funny pair but are able to blend into the background when they need to. They are absolutely worth every penny. Even beyond their personalities, the quality of pictures, and the quick turnaround time, Red Shutter is fantastic because they give you the rights to your photos--meaning that you don't have to order prints through them each time you want a copy of your pictures!

- Maggie and Ben

Columbia, SC

Rod and Tara were absolutely wonderful!  They are both so very personable and kind, we felt like we had known them for years. Everything was always very lighthearted, and we had a blast while taking our engagement pictures with them.  At the ceremony, many of our family and friends commented on how they hardly noticed the photographers throughout the evening, and yet they were able to capture so many of the wonderful moments!  The pictures are breathtaking!  Looking back at our wedding pictures warms our hearts and brings a smile to our face as we remember those wonderful moments!  We definitely get to keep enjoying our wedding day over and over again as we look through our pictures.  We treasure these pictures and moments, and we would highly recommend Red Shutter Studio!

- Deborah and Robert Culbreth

Charleston, SC

Tara and Rod,
 Justin and I just wanted to thank you for making our wedding day more memorable than we ever imagined. You guys were so wonderful and enjoyable to work with. We still have guests rave about how friendly and wonderful our photographers were! Our photographs are beautiful, and we will cherish them forever. We really do believe you captured every beautiful moment of our wedding day from the emotions to the details! You both are extremely talented, and we are so grateful that we found you! Thanks for getting the pictures uploaded and sent to us so promptly as well. We look forward to seeing our album when it's complete! Thanks for all the wonderful memories! 

Love, Anna and Justin

Charlotte, NC

Tara and Rod, I'm not sure I can express how grateful Kevin and I are for the work that you did to capture EVERY moment of our special day. Our guests continue to rave over how wonderful your work is and we couldn't agree with them more! You are such fun and talented people and your presence helped to make the day that much better. The pictures turned out AMAZING and with each time that we look at them we notice something new and have a new memory to cherish from the day. Thank you so much for your hard work in the summer heat!  

- Allison and Kevin
rlington, VA

Tara and Rod,

Thank you so much for beautifully capturing our day!  We cannot tell you how much we love the pictures and will cherish them forever. After our engagement pictures in November we knew our wedding pictures would be great but we could not have imaged them being as wonderful as they turned out.  Our friends and family love them as much as we do!  It was such a nice surprise to have the pictures in our inbox when we got back from our honeymoon.  We were able to relive our special day as soon as we got home!  Thank you again for being so great to work with! 

- Alissa and Jack
Charleston, SC

Hi Tara!
Words cannot express how thankful Drew and I are for these photos! You and Rod did absolutely amazing work on capturing our wedding day! The attention to detail was fabulous and so appreciative for the special moments you captured throughout the day. (I love the photo you guys snuck in there from the Regatta Gala...so funny!) We are beyond impressed with how the pictures turned out and are so excited to share them with our friends and family. :)  You both were so much fun to spend the day with and so happy that we got to know each other. All of our wedding party enjoyed taking photos with you and had nothing but great compliments for you all. All the photos look great to us so  please feel free to send the disk at your convenience. Don't be the least bit surprised if you hear of referrals coming your way from us! Thanks again for EVERYTHING!!!  :)

- Stacey & Drew
ilmington, NC

Rod and Tara,

I figured there was no better time to write this than at 7am on my iPad the day after our wedding. :) I have no words. I have spent hours beyond hours playing back my amazing day in my head. And it truly could not have been that amazing without you guys there to capture it for us. I was always confident in our choice of having you guys as our photographers, but your flawless skill in capturing our day solidified all of my feelings. I can say with absolute certainty you were the best vendor choice we made. What an amazingly fun, talented duo you make. We can't thank you both enough. We greatly appreciate you sharing your talent with us.

