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The impulse to save our most cherished moments is a powerful force. When you ask people to choose three possessions to save from a burning house, one of the most common answers is a photo album.

Maybe that’s because photographs tell the stories of our lives – a timeline of memories filled with faces we love and places we have been. Photos speak directly to our emotions; they capture our attention and give us the power to show people who we are and what we do.

When composed professionally, they shine a light on our personalities, relationships, and families. After all, every human emotion has a place in photography.

Whether you need to steal someone’s attention with a stunning headshot or want to save your most loving family moments, I can help.

My name is Adam Chandler, and as a professional photographer in Charleston, SC I delight in the adventure of photography. I constantly immerse myself in whatever genre I’m shooting and seek new ways of bonding with my subjects to provide them with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Unlike some photographers, my many years of experience enable me to use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients no matter what the conditions. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Charleston.

Some professionals may be wonderful composers but cannot understand what their customers want. Others are great at connecting but don’t have the training or experience to make their work truly special.

When you choose Adam Chandler Photography, rest assured that you are hiring a photographer with creativity, imagination, and a keen eye for detail. You won’t ever have to worry about sacrificing one quality for another.

I have a wide range of professional experience in the world of photography. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of subjects, from local families to corporate business professionals in the Lowcountry. As a photographer in Charleston with more than a decade of experience, my top priority is not only to capture beautiful images but also to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable photography session.

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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 Charleston:

Our company mission is to exceed expectations

Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents to nieces, nephews and pets, photographing moments of family connection is a great way to preserve the memory of this special bond for generations to come.

You will grow and change with your family throughout life and encounter many memorable milestones along the way.  One of the best ways to document these milestones and relive your memories is with a family photo session.

I love family photography and pour my heart and soul as well as my creativity into every shoot. While each session is different, I approach each one with the same goal: to capture the unique personality, affection, and energy of each family so I can provide authentic, engaging pictures and a uniquely enjoyable experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Charleston 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 Island, Hilton Head, Edisto Beach
  • Popular Places – Washington Square, Broad Street, Ravenel Bridge
  • Historical Sites – Charleston Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

Whatever location you choose for family photography in Charleston, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.

As a family photographer in Charleston, one of the reasons why I love working with families so much is the opportunity to get creative. I gladly accommodate the style preferences my clients are looking for – be it more traditional, posed images, or candid, playful pictures.

I use a relaxed style of direction to get your family engaged in our photography session, to help get authentic expressions that are full of life and happiness.

Here are just a few reasons why families choose Adam Chandler Photography for their family portraits:

Document Family Growth

With each year that passes, changes take place in all of our lives. Having annual photos taken helps highlight the very special people and events that mean the most to us. And family photography in Charleston is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits of your children, or to immortalize important occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays and reunions. Since the years go by so fast, it can be deeply gratifying to capture quality images that you’ll cherish more with each passing year.

Remember Milestones

With each year that passes, new milestones are achieved. From a child’s first steps to a sibling getting married, there is no better way to remember such happy events than with photographs. Whether you are welcoming a new puppy into your life or just landed the job of your dreams, celebratory pictures of your family will give you heartwarming memories for the rest of your life.

Create Memories

The smiling, radiant face of your daughter after losing her first tooth. The loving glance between newlyweds. The happy father, beaming with pride after his son scored his first touchdown. As a professional photographer in Charleston, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them for you is one of my greatest joys. Not because the pictures are great, but because you, as my client, will have so many years of enjoyment looking back at them.

Portraits and Headshots in Charleston, 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 world of digital dominance, having a professional headshot or portrait of your team 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 humans just aren’t very photogenic. I know that for some clients, it can be hard posing for a professional photo; knowing their headshot or portrait might make the rounds with future employers.

Fortunately, I have years of experience taking professional headshots. Unlike some amateur photographers, I know how to draw out your personality to capture you at your best. I know how to compose your portrait based on the industry you work in or the goal that you have with your photoshoot. Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I advise them every step of the way – from the clothes they should wear to the expression they should have.

A professional headshot or portrait is an investment into your personal brand, and here is why:

Show Your Personality

A great headshot can help give people an idea of your personality before you sit down to meet them. For instance, a serious glance at the camera might convey determination. A big smile may say “I’m approachable.” My goal is to match your expression with your personality with every headshot or portrait I take.

