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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 Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island.

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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 Daniel Island: 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, Daniel Island 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 Daniel Island
  • Historical Sites - Daniel Island Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

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

As a family photographer in Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island, 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 Daniel Island or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!  

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Meeting Notes - August 11, 2022

These are the issues coming before various City of Charleston boards and committees and the application results specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area.City of Charleston Technical Review CommitteeAug. 18: A site plan for Governor’s Cay – The Point Amenity (third review) at 808 Kings Oak Court in Cainhoy for a 8.06 acre space for a pool, pavilion and bathrooms to serve existing townhome community.Aug. 18: Road construction plans for Seven Farms Drive and Haswell Street (first review) on Daniel Island f...

These are the issues coming before various City of Charleston boards and committees and the application results specific to Daniel Island and the Cainhoy area.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee

Aug. 18: A site plan for Governor’s Cay – The Point Amenity (third review) at 808 Kings Oak Court in Cainhoy for a 8.06 acre space for a pool, pavilion and bathrooms to serve existing townhome community.

Aug. 18: Road construction plans for Seven Farms Drive and Haswell Street (first review) on Daniel Island for a 7.88 acre road construction plan for 20-lot single-family residential development.

Aug. 18: Road construction plans for Ship Builder Street (third review) on Daniel Island for a 40.90 acre major subdivision to include a 31-lot single-family residential development.

Aug. 18: A site plan for an early site package on Cainhoy with multiple addresses (pre-app) to include 11.3 acres of tree removal, clearing of vegetation and rough grading.

Aug. 18: A site plan for Woodfield Point Hope 4 on Clements Ferry Road at Beach Hill Drive (pre-app) in Cainhoy for 21.9 acres of new development consisting of 384 multifamily units and a 25,000-square-foot retail building.

Aug. 18: A site plan at 2815 Clements Ferry Road (first review) in Cainhoy for a 7.28 acre multifamily development with 260 residential units.

Aug. 18: A site plan at 1888 Clements Ferry Road (pre-app) in Cainhoy for a 2.41 acre commercial warehouse with associated infrastructure.

Aug. 16: A request for special exception to use the site for outdoor laydown yard equipment storage on Jack Primus Road for proposed Dominion Electric operations.

Aug. 16: A request for special exception to allow for a mini-warehouse self-storage facility on Clements Ferry Road.

Berkeley Co. Bd. of Education meets twice each month. Executive Committee meets at 5:30 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Berkeley Co. Council meets 4th Mon. of each month, 6 p.m., Berkeley County Admin. Blg., 1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner.

City of Charleston Council typically meets the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month, 5 p.m., City Hall, 80 Broad Street, Charleston, SC and/or virtually via Conference Call #1-929-205-6099; Access Code: 912 096 416. Exceptions: Summer Schedule - 3rd Tues. of June, July, and August; December meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tues. Dates and locations subject to change.

City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meets every Thurs. at 9 a.m. via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Site Design meets the 1st Wed. of each month at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals – Zoning meets the 1st and 3rd Tues. of each month at 5:15 p.m., except for January and July when no meeting is held on the 1st Tues.

City of Charleston Design Review Board meets the 1st and 3rd Mon. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Planning Commission meets the 3rd Wed. of every month at 5 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Large projects meets the 2nd and 4th Wed. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review – Small projects meets the 2nd and 4th Thurs. of every month at 4:30 p.m.

All meetings are open for public comment except the City of Charleston Technical Review Committee meetings.

For more information, contacts for specific projects and on location and time of the meetings or to learn more, visit charleston-sc.gov/AgendaCenter/.

Mt. Pleasant interchange improvements may benefit DI commuters

The commute time to and from Daniel Island is solely impacted by the traffic buildup along I-526. The major thoroughfare may become less congested in the years to come pending the improvements of the Long Point Road interchange near the Wando Terminal in Mount Pleasant.On Aug. 2, South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel held a public information meeting at the R.L. Jones Center in Mount Pleasant to discuss a component of the Lowcountry Corridor East project. Although the unfunded $2-$4 billion, four-lane widening on I-526...

The commute time to and from Daniel Island is solely impacted by the traffic buildup along I-526. The major thoroughfare may become less congested in the years to come pending the improvements of the Long Point Road interchange near the Wando Terminal in Mount Pleasant.

On Aug. 2, South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel held a public information meeting at the R.L. Jones Center in Mount Pleasant to discuss a component of the Lowcountry Corridor East project. Although the unfunded $2-$4 billion, four-lane widening on I-526 isn’t slated to take place for another 10 years from now, the $165 million construction on the Long Point Road interchange is funded and is expected to begin by the spring or summer of 2024.

SCDOT deems the current Long Point Road and I-526 interchange configuration is deficient because it does not have the capacity to accommodate the forecasted 2050 traffic as outlined in the Planning and Environmental Linkages Study that was updated in July. The following modifications are recommended to accommodate future traffic demand:

• An additional lane along the I-526 westbound on-ramp from Long Point Road.

• An additional lane along the I-526 eastbound off-ramp to Long Point Road.

