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We've all heard the expression "a picture is worth a thousand words". And photos really are a special way to help tell the story of our lives - who we are and what's important to us.

And, of course, some images speak to us more strongly than others. More often than not we love a photo not so much because it shows us how we look but because it captures a very human element that is hard to express in words – an authentic connection with those we love or with ourselves and how we show up or want to be seen in the world.

Whether you're looking to capture someone's attention with a professional headshot or want to commemorate the beautiful connection with your partner or family, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Columbia, SC. I truly find joy and fulfillment in the work I do. I love the adventure of photography and I continually immerse myself in learning and exploring how to improve my craft which includes learning new ways to connect with and capture my subjects. I truly understand that, for many people (if not most), even the idea of having your picture taken can cause a good bit of discomfort and anxiety. That's why I place so much importance on putting my subjects at ease while also really listening to any concerns or wants they have for their session.

I draw upon my technical knowledge of photography, my ability to connect with people, and my creativity to produce beautifully memorable photos for my clients. I believe that my unique creative vision and many years of experience combined with the way I strive to give my clients the most enjoyable experience possible sets me apart from some of the other great photographers in Columbia.

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Now that you know a little about my background, let's take a look at some of
my most popular photography services in Columbia: My mission is to beautifully capture the joy and connection of each unique family while also creating a fun experience for my clients.

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The importance of family is hard to overstate. From children to grandparents to nieces and nephews, families and the family dynamic can grow and change before you know it, with many beautiful milestones taking place along the way.

I think that one of the best ways to remember some of these important moments of togetherness is with a fun family photo session.

I absolutely love photographing families and, while no two families are the same, I always strive to give each session my all in order to best connect with and capture the uniqueness of each family. Even though each session is somewhat different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the distinct personality, affection, and energy of each family in order to provide authentic, engaging pictures and a joyful experience.

Whether you have a toddler that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Columbia is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:

  • Beaches - Folly Beach, Sullivan's Island, Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places - Washington Square, Broad Street, Hampton Park, Waterfront Park, Shem Creek, The Cistern at College of Columbia
  • Historical Sites - Columbia Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Columbia, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Columbia, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much (in addition to getting to meet some really awesome people) is the opportunity to combine my creativity with my ever-evolving technical skill. I also gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for - be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a clear yet relaxed style of direction to get you and your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that really show the unique dynamic and relationships of each family.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

Change, of course, is part of life and with each passing year families, too, change and often grow. Each stage is beautiful in its own way and having annual family photographs is a fun way to document the different seasons of family life. Be it a new baby, a birthday or anniversary or simply wanting to capture your kids at each special age, I'd be honored to be chosen to help tell the story of your family over the years.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are reached. From a child's first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember these wonderful occasions than with quality photographs. Whether you're welcoming a new puppy into your life, are celebrating an anniversary or finally have gathered your extended family together in one place, capturing these special times in your life is a great way to ensure you'll be able to enjoy and relive these moments years from now.

Create Memories

Many families tell me before their sessions that it's not often that they are all able to be together and they emphasize how special and important this session is. Or, perhaps, a mom or dad will talk about how fleetingly special a certain age of their child is and how they really want to capture their children's personalities. Even if you capture lots of great moments of your family throughout the year it's likely not very often that all of you are in the pictures at once (other than maybe having a stranger tell you to "say cheese" after you hand them your phone. Having a time that's dedicated to capturing the special bonds between family members - parents and their children, grandparents and their grandchildren, siblings and maybe extended family as well - is so important. We all know just how special these people and moments are and how we tend to treasure these memories more with each passing year.

Portraits And Headshots In Columbia, SC

A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.

Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

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Show Your Personality

Not all headshots should be approached the same way. Depending on your industry or how you'll be using the photos, there are certain things to consider. A great headshot reflects not just how you look but also how you show up in the world. It can help give people an idea of the kind of person you are before you sit down to meet them. Oftentimes, too, people may want a variety of "looks" to suit different needs and uses. My goal is to listen to your expectations and then deliver results that will serve you will in your professional and/or personal life.

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Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are typically much more likely to interview you or to contact you or your business if you look professional. If you've taken the time to invest in your brand, in part by making the effort to arrange a professional headshot, people notice that. And who doesn't want to make a great first (or second or third) impression?

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Stand Out on Social Media

Many of my clients make appointments for headshots and portraits when they want to stand out from the crowd on social media. Whether you own a business and need to create new social media pages or you're looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn or, perhaps, update your website, a professional headshot can definitely set you apart in the modern sea of selfies and snapshots that you often see out there.

