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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 Isle of Palms, 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 Isle of Palms.

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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 Isle of Palms: 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, Isle of Palms 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 Isle of Palms
  • Historical Sites - Isle of Palms Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

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

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

Latest News in Isle of Palms, SC

IOP councilman, former mayor fight back against beach parking law

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - More than a year after a state bill was passed that would ensure access to some free parking and give the state control of public roads in beach towns, the former mayor and a current councilman from the Isle of Palms say it is an “unprecedented attack upon the SC State Constitution and rule of law.”Isle of Palms Councilmember Blair Hahn and former Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll sent an open letter to elected officials in the barrier island towns of the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island,...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCSC) - More than a year after a state bill was passed that would ensure access to some free parking and give the state control of public roads in beach towns, the former mayor and a current councilman from the Isle of Palms say it is an “unprecedented attack upon the SC State Constitution and rule of law.”

Isle of Palms Councilmember Blair Hahn and former Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll sent an open letter to elected officials in the barrier island towns of the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach.

In the letter, Hahn and Carroll ask for support to fight back against senate bill S.40, which was signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster in May 2021.

“We want the right to rule our community,” Carroll said. “We don’t want Columbia to tell us how to run this island.”

The bill requires free public beach parking, but also may include paid parking on state highways. Those highways have to be in communities that are eligible for beach renourishment funds, which use money to add sand back onto beaches.

Parking only can be restricted by the South Carolina Department of Transportation if they find that restrictions are necessary.

“Parking is not free,” Hahn said. “Parking costs emergency services, police services, fire services, it costs for landscaping for trash pickup. It costs money, somebody’s gotta bear that expense.”

It also requires governments to get approval from the South Carolina Department of Transportation before adding or making changes to state highways.

“It is blatantly illegal, it’s unconstitutional on four different grounds and it has to be stopped,” Hahn said.

Hahn says the Isle of Palms City Council has engaged legal counsel to explore their rights. Hahn says if they cannot negotiate a legal statute by amending or rescinding S.40, then they will go to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Larry Grooms (R- Berkeley). Grooms was not available for an interview at this time.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Isle of Palms Mayor Phillip Pounds said: “The City continues to work with SCDOT to find solutions that are beneficial to our residents and visitors.”

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IOP community raises money for grocery store worker after scam

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A beloved grocery store employee is receiving some help from the Isle of Palms community after she fell victim to a scam.Keera Urick has been a cashier at the IOP Harris Teeter for the last 2.5 years. Back in February, she and her husband moved into a new home in Summerville that they found on Craigslist. After living in the house for eight weeks, they discovered a scammer was pretending to be American Homes 4 Rent.Suddenly, the couple was out thousands of dollars and a place to live.&l...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – A beloved grocery store employee is receiving some help from the Isle of Palms community after she fell victim to a scam.

Keera Urick has been a cashier at the IOP Harris Teeter for the last 2.5 years. Back in February, she and her husband moved into a new home in Summerville that they found on Craigslist. After living in the house for eight weeks, they discovered a scammer was pretending to be American Homes 4 Rent.

Suddenly, the couple was out thousands of dollars and a place to live.

“I was calling family members, people I knew trying to see if they could come and help us. I was freaking out. I got so upset,” said Urick.

Urick and her husband fell on hard times after that, both financially and emotionally. The couple has been staying in a hotel. They even spent a few nights in their car.

“Some nights we didn’t have a meal because of this,” she explained.

Darla Hood frequents the IOP Harris Teeter and has gotten to know Urick over the years. After learning about her situation, Hood knew she wanted to help.

“We all go to the grocery store every day, we’re a small community, it’s a small island. I know that there has to be other people that would want to help her but maybe didn’t know,” said Hood.

She was right. Hood organized a gofundme which has reached over $30,000. With this money, the community was able to pay off the couple’s car, cell phone bill, and insurance for six months – among other things.

