The Market Common Photo Studio



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Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Two photographers in one location combining their talents to offer you a variety of services. Specializing in  wedding & engagement photography as well as maternity, newborn, baby, senior & family beach portraits. 

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Meet Crystal & Hannah

Two girls who share a deep love for Taco Tuesday.
Photographers. Friends. Studio roommates.

Choosing a business partner that shares the same goals and values as you can be a difficult task, but when Hannah joined Crystal at the Market Common studio in 2015 it was a perfect match. Together they turned a 1,300 square foot space into the most fabulous boutique portrait studio in Myrtle Beach! By combining their talents they can offer a range of photographic services that cover almost anything you could possibly need.

Meet Crystal Lee

Photographer. Mother. Bride-to-Be. Obsessive Netflix-watcher. Lover of glitter, coffee and chocolate.

Crystal began her photography career at a retail portrait studio in 2001. Over the next 7 years she managed studios in New York, Myrtle Beach and San Diego. After settling back down in Myrtle Beach in 2008 she decided to take the leap and start her own business. She spent 3 years focusing exclusively on wedding photography and opened her first portrait studio in 2012. "To me, The Market Common feels like home... like it's my own little piece of New York." 

Meet Hannah Ruth

Hannah's love & appreciation of photography began when she moved from Cape Cod to Myrtle Beach in 2010. "I missed the beauty & memories I had on the Cape Cod beaches and would fly back just to capture and bring those memories back to me. I am now able to find beauty in all places and its such a privilege to live near such beautiful beaches!"

Hannah was an art major at Coastal Carolina University and began her business shortly after earning her degree. She loves hot sauce, her firefighter husband and her adorable puppy, Rachet. And she's a HUGE Patriots fan! 

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Our studio rocks. Seriously.

Our studio style is bold and whimsical, which you’ll see as soon as you walk through the door. (Isn't the pink couch awesome?!) We would love to invite you to come by so that we can chat with you about your photography needs over a cup of coffee and show you what we have to offer.

We are located at 3087 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Across from the back parking garage, on the same street as the movie theater and Brass Tap. We are open Monday-Friday from 10-5 and Saturdays from 10-12.

Family portraits with personality.

"Hannah is amazing. She takes pride in her photography and gets to know you and your family. She's someone that you don't just hire once."

Life is a blessing, and one of the most precious gift we are given is family. The love and happiness within a family is what sparks me as a photographer. I want to create images that tell YOUR story so that it can be cherished and shared for generations. I capture little expressions and moments that you will never forget. I use my laid back yet goofy personality to capture natural looks, real moments and connection with you and your family. Don't worry about how you pose or what you will do with your hands, thats my job!  Life can change in a heartbeat, nothing is promised, our children will change and grow right before our own eyes! We cant go back to these precious moments but we can capture them today to treasure for a lifetime.

Spaces fill up fast in peak season, so contact Hannah today to schedule your family portrait session! 

They're only this little for a little while.

When choosing a photographer for your baby's first portrait session it is SO important to find someone who is experienced in handling newborns. Crystal has been specializing in the art of newborn portraiture for over 7 years. Her first priority is baby's comfort and safety.

Newborn sessions are best done when baby is between 5 and 14 days old. At this age, baby sleeps deeply and can still curl up into those sweet newborn poses. These sessions typically last 2-4 hours to leave plenty of time for feeding, cleaning up baby messes, posing and letting baby settle into a deep, peaceful sleep. Crystal will work with you to choose colors and themes that match your baby’s nursery, as well as incorporate any specific ideas that you have for your session. Aside from the traditional newborn poses you can also include a family or sibling pose if you choose. Because of the limited window of time we have for a true newborn session, it is important that you book your session while you are still pregnant so that studio availability is guaranteed when baby arrives.

Every love story is beautiful.

Fact: On your wedding day, you will spend more time with your photographer than any other vendor. You deserve someone who is passionate about what they do, experienced enough to handle any wedding day scenario and is excited to tell your love story the way it deserves to be told. 

Crystal's style is all about color and creative use of lighting. Her signature look focuses on interactive posing, vibrant skies and crisp details. 

Hannah's style is light, fun and romantic. Her lighting is soft, smiles are genuine... and most of all, there a special mixture of whimsy, southern comfort and elegance.

To learn more about what Crystal & Hannah can offer, please visit their websites below. Each site is complete with gorgeous portfolios, featured love stories, and basic pricing information. 

Celebrating the senior experience.

Seniors , Senior , Seniors... you did it!!!! You are on the path to success and we are so proud of you!

This is YOUR time to shine and Hannah Ruth Photography wants to help make that happen! Let's create one of a kind images that are both editorial & fun yet genuinely represent YOU.

Hannah will help you choose just the right look for the location you'll be shooting in, taking full advantage of the natural lighting in a variety of settings and share lots of laughs along the way. Be you, while showing the rest of the world a side of you they have never seen. Give them a little charm, a little sass, and give your parents some stunning images that they'll love for a lifetime. Let's have fun!

Senior sessions can be done in studio, on location, or a combination of both. 

Because pets are family too.

The mission of the Unleashed program is to benefit the Myrtle Beach Humane Society. They are consistently at maximum capacity, and could use all of the help they can get to take care of these sweet animals! Crystal offers low cost pet portrait events in exchange for food donations that go directly to those animals in need.

We start taking appointments for our pet events once the event has been posted on our Facebook page, typically 2-3 weeks before the event. (Events are also posted in the "Upcoming Events" section below.)

