Alexandra Duncan writes about the man things to do in Charleston.

Alexandra Duncan


Alexandra has lived in Charleston for 10 years and vacationed on Folly Beach since the early ’90s. Her passions include supporting small, local businesses in the Charleston area. She freelances for Charleston Moms, and Medium, and is a volunteer for Postpartum Support of Charleston. She is the owner of Things To Do in Charleston, a local social media blog on all things fun in the area! 

A local contributor, Alexandra often collaborates with us to cross-promote Charleston lifestyles and tourism. Be sure to check out her page.

Faith Chic Photography covers some of the best places to see in Charleston.

Deborah Paez


Deborah Paez, owner of Faith Chic Photography LLC, strolls our charming streets with camera in-hand to capture Charleston’s quintessential sights.

Born and raised in Charleston, Debbie moved to Virginia Beach as a young adult. Returning 15 years later she realized “there’s no place like home” and has since raised a family of three, now grandmother to eight. 

“I really love all types of photography, anything related to our charming city, from Charleston homes and landscapes, to nature.” 

{See one of our favorite photographs from Faith Chic Photography, used as our Map Guide cover here.}

Embrace Southern States

Embrace Southern States

Photographer & Writer

Angela L. Dowdy 

Angela truly knows how to embrace southern states having lived in six of them, including South Carolina and her current home in Florida. Her passion is helping others embrace southern states, as exemplified in her writing and photography. Angela’s joyful articles have graced numerous travel websites. Her zest for all things Southern is delightfully endearing.

Riv and Roe Photo in Charleston South Carolina

Riv+Roe Photo


Riv+Roe Photo is best known for capturing the timeless architecture and captivating views of the lowcountry. Owners Matt & Krystyl Vana relocated to Charleston in 2019, and immediately fell in love with the lifestyle, charm and beauty the area offers at every turn. They enjoy visiting historic landmarks, exploring waterways, spotting wildlife and finding hidden gems with their two children and two dogs.

{See one of our favorite Riv+Roe Photo’s shots in the header here.}

If you're looking for things to do in Charleston, read Sara's features on Charleston Gateway.

Sara Pomeroy

Photographer & Writer

Sara is a healthcare strategist currently residing in Richmond, VA. She is a single mother to her adopted daughter and a budding photographer. She fell in love with Charleston through the eyes of her camera and loves sharing it’s streets and waters edges. 

Bernie Bastian Managing Partner & Publisher Charleston Gateway

Bernie Bastian


A native Charlestonian, Bernie has predominantly worked in commercial real estate, developing property alongside professional and community relationships. As co-publisher of Charleston Gateway, he often contributes to its many feature articles and social media accounts.

Bernie enjoys reading cookbooks and cooking; on occasion he caters for friends and family with his not-yet famous chili, and whole hog and oyster roasts. He considers himself a lucky patron to the evolving culinary culture, particularly after being asked by Chef Owner Josè De Anacleto to manage McCradys, a former French Quarter gastropub located in the heart of downtown.

He also enjoys walking through downtown and along the beaches, discovering new eateries, and meeting new folks. Father of 3, and grandfather of 3, his background and roots lend true southern infusion to his Gateway contributions.

For the best things to do and must see places, look to Charleston Gateway.

Emily Benedict

Co-publisher & Editor

Born and raised in a multi-generational Charleston family, Emily’s roots are steeped in the Holy City’s history dating from the 1700s up through to Robert Goodwyn Rhett’s eight-year mayoral tenure in the early 1900’s.

Growing up in the Lowcountry immersed Emily in the quaint allure that today’s traveler yearns to discover; from carriage horses clippety-clopping cobblestone streets, to eclectic dining venues, panoramic marshland vistas, boneyard beaches, and annual festival fun. Such memories and experiences lend insight for sharing her love of all things Charleston.