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 â 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.
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:
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:
A great headshot shows you at your best - whether you want to impress a prospective employer or need professional photography for your website. In today's digitally-intensive society, having a professional headshot or portrait of you or your team that stands out for all the right reasons is becoming a necessity. It's no surprise, then, that headshots and portraits are among the most popular genres of photography.
Headshots can be tricky, mostly because many (if not most) people don't like being in front of the camera (trust me, I totally get that). I know that for some clients, it can be hard to know what to do, what to wear or how to relax enough to let their authentic selves come through so that they can end up with a professional photo or headshot that inspires authenticity and confidence.
Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots of all types of people. No matter what your comfort level is with having your picture taken, I pride myself on being able to create the conditions necessary to help capture my clients as you want to be seen. Through lighting, posing and direct yet relaxed interaction I'll help guide you to great photos that youâll be proud to showcase and share with others.
A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:
Being a great photographer means more than owning fancy equipment. While having expensive gear can be quite helpful, the real test of a professional, for me, has a lot more to do with being able to draw upon my deep understanding of the craft of photography so that I can focus more on connecting with and beautifully capturing my subjects without getting bogged down in figuring out the technical side of things. It's taken me many years to get where I am and I'm always striving to improve in order to continue to deliver the best pictures and most enjoyable experience possible for my clients.
Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because my experience shows and they trust me to always give them the results and experience that they're looking for. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:
"As I hope you can tell by looking at my work, I really love my job. And most of all I love the people I get to meet and work with. I'd be honored and delighted to be chosen for your photography needs."Adam Chandler
One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about what they're looking for and how I can serve them. If you are in need of professional photography, let's talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you're looking for family or couples' photography in Isle of Palms or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!
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 desti...
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!
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Isle of Palms City Council held a special meeting Thursday to review the lease of the marina.The debate: whether beer and wine can be sold and consumed at the marina.Some say this wouldn't be an issue because people already drink beer by the marina and it hasn't caused any trouble. However, others believe allowing beer and wine could cause concern for parents."It seems like every time we amend this lease, we give more to the tenant and take away from the city," said councilmem...
ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — Isle of Palms City Council held a special meeting Thursday to review the lease of the marina.
The debate: whether beer and wine can be sold and consumed at the marina.
Some say this wouldn't be an issue because people already drink beer by the marina and it hasn't caused any trouble. However, others believe allowing beer and wine could cause concern for parents.
"It seems like every time we amend this lease, we give more to the tenant and take away from the city," said councilmember Katie Miars.
Miars is hesitant about the current lease agreement. She worries selling beer and wine could change the family friendly environment the marina holds.
"Granted, some people have a beer on the back - just like some people are going to have a beer on the beach, but when you make it legal - it becomes different," Miars said.
Still, others say they don't see a problem with allowing beer and wine.
"I do not see where this has to be that big of an issue, by allowing someone to sit there with a sandwich a fish basket, and have a beer with it, and being able to walk away satisfied," said councilman Rusty Streetman.
That's because many people say they already see beer consumption along the marina.
"So I do not personally see the issue on this is going to explode because this has been happening for the past 25 years and I have not seen this explode," said councilman Blair Hahn.
Neighbors say they just want clarity.
"The problem is the conversations have been with the restaurant, the marina store, and the council, and as a resident there has been no information," said Christine Donaven, an IOP resident.
The CEO of Coastal Marinas, Mike Schuler, is hoping to enter into this lease agreement with Isle of Palms. His goal is to cater to the community.
"In fact, we have gone to great lengths to ensure self imposed limitations on any consumption of alcohol on the premise, in what I think is a very reasonable way," Schuler said.
Some of Coastal Marina's plans include giving Isle of Palms residents better access to water, including free parking, priority access to slips, and upgrading retail offerings and operations along the marina.
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A shuttle aimed at making trips to the Isle of Palms a little easier will return this summer.The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) announced on Wednesday that its free park-and-ride shuttle, known as the Beach Reach Shuttle, will begin operation on May 28 through the Labor Day weekend.Those looking to hop a ride to the beach can board the shuttle at stop No. 715, located behind the Belk Men’s store in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, and disembark at 14th Avenue a...
CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A shuttle aimed at making trips to the Isle of Palms a little easier will return this summer.
The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) announced on Wednesday that its free park-and-ride shuttle, known as the Beach Reach Shuttle, will begin operation on May 28 through the Labor Day weekend.
