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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 Greenville, 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 Greenville.

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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, Greenville 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 Greenville
  • Historical Sites - Greenville Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Historical Sites - The Battery/Whitepoint Gardens, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Boone Hall, Fort Sumter, Middleton Place, Morris Island Lighthouse Whatever location you choose for family photography in Greenville, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.

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

Latest News in Greenville, SC

Lockheed Martin holding hiring event, plans to expand F-16 workforce in Greenville

Lockheed Martin is planning to add 300 people to its Greenville workforce this year to help meet the increasing demand for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet being produced here.The company said in a news release that it will conduct interviews and make hiring decisions at a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at McAlister Square in Greenville.The hires are in addition to 150 new hires already this year, according to a news release.Lockheed Martin has about 400 employees working on F-16 produ...

Lockheed Martin is planning to add 300 people to its Greenville workforce this year to help meet the increasing demand for the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jet being produced here.

The company said in a news release that it will conduct interviews and make hiring decisions at a hiring event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at McAlister Square in Greenville.

The hires are in addition to 150 new hires already this year, according to a news release.

Lockheed Martin has about 400 employees working on F-16 production in Greenville, according to Madison Callahan, a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin. About half of those workers are "touch professionals," such as mechanics and technicians, and half provide direct support services such as planning, engineering and quality control, Callahan said in an email.

Lockheed's total Greenville workforce is about 900.

The positions being filled include airframe and powerplant mechanics, avionics technicians and structures mechanics. The jobs come with sign-on bonuses of up to $20,000 and relocation expenses up to $5,000, according to the news release.

The company did not provide a salary range for the new positions. However, Callahan said in an email that Lockheed recently increased hourly pay and salaries for most positions.

More:Here's why you should care about Lockheed Martin's $900 million contract in Greenville

The company announced last October that it would be adding at least 300 jobs to Greenville by the end of the year.

The hiring is driven by demand.

There is a backlog of 128 new F-16 Block 70/72 jets that will be produced in Greenville for five countries: Bahrain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Taiwan and one that has not been identified by the company.

There is a potential for another 300 orders for the fighter based on international interest, Callahan said.

Flight tests on the first F-16 Block 70 to be delivered to Bahrain will begin in 2023, with the rate of production increasing during the year. Callahan called the production of the F-16 a "multi-year process that ramps up incrementally."

Lockheed Martin announced in 2017 that it would move production of the F-16 fighter jet to Greenville. Last year, the company announced a $900 million contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for F-16s. That contract was expected to create up to 80 jobs at the time.

At Tuesday’s event, interviews and hiring decisions will be made on the same day.

McAlister Square is at 225 S. Pleasantburg Drive.

Workers at a Greenville Starbucks store become first in South Carolina to unionize

A Greenville Starbucks store has become the first one in South Carolina to form a union.Monday, workers at the store located at I-85 and Pelham Road voted to unionize. The final tally of ballots was 8 to1 to unionize, according to a release provided by Starbucks Workers United, a group aimed at unionizing Starbucks workers across the U.S.North Carolina:...

A Greenville Starbucks store has become the first one in South Carolina to form a union.

Monday, workers at the store located at I-85 and Pelham Road voted to unionize. The final tally of ballots was 8 to1 to unionize, according to a release provided by Starbucks Workers United, a group aimed at unionizing Starbucks workers across the U.S.

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The local Starbucks store has become the first one in the city and in the state to unionize with Starbucks Workers United, according to information released.

“I hope this win brings further confidence from our partners who are still waiting for inspiration,” said Hayden Mullen, a shift supervisor at the Greenville store, in a statement.

There are now at least 70 Starbucks stores that have voted to unionize nationwide. Slowly, the movement has been spreading across the traditionally non-union South.

In March, a Starbucks store in Knoxville, Tennessee successfully voted to unionize. Since then, other stores from Augusta, Georgia to Boone, North Carolina have also voted to form unions.

This is a breaking story. Check back for updates.

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Your favorite wedding venues in Greenville, SC

I can hear the bells. Wedding season is upon us, Greenville, and while some couples are already making their way down the aisle, others are in full wedding planning mode. Before the cake-cutting and speeches can happen, you’ll need to find your venue.We took to social media and aske...