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Show Off Your Current Look

None of us look the same as we did 10 or 15 years ago yet some of us keep the same photo up for decades. Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up-to-date, professional headshots, you're showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

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Qualities Of A Great Photographer In Columbia, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

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Imagination

I wholeheartedly consider photography to be an artform - one that requires lots of curiosity and imagination along with a good bit of technique. A great photographer knows how to get beautiful results no matter what the conditions or circumstances are and this only comes with experience and preparation.

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Passion

This quality might seem obvious but I can't tell you how many times I've seen photography that may be technically good but is missing something. My passion for photography largely comes from my passion for connecting with people in a way that helps them feel comfortable letting their guard down so they can enjoy the process. And this almost always leads to exceptional, authentic images.

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Patience

Patience can also be essential for great photos. As in life, there are many things that we just can't control. Sometimes the best photos come from patiently going with the flow and not trying to force something to happen. I find that when I'm patient yet prepared - ready to capture the right moment or expression when the time is right - that's often the best approach. As a professional with many years of experience, I understand the importance of having the patience to deal with whatever comes my way as well as the flexibility and preparedness to make the most out of any situation.

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People Skills

If ever there was a business where people skills were important I think portrait photography is definitely one of them. Knowing how uncomfortable many people can be when getting their pictures taken, I put every effort into helping ensure the best possible experience for my clients and communication is such a big part of that. I love interacting with my clients to build trust and rapport as well as a deep understanding of your expectations including any concerns you may have. As I've said, for me my job is not just about delivering beautiful images but also a wonderful client experience. That's why I focus so much on each and every interaction with my clients. Yes, people skills are a must in this business. Luckily for me, it's one of my favorite parts of the job!

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Columbia, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Through my many years of photographing many different types of subjects under many different circumstances I've come to learn just how important details are. Whether it's finding or creating the best quality of light for my clients, eliciting a great expression or
adjusting the background or, perhaps, a piece of clothing, all of these things impact the overall look and feel of a photo. Whether I'm photographing a family, a business professional or a couple in love I always look for all the ways I can create the best image possible.

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"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Columbia or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

Latest News in Columbia, SC

DHEC urges residents to wear masks, get vaccinated - particularly in these counties

Those at higher risk of contracting COVID or who are regularly around immunocompromised people are urged to wear masks in areas with medium COVID levels.COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's top help agency is urging the community to wear masks and get vaccinated as case counts rise in parts of the state.The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said that South Carolina's community increase in COVID cases follows a trend that is being seen acros...

Those at higher risk of contracting COVID or who are regularly around immunocompromised people are urged to wear masks in areas with medium COVID levels.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's top help agency is urging the community to wear masks and get vaccinated as case counts rise in parts of the state.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said that South Carolina's community increase in COVID cases follows a trend that is being seen across the nation.

DHEC Director Dr. Edward Simmer said that it's important to monitor community spread to stay virus-free.

“We are seeing more medium and high transmission across South Carolina," he said. "So, we strongly encourage our residents to follow all recommendations, including masking, staying home when sick, and being vaccinated, including boosters when eligible, that will help bring these numbers back down.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a map that shows which South Carolina counties are currently seeing a spike in community cases.

At this moment, those include several in the Midlands including Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Sumter. Several more are also located on the coast and northeastern border with North Carolina.

Those at higher risk of contracting COVID or who are regularly around immunocompromised people are urged to wear masks in areas with medium COVID levels.

People in counties in with high levels of COVID are urged to wear masks whenever in indoor settings, including schools and workplaces. Both Dillon and Marlboro counties are in this range now.

For the communities that remain at low levels can avoid wearing masks in most settings unless cases increase.

"We’re asking everyone to use good judgment and take the necessary precautions to stay well themselves and to protect their family and friends," Simmer said. "COVID-19 is still a deadly virus that is claiming lives every week, and we all play a role in keeping ourselves and our fellow South Carolinians safe.”

To follow additional COVID trends such as hospitalizations, deaths, vaccinations, and tests, visit DHEC's COVID Data Page.

South Carolina reports record breaking month in Great Resignation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) said workers are leaving their old jobs behind in record numbers.SCDEW’s report released on June 9, 2022 said an estimated 90,000 South Carolinians quit their jobs in March of this year, breaking previous records. SCDEW said the statistics were pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for preliminary seasonal adjusted data.RELATED COVERAGES.C. Department of Employment and Workforce LMI Director Dr. Bryan Grad...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) -The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) said workers are leaving their old jobs behind in record numbers.

SCDEW’s report released on June 9, 2022 said an estimated 90,000 South Carolinians quit their jobs in March of this year, breaking previous records. SCDEW said the statistics were pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for preliminary seasonal adjusted data.

