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14. Greenville, SC – A Hidden Gem

When one thinks of the South East, cities south as Charlotte, Atlanta, and Orlando come to mind. But, nestled between this land of “southern hospitality” and roaring economies is a little gem hidden in the upstate region of South Carolina. Greenville is home to beautiful mountain ranges, scenic lakes, and a vibrant downtown district filled with local restaurants and shops. There is always live music under the stars or a cultural festival going on, coupled with a strong economy supported by low taxes, and it is no wonder young professionals are flocking to the area.

Recently, Sophisticated Professional toured downtown Greenville to catch up with some young professionals. Click “NEXT” in the upper right to view the scenic images of our Fashion Shoot in Greenville, SC. The images were taken by fashion photographer Jerry Coli (Instagram @jerrycoliphotography).

13. Hanna Hopkins

Hanna is a 26-year-old aspiring nurse, and currently the President of the Greenville Technical College Nursing Program. In her role as president, she is very active encouraging her fellow classmates to achieve their goals and exceed expectations.

In addition to nursing school, Hanna has been modeling for about 3 years now. She loves meeting new faces and representing local brands to support the dreams of others. She has a serving heart and looks for many ways to contribute to others, the community, and animal rescue shelters.

On her spare time, Hannah enjoys running and spending time with loved ones when she is not studying. She loves to travel, and has her eye on visiting Bali one day to explore the amazing views and terrain.

You can follow her on Instagram @misshannahopkins.

12. Hannah Kerr

Hannah Kerr is a 23-year-old Nashville native who recently moved to South Carolina one year ago. A true entrepreneur, Hannah is currently growing her vibrant Photography and Digital Media business. Her business started with a lifestyle blog her sophomore year of college, focusing to inspire collegiate women to collectively grow as a community of young professionals.

She started to model in Nashville, began social media influencing and learned the ropes of photography. Four years later, she is now a wedding and portrait photographer with her own workshops on blogging and social media influencing. She is looking forward to the future growth of her brand as she travels the world. Croatia and Greece are some of the top destinations she would like to travel next!

You can follow her on Instagram @hannahkerrphotography.

11. Zachary Kennedy

While most spend their lives pursuing “success”, Zachary believes the path to a legacy is found when you Pursue Significance. He follows the goal to lead with generosity; to initiate, facilitate, and move the needle on your passion.

Zachary is an influential figure in the financial industry working for Movement Mortgage. On a regular basis, he assists realtors and investors to manifest their real estate projects. In addition to the financial industry, Zachary is the Content Manager for Sophisticated Professional speaking to leading entrepreneurs about cutting edge business practices.

On his spare time, Zachary loves spending time with his wife Ryn and their beautiful 2-year-old son. You can follow Zachary on Instagram @_zacharykennedy_ .

10. SIP

One of our first stops in Greenville was a rooftop establishment in the middle of downtown called SIP, featuring unparalleled views, artisan wines, and a small plates menu that highlights local ingredients. It was a perfect spot for our young professionals to sit back and relax after a productive day at work. You can learn more about SIP at

9. SIP

8. SIP

7. One City Plaza

After getting a bit to eat at Up on the Roof, checking out the quaint stores in One City Plaza is a must on your tour of downtown Greenville.

6. One City Plaza

5. Summer Fashion in the Plaza

4. Summer Fashion in the Plaza

3. Reedy River

One of the most scenic districts in Greenville is the Reedy River. Art galleries, eclectic restaurants, a state of the art performing arts theater and a waterfall in the middle of downtown makes this a highly sought out destination for all ages.

2. Reedy River

1. Reedy River