It’s well known that Charleston, South Carolina is a photographer’s paradise with its world-renown historic downtown, beaches, marshes, and a beautiful waterfront park. In fact, take a look at my Photographing Historic Charleston post and my Southern Architecture Gallery to get a glimpse of a few of Charleston’s historic homes and buildings.
Charleston’s photography subjects do not end at its riverfront, however, since there are at least 4 great Mt. Pleasant photo spots photographers should visit. In fact, there are many great photo spots in Mt. Pleasant.
Where is Mt. Pleasant?
Interesting Facts about Mt. Pleasant
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina was founded in 1680 and later became known for Shem Creek, a shrimping village and as a summer destination for wealthy Charleston residents. Today, Mt. Pleasant is not only home to Shem Creek but also Patriot Point Naval and Maritime Museum, the Ravenel Bridge, Boone Hall, great shopping and dining, and safe neighborhoods.
Mt. Pleasant has been named as one of the top 50 best cities to live in America. It has a median income of over $100,000 which is more than double the state’s average income. To learn more about Mt. Pleasant visit: Mt. Pleasant.
4 Great Photo Spots in Mt. Pleasant
1. Arthur Ravenel Bridge
The Ravenel Bridge, also known as the Cooper River Bridge, opened in 2005 to replace the old Cooper River Bridge. The bridge connects downtown Charleston to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina over the Cooper River and when built was the 3rd largest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It’s two diamond-shaped towers are stunning, especially as night and before twillight, making it a very popular subject for photographers.
By the way, a cable-stayed bridge is a bridge whose weight is supported by diagonal cables that extend to the bridge’s towers which are built to support the weight of the bridge.
Best Places to Photograph the Ravenel Bridge
Map of Photo Locations for Ravenel Bridge
The Ravenel Bridge can be photographed from both sides of the Cooper River but since we are focused on Mt. Pleasant, here are my top 3 locations in Mt. Pleasant that produce the best bridge images.
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park
Photo of Ravenel Bridge from Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park
Parking Lot Adjacent to Embassy Suites
Photo of Ravenel Bridge from Lot Next to Embassy Suites
Top of Ravenel Bridge
Stock Photo of Ravenel Bridge Cables from Top of Bridge
2. Shem Creek
Shem Creek, in Mt Pleasant is located directly off the main thoroughfare, Coleman Blvd and another of my 4 Great Photo Spots in Mt. Pleasant. Here photographers will find an eclectic collection of restaurants, shops, a marsh walk, shrimp boats, power boats, birds, and also paddle boarders in the creek to keep your cameras busy. To fully appreciate the Shem Creek area, I highly suggest checking out Shem Creek History.
Popular photographs from Shem Creek include shots of the creek from an overpass on Coleman Blvd as well as a sunset at the end of a 2200 foot Shem Creek Marsh boardwalk. But that’s now all, pelicans are begging to be photographed as they fly overhead, reflections of restaurants at night twinkle in the Creek’s waters, and marsh grasses glow, especially in the late afternoon.
Shem Creek Photo Tips
Photo of Shem Creek at Sunset
3. Sullivan Island Lighthouse
Sullivan Island Lighthouse also known as Charleston Light is a modern triangle shaped 140 foot tall black and white lighthouse. The Lighthouse was built as a replacement for the old Morris Island Lighthouse which was being destroyed by erosion.
Sullivan Island Lighthouse Location
Sullivan Island Lighthouse Photo Tips
Photos of Sullivan Island Lighthouse
4. Boone Hall Plantation
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is one of the top photo destinations in the greater Charleston area and for good reason. In fact, a photograph of the oak tree-lined road is one of the iconic landscape images from all of South Carolina.
I am currently writing a post about photography at all of the Charleston Plantations and Gardens that will definitely include Boone Hall. So as to not repeat any information, here are just a few quick tips for photographing Boone Hall. Stay tuned for the complete photo guide to Charleston Plantations and Gardens coming in early 2023.
Boone Hall Plantation Photo Tips
Map of Boone Hall
Well I could not stop this post at 4 photo locations so here are a few more options to put on your Mt. Pleasant Photo Destination list.
Other Good Photo Spots in Mt. Pleasant
Ft. Moultrie is located just south of the Sullivan Lighthouse making it an easy stop after photographing the Lighthouse. Although the Fort is not very photogenic, its location by the ocean combined with a bit of good light can provide some interesting Fort images. Unfortunately, I have never been able to catch that perfect light but still believe Ft. Moulrie to be a good photography spot.
3 More Places To Photograph around Mt. Pleasant
Pitt Street Bridge
Palmetto Island County Park
Patriots Point Naval Museum
Summary of Mt. Pleasant Photography
I hope this brief glimpse into 4 Great Photo Spots in Mt. Pleasant encourages each of you to spend time photographing this historic and beautiful area. Although Mt. Pleasant can easily be overlooked as a photo destination due to the understandable draw of Charleston, South Carolina, it would be a mistake to not dedicate photo time here.
In addition to the 4 Great Photo Spots, Mt. Pleasant is also home to some absolutely beautiful sandy beaches for more photo fun as well as offering a break from photography to enjoy the ocean and salt air.
Happy travels to all my fellow photographers and if you have a special Mt. Pleasant location that I failed to mention, I would love to hear from you. Thanks again for joining me on another of my Photo Road Trip Adventures.