Show Your Professionalism

Clients, collaborators, investors, and employers are much more likely to interview you or call your business if you look professional. You have taken the time to invest in your brand, and the important people you’re sharing your headshot with will appreciate your effort.

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 are looking to network with recruiters on LinkedIn, a headshot lends an air of professionalism that you won’t get with a selfie.

Show Off Your Current Look

Having outdated headshots can send a message of inauthenticity. When you have up to date headshots, you’re showing clients and employers that you are confident, committed, and authentic.

Qualities of a Great Photographer in Charleston, SC

Being a great photographer means more than owning the best pieces of camera equipment. While a great camera gives clients the clearest, highest quality photos available, it won’t help me connect with my subjects. I strive to give clients a fun, enjoyable photo session. I use my knowledge and experience to help set up the perfect shot. After connecting with my client, I draw out their personality to produce a stunning final product.

Clients choose Adam Chandler Photography because I am different from my peers in the best ways possible. Here are just a few qualities that my clients appreciate:

Imagination

I consider photography to be an artform – one that requires a creative mind and heaps of imagination. A great photographer needs to be able to take something ordinary and transform it into something beautiful. A back-alley puddle is about as mundane as it gets, but with the right technique and a little imagination, it can turn into something with much more substance.

Passion

This quality might seem like a no-brainer to most, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen photography that is missing something. More often than not, the photographer isn’t passionate about the subject or model that he or she is photographing.

Patience

Patience is an essential quality for all great photographers. Some days, picture lighting won’t cooperate. Other days, it’s hard to get that big happy smile from younger clients. That’s why patience and flexibility are so important. As a professional with years of experience, I understand that I must have the patience to deal with whatever comes my way and the flexibility to make the most out of any situation.

People Skills

All photographers are created differently. Some photographers are more aloof and put in the bare minimum effort when it comes to speaking with clients. Others, like myself, relish the opportunity to talk with customers. That’s because interacting with subjects allows me the chance to see their vision and transform their idea into art. Talking with subjects lets me draw out their emotions and put younger subjects at ease. People skills are a must in this industry. Luckily for me, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job

Eye for Detail

As a professional photographer in Charleston, SC I am meticulous when it comes to details. Every element of a photograph should be reviewed to ensure cohesiveness. You might think that a family photo session is cut and dry in terms of composition and detail, but all elements of a photograph must come together to convey the vision that my clients desire.
When you hire me as your photographer, I take all the following elements into consideration:

  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Emotion
  • Storytelling

If you have a goal you want to construe with your photographs, helping you achieve that goal is often found in the details.

I am proud to say that I am very passionate about my work. However, I’m also passionate about giving my clients the most enjoyable, care-free photography experience possible. My passion drives me to work harder, push farther, and strive to be better every day that I wake up.

Adam Chandler

Ready to Get Started?

One of my favorite things to do is to talk to clients about their vision. If you are in need of professional photography, let’s talk today about what you have in mind. Whether you’re looking for family photography in Charleston or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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Charleston artist “Making It!” on NBC’s crafting competition show

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – An arts and crafts competition kicking off on NBC this Thursday features an artist right here in the Lowcountry. “Art just kind of comes naturally to me, and I think if you have that spark when you’re little- if you keep practicing- you can do something cool with it, so I just kind of became obsessed and never stopped doing it. So, I wanted to make it my job,” said Becca Barnet. From the studio to the television screen Barnet is using her creativity to compete. “I j...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – An arts and crafts competition kicking off on NBC this Thursday features an artist right here in the Lowcountry.

“Art just kind of comes naturally to me, and I think if you have that spark when you’re little- if you keep practicing- you can do something cool with it, so I just kind of became obsessed and never stopped doing it. So, I wanted to make it my job,” said Becca Barnet.

From the studio to the television screen Barnet is using her creativity to compete.

“I just love a challenge and I love to learn new skills,” said Barnet.

The 34-year-old multimedia artist competed on season three of the NBC show “Making It!” hosted by some big-time stars.

“I am a huge fan of Parks and Rec as a lot of people are, and I’ve always loved Nick Offerman and Amy Poehler on TV. When I saw a couple of years ago that they had started to host a crafting competition I was like ‘wow that’s like two or three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one’ and I got such a kick out of the show because I loved the idea of making crafting accessible,” she said. “You don’t have to be a practicing artist or a super talented person to make something you’re super proud of. So, for me, what I love about the show is it’s encouraging, uplifting, funny and I was like you know I do a lot of different stuff. I think I could get into this, so I applied to be on the show and they asked me to come out and film it,” said Barnet.

