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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South's Greatest Moms Contest 2018

We're looking for the greatest, most authentic and sincere, southern moms. Taking nominations November 1st!

South's Greatest Photographers 2018

We're looking for the greatest, most creative photographers. If that is you, or you know of any, don't hesitate to nominate!
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Events Calendar

  • Designer's Showcase: Dressed for the Season

    Nov 12, 2018
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Kaminski House Museum

    The Kaminski House Museum in historic Georgetown, South Carolina will be dressing the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum this holiday season with...

  • Tybee Marsh Treks

    Sep 01, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Island Marine Science Center

    On a marsh trek, you’ll enjoy a hands-on exploration of Georgia’s salt marsh, searching the mud for fiddler crabs, snails, and more. Learn...

  • Charitable Hearts for Children Unveil & Networking Event

    Nov 13, 2018
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ New York Life

    Please join us for heavy hors d'oeuvres, networking, and the exciting unveil of our new nonprofit - Charitable Hearts for Children - at this...

  • An Evening with Charles Frazier

    Nov 14, 2018
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Trinity United Methodist Church

    “An Evening with Charles Frazier” is part of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s Ursrey Lecture Series. The series is endowed in memory...

  • Bethesda Academy Open House

    Nov 15, 2018
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Bethesda Academy

    Bethesda Academy will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 15, for prospective students and their parents or guardians to get a glimpse of the...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

    Nov 15, 2018
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ 39 Rue de Jean

    Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day at 39 Rue De Jean in Savannah! The arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau symbolizes the official end of this year’s...

  • American Traditions Competition Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala: "An Evening of Wine and Roses"

    Nov 15, 2018
    6:30 PM - 9:45 PM @ Plantation Club at The Landings

    The ATC’s fourth annual Johnny Mercer Birthday Gala, “An Evening of Wine and Roses,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at The...

  • Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Concert

    Nov 15, 2018
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

    The Savannah Classical Academy Strings Conservatory Ensemble will showcase the talent of its students at 7 p.m, Thursday, Nov. 15 at Skidaway...

  • ATC on Tybee Presents New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Ordorisio

    Nov 15, 2018
    8:00 PM - 9:45 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio is the latest ATC concert from the new “ATC on Tybee” series at 8 p.m....

  • Howard Family Dental 10th Annual Free Dental Day

    Nov 16, 2018
    6:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Howard Family Dental

    Howard Family Dental is proud to offer their 10th annual Free Dental Day, held on Friday, November 16th, 2018. The staff and dentists at Howard...

  • ATC on Tybee presents From New York to Nashville: An Evening with Joshua Carswell and Bex Odorisio

    Nov 16, 2018
    8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Our second concert in partnership with American Traditions Vocal Competition brings two outstanding performers to our stage: Joshua Carswell, the...

  • Donut Run 5k

    Nov 17, 2018
    8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Bernard Williams and Company is proud to bring you the 3rd annual Baker's Pride Challenge This is the craziest race in Savannah. The...

  • Asbury Memorial UMC's Pecan and Honey Harvest

    Nov 17, 2018
    10:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Madison Square

    Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) is slated to host its fifth annual Pecan and Honey Harvest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17,...

  • Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters Reinterpretation Community Celebration

    Nov 17, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters

    Telfair invites the local community to participate in the unveiling of new interpretive exhibits at the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. The...

  • The Amazing Acro-Cats!

    Nov 17, 2018
    3:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    The Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of touring performing house cats. In this two-hour show you will see rescued...

  • Savannah UGA Alumni: UGA v. Massachusetts

    Nov 17, 2018
    3:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ The Grove Savannah

    This season, The Grove will be the official UGA Savannah Alumni Chapter game watching location! With four bars + rooftop, delicious food and...

  • Philharmonic in the Streetz

    Nov 18, 2018
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Greenbriar Children's Center

    The Savannah Philharmonic and Greenbriar Children’s Center are gearing up for “Philharmonic in the Streetz” from 1-4 P.M. on Sunday, Nov. 18,...

  • Johnny Mercer's 109th Birthday Bash

    Nov 18, 2018
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Tybee Post Theater

    Join us this Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating the 109th birthday of Savannah’s favorite son, the immortal Johnny Mercer! A half dozen...

  • Fall 2018 Lecture Series - “BURDEN: A True Story for Our Times” by Courtney Hargrave

    Nov 18, 2018
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

    The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home is proud to present the third installment of the Fall 2018 Lecture Series in the parlor of the Flannery...

  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise

    Nov 22, 2018
    11:30 AM - 7:00 PM @ Savannah Riverboat Cruises

    Join Savannah Riverboat Cruises for a delicious Traditional Southern Holiday buffet with live entertainment sure to get you tapping your feet and...


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Scenes of the South

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.

Boo Bash

This spooktacular evening included hors d’oeuvres, “spirits,” music and dancing, a Halloween costume contest with cash prizes, Halloween-themed entertainment, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and talent contest. Contest categories included: Dancing, Singing, Rapping, Stand-up Comedy and Lip Syncing.

Masquerade at the Mansion

Plenty of patrons donned masks and beads for an unforgettable Mardi Gras at the Mansion. There unique entertainment, food, and decor including magic fire, beignets, king cake and a photo booth, plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises.

DineSouth After Party

This year's DineSouth ended in a blast. Dozens headed over to Barrellhouse, who hosted the after party. They enjoyed great drinks and live music by Individually Twisted.

DineSouth 2018

This year's DineSouth sponsored by Fulfillment.com was the greatest yet! South magazine has once again put on a night filled with fantastic food and entertainment. Guests enjoyed delicious food & drinks in the city while getting the opportunity to meet and mingle with the best chefs in the South. The entertainment was amazing with American Idol winner Candice Glover, unique band Velvet Caravan and the acoustic sounds of Annie Allman. The event supported the local Salvation Army.

Grand Opening of 201 Seafood

Mixing the traditional tastes of the south with the local flair of the city, 201 Seafood and Tapas Lounge showcases Savannah's culinary community and their grand opening now gives us full access to some of the best seafood in the Coastal Empire.

Closet Raiders

Described as the “superbowl of fashion”, Closet Raiders was taped at the Lucas Theatre in front of a live audience. Contestants showed off their personal style fashion knowledge. Hosted by Savannah locals Reneé LaSalle and Kevin Cartee, offered the chance to win a closet full of designer clothes.

Cure and Whiskey Wednesday

Local celebrities competed on stage to help support the mission to provide training and supervision to volunteers who advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children of Savannah and Chatham County.