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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
“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
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.
The aftershocks continue to keep coming in the Midlands as another earthquake was confirmed Wednesday morning.A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Lugoff at 1:45 a.m., according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. It is the ninth earthquake to hit the Columbia area in little more than a week.The ...
The aftershocks continue to keep coming in the Midlands as another earthquake was confirmed Wednesday morning.
A 2.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Lugoff at 1:45 a.m., according to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. It is the ninth earthquake to hit the Columbia area in little more than a week.
The quake hit close to the surface at a depth of 0.5 kilometers, or about a third of a mile, U.S. Geological Survey data shows.
The latest earthquake was the most powerful of all the seismic activity confirmed in Kershaw County in the past week, other than the first quake on Dec. 27 that registered 3.3 on the Richter scale.
Wednesday’s quake is among the five most powerful of the 32 earthquakes confirmed in the Palmetto State since Jan. 18, 2021, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Anyone who felt the earthquake can report it to the USGS, and more than 250 people had by 6:45 a.m.
No major damage or injuries have been reported from any of the nine recent quakes.
Earthquakes that register 2.5 magnitude or less often go unnoticed and are usually only recorded by a seismograph, according to Michigan Technological University. Any quake less than 5.5 magnitude is not likely to cause significant damage, the school said.
It is typical for South Carolina to have between six and 10 earthquakes a year, the S.C. Geological Survey previously reported. There were at least 11 earthquakes recorded by the USGS in South Carolina in 2020.
Following Wednesday’s activity, 22 earthquakes have been recorded since Sept. 27 in the Palmetto State, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
Of the the earthquakes confirmed in South Carolina since the start of 2021, 20 occurred in the Midlands, S.C. Department of Natural Resources data shows.
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This story was originally published January 5, 2022 6:56 AM.
South Carolina health officials predict the winter holidays, similar to last year, will bring a surge in COVID-19 cases.In light of that information, health officials are pushing the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.The city of Columbia is offering free Pfizer, Pfizer pediatric, Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The clinics will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.? Today, vaccines will be available at the Drew Wellness Center on Walker Solomon Way? On Thursday, officials will offer the vaccine at Hyatt Park on Ja...
South Carolina health officials predict the winter holidays, similar to last year, will bring a surge in COVID-19 cases.
In light of that information, health officials are pushing the unvaccinated to get vaccinated.
The city of Columbia is offering free Pfizer, Pfizer pediatric, Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The clinics will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.
? Today, vaccines will be available at the Drew Wellness Center on Walker Solomon Way
? On Thursday, officials will offer the vaccine at Hyatt Park on Jackson Avenue.
? On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the vaccine will be available at MLK Park on Greene Street.
? On Thursday, Jan. 6, at Melrose Park on Fairview Drive
Other COVID-19 vaccine sites in the Midlands can be found at DHEC’s website at vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov.
There are also several COVID-19 testing across the Columbia area, including at Main Street Physicians on Main Street, the Wright Wellness Center on Laurel Street and the DHEC parking lot on Bull Street.
The Lexington Medical Center also opened a new testing site in northeast Columbia on Longtown Commons Drive. The site will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are required and can be made online.
The hospital also is operating a testing site at 139 Summerplace Drive in West Columbia, open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. However, it will be closed on New Years Day. Appointments are required and can be made online at lexmed.com/patients-visitors/covid-screening.
More testing locations and details can be found on DHEC’s website at scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations.
State Department of Health and Environmental Control officials have yet to update recent coronavirus case numbers due to the holidays. Last year, the holidays were followed by the largest surge of cases in South Carolina’s pandemic history.
An uptick in cases may also put strain on local hospitals.
As of about a week ago, 70% of Richland County hospital beds were in use, and 87% in Lexington County, according to DHEC.
Lexington Medical Center reported a marked increase of COVID-19 patients Wednesday, spokeswoman Jennifer Wilson said.
Through most of December, the hospital cared for 20 to 30 COVID-19 patients per day, Wilson said. As of Wednesday, they were caring for 42. However, the hospital still has available beds and Wilson said they’re not worried about space.
During a press conference Wednesday, Prisma Health officials said in one week, COVID-19 hospitalizations doubled from 100 to 223. In response, Prisma, one of the largest hospital systems in the state, announced it would cut back other services.
Officials at the Medical University of South Carolina reported Wednesday they are also seeing an increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations, with more than 20 patients hospitalized in their Charleston location and 20-25 patients each at their Pee Dee and Columbia locations.
MUSC has also seen an increase in pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations, with five children hospitalized now, the highest number since mid-October.
As health officials await the winter surge in cases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed their COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.
On Monday, the CDC shortened the recommended time of isolation from 10 to five days if the person with COVID-19 is asymptomatic. Then, they would need to wear a mask in public for the five following days.