With love, 

Michelle and Brad Motley

- En route to Maui

Oh my,

I don't know quite how to tell you and Rod how wonderful, beautiful, gorgeous, exquisite not to mention fun the photos are that you took! 
As I had told you before when everyone saw the engagement picture that they knew Shauna and Jeff were in love! That came from people that didn't even know Jeff! 
You have outdone yourselves!
All I can tell you is Jack and I watched them while still at their house and we laughed, we cried....a lot and we actually got to see the "event" which we had not had a chance to soak it all in until then.
Your photography is unbelievable, your personalities even better, the combination is explosive!
I can't thank you enough for capturing the happiest and one of the most important weekend for a Mother and Dad - watching their baby girl marry the man of her dreams!
 You are truly the best!

Thank you for such great memories!

With much appreciation, 

San Angelo, TX

Hi Rod and Tara,

I just wanted to tell you the amazing response we have received from our engagement photos! Everyone has said what a great job you guys did at not only the pictures themselves but how you captured "us". I am so happy we are working with you guys and I really look forward to the wedding pictures!!!

Talk to you soon, 

Charleston, SC

They are so cute and talk about efficient - they have proofs back faster than anyone and for brides that is the icing on the cake. Splendid to work with! 

5 stars

absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE those shots... Nearly every last one of them made my top favorites hehe!!! I had so much fun with you two as well, and my family so enjoyed seeing them as a slide show. I think the most I got was, "I don't know which ones to pick they're all so great!" So you had mentioned that we get to use ya both for the wedding yay!  I can't wait for Ryan to meet you, he was a little worried we might not have fun with our photographers, but I assured him that you two are a blast!  Thank you so much, words can't express! After that I finally feel like a bride, five years together and now I can enjoy being the bride!  Thank you thank you thank you!!

- Vanessa
Charleston, SC

Dear Rod and Tara,

Our experience working with Red Shutter has been amazing! Words can not describe how beautiful our pictures are, Mike and I had a wonderful time at our October fourth wedding and we want to thank the two of you for capturing every moment. Even the wedding party and guests spoke nothing but great things about you.

When I began looking for photographers I knew that I wanted something different with an art flare and I must say you guys have far exceeded my expectations.We are so proud of them and you should be too. Thank you again for making our wedding memories last forever!

- Sincerely, Keri and Michael
Charlotte, NC

If I call you, I don't think I could get the words out. I don't think I have to words to accurately tell you what this means to me. You know how nostalgic I am, and these pictures are a gift that will celebrate Curtis and I for many years. Not only are these pictures a gift to us, but to Sierra, Sutton and their children. Just like Sutton's graduation, you captured a big moment in our lives, and there are no words to express our thanks, gratitude and love for you guys. We are blessed to know you, to love you and to share in and be a part of your art, which will be part of my family and our history, as we hope the two of you will be - part of our family for many years to come.

Love you,
- Nicole and Curtis

Charleston, SC

You two have a gift. I am touched by how much care you put into these photos. You have enriched my life as a parent.

Thank you.

- Charles

Summerville, SC

Dear Rod and Tara,

Thank you so much for all you did to capture our wedding so wonderfully. We've loved being able to relive the day through your photographs, and will for many years to come.

We've heard nothing but raves from the friends and family who have seen your work-even those who couldn't be there have said the felt like they were, because everything was captured so beautifully and vividly.

Best of all, it was so much fun working with you! We'll be singing your praises! Thank you again.


Jennifer and John

Atlanta, GA

- from a wedding website:

We loved working with Rod & Tara! Have had our engagment pictures already, wedding is in 6 months. They are wonderful to work with and loved our e-pics! No one I've shown them to has ever seen anything like them!

Also, their packages are simple! Two separate packages that are all-inclusive, no picking and choosing, they just include everything, which is so nice not to have to think about the little things!

- Sarah

Charleston, SC

Dear Rod and Tara,

We cant begin to express our many thanks for helping us create such a memorable wedding weekend! Y'all went above & beyond to make our guests laugh and feel at ease and we will treasure our beautiful photos forever. We are also glad to include you in our "Charleston Friends".

