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What’s most important in your life?

Photography preserves the people, places and memories we cherish most.

LOCAL Life publisher Lori Goodridge-Cribb took this picture as a self portrait for a photography class in 1991. Ashley, 36, now lives in Greenville while Brittney, 33, is in Charlotte.

A wise person once said, “If you want to know what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph.” It’s such a powerful quote because it’s so true — just look at your camera roll for verification. We take pictures of things we love the most and of memories and feelings we don’t want to forget. So what does your camera roll say about you?

I’m a new grandma, so my phone is quickly filling up with adorable baby photos. Now that both of my babies are having babies of their own, we love looking at old pictures to find similarities. It brings back memories of my childhood when many hours were spent examining the photos of our growing family that lined a wall to our bedrooms.

Photography is a cornerstone of life here in the Lowcountry. Visitors come from all over the world to snap pictures of themselves in our environment and next to our landmarks. It is also an integral part of our magazine. When we created LOCAL Life (hard to believe that was three years ago), paper quality was of the utmost importance. Since the beginning, we have aimed to reflect the beauty of our neighbors, landscapes and nature through stunning photography that captures our local essence in a way that educates, entertains and engages.

This issue celebrates all faces of local photography — amazing photos, photographers, equipment, locations, tips, advice and more. Learn how to take memorable photos with your phone, a drone or even a Polaroid camera. We keep the theme rolling with ways to create a picture-perfect garden or a marvelous media room. We share creative ways to display your photos at home, and pay homage to motion pictures with a stylish fashion shoot at Park Plaza Cinemas (Cosmopolitan considers it the “Coolest Movie Theater in South Carolina”).

It’s been an interesting summer, to say the least. Now that fall is upon us and cooler weather is just around the corner, it’s a great time to get outside and soak up all of the beauty that surrounds us. Just don’t forget your camera!

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“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.” – Andy Warhol

Top Sunset Spots

Who doesn’t love a good sunset? We are lucky to have many great sunset watching locations scattered across the Lowcountry. My personal favorite is my back deck. Here are a few other great local spots.

South of the Broad River

  • The Beach
  • ELA’S On the Water
  • Freeport Marina
  • Harbour Town
  • May River Bluff
  • Old Oyster Factory
  • Shelter Cove Community Park
  • Skull Creek Dockside
  • South Beach
  • Sunset Grille

North of the Broad River

  • Broad River Fishing Pier
  • Burkmeyer Beach
  • Fishcamp on 11th Street
  • Harbor River Bridge
  • Hunting Island pier
  • The Sands
  • Station Creek Landing
  • Stephen Elliott Park
  • Waterfront Park
  • Whale Branch