Those who are symptomatic are advised to wait until they are no longer experiencing symptoms.
Health officials said they changed course on their guidance because the majority of COVID-19 transmission happens in the two days before symptoms start and the two to three days after.
This story was originally published December 29, 2021 10:15 AM.
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South Carolina’s largest health care system is changing its visitation policies in response to the increasing rate of COVID-19 infections.
As the omicron strain of the coronavirus surges, Prisma Health has responded by limiting visitors to all of the emergency rooms at its hospitals across the state, including several in the Columbia area.
The changes went into effect Saturday, according to a news release from Prisma Health officials.
Patients coming to Prisma Health emergency rooms will no longer be allowed to have visitors — except under special circumstances, according to the release.
“This step is needed to protect patients, visitors and team members during this unprecedented omicron surge,” Prisma Health officials said in the release.
Visitors and care partners will be asked to wait in cars or offsite once a patient has been checked in, officials said. Updates will be provided by phone and will follow guidelines for patient confidentiality, according to the release.
Prisma officials said the only exceptions to the new visitation policy include:
? Pediatric patients (under age 18), or when an adult arrives accompanied by a child.
? Patients with care needs or who are unable to give consent, or when an adult patient arrives accompanied by an adult with a care need.
? End-of-life events.
These changes are in addition to the requirements that are already in place for anyone going to any Prisma Health hospital in South Carolina.
For more information on the current guidelines for all Prisma Health locations, go to the visitor restrictions page on the health care system’s website.
Prisma Health was formed in November 2017 after Midlands-based Palmetto Health and the Greenville Health System merged to create the largest health system in South Carolina with 18 hospitals. Its hospitals include Richland, Baptist, Baptist Parkridge in the Columbia area and Tuomey in Sumter.
Prisma Health is not the only area hospital adjusting in the face of the omicron surge.
On Wednesday, Lexington Medical Center announced it will allow one visitor to accompany a patient in the emergency room, but only until the emergency room reaches capacity. The visitor must stay in the patient’s exam room and can then accompany them to their room after the patient is admitted.
Additionally, one visitor can wait in Lexington Medical Center’s lobby during a patient’s surgery and accompany the patient to their room afterwards. One support person is allowed to accompany a woman giving birth.
Beyond that, Lexington Medical Center said one visitor per day will be allowed to visit a patient between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must be masked at all times.
Aiken Regional Medical Centers announced a similar change Tuesday, saying one visitor is allowed in the emergency room, as well as inpatient areas like the intensive care unit and progressive care unit.
In late December 2021, the Medical University of South Carolina implemented similar changes to its hospitals in the Lowcountry, as well as across the Palmetto State — including some in the Midlands.
South Carolina has seen more than 1 million (confirmed and probable) cases of the coronavirus and 14,746 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.
In the first week of 2022, more than 62,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in South Carolina, DHEC said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that the omicron variant makes up an estimated 95% of all COVID-19 cases around the country, while the delta variant makes up the remaining 5%.
Hospitals across South Carolina report that a total of 8,197 inpatient beds are currently being used and they are at 83.7% capacity, according to DHEC. There are 1,501 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, which is a 59% increase from a week ago, with 275 in ICU beds and 132 on ventilators, data shows.
Within the week, 24 hospitals in South Carolina are expecting staff shortages, DHEC said.
This story was originally published January 9, 2022 11:03 AM.
The South Carolina NAACP’s annual King Day at the Dome event, which has played host to candidates for governor and president who have used the platform to speak directly to Black voters ahead of the state’s pivotal primary, will go virtual in 2022 out of COVID-19 concerns.It’s the second time the Columbia-based event marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day has had to shift to online because of COVID-19.State NAACP Conference President Brenda Murphy confirmed the move to The State.A flyer provided to The Stat...
The South Carolina NAACP’s annual King Day at the Dome event, which has played host to candidates for governor and president who have used the platform to speak directly to Black voters ahead of the state’s pivotal primary, will go virtual in 2022 out of COVID-19 concerns.
It’s the second time the Columbia-based event marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day has had to shift to online because of COVID-19.
State NAACP Conference President Brenda Murphy confirmed the move to The State.
A flyer provided to The State said the event will start at 10 a.m. Jan. 17. Leon Russell, chairman of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors, will be the keynote speaker. More details about the event will be released closer to the date.
The annual event traditionally kicks off with a church service at Zion Baptist Church on Washington Street. Afterward, churchgoers walk down Main Street toward the State House, with King’s “I Have a Dream” speech playing over loudspeakers on the Capitol grounds.
King Day at the Dome is popular for political candidates who flock to the event in large part to woo Black voters, who make up roughly two-thirds of the Democratic voting bloc in South Carolina.
