Down by the Riverside with Beth Dickerson, Auntie Bellum’s Latest Southern Cover Girl

There are many reasons to go down to the river. Ours might be the best. We were following our muse, Beth Dickerson, to document the sixth video in Auntie Bellum Magazine’s Southern Cover Girl series.


A man sat on an upturned bucket, fishing from the Congaree. It was early summer evening and the sun was still high. I set to cleaning my camera lens which had become clouded in the humidity. The Gervais Street Bridge stretched out above us while Beth sang from the riverbank. A chorus of cicadas joined her.


I was secretly cursing the names of our videographers, Stephen Maluck and Jeff Driggers, (sorry, guys!) while I was stomping down the swampy path to the shore, but felt really grateful for their instincts when I was rewarded with a vision of Beth, surrounded by a golden halo of sunlight tossed from the moving stream.



Filming with Maluck, Driggers and helpful assistant, Graham Duncan.

Southern Cover Girl is an ongoing series of music videos created by Auntie Bellum Magazine to showcase the talents of female musicians and create community, in partnership with local musicians and artists.

Other artists featured in the series so far: Kate Pyritz, Kelley Douglas, Stefanie Santana, Perrin Skinner, Mollie Williamson. Check them out at the link!

Aren’t you dying to know what song she covered?! Keep an eye out for the video premiere in the next few days!!


Those Lavender Whales – Columbia, SC band

Those Lavender Whales make records. They are a band living and working in Columbia, SC. They are so much fun. Aaron Graves   Jessica Bornick Chris Gardner Patrick Wall    

River Rocks

“The fourth annual River Rocks Festival featuring live music, paddling opportunities on the Columbia Canal, environmental education, family friendly activities, food and beverages. All proceeds benefit Congaree Riverkeeper.”   My legs itched a little, a greensward engraving being pressed into … Continue reading

Stacey and Jenny

I was flattered to be asked to document the sweet friendship between two bohemian Americans who met in India while studying Ayurveda. Not many people can cause me to feel boring. This reunited duo had my inner goddess all revved up … Continue reading

My Year in Pictures: 2012-2013

I have been going through my work from the past year in preparation for the SCNPA (South Carolina News Photographers Association) Pictures of the Year Contest and enjoying the exercise. Self-critique is important and it is always a good practice to have … Continue reading

You Better Watch Out, You Better Not Cry: Pictures with Santa

Having your picture taken with Santa is a rite of passage.

You are never too young for Santa's lap but I think there might be a cut-off at some point...probably about fifteen-years before this was taken.

You are never too young for Santa’s lap but I think there might be a cut-off at some point…probably about fifteen-years before this was taken.

Not everyone has the same traditions, sure…

…and we don’t all celebrate the same holidays…

…and I’m not saying everyone should have to promote ideas of charity and unconditional love coming from a jolly old man with fur-trimmed boots…

…but I sure do!

Keeping this household as magical as possible is one of my maternal obligations. It goes sciatica, labor pain, Santa. In that order. And if you don’t believe that I get up every morning to walk the unicorn before I have tea with the gnomes in the garden, well then, I think you are boring. I still totally support your uniqueness so don’t be mad at me. Call me later.

Photos with Santa don’t always go well. They often end in tears. It is an idea ranking somewhere in the realm of birthday-party-clowns. A classic reminder of the distance between childhood and adulthood.

I have no hard data but I am giving us all a fifty-fifty chance that the event will go down like a mug of toasty hot chocolate, with all the warm fuzzies of a towheaded toddler in a sweater vest with a penguin on it.

The rest of you will just have to take comfort in the fact that your child has misgiving about sitting on a strange person’s lap and find a way to laugh about it. There are plenty of online galleries. There is even a book on the topic. Google it!

If you are a gambler, there are some fine local Santas in Columbia, SC!

Check out:

I know firsthand that Cynthia and Grookett are quite capable of creating a beautiful, tearless shot!

This is not a definitive list. Feel free to comment with your favorite.