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 Ladson, 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 Ladson.
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, Ladson is an amazing city for family photography. There are so many locations in the Lowcountry that make for great family photography backdrops:
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 Ladson, the Holy City is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy with friends and family.
As a family photographer in Ladson, 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 Ladson or want great new headshots for you or your team, I'm here to help every step of the way!
DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County Fire Station 21 on Ladson Road is now closed while construction begins on a major remodel.The $3.3 million project will see the station completely demolished and reoriented so the building faces the road.Fire Chief Tres Atkinson says the new station is part of the county’s strategy for redeveloping the Oakbrook area. He says the new station will have four bays, office space, living quarters and at least six bunkrooms.“This is a big deal for this area. I think...
DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester County Fire Station 21 on Ladson Road is now closed while construction begins on a major remodel.
The $3.3 million project will see the station completely demolished and reoriented so the building faces the road.
Fire Chief Tres Atkinson says the new station is part of the county’s strategy for redeveloping the Oakbrook area. He says the new station will have four bays, office space, living quarters and at least six bunkrooms.
“This is a big deal for this area. I think not so much for the call volume but just the way this area is growing and the way it looks,” Atkinson said. “We really need to make it fit the ticket for the remodel of the Oakbrook area. We really need to make this more aesthetically pleasing, and I think it’s a win for both sides - for the fire service and for the community as well.”
It will also feature a weight room and a dedicated area for turnout gear. This is a decontamination area to purge gear of harmful chemicals picked up during fire calls. Many of those chemicals are carcinogenic, meaning they can cause to cancer.
The project is currently $300,000 over the original budget with construction expected to be completed sometime next year, although a more specific timeline is not yet available. In the meantime, the fire trucks and ambulances have been moved to other areas.
That has some people living in the area concerned.
“The new station will be great in the long run, but I am just concerned that they were not planning their coverage in the meantime,” said Fred K. “There are numerous apartment buildings being constructed within a half mile from here. How are we going to have the same coverage while this construction is going on?”
Atkinson says they moved the fire engines to Station 22, about four miles away. They transferred EMS services to a Summerville fire station one mile away.
“We worked with our automatic aid partners in Summerville and North Charleston,” Atkinson said. “North Charleston has two stations right close by. . . There really won’t be a big impact to the response times.”
Fred’s concern isn’t about distance so much as it is about traffic.
“I’ve seen EMS have to drive over the concrete medians they put down on Dorchester Road. It’s not too easy for them to get down this way in heavy traffic,” Fred said. “The areas they have to go through are some of the most congested traffic in Dorchester County up here on Ladson Road and Dorchester Road. There’s so much more traffic here than there used to be even from just a few years ago. "
Atkinson says they’ve done the math and can guarantee there will not be a noticeable change in response times.
“We’ll be on scene very quickly,” Atkinson said. “It’ll be a big truck, a big red truck and it might say North Charleston or Summerville or Dorchester County on it but we’ll be there in a timely manner.”
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$3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022 COLUMBIA, S.C. – TELUS International, a customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers digital solutions for global brands, today announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022.TELUS International provides multilingual digital customer experience and digital IT solutions to clients all ...
COLUMBIA, S.C. – TELUS International, a customer experience innovator that designs, builds and delivers digital solutions for global brands, today announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $3.4 million initial investment will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022.
TELUS International provides multilingual digital customer experience and digital IT solutions to clients all over the world. The company has over 56,000 team members, operates in more than 25 countries and partners with brands across high-growth industry verticals, including: technology and games; communications and media; eCommerce and fintech; healthcare and travel; and hospitality. In the United States, TELUS International also has operations in Folsom, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Located at 3450 Ingleside Boulevard in North Charleston, TELUS International’s new facility will increase the company’s operating capacity to meet growing customer demand.
TELUS International is currently welcoming team members into the new facility. Individuals interested in joining TELUS International should visit the company’s careers webpage.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“We are thrilled to be expanding into North Charleston and tapping into the region’s attractive talent pool to support our company’s continued growth, as well as becoming more actively involved in the months and years ahead in community giving and volunteer initiatives to contribute to the health and well-being of the region’s citizens." -TELUS International Chief Operating Officer Chuck Koskovich
“We’re excited to welcome TELUS International to South Carolina and celebrate their decision to do business in our state. By creating approximately 1,200 new jobs in Charleston County, this company is making a commitment to the entire community that will make a real difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and we couldn’t be more excited.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“Today, we congratulate TELUS International on the announcement of their first South Carolina operations. This $3.4 million initial investment and the creation of more than 1,200 new jobs represent a tremendous win for Charleston County and South Carolina.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“We continue to prove ourselves as a destination to call on for business growth. This is a significant win for Charleston County, and we are thrilled with the addition of 1,200 jobs for our citizens.” -Charleston County Council Chair Teddie Pryor
"Our three-county region is a globally competitive destination for business, talent and entrepreneurs. TELUS International selected Charleston for its competitive advantages and business-friendly environment. This international company will be an important part of our market's growing global economy and IT community, and we look forward to its continued success." -Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board Chair Mike Fuller
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — For the last two years, the trucking industry has...
