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

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

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

Latest News in Kiawah Island, SC

5 SC golf courses among the 100 best in the US, new GOLF magazine ranking shows. Here’s why

Recently, GOLF Magazine released a list of their picks for the 2022-2023 “Top 100 Courses in the U.S.” Five of these golf courses were in South Carolina.Selected first out of the courses chosen from the Palmetto State was the Kiawah Island (Ocean) course, which was ranked 32nd.Designed by Pete Dye an...

Recently, GOLF Magazine released a list of their picks for the 2022-2023 “Top 100 Courses in the U.S.” Five of these golf courses were in South Carolina.

Selected first out of the courses chosen from the Palmetto State was the Kiawah Island (Ocean) course, which was ranked 32nd.

Designed by Pete Dye and built in 1991, The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island was described as “one of the South’s most memorable playing experiences,” by the magazine.

Last year, the 2021 PGA Championship was held at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Next on the list of South Carolina courses and ranked in 44th place was Yeamans Hall in Hanahan. Designed by Seth Raynor and built in 1925, this course can be found in Berkeley County. This course combined “classic Seth Raynor design with coastal South Carolina topography.” Over the decades, the course began to fade, but a two decade-long renovation based on Raynor’s original property maps, which were discovered in the clubhouse attic, returned the course to its original beauty, GOLF magazine states.

Ranked 63rd, Harbour Town Golf Links jumped 10 spaces from its ranking last year. This Hilton Head Island golf course was built in 1969 and was designed by Pete Dye and Jack Nicklaus. This course sits at the island’s south end and has been the yearly venture for the RBC Heritage tournament each spring. “Even 50+ years after the course opened, Harbour Town’s exemplar holes remain as compelling and interesting as anything modern architecture has to offer,” described the magazine.

This course is known not for its length but rather for its need for accuracy and “precise iron play” to help golfers get their shots around the live oak and pine trees scattered around the course.

In 85th place, the Congaree Golf Club, found in Ridgeland, made the list. This newer course was designed by Tom Fazio and was built in 2017. Various tournaments take place at Congaree and, regardless of its younger age, has garnered much attention for its beauty, design and playability by golfers.

Lastly, in 99th place, Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken made GOLF magazine’s list. This course is the oldest out of the South Carolina golf courses on this list and one of the oldest in the magazine’s pick of 100. Founded in 1892 by Thomas Hitchcock, Palmetto Golf Club has several contending holes in which to call your favorite.

“Each green is so good, and no surprise why: Alister MacKenzie lent a hand to them when he was working in neighboring Augusta,” wrote GOLF magazine.

This story was originally published November 15, 2022 8:00 AM.

7 Things to Do in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Follow winding, oak-shaded roads 25 miles southwest of downtown Charleston's cobblestone streets and celebrated restaurant scene, and you'll find yourself on Kiawah Island. Carved by the Kiawah River on one side and fronting the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the barrier ...

Follow winding, oak-shaded roads 25 miles southwest of downtown Charleston's cobblestone streets and celebrated restaurant scene, and you'll find yourself on Kiawah Island. Carved by the Kiawah River on one side and fronting the Atlantic Ocean on the other, the barrier island is a true escape. Here, nature reigns supreme: ten miles of beaches roll out along the Atlantic; cicadas form their own sort of soundtrack; and lights-out is often determined by the sea turtles' nesting season. Even so, there's plenty to do for travelers who like their time in nature punctuated with good food, luxurious creature comforts, and a frozen drink in hand. Here are seven things to do in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

Stay Like a Local

For access to all of Kiawah's amenities, from bike rentals to pools, you'll have to stay on the island. For an experience that's luxurious but unpretentious, book a room at The Sanctuary, an oceanfront hotel known for its five-star service and elevated onsite dining. For families who want a little room to spread out (or a kitchen), villa and home rentals are a smart choice; reserve through the resort directly, or book through a site like VRBO or Airbnb.

Spend a Day on the Sand

On the west end of the island, Beachwalker Park is Kiawah's only public beach access feels like a hidden gem, thanks to its wide, unspoiled expanses of sand. It offers the best of both worlds too: in addition to the ocean frontage, you can also score views of the Kiawah River here.

