When Todd Surber's parents incorrectly loaded film into their camera on the day of his high-school graduation, they left their son without any pictures to document his achievement. These days, at King Street Studios, Todd ensures that similar special moments are never lost for his clients. He snaps shots of families, weddings, clown troupes, and high-school seniors with a photojournalistic style honed from touring with top rock bands such as Papa Roach. After sessions on location or in Todd’s 1,500-square-foot boutique studio, patrons can choose their most beloved memories in an online proofing gallery of retouched color or black-and-white images. Todd also invites customers to view their canvas portraits in the studio’s projection room so they can see how the pictures will appear when enlarged to their appropriate size.
When Jeni Rone was a child, her father would take black-and-white photos of weddings, instilling an appreciation for beautiful photography in her mind that she nurtured through fine-arts classes in high school and college. Now, she spends her days amongst Charleston's natural and manmade beauty, creating beautifully framed photos of seaside sunsets and historic houses. Specializing in wedding photography, Rone's practiced eye captures the joy and possibility of nuptials with smile-filled candids, elegantly composed family shots, and cakes' growing dread as they realize their role in the festivities. Those interested in improving their own photography can tap into her skills by following along on classes that meander through Charleston's streets, learning how to frame up gorgeous shots and edit them on a computer.