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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 Hilton Head Island, 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 Hilton Head Island.
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 Hilton Head Island 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.
Now that you know a little about my background, let’s take a look at some of my most popular photography services in Hilton Head Island:
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, Hilton Head Island 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 – Hilton Head Island Battery, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Rainbow Row
Whatever location you choose for family photography in Hilton Head Island, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.
As a family photographer in Hilton Head Island, 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 Hilton Head Island 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.
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.
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 Hilton Head Island, 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 Hilton Head Island, 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 Hilton Head Island, 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:
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.
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 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.
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 Hilton Head Island, 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:
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 Hilton Head Island or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.
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Seeing ‘Hello, Dolly!’ live on Hilton Head is the perfect way to get back into theater
Hilton Head Island Packet
Here’s a secret I’ll share with you and with many others who ask the question: What do you think contributes to the continuing success of the youthful productions of the Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute? With this production of “Hello, Dolly!” Benjamin Wolfe, the founder and producer of SSTI, will celebrate 14 years of top-rated musical theater presentations on Hilton Head and in the greater Lowcountry community. When I sat down with him in the costume room at Seahawk Cultural Center, as the students and s...
Here’s a secret I’ll share with you and with many others who ask the question: What do you think contributes to the continuing success of the youthful productions of the Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute?
With this production of “Hello, Dolly!” Benjamin Wolfe, the founder and producer of SSTI, will celebrate 14 years of top-rated musical theater presentations on Hilton Head and in the greater Lowcountry community. When I sat down with him in the costume room at Seahawk Cultural Center, as the students and staff were preparing for the staged performance, I simply asked him directly, what has happened over those 14 years which brings continued success to SSTI?
“We really are an SSTI family,” he commented. “Whether you’re a student for a year or four, focusing on in front of the curtain or in back of the curtain experiences, we celebrate all. We’re their cheerleaders for life, just as they will be ours. At SSTI, we’re preparing our young people for careers on-stage and backstage, but most importantly, we are preparing them for the rest of their lives.”
The high regard the SSTI students and staff demonstrate to each other is noteworthy, even palpable.
There are clearly shared expectations and goals.
“Our students audition for inclusion in our program, and the process is competitive … and the outcomes, significant,” said Wolfe. “A very encouraging part of our program is that several of our students, after completing college-level courses in theater, music and dance as well as technical specializations, have returned to SSTI and are now members of our professional staff.”
Newly positioned as a technical staff member in props design, Madisen Frazier spoke about the impact of her early association with SSTI and her current staff position backstage. “Being a technical student at SSTI, I was given training that a high-schooler wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else,” she said. “Going from a student to a staff member at SSTI feels strange but in the best possible way. There is more freedom and responsibility, which I really appreciate, also all of the good, warm family aspects of SSTI when I was a student are still there!”
Shea Grande, a 4th-year student with SSTI who is starring as Dolly in this production, said “Playing Dolly has been my equivalent of playing a Disney princess! Being able to come into a character who is an unapologetic strong woman has meant the world to me. SSTI has given me life-changing experiences for four years and I’m forever grateful to Ben and the entire staff for letting me live my dreams. All young performers should feel included, loved, and seen.”
Our director/choreographer, the renowned Jacob Brent, who has staged productions across the globe and is possibly best known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber, comes to Hilton Head with an astounding background in musical theater. He agreed with Wolfe that “Hello Dolly!” would be the perfect musical to present just after everyone had experienced the impact of COVID-19 on their lives, generally, and on their theater experience, specifically.
Do you remember the storyline? Brent points out that it is one of those musicals which offers a portrayal of community fueled by love and ends in the stars! An uproarious blockbuster, filled with great good humor, romance and outstanding songs about love and money, particularly the irrepressible busybody Dolly Levi. The production will capture your imagination through Dolly’s less than subtle machinations as several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th century New York.
Through it all, “Hello, Dolly!” offers a delightful storyline, a brilliant musical score and a cast of some 40 students and professionals from across the country.
It’s so nice to have you back where you belong!
