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.
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:
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:
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 youâll be proud to showcase and share with others.
A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:
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:
"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
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!
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s economic leader said the state faces increasingly tight competition among its neighbors to persuade companies to move here.But he added hundreds of businesses are considering calling the Palmetto State home in the future.So far this year, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said the state has won 93 projects of companies relocating or expanding, which he said will bring around 5,000 jobs, around half of them in rural areas.“We actually have over 500 acti...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina’s economic leader said the state faces increasingly tight competition among its neighbors to persuade companies to move here.
But he added hundreds of businesses are considering calling the Palmetto State home in the future.
So far this year, South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Harry Lightsey said the state has won 93 projects of companies relocating or expanding, which he said will bring around 5,000 jobs, around half of them in rural areas.
“We actually have over 500 active projects of companies that are looking to locate somewhere in South Carolina,” he said.
Lightsey told members of the Midlands business community at a Lexington Chamber & Visitors Center “Business Over Lunch” event Monday that his department is focusing right now on how it can keep that success going into the future.
He said that includes evaluating which parts of the state could be especially attractive to growing companies and restructuring the incentives the state offers to persuade them to move to South Carolina.
“We’re going to look really hard at our incentive structure and see what we can do to support businesses — may be businesses that are just getting started or can’t make huge amounts of capital investment or create thousands of jobs but can be meaningful to the state going forward,” Lightsey said.
While manufacturing has been a key component of South Carolina’s economy over the last several decades and continues to be, Lightsey said industries like health and life sciences are where they believe the state is poised for more growth, pointing to the success of companies like West Columbia-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals.
“South Carolina has great assets in that area, and I think we can be very successful,” he said. “Just over the last few years, the fastest-growing sector in the South Carolina economy, and so we’ve had success and we intend to build on that.”
Looking to the future, Lightsey said he wants to continue developing project sites by installing infrastructure including utilities, saying when companies are thinking about relocating to South Carolina, one of the main factors under their consideration is how quickly they can get operations up and running.
The commerce secretary said he would also like to see the state and its businesses focus more on keeping graduates of South Carolina’s colleges and universities in South Carolina after they graduate.
“They don’t have to leave this state in order to work in the technology sector or to do exciting genetic research or to do work at the cutting edge of the aerospace industry or the automobile industry,” he said. “All of those types of jobs are available right here in South Carolina.”
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Columbia Animal Services is continuing free pet adoptions.
The adoption period for September is running from Sept. 16 - Sept. 21.
Adoptions are taking place at Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia SC, 29209.
“We are looking forward to participating in this year’s annual Clear the Shelters event. Clear the Shelters is a great opportunity for shelter pets to find homes and it also helps ease capacity issues in local shelters. All adoptions will be free for the duration of the event, September 16 – September 21, making this the perfect opportunity to adopt,” said Victoria Riles Columbia Animal Services Superintendent.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A study of the football human condition took place Saturday in the giant football lab of Williams-Brice Stadium, revealing how some people go ahead and exit home stadiums when it’s 24-0 at halftime, while others choose 31-0 at 13:21 of the third quarter, while still others reckon it’s enough at 38-0 six minutes later, while still others wait for an interception at 38-0, while still others wait for 45-0. That last group may or may not include the guy 20 rows up behind the end zone who remained lonely and sup...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A study of the football human condition took place Saturday in the giant football lab of Williams-Brice Stadium, revealing how some people go ahead and exit home stadiums when it’s 24-0 at halftime, while others choose 31-0 at 13:21 of the third quarter, while still others reckon it’s enough at 38-0 six minutes later, while still others wait for an interception at 38-0, while still others wait for 45-0. That last group may or may not include the guy 20 rows up behind the end zone who remained lonely and supine on the metal bleacher, his knees bent upward and a small towel mercifully covering his face in the heat.
Were they connoisseurs, they would have stayed to witness some of the smartest, most beautiful college football played anyplace in any year: that of the moment of No. 1 Georgia, whose apparent 48-0 win became officially 48-7 with 53 seconds left on a South Carolina touchdown the conference should overrule on review — not because it wasn’t legit but because it didn’t fit.
Eight months after the proud program got its first national title in 41 years, and five months after it sent a 15-man drove toward the NFL on draft weekend, the Bulldogs stand 3-0 and look really, really, really-really-really good. They’ve outscored Oregon, Samford and South Carolina 130-10. In an alleged road SEC game, the customary rooster call from the Gamecocks’ stadium public address on third down began to sound like a cry for help on the verge of strangulation.
Roger Goodell called names of five Georgia defenders in the first round in April, and Coach Kirby Smart frets a bit about the green defensive line that needs time and practice reps, and Smart guarantees there won’t be 15 draftees this time, but the defense still reserves the right to keep your offense from running free or to chase you down and foil your giddiness if you do.
