1165 Ayers Plantation Way, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Dunes West    4 beds5 baths3,902 sqft 

Fulfill your desire to live in Beautiful Mount Pleasant in This Lovely Home In Dunes West The Harbour With Pond Views. Open Floor plan in this Move in Ready Home Will Not disappoint. Lovely Spacious Kitchen with Over Sized Island Provides Plenty of Counter Space Perfect For Entertaining Family and Guests Who Can Retire to Their Own Private Space On the 3rd Floor Which Includes A Full Bath and Wet Bar. The Master Suite Includes A Private Sitting Room, Frameless Shower, Dual Vanities and Dual Walk In Closets Along With A Garden Tub To Relax In After A Long Day. The Family Room Has Built In Book Shelves And A Gas Fireplace. Full Screened Back Porch and Double Front porches. 2 of the Spacious Bedrooms Upstairs Have Walk In closets. Jack and Jill Bath. *Remainder of JW Warranty To Transfer.* 


A Tour of Charleston Harbor

Exclusive Fishing Charters

There is nothing quite like being on the water as the sun rises. It was a beautiful morning and full of photographic challenges, but worth every second.

Exclusive Fishing Charters Boat at SunriseCaptain John contacted me with the idea to take a tour of Charleston by boat and put it on his Google My Business listing. While his main business is fishing, the boat ride and views of Charleston from the water are second to none. It was a beautiful morning as the sun rose and we started at the Wappoo Landing. From there we went to the Ashley, out to the Charleston Harbour, the jetties, the Battery and of course the Ravenel Bridge and Yorktown.  Some areas were calmer than others, which is quite useful when creating images that rely on you camera being perfectly level.

It takes 12 photos to create 1 photosphere. Out by the jetties was the most difficult as we bobbed up and down, and I tried to time the camera being in the same place for 1/30th of a second (longer than you think). So use the arrows on the tour above to take a step in the boat and be transported to different places on the water in Charleston. I hope you enjoy the tour as much as I enjoyed the challenge.

For your next fishing excursion, check out Exclusive Fishing Charters!

Google Street View Prominently Placed on Google Daydream

What an exciting time we live in! We can virtually go places that were not possible before. Google Daydream was announced at Google IO2016 and I am so excited to share it with you. There are a ton of technical terms used to describe how amazing Daydream is going to be. If you are not familiar with Daydream, it is basically VR that you can interact with on a level that feels so real. It feels so real that in one example, people are teleported to a 150 foot diving board and asked to jump off. Even though people are there virtually, in reality they are standing on solid ground. They will not jump off the diving board. It is too real.

Above is an image of Google Daydreams home screen. You will notice that Google Street View is prominently placed. This is so exciting for me in my business. The tours that I create for people can become virtual reality experiences on a new level. People will be able to interact and create amazing fantasy worlds but that doesn't even compare to the beautiful world that we live in. If you have Google Cardboard, you can already explore Google Street View virtually. I am very excited to see how Daydream enhances this experience. More later . . .

Professional Offices see Big Returns with Google Maps Street View Inside

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group

Professional Offices are not always easily found. They can have side entrances, be on the 3rd floor, or have a suite number that doesn't make any sense to a rational person. Matt with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group set up a new office in Mount Pleasant, SC. The office is an end unit with the entrance on the side. Most clients would drive through the entire complex looking for his suite, until now! We published his 360 virtual tour on Google and it has really helped his clients to not only find where he is but to find him online. He has a nice clean office and has been able to show that to the world through Google Maps Street View.

Women in VR

Women have become an integral part of the societal workforce but not in all industries. While I was out at Google in February, I was 1 of 3 female photographers in a room of over 50 photographers. Women are a small percentage of the Google Maps Street View trusted photographer work force. 

I found an article recently about women in VR. It was a very interesting read and I wanted to share it. Feel free to read it all at the link below.

"Inclusion of women in virtual reality is crucial.
Women bring a unique perspective. And the inclusion of them has never been more important in a technology where people are creating these incredibly powerful, emotional experiences where you’re shaping worlds."

Venturing out into an unknown area?

Holy City Brewing 4155 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29405

As a woman going out on my own, I can be skeptical about where and when I should go into certain areas. I am not saying I am not adventurous, but with age, I have learned to be smart about the risks I take. I have been using Google Street View to help find acceptable areas to visit for a while now. 

For instance, I recently went out to California for a meet-up with Google. It was a quick trip and San Francisco is not the cheapest town to stay in; neither is Mountain View. I researched hotels and used Street View to really help find a safe area. I was able to walk down the street and see exactly what was around there. Some other photographers didn't utilize this and ended up in the industrial part of the city. That is not an area I would have felt safe going to at night.

Street View had helped me make good decision but Street View just on the street can also be misleading. I love Holy City Brewing's beers but the area where they are located is not one that I travel around much. I would have completely dismissed the location as not a good place to go except for their Street View inside the business.

This is the Street View from Dorchester Road:

It is really not that appealing.

BUT . . .

This is the Street View inside Holy City Brewing:

What a cool place! You can get a tour of the brewery, hang out for happy hour, play pool or darts and even get a little bite to eat. I would have been so disappointed to miss going here. 

So let this be a lesson to adventurers and businesses alike. That amazing "dive" might go completely unnoticed if you don't use the visual aids to draw in the customers. 

Have a hidden gem of a business or know where one is? Let me know so I can help show them to the world! glennaellen@gmail.com 843-442-8828

Palmer Home Bed & Breakfast

5 E Battery, Charleston, SC 29401
Palmer Home B & B
Palmer Home B&B

This charming bed and breakfast has everything you want in a place to stay: location, views, history, beautiful spacious rooms, wonderful staff and fabulous food and drinks! The bed and breakfast is located on the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina. The views of the Charleston Harbor from the piazza are breathtaking. Use the virtual tour below to stroll through the drawing room and out onto the piazza. 

The Palmer Home has 4 bedrooms, 2 suites and a carriage house. View the virtual tour of each room below.

I hope you have enjoyed touring this historic home. Please check back for more amazing virtual tours in Charleston.

What impact do photographs (visual stimuli) have on a business web presence?

      Beyond any legal ramifications of copyright(s), ect. which I will not get into here - topic for another day.  Photographs can and will greatly enhance a business profile on any site, be it your own website or via social media. Photographs enact a basic visual instinct to process information differently - the "power of a good visual isn’t just a scientifically well-documented phenomenon," "indeed our existence as a species is largely defined by our sense of sight. What we see, and how we interpret the things that we see, is a major factor in determining our actions and thus, the course of our lives.

You can hear, read, and think about anything at all, any concept, any object, or any person; but you’ll have a harder time understanding it until you’ve seen it.  Visual media, such as photography and video, are the closest that we can come to experiencing life elsewhere without going there ourselves. When you add a photo to a website, you’re not just adding pretty pixels. You’re offering your users a miniature experience to go along with whatever you’re selling." (http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2013/08/how-to-use-photography-in-web-design/Ezequiel Bruni).  
   This is why we, @photosby_glenna are so interested in assisting businesses, large, small and of all types to utilize the amazing technology in photographs that is Google Virtual 360 Business View.  It enhances and allows the user (potential customer) to see you and understand who you are before ever stepping foot into your business.  Simply amazing and definitely powerful. It can make a customer's decision to purchase from you even easier, and therefore make your business more profitable.  What do you think? Visit us or contact us to learn more.
Jeff Richards: jeffrichards69@gmail.com or Glenna Richards: glennaellen@gmail.com. www.weddingsofcharleston.com

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