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.
Cody Leutgens - Writer/SEO/Website Editor
Cody has absorbed and applied his experiences from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA to pursue life back in his Carolina home as a multifaceted educator. He is an English Instructor and Lead Mentor of Story Force, a veteran’s writing workshop, both at Cape Fear Community College, the Program Director of Revised Sentences, a creative writing program at theNew Hanover County Jail, as well as owns and operates the Surf City Surf School. His love of the smells, tastes, sounds and rides in the sea coincide with his words—he is a staff writer for Insiderinfo.us, the Editor-At-Large for Local-Sessions Magazine, and contributes to Surfline.com and Eastern Surf Magazine. His work on the page and in the classroom is composed and derived from the lines of waves that crash on Topsail Island, NC—a perfect match for the UMD Team, bringing with him his writing expertise to add to the creative minds at work behind any UMD scene.
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 Technichian
The cold northern air helped motivate Jen Williamson, and her husband, to relocate their family to the beautiful coast of North Carolina. Most comfortable behind the lens, capturing her three favorite subjects- her children, Jen also enjoys all aspects the coastal lifestyle has to offer. With innate passion for real estate, paired with an unbridled desire to continually hone her craft- she is committed to providing the finest quality product and is elated to be a part of the UMD team.
Jenean LaCorte -Photo Editor/Website Management
"Jenean is a multifaceted team member of Unique Media and Design. An artist at heart, she exercises her photoshop skills gained from Columbus College of Art where she received her BFA; she also helps head the UMD website management team where she designs and maintain websites for our vast clientele. Jenean is a proud mother of two children and a loving wife of over 14 years. Her family lives in Surf City where many of the local coastal landscapes are transcribed onto her canvases with acrylic and water colors. Jenean has been known to have a furry assistant at her side, often times helping with editing and designing, all while napping under her desk."
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
Melissa Luther -Photo Editor/Customer Support/Photographer
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 2003 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