And the offense. Gracious. Smart called it “explosive,” a word not overused in his seven-season tenure. They’ve got the ball going all over the lot and they’ve got coordinator Todd Monken calling reverses and flea flickers, which must delight fans who want every other play to be a reverse or a flea flicker.
They’ve got a sophomore tight end from Napa who not only got to grow up in Napa but also runs around looking not completely unlike Hercules. Said this Brock Bowers, “It’s always hard matching up with some tight ends,” as tight ends can be both “big” (6-foot-4, 230 pounds, like Bowers) and “fast” (4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, like Bowers). Said wide receiver Ladd McConkey, “Just whenever he gets the ball in his hands, people are bouncing off of him.”
Said Smart: “I don’t even know his numbers. I know he looked fast running down that field” — not to mention “the amount of attention that he draws.”
Here were those numbers: one rush for five yards and a touchdown on a reverse; five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns, one in a wrestling-match catch in the corner of the end zone, one on a 78-yard score on a short toss to an empty middle. For that one, Georgia’s selfless attention to detail shone in Darnell Washington’s downfield block, which Smart extolled and said, “Holes are created through displacement, not just blocking.”
They’ve got a national champion starting quarterback, Stetson Bennett, once so-so like all of us yet getting better and better and better. He’s flipping a pass over a guessing defender to McConkey to roam in a space as wide as the beach at Kiawah Island for a 28-yard gain on the opening march. He’s dodging two defenders and running for chunks. He’s vomiting from over-hydration while continuing a drive, even insisting upon holding for the extra point, a full-time job for Georgia these days. Said Smart, “It’s hard to defend a quarterback that can check things, make throws, has weapons, and then he can run on top of it.”
Then they’re all going around talking about practice — practice this and practice that. “Every single week, that’s our goal: to make practice harder than the game,” said defensive back Kelee Ringo, eternally famous for the 79-yard interception return that clinched the championship in January. He pegged Georgia’s wildly detailed practices as where they’re “put in every situation” and “always get somebody’s best,” where the somebodys are mighty. He spoke of the evident horror of feeling “complacent,” and Smart spoke of “the standard created last year and the legacy,” which “lingers around our building — not the championship but the way they practiced.”
So the home fans fled early, a scene Ringo said would count among Georgia’s goals because of what it meant, rather like Smart saying, “I thought we challenged our guys to come on the road in the SEC and play really physical, attack from the get-go, and not be treading water.” He called the trip a chance to flex Georgia’s composure muscle, such as after the successful fake punt South Carolina Coach Shane Beamer ordered in the first quarter, something you might even call “Beamerball.”
“Gave up a fake punt,” Smart said, “[and] nobody panics; everybody’s happy they get to go out and play some more.” Soon came a fourth and nine when an open Jalen Brooks caught a short pass and Ringo chased him down from behind.
Then the halftime exit came in thin but steady streams of Gamecocks garnet, out through the nearby parking lot past the tailgate porta-potties and over toward the RVs, out through the crosswalks and down the street near the BP and the sprawling building marked “Budweiser of Columbia,” out the other way toward Bojangles and Waffle House — out, out, out. The home majority of the 78,212 proved more football fans than football aesthetes, and by the third quarter, the six sections of bleachers behind the end zone, filled at the outset, had rough fan counts of 16, 40, 76, about 96, 46 and 17, while the sections around the bend from there boasted three, 17, 17, 24 and 51.
School districts around the state continue to search for ways to boost student performance after the pandemic led to learning loss in key areas like reading and mathCOLUMBIA, S.C. — The road to recovery will be no easy task for South Carolina schools hoping to improve student achievement in key areas like reading and math....
School districts around the state continue to search for ways to boost student performance after the pandemic led to learning loss in key areas like reading and math
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The road to recovery will be no easy task for South Carolina schools hoping to improve student achievement in key areas like reading and math.
Recently-released data from the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) shows scores from last school year where more than 50 percent of third through eighth graders did not meet state standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and more than 60 percent didn't meet state standards in math.
While standardized testing data shows some promise after pandemic losses with ELA scores improving five percent and math improving about two percent, a News19 investigation found students have been underperforming year-after-year as far back 2016.
Dr. Jabari Bodrick, a 15-year educator, runs a reading program through the United Way of the Midlands helping kindergarten through third graders improve scores.
"We're currently in 17 schools throughout eight school districts here in the Midlands," Dr. Bodrick said. "Our program is designed to help get students reading at grade level."
They do this by reading with students facing challenges consistently -- a strategy that has seen some success.
Other efforts are taking place at the state and district level, including tutoring and support programs.
"Our schools and school districts are filled with teachers who love to teach and children who love to learn, but there are societal factors that impact a child's ability to learn and ability to focus," Dr. Bodrick said.