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S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce LMI Director Dr. Bryan Grady said of the workers, “...122,000 were hired that same month. The presence of 189,000 job openings, representing a 37 percent increase from one year prior, no doubt contributed to this churn.”

Amid the Great Resignation, SCDEW says many employees are leaving behind their lower paying jobs for new opportunities. Overall, the department says wage gains have been seen across most industries.

Leisure and hospitality have had the largest growth since 2020 at 29.1%. Weekly earnings for education and health services were reported to have risen 22.9%. Construction rose 17%.

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce Executive Director Dan Ellzey said that wages had increased in all 10 metropolitan statistical areas in the state. Ellzey also said,

“Weekly earnings have increased most dramatically in the Grand Strand area that includes Myrtle Beach, Conway, and North Myrtle Beach, with that region seeing a 20.6 percent increase over the two previous years. The Sumter, Spartanburg, and Charleston-North Charleston MSAs have also experienced double-digit wage gains.”

This growth has led to a competitive job market explained Ellzey.

Thursday’s report also said the average private sector worker in April made $950.37 per week in the preliminary data. SCDEW says this is a 9.2% increase compared to April of 2020.

Despite these increases, consumer confidence is still shaken. At the end of May the consumer confidence index dipped, an indicator that perceptions about the job market and the economy have dimmed.

This comes as the U.S. is experiencing a 40 year high on inflation, leaving concerns if earnings are keeping pace. Other indicators of potential economic issues are rising rent rates nationwide and shrinkflation.

In May, South Carolina reported unemployment in the state had fallen to 3.3%.

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Schattdecor expanding operations in Lexington County

COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Schattdecor, an international, family-owned decor printing company, today announced plans to expand operations in Lexington County. The company’s $21 million investment will create 23 new jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Germany, Schattdecor produces printed, impregnated and finished surfaces. Since 1985, the company has provided customers with unique surfaces for flooring, furniture, countertops, doors and interior design. With a focus on sustainability, Schattdecor works to ensure minimal emissions by using state-of-the-art production facilities, energy-optimized processes and by continuously investing in environmentally friendly, future-oriented technologies.

Located at 138 Zenker Road in Lexington, Schattdecor’s expansion will include the addition of a new production line and mixing plant to accommodate more capacity due to increased demand.

The expansion is expected to be completed by October 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Schattdecor team should visit the company’s careers page.

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“Schattdecor is proud to announce the expansion at our Lexington facility as we grow to meet global demand. The positive manufacturing environment in South Carolina motivated Schattdecor to focus our development efforts in North America toward Lexington. We are excited to be part of this community and look forward to a long future of further investment and cooperation.” -Schattdecor President Flavio Nunes

“Today’s announcement is a big win for Lexington County and all of South Carolina. Schattdecor’s expansion proves that South Carolina is a place for international businesses to find continued success. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to grow.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“When an international company like Schattdecor expands in our state, it is yet another testament that South Carolina has the business-friendly environment and talented workforce where companies can succeed. Congratulations to Schattdecor on their $21 million investment that will create 23 new jobs in Lexington County.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“This internationally known company is recognized for creating high-quality products and providing reliable service to its customers, and we are excited to see that continue as they expand their operations in Lexington County. The growth of Schattdecor adds to our list of the many successful manufacturing industries which are creating more jobs for our residents and helping Lexington County see continued prosperity in the future.” -Lexington County Council Chairman Scott Whetstone

“Congratulations to Schattdecor on today’s expansion announcement. A younger company of the Lexington community, it’s exciting to see that its successes have yielded growth opportunities for its local operations and opportunities for skilled workers.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam

Distiller in Lexington finds success in international competition

One local distillery is receiving international recognition despite a rough few years in the industry. Breweries have also seen an uptick in business.COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Craig Amick and his wife started Hollow Creak Distillery 10 years ago, they never expected to hit the level of notoriety that they did this week."We weren’t expecting very much out of these. And then we end up with a pretty good rack of medals."Ho...

One local distillery is receiving international recognition despite a rough few years in the industry. Breweries have also seen an uptick in business.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — When Craig Amick and his wife started Hollow Creak Distillery 10 years ago, they never expected to hit the level of notoriety that they did this week.

"We weren’t expecting very much out of these. And then we end up with a pretty good rack of medals."

Hollow Creek was just named the South Carolina Distillery of the Year and took home a Double Gold winner with their William Alan Bourbon from the New York International Spirits Competition. Prior to this distinction, they were given even more awards at the via the Los Angeles international and the San Francisco international spirit competitions.

"Honestly, we were absolutely floored"

Amick says this was even more impressive of a feet because breweries in the Columbia and Lexington County area don't normally receive awards and recognition like Hollow Creek has.

