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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 Myrtle Beach, 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 Myrtle Beach.

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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 Myrtle Beach: 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, Myrtle Beach 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 Myrtle Beach
  • Historical Sites - Myrtle Beach Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

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

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

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Mural Brings Bright Colors, Reminder of Myrtle Beach's Past

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — For creators of Myrtle Beach’s newest public art installation — a striking, building-spanning painting imagined as an homage to the city’s past — the project is much larger than its 2,400-square feet.“Murals definitely look to the future and that (feeling of) bringing community together, so we wanted this to be a place where people gather,” Stacey Lyon, an interior decorator and member of Leadership Grand Strand’s 42nd class, said of the display at 503 9th North...

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — For creators of Myrtle Beach’s newest public art installation — a striking, building-spanning painting imagined as an homage to the city’s past — the project is much larger than its 2,400-square feet.

“Murals definitely look to the future and that (feeling of) bringing community together, so we wanted this to be a place where people gather,” Stacey Lyon, an interior decorator and member of Leadership Grand Strand’s 42nd class, said of the display at 503 9th North Avenue, which looks out onto Nance Plaza.

With its bubbling fountain, stone benches and bird’s eye view to the ocean, the downtown gathering spot is a pivot between the city’s future and challenging past.

Nance Plaza is a centerpiece of the city’s ambitious planned Arts and Innovation District that will eventually boast space for new municipal offices, a library, museums, business incubation and other amenities.

It’s home to Grand Strand Brewery and Mashburn Construction while around the corner is HTC’s Aspire Hub, a co-working space for entrepreneurs.

“To me, it seems to be the hub of what the city of Myrtle Beach really is,” said Kathy Strauss, a professional photographer and Leadership Grand Strand graduate.

Designed to match the district’s color pattern and branding, the 22-member Leadership Grand Strand team spent more than six months from design to completion, outlining on the mural of some of the city’s most distinctive elements: Golf, the Swamp Fox roller coaster, a silhouetted Springmaid pier, shag dancers and Charlie’s Place - a legendary nightclub that over its 30-year run saw performances from Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie among others.

“I love the fact that we’re remembering our history but we’re kind of pushing forward into the future,” said Diana Greene, who oversees the Leadership Grand Strand program.

The mural replaces a wall painting that first went up in 2016.

“When we talk about public art, we know that it is something that enhances our area, but its meant to been changed out over time to be fresh and new, and that’s what we did here today,” Mayor Brenda Bethune said.

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Charleston seeks new solution to unsold farmers market food

Vendors at Charleston’s city-run farmers markets used to be able to donate unsold food and produce to a nonprofit that distributed it to those in need.But after the markets returned from a COVID-19 hiatus, the organization has lost too much manpower both in volunteers and staff to continue providing the service.City leaders are trying to find new options to keep thousands of pounds of food from the Marion Square and West Ashley markets from going to waste.“Just in 2019 I believe the amount of food collected w...

Vendors at Charleston’s city-run farmers markets used to be able to donate unsold food and produce to a nonprofit that distributed it to those in need.

But after the markets returned from a COVID-19 hiatus, the organization has lost too much manpower both in volunteers and staff to continue providing the service.

City leaders are trying to find new options to keep thousands of pounds of food from the Marion Square and West Ashley markets from going to waste.

“Just in 2019 I believe the amount of food collected was between 4(thousand) to 6,000 pounds from Marion Square alone,” said Charleston Farmers Market Manager Harrison Chapman. “It makes a huge impact.”

Over the ten years that Chapman has served in his role the collection service has been available to vendors. A group of about ten to fifteen volunteers across the two markets would give out crates about 30 to 45 minutes before closing. Any produce that was still in good condition but too old to make it to the next week’s market would get donated.

It was then distributed to senior homes, the Lowcountry Food Bank and other similar organizations.

Chapman said he is in talks with the previous provider as well as other nonprofits to find ways to provide the collection service but so far has not been able to find a group with enough capacity.

Charleston Director of Sustainability Katie McKain is working on another solution. In April, her office applied for a grant to pay the city to set up a compost service at the farmers markets. The city will find out by the end of July if the funding is approved.

“It takes the pressure off vendors to take home their food scraps if they don’t have a way to repurpose them,” she said. “When food gets put in a landfill it gets trapped and without air to help it decompose naturally, it creates methane.”

McKain said she is still determining whether the program would work best with a series of bins for anyone to use on site or by smaller bins provided to each vendor.

More open collection spots would probably need to be accompanied by paid staff to educate the public on what items can properly be disposed of in the bins, she said.

If awarded the funding, the city would get the collection service up and running by the fall, she said.

The city is currently operating a pilot compost program for residents. Those who participate take an online course about composting and when approved, receive an access code for two bins set up in local parks. McKain hopes the program will receive permanent funding in next year’s budget.

In the meantime, Chapman is making an open call for volunteers and nonprofits interested in helping the market. He can be reached at farmersmarket@charleston-sc.gov.

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC Has Some of the Lowest Child Care Costs in the Nation

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents with children under the age of 18 left the workforce. With schools across the country shifting to remote learning, it made more financial sense for many parents to give up their job and stay home with their children rather than pay for child care - especially as child care costs skyrocketed during the pandemic.According to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, a family with two children, age four and eight, is projected to pay an average of $16,659 on child care in 2022. This...

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents with children under the age of 18 left the workforce. With schools across the country shifting to remote learning, it made more financial sense for many parents to give up their job and stay home with their children rather than pay for child care - especially as child care costs skyrocketed during the pandemic.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank, a family with two children, age four and eight, is projected to pay an average of $16,659 on child care in 2022. This amount varies across the country, however, and in many major metropolitan areas, child care costs are thousands of dollars less than average.

