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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 Columbia, 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 other photographers, I use my technical knowledge of photography, ability to connect with people, and artistic creativity to produce memorable photos for my clients. I believe that providing folks with a client-centric experience sets me apart from other photographers in Columbia.

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 Columbia 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 Columbia:

Our company mission is to exceed expectations

Your family is probably the single most important part of your life. From children to grandparents, and even nieces and nephews, building a strong family bond secures your legacy for the future.

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 strive to pour my soul and creativity into each 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 fun experience.

Whether you have a newborn baby that you want to celebrate or have grandparents in town for a visit, Columbia 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 – Columbia Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row

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

As a family photographer in Columbia, 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, we grow – both literally in size and also in mind. Having annual family photographs helps document the advancements and growth you have in life. Family photography in Columbia is a great way to remember the quirks or personality traits in your children, or to immortalize an important event like a high school graduation. Since we grow and change so fast, many families arrange for yearly family photo sessions to see their family’s growth year over 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 Columbia, SC, drawing out these feelings and emotions and capturing them on film 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia, 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 Columbia or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.  

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SC lawmaker vows to introduce bill that could bring lethal injection back for executions

The South Carolina lawmaker who sponsored a new law that introduced the firing squad and brought back the electric chair said that next legislative session, he will introduce a bill that could kick-start the state’s ability to offer lethal injection as a method of execution. In an op-ed published Wednesday in The State, Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, said he would file a shield law bill, which would block the name of drug comp...

The South Carolina lawmaker who sponsored a new law that introduced the firing squad and brought back the electric chair said that next legislative session, he will introduce a bill that could kick-start the state’s ability to offer lethal injection as a method of execution.

In an op-ed published Wednesday in The State, Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry, said he would file a shield law bill, which would block the name of drug companies that choose to sell lethal injection drugs to the state from the public record.

Hembree could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

An effort to pass a shield law would be supported by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, his spokesman Brian Symmes said Thursday.

“The governor has been advocating for a shield law since 2017,” Symmes said.

Shield laws have been successful in other states seeking the necessary drugs to carry out lethal injections. While states that have to publicly disclose what companies are selling them the drugs, like South Carolina, have been blocked from purchasing them, states with shield laws, like Texas, have successfully been procuring the drugs for years.

For the last decade, drug companies have sought to clamp down on how their products are being used. They’ve refused to sell the necessary drugs to carry out a lethal injection to states that did not protect their names from being released to the public.

As South Carolina’s supply of lethal injection drugs expired, some state lawmakers pushed to pass a shield law, which would restart the state’s ability to carry out an execution. Because the default method of execution was the lethal injection at the time, the state could not carry out an execution unless an inmate specifically chose to die in the electric chair.

Two bills, introduced in 2015 and 2016, failed to gain any traction.

In his op-ed, Hembree said this was, in part, due to lobbying by Justice360, a Columbia group that is providing legal counsel to three death row inmates who have received stays of execution. Hembree’s claims have been echoed in court in recent weeks by lawyers for the S.C. Department of Corrections and S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, who fought claims that the state did not try hard enough to procure lethal injection drugs so it could be offered as a method of execution to the inmates, who are facing their deaths.

“After their testimony, the bill that would have created a shield law never got out of committee,” Hembree wrote. “We are here today because Justice 360 opposed a shield law.”

Without a shield law in place, the state sought other ways to resume carrying out death sentences.

This year, lawmakers changed the state’s execution law, making the electric chair the default method of execution. Under the new law, inmates can also choose to die by lethal injection or firing squad if those methods are available.

“Opposing the creation of a shield law paved the way for the recent death penalty law to pass, creating a firing squad and making the electric chair the state’s default method of execution,” Hembree wrote in his op-ed.

With only the electric chair available, the state pushed forward with plans to execute two of the three inmates who had received stays because Corrections was unable to carry out their execution. Death row inmates Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens were scheduled to die before the end of June.

Their executions were ultimately postponed by the state Supreme Court just days before Sigmon’s was scheduled. The court ruled that no execution could be carried out under the new law until the inmate could be provided multiple methods of death to choose from.

The Department of Corrections is currently developing procedures to carry out an execution by firing squad. However, if lawmakers were to pass a shield law before those procedures were in place and Corrections were able to purchase the drugs, executions could resume with the option of lethal injection on the table.

What the flock? Purple Martins in Columbia, SC

It’s a bird? Yes, it certainly is a bird. Just like a scene out of Alfred Hitchock’s “The Birds” but in real life. Thousands and thousands of birds call Lake Murray home for the summer. The purple martin is a part of the swallow family and every summer 1 million+ take flight ...

