I love capturing the essence within a relationship. Reminding people of what they have and showing them through creative imagery, gives me personal inspiration and fulfillment in all we do.
One of the most artistic ways we do this, is through our day-after creative session. Whether your wedding was yesterday or three decades ago, we would love to capture you and your love in a romantic setting that goes beyond the fanfare of the wedding day.
This session was shot in Pisgah National Forest, and provided the perfect backdrop for an epic and romantic love shoot. The difference between this and your wedding day, is the ability to step outside of any pressure you may have, and to truly practicing LIVING and just BEING in the moment.
It's an artistic shoot unlike anything you can capture and experience on a wedding day. It's art, love, and life being practiced in a fun and romantic environment; it's beautiful and it's waiting for you...
Over the past two months we have been working with TOWN magazine to produce a conceptual and creative set of pieces, showcasing some of the top businesses in the area.
I'm excited to announce that we are finally able to unveil the hard work of everyone involved and bring you a series of creative advertising imagery, different from their normal advertising styles.
We worked with each client and designed a custom image that would move them outside of their normal advertising box and into a more creative "mood-style" that would evoke a feeling rather than tell of a certain sale or product. Their business IS the product and the feeling is the essence of every business.
Over the next week, we will be bringing you new imagery from all the sponsors and participants.
Thank you for being here,
p.s. Check out "the story" section under each picture for more fun insider news!
The Story: We shot this for the very talented Gregory Ellenburg, and had the distinct honor of having Kym Petrie model for us. Kym is very familiar in the modeling world, having modeled many years for national magazines. Gregory tailor made the red dress to fit kym perfectly for this advertisement.
The Story: This was shot for Millie Lewis, a local talent agency. We were inspired by another Marilyn Monroe image, where she was rolling around on the grass doing her workout routine. So we dressed our model with a more vintage feel to mimic that era. The grass we shot on was actually fake turf, and the images surrounding the girl are all Millie Lewis models. We used different magazine sizes to add visual variety and photoshopped all the images on each spread surrounding the main girl.
The Story: Since the first time I met Lucian I've pictured a scene similar to the above shots. He gives off a very sophisticated aura, and this concept reminiscent of a "Garden & Gun" editorial was perfect to showcase several of his outdoor gentlemen pieces.
The Story: The is for Bubbly, a blow dry bar. We went through four bottles of Champagne and our studio still has some "leftover residue" on the ceiling area and floor! But the outcome was so worth it!
The Story: This was shot for Capello Salon. We found a model and they styled her as Marilyn Monroe; a nod to the icon which inspires them. I can't wait to feature some other images taken during this shoot that were just as striking. Alas, you can only choose one per ad!
The Story: We wanted to encourage a younger audience to be inspired to wear the clothing styles of Rush Wilson, a local Gentlemen's clothier. Inspired from recent editorials from GQ, we gave this series a look of fraternity brothers playing around and showing off for the ladies "off screen".
The Story: We wanted to give a very "national feel" to this Audi Ad. Car companies are notorious for pulling out all the stops and creating a big feel for their products and we didn't want to disappoint!
The Story: This idea was born in the creative minds of Dapper Ink themselves. Playing off the idea of the old-time newsies style, we combined the working vintage press and store mascot to create a truly memorable image.
The Story: When I first met Grady I was amazed at his impressive size. I still can't get over how these dogs look the size of a small pony! But he was full of charm and classical finesse. He even let us put some jewelry on him, which is more than most male clients let me do—not that try of course... just saying. :)
The Story: What's better for the theme of a traveling clothing boutique than a whimsical country scene showcasing the personality of this creative shop!
The Story: Joan Herlong is a local realtor, who focuses on the high-end and historic area of Augusta Road here in Greenville. She wanted to portray that she is not only a force in the realtor world, but also big on customer service, who will give you as much hand holding as you desire. Whatever your needs, she will help you. We based the image off of the "Creation of Adam" painting created by Michelangelo.
The Story: It's always good to differentiate yourself from your competition. And with so many salons in the Greenville area, studio 7 salon does a good job of showcasing thier difference. This image perfectly captures the creative, high-end energy they want to give off as an alternative to "the normal" salon.
The Story: Since last year's shoot, The Chocolate Moose has added a "mobile option" to their list of services, as well as new products such as the cake pops shown in the far right image. We found the most adorable little model willing to eat some yummy cupcake, giving us the perfect expression of how the Chocolate Moose desserts will make you feel! Rather than shooting the cake pops in a normal bakery setting, we wanted to add a creative flare and place them in nature. What's better than a real life dessert tree!?
The Story: This was one of my most surprising shoots of the entire book. Carrie and Brenda are both very creative individuals and you can see from their images that they love what they do. When they first approached me, I wasn't sure how this final idea may come together. They wanted it to communicate the idea that event planning and design is in their DNA. With their amazing personalties, and clever captions, I couldn't think of a better way to pull this off. In fact, without their beautiful and animated personalties, there's no way this shoot would have been even half as fun as it was. Thank you Carrie and Brenda for helping to create a wonderful atmosphere for this unique and creative idea!
The Story: Tammy & Kathleen were a joy to work with and helped put together this idea. We pitched them a concept that took them outside of their normal environment and put them literally outside! We wanted to make people look twice at the image and see not only the product and services they sold, but also that they have a creative and fun side to their business as well.
The Story: This beautiful shop offers some amazing classes for the aspiring foodie and the seasoned veteran alike. Filled with all you need to start your kitchen, this is your one stop shot for all think kitchen cookware. One of my favorite images that came from this shoot is the top panorama. You may have assumed it was just taken with a wide angle, but with the distance to the back wall and the angle I wanted to shoot the image from, I wasn't able to capture all I wanted. I decided to make it a panoramic image to help the viewer have the same visual sense you get when you walk in the front entrance.
What is our day-after creative session?
It doesn't matter what your budget is for your wedding, the day-after session will make you feel like you belong on the front of an editorial every time! This session was developed from our passion to create unique stories for each of our clients. The wedding day has become such a controlled production of expectations, we wanted to blow open the creative box, to show what kind of images we could capture if our bride and grooms didn't have the stress of the wedding day in front of them. And by shooting this session AFTER the wedding, we accomplished some pretty amzing things!
The magic of the day-after session (What we have found)
There's something special that takes place in this session that is found lacking during the wedding; the essence of relaxation! Weddings are good and fine, but we find there is so much hurry, mixed with overly high expectations, that more stress is created than excitement, which leads to people not being themselves. And when people aren't themselves, you can't capture "the real them"—the essence behind those gorgeous eyes and that handsome frame.
The cure for the shy, scared and timid
Many of our couples have at least one person that, how should I put this? Is less in love with the camera than the other. This can lead to a sense of dread in the bottom of the stomach of the one who isn't overly excited about pictures. Our day-after session has surprised many in both it's pleasantness and in the ability to bring out the true essence of each individual. Our philosophy isn't just to take creative pictures, it's to connect with each client in way that will provide them a vacation from life, a bubble of enjoyment, and no matter how subtle, the emotional thread that pulls each person towards the other in a relationship.
Is the day-after session really "the day-after?"
The day-after session is named such because it happens after the wedding. We find all of our sessions are created to be creative and so by naming this simply the "creative session" seemed to imply that the rest of our session were not as creative, which is not the case. The day-after session simply means this session comes some time after the wedding day. This could be weeks, months or even years, celebrating an anniversary of love and time traveled between the couple.
All Images Shot At Lindsey Plantation (you can find out more about lindsey plantation here)