Those looking to hop a ride to the beach can board the shuttle at stop No. 715, located behind the Belk Men’s store in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, and disembark at 14th Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, adjacent to the Isle of Palms beach access.
The shuttle will run every half-hour from 9:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and every hour from 9:40 a.m. until 5:55 p.m. on Sundays. Riders should plan to arrive at least five minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.
Parking will be available along Market Center Boulevard in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Connections to Route 40 Mount Pleasant and Route 42 Wando Circulator will also be available.
“Now in its second year, we’re proud to announce the highly anticipated return of the Beach Reach Shuttle,” said Isle of Palms Mayor Philip Pounds. “This has been a team effort in the truest sense of the term, and we’re glad to be working alongside our remarkable partners to increase beach access and share the beauty of the Isle of Palms shoreline this summer.”
“The Town of Mount Pleasant is proud to stand alongside CARTA, Isle of Palms, and our very own Towne Centre to bring the Beach Reach Shuttle back into service,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. “I hope folks throughout our community and beyond will join us in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity to make the most of this summer.”
Rules of the ride: In order to maintain the safety of all riders and provide adequate space for those on board, Beach Reach passengers must adhere to the policies which are outlined below.
Riders found to be in violation of any of the aforementioned policies may not be permitted onboard the shuttle.
Full route details and bus tracking can be found in the Transit App, which is available for download in the Apple and Google Play stores. Riders can also view traffic conditions and municipal information for all area beaches via the Beach Reach app, which is also available for Apple and Google smartphones.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — CARTA offers a Beach Reach Shuttle from Mount Pleasant to Isle of Palms to help people get to the beach without worrying about parking!You can learn more about the shuttle below:Route and ScheduleThe shuttle is seasonal and runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It operates on weekends only, and on the Mondays of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.On Saturday, it is currently scheduled to run about every hour, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m...
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) — CARTA offers a Beach Reach Shuttle from Mount Pleasant to Isle of Palms to help people get to the beach without worrying about parking!
You can learn more about the shuttle below:
The shuttle is seasonal and runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. It operates on weekends only, and on the Mondays of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.
On Saturday, it is currently scheduled to run about every hour, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m., the time the last shuttle leaves the beach. On Sunday, the first trip is around 9:40 a.m. and the last trip from the beach is at 5:55 p.m.
The shuttle has two stops: Mount Pleasant Towne Centre (stop ID #715 on Market Center Blvd) and Isle of Palms at 14th Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. The drive is about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.
Towne Center has partnered with CARTA to offer some parking to shuttle riders near the stop. If the designated parking at Towne Center is full, people may park wherever spots are available.
Thanks to contributions from the Town of Mount Pleasant and the City of Isle of Palms, the shuttle will once again be free for riders throughout Summer 2022.
“We work hard at CARTA to make sure we’re providing a cost-effective and efficient way of getting people where they need to go – and, in the summer months, that includes the beach,” said CARTA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Seekings. “Thanks to our Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant and Towne Centre partners, we’re able to once again make that happen, and we look forward to re-introducing our riders to the Beach Reach Shuttle.”
“Now in its second year, we’re proud to announce the highly anticipated return of the Beach Reach Shuttle,” said City of Isle of Palms Mayor Philip Pounds. “This has been a team effort in the truest sense of the term, and we’re glad to be working alongside our remarkable partners to increase beach access and share the beauty of the Isle of Palms shoreline this summer.”
“The Town of Mount Pleasant is proud to stand alongside CARTA, Isle of Palms and our very own Towne Centre to bring the Beach Reach Shuttle back into service,” said Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie. “I hope folks throughout our community and beyond will join us in taking advantage of this exciting opportunity to make the most of this summer.”
"On behalf of everyone at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, we’re happy to be back on board as Beach Reach partners this summer,” said Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Marketing Director Kathleen Herrmann. “We look forward to not only providing convenient and affordable beach access, but also to welcoming riders to explore our wide variety of shops, delicious restaurants and summer-long events.”
The fare suspension is only for the Beach Reach Shuttle.
CARTA offers an easy transfer from Rt. 40 and Rt. 42 at stop ID #715 in Towne Centre on Market Center Blvd.
1. All drinks must be in spill-proof containers. A cup with a spill-proof lid is sufficient per CARTA system policy.
2. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on any CARTA vehicles.
3. Limited bags and large items are allowed. Riders may bring up to four regular shopping-sized bags.
4. Items brought on board must be held by riders or stowed safely beneath the seat. Items may not block the aisle or prevent seats from being used by other passengers at any time.