What: “Hello, Dolly!” by the Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute
Where: Seahawk Cultural Center, 26 School Road, Hilton Head
When: June 25 through July 4 at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets: Sold in pairs for $60 and $70
More info: To purchase tickets, visit HHISummerMusicals.com or call 866-749-2228
Upcoming: “Crazy For You” performances in late July and early August
Longtime Hilton Head friends work together as ‘Mamma Mia’ opens at Arts Center this week
Hilton Head Island Packet
At exactly 12:30 last Saturday afternoon, I noted with total delight as two incredible theater professionals — and clearly old Hilton Head friends — moved hurriedly from one section of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to another. Casey Colgan, the famed New York musical theater professional and director of the highly anticipated season opener “Mamma Mia,” moved quickly to open the door into the Elizabeth Wallace Theater lobby for Meredith Inglesby, a longtime friend and actress on Hilton Head and in New York...
At exactly 12:30 last Saturday afternoon, I noted with total delight as two incredible theater professionals — and clearly old Hilton Head friends — moved hurriedly from one section of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to another.
Casey Colgan, the famed New York musical theater professional and director of the highly anticipated season opener “Mamma Mia,” moved quickly to open the door into the Elizabeth Wallace Theater lobby for Meredith Inglesby, a longtime friend and actress on Hilton Head and in New York, too.
We pulled up chairs to talk quickly about “Mamma Mia.” The two were sharing a 20-minute break from rehearsals underway inside the theater to update me and reminisce about earlier times. Each held a mobile phone at the ready and were periodically challenged by announcements emanating from the theater beyond and behind closed doors.
During those amazing power-packed minutes, they brought to life not only their longtime friendship and their regard for each other but also lots about their professional experiences.
Inglesby is featured as Donna, and truthfully, the entire storyline by writers Catherine Johnson, Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus revolves around her. She is the grounded and capable manager of the Bella Donna Hotel on the fictional Greek island of Kalolairi and also, most importantly, is the sensitive, bright and caring mother of Sophie as she prepares for her upcoming wedding at the hotel.
I must warn you that there is a complication involving what appears to be the fantasy event. Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding in which her father would give her away. Here’s the complication: She doesn’t know who her father is! Donna was the featured singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos and has been unwilling to mention much about the times before Sophie. So her independent, resourceful daughter sneaks a quick look at her mother’s diaries, where she finds mention of three potential fathers.
Just so you’ll know, they are Sam, Bill and Harry, and she mails invitations to the three! She somehow feels that she will recognize her dad when he appears on her wedding day.
If the well-crafted storyline is a delight, do also look forward to the music in what is often referred to as a “jukebox musical” or even a pop concert. The music of the legendary group ABBA carries this triumph of theater from start to finish. My particular favorite this month is “Dancing Queen,” but there are close seconds like “Thank You for the Music,” “Super Trooper,” ”Chiquitita” and, of course “Mamma Mia!”
The direction and much more, along with the handling of the professional, mostly New York cast, is under the watchful, charismatic and creative eye of Colgan. The choreography is by Alec Vargas, and the musicians are under the direction of Bradley Vieth. The scenic design, costume design, light and sound design are seen to by seasoned professionals, with the stage management in the continuing hands of Ginger M. James.
What: “Mamma Mia!”
Where: Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane on Hilton Head
When: June 22 through Aug. 22
Tickets: $56 adults, $43 children
Box office: 843-842-2787 (ARTS)
Note: In keeping with Actor’s Equity requirements, audience members must be masked while in the theater.
Hilton Head’s airport had a jet fuel shortage on Sunday amid busy summer start. Why?
A jet fuel shortage at Hilton Head Island’s airport grounded at least one flight Sunday, frustrating and confusing passengers. The cause? A lack of working truck drivers in the post-pandemic economy, said Jon Rembold, Beaufort County’s airports director. Airlines on Hilton Head contract with companies that regularly deliver fuel to the island, Rembold said. Those companies in recent days have reported a shortage of truck drivers. “Unfortunately, we can’t influence that at all,” Rembold said....
A jet fuel shortage at Hilton Head Island’s airport grounded at least one flight Sunday, frustrating and confusing passengers.
The cause? A lack of working truck drivers in the post-pandemic economy, said Jon Rembold, Beaufort County’s airports director.