Hood’s social media was flooded with supportive comments from community members.

“Darla this is so awesome, I love Keera. I always talk to her while I’m in line,” Hood read aloud from a printed sheet of comments.

On Thursday, News 2 was there for the moment Hood surprised her friend with the exciting update.

“I never knew that anything like that could ever happen for me. I’ve never had people step up for me like that,” said Urick.

Hood said she is working on finding housing for the couple. To donate to the fundraiser, click here.

Financial Planners Directory

We have compiled an extensive directory of financial planners in the area. Though people of any age may benefit from the guidance of a certified financial advisor, those of retirement age are facing new financial decisions daily. They need to know how much monthly income is needed, how to protect assets and how to allocate what is left behind. Moreover, senior citizens still have plenty of goals they are working toward. A financial advisor can make sure our retirees’ money is safe and provisional, so they can go back to doing all the t...

We have compiled an extensive directory of financial planners in the area. Though people of any age may benefit from the guidance of a certified financial advisor, those of retirement age are facing new financial decisions daily. They need to know how much monthly income is needed, how to protect assets and how to allocate what is left behind. Moreover, senior citizens still have plenty of goals they are working toward. A financial advisor can make sure our retirees’ money is safe and provisional, so they can go back to doing all the things they love most. We encourage everyone to look over the directory and find a finance professional near you. Enjoy this guide to the best the Lowcountry has to offer.

AWENDAW

Lowcountry CFO Consulting 590 Pointing Brittany Lane Awendaw, S.C. 29429 843-737-1690

DANIEL ISLAND

Ameriprise Financial Services 259 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 200 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-284-1237

Beacon Financial Services 186 Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-906-9712

Coastal Strategic Capital 115 Fairchild St., Ste. 320 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-471-1470

Commonwealth Financial Group 225 Seven Farms Drive Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-884-4545

Curran Financial Partners 672 Marina Drive, Ste. 108 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-300-1182

Harbour Corporate & Private Wealth Management Group 126 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 150 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-377-8448

Income Growth Advisors 225 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 108 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-628-5611

MGP Capital Management 87 Iron Bottom Lane Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 857-264-0943

Oak Capital Advisors 126 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 160 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-284-0798

Premier Wealth Partners 295 Seven Farms Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-501-2778

UBS Financial Services 900 Island Park Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-856-6605

Wells Fargo Advisors 900 Island Park Drive, Ste. 201 Daniel Island, S.C. 29492 843-856-6619

ISLE OF PALMS

Edward Jones 1517 Palm Blvd. Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-886-9229

Harvest Portfolio Management 30 28th Ave. Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-885-6445

Jeter Hrubala Wealth Strategies 103 Palm Blvd., Ste. 2C Isle of Palms, S.C. 29451 843-405-7232

MOLUNT PLEASANT

360 Financial Partners 1081 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-216-1077

Apollon Wealth Management 835 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 102 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-579-0018

Bera Wealth Advisors 235 Magrath Darby Blvd., Suite 120 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-459-3096

Blanton Financial Group 1156 Bowman Road, Ste. 200 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-654-7400

Breakaway Financial Group LLC 887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Ste. 213 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-564-8584

Cetera Advisor Networks 1037 Chuck Dawley Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-8323

Charleston Investment Advisors 1311 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 101 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-763-4499

Chris Moss CPA Financial Planner 210 Wingo Way Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-768-7100

Coastal Wealth Management 300 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 204 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-388-4300

Consolidated Planning 1036 Lansing Drive, Ste. 200 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-5468

Cummings Wealth Management Group 1275 Ben Sawyer Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-9898

Edward Jones 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Ste. J Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-3697

Edward Jones 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite 106 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-981-0740

MOUNT PLEASANT – Cont’d

Fickling Wealth Management 2036 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-696-2777

Financial Freedom Advisors 656 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 103 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-352-2737

Imagine Financial Advisors 1300 Parkton Road Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-860-2823

Independence Wealth 1109 Sea Island Crossing Lane Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-1144