• An additional left-turn lane along the I-526 eastbound off-ramp approach of the intersection of Long Point Road and I-526 eastbound off-ramp.

• An additional northeast through-lane along Long Point Road beginning as a receiving lane for the left turns from the I-526 eastbound off-ramp and continuing towards the intersection with the I-526 westbound on-ramp.

Two of the four proposed alternatives include new ramps from the Wando Terminal that would connect to the truck climbing lanes on the Wando River Bridge. This bypass is expected to greatly improve the commuter flow of traffic all the way from Long Point Road to Daniel Island.

“If we were able to do that it will provide some significant congestion relief in that immediate area and probably would be a benefit to Daniel Island,” said I-526 Lowcountry Corridor Project Director Joy Riley.

Riley noted that the only other changes impacting the Wando River Bridge would be restriping to connect to the truck climbing lines. SCDOT did perform a safety analysis several years ago for the existing truck climbing lanes on the Don Holt and Wando Bridges and concluded that it was safer to leave the existing truck climbing lanes in operation rather than closing them to decrease the number of accidents. The average daily traffic from Daniel Island to Long Point Road was approximately 78,000 motorists in 2017, according to SCDOT. If there was no build out or mitigation by 2050, a projected 131,000 motorists would frequent the same stretch of road daily – a 69% growth rate.

SCDOT will present their preferred solution at a public hearing before the end of this year in order to get environmental approval in early 2023. The project’s NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) compliance is estimated to take up to 12 months and the design and construction is estimated to take up to 32 months.

SCDOT is accepting online public comments at 526CCLongPoint.com until Sept. 1. To view the latest I-526 Lowcountry Corridor East PEL Study, visit 526lowcountrycorridor.com/east/pel/.

Helmet shortages hit before football season kicks off

The good news, if you are Bishop England High School football coach John Cantey, is that interest in the Battling Bishops football program is almost at the breaking point.The coach is in charge of the varsity and junior varsity programs and there are more than 100 players ready to do battle for BE. The junior varsity team boasts some ultra-impressive numbers with 60 players on the roster.“It’s great to see so many players come out,” said Cantey, whose team opens the season Aug. 26 against rival Porter-Gaud. &l...

The good news, if you are Bishop England High School football coach John Cantey, is that interest in the Battling Bishops football program is almost at the breaking point.

The coach is in charge of the varsity and junior varsity programs and there are more than 100 players ready to do battle for BE. The junior varsity team boasts some ultra-impressive numbers with 60 players on the roster.

“It’s great to see so many players come out,” said Cantey, whose team opens the season Aug. 26 against rival Porter-Gaud. “Interest in the program is very, very high, and that’s great to see. The numbers indicate we are getting back to normal.”

Back to normal, as in before COVID-19 shut down almost every facet of life as we knew it in the first quarter of 2020. Most coaches, including Cantey, were ready to put the pandemic behind them.

But if you’ve tried to order a refrigerator in the past two years or if you’ve tried to purchase an automobile or even a new home, you know about the supply chain issues that are a lingering byproduct of the pandemic.

With the high school football season right around the corner, coaches across the country are scrambling to find helmets for players because some of the helmet manufacturers such as Schutt and Riddell are behind schedule in filling orders for new helmets and returning reconditioned helmets.

And that includes Cantey, who has resorted to finding helmets via Facebook.

“So, we have almost 60 JV football players, we average about 35, and we ran out of helmets,” Cantey posted on Facebook. “Looking for football helmets that are less than 10 years old. Thanks.”

The team’s football helmet supplier, Riddell, ran out of football helmets in May and doesn’t expect to fill new or past-due orders until October.

While the varsity team is good to go as far as helmets are concerned, it’s the junior varsity team, and its players, that might feel the brunt of the helmet shortage.

“We’ve got a lot of new players in the program who are eager to play football,” Cantey said. “But if we don’t get helmets until October, that means they can’t play in games. They can’t practice or play without helmets. We’ve had even more kids express interest in playing junior varsity in the last couple of weeks, but we can’t let kids come out for football at this stage of the season if they don’t have a football helmet.”

Cantey said a typical new football helmet costs $300-$400 and has a lifespan of approximately 10 years. The team has about 115 helmets on hand, but the only ones available are the extra-large size, meaning the helmets are too big for most junior varsity players’ heads.

The helmet shortages come at a time schools are trying to boost sports participation levels and jumpstart interest in lower level teams after dealing with two years of COVID-19 issues.

Football helmets aren’t the only piece of football equipment that are hard to find. Shoulder pads and other equipment can also be hard to get and could potentially affect youth leagues this fall.

Invasive Asian longhorned beetle: Lowcountry residents urged to check trees and not to move untreated firewood

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared August as “Tree Check Month” for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). USDA and its partners are asking residents of South Carolina, particularly Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, to check their trees for this invasive insect and the damage it causes. August is a critical time of year to look for the ALB because it’s when people are most likely to see adult beetles.“Checking trees for the pest and the damage it causes is how you can help us elimina...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared August as “Tree Check Month” for the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). USDA and its partners are asking residents of South Carolina, particularly Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties, to check their trees for this invasive insect and the damage it causes. August is a critical time of year to look for the ALB because it’s when people are most likely to see adult beetles.