It’s a bird?

Yes, it certainly is a bird. Just like a scene out of Alfred Hitchock’s “The Birds” but in real life. Thousands and thousands of birds call Lake Murray home for the summer.

The purple martin is a part of the swallow family and every summer 1 million+ take flight to Bomb Island, providing a glimpse at this natural phenomenon right in the Midlands.

Why do they come here?

Think of it as summer vacation. You’d want to spend the warmer weeks by the water too, am I right? The purple martins roost on Bomb Island from the end of June to the start of August.

#ProTip — the best time to see them is just before sunset + they will continue flying until the sun goes down.

Bomb Island is the largest sanctuary for the purple martins in the United States. The birds have been known to fly up to 160 miles every evening + take shelter in the trees on this uninhabited island, which was once used as target practice by B-52 Bombers during World War II.

The purple martins are not on the endangered species list; however, they have faced a significant decline in population in recent years due to a loss of habitat + not as many folks providing bird houses to establish a nesting habitat.

They typically stay on the island before flying to South America for the winter months, which means you have plenty of time to see them this summer.

How to see them

Taking a boat to Bomb Island provides the best view of the purple martins in action. No one is allowed on the island during the summer months, so be sure to stay on your watercraft once you get there.

If you don’t have a boat, here is how to rent one locally. If you want to take a ride + learn more about the purple martins, Wingard’s Naturalist, Zach Steinhauser, is offering an educational experience Monday through Friday beginning on July 5 and running through Aug. 27. Sign up for a tour here.

State legislature budgets $850K for Five Points road project, paving way for Harden Street changes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Traffic in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood will likely look different in the coming years. On Monday, the state legislature approved a budget that included $850,000 for road work in Five Points. Rep. Seth Rose (D-Columbia) requested the money as an earmark and said it’s slated to join roughly $4 million set aside by the S.C. Department of Transportation to improve Harden Street and corresponding intersections. Rose had been working to get the final $850,000 to fund the ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Traffic in Columbia’s Five Points neighborhood will likely look different in the coming years.

On Monday, the state legislature approved a budget that included $850,000 for road work in Five Points.

Rep. Seth Rose (D-Columbia) requested the money as an earmark and said it’s slated to join roughly $4 million set aside by the S.C. Department of Transportation to improve Harden Street and corresponding intersections. Rose had been working to get the final $850,000 to fund the DOT changes.

The money comes after a department report which ranked Five Point’s portion of Harden Street as the most dangerous stretch of road in the state for pedestrians and bicyclists.

No plans are finalized, but documents from the DOT show the potential reduction of four lanes on Harden street to two, and alterations to the Harden/Devine intersection, as well as the Harden/Blossom intersection.

Rose thanked his colleagues in the statehouse and said the project is about safety and business opportunities.

“It’s a historic place for all of South Carolina and so as we chart the future of Five Points, to make it more business-friendly, to have more people want to locate businesses here. This is an important project,” he said.

“I can only imagine what this is going to do for pedestrians that want to walk and bike and feel like they can come to Five Points and not be run over. This is going to make our historic village have more of that village feel.”

The budget still needs Governor Henry McMaster’s approval. Rose said if McMaster veto’s it, the legislature will likely reconvene to override the action.

Rose called the issue of pedestrian safety a ‘decades-old problem’ that the project will address.

“This project is worthwhile, this wasn’t just haphazardly done, we had experts from the Department of Transportation do a several months long study,” he said.

DOT Safety Project Manager Brett McCutcheon said the department is still working on the concept of the improvements. That process will include public input meetings.

McCutcheon said barring anything unforeseen, the project will likely go to bid in late 2022 with construction beginning roughly two months after a bidder wins the contract.

Five Points Association President and owner of Saluda’s Steven Cook told WIS he is excited about the project, and any short-term construction will be worth it.

“Look that will always be a concern, right? I think at the end of the day you have to balance those short-term inconveniences for the long-term health of the neighborhood. We do that every single day, whether it’s a delivery truck delivering something down here. When you’re in a dense urban environment like this, there are always going to be trade-offs,” he said.

The next input meeting is August 3 at the Columbia Convention Center from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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Allisha Gray Named to U.S. Olympic 3x3 Team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina women’s basketball program added another Olympic bound alumna with Allisha Gray being named to the inaugural USA Basketball women’s 3x3 team, USA Basketball officials announced on Wednesday. Gray is set to make her Olympic debut in Tokyo but has worn the red, white and blue for USA Basketball since 2018 when she was named as part of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool. After making the USA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team, Gray went on to c...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina women’s basketball program added another Olympic bound alumna with Allisha Gray being named to the inaugural USA Basketball women’s 3x3 team, USA Basketball officials announced on Wednesday.