In the show, eight contestants compete to be crowned “Master Marker” and win the $100,000 in prize money.

“To be successful in general, you always have to be able to mold yourself into what is happening,” said Barnet.

Barnet could not go into too much detail as not to spoil the show, but she says she had to think fast on her feet to create a masterpiece of her own.

“To be successful in general, you always have to be able to mold yourself into what is happening and there’s no reason in fighting it, you just kind of have to go this is the way the world is right now. We’re going to just do our best with what we have and keep staying positive and putting ourselves out there and morphing ourselves into whatever the art world needs,” said Barnet.

With the pressure on, the show is also filled with lots of laughs.

“It’s so exciting to make a show with people that are really excited about the same things that you are and humor. You know crafting and humor are all together, that’s like, how could you get better than that,” said Barnet.”

The season premiers on Thursday, June 24th and will be on every Thursday at 8:00 p.m. for 8 weeks – only on News 2.

Summerville administrator terminated in special Saturday meeting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Summerville’s town council is set to meet Wednesday evening to discuss the process to hire a new town administrator after council members voted on Saturday to terminate the town’s contract with Rebecca Vance. Vance was hired as the town’s administrator on January 31, 2020. However, nearly a year and six months into her contract, the mayor and town council members voted to fire immediately and without cause, according to draft minutes of Saturday’s meeting. There are still a lot ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Summerville’s town council is set to meet Wednesday evening to discuss the process to hire a new town administrator after council members voted on Saturday to terminate the town’s contract with Rebecca Vance.

Vance was hired as the town’s administrator on January 31, 2020. However, nearly a year and six months into her contract, the mayor and town council members voted to fire immediately and without cause, according to draft minutes of Saturday’s meeting.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about why Vance was let go. Saturday’s special-called meeting was announced just over 24 hours before council members would gather to terminate her contract.

According to meeting minutes, all but two of the town’s council members voted to end her time in the role.

Most of the council members wanted to fire Vance because they believed Vance was taking the town in a different direction than what the mayor or council was wanting.

One council member, Terry Jenkins, said he believed “there was a fundamental and philosophical difference between the Town Administrator and the Mayor and Council in dealings with daily interactions with Council and staff.”

Council member Bill McIntosh said he voted to terminate without cause “because he believes that the Town Administrator was not a good fit for this Council,” and council member Aaron Brown stated “there was a dichotomy between the Administrator and Mayor/Council as to who was in charge of the Town.”

Council members Kim Garten-Schmidt and Bob Jackson voted against the termination, and Jackson also voted against meeting in executive session on Saturday to discuss Vance’s termination.

“He did not think it was right to call a meeting on a Saturday morning when there was no time to get all of the facts regarding the issue,” draft meeting minutes stated.

Vance’s contract was signed on Jan. 31, 2020, but her term didn’t officially begin until March 9, 2020, according to her contract. She was set to remain as the town’s administrator for three years and make an annual gross salary of $165,000.

According to meeting minutes, Vance’s contract was terminated by the town involuntarily. Her contract states that the town must pay her a lump sum payment in the amount equal to her gross salary and benefits, “which would normally be paid over a period of one hundred eighty days.” Town officials have not yet released how much that amount will be.

The Summerville town council gathered Saturday morning to fire Vance while she was in Myrtle Beach for a meeting of the South Carolina City and County Managers Association. She was chosen during that meeting by the association’s members to lead as its president. Allison Burkey with the SCCCMA said Vance will remain president as there didn’t seem to be any ethical misconduct with her termination as Summerville’s town administrator.

“We allow the manager up to a year to be searching for a new position if they are in a director or officer position,” Burkey said.

In a press release from the town of Summerville announcing Vance’s hiring last year, Mayor Ricky Waring acknowledged Vance’s experience.

“Rebecca Vance has a strong background in local government and administrator experience,” Waring said in 2020. “Council is impressed with her qualifications, leadership experience, and high ethical standards. We look forward to the tremendous amount of value, transparency, and innovation she’ll bring to Summerville.”

Before her time as the town’s administrator, Vance served as the Deputy Administrator of Community Services for Dorchester County. She also served as the City Manager of Cayce, the City Administrator of Manning, and the Town Administrator of Summerton. “She also worked for the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments and the Sumter City-County Planning Commission earlier in her career,” the press released stated.