LADSON, S.C. (WCIV) — For the last two years, the trucking industry has struggled with an all-time high in truck driver shortages. Amid this crisis, a Charleston trucking company is looking to change the narrative right here in the Lowcountry.
In exactly four months’ time, the Coastal Carolina Fairgrounds will be full of truck service companies, operators and vendors taking part in the first-ever trucking expo in the Lowcountry and South Carolina.
The expo is hosted by the trucking agency CM Transportation. The event will serve two main purposes:
One is to connect prospective drivers with current operators, vendors or agencies to provide the first step into entry in the trucking industry and open doors to those who haven’t had the opportunity before. It also looks to connect these prospective drivers with resources on how to get certified and obtain a commercial driver’s license.
The second is to connect operators with vendors in an attempt to improve supply chain management and look at ways to increase revenue.
With the current driver shortage totaling nearly 80,000 drivers nationwide, according to the American Trucker Association, leaders with CM Transportation say they felt the need to step in to try and make a change.
“With there being so many changes, like the cost of diesel fuel right now increasing the rates, we have a lot of people who are interested in entering into our industry,” CM Transportation owner and operator Carisa Carter said. “The lack of knowledge is why we peril. So, they don't really have the information that a lot of people don't have. The information that they need when they begin their journey in trucking. So, I think that this will change the face, because now they'll see that there is a support system.”
Carter said another focus of hers is to increase the female presence in the trucking industry. She hopes to use her connections within female-owned small businesses to help connect truck drivers with big players in the industry.
Truck drivers are in high demand, but there are many more factors that contribute to some of the struggles within the trucking industry.
One is the hike in diesel fuel prices over the last few months. Mix that with supply chain delays, and trucking companies like CM Transportation say it has completely changed the cost analysis for many companies and even caused many financial struggles.
Entry into the industry has also become harder over the last few months. New federal laws passed in February increased prices to obtain a CDL, which is required to be able to become a truck driver, by thousands of dollars.
To combat this, trucking officials say they have seen the highest salaries for drivers in almost 23 years, and with Charleston’s roots in shipping and ports, CM Transportation leaders hope this expo will drive more people into the industry.
“From East Coast to West Coast, there's just not enough truck drivers to deliver the amount of cargo that came in after the world opened back up after COVID,” Carter said. “That is one of the foundations, the biggest industries, that we have here locally, and so we're, you know, with this being a port city, the value is increased nationwide, which has allowed us to increase the value of our drivers here.”
The official date of the expo is set for Sept. 17 at the Coastal Carolina Fairgrounds. There will also be food, a DJ and a raffle for an estimated $6,000 set of tractor tires.
Tickets officially go on sale Tuesday for the first-of-its-kind expo. General admission starts at $25, with a professional package with more amenities starting at around $50.
Charleston-area residents looking to travel the open roads soon will have a new recreational vehicle vendor.RV One Superstores, owned by RV Retailers LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will open its new facility April 22 at 691 Treeland Drive in Ladson near the College Park Road exit at Interstate 26. More than 150 models will be on site.An affiliate of the company bought the nearly 16-acre site next to American Biker in 2020 for $2.95 million, according to Berkeley County land reco...
Charleston-area residents looking to travel the open roads soon will have a new recreational vehicle vendor.
RV One Superstores, owned by RV Retailers LLC of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will open its new facility April 22 at 691 Treeland Drive in Ladson near the College Park Road exit at Interstate 26. More than 150 models will be on site.
An affiliate of the company bought the nearly 16-acre site next to American Biker in 2020 for $2.95 million, according to Berkeley County land records.
“Charleston is an excellent, growing market and we look forward to creating new jobs in the area and selling and servicing RVs for customers living in and traveling through Charleston,” RV Retailers CEO Jon Ferrando said.
Sales hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Service hours may vary.
RV One Superstores has 17 locations in the U.S., including another one in South Carolina in Myrtle Beach. Others are in Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
The parent company has more than 90 stores altogether under different brands in 27 states, including Sonny’s Camp-N-Travel in Duncan in the South Carolina Upstate.
Baby supply store Buy Buy Baby is setting up a new shop in the Charleston area.
The retailer is upfitting a space where corporate sibling Bed Bath & Beyond once operated in the Target-anchored North Rivers Town Center on Rivers Avenue in North Charleston.
New Jersey-based Bed Bath & Beyond closed the homeware store last July, leaving with area locations in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley.
Buy Buy Baby has not announced an opening date. The retailer’s only other Palmetto State store is in Greenville.
The owners of Seanachai Whiskey & Cocktail Bar have opened a new venue next door on Johns Island.