Aside from our deeply discounted pet events, Everyday Mini Sessions are also available. Contact Crystal today for more information!

Be loud. Be expressive.
Be a kid.

Hannah's studio sessions can be stylized, natural or just FUN! Whether it's a birthday celebration, a kindergarten graduation, portfolio & modeling images or just because your kid is so darn cute... there's always a reason for a portrait session!

Themed and holiday mini sessions are also available at various times of the year. Follow Hannah on Facebook and stay in the know!

baby's first year will go by in the blink of an eye.

Let Crystal capture your baby's biggest milestones of their first year of life! Milestone sessions can be done at any time during baby's first year, but 6 and 12 months are the most popular ages that give us the most variety. 

Babies at 6 months of age are full of smiles and chewing! This is a great time to capture the next milestone when they are sitting on their own and fully engaged in everything you do. 

At 12 months your sweet baby is officially a toddler. This is such a fun age because your baby will really be able to show off their personality. Also, they might be standing and possibly even walking. A great way to finish off your baby’s 12 month portrait session is with a cake smash, custom designed to match their 1st birthday party theme!

Seasonal mini sessions are also available at select times throughout the year. Follow Crystal Lee Photography on Facebook and never miss an event!

They are experienced in so many ways and can photograph pretty much anything.

I have worked with Hannah & Crystal for many years on many projects and am always amazed by their work. Both are respectful, professional and personable. Their personalities work in any environment and I've never met someone who didn't enjoy working with them. They are experienced in so many ways and can photograph pretty much anything. I have worked with them on weddings, fashion shows, styled shoots, and so much more. These two are nothing less of amazing and will be sure to make your perfect moments even more beautiful!

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I can't get over how great it was to have Crystal as our photographer

I'm sure most grooms will share my thoughts of... "They're just pictures, we'll get someone from craigslist." DO NOT DO THAT. Just because someone has a nice camera, it doesn't make them a photographer. Not only does Crystal have all of the tech needed for a professional shoot, she has the experience and knowledge to really get the most out of every location. Through her lens she can make something as mundane as a tree, an extraordinary compliment to the lighting and angle needed to make a simple picture into a still memory. I'm so glad my wife talked me into going with a professional because luckily she picked the best!

Hannah has been awesome!

We chose her as our engagement and wedding photographer. She is very nice, professional, and easy to work with! If you are type A like myself, she is a breath of fresh air with her quick responses and attention to detail! Highly recommend.

Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

Crystal was wonderful, perfect, sweet, caring, nurturing, gentle, kind, etc, etc, etc with my baby boy! I have never felt more comfortable with a photographer in my entire life! She treated me and my "newborn" like we were members of her immediate family! AND our pictures were absolutely incredible! Beautiful work! She captured exactly everything I was looking for and so much more! I can't thank her enough!

She is 9 hours from us but well worth the drive!!

In 2015 we used Hannah for our beach wedding photographer. She did an amazing job and was a pleasure to work with. We returned to the beach this year (2016) and contacted her a second time for our family pictures. Once again we are beyond happy with the quality of the photos!! Hannah is a blast to work with and is patient with our little ones and she goes above and beyond to make it a fun experience! She has a very fast turn around time and she will continue to get our business for years to come!

Crystal did my wedding and 5 stars does not give her justice.

From start to finish she was SO sweet, so fun, so flexible and then when I saw the pics... Absolutely amazed. Amazing quality and amazing experience. I could not say enough good about her and how professional and all around awesome she is!!!! I'll definitely be back!

I cannot gush enough about Hannah and her work.

My family, friends, and I live in Albany, NY. My fiancé and I were looking to have a destination wedding somewhere warm and on the beach. We decided Myrtle Beach. Realizing that we had not known a single thing about Myrtle Beach, vendors, how to plan a destination wedding, etc., we knew this process could be difficult. We found Hannah through word-of-mouth. I spoke to Hannah several times up until the day of the wedding, unsure of what to expect. We COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!!!! Hannah was warm, friendly, part of our crowd, an absolute pleasure to work with. The wedding photos came out amazing, breathtaking, stunning. I look at the pictures every single day, reliving the moment, tears of pure happiness. I am truly grateful for Hannah. She has an amazing talent and I recommend anyone to have her as a photographer.

She was like a ninja at the wedding.

Crystal shot my engagement and wedding photos. She is sweet, energetic, fun, creative and super professional. She answered all of my emails within 24 hours and was always available when I had questions. She made it a point to communicate with me through many different avenues at all stages of the process. She was like a ninja at the wedding. She got GREAT photos and I have no idea how because I never saw her! Her photos are beautiful, creative and elegant. I received 100's of photos back only 1 week after the wedding! Her website, downloading process and ordering process is so easy! Also, she offers the best packages and prices in the area. Seriously, I've looked. She's the best. 

Hannah took our family photos and did an amazing job!

We had all ages in the pictures and she did great at making sure everyone felt comfortable. My 20 month old son was in a mood that morning but she was able to get him smiling for the pics as she has a positive and happy personality. All the pics turned out great and she was a pleasure to work with. I would recommend her and would definitely work with her again!

We call her the baby whisperer.

Crystal is fantastic with newborns. We call her the "baby whisperer" - she's so patient and calm and knows exactly how to get the baby into the perfect pose for those priceless pictures. We are absolutely thrilled with the pictures of our little girl.

I mean really, have you seen her work?

Hannah is  amazing, talented, fun, and creative! I would recommend her services a million times over! The holiday pictures are to die for, and her props are the cutest! She's truly incredible at what she does, and it shows in her pictures!  Very highly recommended!