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Photographing a five-star oasis on Daniel Island


You may remember reading about the Wadmalaw Island country house that Holger Obenaus photographed for the Spring 2020 edition of Charleston Style & Design magazine. But, that wasn’t the only place he brought to life for the pages of this publication. While in the South Carolina area, Holger also visited another striking property — this one on Daniel Island. And it proved to be nothing short of a “five-star paradise.”


The 8,600-square-foot stunner was inspired by the homeowners’ travels and love of plush, sophisticated hotel features. This type of build-your-own-resort project would be a dream assignment for any homebuilder — and Ryan Butler of Shelter Custom-Built Living was the one to make it all come true. He and his team imagined the design with both classic New England-style architecture juxtaposed with the streamlined nature of sleek, modern elements.


Given the sheer square footage, there was a lot of ground to cover — part of an architectural photographer’s art is knowing what to reveal and what to leave to the imagination. Holger focused his lens on dynamic features like the custom waterwall in the entry contrasted with the geometry of steel, black doors, and patterned tile, and an innovative, see-through fireplace. He likewise captured the two-story master bedroom at all the right angles, divulging a private staircase leading to a loft above the plush bedding and a brass-inlaid Venetian plaster wall.


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“You never know what to expect when you arrive at a location. This shoot was one of those treats that makes work feel like pure pleasure! I feel very fortunate to spend quality time in a house like this! ~ Holger Obenaus
As with any resort-style oasis, the exterior is just as important as the interior, so Holger’s images also invite the beauty of the outside in — while giving a look at the property’s wraparound porches, glistening swimming pool, koi pond, and putting green. Here, it’s a luxury getaway every day of the week.


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