Charleston Area Photographer Guide

This is a sponsored guide, presented by our valued local partners. While we love sharing these resources with our readers, we have not personally vetted each individual business represented here and encourage our readers to do their own research to find the best fit for their family.

As mothers, it’s safe to say that some of our most treasured possessions are family photographs. New babies, family milestones, special achievements, momentous occasions: we love the opportunity to beautifully capture these memories. There is nothing quite like the feeling you get when looking back on the photos of your squishy newborn, or that first picture of your new family. It is our hope that this resource will make it easier to find the perfect photographer to capture the memories you make. We hope you enjoy working with them as much as we do!

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Rachel Weber Photography was established in 2011 here in Charleston SC. I call my style of photography Artistic Lifestyle, where I aim to capture the true spirit of your family while adding my own unique creative look to your images. I love working on location all over the beautiful low country as well as offering sessions in my clients homes. I have photographed hundreds of families over the years, both locally and from all over the US. However a very large part of my clientele I have known for many years and I have had the pleasure of watching their children and families grow. I offer top of the line quality digital images, prints and canvases as well as the ability to chose only the images you wish to have or purchase and print them all. I want nothing more than to create images your family will love and cherish for years to come!

Specialties: Family, Child, Lifestyle Newborn

Hi there, I am Kat of Merriwillow Photography – a little studio that focuses on newborns, baby’s first year, and families. I started out as a photographer in 2014 and I haven’t looked back since. I have always had a passion to work with children. I went to school for Early Childhood Development and became a school teacher for several years. During that time, I became a newborn and baby photographer and absolutely fell in love with the art. After watching my own family grow up in front of my own eyes, I realized just how precious and fleeting these moments can truly be. I am so blessed to be able to capture these memories for so many families here in the low country. My goal is to provide your family with timeless images that you will cherish for generations. My job is one of the best gifts I have ever been given and I consider the privilege to walk alongside your family and children an absolute honor!

Specialties: Newborn, Baby’s First Year, Family

Hello, I am a lifestyle family and wedding photographer in Charleston SC. My style is simple and clean. I like my models to be a main subject of my photography. I work individually with each client to choose a perfect location and a wardrobe which will compliment my clients personalities. The main task for me is, of course, to create good photographs, but beyond that, it is very important for me that my clients feel comfortable and natural during a session. I use lifestyle, documentary approach to my sessions. I will be happy to create memories for you that will be cherished forever.

Specialties: Family, Lifestyle Newborn, Weddings

I’m Jen, a Charleston family, beach and wedding photographer, and I established Carolina Photosmith ten years ago to help clients develop their visual legacy. I happily traded fluorescently-lit workdays for flexible, creative days where I can create something lasting for families and spend time with my own. Now bringing work home from the office often means rinsing the beach from my feet. I love photographing at the beach, in backyards, parks, downtown, and I maintain a Boone Hall Photographer Pass, which is required for sessions at the iconic Mount Pleasant location. Please reach out and let me capture your here and now for later.

Specialties: Wedding, Portraits, Engagement, Family

Pure. Natural. Simple. Joyous. Hi! I am Brittnay and these are words that I use to describe my photography style. I am a natural light lifestyle photographer specializing in capturing the connection between you and the people you love. I take pride in creating an experience that is easy, fun, and stress free. I love getting to know my clients prior to their session so I can really capture the essence of their unique families. My sessions usually begin with a few posed family photos, but once everyone has loosened up, I love getting more candid, natural, and connected images. I am great with kids (it helps that I have two littles of my own) and work hard to make the session fun for the whole family (even dads). Do you stress because you do not know what to wear for portrait sessions? Or maybe you have a hard time choosing locations? I will provide a lot of information and access to some great tools that will help us work together to plan the perfect session. I will be there every step of the way to make the process easy. Expect to laugh. Expect to have fun. Expect to love. And most of all, expect to make memories.

