Who we are
Unique Media & Design is composed of a full-time professional photographer team and editing/support staff, all of which are dedicated to their clients. With over ten years mastering our trade, our goal is to grow with the technological advancements in this industry in order to best meet the needs of our clients. Through perseverance and dedication to each and every customer, our relationship with clients is built over time by providing a consistent, quality product.
Our images are honest and unscripted, and have a look and feel unlike anything else. By letting the photographs occur naturally and using the best environmental conditions, every image we take is unique for that project. Our touch sets all of our projects apart from the rest!
Adam Hawley - Owner/Photographer
Since 2001, Adam has fine tuned Real Estate Photography and Virtual Tours! With tens of thousands of properties and clients under his belt, he has the professionalism and experience that meets and exceeds all of his clients needs. Through his mastery of visual appeal and property presentation and compositions, he's gained the vast majority of listings in prestigious communities such as Land Fall, Figure 8, Wrightsville Beach and others. Clients are comfortable and confident in knowing Adam can handle any property and can insure customers the satisfaction they seek, especially in the depiction and display of their properties.
Alicia Hawley - Photographer/Customer Relations & Support
Alicia graduated in 2006 from UNCW with a Chemistry and a minor in Phycology. She then pursued a career in IT and technical support for the US government on Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base. Alicia joined Adam and his team just after their son Austin was born. Her passion for photography, great sense of detail, and charming personality has made her the perfect match for Adam and his team!
Mark Steelman - Photographer
Mark has lived in the Wilmington, NC area since 2002. At 14, he began working in a darkroom developing film and making prints, and has enjoyed and improved his photography ever since. Mark is a meticulous photographer that takes his unique eye/style to every shoot, providing customers with an out-of-the-box angle to separate his product.
Jason Andre - Photographer
Originally born in the suburbs of Chicago, Jason Andre grew up in the Outer Banks surfing, fishing and loving the outdoors. Married for over 12 years, he and his college sweetheart Jada love traveling, fine cuisine, morning coffee, and evening tea & toast together. When not in and on the water, he spends much of his time creating: writing and performing music with The Midatlantic; visual art in the form of photography and videography; or working in his garden, raising chickens and bees, and brewing his own beer. His degrees from UNCW in Marine Biology and Studio Art have taken him down a winding path that has finally led to a balance of enjoying life in the ocean and documenting life around him in the form of music, film, and photography.
Laura Austin - Photographer/Customer Relations
Laura Austin has lived at Lake Anna, Virginia her entire life and has continued being a local after graduating from James Madison University in 2011. Laura earned her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences, with a concentration in Public Health Education. After working in various Public Health settings Laura found her passion for realty and office management, which has given her the opportunity to enjoy her other passions in life with a more flexible work schedule. Living at the lake with her husband Kyle, they both enjoy the lake lifestyle of fishing, boating, inland surfing and of course capturing the gorgeous lake sunsets. In addition to these activities, Laura is an avid equestrian and has always enjoyed capturing the sport through action photography. Now Laura is merging her love for the Lake Anna area and lifestyle with photography, by being the Lake Anna photographer for Unique Media & Design.
Chase Creech - Photographer
As a Wilmington lifer and coastal native, Chase Creech is not solely a photographer, he is an artist. Creech earned a Digital Media degree from Liberty University, which accredited and furthered his love and talent in photography and filmmaking. Having found his home behind the lens as a preteen, Creech feels humbled and blessed to exercise his passions as a career and a skillful member of the UMD team. If Creech isn't holding a camera, chances are high he is riding waves, enjoying time with his family, or brainstorming, writing and producing short films. Chase Creech and his creativity, adornment for coastal North Carolina, and knowledge of photography are here to make images shine for UMD and its clients.
Jen Williamson - Photographer/3D Tour Technician
After a few glorious years on the NC coast, shooting thousands of properties throughout the coastal Carolina region - Jen Williamson, her husband, and children, decided to move back home to Maine to be closer to family. With an innate passion for real estate, paired with the unbridled desire to provide the highest quality product, Jen takes pride in each, and every picture she takes, and is always looking to capture the true authenticity of a property. Jen is excited to be offering the UMD services to the Maine market.
Hannah McMahon - Photographer/Photo Editor
Hannah started her photography journey 20 years ago. When she expressed an interest in learning the art. She was given her first camera, a manual 35mm Minolta. Her love of catching the right moment while behind the lens has taken her all over the world. She has traveled to the Wailing Wall of Israel, the lush green hills of Ireland, and the waterways of France and Amsterdam. She has an eye for creative and distinct photography. Her sense of timing and use of light will ensure the moment is captured for a lifetime. Her experince with the UMD team has lead her to photograph thousands of properties as well as countless other photography sessions.
Holden Quinn - Drone Pilot
Holden comes to UMD with close to 20 years of local knowledge having grown up in the area. Holden currently studies Sales at High Point University and ventures back to the coast every chance he can. If he’s not at work or on the water he usually can be found in the cockpit working on his pilots license. With his background in aviation stepping into aerial photography using drones was an obvious choice following his passion.
Melissa Luther -Photo Editor/Photographer/3D Technician
Melissa's passion for traveling and photography humbly began with a Kodak Instamatic camera and a family trip to Yellow Stone National Park. 25 years later she can still be found behind the lens shooting everything from fashion photography to scenic landscapes on Caribbean Islands. With a background in International Marketing and a Graphic Design degree from NC School of Communication Arts, Melissa enjoys utilizing her design experience to help bring her photographs to life. Originally from Hunstville Alabama, she moved to Topsail Island in 2002 where her love of the ocean evolved into a love of surfing, among other water sports. Surfing introduced her to her husband, Phil Luther, and they run a surf shop in Porter's Neck together. Whether it be surfing, paddling, diving or photography, chances are you can find Melissa near the water.
Noah Hoffer - Drone Pilot
Noah is a native of Wilmington, NC, and has enjoyed living in the Topsail area since 2003. As a teen, his interest in aviation led him to join the auxiliary of the United States Air Force, Civil Air Patrol, in which he is still an active member. Through his experiences with CAP, his fascination with aerospace and technology grew with each new opportunity and adventure. In 2015, as drone technology began to emerge, Noah purchased his first drone. This decision proved to be life-changing, as he discovered that he could experience and photograph our area’s stunning coastal scenery from an entirely new perspective. Noah has since obtained his FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot’s License and strives to serve as an advocate for drone technology. In his free time, Noah enjoys good music, photography, spending time in the great outdoors, and volunteering for numerous emergency services agencies and humanitarian organizations.
Austin Hawley - Equipment Manager/Office Door Greeter
After only a few short months on this planet, Austin developed a passion for photography. His career began by perfecting the art of the selfie, often incorporating such subjects as his mom, dad and dog in order to accentuate his artistic view and ideal shot. Before long, Austin segued into videography, as well, actively testing limits of what some call the "indestructible" Gopro camera (he begs to differ on this adjective). Staying true to his word and concreting what will be his legacy, Austin stops in the UMD office, checks on photographers, certifies equipment quality and strength, and greets clients and walk-in customers at the door. When he finds a free moment to himself, he loves to play the drums and guitar, test drive ATV's, and address meetings with his business associates behind closed eyes, A.K.A. take long, much needed naps.
Are you a photographer looking to expand your business? UMD can help. We have all the knowledge and tools for a successful real estate photographer. Our support and training staff has years of experience paired with today's latest technology. Give us a call today! 910.526.7926