We all know the power of imagery and how effective it can be in telling a story, offering inspiration or driving a decision. We rely heavily on photography to share aspects of our destination beyond just words. So we wanted to highlight some of the local talent who are out here telling the story of the people, places and things to do in Columbia SC through the moments they capture on film. *Click*

Forrest Clonts

If there’s a dish, drink, culinary spread or full on food festival to be shot, then Forrest likely isn’t far away. The man has mastered the art and his Instagram feed will have you drooling in no time. Moody stills are also a specialty of his, featuring various scenery and people of Columbia portrayed in muted tones and black and white. Oh, and he can probably beat you in Disney trivia, too. 


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Sean Rayford

With coverage of current events regularly appearing in local and national media outlets, Sean of @theangrywhale has established quite a name for himself over the years. From the highs and lows of sporting events and the difficult task of capturing the rare synchronous fireflies at Congaree National Park, to numerous protests and rallies and the devastation and aftermath of natural disasters (who can forget his coverage of the thousand-year flood?), whatever the subject matter is, there’s no doubt his imagery will invoke every range of emotion. Check out his blog at www.sodacitizen.com for a more in-depth look at the stories behind his photos.  


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Lynn Luc

You’re sure to spot this woman-about-town at just about any and every Columbia event, camera in tow. And with a number of restaurant and local small business clients she supports, there’s no doubt that Lynn is a true champion for the close-knit Columbia community. Follow along on her adventures around town on her @gocola account or check out @simplylynnluc for more of her photography-focused work. 


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Crush Rush

Both Crush’s photography and his blog, CrushINTheCity, document life in Columbia. From small businesses and art to politics and the people who fill our vibrant city, he has his finger on the pulse of everything new and noteworthy that goes on around the region. And if you love a good sunset photo (who doesn’t?), then his Instagram feed will certainly not disappoint. 


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Tonya Palmer

Also known as @streetsandeatsofsc on Instagram, Tonya snaps the dishes, scenery, events and experiences that encapsulate the unique vibe and energy of Columbia. Her perspective provides a very real look at life here and makes it easy for you to insert yourself into the photos and imagine being right in the action. Bonus, you can book her services for a private shoot, too! 


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Tony Claremont

Follow Tony at @beardedspoooon, where his coverage of concerts grants us front-row access, appreciation for the arts will make you crave some culture and portrayal of Columbia nightlife has us itching for the days when we can gather again.


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Jeff Blake

Running the gamut with photography, videography and drone footage, Jeff Blake truly does it all. From photojournalism in national publications to wedding and family portraits, he’s there to immortalize every moment. Head to his site and shop his fine art prints featuring iconic local landmarks so you can bring a piece of Columbia SC home. 


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Stephanie B. Smith

When you need some feel-good photos in your life, look no further than Stephanie of Southern Stitched Photography. Her Instagram feed is aesthetic goals, featuring stunning portraits of intimate family moments, celebratory occasions, local influencers out and about against the backdrop of signature community events and locales and more. Her work has been featured in People, on the TODAY Show and Good Morning America, to name a few. Book her for a shoot for a Columbia keepsake you’ll cherish forever.


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Adam Powell

Silver and Chalk Images owner Adam Powell’s keen eye with a camera and handiness with a drone make for a winning combination when it comes to photographing local events like Dining on the Dam, personal moments like engagements and weddings and breathtaking landscapes of Lake Murray, Williams-Brice Stadium, the Gervais Street Bridge and more. 


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Shell Suber

If you’ve yet to experience the magic of Soda City Market on a Saturday morning, have no fear, for Shell Suber is often there to provide the full experience in photo form, seizing the moments full of shoppers, vendors, buskers and community. Graduate photos and nature snapshots round out the rest of his feed for glimpses into other aspects of local life.


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These are just a few of the fantastic artists who document life in Columbia SC. Did we miss your favorite capital city photographer? Share their name below in the comments!