Airlines on Hilton Head contract with companies that regularly deliver fuel to the island, Rembold said. Those companies in recent days have reported a shortage of truck drivers.
“Unfortunately, we can’t influence that at all,” Rembold said.
It’s the latest labor shortage during South Carolina’s slow recovery from COVID-19. The Lowcountry has also reported a dearth of cleaning workers, restaurant employees and hotel staff.
The truck driver issues now add another level of uncertainty to this summer’s tourism season. The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and a surge of newly vaccinated travelers are regularly flying into Hilton Head.
“We never had (these) issues before,” Rembold told The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette on Monday.
Four fuel deliveries were canceled Sunday, but as of Monday morning the airport’s fuel supply was no longer a problem, Rembold said.
One truck arrived late Sunday, and another got in early Monday, he said.
Another five deliveries were expected later Monday. Those five trucks will contain about 40,000 gallons of fuel, Rembold estimated.
At least one United flight was canceled Sunday due to the shortage, Rembold said.
Skyler Hjelm, of Columbus, Ohio, was on that flight. She was scheduled to depart at 4:30 p.m. for her trip home.
But about 7:15 p.m., the plane’s pilot told passengers that the airport had a fuel shortage, Hjelm said. She got off the plane 30 minutes later.
“We’re all kind of in the dark at this point,” Hjelm said Monday.
Hjelm originally flew into Hilton Head last Thursday for a quick vacation in Savannah. She said she has no idea how she’ll now get back to Columbus.
“We don’t know how much longer we’re going to be here,” she said.
A United spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Washington Post on June 15 reported that trucking companies from South Carolina to Maryland have been forced to turn away business because “they didn’t have enough workers and new tractor-trailers are in short supply.”
The Hilton Head airport has recently seen a spike in passengers. Weekend travelers have been greeted by long lines and delays.
The number of visitors at the north-end airport is up five times from four months ago, Rembold previously said in early June. Although summer traffic is usually busy on Hilton Head, that increase blew expectations out of the water.
Rembold has attributed the boost to pent-up demand from vaccinated travelers and new flights at the airport.
Attention, Beaufort residents! Your trash hauler is changing. Here are 7 things to know
After 22 years, garbage haulers are changing in Beaufort. Make a note. It will change your weekly routine, and you’ll pay more. On June 8, the City Council OK’d a new five-year contract with Columbia-based Capital Waste Services, which has an office in Ridgeland. Capital Waste Services is replacing Waste Pro of Hardeeville, which had held the contracts with the city since 2009. Here are seven things to know about the change in residential and commercial garbage collection: July 1. Over the cour...
After 22 years, garbage haulers are changing in Beaufort. Make a note. It will change your weekly routine, and you’ll pay more.
On June 8, the City Council OK’d a new five-year contract with Columbia-based Capital Waste Services, which has an office in Ridgeland.
Capital Waste Services is replacing Waste Pro of Hardeeville, which had held the contracts with the city since 2009.
Here are seven things to know about the change in residential and commercial garbage collection:
Over the course of the week of June 21, Capital Waste will deliver 9,000 new garbage and recycling cans to 4,500 residential customers. But residents will not begin using those cans until July 1, said Linda Roper, director of Downtown Operations and Community Services.
For a day or two, residents might have cans from both companies, but don’t worry about it, Roper says.
“They just need to be patient,” Roper said.
Leave your Waste Pro bins by the curb until Waste Pro picks them up, even if it is a day or two after your final service.
Not for garbage and yard waste, but there’s a change planned for recycling.
Going forward, Capital Waste, the new hauler, will pick up garbage and recyclables on the same day. They currently are collected on different days. Recyclables still will be picked up every other week.
Through June 30, put out recycling and trash as you would normally. If your recycling pickup day is on Tuesday, June 22, make sure you put your recycling out on that day. Waste Pro will pick up your recycling. A second truck is scheduled to pick up empty recycling bins.
If your trash pickup day is Thursday or Friday, put the trash in the Waste Pro bin. After it is emptied, Waste Pro will send a truck to pick up the empty container. The same will happen to homes that have service Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Do not use Capital Waste Services bins for trash until July 1, because Waste Pro will not empty them.
