It’s Holiday Card Time! Where to Take Family Photos in the Lowcountry


When I drove through Starbucks the other day and saw a Pumpkin Spice Latte staring me straight in the eyes, my mind spiraled.

Wait… it’s FALL?? >> Where can we pick apples around here? >> I need to find Halloween costumes for the kids. >> When will we go to the pumpkin patch? >> What are we doing for Thanksgiving? >> What about Christmas? >> OMG… Don’t forget about holiday cards!!

I’m a planner by nature. Truly, I can’t help it. I’m always looking ahead and thinking about what is next on the calendar. While there are good and bad things about this, it does mean that most of the time I don’t get behind. So whether or not it was on your radar, I’m here to remind you to schedule family photos AND to share a few ideas for where to take those precious keepsakes.

Where to Take Family Photos in the Lowcountry

Hampton Park

Hampton Park is simply enchanting. From the grand and majestic Magnolias to the Spanish Moss draping over Crepe Myrtles, the backdrop just could not be more picturesque. Perks: Hampton Park has plenty of room for kids and four-legged friends to move about and remain safe.

Amber Rhye Weakley Family
Photographer Credit: Chelsea Paige Photography
Photographer Credit: Brooke Suzanne Photos

Pitt Street Bridge

The historic Pitt Street Bridge offers opportunities for photos with water and palm trees in the background without all of the sand that comes from the beach. Perk: There are cute benches scattered along the path for seated photos.

Photographer Credit: Lindsay A. Weber
photo of little girl
Photographer Credit: Lindsay A. Weber
family looking at sunset
Photographer Credit: Blueberry Ocean Photography

Historic Downtown Charleston

The bright colors. The history. The energy. The charm. It’s all within your reach when you head downtown. Whether you’re soaking up the views at The Battery or strolling through old-fashioned alleys, your pictures are sure to be top-notch. Tip: Look for the cute cobblestone paths and vibrant, bright doors.

family photo
Photographer Credit: Kristin Lee with Lucky 13 Photography
Photographer Credit: Kristin Lee with Lucky 13 Photography
family picture
Location: The Battery // Photographer Credit: Valerie Schooling Brantley

Palmetto Islands County Park

When taking photos at Palmetto Islands County Park photos, you will most certainly be wrapped in lush greenery. Perk: Here, you can beat the heat and take photos in the shade.

family picture
Photographer Credit: Lexie Murray

Botany Bay

With more than 3,000 oceanside acres of wetlands, beaches, and wildlife, you’re bound to find the perfect place for this year’s family photo. Perk: Maybe you’ll see a sea turtle while you’re here!

family pic
Photographer Credit: Ashley Loveless Photography
little girl
Photographer Credit: Ashley Loveless Photography

Shem Creek

If you’re looking for a nautical backdrop, there’s nowhere quite like Shem Creek. The pier and old fishing boats add such coastal vibes. Perk: A trip to Shem Creek is ALWAYS a treat for the kids.

children at shem creek
Photographer Credit: Blueberry Ocean Photography

Alhambra Hall

If you’ve spent time in Old Village, you may have seen a wedding or two taking place at Alhambra Hall. The views are breathtaking! Perks: The property is dog-friendly and there is a playground (photoshoot bribery?) right across the street.

Photographer Credit: Valerie Schooling Brantley

Hutchinson Square

While it’s a little drive to Summerville, this quaint and historic square is a quiet and relaxing place to get away from the crowds. Tip: Make an evening of it and get dinner in the growing and bustling city of Summerville.

family photo
Photographer Credit: Christine Angeline Photography

Now that you’ve selected your family photo location, check out our Charleston Area Photographer Guide to get to know several local photographers and brush up on tips from local photographers to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Did we miss your favorite place? PLEASE let us know other tried and true locations by adding them in the comments below.

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