Specialties: Lifestyle Family, Children & Milestones, Senior Portraits, Maternity, Lifestyle Newborns, Vacation and Beach

Hi y’all!  My name is Melissa Hunt; I am a mom of 2 boys and wife to a retired Air Force veteran.  I love photographing families, babies, children and maternity!  I have been a photographer for about 20 years and I have been in business for myself almost 10 years.  Why should you hire me?  As a mom of two young boys I know how stressful a photo session can be.  I will sing, high five, laugh, run around, jump up and down, play peak-a-boo, and do whatever else I need to do to put your kids at ease.  I am really easygoing, will probably talk too much, and I will definitely try to convince you to do a sunset shoot to get the best light possible.  And I have a system for helping you pick the best outfits!  Getting pictures of your beautiful family shouldn’t be a chore, so why treat it like one?  Instead, let’s have fun and make some memories!

Specialties: Family, Maternity, Newborn, Children

Ashley Wheeler has a passion for the love and laughter each season life offers and has been trusted by hundreds of families for nearly seven years to document their memories.  Specializing in newborn and family milestone photography, she provides a private indoor studio in West Ashley filled with a variety of props to ensure personalized and unique experience for each child and family. Ashley is licensed and insured and regularly completes newborn safety and newborn quality training to offer peace of mind to parents.  For those wanting to step outside the studio, outdoor sessions are also offered at various locations around the Charleston area. Her goal is to provide timeless imagery that will be loved for years to come!

Specialties: Newborn, First Year, Children, Families, Seniors, Intimate Weddings 

Hi there! I’m Mandi Butler of Brown Eyed Girl Photography. My photography journey started 7 years ago when I began offering family and children photography sessions in our beautiful low country. Over the years, I’ve become more specialized in newborn photography and offer these sessions in my private, full service studio. I have received training in newborn posing, safety, and soothing from several well-named newborn photographers. My training and experience allows me to pose your newborn in those adorable, curled-up poses while ensuring your little one is safe. I have acquired a huge collection of quality hats/bonnets, headbands, wraps, and props that I use for my newborn sessions, but the primary focus remains on the baby. Your newborn will change so much in the first month, even weeks, after they’re born – let me capture memories of this fleeting time with beautiful images that you will enjoy today, tomorrow, and years from now!

Specialties: Newborn, Baby’s First Year, Cake Smash, Maternity, Family

I’m a CANDID lifestyle photographer. I have been photographing families in downtown Charleston, the IOP, Kiawah Island, and Folly Beach for 15 years. My portrait sittings start out posed and get more candid at the end. I like to start with the whole group together then groupings and individual portraits. Prints and high-resolution files available. Visit website to receive to receive Family Portrait Clothing Guide.

Specialties: Family Portraits / Underwater Portraits

Hi there! My name is Angela Kinard of Carolina Rain Photography. I have three beautiful girls who give me the inspiration of photographing weddings, families, children and senior portraits. I love to photograph in natural light with a mix lifestyle & natural poses in my images. I’m looking forward to sharing a beautiful and sweet experience with you!

Specialties: Family, Wedding

Kathryn McRae Photography specializes in light and airy lifestyle photography with a focus on capturing your family’s personalities. This life is made up of precious moments, some big and some small. As a mama myself, I know just how special those moments are and just how quickly the time passes. Capturing the best moments and milestones of your family is not just a want, but a need. Kathryn McRae Photography is thoughtful and creative, candid and natural, fresh and fun. Serving Charleston, Mount Pleasant, West Ashley, Summerville and the surrounding area

Specialties: Maternity, Newborn, Children, Families, Seniors

Maybe you have been there: the photo session where your family has plastered “cheese” faces on – the kind that better resemble a grimace than smile. Or perhaps you’ve been through a session where your active toddler is marathon training and will not cooperatively pose. Have you made bribes? Promised ice cream? Hoped the photographer doesn’t hear your muttered threats? It doesn’t have to be that way! My goal is to guide you through a session that is relaxed and fun for everyone. We play games, we laugh, and I encourage lots of moments for love and connection. I want you to feel comfortable – comfortable in your skin and in your season of life. I want you to look back on the session and not remember the stress of the day, but rather how you managed to let go and enjoy your loved ones. Trust me, every moment is worth capturing!