- Sue and Ryan

West Chester, PA

Dear Rod and Tara,

Thank you for being the best photographers any bride could ever ask for...simply amazing and such a blessing to work with. Thank you for "making" our wedding weekend. Any time you need a referral-call us!

- Ashley and Tim

Wilmington, NC

Rod and Tara

I cannot say thank you enough for capturing such amazing pictures of my first pregnancy. The entire experience was wonderful. I could not be any happier with the results. Thanks again, I really appreciate it, you have no idea.

- Danielle
Charleston, SC

Dear Rod and Tara,

Thank you guys for taking the most amazing pictures of our wedding. You guys were able to capture some amazing pictures where you really had a great feeling of what was going on, even if you werent there. You guys are the masters of photography!

- Joanna and Trevor

John's Island, SC

Rod and Tara

Words cannot express how wonderful the birthing photos are. We absolutely love them. We look forward to sharing them with Jacy as she gets older. What a wonderfule memento they will become for her when she can share them with her children.

We look forward to many years of photos with you guys. We love your expertise and consider you guys friends for life!! We shared such an awesome experience with Rod that we feel forever bonded.

- Angela, Shawn, and Jacy

Summerville, SC

The work you did for Shawn & Sara engagement and wedding is phenomenal! I am seventy years old, and I have never before seen such outstanding work. You rank at the top of the top! It has been a real pleasure to look at your work.

- Sandra

Bartlesville, OK

Angela and Shawn were our November 2007 wedding couple. I shot the birth of their daughter at Summerville Medical Center. Wow, what an experience that was!

Hi Rod and Tara,

All we can say is "oh my god". The pictures are awesome!! We got to relive the day by focusing on all the positives of each moment.

The moments captured were documented beautifully. : )

Shawn and I both cried tears of joy and surprise as each photo revealed something one or both of us did not get to witness first hand during our experience. 

We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to have this special moment chronicled by a person who has such a great fondness for capturing the beauty in ordinary things and likewise has the ability to make the extraordinary even more brilliant and amazing.

We will forever cherish our "Jacy's first moments" thanks to you guys.

We also continue to look forward to future photo shoots to showcase our Jacy's growing up.

We will forever feel a bond now that we have shared such special moments with you. We could not have asked for a better couple to help our love shine.

The song Rod chose for Jacy's first photos is so perfect because Shawn and I truly are "the luckiest".

Love always,

Angela, Shawn, and Jacy

Summerville, SC

Rod & Tara,

We cannot thank you enough for the work you did at our wedding! It was as perfect as anyone could ask for. The photos are amazing but having you there to cover it and share in our experience was the best part. Everyone at our wedding could not say enough about the work you did and that was before anyone saw a single photograph! Gretchen and I wish you the best of luck going forward and will be in contact with you. Thanks again!

Take care!

- Craig & Gretchen

Atlanta, GA

Dear Rod & your beautiful wife Tara,

These photos are simply the most wonderful I have ever seen, including my own wedding photos by an exclusive Boston (MA) photographer! These amazing photos create such a beautiful testimony to the perfect love and joy of Joanna's and Trevor's wedding day!

You both are so talented and you each have such a perfect eye for your subjects. Jon and I cannot thank you enough for so beautifully showcasing a day of pure love and celebration. We will treasure these memories forever, thanks to you and your skill at capturing all their special moments.

Beyond thanks & appreciation.

- Patty

Boston, MA

Hey Rod!!

We all had such a PERFECT day yesterday. Thank you for capturing it all. You are incredibly talented, and such a wonderful person! You and Tara are really a great team, and we loved working with you guys. You make us feel so comfortable!! Our entire bridal party and our family couldn't stop talking about how wonderful you guys were.

- Gretchen

Charleston, SC

You and Tara are uniquely talented, and incredibly fun to work with. You two have an eye for beauty because of the spirit of love you share and the appreciation for life you both savor. You are artists, jokesters, dorks, and moment catchers.

