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

  • “Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick” Exhibition

    Oct 11, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Jepson Center

    Summon the Sea! Contemporary Artists and Moby Dick examines the work of six contemporary artists—Corey Arnold, Guy Ben-Ner, Patty Chang, Tristin...

  • Beatles By Request

    Jan 25, 2020
    8:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Savannah Theatre

    The Savannah Theatre cast and band recreate the timeless sound of the most influential band of the 20th century. Not an impersonation, but a...

  • Prohibition Cocktail Classes

    Jan 27, 2020
    All Day @ American Prohibition Museum

    Enjoy tidbits of history with every sip!Our certified bartenders will teach you how to make classic cocktails while discovering the history behind...

  • The Eighth Air Force’s Birthday Celebration

    Jan 28, 2020
    11:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

    The Eighth Air Force’s Birthday Celebration! Come to all of the events or just one. All events are Free. 11 a.m. Battle of the Bulge &...

  • Cocoa 5k Fun Run & Walk

    Feb 01, 2020
    8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Come be a part of the Cocoa Fun Run / Walk on February 1, 2020!  The 5K Race Course is flat and begins and ends at the Crystal Coast Civic Center,...

  • Forsyth Farmer's Market

    Jun 29, 2019
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ South end of Forsyth Park

    The Forsyth Farmers’ Market vendors offer a variety of local goods including seasonal produce, eggs, honey, pastured meat, bread, cheese,...

  • Carolina Chocolate Festival

    Feb 01, 2020
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM @ Crystal Coast Civic Center

    Chocolate lovers indulge! The annual Carolina Chocolate Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and is packed with...

  • First Fridays in Starland

    Jun 07, 2019
    6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Starland District

    First Fridays in Starland celebrates local business, art, and food in Savannah’s coolest neighborhood! Join us every First Friday of the...

  • AURA Fest: Underground Weekend

    Feb 21, 2020
    7:30 PM - 11:45 PM @ The Jinx

    AURA Fest: Underground Weekend at The Jinx February 22, 2020 Torche, Bask, Oakskin, SHEHEHE, Knightsquatch February 21, 2020 Inter Arma, CLOAK,...

  • Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend

    Mar 05, 2020
    6:00 PM - 6:00 PM @ Various Locations, Downtown Savannah, Georgia

    The Annual Savannah Antiques and Architecture Weekend is a three-day series of presentations, tours, appraisals, a glittering gala, and a cocktail...


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Scenes of the South

Dining in the Dark 2020

The Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision held its annual Dining in the Dark event on Saturday, January 18th at the Embassy Suites Downtown Savannah. Guests were served a four-course meal in complete darkness by the Savannah Metro's SWAT team. Dining in the Dark serves to raise awareness about vision loss.

January Brews for a Cause

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted their monthly Brews for a Cause on Thursday, January 16th at the Savannah Taphouse in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. The night featured delicious appetizers by Savannah Taphouse and a range of flavored Bud Light Seltzers provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in February!

Ford Plantation's Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting for Silk Hope

The Ford Plantation celebrated the completion of its two new Silk Hope model homes on January 10, 2020. The Silk Hope project is limited to 53 homes, on beautiful lots of buyers’ choosing amongst old oaks and a Lowcountry marsh setting. This member-backed project is the first new for sale residential development at The Ford Plantation in more than fifteen years and represents the final phase of home development to be offered. The Silk Hope community is the product of a collaboration of some of the world’s top residential architects and landscape designers and has been modeled to capture tranquil European village and Lowcountry architecture.

Mat Best Signs his New Best-seller at Nine Line

Veteran, entrepreneur and author Mat Best met fans and signed copies of his new book “Thank you for my Service” Thursday Dec. 12 at Nine Line Apparel. Best’s best-selling authorial debut chronicles his service as a U.S. Army Ranger. Best's Black Rifle Coffee co., partnered with Nine Line Apparel, has shops on River st. and off route 95 on Ft. Argyle rd.

Victory Antiques and Engel & Völkers' Holiday Party

Dickey Mopper and his team at Engel and Völkers celebrated the season at their annual holiday party on Wednesday Dec. 11, with a special appearance from the jolly fellow himself, Santa Claus. Mopper and company, celebrating alongside the crew of Victory Antiques, showed off the newest Engel and Völkers office at 1650 East Victory Dr. in Savannah.

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant's 2nd Anniversary Celebration feat. Lady Leah

Jazz lovers celebrated Good Times Jazz bar's second anniversary on Nov. 8 and 9 featuring jazz vocalist Lady Leah and the culinary stylings of Good Times' chef Joe Randall, the dean of southern cuisine. In 2017 Randall teamed with Danielle and Stephen T. Moore to create one of the city's smoothest spots, a confluence of culture and taste fit for the soul of Savannah.

14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser

The 14th Annual Pearls to Pluff Mud Fundraiser was held on Friday, November 1st at the Swamp Fox Farms. Guests enjoyed listening to the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra while tasting New Orleans themed dishes. There was a silent and live auction held to raise money for the Focus Fund Campaign for the Cross Schools in Bluffton, SC.

Brews for a Cause November at Savannah Octane Bar

South magazine in collaboration with Southern Eagle Distributing hosted the last Brews for a Cause of 2019 at the Savannah Octane Bar on Thursday, November 21 in a successful effort to raise money and awareness for Georgia Police K9 Foundation. The night featured tasty chicken appetizers catered by Himalayan Curry Kitchen, and special brews from Wicked Weed and Monday Night Brewing provided by Southern Eagle. These events provide good food, fun entertainment, refreshing drinks and most importantly – raise money for a great cause! Be sure to be on the lookout for our next Brews in January!

6th Annual First Responders Luncheon

Harris Lowry Manton LLC hosted its 6th Annual First Responder Appreciation Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 28 at Daffin Park. Free lunch was offered as a “thank you” to local paramedics, firefights, police officers and emergency medical responders.

DineSouth's VIP Icebox

DineSouth 2019 VIP room sponsored by IceBound was a hit at this year’s event! With a special performance by Ken Roy, guests enjoyed exclusive vendors such as sushi from Rue de Jean and popsicles from Savannah Square Pops. Made complete with a full-serve bar, the VIP room was chillingly spectacular!