John Lowry Photography: Blog https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog en-us (C)2018-2021 John Lowry (John Lowry Photography) Wed, 23 Dec 2020 15:05:00 GMT Wed, 23 Dec 2020 15:05:00 GMT https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u311396614-o931902165-50.jpg John Lowry Photography: Blog https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog 120 120 Christmas in Main Street District in downtown Columbia, SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-in-main-street-district-in-downtown-columbia-sc Are you looking for a festive outdoor place in Columbia to walk around and enjoy during the holiday season?  Maybe you are looking for a good spot to take a picture. Check out the Main Street District. Yarnbombers of Columbia has decorated trees and light poles down the length of Main Street with unique, fun yarn creations that individuals and an entire family can enjoy. Businesses have decorated their store fronts and street entrances with trees, wreaths, and lights. Make sure to enter the Arcade Building to experience their elegant seasonal decorations. Obvious popular choices for photographs are the giant Christmas ornament provided by First Citizens Bank located on the First Citizens Bank Green, and the giant state Christmas tree located on the grounds of the South Carolina State House overlooking Main Street. But keep your eye open for beautiful spots throughout the neighborhood.

While you are walking around there are a number of locally owned businesses perfect for gift shopping and numerous ones offering food and coffee. Many small businesses are at risk now so you have an opportunity to support your community while getting some shopping done while you are there.

Main Street District is one of my favorite places to make headshots and portraits. I went with Sakura Oka to take advantage of the ambiance and the lighting was perfect. Here are a few of my favorite pictures we created walking around.

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(John Lowry Photography) Christmas Columbia https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2020/12/christmas-in-main-street-district-in-downtown-columbia-sc Wed, 09 Dec 2020 17:58:01 GMT
2019 South Carolina State Fair Photography in Columbia, SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/10/2019-south-carolina-state-fair-event-photography-in-columbia-sc The South Carolina State Fair is 150 years old.  I made my first visit to this event sometime in the mid-1980's packed in the back of a truck full of high school classmates that traveled an hour to Columbia.  It hasn't changed so much since then.  The fair remains a popular event and achieved record attendance this year. I visit annually because I enjoy photographing people and it's an opportunity for me to find so many congregated together in a unique and fun environment. I even had requests from attendees for spontaneous portraits.  Here are a few of my favorite images.

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia photography SC South Carolina state fair https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/10/2019-south-carolina-state-fair-event-photography-in-columbia-sc Sat, 19 Oct 2019 23:22:06 GMT
Columbia, South Carolina's 2019 Park(ing) Day Photographs https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/9/columbia-south-carolinas-park-ing-day-2019 Much of the appeal of a city comes from a positive sense of place one gets.  Over the past few years downtown Columbia, South Carolina's sense of place has blossomed and continues to develop.  Today's 5th Annual Park(ing) Day in Columbia was a great chance to experience the cutting edge of that growth.

Park(ing) Day is a global annual event where metered parking spaces are temporarily repurposed into public social spaces allowing residents to experience the possibilities of how a neighborhood could be changed from vehicle oriented to human oriented spaces. Columbia's Park(ing) Day is driven by the leadership of the City of Columbia, the South Carolina chapter of the American Society for Landscape Architects, and One Columbia. I took my camera downtown to photograph this event where 20 organizations participated this year.

While visiting the participants' parks I ran into many friends, made new acquaintances, had my portrait taken, had a unique poem written for me by Ed Madden, the City of Columbia's Poet Laureate; heard some great karaoke singing, and, of course, had fun doing photography.  Here are a few of the images I captured.

2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayLauren skillfully working the karaoke station set up by the Koger Center. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayThe audience listening to the karaoke singers at the Koger Center park. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayRachelle having a blast singing at the Koger Center's karaoke park. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayKarl of the Cola Town Bike Collective repairs a bicycle for a cyclist that was passing through.

2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayLocal photographer Crush Rush and friends conversing on Main Street Columbia. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayCroissant was available for immediate adoption. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayStreet photographer Robert Coffey preparing to take portraits at the PhotoSC park. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayRichland Library set up a park. 2019 Columbia Parking Day2019 Columbia Parking DayHeather putting on her One Columbia button.

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia photography SC South Carolina https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/9/columbia-south-carolinas-park-ing-day-2019 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 03:34:09 GMT
Owens Family Lifestyle Portrait Session in Rock Hill, SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/6/lifestyle-family-portrait-session-with-the-owens-family-in-rock-hill-sc Lifestyle family portrait sessions are fun.  Capturing that sense of connection between family members and creating lasting memories, especially of children who grow so fast, is really special. For this photography session I drove north of Columbia to Rock Hill, South Carolina and met the Owens family along the banks of the Catawba River. Time flew so quickly photographing this family hanging out by the river while colorful kayakers paddled by us.  Here are a few sample images of the many we made.