5. No large, bulky items are allowed, including, but not limited to: tents, large beach umbrellas, surf boards, etc.
6. Items such as chairs, small umbrellas, and boogie or body-boards are allowed but must adhere to the size-related rules listed above. Coolers are welcome, but must also adhere to the aforementioned policies.
7. Shoes/flip-flops, pants/shorts and a shirt are required while riding the bus. Cover-ups are also acceptable.
8. Riders who have not fully dried off when departing the beach must sit on a towel or mat once on board the bus.
9. Bikes should be placed on the bike rack located at the front of the bus and are not allowed inside the vehicle at any time.
10. No eating while on board. As mentioned above, drinks are permitted only in spill-proof containers.
Violators may not be permitted to board.
A CARTA transit app is available to help plan your trip and provide real-time arrival information. During the summer, heavy traffic may affect travel time.
To learn more about the shuttle, click here.
Today, after almost two decades since their last release, Carolina’s favorite rock and rollers the Blue Dogs are back in the game with the release of a brand new full-length album, Big Dreamers. Produced by accomplished guitarist and longtime Blue Dogs fan—and at times, guitar player—Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit), Big Dreamers marks a long...
Today, after almost two decades since their last release, Carolina’s favorite rock and rollers the Blue Dogs are back in the game with the release of a brand new full-length album, Big Dreamers. Produced by accomplished guitarist and longtime Blue Dogs fan—and at times, guitar player—Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit), Big Dreamers marks a long-awaited comeback for the band and an inevitable full-circle moment for their producer. “I have a history with these guys,” Vaden says. “They used to hire me when I was 18 or 19 years old to play with them.” Vaden isn’t the only fan of Blue Dogs contributing to Big Dreamers, legendary Texas songwriter Radney Foster sings background vocals on “That’s How I Knew,” which he co-wrote with Bobby Houck along with the greasy, mid-tempo “If Ever,” and dobro master Jerry Douglas joined the boys on the bluegrass-inspired “The Road You Don’t.”
This week Folk N Rock premiered the music video for “Big Dreamers” and Relix Magazine shared a full album first listen of Big Dreamers. Fans can now stream or purchase Big Dreamers in its entirety at this link. The Blue Dogs are celebrating the release of Big Dreamers with a performance (June 3rd) at The Windjammer in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Tickets are still available at this link.
More About Blue Dogs and Big Dreamers: Founded in 1987 and based in Charleston, the group is still led by songwriters Hank Futch (bass) and Bobby Houck (lead singer, acoustic guitar), who grew up together in Florence, South Carolina. ??After nearly two decades on the road, the Blue Dogs took an extended break from touring in 2007 as Futch and Houck accepted jobs outside of music to support their new families. Yet they both filed away occasional phrases and potential titles, just in case they ever had a chance to make another album together. For this project they were joined in the studio by guitarist Dan Hood, steel guitar player Charlie Thompson, and longtime drummer Greg Walker. Keeping it all in one big Blue Dogs family, former member Phillip Lammonds co-wrote three of the new songs.
“We’re doing this to follow that dream of playing music and sharing our sound with whoever wants to listen,” Futch says. “We’ve probably been Americana before that became a term. But we didn’t feel like we had to be anything other than ourselves to write these songs.” Houck adds, “We still have something to say. We can write good songs that we like, knowing other people will like them too. We’ve got a lot more to do, more places to play, and maybe bigger places to play. Because of this album, we get to live this dream longer than we thought.”
Big Dreamers Tracklist:
The Good Ones
All Night Long
That’s How I Knew
Love Is Love Is Love
The Good Road
The Road You Don’t
All Out Of Time
Blue Dogs On Tour:
June 3 - Isle of Palms, SC - The Windjammer’s Kona Liquid Aloha Beach Stage
June 10 - Norfolk, VA - Norfolk Harbourfest
July 2 - Aiken, SC - Aiken Music Fest
July 8 - Columbia, SC - The Main Course
July 9 - Knoxville, TN - Barley's Knoxville
July 10 - High Point, NC - The Revival with Paul Thorn & Friends
July 23 - Phenix City, AL - Chattahoochee Brewing
Sept. 13-17 - Nashville, TN - AMERICANAFEST
Sept. 30 - Sumter, SC - Sumter Opera House
Oct. 8-9 - North Charleston, SC - Riverfront Revival
For all tour dates and ticket information, please visit https://bluedogs.com/shows