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Sean Rayford is a freelance photojournalist and commercial photographer working with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Getty Images, The Associated Press, NPR, along with many others. A 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Media Arts, Rayford has been making photos on campus in Columbia, SC for more than twenty years.

A limited number of cap and gown senior sessions are available each semester. Please email [email protected] to book your date and time. To expedite your request, please type "Senior Photo Session" in the subject line.


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45 min. solo session with 10 edited photos: $199

60 min. solo session with 15 edited photos: $249

90 min. solo session with 20 edited photos: $299


to schedule, email
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Mention the "2001" Columbia, SC Senior Photography special for 10% off.


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What is a preview gallery? A preview gallery allows seniors to view their unedited photos online to make personal selections for their final photos. Preview galleries are available within 48 hours of the senior session.  Final photos, high resolution digital files, delivered within 72 hours of the senior's selections.


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"Sean took my graduation photos on the Horseshoe at USC and I could not be happier. The pictures came out better than I could have ever hoped for, and he made me feel comfortable even though I was super nervous and felt awkward having my picture taken. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a photographer."

-Alexandra H.


"Sean was professional, fun, and made me feel comfortable. I could not have asked for a better experience or outcome!"

-Alycia G.


 "I am in love with my pictures. They came out better than I’d ever anticipate. Terrific job."

-Walter B.


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More about the photographer:

I'm, originally from Mt. Airy, Maryland but I spent my preschool years in Alice Springs, Australia. Princess Diana read to my class here and I remember a big parade that day. There's a photo of my class during this princess story time published in Time Magazine in 1983.  

I attended the Univ. of South Carolina from 1997-2001 where I worked as photo editor for (the Daily) Gamecock newspaper. After graduation, I freelanced while bartending at the city's longest running live music venue. In 2015, I cussed out my boss and pursued photography full-time.

A handful of my photos were recently part of the Columbia Museum of Art exhibition, Hindsight 20/20, and a photo I made covering Ahmaud Arbery's story was included in Time Magazine's "Top Photos of 2021."

You can follow me on Instagram at @theangrywhale