If you still use a City of Beaufort garbage bin, leave those out as well after your last June use. Capital Waste Services will pick them up after July 1.
For commercial customers, if you have a dumpster, that will stay. If you have a bin, Waste Pro should pick up the old ones on or before June 30, and Capital Waste will deliver new ones before July 1.
Monthly garbage bills are expected to increase from $16.94 to $20 a month.
The City Council will vote on the rate increase at its June 22 meeting.
Commercial customers pay based on volume and number of pickups. Their increase will be comparable to the increase residential customers will see, Roper said.
The city hasn’t increased garbage rates since 2014, Roper said, and the cost of doing business has gone up.
The city has procurement guidelines that call for seeking bids for services every five years. Waste Pro’s contract expired last July, but the city extended it due to COVID-19, Roper said.
Bids were received from four haulers.
When the City Council OK’d the contract with Capital Waste earlier this month, the company was described by city staff as a “robust and growing business” with electronic route mapping and video data recording system capabilities.
Under the new contract, the city will pay Capital Waste $17.70 a month per residential customer to pick up the trash and other items.
If your garbage isn’t picked up or a bin hasn’t been removed from the curb after a few days, call one of these numbers:
For 16 years, Hilton Head grads have gotten letters from someone unexpected: Themselves
Who were your best friends when you were 13 years old? Who did you have a crush on? What’d you think high school would be like at that time? You probably don’t remember, but thousands of high school graduates know the answers to those questions because they’ve read them in their own words. Students in Patricia Drane’s 8th grade classes at Hilton Head Middle School participate in an annual tradition where they write letters to their future selves. But it’s ...
Who were your best friends when you were 13 years old?
Who did you have a crush on?
What’d you think high school would be like at that time?
You probably don’t remember, but thousands of high school graduates know the answers to those questions because they’ve read them in their own words.
Students in Patricia Drane’s 8th grade classes at Hilton Head Middle School participate in an annual tradition where they write letters to their future selves.
But it’s not just any assignment, because Drane sends the letters back to students the year they graduate from high school.
“A lot of students forget they wrote it,” Drane said. “I get a lot of ‘I can’t believe I said that!’”
Drane has been collecting and sending letters for 21 years, and what she and her students learn from themselves each year reminds them of what a special time high school is in young peoples’ lives.
Drane started assigning the letters to students when she began teaching in Arizona.
In early May, she sits down with her classes and asks them to “write a letter about now.” She tells them to write about their friends, what school is like and what’s going on in their world.
Then, she asks them to write about their futures.
She asks them to guess what high school will be like and what they hope to be doing after they graduate.
Most importantly, Drane never reads the letters.
“What they write is between them and their future self,” she said.
She collects the assignment in sealed envelopes.
Around the time the current 8th grade students start to write, Drane pops open her Rubbermaid bin at home and mails the letters for that year’s graduating class. She aims to get them in students’ hands a few weeks before graduation.
Over the years, Drane has gotten about 50 envelopes returned because students move away. But, in a place like Hilton Head, someone who knows them is never far away.
Still, letters from an 8th grade student to their future self can bring a certain amount of heartbreak.
“I have had some parents contact me, say something has happened to their child and it may not be the best for them to read it,” she said. “In that case, I pass the letter onto their parents.”
In other cases, Drane has learned of former students’ deaths when their letters get returned or their parents reach out.
“It’s very emotional,” she said. “I struggle with how they will take the letter, but I hope they look at it as a reflection of who they are and how far they’ve come during such a pivotal point in their lives.”
For this year’s group of 8th graders, the letters serve as a sort of time capsule of what it’s like to be in school during the coronavirus pandemic — details they won’t necessarily remember when they graduate in 2025.
“I told them this year to be really specific,” Drane said. “Five years from now, a lot of this might be forgotten.”
While some students and teachers end the year hoping to forget some of the details of two school years marred by the pandemic, Drane’s class letter project will preserve the nuance of what it’s like to be 13 years old when the world changes around you.
Each letter Drane sends is sealed with a message:
“To my former student:
You wrote this letter to your future self when you were in the 8th grade. Since then, a lot has changed in the world and probably in your life. I wish you all the best!”