Meet Your Team!
Our goal is not to provide you with pretty pictures, but with lasting, beautiful & elegant family treasures.
Marcelle Raphael is an award winning professional photographer with a studio in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. She specializes in newborn and maternity portraiture and her images appear in national commercial advertising campaigns and many corporate environments. Her work is often displayed by vendors at WPPI's international expo and conference for photographers and Imaging USA, two of the world's largest photographic conventions.
She is also the executive director of Professional Photographers of South Carolina, Assistant Director of the Lamarr Williamson School of Photography, an affiliate leader of Professional Photographers of America, and a bereavement photographer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. As an educator, she is also active in continuing education for professional photographers and has developed her own course for beginning newborn photographers called "The Newborn Intensive Course" which focuses on all aspects of running a newborn photography business, not just the photography side. She also offers instruction across the US and online training for students around the world.
The most rewarding part of what she does is seeing how her images create joy and happiness. She loves turning every image into a special treasure valued for a lifetime or even generations. These moments only happen once and she is honored you trust her to capture them.
Allen Deal is our assistant photographer and general office manager. He has a long history in the photographic industry. He received his first camera for his birthday as a young child and he has had a camera in hand ever since. His background started in film and slide processing with companies like Ritz Camera and Wolf Camera. After spending 6 years in the Army as a professional trumpet player, he attended the University of South Carolina in the Media Arts and Music programs before beginning a career in sales with Fortune 50 companies. After over a decade in sales, he came back to photography full time, much to our delight.
In addition to his responsibilities here, he also photographs engagements, bridal portraits and weddings. He maintains his own business that you can find at www.allendeal.com.
Also a member of Professional Photographers of South Carolina, he is an active member in the area and has graciously volunteered his time teaching periodically for the last several years.
Ashlyn Corder is a licensed medical ultrasound sonographer specializing in high quality 3D/4D imaging, early gender determination at only 14 weeks and heartbeat packages at 6 weeks of gestation.
She previously practiced for five years in Orange County, California. After falling in love with South Carolina while on vacation, she has moved cross country, bringing her expertise along. She takes great pride in her extra large, relaxing and comfortable viewing room with the capability of seating 20 or more guests for your gender reveal ultrasound.
Your baby's photos do not start with your newborn or even your maternity images. She is passionate about bringing technology and photography together so you can have "My Baby's First Photos" and will focus on getting the perfect 3D/4D "first" images of your new, adorable little one. She can not wait to share this amazing experience with you and your family! Click on her image to view more of her information or call her directly at 803.764.1368.