Flyin’ High Frozen Yogurt at 3157-C Maybank Highway offers the treat along with sandwiches, snacks, espresso/coffee drinks and CBD products.
The two businesses are owned by Jason and Marissa Myers.
The new café is open 2:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed on Monday.
A discount grocery chain is down to two stores in the Charleston area.
Save A Lot food store at 205 N. Goose Creek Blvd. closed at about the same time the new no-frills grocer Aldi opened at 205 St. James Ave. in March.
Save A Lot’s other stores in the Lowcountry are both in North Charleston — at 4411 Durant Ave. and 5060 Dorchester Road.
A luxury car dealer in Charleston has several improvement projects in the works.
Baker Motor Co. plans to build a new Mercedes-Benz showroom at 1513 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.
Up the street at 1521 Savannah Highway, Baker is moving along with plans to build a two-story luxury car showroom for multiple brands on the corner of Markfield Drive where an IHOP breakfast restaurant once stood.
The car dealer also plans to create additional parking near its Cadillac dealership a bit farther up the street.
Site plans show a new parking lot with about 103 spaces at 1601 and 1611 Savannah Highway. An affiliate of Baker Motor Co. bought both parcels separately in early 2021 for a combined $3.825 million, according to Charleston County land records.
A European day spa is opening a second Lowcountry location in May.
Spa Azure owner Christine Ingram is bringing the new place to be pampered to The Jasper mixed-use project at 320 Broad St. A tentative opening date of May 13 is set.
The spa offers facial and body treatments, anti-aging methods, skincare consultations as well as an array of beauty services such as waxing and tinting.
The new location will feature four private treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and retail beauty products. It will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The other Spa Azure is at 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.
A new car wash is slated for West Ashley. Time to Shine plans to build a vehicle-cleaning site at 1000 Floyd Drive on a 2.37-acre site off West Ashley Circle near the Walmart shopping center.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Whether you enjoy them mixed with shrimp or add a bit of bacon and cheese, you will typically find this southern staple at several restaurants across the Lowcountry.Grits are made from ground corn and can be served in a variety of ways. If you are visiting Charleston for the first time, you may hear them referred to as “hominy.”Hominy grits are made from corn that has been soaked in an alkaline solution – once the hull is removed, the kernels are dried and then ground.The...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Whether you enjoy them mixed with shrimp or add a bit of bacon and cheese, you will typically find this southern staple at several restaurants across the Lowcountry.
Grits are made from ground corn and can be served in a variety of ways. If you are visiting Charleston for the first time, you may hear them referred to as “hominy.”
Hominy grits are made from corn that has been soaked in an alkaline solution – once the hull is removed, the kernels are dried and then ground.
They can be served any time of day – it really depends on how you serve them.
But where can you find the best bowl of grits in the Lowcountry? We asked locals which area restaurants serve the best.
Here are the 5 most popular restaurants to enjoy a bowl of grits.
ACME Lowcountry Kitchen – From grits with blackened shrimp and smoked sausage to Cajun-style, this restaurant on the Isle of Palms offers a variety of local shrimp and grits dishes on both the dinner and brunch menus. A top recommendation was for the pimento cheese grits. They even offer grit bowls with short ribs and fried green tomato!
BONUS: Try the Gouda Grits Fries on the dinner menu: fried grits, scallions, bacon and smoked gouda.
Grace & Grit – Located off Wingo Way in Mount Pleasant, this popular spot offers cheese grit beignets or order a ‘grit flight’ for the table. You can try the classic local shrimp and grits or keep it on the side with a variety of gourmet grits. (Pimento cheese, peaches n cream, parmesan and more!) Or enjoy the “self-respecting southerner” – a bowl of fried chicken, red rice grits, collard greens and honey. That’s not all, finish your grit fest with dessert – the restaurant offers a coconut cream grit Brulee.
The Variety Store – This downtown Charleston restaurant offers myriad grits-inspired dishes on its breakfast menu; stick with the classic Lowcountry shrimp and grits or be adventurous and enjoy a bowl of crisp alligator, smoked sausage and shrimp over grits. The lunch and dinner menu does not have a wide variety of grit-inspired dishes, but our viewers agree you should try the Bear Island shrimp and grits. It is made with grilled shrimp, smoked sausage, onions and pepper over grits with gravy.
The Grit Counter – This southern restaurant, with locations in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant, offers build your own grit bowls or sample the menu with a grit flight. You can also try a BLT bowl, which includes pimento cheese grits, or the harvest bowl with grilled chicken and peaches & cream grits.
Nigel’s Good Food – Another top recommendation was Nigel’s Good Food. Boasting a menu with “just what your soul needs,” this southern spot offers a simplified but delicious grits dish. Grandma Fred’s Shrimp and Grits comes served with onions, bell peppers, bacon and sausage. ‘Nigel’s’ is located in Ladson and off Ashley Phosphate Road.