“I’m honored to work in Summerville with a council that’s passionate about their people and with a staff that values teamwork and service,” Vance said in 2020. “I appreciate the trust and confidence in being selected for this position. I look forward to giving back to a community that has given me so much throughout my life.”

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SC jobless rate falling, but hospitality firms still struggle to fill vacancies

South Carolina’s jobless rate tumbled in May as nearly 15,000 residents found jobs, though the hard-hit leisure-and-hospitality industry remains far behind the hiring curve The unemployment figure fell “appreciably” to 4.6 percent from 5 percent in April and remained below the U.S. average of 5.8 percent, according to new data released June 23. It marked the fifth consecutive decline for the Palmetto State. The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce said the pool of workers who had jobs in May increased 1...

South Carolina’s jobless rate tumbled in May as nearly 15,000 residents found jobs, though the hard-hit leisure-and-hospitality industry remains far behind the hiring curve

The unemployment figure fell “appreciably” to 4.6 percent from 5 percent in April and remained below the U.S. average of 5.8 percent, according to new data released June 23. It marked the fifth consecutive decline for the Palmetto State.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce said the pool of workers who had jobs in May increased 14,783 from the prior month, bringing the total to almost 2.28 million. At the same time, the number of residents classified as unemployed dropped by about 8,100 to 162,825.

“The numbers say a lot,” agency director Dan Ellzey said in a written statement. “People are going back to work.”

Hotels, restaurants and other service businesses that make the leisure and hospitality industry, which has struggled to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, added 4,000 jobs back last month and recaptured most of the 4,200 that were lost in April.

”It good to see a gain for the month,” said Laura Ullrich, a Charlotte-based economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Still, she added, leisure and hospitality remains a laggard among South Carolina’s major employers.

“Leisure and hospitality is really the outlier in term of jobs lost,” Ullrich said.

Other industries increased their payrolls included trade and transportation, manufacturing, information, and education and health services. Employers in the government, finance and construction categories reported declines.

Experts are waiting to see how the labor market will react after more than two dozen states stop taking extended unemployment assistance that the federal government is providing as part of the COVID-19 recovery effort. In South Carolina, the aid will be cut off starting this weekend, and about 100,000 residents could be affected.

Whether the sudden loss of income will push idled workers back into the job market remains a matter of debate, Ullrich said.

“Some people see it playing a very big role. ... Other people think it’s more complicated than that, and that we won’t see a lot of movement,” she said.

Several issues appear to be holding back the employment market, to varying degrees.

In some cases, job seekers might feel discouraged from applying for openings because they don’t think they have the right skills. Others have decided not to work, possibly because of health concerns or having to stay home to care for young children or elderly parents. Still others may be staying on the sidelines because of federal stimulus money they’ve received and the extended jobless benefits.

“We definitely are hearing about labor issues, labor shortages and difficulties in hiring,” Ullrich said.

Wages have been ticking higher, “but not in a very dramatic way,” she added

“I think firms are waiting it see how much difference this unemployment insurance ending makes,” she said.

Should the labor shortage persist, it becomes more likely that employers will have to boost pay more quickly to fill jobs, Ullrich said.

LIST: Fourth of July events happening across the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – After more than a year of cancellations and pandemic woes, the Lowcountry is gearing up for spectacular 4th of July celebrations! Below, you’ll find a list of events where you can celebrate America’s birthday. Check out this list of what’s to come: City of Charleston’s Fourth of July Celebration: The City of Charleston will a Fourth of July concert at The Joe, beginning at 8 P.M. Special guests Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler will be p...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – After more than a year of cancellations and pandemic woes, the Lowcountry is gearing up for spectacular 4th of July celebrations! Below, you’ll find a list of events where you can celebrate America’s birthday.

Check out this list of what’s to come:

City of Charleston’s Fourth of July Celebration:

The City of Charleston will a Fourth of July concert at The Joe, beginning at 8 P.M. Special guests Charlton Singleton and Quiana Parler will be present, in addition to the Charleston Symphony. A fireworks display will follow the concert and concessions will be available for purchase.

Doors to the ballpark open at 6 P.M.

Admission is free, however tickets must be reserved (tickets can be reserved here).

More details can be found on CharlestonArts.org.

The venue address is 360 Fishburne Street, Charleston, SC, 29403.

