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 James 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 James 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 James 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.
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, James Island 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 James Island, the Holy City is a wonderful place in which to immerse yourself with friends and family.
As a family photographer in James 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:
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 James Island or want new headshots for your employees, I am here to help every step of the way.
JAMES ISLAND (WCSC) – The Town of James Island will be requesting millions of dollars in state and federal grants to fund a project designed to make a local creek safer to swim.Dave Schaeffer, the James Island Public Service District’s district manager, discussed the grants, which would allow over 200 properties near the creek to switch from septic tanks to water and sewer lines, during a meeting of the James Island Creek Task Force, Thursday afternoon.“Right now, as what we’re seeking, there would not b...
JAMES ISLAND (WCSC) – The Town of James Island will be requesting millions of dollars in state and federal grants to fund a project designed to make a local creek safer to swim.
Dave Schaeffer, the James Island Public Service District’s district manager, discussed the grants, which would allow over 200 properties near the creek to switch from septic tanks to water and sewer lines, during a meeting of the James Island Creek Task Force, Thursday afternoon.
“Right now, as what we’re seeking, there would not be out of pocket tap fees and connection fees, impact fees to the residents,” Schaeffer said.
The town said they will be requesting $6.4 million in federal and state funding to help make the project happen. In addition to the requested money, Schaeffer said the town will commit $1.8 million from American Rescue Plan funds that the town had received.
The James Island Creek Task Force consists of members from the City of Charleston, James Island and Charleston County.
Charleston Waterkeeper Executive Director Andrew Wunderley, who is part of the task force, said the group was formed in 2020 to find ways to clean up the creek and make it safe for swimming.
“Right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get this right with the American Rescue Act funding that’s coming to the state of South Carolina and is specifically earmarked for projects like this that are tied to public health and are tied to water and sewer upgrades,” Wunderley said.
Fred Schuh has lived alongside the James Island Creek for 20 years. He said he uses the creek regularly with his grandchildren and wants the septic tanks in the area removed to better the community’s health.
“It is concerning,” Schuh said. “Except for people who take an interest in testing it, we would not know there’s anything changed about it, but when there’s scientific studies done to show that there’s a problem, we need to pay attention to it.”
As a possible solution, Schuh also suggested that septic tanks should be inspected more frequently, so property owners could know when to repair their tanks.
However, for now, he said he supports the town requesting the funds to help solve the problem.
“If we could make the public aware of this and ask whatever funds possible be diverted to this extremely useful endeavor, I say I’m all for it,” Schuh said.
Schaeffer said during the meeting that he hopes the project gets funded when the money from the federal government begins being distributed in January or February.
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Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during Januar...
Charleston isn’t the first place people think of as a winter getaway, but it can be a perfect destination for those seeking to escape the big chill of the Northeast or Midwest.
Compared to more popular warm-weather favorites—like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, or Scottsdale—hotel accommodations and restaurant reservations are easier to come by in Charleston, and short-term winter rentals are plentiful at more favorable rates.
Admittedly, you aren’t likely to find beach weather in Charleston during January, February, and March. Still, temperatures hovering around 50-60? make it comfortable enough to spend time outdoors without bundling up in warm winter jackets and gloves. In late December or early January, the slight chance of passing snow flurries might even add a bit of pixie dust to the beauty of the city.
Most attractions and historic sites are open year-round, complemented by unique seasonal festivals and events that woo winter tourists.
The city offers a range of accommodations from classic to contemporary at various price points. Many are described on the Explore Charleston website, but here are a few worth checking out:
Emeline, located in Charleston’s historic district, is a captivating perch from which to explore the Holy City. The boutique hotel has 212 all-king bed guest rooms, including 128 luxury suites. In addition, the hotel is home to Frannie & The Fox (a wood-fired eatery with Italian sensibilities), Clerks Coffee Company (a more informal cafe and eatery with a hint of nostalgia), and Keep Shop (an exceptionally well-curated gift shop).
Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel is another luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Charleston. The Club Level accommodations, a two-floor collection of renovated rooms and suites, offer private elevator access and check-in. Custom wallpaper in the elevator lobby depicts a circa-1820s map of Charleston, an homage to the city’s history. A concierge can help guests coordinate private tours of nearby plantations and gardens.
The Spectator Hotel on State Street offers an Art Deco-inspired interior reminiscent of the glamor of the 1920s. The boutique hotel is the only one in Charleston with personal butler service, available 24/7, who can coordinate anything from delivering freshly baked gingerbread cookies to setting up in-room eggnogs. Be sure to stop at the Prohibition-era-themed cocktail lounge, The Bar.
Sweetgrass Inn at Wild Dunes Resort is the property’s new 153-room hotel. Award-winning amenities available at the resort year-round include championship golf, nationally ranked tennis, an expansive private beach, a 10,000 square-foot luxury spa, and a 2,750 square foot fitness center.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers 255 guest rooms, many with magnificent ocean views. Especially appreciated by golf lovers, the resort is located on a barrier island about twenty miles from downtown. The gracious 255-room hotel is South Carolina’s only Forbes Travel Guide Five Star hotel.
Sweetgrass Properties is a boutique vacation rental company on Kiawah Island offering a searchable database of luxury rental properties on Seabrook Island, Wild Dunes, and Isle of Palms.
Explore Charleston, the convention and visitors bureau website, is an excellent resource for visitors.
The Charleston Heritage Foundation’s Essential Charleston Passport is available for purchase online. It offers guests a digital ticket that includes admission to five remarkable historic houses, the Charleston Museum and the Gibbes Museum of Art.
Direct flights to Charleston are available from Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Boston, New York City, Denver, and several other major cities.
Charleston Restaurant Week is (almost) upon us, friends. This celebration, held Jan. 13-23, sheds light on local restaurants and provides the opportunity to try something new from Lowcountry favorites like 39 Rue de Jean, Halls Chophouse + MESU.If you’ve never experienced the holy grail of the Charleston food + bev industry that is Restaurant Week, you’ll need a bit of guidance, as the choice...
Charleston Restaurant Week is (almost) upon us, friends. This celebration, held Jan. 13-23, sheds light on local restaurants and provides the opportunity to try something new from Lowcountry favorites like 39 Rue de Jean, Halls Chophouse + MESU.
If you’ve never experienced the holy grail of the Charleston food + bev industry that is Restaurant Week, you’ll need a bit of guidance, as the choices can get overwhelming — though too many options is never a bad thing, right?
Different eateries offer special deals to encourage people to get out + dine in at local restaurants. With 40+ Charleston area restaurants participating, the hardest part will be choosing where to dine. We’re here to highlight a few of the participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week deals.
39 Rue de Jean, 39 John St. | 3 dinner courses for $45 | Stop by this brick-walled bistro + enjoy French classics and cocktails from the bar.
Bourbon N’ Bubbles, 570 King St. | 3 dinner courses for $45 | We have to say, it’ll be hard to decide between the bruschetta + crispy tempura shrimp.
CO, 340 King St. | 3 dinner courses for $25 or 4 for $30 | Spicy crab rangoon with the option of a sake pairing? Sign us up.
Coast Bar & Grill, 39D John St. | 3 dinner courses for $45 | You can’t go wrong with any dish from this seafood eatery, but the surf & turf is definitely grabbing our attention.
Coastal Provisions, 200 Grand Pavilion Blvd., Isle of Palms | 3 dinner courses for $40 | Calling all gnocchi lovers: the sweet potato gnocchi dish looks ah-mazing.
FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen, 547 Freshfields Dr., Kiawah Island | 3 dinner courses for $35 | There’s just something special about the ambiance of a wine bar. Pair it with the FortyEight Pimento Burger? We’re in.
Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen, 90 Folly Rd Blvd., Ste B-4 | 2 lunch courses for $20, 3 dinner courses for $30 | This Lowcountry eatery has blessed us with two opportunities to enjoy its delicious Southern dishes. I’ll have an order of the shrimp & grits, please.
