Guide to Charleston Family Photographers


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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We are a team of three CANDID lifestyle photographers. Lead photographer Kate Thornton has been photographing families in downtown Charleston, the Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Folly Beach for 20 years. Our portrait sittings start posed and get more candid at the end. We like to start with the whole group together, then subgroups and individual portraits. Prints and high-resolution files are available.

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Specialties: Family and Lifestyle Photography

Carolina Rain Photography

I specialize in family & wedding photography. Even though I am based in Charleston, SC I love to travel too! I photograph in the natural golden hour sunshine and love it even more when it’s cloudy outside. Candids are
something I believe brings our time together alive, but I will also get a couple of formals in there too.

I have been featured on Bolt Farm Treehouse & Needtobreathe social media pages, Cabin Tripping, Charleston Wedding Guide, & Charleston City Magazine.

Specialties: Events, Lifestyle, Product Photography

Ashley Painter Photography

Hello! I’m Ashley, and I offer wedding and portrait photography in the Lowcountry. I edit with a moody style, but I can tackle light and airy if that’s your jam. I’m fun, creative, and love what I do. I am always looking for the candid moments, and finding the special things is one of my biggest strengths. A guest at a wedding once told me that they had been watching me shoot, and were so amazed at the details I noticed that no one else was noticing. Whether it’s your wedding, or your family portrait, give me a shout so we can talk about how I can turn your memories into beautiful pieces of art. I am a registered, insured, and licensed business in South Carolina.

Specialties: Wedding and Portrait Photography

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Haylee Disotelle
As a native South Carolinian, Haylee moved to Charleston when she began attending the College of Charleston and immediately fell in love with the Lowcountry (and eventually her future husband, Derek, who was attending The Citadel). They stayed in the Charleston area after graduating and getting married and are now raising their two sons here (5 years old and almost 3 years old). Haylee is a self-proclaimed coffee addict who loves traveling, Disney, and all things beauty. You’ll find her family near the water, a local county park, or serving at their church in their spare time. Haylee loves Charleston and can’t wait to help connect local moms to each other and local businesses!