In the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach metro area, which covers parts of South Carolina and North Carolina, child care costs are considerably lower than the national average. According to the EPI's Family Budget Calculator, child care in the metro area for one 4-year-old child and one school-age child will cost an average of $9,723 in 2022.

As is often the case with factors that affect the cost of living, child care costs appear to be driven in part by what parents can afford. Just as child care costs are lower than average in Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, so too are incomes. Based on five-year estimates from U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 American Community Survey, the typical area family earns $65,152 per year, well below the national median family income of $80,069.

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FIRST ALERT: A few scattered storms this weekend, heat wave arrives next week

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One day of CCMF is down and we have three more days to go! If you’re headed to the festival again today, we have a great forecast on tap for you. Not headed to CCMF? No worries! It’s still a great day for the beach or pool!TODAYHighs will be warm today. After all, it is the middle of June with plenty of heat and humidity building back in. It could be worse though. Highs today will reach the mid 80s on the beaches with the upper 80s to lower 90s inland.Partly cloudy skie...

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One day of CCMF is down and we have three more days to go! If you’re headed to the festival again today, we have a great forecast on tap for you. Not headed to CCMF? No worries! It’s still a great day for the beach or pool!

TODAY

Highs will be warm today. After all, it is the middle of June with plenty of heat and humidity building back in. It could be worse though. Highs today will reach the mid 80s on the beaches with the upper 80s to lower 90s inland.

Partly cloudy skies will be the name of the game today with just an isolated shower chance at 20% for the beaches. I don’t see this being a widespread issue and most of us should remain dry for Friday afternoon and evening plans. If you’re headed out to CCMF, the forecast looks great for Riley Green and Luke Bryan.

THIS WEEKEND

Our forecast turns active at times for the start of the weekend with scattered showers and storms moving back into the area. An approaching cold front will move into the area, keeping both the humidity and storm chances around for Saturday with highs in the mid 80s on the beach and the lower 90s inland. It’s a 40% chance of showers and storms and that poncho may be needed for those headed to CCMF.

New this morning, models continue to hint at the idea of the cold front stalling out over the area Saturday night and into Sunday, leaving just enough room for a few more showers on Sunday. As much as we don’t want to, we had to add rain chances back to the forecast on Sunday with a 20% chance of a shower or storm. Hopefully this isn’t a trend that continues with the new data. If so, we may have to bump those storm chances up for Sunday even more. Regardless, highs will stick in the mid 80s on the Grand Strand with the lower 90s inland. Not much relief with a stalled out front.

HEAT WAVE NEXT WEEK

At least CCMF and those weekend plans won’t have to encounter what is to come for the area by next week. The confidence continues to increase in the hottest weather of the year with highs climbing into the lower 90s on the beaches by next week. Inland, areas will make a run for the triple digits, hitting 100 in a lot of spots Tuesday. Only a few storms are forecast to occasionally bring some temporary heat relief. Get ready for the first true heat wave this year.

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Bear sightings in the Myrtle Beach area increase in summer months

At 84 and with mobility problems, there’s only so much Marion Epstein can bear.And an actual one traipsing across her property at the River Hills Golf and Country Club is not on the list.“I’m here almost 30 years. I’ll be damned if I can’t feel safe to take a walk,” Epstein said.Her home, which hugs the 18th green at the Little River subdivision, has been visited in the past by alligators, though in recent conversations with neighbors who have reported sightings, she’s starting t...

At 84 and with mobility problems, there’s only so much Marion Epstein can bear.

And an actual one traipsing across her property at the River Hills Golf and Country Club is not on the list.

“I’m here almost 30 years. I’ll be damned if I can’t feel safe to take a walk,” Epstein said.

Her home, which hugs the 18th green at the Little River subdivision, has been visited in the past by alligators, though in recent conversations with neighbors who have reported sightings, she’s starting to worry about an ursine encounter.

Though not as bountiful as other wildlife that call South Carolina home, black bears are the largest land animal found in the state and have sustainable numbers in Horry County — estimated by wildlife officials at around 300.

The summer months are busy for bears, as it’s moving time for yearlings. Most sightings are of animals between 18 months and two years old that have left their mother and in search of their own territory.

Trapper Fowler, a former state Department of Natural Resources biologist who worked on its bear management and conservation plan, said ongoing development has shifted habitat and migration patterns, making a possible sighting less rare.

“Young bears are super active and mobile. They’re basically leaving mom and those two-year (old) bears will become a little bit more transient,” he said. “They’re just trying to find their own little spot.”

Bear hunting in Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg counties began in 2011 and runs from Oct. 17 through Oct. 30, with a harvest quota of 30.

While impossible for scientists to calculate exactly how may bears may roam South Carolina’s wilds, officials have pegged their coastal population at around 300 based on DNA modeling and reported sightings.

“Horry County used to have the biggest bear population in the state but obviously because our county has grown so rapidly, a lot of their habitat has been developed,” Fowler said. “So it’s pushing those bears into new places. Oftentimes, they have to cross neighborhoods to find wildlife corridors.”

With home ranges of between six and 160 square miles, bears can easily stretch their biomes into backyard and onto golf courses. A 2018 legislative report said the majority of bear-to-human contacts was the result of unsecured trash or bird feeders.

But for Epstein, the notion of coming across a bear has her on high alert.

“It’s OK on TV but not in person,” she said.

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