Frothy Beard Brewing Co.,1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.| 2 people for $30 | Pro tip: This brewery includes two pints of beer in its Restaurant Week deal.
Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila, 1217 Folly Rd. | Saturdays only: 3 lunch courses for $25, 3 dinner courses for $25 | Enchiladas, and salsa, and churros — oh my.
MESU, 570 King St. | 3 dinner courses for $25 | Can’t decide between Mexican + sushi? Grab an app of chips and guac before enjoying one sushi roll as your main course. Best of both worlds.
New Realm Brewery, 880 Island Park Dr. | 3 dinner courses for $30 | We can confirm that the Ultimate Wagyu Burger is worth the hype.
Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar at Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. | 2 lunch courses for $20, 3 dinner courses for $40 | Enjoy all your Lowcountry favorites at this restaurant. We’re looking at you, hush puppy + deviled egg lovers.
The Salty Dog Cafe – Seabrook, 1882 Andell Bluff Blvd., Johns Island | 3 courses for 2 people for $50 | Looking for your fish ‘n’ chips fix? Look no further.
Virginia’s on King, 412 King St. | 2 for $15 brunch, 3 dinner courses for $30 | Mix it up and enjoy brunch at this popular spot, including a mimosa + your choice of a breakfast burrito or strawberry waffles.
Pro tip: Make sure you’re staying up to date on the restaurants’ latest COVID-19 updates and potential closures.
The best part? This isn’t all. Click here to see all 47 participating Charleston area restaurants + the deals they’re offering.
LowcoSports.comThe defending region champions supplied pressure all night, but “The Firm” stood tall. Beaufort High boys basketball held off a strong fight from an inspired Hilton Head Island High team on Friday, but Michael Dennison and Zyrin Odom each posted double-doubles, and James Dennison fell just short of a third to keep the Eagles undefeated in Region 7-4A with a 66-59 home win.The home team asserted itself early, as the trio of Dennison, Dennison and Odom used its size and skill to score i...
The defending region champions supplied pressure all night, but “The Firm” stood tall. Beaufort High boys basketball held off a strong fight from an inspired Hilton Head Island High team on Friday, but Michael Dennison and Zyrin Odom each posted double-doubles, and James Dennison fell just short of a third to keep the Eagles undefeated in Region 7-4A with a 66-59 home win.
The home team asserted itself early, as the trio of Dennison, Dennison and Odom used its size and skill to score in the paint and build an eight-point lead after a quarter. But Hilton Head’s Karyce Campbell caught fire in the second quarter, scoring 13 of his team-high 18 points in the period to propel the Seahawks to a 26-point output as they cut the deficit to 36-32 at the break.
The Eagles are still lacking depth in the backcourt with Jake Alvarez on the shelf for another week, and a pair of questionable block calls against point guard Anderson Jones put Jeremy Huff’s team in a bind. Meanwhile, Jeremiah Stevens gave the Seahawks one of his best efforts of the year, finishing with 16 points and scoring five in the third to help keep HHIHS within striking distance.
A four-point Eagles lead ballooned to seven early in the fourth when McLeod Reichel drilled a 3-pointer to start the quarter, but every time Beaufort started to ease away, the Seahawks’ pressure defense delivered a turnover and an easy bucket.
Odom drove to the bucket to push it to 61-55 with just over a minute left, but a Jayden Gilliam putback and a Campbell finish off an Alex Smith steal pulled HHIHS back within a basket. After Odom hit the first of two free throws, the Seahawks had a look at a 3-pointer for the tie, but James Dennison ripped down the rebound and Reichel hit a pair at the line to seal it.
Michael Dennison finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, James Dennison had 17 points and eight boards, and Odom collected 16 points and 11 boards to lead the Eagles. Campbell had 18, and Stevens added 16 for the Seahawks.
Seahawks surge in 2nd for first region win
After losing its first three region games by a combined 15 points, Hilton Head Island High girls basketball appeared to be in for another fight to the finish Friday, but the Seahawks hit their stride after halftime and pulled away for a 47-22 victory at Beaufort High for their first Region 7-4A win.