Jackson Financial Services 1311 Chuck Dawley Blvd., Ste. 103 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-3434

LaPorte Wealth Management Group 1476 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Ste. 3 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-882-5336

Legacy Wealth Management 210 Wingo Way, Ste. 300 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-1118

Lowcountry Financial Group 2036 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-881-7175

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 75 Port City Landing, Ste. 500 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-800-6821

Money Concepts, LLC 2040 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-284-1008

Morris Financial Concepts 409 Coleman Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-6192

Northwestern Mutual 235 Magrath Darby Blvd., Ste. 120 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-459-3096

Oak Street Advisors 222 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 104 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-901-7778

Oceanside Advisors 245 Magrath Darby Blvd., Ste. 140 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-830-6568

Raymond James & Associates 28 Bridgeside Blvd., Ste. 203 Mount Pleasant, S.C 29464 843-416-1033

Richard Kasprak 217 Lucas St., Ste. A Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-884-7447

Runey & Associates Wealth Management 761 Coleman Blvd., Ste. E Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-654-1211

TD Ameritrade 962 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-971-1996

Trinity Wealth Partners 1012 eWall St. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-416-5203

UBS Financial Services Inc 941 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Ste. 100 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 973-360-4203

Wells Fargo Advisors 349 West Coleman Blvd., Ste. 301 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29464 843-849-3308

Ameriprise Financial Services 3015 Dunes West Blvd., Ste. 501 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-654-9126

Buckingham Strategic Wealth 1240 Winnowing Way, Ste. 102 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-955-0331

Convergent Financial Group 3850 Bessemer Road Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-972-4402

Good Life Financial Planners 1124 Park West Blvd. Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-970-2166

Jahn Navigation Group 1889 West Canning Drive Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-352-7115

JP Wealth Management 3401 Salterbeck St., Unit 101 Mount Pleasant, S.C. 29466 843-352-0280

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Annual litter cleanup seeks volunteers

The 33rd annual Beach Sweep and River Sweep litter cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers are needed at nearly 100 locations in South Carolina.In East Cooper, sites include the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island shoreline, Ben Sawyer Boulevard causeway and Shem Creek.Each year thousands of people volunteer for the sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. Last year, despite COVID-19, 2,255 volunteers cleared over 20,000 po...

The 33rd annual Beach Sweep and River Sweep litter cleanup is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and volunteers are needed at nearly 100 locations in South Carolina.

In East Cooper, sites include the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Daniel Island shoreline, Ben Sawyer Boulevard causeway and Shem Creek.

Each year thousands of people volunteer for the sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways. Last year, despite COVID-19, 2,255 volunteers cleared over 20,000 pounds of debris, covering 161 miles statewide. Groups spread out on foot or in boats from the various cleanup sites, and they typically return with bags packed with plastic and glass bottles, cans, food containers, clothing, toys and cigarette butts. Larger items have included household appliances, vehicle tires and building materials. As much of the debris as possible is recycled.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium partners with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to organize the statewide event, which is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. Anyone can participate—individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs and businesses. Volunteers can sign up to assist at the cleanup sites listed on the websites below.

Sponsors for the statewide event are Curtiss-Wright, Gaitor Bait Adventure Tours, INEOS Aromatics, Magnolia Plantation Foundation, Nature Adventures, Ocean Conservancy, Safe Harbor Charleston City and Walmart Market #34.

To participate in coastal counties, visit https://www.scseagrant.org/bsrs-sites/ or contact Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092 or susan.ferris.hill@scseagrant.org. To participate in inland counties, visit https://sweep-scdnr.hub.arcgis.com/pages/volunteer or contact Bill Marshall at (803) 734-9096 or marshallb@dnr.sc.gov.

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Isle of Palms Is the Coastal Getaway of the Summer

The South Carolina barrier island just 30 minutes from Charleston may just be the area’s best-kept secret.Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier ...

