Memory Lane Portraits moves to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina
Updated: Apr 28
Longtime Hilton Head Island business Memory Lane Portraits relocated to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina in April. After nearly two decades on the island’s south end, Memory Lane Portraits is now located mid island at 9 Harbourside Lane, Unit A, across William Hilton Parkway from Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
Memory Lane Portraits (MLP) is renowned for its on-location photography services, particularly heirloom quality family beach portraits.
Each April, MLP also serves as the official photographer of the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head — South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event.
“Relocating our studio and continuing our photography for the Heritage all at the same time was a whirlwind of pure, blind madness, in the best way,” said MLP General Manager Caitlin Ryan. “When you move anywhere, it’s inspiring. You’re breathing new life into something.”
Owner Stephen B. Dey is an artist, Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and resident of Charlotte, N.C. He first opened Charlotte Image Photography in 1989.
In 2001, he opened his second studio, Memory Lane Portraits, on Hilton Head Island.
Said Dey: “When I went on vacation I would think, ‘This is where all my clients are. They are all here on the beach. How can we bring these vacationing people into our market?’”
“Live, love and laugh with family,” is a Memory Lane Portraits motto. The goal is to invoke emotion and tell a strong story by capturing expressions, emotions and relationships in the images.
“Our clientele is extraordinary,” said Ryan. “In our new location, we look forward to connecting with even more of the island, growing stronger with other partners here on the island like Palmetto Dunes and our fellow vendors here at Shelter Cove.”
While family portraits on the beach or at the rental home during the summer time are their “bread and butter,” Memory Lane Portraits also specializes in capturing stunning wedding images and personal branding images in the form of business portraits.
Following a session on the beach specifically designed to minimize the impact on precious vacation time, customers can enjoy a relaxing appointment in the new, warm, clean and inviting gallery to review images and make selections.
MLP’s new gallery windows are wide open, with beautiful LED lights enhancing all of the portraits. Three viewing rooms with a theater-like setting and large, comfortable couches make the client feel as if they’ve just stepped into a living room. Scented candles burning provide a delicious ambience.
Using MLP’s virtual room views, projectors in every room project portraits on the wall. Clients can view in a slide show and compare side-by-side — similar to selecting proper lens strength at the eye doctor. They can even project samples of what the wall portraits would look like in their specific living room.
“If people send us pictures of their living room or their kitchen or above their bed or their fireplace, we can actually size it up and put a wall portrait of your family walking on the beach, so you can see exactly what it’s going to look like when you take it home,” said Ryan. “It’s totally neat. It’s fantastic. It’s an investment, so you want to feel completely comfortable and totally in love with what you’re buying.”