Capturing Charleston’s Charm with a Smartphone 

Charleston, South Carolina is one of my favorite cites in the United States. So much so that I make a point of visiting at least once a year. Admittedly indulging in its world class food scene is my favorite thing to do in Charleston. Though Charleston is a relatively small city, as a foodie destination, it ranks right up there with the likes of New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Chicago.

In an effort to walk off the countless calories I consume when I am in town, I discovered a new passion – capturing Charleston’s charm on my smartphone. I love walking through the historic district snapping photos of churches, homes, flowers, windows, iron, or whatever catches my eye at that particular moment. On my hikes I could take one route today and the same route tomorrow and would collect an entirely different set of pictures. Even when I photograph something that I’ve photographed numerous times before there’s always some nuance that makes makes another click of the shutter totally worthwhile.

Here’s a collection of photos I captured with a Droid Turbo provided by Verizon Wireless on my most recent visit to Charleston.


With over 400 places of worship, Charleston is known as the “Holy City.” Church steeples are prominent in Charleston’s skyline.


Flower boxes throughout the historic district are always a great subject for a smartphone photograph.


If you love iron gates and gardens, Charleston has plenty, just begging to be photographed.


Exploring Charleston on foot is the best way to bring back digital souvenirs – and to alleviate the guilt from over eating.

What things do you like to photograph when you’re on vacation?

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  1. I love Charleston! I have only been once, but I cant’ wait to go back. I also photographed the heck out of the courtyards, window boxes, and iron gates. So pretty!

    • Rick Griffin says:

      Thanks Abby! Great minds think alike. Not all cities lend themselves so well to photography. I can’t wait to go back either!

  2. Mary Mack says:

    Wonderful photos – makes me want to go back to Charleston. For a small city it’s got lots of variety, lots to see and do.

  3. Melissa says:

    Great post! Love the photos!

  4. Lovely pictures. Charleston is on my bucket list. Have shared on the My Side of 50 Facebook page and this will be shared in the My Side of 50 newsletter that goes out tomorrow.

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