The South Carolina barrier island just 30 minutes from Charleston may just be the area’s best-kept secret.

Swaths of uninterrupted white-sand beach, the smell of salty spray, warm sun on your skin, and the rustle of palm fronds gently blowing in the wind—these are the sights, sounds, and scents of Isle of Palms. The South Carolina barrier island packs a lot of relaxation and big fun into a vacation destination that's just seven miles long and one mile wide. The island's proximity to Charleston (just 18 miles by car), make it a preferred summer hideout for locals. An abundance of vacation rentals and the iconic Wild Dunes resort have been drawing visitors from across the country since the early 1970s.

With the deep blue Atlantic on one side and marshy creeks of the Intracoastal Waterway on the other, Isle of Palms offers the best of the Lowcountry and the beach in one stunning setting that's begging to be added to your vacation calendar.

Six of Isle of Palms' seven total miles are occupied by public beaches, which means you'll have your pick of the litter when looking for a sandy spot where you can post up for the day—or the week. Once you've staked your claim, all the normal beach activities are yours for the choosing, from splashing around in the surprisingly calm seas to building the ultimate sandcastle or playing a game of beach volleyball. For families, the Isle of Palms County Park, located in the middle of the island's coastline, is ideal. The public beach has lifeguards, outdoor showers, chair and umbrella rentals, restrooms, and even a playground for little ones retreat to once they tire of the sun and surf.

Make the most of a visit to Isle of Palms by scheduling a charter to take you offshore. Get your sea legs at the Isle of Palms Marina, where you can easily rent a boat and spend a day exploring the island's bays and waterways. Fishing charters are plentiful and offer both reef fishing and Gulf Stream fishing. For adventure enthusiasts or wildlife lovers, Barrier Island Eco Tours hosts a range of naturalist-guided tours that take visitors through winding salt marshes, tidal creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway on the way to uninhabited Capers Island. Animals you might see along the way include loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and every shape and size of coastal birds.

Breakfast is noteworthy at Sea Biscuit Café. The tiny beachside shack has been dishing out delicious morning meals since 1968. While they offer all the classics, the daily specials are where the magic happens. Past offerings have included chocolate banana challah French toast, lemon lavender pancakes, and tomato pie.

When you need a mid-day refuel for the whole family, Coconut Joe's is the obvious choice. Located on Isle of Palms' main drag, you won't have to venture far to get fresh seafood and impeccable vibes. The open-air covered deck is the ideal spot for munching on the restaurant's namesake shrimp, while rocking sandy toes and sun-bleached hair. When happy hour hits, venture to the rooftop bar for a frozen cocktail or painkiller. Nothing will put you on island time faster.

By the time you're finally ready to come in from the sun and go out to dinner, Isle of Palms will be waiting with plenty of options. The Boathouse and Acme Lowcountry Kitchen are island staples that have stood the test of time thanks to excellent quality food and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality. For a special night out, try Coda del Pesce, a fine dining restaurant that specializes in Italian with lots of influence (and fresh catch) from the nearby seas.

All trips to Isle of Palms must include at least one visit to The Windjammer at Front Beach. The legendary local music venue is known for its incredible live shows, stellar views of the water, cold drinks, and unbeatable fried pickles.

The obvious choice for places to stay in Isle of Palms is Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre family-friendly resort that offers everything from rooms and suites at two inns, to private beach condos and home rentals. In addition to a more-than-comfortable stay, the resort also features several resort-style pools, a spa, and two championship golf courses.

If you're hoping for a cozier stay, the newly renovated Palms Oceanfront Hotel consists of 68 modern rooms with gorgeous views of the sparkling Atlantic. There are also plenty of rentals through Airbnb and VRBO for everything from multifamily waterfront homes to one-bedroom condos.

Whether you book for a long weekend or stay for an entire week, the memories and magic of Isle of Palms will stay with you for months and years to come—maybe even until you have a chance to make another trip back!

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