Here's our "why"

We believe that marriage is a beautiful thing when two people choose to walk through this life together. We believe that when two people choose to enter into this covenant together, they have been given one of the greatest gifts life has to offer. We want to see marriages thrive, and that all begins with your wedding!

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your wedding is the beginning of a beautiful story

We believe the best wedding photography comes from having a GREAT relationship with your photographers, so we want our clients to know us as friends and not just someone holding a camera! We are goofy and down to earth and really just love our couples a ton. Want to see if we’d be a good fit? 

fun facts about us:


We love The Office, Jacob is a pro at quoting the whole series and sending “It is your birthday.” gifs to friends every year.

when we aren't shooting weddings on weekends, we are usually getting brunch and enjoying downtown columbia!

We have the cutest baby girl in the world, at least we think so :)

We get overly excited for any type of breakfast food (Cafe Strudel is our favorite)

besides exploring columbia, we also love traveling and have been all over the usa together!

when it's more than 90 degrees outside, we’re probably on the water somewhere. We love to spend as much time on Lake Murray as we can!

Jacob is a beekeeper. Like for real. We have six hives that we manage. (follow our insta to get some local honey!)

Rachael lived in the Middle East after college and has a big passion for good falafel and hummus.

We met swing dancing in 2013! While we don’t go dancing as much as we did when we were youngin's, it’s still a big part of our story.

Jacob grew up in Lexington and Rachael grew up in Columbia, SC, and we’re still here :) We love anything local to our city!

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when you hire us as your photographers, you're choosing to work with someone who cares deeply about you and your marriage.

wedding collections start at $3,000. Contact us for our complete investment guide

"I 10000% recommend The Carters Creative for all your photography needs! I could not have asked for a better experience for my wedding and bridal photos. They are naturals at making you feel comfortable and heard. Rachael and Jacob were some of my most easy to work with vendors. I am so grateful for the calm environment they helped create during these sessions, not to mention the fabulous photos I got out of them. I am really looking forward to working with them again!"

kind words from adrienne and lee

"Working with the Carters was simple and comfortable from start to finish. The entire team worked so hard to make us feel comfortable behind the camera as they captured our love. We will be forever grateful for the memories we have due to the talent of an amazing team!! We can't say thank you enough!!"

kind words from Mollie and Jake

The Carters are wonderful. Your wedding photographer will also double as your timekeeper - when to arrive at the venue, when to put your dress on, when to get ready to walk down the aisle, etc. The Carters have an impeccable system and know exactly what needs to be done. This will most likely be the first time you are planning your wedding, but it will be their one millionth wedding! Let them help guide you, and the biggest bonus of all is the BEAUTIFUL photos. Can't say enough good about them!
-Elizabeth and Beck Oterson

kind words from elizabeth and beck