Photography By Jennifer Bruss • Upstate South Carolina • (864) 402-9480 • All rights reserved. » Luminous, Soulful and Classic Contemporary Beauty Portrait Photography.My photography is centered around women of every age, their relationships and their lives. For whatever reason, graduation, bridal, motherhood, family, love, or personal celebration, I specialize in you. So often women are the last to have portraits made... if we ever do. If we are blessed, we have beautiful portraits of our grandmothers and our mothers, but rarely snap more than an iphone picture of ourselves. I believe that every woman is beautiful and so very deserving of feeling that way. Please join me for a day of celebrating the very best of you, for a bit of pampering, and for a portrait session that will simply change how you feel about yourself. Located in Upstate South Carolina. Powdersville, Greenville, Easley, Anderson, Charleston, Columbia Photographer

The Six-Percenters

My love for photographing weddings and engagements has grown exponentially these past three years. I still find my heart leaping at the first kiss and my eyes tearing at the first dance.  I’m guess I’m really just a hopeless romantic. It’s an unbelievable honor to be able to photograph these marriages in the springtime of their love. So much so, that I’ve recently begun thinking to myself that it would be just as much an honor and so beautiful to photograph marriages in their winter as well.

My grandparents were married for 50 years before my grandfather passed away in 2002. Their story, their history, and their marriage have always been a curiosity to me. It’s an accomplishment, being married that long, but it’s not merely the longevity that I admire so much.  I think it’s the love and caring that I still saw in their eyes. It’s not the devouring, fevered love that you see in a newlywed couple, but a peaceful pairing that makes it unimaginable to picture them apart.  My husband, Andy and I are still relatively new at this marriage business by comparison. This Thursday, we proudly celebrate 15 years together and truly look forward to our years to come.  And maybe that’s why this is so personal.

Recently, I read that only six percent of marriages make it past 50 years. They are the true six percenters. After reading that, I wanted to know who they were and what they looked like. Are they still in love like my grandparents? Are they weary? Are they endlessly challenged by each other? Or do they have it all figured out…

That’s why I’ve begun this journey. I want to tell their stories,  show their faces, and to honor their marriages.

My first couple, Gil and Carolyn, married on January 26th, 1944 when Gil served in the Navy in World War II. He still proudly displays her picture given to him the year before they married on the antique mirror of his dresser. Even 50 years together is an accomplishment to celebrate and Gil and Carolyn have been married for 69. The way they look at each other, touch hands, and laugh together, their love almost made me feel like I was intruding. It’s personal and deep. Their humor and playfulness with one another moved me greatly. I came away from photographing them with a deeper love and appreciation for the road Andy and I are on and with an excitement to meet more of the six percenters.
Gil and Carolyn generously offered this advice to me… and I pass it along to you.

Carolyn said, “Never go to bed mad. We’ve stuck to that pretty well. Respect each other’s feelings. Just say I forgive you and get on with it. So much is insignificant.”

Gil went on to say… “I never thought we would live this long. We just go together. I wouldn’t be much good without her.”


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[…] second couple in the Six Percenters series is very dear to my heart. This couple welcomed my family when we first moved here so […]

Kathy Harvill - September 2, 2012 - 2:11 pm

These are fabulous! Thank you for capturing their love…an inspiration to us! I want to purchase one (I will have a difficult time making a decision on which).

Jenn - September 2, 2012 - 1:58 pm

What a great idea, and a great story!

Melanie - August 30, 2012 - 6:10 pm

What a wonderful personal project you’ve started! These pictures are beautiful and I absolutely love their marriage advice!

Scott - August 28, 2012 - 11:23 pm

This is a wonderful set. I can not wait to see more of this.

Kacy Mehlem - August 28, 2012 - 6:35 pm

I am SO happy you are doing this project!!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product. What a fantastic title! I can see it on bookshelves already!

Krista Sutherland via Facebook - August 28, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Sweet, Jen! I love this idea!

Ron Groen via Facebook - August 28, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Great title!

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Back to School // Week 35 // Project 52

Last Tuesday, my boys carefully chose their favorite shirts and packed their backpacks to kickoff what promises to be a great school year. I’m so proud of how they are growing up!



This year, I have joined with 16 other photographers around the world from the Bloom Forum to make a circle of photographs with our blogs each week. In that circle, each photographer links to another’s unique interpretation of the weekly theme. I hope you will visit each of these talented photographers and view their work.

Please start by visiting Leah (Columbus, MS) to see her “Back to School” picture for this week!

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Jenn - September 2, 2012 - 2:08 pm

I love back to school pics! It’s fun to look back over the years and see how big they’ve grown.

Melanie - August 27, 2012 - 12:50 am

Great Back-to-School shots Jen! LOVE the old school Nintendo controller… has he ever played one? :-)

karyn - August 26, 2012 - 8:35 pm

love the shirts they chose…they are ready!!!

JessicaN - August 26, 2012 - 8:16 pm

They look so excited an happy – and that Nintendo shirt! OMG that is so cool. Love.

Scott - August 26, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Plus one for the shirts. Love the original Nintendo controller.

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Family Session

Sunday night, we also had a great family session with Corey’s family! Here is a small sneak peek of his dad and his sister.

More on the way…

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Melaniel - August 18, 2012 - 2:48 pm

What a great portrait of a dad with his daughter! Beautiful!

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