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The Family


I am a proud Husband and Father of five children.  They give me the inspiration to wake up every morning and be better at the things that I do.

My background in photography began at an early age.  My youth was filled with photographing the moments in my family.  I started with film camera models such as the 110, 126 and disc.  But it was not until my Father gave me a Minolta Maxxum camera that it became more that just random family pictures.   My formal photography education began in high school and continued through college.

I now use the latest digital cameras.  But the camera is just the tool.  Photography is really about the eye of the person shooting with the camera.  

The Passion

I have owned a wonderful portrait studio in the past.  But it was not until I started  photographing on the beaches of Hilton Head Island that I found my passion.  It clicked for me.  I now try to blur the line between traditional photography and painted art.  I hope this gallery of images reflect what I want to create with your family.  Clients say I want a display canvas of this one because it is a piece of art.  I love that comment!

Please allow me to extend my passion of photography to your family.  


David Gerwels and Family

HHI Portraits
22 Bow Cir Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
Phone: (843) 474-1441