At a board meeting last week, Lexington-Richland School District 5 said it joins other districts around the state nearing pre-pandemic levels of student performance, but is still working to strengthen results.
One speaker provided examples of a math support program the district is using.
"So, it takes a fourth grade skill and scaffolds it down, to help the teacher be able to pull directly from that to teach a lesson to help a child that's below grade level," the speaker said.
Meanwhile, in Richland School District 2, Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said at a board meeting last week that they too are nearing pre-pandemic success through targeted intervention.
"The pandemic interrupted the progress, but it did not completely derail the strategies and structures we have in place," Dr. Davis said.
The SCDE says its working to provide additional resources and training to districts to help with learning loss in a statewide effort to improve scores.
Those interested in volunteering as a reader with the United Way can learn more information at UWay.org.
COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — A viral tweet from a conservative research group claims patients as young as four years old in South Carolina have received gender affirming care, like hormone therapy, through a hospital’s pediatric endocrinology clinic.Over the weekend, the American Accountability Foundation tweeted an excerpt from a research report on the number of transgender youth who had visite...
COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — A viral tweet from a conservative research group claims patients as young as four years old in South Carolina have received gender affirming care, like hormone therapy, through a hospital’s pediatric endocrinology clinic.
Over the weekend, the American Accountability Foundation tweeted an excerpt from a research report on the number of transgender youth who had visited the Medical University of South Carolina’s Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. The report states the age range of patients that had visited the clinic for first visits was between the ages of 4 to 18.
According to the report, 38% of patients didn’t receive endocrine medications. The rest of the patients received either puberty blockers or hormone affirming therapy.
The authors of the report wrote about the benefits of offering gender affirming care and said, “In the future, hopefully more patients and at younger ages will be referred to affirming providers so that medical options such as pubertal suppression and mental health support can be discussed with patients and families.”
Members of the conservative South Carolina Freedom Caucus said they were shocked by this. Representative Adam Morgan (R-Greenville) said, “I just cannot wrap my mind around four, five, and six-years-old, I mean somebody even discussing this stuff with them.”
Rep. Morgan said during an interview Monday afternoon they would be looking into this, “Let’s let kids be kids. Who are the adults in their lives pushing this woke, perverted discussions?”
Monday morning, hospital officials said the claims that youth as young as four-years-old received hormone therapy are false. They said, “This is not appropriate medical practice in pediatric endocrinology. Children presenting with gender dysphoria and children with related psychological and behavioral issues do not receive hormone therapies before puberty.”
Rep. Morgan said, “How can they say these four, five, six year old’s aren’t receiving these treatments? We’ll find out.”
According to a MUSC spokesperson, the abstract in the original tweet was presented in 2021 and “does not reflect an official statement from MUSC leadership or about the current state of services the MUSC Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic provides to patients.”
Earlier this year, state lawmakers included a budget proviso that prohibited MUSC from using state money to fund or support the gender transition of a minor under 16. MUSC said they have taken steps to operate in compliance with this proviso.
LGBTQ advocates in South Carolina say gender affirming care is essential for transgender youth and have spoken out against the budget proviso.
A teenage girl is being held at an area jail after she pulled out a knife during a fight with other students on the campus of a high school in Columbia on Monday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.The incident happened at Richland Northeast High School, the sheriff’s department said in a news release. The ...
A teenage girl is being held at an area jail after she pulled out a knife during a fight with other students on the campus of a high school in Columbia on Monday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said.
The 14-year-old student is facing multiple charges after she was involved in a fight with two other students and pulled out the knife, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
Administrators and the school resource officer intervened quickly and the other students were not hurt, according to the release.
The 14-year-old, whose name is not being released because of her age, was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature due to presenting the knife during the fight, as well as carrying a weapon on school property, the sheriff’s department said.
The teen was booked into the juvenile wing of Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
“Students should never bring weapons onto school grounds and they face serious consequences when they do,” Richland Northeast High Principal Mark Sims said earlier this year. “In accordance with state and federal law, (Richland 2) states that a student who brings a weapon to school faces expulsion of no less than one year.”
There was no word if the high school was placed on any kind of lockdown during the incident, but it was one of the Richland 2 schools that was under a lockout for a separate incident.
As the sheriff’s department searched for two people wanted following a chase, all Richland 2 schools were placed on lockout as a precaution, district officials said Monday. There was no direct threat to any of the schools and the people were ultimately arrested after a brief standoff, the sheriff’s department said.
This is not the first time a student has brought a weapon onto the Richland Northeast High campus.
In May, a 15-year-old student was arrested after he was found with a loaded gun, the sheriff’s department said.
In February, a different 15-year-old student was arrested on multiple charges after he was found with an unloaded gun on school grounds, the sheriff’s department said.