I can hear the bells. Wedding season is upon us, Greenville, and while some couples are already making their way down the aisle, others are in full wedding planning mode. Before the cake-cutting and speeches can happen, you’ll need to find your venue.

We took to social media and asked in our newsletter what wedding venues you recommend. Of the 100+ responses, here are nine of your favorites plus 11 more honorable mentions.

City chic

Tucked beneath Foxcroft Wine Co. and next to its namesake, this venue offers an industrial + chic place to tie the knot in the heart of downtown.

Zen Greenville, 924 S. Main St.

Put a ring on it inside the Lotus Lounge or outside in the Bamboo Garden before getting down on the dance floor or taking in the moves from the mezzanine above.

On the farm

Head out of the city to this serene spot, featuring rolling hills, a fountain, and fire pits among its extensive amenities.

Aurora Farms, 1045 Milford Church Rd., Taylors

As you walk down the aisle inside this elegant barn, don’t miss the chance to look up at the exposed beams + chandeliers throughout.

Inn love

If you’re looking to elope but don’t want the lights of Las Vegas in view, the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains behind the terrace is waiting for you.

“I do” international

Hotel Domestique, 10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest

Inspired by cyclist George Hincapie’s travels abroad, this boutique hotel situated near the Blue Ridge Mountains feels like an escape to the French countrysideneed we say a-mour?

Edinburgh West, 3705 Locust Hill Rd., Taylors

A sister venue to the Gassaway mansion, this English conservatory will have you feeling like you’re saying “I do” across the pond.

Old-school charm

Your wedding day will be historic, so why not host it in a historic 1920s mansion, which also happens to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The School House Venue, 5495 Locust Hill Rd., Travelers Rest

Speaking of historic places, this venue was built in 1923 and features the original school house stagetalk about setting the stage for your marriage.

Honorable mentions

Not seeing your favorite on the list? Share it with us and let us know why its your favorite.

Unity Park opens in Greenville: Here's what to know before you go

After years of planning and 22 months of construction, Unity Park opens Thursday with an official ceremony at 10 a.m..The 60-acre park runs from the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering on the southeastern edge to Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail runs through the park, flanked by trailside businesses such as The Commons food hall on Welborn Street and businesses on Delano Drive.The park includes green space, the Mayberry baseball field, pedestrian bridges, ...

After years of planning and 22 months of construction, Unity Park opens Thursday with an official ceremony at 10 a.m..

The 60-acre park runs from the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering on the southeastern edge to Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

The Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail runs through the park, flanked by trailside businesses such as The Commons food hall on Welborn Street and businesses on Delano Drive.

The park includes green space, the Mayberry baseball field, pedestrian bridges, a splash pad and playgrounds as well as the restoration of the Reedy River, which flows through the heart of the park.

An observation tower and wetlands with boardwalk are slated for the park's second construction phase.

The park also includes several walking trails:

Here's what to know before you go:

Park hours

Beginning May 19, park hours are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Unity Park will be open year-round.

Prisma Health Welcome Center hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, although its opening date is yet to be announced.

The welcome center will be closed on the following holidays:

Getting to Unity Park

Unity Park is located west of downtown Greenville in what now encompasses Mayberry Park and the former Meadowbrook Park.

The park's address is 320 S. Hudson St, Greenville, SC, 29601.

The city has 362 free parking spots on site, according to the Unity Park website.

The park can also be accessed via the Swamp Rabbit Trail, which runs through the park.

Reservations at Unity Park

The city will begin accepting facility reservations and rental requests on July 5.

Is alcohol allowed at Unity Park?

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park, except when they are provided at a permitted special event at the Prisma Health Welcome Center. In that case, a temporary special event alcohol license may be required. See the city's parks and recreation regulations for more information.

Are dogs allowed at Unity Park?

Leashed dogs are allowed in the park, but only service animals are permitted in indoor facilities and at special events. Under state regulations, only service animals are allowed in the splash pad and playground area.

The Greenville Water Splash Pad

The Greenville Water Splash Pad opens May 19. It is recommended for all ages, but children under 12 must have an adult with them.

Children who wear diapers must wear a swim diaper in the Greenville Water Splash Pad.