“Checking trees for the pest and the damage it causes is how you can help us eliminate the beetle from the United States, and protect more trees,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ National Operations Manager for the ALB Eradication Program. “The sooner we know where the insect is, the sooner we can stop its spread.”

USDA and its partners are working to eradicate the tree-killing beetle. ALB was found most recently in South Carolina, when a homeowner reported finding a beetle in their backyard in 2020, leading USDA and Clemson University’s Department of Plant Industry to discover an active infestation. Since all states have trees ALB attacks, unknown infestations could exist elsewhere in the U.S.

The ALB is an invasive wood-boring beetle that attacks 12 types of hardwood trees in North America, such as maples, elms, buckeyes, birches, and willows. Infested trees do not recover and eventually die. Infested trees also become safety hazards since branches can drop and trees can fall over, especially during storms. In its larval stage, the insect feeds inside tree trunks and branches, creating tunnels as it feeds, then adults chew their way out in the warmer months, leaving about 3/4-inch round exit holes.

The adult beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

Signs that a tree might be infested include:

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The public has a vital role in helping to stop the spread of the ALB and eliminating it from infested areas.

Report it: If you think you found a beetle or tree damage, report it by calling the ALB hotline at 1-866-702-9938 or submitting an online report at www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com. Try to photograph the ALB or tree damage. If you can, capture the beetle in a durable container and freeze it, which helps preserve the insect for identification. Then report it.

Reduce spread: If you live in an ALB quarantine area, please keep the tree-killing pest from spreading. Follow state and federal laws, which restrict the movement of woody material and untreated firewood that could be infested.

It is possible to eradicate ALB. USDA and its partners eradicated the insect from Illinois, Boston, Massachusetts, New Jersey and portions of New York and Ohio.

For more information about the ALB and the eradication efforts, visit www.AsianLonghornedBeetle.com. For local inquiries or to speak to your USDA State Plant Health Director, call 1-866-702-9938.

BE fan in the crowd captures it all

Dr. Eddie Collins is one of the biggest Bishop England High School sports fans around. But you won’t find him applauding at Battling Bishops sporting events.That’s because the 74-year-old Collins is busy and has his hands full with camera equipment, taking pictures of BE players and sporting moments for posterity’s sake. It harkens him back to the time when he was a photographer and sports editor of his high school yearbook at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia.Collins had a successful career in the dental pro...

Dr. Eddie Collins is one of the biggest Bishop England High School sports fans around. But you won’t find him applauding at Battling Bishops sporting events.

That’s because the 74-year-old Collins is busy and has his hands full with camera equipment, taking pictures of BE players and sporting moments for posterity’s sake. It harkens him back to the time when he was a photographer and sports editor of his high school yearbook at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia.

Collins had a successful career in the dental profession after graduating from Clemson in 1970 and from the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC in 1973. He retired from active teaching in 2015, but retains his 48-year faculty appointment at the rank of professor emeritus.

That was his vocation. His avocation became Bishop England sports. First as a fan, then as a photographer.

“I became hopelessly and pleasantly hooked on BE about 10 years ago,” Collins said. “(Athletic Director) Paul Runey’s oldest brother, Michael, and I were in dental school together and became close friends. Knowing I loved sports, he suggested I attend one of Paul’s basketball games and the rest is history. Paul and I are good friends. He started calling me ‘Doc’ years ago and it seems to have stuck with the teams, parents and staff.”

While Collins loved sports while he was in high school, he didn’t play them. He was more of a “water and woods man” because of his passion for fishing and hunting.

Still, he had the time and interest to become a valued volunteer at BE because of his photography skills.

“My traditional allegiance has been to the girl’s basketball and volleyball teams,” Collins said “I’ve missed only three basketball games in 10 years and very few volleyball matches. I travel with both of the teams and take a ton of pictures. Jeep McCabe is a good friend and he’s helped me a lot with the technical aspects of sports photography.

“This year I was asked by a parent to take lacrosse team photos and Coach Jeff Weiner was very receptive to my taking photos during the games,” Collins said. “I think, of the three, lacrosse is the hardest sport to capture good photos. Quite honestly, I got hooked on the team’s spirit, talent and domination.”

Collins said he can’t remember the reasons for missing any of the three basketball games in 10 years.

“It wasn’t by choice,” Collins said. “It would have been an unavoidable situation.”

Collins’ biggest memories came at the end of the season when it only seemed like the girls’ basketball team or volleyball team would play for a state championship.

“I saw them all,” Collins said. “I went to every one and it was a thrill just to be there.”

Collins also remembers fondly all the state titles collected by the volleyball team. Another big memory involved Collins arranging for coach Cindy Baggott’s team to take part in a St. Patrick’s Day parade by securing a trailer for the float.

Ask Collins who his favorite BE players he’s covered and he’ll respond, Michelle Boykin and Mary Harriet Moore without even hesitating. He pointed out that both players had talent and mettle, which helped them be successful outside the athletic arena.

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