"It is very rare, there isn’t a lot of distilleries around us."

According to Venetia Sharpe, a co-owner of Southern Essence Distilling, when she started brewing in 2018 there were 9 distillers in the Columbia region. That number has severely dropped since.

"The fact of the matter is, there were nine and now there’s three"

Her and her husband, John, work together to create a long list of spirits and high proof drinks. They work with local growers to make new flavors and "just have some fun."

At the start of the pandemic, the Sharpes began developing hand sanitizers for hospitals, first responders, and anyone else who asked. Since then, they've gone back to creating spirits but found hurdles in process.

"You depend a lot on word of mouth, when you don’t have a wholesaler so people have to get to you and find you."

A combination of regulations, location concerns, and other outside factors have made it difficult for Southern Essence to keep its doors open.

Despite the decrease in distilleries, one area that has found success is breweries. Roger Loughney, a manager at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery, says a growing interest from younger customers is giving a boost to brewers around the country, especially here in Columbia.

"I think that people like the idea that it’s a local person, you can meet the person that makes the beer."

Gov. Henry McMaster, Lt. Gov. Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster’s Weekly Schedule, June 6, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of June 6 will include the following:Monday, June 6 at 12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will attend the Health Supply US announcement, The Westin Poinsett, Gold Ballroom, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.Monday, June 6 at 2:30 PM: Gov. McMaster will hold a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3105, S.C. Religious Freedom Act, First Baptist North Spartanburg, 8740 Asheville Highway,...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, Lieutenant Governor Pamela S. Evette, and First Lady Peggy McMaster's schedules for the week of June 6 will include the following:

Monday, June 6 at 12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster will attend the Health Supply US announcement, The Westin Poinsett, Gold Ballroom, 120 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

Monday, June 6 at 2:30 PM: Gov. McMaster will hold a ceremonial bill signing for H. 3105, S.C. Religious Freedom Act, First Baptist North Spartanburg, 8740 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, S.C.

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:00 AM: Lt. Gov. Evette will participate in GEA Beach Cleanup, Beachside of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel, 1110 N. Ocean Boulevard, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Thursday, June 10 at 3:15 PM: Gov. McMaster will attend an office tour at BDV Solutions, 631 South Main Street, Greenville, S.C.

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Gov. Henry McMaster’s Weekly Schedule: May 31, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Gov. Henry McMaster’s schedule for the week of May 31, 2022, included:

Tuesday, May 31

Gov. McMaster was in the Office of the Governor for office hours, State House, first floor, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. McMaster oversaw a State Fiscal Accountability Authority Meeting, Room 252, Edgar Brown Building, Columbia, S.C.

1:15 PM: Economic development meeting.

2:00 PM: Gov. McMaster participated in the 2022 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science, State House, first floor, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, June 1

Gov. McMaster was in the Office of the Governor for office hours, State House, first floor, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

10:00 AM: Gov. McMaster participated in a press conference with S.C. Center for Fathers and Families to proclaim “Fathers Matter Month” and present the Order of the Palmetto to Pat Littlejohn, State House, North Steps, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster spoke to the Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center’s Business Over Lunch, Doubletree by Hilton, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C.

1:45 PM: Constituent meeting.

2:15 PM: Constituent meeting.

2:45 PM: Economic development meeting.

4:03 PM: Agency call.

Thursday, June 2

Gov. McMaster was in the Office of the Governor for office hours, State House, first floor, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C.

11:45 AM: Gov. McMaster spoke at a law enforcement appreciation luncheon with U.S. Senator Tim Scott, Riverland Hills Baptist, 201 Lake Murray Boulevard, Irmo, S.C.

1:38 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:40 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:41 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:42 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:43 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:46 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:50 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:55 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:56 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

1:58 PM: Call with a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

2:00 PM: Policy meeting.

5:30 PM: Gov. McMaster, First Lady Peggy McMaster, and Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers held an Agriculture Appreciation reception, Governor’s Mansion, 800 Richland Street, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, June 3

10:30 AM: Gov. McMaster met with state and local emergency management officials, Horry County Emergency Operations Center, M.L. Brown Public Safety Center, 2560 Main Street, Conway, S.C.

12:00 PM: Gov. McMaster met with state and local emergency management officials, Charleston County Emergency Operations Center, 8500 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, North Charleston, S.C.

??2:30 PM: Gov. McMaster met with state and local emergency management officials, Beaufort County Emergency Operations Center, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, 2001 Duke Street, Beaufort, S.C.

4:15 PM: Gov. McMaster visited and toured Parris Island with Commanding General, Brigadier General Julie L. Nethercot.

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