The Seahawks led 13-11 after a sloppy first half, but they heated up after halftime and continued their stifling defense to surge to a lopsided win.
Janiya Ferebee hit a trio of 3-pointers and scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the second half to lead the Seahawks. Chyna Fields was in double digits for a second straight game with 10 points, and Lynda Young added nine in her second game back from injury.
Quinn Wilson scored seven points to lead Beaufort.
Griots of Cotton, Indigo and Clay, an exhibit featuring 80 pieces of art made from raw materials harvested from the earth, will go on display the week of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at the Charleston City Gallery on Prioleau Street.Curated by Charleston quilt artist Torreah “Cookie” Washington, the exhibit includes artwork commissioned from Black fiber artists in the Lowcountry, the former slaveholding Southern states and the African Diaspora.The art is part of the permanent collection of the Black B...
Griots of Cotton, Indigo and Clay, an exhibit featuring 80 pieces of art made from raw materials harvested from the earth, will go on display the week of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at the Charleston City Gallery on Prioleau Street.
Curated by Charleston quilt artist Torreah “Cookie” Washington, the exhibit includes artwork commissioned from Black fiber artists in the Lowcountry, the former slaveholding Southern states and the African Diaspora.
The art is part of the permanent collection of the Black Belt Justice Center in Washington, D.C. It is a growing collection. Beginning Jan. 20, the gallery will be open each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Feb. 28.
The exhibit includes sweetgrass baskets, clay and indigo pieces, dolls, and fiber art, a mix of traditional and art quilts. In addition to Washington, the other Lowcountry artists are Arianne King Comer, Georgette Sanders, Virginia Watson, Lili Singleton and Carolyn Bracket.
The exhibit includes Washington’s quilt, “Yemaya: Goddess of the Sea Gives Birth to All Humankind.” It tells the story of the West African creation goddess often depicted as a mermaid. The legend states Yemaya’s womb spilled forth the 14 Yoruba goddesses and gods, and the breaking of her uterine waters caused a great flood, which created the oceans.
The Yoruba people are an ethnic group from southwestern Nigeria and southern Benin in West Africa. Yoruba territory was known as the Slave Coast, and many of the enslaved people brought to Charleston are descendants of the Yoruba people. As the legion goes, Yemaya birthed the first human woman and man, who became the parents of all mortal beings on earth.
“Ever since the time Black slaves first arrived in the South Carolina Lowcountry in 1670, they brought with them the stories of the ocean and river goddesses,” Washington said. “They carried the stories in their hearts and heads.
“Black fiber artisans uphold the charge of griots, weaving together narratives of resistance into tactile expressions of land memory and visions for the future,” she said.
Another quilt, “Bill of Sale,” tells the story of one branch of the United Martin Family, whose 9,000 family members worldwide trace their ancestry to Trasie, a 17-year-old girl from Cameroon, who was sold into slavery in Charleston. According to a bill of sale, Trasie was sold for $300 on Dec. 17, 1799, to Fairfield County planter John Martin. “Bill of Sale,” created by Northville, Michigan, quilt artist Toya R.B. Thomas, shows the descendants of one branch of the Martin family in Virginia.
Charleston resident Montez Martin said, “As a fifth generation member of the United Martin Family, it gives me great pride to have the family quilt and other materials displayed in the city of the family’s American origin. Tracie, our enslaved ancestor, disembarked in Charleston, was sold twice, then transported to Fairfield County. There began the United Martin Family over 220 years ago.”
As part of this exhibit members of the Return of the Bees Collective will participate in a social justice quilting bee from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 at McLeod Plantation on James Island.
City Gallery guests are asked to reserve free tickets for timed admission into the gallery in advance of their visit. Tickets can be reserved online or by calling the gallery at (843) 958-6484 during normal business hours. Because of the city’s COVID-19 safety protocols, all visitors will be required to wear masks.