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5 Days
Availability : 16-04-2020
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


Landscape, Seascape, Street, Wildlife, and People Photographer


Michael was born and raised in the Boston area and still lives there…some of the time. His camera has taken him to some of the most photogenic spots on the globe and he is as likely to be found in an airport lounge as his living room. Michael’s early photographic experience was through the lens of a Minolta SRT-101where he learned photography as a journalist and a darkroom rat. That early work of capturing a moment influences his style today. His images have won numerous awards, are shown in galleries and hang in homes across the country.

Michael enjoys imparting what he’s learned to others. He has conducted workshops and seminars in photographic technique and has been told he can make the exposure triangle actually understandable! Be sure to ask him anything that you want an opinion on, or just want to understand a little better. He’ll help you make sure you bring home images that you’ll be proud of. He enjoys photographing with others as the creative energies strengthen through shared experiences.

He says, “The bottom line is, I love to shoot. Whether it’s around the corner or around the world there are photographs to be made everywhere. The camera is a great introduction to the people I meet and it breaks down any language barrier almost instantly. Beautiful scenes of nature can be captured; precious moments frozen in time. We all move through our space in the world so fast that we miss some of the most miraculous moments around us. The camera slows me down. It encourages observation. And when I’m lucky, I get to be in the right place at the right time to capture that sliver of a moment through the lens. For me, photography is the never ending search for those slivers.”