When Cynthia Pace was in the seventh grade, at a teacher’s suggestion she took an evening class in photography at the University of South Carolina. Now, she reflects on how this sparked an interest so well matched with the loves of her life that it grew into a thriving business. With an undergraduate degree in studio art and a master’s degree in art education from USC, Cynthia taught art to school students. After the birth of her two children, she devoted her creative energies to them. With more time to get behind the camera and wonderful subjects, new worlds began to unfold. She experienced the rewards of capturing special images that became only more precious with time. Soon she was taking photographs of her children’s friends. When her photographs became portraits
and adorned their homes, she counted it all joy. You have to love doing what you do to succeed, and I love taking pictures of people, Pace says.
Her husband encouraged her, and today Cynthia Pace Photography specializes in fine art portraiture. Walking into her studio, you see Cynthia’s work celebrated in formal hand painted oil portraits, whimsical watercolor, beach memories, heartwarming newborns, and story-telling family portraits. How does photography become art? It takes more than a little extra time and effort, more than a great camera. It takes an artist. Each individual and each family brings their own beauty, spirit, and style. Cynthia brings her artistry to play with them, transforming moments into images to delight now and for generations.
That process begins at her downtown Sumter Street studio or anywhere a client prefers. We go anywhere, says Pace. Whatever the setting, wonderful things happen as children and adults alike respond to her spontaneity and energy. While the vision behind the company is Cynthia’s, she is quick to add that the company would not be where it is now without Andrew McCormick and Susan Wilburn, both of whom share integral parts of the overall experience. Our goal is to make sure you love the portraits and the experience, she says.
It is her joy to enliven forever the magical beauty of children, the essence of family ties. We want our clients to love their portraits just as much, 20 years from now. We take great care to help them make selections that truly capture the hearts of their families.
After nine years, Cynthia Pace Photography is looking to expand to a studio in Lexington. Her family, friends and clients continue to inspire her to create beautiful, lasting memories. All with the eye of the artist she is. We believe in making people feel and look special, Pace says. It’s our life’s work, and we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t have that love for what we do.
Susan Wilburn, Andrew McCormick, Cynthia Pace