At age 16, when most girls swoon for dreamy eyes and dimples, Kellie McCann fell for a Canon AE-1. After graduating with a degree in photojournalism and winning awards freelancing for newspapers, she opened her eponymous studio. Honing her talent over nearly two decades, Kellie has documented dozens of weddings and family portraits. During portrait sessions, Kellie adapts the scarlet hues of sunset or sunny yellow light of a bright afternoon to frame her subjects in natural light when possible—an organic principle she maintains whether capturing the smiles of children or the paralyzing fear in newly engaged couples' eyes.
Laid out by golf course architect Tommy Fazio, The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes effortlessly weaves through the natural fabric of the land's lakes and wetlands. More than 7,300 yards, the course challenges golfers of all ilk to navigate around curvilinear greens, chip past strategically placed bunkers, and avoid raccoons playing freeze tag. Copious fairways and five sets of tees also call for mindful decision-making, planning, and ingenuity. The club rounds out its golfing experience with a 36-acre training facility boasting target greens, bunkers, and practice greens, as well as a golf shop and café.
Paulie's Produce exists to fill dinner tables and restaurants with the freshest fruits and vegetables possible. Delivered produce boxes ensure customers get to cook with seasonal ingredients, such as vine-ripened tomatoes and crisp cucumbers that snap when you bite into them or break in half during displays of brute strength. The boxes feature produce from local farms and growers, and travel straight from market to doorstep.
The Waves of Entertainment enlivens parties with five-in-one play equipment packed with water slides, obstacle courses, climbing areas, basketball hoops, and bounce areas. Each inflatable play place features a theme, such as a tropical island, sports, or a popular cartoon. Clients can also rent dunk tanks or snow-cone, cotton-candy, or popcorn machines.
By founding Bon Bicycles, Adam Kurtz is just following his natural inclination to assist those in need. In his free time, when he isn't delivering rental beach cruisers across Hilton Head Island, Adam works as a paramedic. He is devoted to helping others, and his business reflects that. A portion of the business's profits goes to Hope in the Light, a mission in Boucan, Haiti, committed to providing safe living conditions, clean water, nutritious food, and an education for the children in their orphanage and school.
Adam helps out his clients by making the rental process as simple as possible. Customers reserve a HHWheels beach cruiser and arrange to have it delivered anywhere on Hilton Head Island at any time of any day. A week later, a Bon Bicycles representative picks the bike up. Five sizes of bike are available, from attachable trail-a-bikes up to full Adult models. Youth sizes and above come with a basket, and renters receive a combination lock for every two bikes to keep them from being stolen or to help them, maybe, fall in love.
Ginny and Mark Taylor spent their college years chasing artistic pursuits—she majored in fine arts, while he tinkered with wood, clay, and stained-glass projects. As the owners of IDEA Studio, the Taylors combine their artistic expertise with a passion for working with children, a concept that’s given way to sessions where kids and adults can practice their beloved crafts or sample new disciplines. During age-appropriate six-week KidzArt sessions, youngsters from pre-K to middle school use more than 60 mediums such as watercolors, clay, and clocks melted in easy-bake ovens to construct two-, three-, and four-dimensional works. IDEA Studio also hosts personalized sessions for homeschooled children, one-week summer camps, and Kidz Nights, where youngsters enjoy themed lessons while snacking on healthy foods. Adults, meanwhile, can take their own artistic journey in classes and workshops with subjects that include drawing, stained glass, and sculpture, or they can work on long-term projects during open studio hours.