We feel like we hired photographers and got friends. Thanks so much.

- John Samuel

Charleston, SC

I just want to say that you two are so wonderful!! We had so much fun with you guys that day. It was great to have photographers with such wonderful personalities and such an upbeat spirit and it was an absolute pleasure having you as a part of my daughter's wedding. Thanks sooooo much!!!

- Lisa 

Brunswick, GA


I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful pictures you took of Erica and Bob. I know that I am prejudiced when it comes to my baby girl, but I was in tears when I was looking at these pictures because of how happy and gorgeous my baby girl looks. What an amazing job you did. You captured some moments that are just absolutely awesome. You were able to capture my daughter’s happiness in all of the pictures. I had to share these photos with my co-workers and now they all want you to take pictures of them.

Once again thank you for the wonderful pictures. I look forward to seeing you and all of your family again soon. 

- Sandra

Fresno, CA

You are a professional

and perfection

and you can quote me anytime !

Just perfection !

Thank you so very much!

- Basia

Knoxville, TN

The pictures are beyond incredible. No wonder you came so highly recommended from Emmy! Thank you for your work and for creating memories that will last a lifetime. We are absolutely thrilled with the pictures. You are immensely talented. Upon returning to Virginia, I will send you a hard copy letter with my gratitude. Please use me as a reference, should you need one.

- Sean

Charlottesville, VA

Rod and Tara,

From day one you were both on the ball and in constant communication with us. You were always available to answer our endless questions and provide valuable advice. We knew from the night we met you, with your warm, outgoing, enthusiastic, and funny personalities that you were the perfect photographers for our wedding. The way you were able to put us at ease and make us laugh really captured our true feelings and personality. This absolutely shows in all the wonderful pictures and their were a TON of great ones! I am so glad that I had the bridal portraits done. This session not only made me feel more comfortable in front of the camera but also in my dress! The wedding album is perfect and we couldn't be happier with it. Everyone was completely impressed by the photography and we have even had people ask about you for their events. Thanks so much for making our day fun and memorable and creating memories that will last forever!


Robert and Gabriella 

Columbia, SC

Rod and Tara,

Thank you again for everything you both have done for Dustin and I. I can't wait to see the album! I can't tell you how happy I have been looking over all the pictures that were taken of our wedding. It's funny because there just aren't any bad ones. When I was trying to put together the parent albums, it took me forever to decide on which pictures to use!! You both did such a wonderful job and I wanted to thank you again soooo much for capturing our memories so wonderfully as you did!! You guys are awesome and I wish you the best of luck in everything you do!!! Maybe we'll see you in Charleston sometime soon!!!

- Kari, Beaufort, SC


YOU DA MAN!!!! I just took a break to see your art and I have to say, they are so beautiful, they made me cry here in my office!

Those pictures totally captured the essence of the event and your fine eye for capturing "life" is amazing! I cannot tell you enough how totally bowled over I am with the photoshoot in the city a week ago and Jessie's wedding events. I know when she comes back from her honeymoon on Saturday, she will be astounded at your mastery of photography and seizing the prime moments forever in these photos. I would hate to have to pick a favorite...there are way too many.

Wish I had another daughter to marry off so we could use your services again. You better believe that my daughter will be one of your strongest references and supporters whenever a new client wants references...heck...I am too. They should just give us a call.

Both you and Tara are such excellent people, worked so hard, produced a total superlative product (s) and we could not have been more thrilled and happy that we decided to use Red Shutter Photography.

I hope our paths cross again someday. I will never forget your professionalism, great sense of humor and artisty and every time I look at the portraits you did for us, I will remember what a pleasure it was knowing you and thanking the heavens, we chose you to do the wedding.

Many many best wishes to you, Tara and your daughter and have a Merry Christmas.