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(John Lowry Photography) family photographer photography portrait Rock Hill SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/6/lifestyle-family-portrait-session-with-the-owens-family-in-rock-hill-sc Fri, 28 Jun 2019 20:02:42 GMT
Emily's High School Senior Photography Session in Greenville, SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/6/emilys-high-school-senior-photography-session-in-greenville-sc Greenville, South Carolina is such a lovely city and has a great vibe. It's always a treat for me to visit from Columbia. My latest trip had me on the campus of Furman University for Emily's Class of 2019 high school graduation photography session. Emily will soon head to college to study biology and would like to become a surgeon.  I wish her much success in her journey. We created some beautiful images so here's a sample.

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(John Lowry Photography) graduation Greenville high school photographer photography portrait SC senior South Carolina https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/6/emilys-high-school-senior-photography-session-in-greenville-sc Fri, 07 Jun 2019 17:17:08 GMT
2019 West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day and Jasper Project Artisan Fairway https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/4/2019-west-columbia-kinetic-derby-day-and-jasper-project-artisan-fairway West Columbia's River District is blossoming and exciting times are ahead.  An often quirky and fun crowd gathered yesterday along State and Meeting Street for the West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day and the Jasper Project Artisan Fairway. I photographed this event last year and was pleased to be asked to photograph it this year. The combination of kinetic floats, soap box racing, arts, and food made for a fun and photogenic day. Be sure to visit this fledgling community-centered event as it is destined to grow increasingly popular each year. Here are a few of my favorite images I captured.

West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019A young boy in his Batman themed soap box racer hits a pile of Adluh cornmeal at the finish line.

West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019Andy Martin leaves the starting line in his reclining chair soap box racer.

West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019A young girl dismounts her soap box racer and gazes uphill at the starting line. West Columbia Kinetic Derby 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby 2019A young girl approaches the finish line in her airplane themed soap box racer.

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West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019A young girl picks up speed in her soap box racer.

West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day 2019Andy Martin hits a pile of Adluh corn meal at the finish line in his armchair racer.

 

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia event photographer photography SC West Columbia Kinetic Derby Day https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/4/2019-west-columbia-kinetic-derby-day-and-jasper-project-artisan-fairway Mon, 29 Apr 2019 00:04:34 GMT
Harley's Pet Portrait Photography Session https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/3/pet-portrait-photography-with-harley Pet portrait photography is a rather new endeavor for me and I'm really enjoying it. Our pets really are a part of the family and enrich our lives with their presence. Harley is the cutest puppy living in northeast Columbia, SC and made some wonderful images. I traveled to her home and set up a small studio in her den.  After showering me with puppy kisses, Haley got in front of the camera and shined.  Here are a few images from our session.  Contact me if you would like portraits of your fur baby made.

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia dog pet photographer photography portrait SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2019/3/pet-portrait-photography-with-harley Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:52:22 GMT
Soda City Market in Downtown Columbia, South Carolina https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2018/10/soda-city-market-in-downtown-columbia-south-carolina Where do I begin with the Soda City Market? People seem happy to be there.  That's why it tops my list of favorite things about Columbia, South Carolina.  The Soda City Market has been around for several years.  Every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM the city blocks off a stretch of Main Street and, according to the market's website, about 150 vendors set up. Soda City Market is a producer-only market meaning that every vendor only sells what they produce. You can find fresh produce, bread, and cheese.  You can choose from a wide array of food and drinks freshly prepared on site.  You can peruse stalls of arts, crafts, and antiques.  While you are walking you can enjoy the music from several buskers playing for tips.  The sounds of hand drumming, various stringed instruments, accordions, saxophones, and vocalists are regular features. And if you enjoy people watching or dogs, Soda City Market is a great place to be and a great event to photograph.  A diverse crowd fills the streets from one end to the other, many people accompanied by their fur babies. So if you are planning to be in Columbia on a weekend, the Soda City Market should definitely be on your to-do list.

LaRon HearstClassically trained violist LaRon Hearst plays for the crowd.
Meet Your Crematorstop by Meet Your Cremator for hot sauces and the infamous Carolina Reaper pepper (kept under the table). Gamecock fans aboundIt should be no surprise that University of South Carolina Gamecock fans abound. South Carolina PhilharmonicThe South Carolina Philharmonic recently located itself on the corner of Main and Hampton Streets during the market and allowed the public to play conductor. 3 Crow Arts3 Crow Arts always adds visual flavor.

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia SC Soda City Market https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2018/10/soda-city-market-in-downtown-columbia-south-carolina Sun, 07 Oct 2018 23:32:18 GMT
Main Street Latin Festival 2018 https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2018/8/main-street-latin-festival-2018 The Main Street Latin Festival 2018 took place in Columbia, South Carolina yesterday. I enjoy attending the different cultural festivals in and around Columbia, but this one is my favorite.  It's not the most vegetarian-friendly event for me, but the sheer joy of the people dancing to the music more than makes up for it. The annual event lasts most of the day on Main Street in Columbia.  It begins functionally as an independent, but practical extension of the Soda City Market which is a weekly event on Main Street.  After Soda City Market shuts down in the early afternoon, the Main Street Latin Festival remains and the live music begins. The festival offers food, arts, music, and dancing for hours.

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(John Lowry Photography) Columbia Main Street Latin Festival SC https://www.johnlowryphotography.com/blog/2018/8/main-street-latin-festival-2018 Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:28:51 GMT