Paul Cheney Charleston Photography
Before becoming a Charleston photographer I was perched on a side stage shooting Bela Fleck as one of the official MerleFest photographers in front of 50k+ people and I realized that nobody was shooting the 50k+ people. Everybody was shooting Bela Fleck! I came back the next year with a business partner (Travis Peck) and we shot all the guests, the volunteers, the sponsors and the main acts, too. Then I went home to Atlanta, and shot all my favorite restaurants and events.
Flash forward 100’s of corporate event photography shoots & restaurant photo shoots later (totaling 1.5m+ online images), and despite being considered a Charleston photographer I ironically realized I needed to stop and learn the basics. After working with maybe 20+ photographers and shooting for some of the biggest companies on the planet I met my current business partner Jason Kaumeyer (JWK) and now we shoot general commercial photography ranging from wineries to product to architecture and everything in between. Sharing our different skill-sets has shown me the value of color management, how to shoot-to-edit, the art of purposeful photographs, and the value of accrued knowledge from a variety of sources. Be humble, never stop learning and always be engaged. Green tea and long jogs help, too.