- Dr. Robert Dufault, Charleston, SC

I don’t think words can adequately describe our appreciation of you two and your gifts. God has truly blessed you with a gifted eye of timing, precision, passion, romance, fun, and candor. When one of my family’s matriarchs came up and told me that she had been to many five star Hotels, but never to a ten- star wedding before and gave rave compliments on our photographers, I believe it is safe to say we had the BEST there is!!!

Each of you worked with such ease and there were so many times I was hardly aware we had someone outside our family working there. I don’t know how you take so many photos and are never in an awkward place at any time of all the events.  Your personalities are so pleasant, and you truly fit in with all the mix of people that were present. Everyone enjoyed meeting you both and having you there.  It is very evident that you two can blend with the elite or every day people. THANK you BOTH SO MUCH! Money can’t pay for the wonderful memories you’ve given Kari and Dustin and their families. If I were a billionaire or so, I certainly have to set your children’s trust fund up- they’re bound to be AWESOME!  I wish both you and your family a wonderful life in and outside of your work. It is so wonderful to have had you be a part of the most special day of our daughter’s life besides her birth. 

Butch and I are so thankful your photography was busy making the most of this day for Kari and Dustin. Everyone I speak with is in awe of Kari and Dustin’s pictures on your gallery site. FABULOUS and AMAZING is all I can say. We both are so thankful God led Kari to the two of you. I don’t think Kari purchased a wedding album from you; but we may have to talk and rethink that. Let me know if we have a deadline. I know Hillary is already ordering her some pictures and she can’t wait to use you for whatever event she might be having. I’m sure she’ll spread the word. I wish I lived near Charleston and the area so I could recommend you to everyone around there, but I can promise you word of mouth, cards, or whatever; you’re being shared with others and God will continue to bless you both, your business and your family.

- Joy, North Carolina


I have been a wedding ceremony coordinator in Charleston for 10 years, so Rod & Tara did not actually shoot my wedding. Rod and I spoke last year about weddings after I fell in love with his environmental photography. He attended several of my weddings throughout last summer. 

Knowing how much I loved his other pictures, I anxiously awaited each Sunday morning following the weddings for his photos from the day before. I have never been disappointed. I told him in one email that getting to see his wedding pictures was like getting to open a present.

I knew the brides prior to the wedding, and I feel that he expertly captured their happiness and radiance on their wedding days. He was able to artistically capture the moments of a wedding day that some photographers might miss in trying to get the "right" photos. I hope that makes sense.

Everyone expects to see the group photos, and they are wonderful. But to be able to capture feelings as well as "stolen moments", I feel, is a great skill indeed.

I find both Rod and Tara very easy going and pleasant to work with. They are very professional, but you will find yourself very much at ease with both of them. There is definitely not a prima donna attitude in either of them; something I have seen in several photographers over the years. It has been my experience that the better photographers get their shots without getting in the way. Some photographers will take over your wedding. You would be amazed how many weddings and receptions have been held up because of photographers. I believe you will find that to not be the case with Tara and Rod.

I also believe you will be pleased with their level of professionalism and the high artistic quality of your pictures should you choose to have them photograph your special day.

As you can tell, I love weddings and never tire of talking about them!

Best of luck to you in your plans for your wedding!

- Nicole

Charleston, SC

The pictures are AMAZING!! I have tears in my eyes they're so beautiful. I can't wait for her to see them. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am speechless. You are an amazing photographer. 

- Liz

Irmo, SC


Rod and Tara are fabulous. Our engagement and wedding pictures are absolutely beautiful. They supplied us with a list of poses to ensure that Rod did not miss any that we really wanted. They were very prompt and even went out of the way to get some rose petals for our honeymoon suite that had been forgotten. The Wedding Book is incredible. Rod did an impeccable job laying it out and the book is just beautiful. It is so much better than a photo album. Thank you so much for our wonderful wedding memories.