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Huge Playground and Splash Pad at Unity Park in Greenville, SC

The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details. The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.The Playgrounds There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground...

The $60 million project near downtown Greenville opens May 19, 2022 to the public and we’ve got all the details.

The huge Unity Park will open to the public on May 19, 2022 and it is gorgeous. Families will love the wide-open spaces, playgrounds, shelters, paved trails, and of course, the splash pad.

The Playgrounds

There are three playgrounds at the park: a natural play area with lots of climbing apparatuses, a turf playground with large hills for more climbing, slides, and swings, and a tot play area with a music garden and equipment perfect for the smaller ages.

Fencing is around all playgrounds but there are no gates so parents need to be aware of where their kids are wandering off to. There is plenty of seating throughout all the playgrounds and really, parents may want to get in there and play with their kids because everything is so fun!

The playgrounds are set on two acres, making the space enormous. There is a lot of room to run around, get out energy, and just enjoy being a kid. The playgrounds and splash pad together are one of, if not the, largest playgrounds in Greenville.

The Splash Pad at Unity Park

Let’s get to the good stuff! The splash pad is set up with several benches and is stationed right next to the toddler playground. The splash pad has two sections – one for smaller kids with shorter water spouts and then another area for bigger kids, where the water can shoot up to nine feet high.

The splash pad is located in between the toddler play area and the bigger kid playground and next to the public restrooms. It’s really in a great place for parents to be able to watch the kids no matter where they want to play.

The Michelin Green

Unity Park has a ton of open green space on the Michelin Green, which is just perfect for running around, having a picnic, or just relaxing in a beautiful spot. I can easily imagine lots of people out there reading a book while laying on a blanket and enjoying the beauty of the park.

There are beautifully-constructed shelters along the Green as well that will be available for rent starting over the summer. It is in this open space where families can gather for special events, such as the big fireworks display in Greenville on July 4th (more on that below).

The Prisma Health Welcome Center

Close to The Commons is the Prisma Health Welcome Center, which has a lactation room, restrooms, a rotating art display, and a history wall. There is a big wraparound deck where people can sit at tables and enjoy the view, conduct business meetings, and just watch their kids play in the open space below.

The Welcome Center is available to rent out as well and is an excellent space for corporate meetings and events.

Behind-The-Scenes Magic

While the park is beautiful on the outside, so much work went into it behind the scenes that truly make the space something special.

At the large playground there are several big dirt mounds that are meant for climbing and rolling down. They were covered in spraycrete and then wrapped in cushioning. The turf is super bouncy as well, making for a pretty soft surface.

The other surfaces, including poured-in-place rubber and synthetic turf, were all thoughtfully selected to provide protection for kids as they naturally fall or take a tumble. The surfaces are also ADA-accessible, are is the route that leads kids up to the lookout tower, where you get an awesome view of the park.

The management of the Reedy River was also a key construction aspect of Unity Park. Engineers and landscape architects worked together to reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality by creating flat tables with specially selected trees, plants, and flowers. This enables the area to be able to absorb more of the river in a possible flood situation – plus it looks pretty! There is also a state-of-the-art drainage system in place to aid in this project.

You’ll get a great view of the new Auro Bridge if you head down to the river to check out the pretty flowers and other fauna on the river table.

Parking

The main entrance to Unity Park is off Hudson Street and onto Welborn Street and into the Commons. You can park there or in another lot off Meadow Street, which will get you pretty close to the Commons as well. You just have to walk across a small bridge and then the playgrounds will be to the left.

Unity Park will also be accessible via the Greenville Trolley system. Additionally, you can ride bikes from the Children’s Garden at Linky Park or park in several of the paid parking lots near there and walk the quarter-mile on the Swamp Rabbit Trail over to the park.

Fireworks

Greenville’s big fireworks display is moving to Unity Park on Monday, July 4, from 6 -10 pm. It is not a festival so no alcohol will be served and pets are not allowed at any public event at the park. The space is perfect for bringing a picnic dinner and letting the kids get out their energy before the big show.

You can bring coolers, chairs, blankets, and food but alcohol is not allowed.

Unity Park is open 5 am – 11 pm daily.

Unity Park40 Mayberry Street, Greenville

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