South's Greatest Photographers of 2017 Winners
A great photograph captures a single moment, but preserves emotion and aesthetic qualities for a lifetime. South Magazine celebrates eleven years by featuring some of the most creative photographers in the area.
I enjoy photographing for a plethora of reasons, bit the main one is being able to interact with my clients and have a fun day together while creating memories they will cherish forever. I have a background in art education and feel my knowledge in the arts allows me to be creative and give my portrait sessions and weddings a taste of the fine arts.
Southern Engagements Portrait & Wedding Photographer
There are so many things that inspire me, but I am most inspired by children. Their ability to see the world as this big beautiful place full of wonder and amazement, I want to see it the way they do, and I want to share that with the world...so they can see it, too.
Fierce, Portrait / sheilarozell3.wixsite.com/mysite
I shoot because I want to make my audience experience the scenario firsthand. When someone looks at my image, I would like to provoke their emotion and inspire them to change the way they perceive street photography and art itself. My images are intended to move and persuade the audience into changing the world for the better, while capturing natural beauty in day-to-day people.
Dragon Boat Beaufort, Journalism / NevadaCraigPhotography.com
Very early on, I realized that photography for me was using the light available from the sun. Flash and artificial lights, prevalent in photojournalism at the time, didn’t interest me. I strive to create vital, direct pictures of people that immediately grab the eye of the viewer. My honest and personable approach produces photographs that hold the viewer’s attention and become objects of pride and satisfaction. That inspires me. Those moments in time. To be able to capture that moment and let it tell a story without words. The viewer gets to walk away a feeling.
Words without Color, Journalism / a-photography.biz/about/
I often halt mid-step to catch scenes that literally stop me in my tracks. When I shoot, I try to preserve the inexplicable “present” moment in this life experience so that any time I look upon that photo again I feel the raw, undeniable truth of that memory. My goal is to convey to others that in this case I am expressing the welcome peace, adventure and bond shared with my daughter. I relish most in capturing live performance energy, precision in progress, the genuine spectrum of sentient emotion and candid beauty in nature.
My kids are my inspiration. Being a mom has shown me just how fast time flies and how quickly they grow up. It has also shown me just how rapidly we forget how tiny their toes were, the peach fuzz on their ears and the sound of their first cry, just to name a few. All things we told ourselves we’d never forget. Capturing these moments on film brings those memories back to life for me. It brings back the sigh of relief I felt when I heard their first cry, the softness against my fingers when touching that peach fuzz on their ears, and the moments I would sit counting and tickling those tiny baby toes. I want this for all families. I want them to have this very exciting time, which you can never get back, documented for them to reminisce on for generations. Every family deserves that.
Red, White, and Baby, Birth and Newborn / kcm-photography.com
I would have to say travel. I say travel rather than landscape because I like to shoot what inspires me wherever I go or am. So it’s people, places, or things. Since I can’t be traveling all the time and I happen to live in Savannah, a good portion of my work is done around the South. I am particularly fond of boats and the reflections they make when the water is still. I’m not a great writer, but I try for my photos to tell a story, evoke a mood or show a view that is often lost in the hustle and bustle. This photo is one of many I shot returning to Savannah from Florida on I-95. I have family roots in Darien, Georgia, so I make a point to pull off the interstate and stop by this fishing village. Without slowing down and taking the road less traveled, you wouldn’t see this. You also have to be there at the right time of day to capture this light and see the boats.
Oh What A Foretaste, Travel / lamargalephoto.com
I’m an “across the board” photographer, but live music, portraiture, and landscapes are my favorite subjects. As a professional photographer and musician, my photos give me a chance to show what I’m feeling, as opposed to writing about my experiences in song. I love nothing more that to shoot images that make others look their best & help to create their “brand.” My photography is all about slowing down and noticing the little details in life that we usually disregard or pass by without noticing. I’m inspired by the small, daily activities that make up our lives.
Tools of the Trade - Salon Vagabond, Portraiture
I was inspired to become a photographer by my good friend, Brian Drumm. Brian and his wife have both helped me become the photographer I am today. What I love most about this job is meeting new people and building lasting friendships along the way. I also love seeing how my 7-year-old daughter is being influenced into becoming a photographer herself. My military background has always driven me to be challenged, and I can honestly say that the photography business is far more challenging than meets the eye. I look forward to seeing where this journey will take me and how many people I will inspire along way. Thank you all for your love and support!
Fall, Lifestyle / facebook.com/photographybylaporte
My genre could be categorized as rural, gritty beauty and earth shots. My inspiration is to preserve beauty in the ordinary.
Morning Dew, Landscape
I enjoy wildlife and conceptual photography; however, I usually get asked in our community for candid, fashion, and street photography.
I grew up in Rural Georgia in a small city: Claxton. While I was in high school, I enjoyed and dabbled with journalism and photography. About two years ago I was given a camera for Christmas. The beautiful person who gifted me this camera later found out that he created a photo-taking-monster.
I enjoy taking my cameras to events and taking photos of those small moments with friends, community leaders or politicians. I have learned that taking a picture is not just remembering that moment but documenting the history of culture and an era when working in the genre of candids.
My muse for wildlife photography is usually an animal, plant(s) or simple subjects you may see in your everyday life. I like to magnify the beauty of a subject and manipulate the photo with different types of lenses whether it’s a color filter or macro lens.
To be honest, whatever event or genre of photography I am working on that day is the source of my inspiration. If it’s fashion for a local boutique like September Boutique, it could be the dress and jewelry a person may be wearing. If it is candid photography that is needed to document an event, like activist Linda Bryan’s Link for Humanity, then my primary focus is the people whose arms are stretched out by a busy street. Or, when I am needed for a portrait like for Chatham County’s Sheriff, he is my muse and inspiration. I adapt to what I am asked to shoot or feel is right to capture!
South Rose,Wildlife / facebook.com/Sav.angelh