The ACP Blog

Featuring posts, articles, insights and knowledge pertaining to my own experiences and the world of photography.

The Best Locations In Charleston, SC For Your Family Photo Shoot

Wow, this is fantastic! You’ve decided to book an outdoor photo session, and your timing couldn’t be better. With fall right around the corner, cooler weather will soon be here, followed by some autumn colors. And with all of Charleston available as your personal background, and an amazing photographer (me!) to capture you at your best, it’s going to be an incredible shoot.

Now, how do you decide where to have your session?

I’ve been shooting around Charleston for many years, and I can help guide you in your selection.

First, we want to consider who is being photographed and why. Is it just you, for a portrait? For a headshot? Is it an engagement session? Maternity? Is it a family session? Children? How young? How many? Pets? We want to keep in mind things like attention spans, distractibility, bathroom access, parking, how far a walk once parked, and mood.

Here are some of my favorite locations within 15 minutes of downtown Charleston.

The French Quarter

Yes, that’s a very broad area. I like to start at Washington Square Park and end up on Queen Street at Philadelphia Alley. There are beautiful doorways, wrought-iron lamps, brick/cobblestone streets, tree-shaded alleys, and historic pre-Revolutionary buildings and churches. If your session lends itself to a stroll through one of the most beautiful spots in downtown Charleston, then this area is ideal.

The Battery

Family Photograph in Charleston, SC

Hampton Park

Here we have a wonderful rustic/rural background. It’s a quiet spot with tons of 
gorgeous oaks, flowers and greenery. Plenty of room for kids to run around, too. There are formal gardens, walking paths and gazebos galore. We can choose one location, or wander through several.

Family Photography in Charleston SC

Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Reserve (or any beach!)

This location includes the beach as well as areas with trees/shade and marsh. You’ve got a quiet beach, lighthouse views, waves crashing on rocks, and awesome golden-light opportunities. I like this location better than nearby Folly Beach because it has areas that offer more privacy. Ssshh! It’ll be our secret.
Riverfront Park. This one’s in North Charleston. This location has a great variety of looks. Manicured gardens with fountains, walkways along the river, tree-shaded paths, and some cool urban backdrops nearby as well. It’s a scenic spot that’s usually quiet and well-suited to a session.

Family Photography in Charleston SC

Lastly, don’t overlook having the photo session right at your own home!

For families (especially with young children), it can sometimes be best to have a fun family session right at home where kids are often the most comfortable. There are usually fun props available and places both inside and out that lend themselves to memorable photos! When the setting is a place that’s emotionally meaningful, like a kid’s bedroom or their back yard, it makes the finished image mean even more.

Family Photography in Charleston SC

Choosing the right setting can be key to capturing an image that you will love. Give me a call, and let’s discuss the perfect location for your upcoming photo session.


How to Shoot Better Photos on Your Mobile Phone

How to Shoot Better Photos on Your Mobile Phone

You might not always have your camera body on you but what about your mobile phone? Learn the basics of shooting better photographs on your mobile so wherever you go, you’ll always know how to make the most of the device you’ve got with you.

What Constitutes Cheating in Photography?

What Constitutes Cheating in Photography?

Even though we’re firmly in the age of Photoshop and advanced digital manipulation, the issue of honesty of representation and what constitutes cheating in photography has a lot more history and nuance than just the clone stamp. This thoughtful video examines the topic and what it means to cheat in photography.

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15 Terrific Tips for Traveling With Camera Gear

15 Terrific Tips for Traveling With Camera Gear

Flying with camera gear doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you’re a professional photographer traveling for a job or a hobbyist traveling home to see the family over the holidays, these tips can make your next trip fly by with ease.

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Could You Shoot a Photo Blindfolded?

Could You Shoot a Photo Blindfolded?

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit that shooting blindfolded isn’t something you will likely ever have to do, unless you have some really weird clients with very specific needs. Nonetheless, it’s a fun challenge, and it’s quite enjoyable (and hilarious) to watch!

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Four of the Biggest Photography Rip-Offs to Avoid

Four of the Biggest Photography Rip-Offs to Avoid

Unfortunately, photography is an expensive passion, but what do you really need to spend your money on? In this video, Marc Newton looks at four of the biggest photography rip-offs you should avoid at all costs, and he doesn’t hold back.

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How to Produce 65mm Sensor Sized 12k Footage With a Super 35mm Camera

How to Produce 65mm Sensor Sized 12k Footage With a Super 35mm Camera

Most of have probably created a panorama at some point by stitching several images together. Some of you may have even tried the Brenizer method to mimic the look and feel of a larger sensor. I wonder, how many of you have stitched video clips together to mimic large-format cinema cameras?

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The Imminent Death of Micro Four-Thirds

The Imminent Death of Micro Four-Thirds

Micro four-thirds is a sensor size with which companies like Panasonic and Olympus have developed a number of very popular cameras. The most popular being the GH series of cameras, namely the Panasonic GH5. Recently, Panasonic opted to develop a full frame camera system and many including myself feel that the days of micro four-thirds are now numbered.

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Does a Good Computer Help in the World of Photography and Video?

Does a Good Computer Help in the World of Photography and Video?

For a while now I have been into computers and building them properly to handle the work I planned on doing for the next few years. About two years ago, I started to notice that the work I was doing and the cameras I was shooting on was something my computer struggled to keep up with.

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FAA Approves DJI to Authorize Drone Flights in Controlled Airspace

FAA Approves DJI to Authorize Drone Flights in Controlled Airspace

Flying in controlled airspace near airports requires you to submit a complex authorization to the FAA and the process may take up to 90 days to get approved. But the federal administration just granted permission to nine organizations, including DJI, to process near-real-time airspace authorizations.

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How and Why You Should Print Your Photos

How and Why You Should Print Your Photos

Now that we’re firmly in the digital age, printing photos has been relegated to an optional step in the photographic process, one that many photographers rarely (if ever) take advantage of. This great video talks about why one photographer feels printing photos is so important (even in this age) and how he goes about it.

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Is This the Best Used Camera Your Money Can Buy?

Is This the Best Used Camera Your Money Can Buy?

With rapidly developing technology and new releases happening often, you can find a lot of good deals on used cameras. Today I’ll introduce you to one that might just be the best your money can buy.

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How Often Do SD Cards Really Fail?

How Often Do SD Cards Really Fail?

There’s been enough dissections on how Canon and Nikon shot themselves in their respective feet by releasing mirrorless systems with only single card slots. Trust Tony and Chelsea Northrup, though, to spice things up a bit with some scientific analysis.

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