Welcome to the studio !

Paul Alford, PhotographerThe studio is celebrating over 20 years in the same location and I feel very blessed to be able to call so many clients friends as well. I pride myself on being able to provide individualized, custom photography for each and every client. The studio is primarily portrait so I do consider myself a portrait specialist, although I also do other work.  I provide portrait work with families, children, seniors, brides and can also create custom effects and framing. The studio is a one-stop shop and enjoy seeing clients return year after year.

What clients say…

  • I first found Paul in 1999 when shopping for a wedding photographer. We have used him for all of our family pictures both on location at the beach and in the studio. He is always professional and captures the most beautiful shots no matter what the circumstances. Love him!
    Carrie D.
    happy customer
  • Paul has taken our family portraits for the past 7 years and captured the most precious images ever of my son. The details that he brings out through his photography is amazing.

    Diana D.
    Satisfied Client
  • We’ve worked with Paul for the past 10 years and have done numerous photo sessions with him. He is very professional and his pictures are amazing. You won t be disappointed.
    Alicia H.
    happy customer
  • Great product

    Great experience! Our newborn portraits turned out beautifully!!! Very professional and great quality. I have received so many compliments!

    Jeni F.
    happy customer
  • Love them!

    We love our photos !!  Paul is fun to work with and is amazing at capturing precious moments !

    Celeste C.
    happy customer
  • The photos are precious! We will treasure them the rest of our lives. Paul captured so many beautiful, real-life moments–even when I thought he surely must have missed all of them because my daughter was so energetic and full of movement that day! The photos capture so much love, joy, mischief, and everything in between. Thank you Paul for such a wonderful gift! We can’t wait for our next session.

    Melinda E.
  • Paul has been our family photographer for nearly a decade, and has perfectly captured moments that we will cherish for a lifetime. Paul truly is an artist.

    Andi S.
    via Mobile Service
  • Best skill for photography I have seen but what’s better than that is he will edit the picture to make you look like you but perfected! And he is the only photographer that you know by the magic in the eyes. Highly recommend.
  • Paul did a wonderful job working with our newborn and us to capture great pictures of her we can always treasure! Very easy to work with, he even dropped off my canvases since it was so difficult to travel those first few weeks of having her. Definitely recommend!

    Carly O.
  • Paul Alford did a wonderful job capturing some of the most precious years of our children! It is through his talent and creativity hung on our walls that are memories are so enjoyed!

    Danette S.
    happy customer
  • What a wonderful experience! Paul did a beautiful job capturing my twins on their first birthday. We will treasure these portraits for a lifetime! The hardest part was trying to decide which photos to order since we adored them all. Paul was willing to work with our schedule and even went out of his way to deliver items to my home understanding that life can get hectic with little ones at home. We look forward to scheduling another shoot with Paul in the near future!

    Meredith J.
  • Paul has taken all of our family photos and done each of my son’s six year old portraits as well as our daughter’s newborn pictures. He does amazing work and captures the best moments without much effort. He is very professional and is excellent at what he does. We will continue to use him as our photographer because of how pleased we have always been.
    LaPaula W.
    happy customer
  • Paul cares to take the time and effort to capture the perfect moment. We were pleasantly surprised with his artistic eye and craftsmanship.

    Kimberly V.
    happy customer
  • Paul Alford is the Best Photographer I have EXPERIENCED. He captures your best look in photos ! He is VERY PROFESSIONAL and makes you feel very COMFORTABLE. Every Photo was simply Beautiful !!!! My whole family was pleased with his work. Also, his prices were very AFFORDABLE. I can’t wait for our next photo shoot !!!!!

    Tamieka B.
    happy customer
  • After my Dad passed, I found a picture of my Mom in his wallet that he had folded several times. The picture was of my Mom when she was in her early 20s. I couldn’t believe that he had carried this picture all these years – he was 88. Paul restored the picture for me and I will give the prints to my daughters for Christmas. He came to my workplace to pick up the damaged print and discuss the restoration process which was very helpful to me. The restoration was beautiful and the customer service superb.
    happy customer
Studio Services

Babies & Children

Babies are the most precious sight to see and I love capturing these first portraits of the babies for my families. Imagine your tiny newborn baby nestled up under mom’s chin or held snuggled up to dad, the tiny toes and fingers…its all about the details.

Family Portraits

Whether you prefer to do your session in the studio or out on location beach, parks, lake, etc) I can assure you I give 100% for each family portrait session.  I want to create some fun, expressive timeless imagery for you to be proud to hang on your walls and displayed in portrait albums. Most families return year after year to go to a new location and update their family portraits to show the changes in their lives.

HS Seniors

Most high school seniors want their senior portraits to be “different.” You want your images to show your personality and your interests. Your images should show what makes you unique and special during these final years of your education. The contract school photographer cannot spend the quality time you will want to customize your session. I sit down with you and listen to what you are after, maybe a look or theme you may be trying to create.


In most cases, your old, damaged prints can be repaired and enhanced to near original quality or even better than the original. Once the image has been repaired, the new print can even be printed much larger than the original. Once I see the original, I can tell you how much editing would be required and how large you will be able to go with the new print.


The original photograph is used as a guide and the new image is painted stroke by stroke, weeks of time honored labor to give your portrait the best, classic oil on canvas treatment that you would be proud to hang in any museum. Real artist canvas is used in these portraits as in our Masterpiece Finished portraits. These original portraits give the classic oil painting treatment all at a more modest investment.

Business Services

Paul has a degree in commercial graphics and can help with designing most any kind of business needs as well – staff portraits, product shots, web design, promotional, advertising, company brochures, postcards, flyers, business cards, magazine ads, etc..

Business Portraits

Product Photography

HD Videos & Filming

Web Design

Graphic Design

Stock images to use

Quick F.A.Q.

I am new... what do I do first ?

Many new clients appreciate coming to the studio for a free consultation so we can sit down, relax and chat about what you are after, ideas, brainstorm so the actual session is more tailored to each client.  At a minimum, call the studio so we can chat about this…but usually best and more relaxing if we discuss these ideas in person.

The consultation can also happen at the client’s homes.  Sometimes with the busy family schedules, its easier on the clients for me to come to them, which I am happy to do.

Why choose your studio ?

After 20 years in business, all of the many families I have served become long-term friends. I treat all clients as I would want to be treated and try to deliver creative, real life portraits, capturing truly meaningful images that tell a story and touch the viewer. Some studios just take pictures… I am referred to by many clients as a portrait artist.

I only deal with my pro lab and deliver real wet process portraits…not inkjet prints as most local studios have gone to.

Where do sessions take place ?

The session may take place at the studio or on location–your home, park, beach, plantation, gardens, etc. Outside the Charleston area–Kiawah, Edisto, Seabrook, for example do have a small additional travel fee. If you choose a location, these usually take place an hour before sunset, depending on the sun, trees, etc.


How do I see my images ?

ProjectionThe presentation appointment is usually scheduled about 2 weeks following your session. Both parents and any other family members (grandparents) who will wish to view and purchase images will need to be present at this appointment. This is the last day for the discount. You will first see a slideshow of the images set to music and projected in theater fashion on an 8′ screen. After the show, we can then go right into designing your order. If dad is not present and you want to wait on him to help, you will need to schedule another appointment.

Do you provide services for business ?

Yes, the studio provides photographic services for staff portraits, product photographygraphic design and stock photography. The studio can film and produce your HD videos for TV and websites and design your custom website in HTML or WordPress, which can include shopping carts.

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