Hit the Links

Five state-of-the-art golf courses are open to the public. For avid fans of the sport, the Ocean Course alone makes Kiawah worth the trip. Host to two PGA Championships, the 18-hole course is not for the faint of heart. Raised above the dunes to capitalize on the expansive shore views, golfers are also subjected to ocean breezes (which don't exactly make for an easy or predictable trip around the green). Try Cougar Point for marsh views and a slightly less technical experience.

Go for a Cruise

One of the best ways to explore the island is to leave the car in park and take a beach cruiser for a spin (you can reserve them through the resort or bring your own). Between 30 miles of paved trails and 10 miles of hard-packed beach, there's no shortage of routes to explore. Ask for directions to the Marsh View Tower, an observation deck primed for birdwatching and soaking in the marsh and river scenery.

Visit Heron Park Nature Center

The naturalists here will school you in many of the species who call the island home, from bobcats and white-tailed deer to loggerhead sea turtles and American alligators. Sign up for a guided tour, like "Back Island Birding", "Marsh Kayaking," or "Ocean Seining and Beach Combing," or ask for their recommendations for the best nature-spotting places in the area.

Explore Freshfields Village

Built around a lush lawn, Freshfields Village has plenty of restaurants and shops to explore, plus a boutique stay, the Andell Inn. Pick up a beach read at Indigo Books; snag treats for your four-legged friends at Dolitte's; and gear up for island adventures SeaCoast Sports and Outfitters. Start the morning with coffee and a breakfast sandwich from Java Java; settle in for grilled cheese and a milkshake at retro Vincent's Drugstore & Soda Fountain; or cap off the day with house-made frosé from newly opened The Co-Op. Check their calendar for seasonal events, like summertime's "Music on the Green" concert series and farmer's market.

Venture to Bohicket Marina & Market

Make the short drive to neighboring Seabrook Island for a taste of the area's salty maritime culture. Snag a umbrella-shaded table on the upper deck at Salty Dog Café for fresh catch, a cold beer, and riverfront views of the boats coming and going from the marina.

47 UFO sightings reported in SC so far this year? Here’s where they’ve been seen the most

South Carolina residents have reported 47 sightings of unidentified flying objects across the state this year, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.While many people associate UFOs with alien visitors from other planets, the term refers to any aerial phenomenon that cannot be explained. Scientists and skeptic organizations routinely do eventually identify many reported UFOs as being more mundane in nature, such as atmospheric phenomena or man-made objects....

South Carolina residents have reported 47 sightings of unidentified flying objects across the state this year, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.

While many people associate UFOs with alien visitors from other planets, the term refers to any aerial phenomenon that cannot be explained. Scientists and skeptic organizations routinely do eventually identify many reported UFOs as being more mundane in nature, such as atmospheric phenomena or man-made objects.

Still, UFO reports persist.

So far this year, Irmo, Myrtle Beach and the Cross community are tied for most UFO sightings in the state so far this year. Each has three separately reported UFO encounters, according to the National UFO Reporting Center.

South Carolina isn’t the greatest hotbed for UFO reports in the U.S, but it is no slouch either, a recent study shows.

The study by myvision.org — a site that provides evidence-based information on eye health — analyzed the last five years-worth of reports from the National UFO Reporting Center. The study then ranked the states by most UFOs reported since 1974.

According to the study, South Carolina ranks 22nd among the states with 2,134 UFO reports.

The latest UFO was reported on Oct. 6 in Sumter. The report states that the witness was driving to meet friends around 10 p.m. and was on a straight road when he noticed two orange lights over a forest. The display lasted fur about 20 seconds.

“You tell me what I saw cause it was drifting in the sky and not like anything I’ve seen before,” the witness’ statement reads.

Another report made on Sept. 15 on Kiawah Island states that a woman and her husband were walking along the beach when they saw a reddish orange sphere in the sky that seemed to be moving, but then started hovering in place.

“It seemed the object we saw vaguely changed colors (red to orange to yellow to white), the object seemed to change shapes from three small close connected spheres to one large sphere,” the report reads.

The National UFO Reporting Center was founded in 1974 by noted UFO investigator, Robert J. Gribble, the organization’s website states. The center has processed more than 150,000 reports.

The center’s main function has been “to receive, record and to the greatest degree possible, corroborate and document reports from individuals who have been witness to unusual, possibly UFO-related events.”

Here is where all 47 UFO reports have been made in South Carolina so far this year, according to the reporting center.

