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. 

 

 

Tori Bronston

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

 

Sheila Rozell

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

 

Nevada Craig

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

 

Anthony Paderewski 

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/

 

Kelly Grieve

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.

Aurora, Candid/Nature

 

Kimberly McHugh

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

 

Lamar Gale

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

 

Jon Waits

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

 

Nelson Laporte

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

 

James Calemine

My genre could be categorized as rural, gritty beauty and earth shots. My inspiration is to preserve beauty in the ordinary. 

Morning Dew, Landscape

 

Angel Hernandez

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

 

 

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Events Calendar

  • #art912, Avanguardia

    Nov 17, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Avanguardia, an exhibition by Savannah-based artist Lisa D. Watson (American, b. 1967), explores the encroachment of the constructed environment on...

  • Kirk Varnedoe: In the Middle at the Modern

    Sep 22, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Can you have an art exhibition without any artworks? Is a curator an artist? Who or what decides an object’s value? Through the lens of an art...

  • Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection

    Oct 13, 2017
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Academy

    When the world gets urban, the South gets Southern. That’s one way to sum up Scenic Impressions: Southern Paintings from the Johnson Collection,...

  • Jacob Lawrence, Lines of Influence at SCAD Museum of Art

    Sep 07, 2017
    All Day @ SCAD Museum of Art

    Jacob Lawrence Lines of Influence Sept. 7, 2017 - Feb. 4, 2018 The SCAD Museum of Art and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence...

  • National Reading Day

    Jan 23, 2018
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM @ Hancock Day School

    The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition will promote literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock...

  • The Candy Apple Happy Hour

    Jun 13, 2017
    3:00 PM @ The Candy Apple Cafe

    Repeats every day until Sun Jun 18 2017  11 am Cocktail Artist Series The restaurant will serve cocktails inspired by select Broadway...

  • Chocolate Bar Your Way Class

    Jun 14, 2017
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Sweet Pete's Candy

    4 pm sweetpetescandy.com Learn the art of old fashioned candy making in one of Sweet Pete’s Candy’s most popular classes. Sweet...

  • Daughters of the Dust Film Screening

    Jan 25, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Julie Dash’s dreamy, visually-striking film, the first wide-release feature by a female African American director, tells the story of the Peazant...

  • American Traditions Vocal Competition Educational Outreach Concert

    Jan 25, 2018
    7:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Skidaway Island UMC

    Join the American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) as they celebrate their first week of educating students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public...

  • Anything Flows Yoga Class

    Jun 15, 2017
    7:00 PM @ Dragon Dance Yoga

    7 pm Anything Flows Yoga Class Walk in rate: $14 Dragon Dance Yoga This class will take you beyond your comfort zone while still...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents 'Good People'

    Jan 25, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ HHP Main Street Theatre

    Lean Ensemble Theater’s Production of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the...

  • Paul Stephen Benjamin: Reinterpreting the Sound of Blackness

    Jan 26, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Paul Stephen Benjamin (American, b. 1966) is a conceptual artist whose work is a meditation on the color black, specifically as an entry point into...

  • Carrie Mae Weems: Sea Islands Series, 1991-1992

    Jan 26, 2018
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Considered one of the most influential contemporary artists, Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953) has continued to explore the African American...

  • Southern Songbirds: An Evening with Jill Knight & Caroline Aiken

    Jan 26, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    This is going to be one special night, folks. Two extraordinarily talented songwriters and performers, one from Los Angeles, one from Athens, but...

  • Whett Your Appetite for Open Fire Cooking!

    Jan 27, 2018
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Oatland Island Wildlife Center

    Do you love sitting around a fire this time of year?  Why not put those BTU’s to work and cook a meal while you’re at it?  Oatland Island...

  • Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club w/Mike Malone

    Jan 27, 2018
    11:15 AM - 11:15 AM @ Tybee Post Theater

    National headline comedian Collin Moulton's monthly stand-up comedy show always features his own brand of hilarious and family-friendly comedy, a...

  • Savannah Philharmonic: Royal Baroque

    Jan 27, 2018
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Lucas Theatre for the Arts

    The Savannah Philharmonic is slated to present "Royal Baroque" where grand masters Bach and Handel will take center stage in this concert...

  • Lean Ensemble Theater presents 'Good People'

    Nov 28, 2017
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ HHP Main Street Theatre

    Lean Ensemble Theater’s Production of Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire.  Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the...

  • Building Local ‘Buzz’ for your Business

    Jan 30, 2018
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ University of Georgia Small Business Development

    The University of Georgia will host “Building Local ‘Buzz’ for your Business” at the University of Georgia – Small Business Development...

  • Lecture by Carrie Mae Weems

    Feb 01, 2018
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Telfair presents a lecture by renowned and influential artist Carrie Mae Weems. Over the past 30 years, Weems has developed a complex body of art...


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Scenes of the South

Jazz'd Tapas Bar NYE

Make sure to check out these scenes from the Studio 54 NYE party at Jazz'd Tapas Bar!

Ho Ho Holiday Oyster Roast

Ele & The Chef hosted their 1st annual Ho Ho Holiday Oyster Roast at Current Kitchen & Cocktails on December 17th. All ticket sales benefitted Aiden Cares, an awareness intiitive that encourages giving and serving.

A prevention event by RCC - Step Up and Step In to Stop Bullying

This annual 8k run was held on December 16th at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, and all proceeds for the event benefited the Rape Crisis Center.

Oyster Roast for a Reason

Check out these photos from the UGA Marine Extension and Georiga Sea Grant Oyster Roast for a Reason. Presented by Oyster South, a regional non-profit organization, the Oyster Roast for a Reason is a fundraising event that celebrates Georgia's first oyster hatchery and helps continue the University of Georgia's efforts to bring the oyster farming industry back to the Georgia coast.

Lip Syncing with Ghost Coast

One epic battle took place on Halloween night, and it all went down at Ghost Coast Distillery in Savannah. Visitors wore their funniest (and scariest!) costumes for the 2017 Halloween event. Many donned costumes that portrayed the singer they would be on stage during the lip sync battle.

Savannah Children's Book Festival 2017

This Saturday brought thousands of visitors to Forsyth Park for the annual Savannah Children's Book Festival. Hosted by the Live Oak Public Libraries, the day-long event showcased the talents of eleven featured authors and thirty-nine indie authors, illustrators, and performing artists from around the country. This year’s festival includes book signings and readings, arts and crafts, community partners and nonprofit organizations, as well as food.

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!

Thursday night was the night to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day at 39 Rue De Jean in Savannah! The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine. Attendees enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, an oyster roast outside on the patio, and Henry Fessy Beaujolais Nouveau.

Taste of Savannah Food and Wine Festival 2017

This signature, festival event was a huge hit at its new location, the Georgia State Railroad Museum! Guests wandered the grounds savoring hundreds of wines, spirits, craft beers and more.

13 Secrets Jewelry One-Year Anniversary

Boutique owners Chad and Manu celebrated the one-year anniversary of 13 Secrets Thursday, Nov. 9. Event highlights included gourmet appetizers by local chefs, a wine tasting, door prizes and great networking opportunities! Here's to another great year!

Celebrity Chef Dinner

A night featuring dishes by some of the South's best, James Beard Awarded, Chef's of 2017. The night included multiple courses, each paired with the perfect wine to complement the flavors. Simply put - a dinner one will not soon forget!