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5 Days
Availability : 08-10-2020
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

Located where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers come together to form the Atlantic ocean lies the beautiful historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. Known for it’s richly preserved buildings and hospitality, you’ll no doubt walk away charmed by Charleston.

The city is nestled on a peninsula on Charleston Harbor and dates back to 1670. Originally, Charleston was named Charles Towne, in honor of King Charles II of England, and adopted the name Charleston in 1783. At the height of the Antebellum period, cotton and rice plantations rose up in abundance due to the booming slave trade. Cobblestone streets can still be found downtown, and plantations remain in excellent condition causing you to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Today, while standing on the Battery in downtown Charleston, you can see Fort Sumter where the famous first shot of the Civil War was fired.

Charleston has become a mecca for world renowned cuisine, and has received recognition as the No 1 Travel Destination in 2012, 2013 & 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler. Southern Living called Charleston “the most polite and hospitable city in America”.

Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina. Located on the Port Royal Island in the heart of the Sea Islands, the city is surrounded by historic plantations, pristine beaches, and is the home to many loggerhead sea turtles. Beaufort has been named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living and a “Top 50 Adventure Town” by National Geographic Adventure. Originally settled by the British in 1711, the city grew slowly due to the attacks by Native American tribes and threats of Spanish invasion. The city began to thrive with shipbuilding and later when the colony was established as a slave society, as the elite center for the Lowcounty planters through the Civil War.

This adventure is designed to thrill your taste buds, provide you with opportunities to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, and most importantly, you’ll experience photographic opportunities that will be hard to rival. Time of day, tide charts, and weather all come into play when we hand pick our locations. You’ll enjoy a relaxed, laid back southern style in this beautiful city, and leave enriched with new photographic techniques.

From composition to making the most out of your camera settings, you’ll work at a level that best fits with your experience and desires. You will learn the art of scouting a location prior to photographing, providing depth and telling the story and making the most out of every opportunity. Our adventure leaders are committed to providing a casual, and individually focused adventure so that you walk away having grown as both a traveler, and photographer. If you love history, and have a passion for photography this is absolutely the adventure for you.


Day 1 | Downtown and Historic Charleston

We meet at our hotel in the morning, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During lunch we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. After lunch we set out to photograph Charleston’s Downtown City Markets & Basket Weavers. Afterwards we celebrate our adventure with a wonderful “Welcoming Dinner” at one of Charleston’s famous restaurants. In the evening we will shoot the famous fountains of Pineapple & Waterfront Park, as well as turn our focus to the Historic Streets of Downtown Charleston. (D)

Day 2 | Middleton & Magnolia Plantations – Shem Creek

We’re up early for breakfast and then a sunrise shoot of beautiful Middletown Plantation. Afterward, lunch at the plantation. In the afternoon we will photograph the Magnolia Plantation or the Boone Hall Plantation, depending on the time of year. A late dinner at Mount Pleasant – Vickeries on Shem Creek. (B)

Day 3 | Folly Beach – Cypress Gardens – Ravenel Bridge

Today we are up “very” early for a sunrise shoot at Folly Beach, followed by breakfast, before heading to Angel Oak Tree. After lunch we will focus our cameras on the beauty of Cypress Gardens. An early dinner in downtown Charleston and then a sunset shoot of the famous Ravenel Bridge. (B)

Day 4 | Botany Bay – Charleston – Ravenel Bridge – Shem Creek

On day four we will wake for a very early start at Botany Bay Plantation where we will arrive just in time for sunrise. The Plantation offers many unique photo opportunities of it’s boneyard beach, pristine shells, ancient live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and marshlands. Afternoon back in Charleston. After an early dinner in downtown Charleston we’ll head towards our sunset location, the majestic Ravenel Bridge, and the lovely village of Mount Pleasant at Shem Creek. Here the shrimp boat trawlers dock for the night and provide an excellent photo opportunity. (B) (D)

Day 5 | Downtown Charleston

On on final day we will concentrate on photographing the details of downtown Charleston, but we will wake early to experience Charleston kissed by the early light of dawn on the battery. After we have photographed the battery, rainbow row, and the White Point Gardens, we will head back for our breakfast, review our past week’s photos, check-out of our hotel, and bid you farewell. (B)

May all who come as guests… leave as friends®

Experience | Difficulty

Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Easy schedule

Travel by car or minivan

Minimal elevation changes and moderate walking and hiking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Travel, landscape, seascape and nature photography

Focus on “long exposure” photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks, hikes & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

4 or 5 star hotels


2 Dinners

Local transportation


Charleston – Restoration on King, Charleston Place, Harbour View Inn or similar

Travel Information

Arrival & Departure Airport: Charleston International Airport (CHS) – Transfer time to hotel 20min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.


Single Supplement:  $600

(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350

Options and Benefits

Private Guided Tours & Adventures

We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine.

Travel Insurance

We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating.

About Photographer


Travel, Street, People, Landscape, Aerial, Motorsports, Fashion


A New York based photographer, creative director and businessman, Michael has traveled the world photographing people, urban and street, architecture, landscapes, motorsports, aerial and fashion. He enjoys the challenges that various photographic disciplines present. He has helped design and build many of PWA’s photo adventures. Michael manages the companies private photo adventures for select guests around the world.

As an artist, he is currently pursuing a ongoing visual storytelling project titled “Vanishing Cuba” which includes images from his 16 trips (and counting) to Cuba.

Michael was introduced to photography by his father at the young age of 11. Using his dads WWII Argus C3 and a basement darkroom, he began his love affair with the camera. Although Michael spent his early years in marketing and design at the helm of his own advertising agency for 25 years, he also founded New York’s first digital photography studio “Icon Digital” in 1995 utilizing Hasselblad medium format camera’s and Leaf digital backs. He is the father of four beautiful children including one son who is an accomplished cinematographer.

When Michael isn’t on assignment, in the studio or on an adventure, he can be found traveling the world searching for unique photography opportunities, exceptional hotels, amazing restaurants or maybe creating your next travel adventure.