New Views of Downtown Charleston

These are the views you can expect to enjoy when you rent an apartment on the twelfth floor of the new Jasper Apartments on Lockwood Boulevard.

Gracie & Lacy at the Forte Jazz Lounge

Businesses of all kinds on King Street are struggling to come back. Not only has the COVID19 virus wreaked havoc with their vibrant tourism-driven livelihood, but their troubles were compounded by the riots that took place in downtown Charleston in May. Many enterprises have not survived, as evidenced by all the dark and boarded up storefronts I passed this weekend. One location that is gamely fighting to revitalize is the Forte Jazz Lounge. The owners showcase talented performers and musicians in a relaxed, laid-back (socially distanced) environment. On Saturday night I enjoyed performances by the talented sister duo, Gracie and Lacy, as well as from the legendary low country artist, Ann Caldwell. Get out and support these local artists when you can. You will be glad you did.

Photographing Sophie

Sophie is a rescue poodle, getting up there in years, but sweet as can be, and a patient model. She was happy to pose for as long as the cheese pieces kept coming. My studio is almost ready for business! I plan to offer studio portraits for professional headshots, families, and pets.

Bay Point Island saved from development – for now

We are blessed to live in a huge country with lots of room for everyone, which makes it all the more distasteful when developers come after fragile but essential natural ecosystems for the purpose of making more money and catering to wealthy people who have plenty of other destinations to enjoy. Bay Point Island, part of St. Helena Island in Beaufort is zoned as a natural preserve, and was a target of just this type of development. Thanks to the passionate pushback from concerned citizens and conservation watchdogs, these development plans been halted, for the moment.

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“Gullah/Geechees have continued to use Bay Point as a fishing area over the decades.  This area has seen between 5,000 and 8,000 shorebirds land there every winter.  According to the Audubon, “no other area within miles approaches the holding power of this island and inlet to shorebirds in the winter.”  107 loggerhead sea turtle nests were recorded there during 2019.  All of this speaks volumes to how important this 60 acre area is to the quality of life in this area.”

More information on yesterday’s ruling can be found on the Post & Courier website here:

Trenchard’s Inlet between Pritchard Island and Bay Point Island

Just love Family Portraits!

Studio portraits are great because you can exercise so much more control over the environment, lighting, background, etc. Conversely, outdoor portraits are fun because there is an embedded potential for unpredictability, especially when smaller kids are involved! The weather was kinda blah, and the wind was howling, which made for some interesting hair effects. Some images had to be trashed because of Marilyn Monroe type flying hems, but overall I think we captured the essence of family, which after all is the point of the shoot.

New Promo Shots for Gracie & Lacy

We spent some time in my studio a couple days ago creating some new promotional material for entertainers Gracie & Lacy , high energy singers, dancers, and Corporate entertainers who travel nationally, but who are based here in Charleston. It was a lot of fun and I think we came away with some great new material.

Isaias’ Target

When I heard that Hurricane Isaias came ashore at Oak Island, North Carolina, I was dismayed, remembering this beautiful part of the OBX that I had explored on foot and by air last year. These images were shot last Summer and it was so sad to see the latest video footage of the destruction caused this past week. My best to the people of Oak Island and Bald Head Island, I know they will bounce back strong.

The Newly Renovated Cathedral of John the Baptist, Charleston SC

Because of my association with one of the contractors who worked on this amazing project, I was asked to photograph the end result. This has been ongoing for many months and a massive amount of work has been done in many different categories. It is beautifully restored. Congratulations to all who contributed to this very impressive result.


So this is when you set out with a purpose and vision for an image, and things don’t quite go the way you planned. I drove an hour to Lake Moultrie one of the evenings during Comet NEOWISE’s visit, and the clouds were just way too thick to reveal any celestial activity. When ya don’t get what you want, you just shoot what ya got!


It seems that everyone was taken a little by surprise by the visit of Comet C/2020 F3, also known as NEOWISE, an acronym for the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope that first noticed it earlier this year. As someone keenly interested in the night sky, I began hunting it down as soon as it was close enough to record it with my camera. Photographers were confronted by several factors that made it a fairly challenging subject, not the least of which was that it is difficult to spot with the naked eye. It provided a fun and welcome diversion however during this trying COVID 19 season. Here are a few images that I captured.

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