Gray is set to make her Olympic debut in Tokyo but has worn the red, white and blue for USA Basketball since 2018 when she was named as part of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team pool. After making the USA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team, Gray went on to claim MVP honors at the 2021 Big Twelve International in Voiron, France, leading USA to a 6-1 record and first place. As a member of the 2021 USA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team, Gray averaged a team-high 6.5 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament May 26-30 in Graz, Austria. Most importantly, the USA’s semifinal win qualified the USA for the inaugural 3x3 Olympic event in Tokyo, and the USA finished No.1 based on FIBA’s rankings. Through her time with USA Basketball, Gray has tallied a 17-2 record in five-on-five and 3x3 games, including exhibition games.

As a Gamecock, Gray helped Carolina win the 2017 NCAA Championship, earning Final Four All-Tournament and Stockton Region All-Tournament Team honors along the way. Gray averaged 16.5 ppg on 56.8 percent shooting during that NCAA Tournament run, and 8.3 rpg, second best on the team. She scored four straight points during Carolina’s 12-2 fourth quarter run in the national title game against Mississippi State, helping bring the Gamecocks their first national championship.

Gray joins her 2017 championship winning teammate A’ja Wilson, also making her Olympic debut in Tokyo. Other Gamecocks to play in an Olympics are Shannon Johnson (United States, 1996), Ilona Burgrova (Czech Republic, 2012) and Iva Sliskovic (Croatia, 2012).

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games begin on Fri., July 23 with 3x3 basketball featuring eight women’s teams competing at Aomi Urban Sports Park from July 24-28. The preliminary round will be played from July 24-27. The quarterfinals will be on July 27, and the semifinals and finals are set for July 28.

Continue to check GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the most up-to-date information on the women’s basketball program.

U.S. Olympic 3x3 Team

Stefanie Dolson, Chicago Sky, UConn

Allisha Gray, Dallas Wings, South Carolina

Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces, Washington

Katie Lou Samuelson, Seattle Storm, UConn

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STL establishing operations in Kershaw County

$23 million investment will create 120 new jobs over the next few years COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL), a leading digital network integration company, today announced plans to establish operations in Kershaw County. The $23 million investment will create 120 new jobs over the next few years. Founded in 1988, STL provides integrated 5G-ready end-to-end solutions for clients around the world. ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sterlite Technologies Limited (STL), a leading digital network integration company, today announced plans to establish operations in Kershaw County. The $23 million investment will create 120 new jobs over the next few years.

Founded in 1988, STL provides integrated 5G-ready end-to-end solutions for clients around the world. Specializing in optical interconnect, virtualized access solutions, network software and system integration, STL delivers solutions for customers’ current and future digital network needs.

Located at Heritage Pointe Industrial Park in Lugoff, STL’s new facility will increase the company’s capacity to meet the growing demand for high-speed internet connectivity, broadband access and 5G technologies.

The new facility is expected to be completed by fall 2021. Individuals interested in joining the STL team should email eagle.admin@stl.tech or visit the company’s careers webpage.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Kershaw County was also awarded a $300,000 Set-Aside grant to assist with costs related to this project.

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“We are proud to be a part of the U.S. president’s broadband connectivity initiative that will bring in high-quality connectivity to empower millions across the U.S. Through this facility, we look forward to deploying our best optical technologies on the ground. This investment strengthens our commitment to the U.S. and will enable digital empowerment with 5G readiness, while creating opportunities for the local communities.” -STL General Manager Stephen Szymanski

“South Carolina continues to lead the way in innovation, and STL’s investment in Kershaw County is further proof of that. Our state is a place where companies can find success, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for STL.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Today we celebrate a terrific win for STL, Kershaw County and the state of South Carolina. We congratulate this great company for their new operations in Kershaw County. This announcement proves that South Carolina is an ideal business destination for companies of all types.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"It's a great day in Kershaw County as we welcome and open a new business in our community. STL's announcement continues to prove the successful business climate Kershaw County offers to industries both domestically and internationally. We congratulate STL and look forward to working with them to invest and grow as a community partner for many years to come." -Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns

“Today’s world is requiring more and more access to the innovation of technology for daily professional and personal activities. STL’s new facility in Kershaw County will help fulfill growing demands, as well as provide opportunities for local workers to apply their skills and knowledge. We’re excited for STL’s future in the county and celebrate this latest win for our friends in Kershaw.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam

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