Patriots Point Fireworks Blast 2021

The 4th of July Fireworks Blast is returning to Charleston Harbor this year. Red, white and blue fireworks will cover the beautiful night sky in celebrating America’s independence. This year, the celebration will be limited to the shore this year.

The fee to be paid is $20 for parking, parking spots are available first-come, first-served. Admission ends at 3:30 PM and the ship closes at 5 PM. The 4th of July celebration will begin at 6 P.M.

There will also be local musicians playing live music, and more than ten Lowcountry food trucks.

Strollers are allowed for parents with younger children. With the exception of service animals, no pets are allowed at Patriots Point. Tents are also allowed on the grounds but must be broken down by 8 P.M. so other spectators can view the fireworks show. For viewers who’d like to stay on land, they are more than welcome to bring coolers, however, no fire-producing products such as sparklers and portable grills are allowed at Patriots Point.

4th of July Festival on Kiawah Island

Kiawah’s 4th of July Festival will begin right after the Annual Bike Parade at Night Heron Park. The event will be filled with attractions including carnival games, live music, inflatables, and more for everyone to enjoy.

Food and beverage tickets will go on sale at 4 P.M. at the event, with food prices ranging from $5 to $15. Night Heron Grill will also be serving food until 4 P.M.

Admission is free for the festival and no reservations are required. The event is limited to Kiawah Island guests and residents.

The event’s location is 4000 Sea Forest Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29455.

4th of July at Riverfront Park

The Lowcountry’s largest 4th of July fireworks show is returning to North Charleston, starting at 7 P.M. Admission is free to the public, and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Guests are also encouraged to bring snacks and plenty of water.

Here’s a list of food truck options:

Parking for the show is free. Attendees are asked to enter through the former Navy Base via McMillian or Virginia Avenues for parking. Carpooling, ridesharing, walking, and biking is encouraged.

Park entry is open until 5 P.M. Bags will be searched, and no grills, sparklers or outside fireworks are permitted.

Fireworks & Freedom Fest in Summerville

Take a small trip to the Flowertown in the Pines for a family-friendly event filled with food, fireworks, kids’ activities, and live music. The show will start at 5:30 P.M.

The park is located at 515 W. Boundary Street, Summerville, SC, 29485.

Fabulous Fourth in the Creek

The City of Goose Creek’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will kick off at 6:30 P.M. The event will feature live music, variety of food options, and fun activities for children. Outside fireworks, alcohol, and coolers are prohibited. Social distancing is recommended, and masks are required in areas where social distancing is impossible.

The celebration location is 519 N. Goose Creek Boulevard, Goose Creek, SC, 29445.

SC trails nation in COVID vaccination rates

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - The Palmetto State is falling behind national percentages in terms of the number of people who are getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data shows 65.4% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For seniors 65 or older, 87.3% have taken at least their first dose. South Carolina percentages drop to 53% for adults and drop slightly to 83.7% for seniors, according to the CDC. President Joe Biden set Jul...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - The Palmetto State is falling behind national percentages in terms of the number of people who are getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest data shows 65.4% of American adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For seniors 65 or older, 87.3% have taken at least their first dose.

South Carolina percentages drop to 53% for adults and drop slightly to 83.7% for seniors, according to the CDC.

President Joe Biden set July 4 as a goal by which he hoped to see 70% of American adults having taken at least one dose of the vaccine.

But the White House said Tuesday that percentage has only been achieved by those 30 or older.

The Biden Administration is hopeful that the figure will increase to include Americans 27 years old or older by Independence Day, even as it prepares to miss the goal for all Americans 18 and older.

The White House said meeting Biden’s vaccination goal is less important than the pace of the nation’s reopening, which is exceeding even its own internal projections as the overwhelming majority of the nation’s most vulnerable people are fully vaccinated and cases and deaths are at their lowest rates since the earliest days of the pandemic.

But vaccination rates have dropped over the past month even as shots have become more available.

One is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after taking the second dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The CDC says only 46% of South Carolina adults are fully vaccinated while 74.8% of seniors are fully vaccinated.

Those numbers again fall below the national rates of 55.9% for adults and 77.1% for seniors.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control lists vaccination rates among South Carolina residents 12 years old and older. Their data, with that expanded age range, shows 47% of South Carolina residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 40.6% are completely vaccinated.

Since the pandemic began, DHEC has confirmed 492,667 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 8,626 deaths.

The CDC recorded 33.3 million COVID-19 cases nationally and confirmed 599.354, according to the latest data.

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