Specialties: Outdoor & Indoor Lifestyle, Newborn & Fresh 48s, Documentary (hourly, day in the life, life events) 

Nuvo Images is husband-and-wife-owned portrait and wedding photography studio based in Summerville, SC that focuses on creating legacy photographic artwork for art focused families and couples. PPA Master Photographers Ted and Rachel Linczak have spent the last 14 years creating an unmatched experience for their clients, photographing over 500 weddings across the country, as well crafting lasting legacies for families with their fine art approach to the classic family portrait experience. Their focus on beautiful lighting, striking compositions, and a broad collection of one of a kind printed artwork for their clients, has gained them recognition as one of Charleston’s premier portrait studios, and has earned them the title of South Carolina Photographer of the Year from the Professional Photographers of South Carolina 7 out of the last 8 years. When it comes to the holiday season, the Wonder of Santa Portrait sessions brings our signature fine art approach to the classic Santa portrait, featuring your children in one of kind Norman Rockwell inspired Christmas painted artwork found nowhere else in the Southeast. Whether you are looking to create a generational heirloom with your family portraits, or interested in capturing your wedding day in a unscripted and fashion inspired way, Nuvo Images will offer you a luxurious experience from start to finish, with images that will leave an impact on everyone who views them.

Specialties: Families, Weddings, Engagements, Fine Art Santa

Hi, y’all! My name is Clair and I am a maternity and newborn photographer. I love capturing growing families, from beautiful baby bellies on the beach to the earliest days at home snuggled with your newborn. I specialize in lifestyle newborn photography, which means I come to your home and help you create timeless, classic images of your baby in your natural environment. I focus on both your newborn and all of his tiny features, as well as the relationships between your new baby and each member of your family. Your newborn session experience is something you will look back on for years and years to come. I want your session to be a time for you to just soak it all in and enjoy your new baby and this exciting time in your life. Your only job with be to be yourself, smile a lot, and cuddle your baby. I’ll take care of creating the photos you’ll love forever!

Specialties: Maternity, Newborn 

We wait 9 months to meet you. We imagine every day what you will look like. We feel you move around inside and we await the moment we can finally kiss those baby toes for the first time. Newborns change so much every day. The days turn into weeks, the weeks turn into months, and the months turn into years. As the time passes by quickly, the beginning is nothing but a distant memory. Your newborn baby is truly a fleeting moment that you will never get back and it is gone in the blink of an eye. Belly to Baby Photography, LLC specializes in Maternity & Newborn portraits. My farmhouse inspired studio is stocked with the best handmade and organic props, headbands, bonnets and more to spoil your brand new baby. Through a consultation and a questionnaire, we will piece together the session of your dreams and after the session we will treat your images to some of the best heirloom products only available to professional photographers.
Specialties: Maternity,  Newborn and Child portraits

Hi, I’m Christine. I am a portrait photographer for young dancers whose parents are looking to time capsule this part of their life in a really beautiful way. You’ll come to my studio for a morning where a professional will style your dancer’s hair. We’ll spend the time playing and having fun creating timeless portraits. This experience will leave you with art for your walls that happens to be your child. Join in a portrait and have your hair and makeup done too. EVERY WOMAN can take a beautiful portrait. Let me show you yours.

Specialties: Pamper experience with professional hair and makeup for the following studio sessions: Newborn, Maternity, Siblings, Multiple Generation, Family, Mother/Daughter, Personal Branding, Dance Portraits, Seniors, Pets

Looking for the best photographer in Charleston? Chucktown Art specializes in capturing YOU at your best. Whether you’re planning a vacation on Folly Beach or downtown Charleston, Chucktown Art has you covered.

Chucktown Art is recognized for sharing beautiful images highlighting all things Lowcountry, with plenty of colorful sunsets and beach vibes. CHStoday named Chucktown Art one of the 20 local Instagram accounts to follow in 2018. Photos have been published in USA Today, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Inside Out, and reposted by several social media accounts (Live5News, Discover SC, The Weather Channel, and more). Greeting cards and prints are available online.

Graphic Design, Social Media Consulting + Photo Editing services are also available.

Specialties: Family Portraits, Headshots, Engagement, Beach, Sunrise and Sunset, Lifestyle, Commercial Branding, Products, Food Photography, Live Music, Events, Weddings, Sports, Nature, and More. 

Since childhood, I have been in love with taking photos, and as an adult I decided I would pursue that passion. I have been photographing for going on 7 years here in the lowcountry, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. I range from births to weddings, and everything in between. My goal is to capture memories, not just photos. I enjoy interacting with my clients and forming relationships that last a lifetime. My clients are like family to me, and that is my favorite part about my career.

Specialties: Weddings/Events, Family Sessions 

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