Sean Rayford Photography
Sean Rayford Photography

Sean Rayford Photography

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Introduction: I'm a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer in Columbia, SC where I work with The New York Times, The Associated Press, Getty Images, The Washington Post and more. My commercial clients have included The South Carolina Agriculture Commission, The Red Cross, Texas Instruments, the ACLU, and more. I love making natural light environmental portraits and enjoy location scouting. As a photographer, I enjoy the creative puzzle that comes along with the process of making still images: balancing space, light, composition, and timing to break off a slice of moment, preserving it for how ever long history demands. As a photojournalist I get an added bonus of being able to experience the worlds of others with whom I share this planet with.

Hired 7 times

Serves West Columbia, SC

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1 employee

19 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo

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Facebook, Instagram

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

Exceptional 5.0

17 reviews


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Keith K.

Headshot Photography

Had a great experience with Sean. Photos were what I wanted/needed and he was so easy to work with. He went beyond what I had expected. Would gladly do business with him again!
Feb 25, 2020
John W.

Headshot Photography

Sean was extremely accommodating, setting up an appointment for me on short notice with the headshots coming out great! His prices were fair and I was very satisfied with the experience. I would highly recommend hiring him for any of your photography needs!
Mar 28, 2017
Sofia L.

Sean Rayford is an extremely talented photographer! I wouldn't get my pictures done with anyone else. He is always on time, is very nice, and his pictures are absolutely stellar. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for photography work.
Feb 13, 2018
David K.

I hired Sean to take photos of my fiance and myself. He was very professional and responsive throughout the entire process. The quality of the photos were top notch and we received them ahead of schedule. I would absolutely hire Sean again.
Feb 12, 2018
Jessica B.

Sean took beautiful photos of my clothing line. He’s so easy to work with, has great ideas and is able to scout out excellent locations!
Feb 12, 2018
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Sean Rayford


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    University of South Carolina class of 2001 - B.A. in Media Arts

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    I work national media organizations and national brands along with local businesses, local advertising agencies, and my neighbors and friends who need photos made.

  • Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

    I'm halfway through shooting a portrait project shooting 20 South Carolina farmers for the Ag. Commission. It took two weeks in the summer and another two coming this Spring.

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