Four SC Islands Were Named the “Best Island Getaways” in the United States

There are a plethora of beautiful islands here in the United States and many individuals as well as families visit them every year for an opportunity to unwind and detach from reality for a few days. A major national publication just recently released a list of "The 30 Most Magical Island Getaways in the United States" and four islands in South Carolina made the cut! In this article, we will take a look at which SC islands made the cut and what makes them popular tourist destinations!Countryliving.com relea...

There are a plethora of beautiful islands here in the United States and many individuals as well as families visit them every year for an opportunity to unwind and detach from reality for a few days. A major national publication just recently released a list of "The 30 Most Magical Island Getaways in the United States" and four islands in South Carolina made the cut! In this article, we will take a look at which SC islands made the cut and what makes them popular tourist destinations!

Countryliving.com released a list of "The 30 Most Magical Island Getaways in the United States" in June 2022. According to the publications, they made this list in order to let it be known that you don't have to travel outside, "change your money", "get a passport", or travel of the country to get a taste of the "Island Life". Four Islands in South Carolina made the Cut! The islands in South Carolina that made the cut are Seabrook Island ranking the highest coming in at #12, Pawleys Island coming in at #14, Kiawah Island coming in at #23, and lastly Hilton Head Island coming in at #30!

For Seabrook Island, countryliving.com suggested to readers that they step outside of the box and do horseback riding on the island, check out some live music at "Pelican's Nest", and of course have some great seafood. For Pawleys Island, the publication said that the island is virtually "stress-free" and if your turn your cell phone off, you will get an even better experience! They suggested staying at "The Pelican" or "The Sea View" as well as enjoying some of the finest Lowcountry cuisines the area has to offer!

Kiawah Island is no stranger to making these kinds of lists and it's no surprise that they made this one! Countryliving.com suggested rallying up a crew, getting a vacation rental, and enjoying all of the unique attractions that the island has to offer! The publication also made it a point to check out "Tomasso at Turtle Point" for a world-class "family-style meal"! Lastly, you have Hilton Head Island! Do not be fooled by this island being ranked last on this list because the island has so much to offer! The publication noted that this is a perfect vacation if you are an avid golfer, the island has two-dozen championship courses. The article also suggested that readers do some ziplining, jet skiing, take a dolphin tour, and have dinner at "Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks"!

Kiawah Island developer’s owner plans new golf course in southern SC

You’re seeing The Post and Courier’s weekly real estate newsletter. Receive all the latest transactions and top development, building, and home and commercial sales news to your inbox each Saturday here.A real estate investment firm that owns the developer of Kiawah Island plans to add a ...

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A real estate investment firm that owns the developer of Kiawah Island plans to add a new golf course at its development near Hilton Head Island.

South Street Partners recently announced golf architecture firm, King-Collins Golf Course Design, is planning a reversible nine-hole course on about 54 acres in Palmetto Bluff Club in Bluffton. The course will include a mix of par 3, par 4 and par 5 holes.

It’s South Street’s first golf-focused project at the 20,000-acre community since the Jack Nicklaus Signature May River Golf Course was built in 2005.

The new course, led by golf industry mavericks Rob Collins and Tad King who are behind Tennessee’s Sweetens Cove, the project will run along an expansion of Palmetto Bluff’s extensive inland waterway which would make it accessible by boat.

The course, in the Crossroads neighborhood, will be designed to incorporate the nearly 10 feet of elevation change on the site. Construction will begin in early 2023, and a collection of future amenities also are planned.

Gnome Cafe at 109 President St. on the peninsula near MUSC closed in August when the building changed hands.

9: The number of consecutive months home sales have declined across South Carolina as rising interest rates and stubborn inflation bite into transactions. Signs of budding buyer’s market have appeared.

336: Number of units in a new apartment development proposed off West Montague Avenue and Interstate 526 near Charleston International Airport.

5: Number of new restaurants??????? coming to the Charleston area.

+ New homes: A new housing development on the Ashley River in West Ashley will offer homes/lots starting in the $800,000s.

+ Changing hands: A Cainhoy industrial building recently sold for $4.12 million.

+ Building on Broad: The building housing a longtime Charleston law firm on Broad Street ???????recently sold and the new owner outlines plans for the four-story structure.

The oceanfront home at 203 Sand Fiddler Court on Kiawah Island sold earlier this year for $14 million. The demand for high-end homes has slacked off in recent months amid rising interest rates and stagnant inflation. Keen Eye Marketing/Provided

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