In 2020, eight Democratic presidential hopefuls spoke to attendees at the 20th anniversary. They included then-candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who walked down Main Street with voters.
“I think we’re at the second inflection point of the civil rights movement in America,” Biden said at the event in 2020. “We have to work twice as hard together to get out of the situation that we find ourselves in.”
King Day at the Dome was started by protesters more than two decades ago, when they stood outside the State House demanding that the Legislature take down the Confederate flag from atop the dome. Through a legislative deal that helped to create what’s known as the Heritage Act, the flag was eventually moved to a more prominent spot on the grounds next to the Confederate Soldier Monument that faces the busy intersection of Gervais and Main streets.
The flag was completely removed in 2015 after a self-professed white supremacist murdered nine Black churchgoers, including state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
This past January was the first cancellation since the event was first held in 2000 because of COVID-19.
Though most events in South Carolina returned to in person this year, the last few months have been marked by the appearance of the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant. Omicron has caused a rise of cases and hospitalizations, though health officials say people who are fully vaccinated and have their booster vaccines tend to have milder symptoms than those without.
Ahead of the New Year, state health officials warned of a likely surge in new cases, particularly after South Carolina hit a new all-time high for daily cases of nearly 9,000 Friday.
The previous high was set a year ago Jan. 6.
Drive-through displays of holiday lights are popular in the Columbia area. Here's where you can find some of the best designs.COLUMBIA, S.C. — Grab the kids and pile them in the back seat with blankets and hot chocolate! The large, public holiday light displays throughout the Midlands are perfect for a family outing:Through December 24: Elgin Light Show will end a 25-year run Friday night. The free event takes donations for Camp Chemo -- a camp for kids with cancer. In addition to the light display, there...
Drive-through displays of holiday lights are popular in the Columbia area. Here's where you can find some of the best designs.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Grab the kids and pile them in the back seat with blankets and hot chocolate! The large, public holiday light displays throughout the Midlands are perfect for a family outing:
Through December 24: Elgin Light Show will end a 25-year run Friday night. The free event takes donations for Camp Chemo -- a camp for kids with cancer. In addition to the light display, there are antique toys, trains and Army toys and airplane models. Due to COVID-19 protocols, masks must be worn inside of the buildings. Open Thursday and Friday, 6-9 p.m. at 2433 Charlie Horse Circle, Elgin
Through December 26: Carolina Lights at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $20 for cars, $30 for mini-buses (9-24 passengers), and $70 for vehicles with 25 or more passengers. Chocolate chip cookies and milk are available for purchase. Tune your vehicle's radio to 88.9 FM to listen to holiday music synched with the lights. scstatefair.org/carolina-lights
Through December 30: Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo (select evenings, see calendar online). Come and check out Columbia's longest running holiday attraction that features animated LED Story Tree, Santa's Village, the Candy Cane Carousel, North Pole Express train ride, and treats such as S'mores and hot chocolate and more. Tickets are $12/adult and $10/child age 2-12; children younger than 2 get in free, some attractions may have an additional fee.
Through December 31: Fantasy Lights at Swan Lake Gardens display is set up as a drive-through but visitors are encouraged to park and take photos. The Pilot Club's floating Christmas tree is a crowd favorite. Enter at 822 W Liberty St. in Sumter, 6-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Access to walking trails is closed at dusk.
Through December 31: Holiday Tours of Columbia's Historic Homes. Walk through history and see and experience traditional decorations at the Robert Mills House and Hampton Preston Mansion in downtown Columbia. Tours offered at noon and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and admission tickets include both homes. Tickets are available at The Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding St. or schedule a group tour by calling (803) 252-1770 ext. 23 or emailing email@example.com. More information at HistoricColumbia.org
Through December 31: Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals, 6-10 p.m. Drive through millions of twinkling light displays or park and take part in Holiday Lights activities such as a hayride or train ride through the lights, slide down the Winter Wonder tube slide or take in a holiday-themed movie in the Environmental Center. Santa will be at the Shoals December 10-23 for photos and the Santa Claus'et Gift Shop will be open for sales, along with concessions and wine and beer. Tickets are per vehicle -- $25/car; $50/12-15 passenger van, truck with trailer and limousines; $75/16-or-more passenger bus; credit card transactions add a $3 fee. More information and complete Holiday Lights activity program at icrc.net/event/holiday-lights-river
Through January 2, 2022: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D at South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St., Columbia. The 10-minute stop-motion animated story, plating in the Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson Jr 4-D Theater, has been enhanced with 3-D visuals and 4-D effects such as rumbling seats and snow. While you're there, check out the 30-minute laser light show set to holiday music in the Museum's planetarium. More information at scmuseum.org