- Paul & Stephanie

Charleston, SC


My fiancé and I are getting married in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, but we actually live in North Carolina.  This meant that much of the “shopping” we did for wedding photography was online.  I think we must have looked at fifty wedding photographer websites.  When I saw Rod’s website my attention was instantly captured.  There was something unique about the site itself, and we thought the photographs were just beautiful.  We felt like he was not just a good photographer, but an artist.    

When we met Rod and Tara we were invited as guests in their home/studio.  We spent time getting to know them as people, got to see Rod’s work, and the album choices.  We were very upfront with expressing that we didn’t want a photographer at our wedding who would tell us and our guests when to be happy, excited, etc.  He made us feel very confident that he wanted to shoot our wedding as it happens, not as he orchestrated, which so many photographers try to do. 

We recently had our engagement photos shot, and we are VERY happy with them.  The whole shoot lasted about 30 minutes and we were very happy with the results.  Rod did a great job of working with us and picking very beautiful locations around the Charleston Battery.  We didn't want to be posed; we just wanted to look like ourselves, and Rod definitely achieved that goal.  Also, Rod is also just a really funny guy and great to be with, so we laughed and just had a great time taking the photos.  My fiancé is not one who loves to take a lot of photographs and he left saying, "Wow that was fun!" 

We had our photos taken on Sunday, and he quickly posted them on a website for us the next day.  I sent the link on to family and friends and they were as ecstatic as we were.  Most wrote back within minutes telling me which ones were their favorites.  We can’t wait until our wedding and the beautiful photos we will have afterwards. 

- Jeanette and Dwayne
North Carolina


We have used Red Shutter Studio on many occasions, the final product is simply amazing. Both Rod and Tara work well together to capture the beauty of the person they photograph.  We have used other photographers in the past, nothing compares to Red Shutter Studio! 

- Brian and Rosaria

Myrtle Beach, SC

Thank you so much for sharing in our day with us. All of our friends and family are raving about the photographs. Those family members who were unable to join us really appreciated that you gave them more than just wedding pictures, but rather you have put the story of our day and our love for each other into beautiful images.  Jerry and I (and everyone else) was so impressed with your professionalism and enthusiasm. I have been in about 8 weddings so I know how some photographers can be. I have to say, you were so enjoyable to work with. We really do hope to keep in touch with you.

- Sharon and Jerry

Goose Creek, SC

Thank you so much for your awesome work. The pictures are fabulous and amazing. We are so delighted with the results. We have gotten so many compliments on the quality of your work as well as how much everyone enjoyed you both throughout the day of the wedding. You are truly talented and wonderful people and we are so lucky to have gotten to work with you.

It was funny to learn that we were your first booking b/c we were so nervous about what to do regarding the different aspects of the wedding... photo, dj, etc. Since we are from out of state, we didn't have access to word of mouth recommendations that come from being locals. While Mike and I were impressed with your work, we also had a strong "gut" feeling about you both on a personal level.

We felt as though you'd be fun to work with as well as professional and persons of integrity. We cannot say enough positive things about you guys and if you need any references, please let us know. We would be more than happy to provide a glowing recommendation.

We did receive the photo disc yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. We'll begin the process of compling our list, but I'll tell you it is going to be a struggle! 

Thank you so much once again for everything. We are so pleased and so happy to have had the opportunity to work with you both and get to know you as well. Whenever we get back to Charleston, (I'm hoping frequently for anniversaries!) we'd love to get in touch with you guys and maybe get together if you'd be so inclined!

- Julie and Mike

Allentown, PA

I am speechless.  I don't know what to say...
The pictures are exactly, actually, they are MORE than what I'd hoped for.  I have butterflies in my stomach and tears in my eyes.  You did a FLAWLESS job.  I am so thankful for this.  They are going to love these pictures as will my brother and the rest of my family.  Thank you Tara, so so so much.  I don't know how else to say it.
They're perfect. They're priceless.
Thank you for being so patient and flexible and so good to my (nervous and apprehensive) parents. 
I won't forget this and I will hold on to your email address & number if that's okay.

- Brandy, Maryland