How many people do you know over 60 years old who are still living their best lives? No, they are not all sitting in front of their televisions all day or stuck up in nursing homes. In fact, some of them are probably living more now than they ever have ever lived in their earlier years!
Benny lives in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík and he is one of the most active people that I have ever met! He spends his days deep-sea swimming and his afternoons soaking in natural hot pots with friends in the beautiful green and blue Icelandic oceans.
Not only is he a diving testimony for people in his generation that life does not stop when the greys start, but he is also a great inspiration for those of us who are still young and feel rushed to get everything done in our twenties.
"Aging is an extraordinary process when you become the person you always should have been." - David Bowie.
Seventeen-year-old Iris Mist Byornspottir was one of the gems that Eley met on her recent trip to Iceland. Even at seventeen years old Iris sees the value in a detailed eye and dreaming big. During the summer months, Iris works at the local fish market in the small town of Höfn which supplies the neighborhood seafood restaurant. When she graduates she plans to expand her hands-on experiences with animals in Veterinarian school. Eley states that, "Iris is a down to earth and corky small-town girl who is determined to follow her dreams of establishing a clinic for animals in her home town.”
In a world where so much hormones and chemicals have been injected into our food, we are still able to be pleasantly surprised by people like Ari Thorsteinssonan, Icelander from the town of Höfn who grows his own produce to supply his restaurant, “Humarhöfnin.”
How refreshing it was to see and experience the care and attention that is put into making a plate even before the fire is turned on.
This type of process made me think about authenticity and how much of it still resides in the people around us through their passions, their personalities and even their food!
Photography takes me everywhere…Check out this recent interview to get a taste of a few of my experiences!
The Heart of the Shop is a collaborative project between Eley Photo (Stephanie Eley) and TyDef Media (Tyrrell Harrell). This project focuses on Atlanta based rapper- Killer Mike and his barber shop - The Swag Shop.
Our goal was to create environmental portraits and a highlight video that encompassed the essence that this shop represents in Atlanta. Strength, liberation and talent within the black community.
To see more project's created at TyDef Media visit https://www.tydefmedia.com/
This grouping of images was shot around Atlanta on one of the first warm days of the season. People of every color and background were out excited to express themselves. This expression became evident through their clothing, the actions, and most of all their words.
Here's some shots from the people I encountered.
*All Imagery ©Stephanie Eley Photography 2018
Today I would like to share with you my client Daniel Barry and his brand's success! Last year we worked on the launch campaign for his new underwear brand: Marc Skid. This brand's goal is to provide a high-quality product to the public that gives back to various charitable organizations. Each vibrantly colored garment in his line represents a different cause, including feeding, curing, and saving the world.
I was super excited when I recently received an email from Dan sharing an update on the brand. Having launched a few months ago people must be talking about this fun, sexy, and rewarding product- take a look at the recent news feature that was released on how amazing this product is!
If you can't get enough of how cool this is, be sure to look at the Marc Skid website itself to see the imagery that we created together and pick up your very own pair of panties!
Excited to see where you go Dan, congrats on all your success thus far.
I've had multiple people ask what my post-production process looks like. While each photos circumstance is unique and demands various revisions or techniques I've decided to share with you a sample of what that looks like.
I always take my imagery through multiple programs before they get to you on the internet.
From the camera to the web I'm usually using a combination of Capture One, Lightroom & Photoshop. The following video is an excerpt from retouching this gentleman in Photoshop CC. When I retouch headshots I am taking a closer look at my client's skin, hair, and the lighting. I address problem areas that include clarity and veins in eyes, fly-aways of the hair, scars, and blemishes. Though the creative trend is not to over retouch people today (Which I agree with) I also believe in creating an image that will best represent you on your best day and let's be honest - we all have days where we could use a little extra love.
In this video, you will see me blend skin tones and shape the light to my clients face. Watch until the end to see the before and after results.
If you're a photographer- What are you looking for when you retouch?
If you're not a creative- What do you think about seeing the behind the scenes of this? Would you be interested in seeing me post more of this?
Last night I went to rapper Killer Mike's Edgewood barber shop better know as the Swag Shop. This location is 2nd to the Southside location and Killer Mike and his team are working toward's releasing and additional 2 shops within Atlanta in 2018. I found this info out when I was speaking with his barbers and his marketing team about the unique identity of the shop in preparation for an upcoming shoot. What is unique to this location is that a lot of college kids come to this location in addition to people looking for a classic barber experience -- like the "ole days" where people could relax, unwind, and find therapy and trust in the chairs. This parallels the Southside shop which is targeted towards family experience where they hand out Hotwheel's cars to the kids that come in for appointments. With that being said the Edgewood Swag Shop offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to have their own pop-up show. Every Thursday during the month of September they have had local talent come in to market their creativity and this week my personal friend "Cruv" has his work up.
Cruv is the creator of Cruvie Clothing- Cruvie Clothing Co. was founded in 2013 by Atlanta native Tony Cruver. Cruvie's clothing is designed to speak for itself. Cruv's main goal is to create unique clothing that spills strength, positivity, and influences unity. Check out his online shop and see some of my favorite tops that represent the various areas around Atlanta be it Decatur, West Side, or College Park.
Here is a link to his website where you can choose your favorite top! http://www.cruvie.com/
Shots of Cruv, his garments, and the Swag Shop pop up show.
A local Atlalien that I know and look up to (Justin Weaver) and his business partner (Chris McClure) have a brand together called GrowlBros. I have been following Justin and Chris for about a year now on their social media platforms. The work that they create that I am constantly attracted to and inspired by continues to motivate me on my personal journey to seek out and develop quality concepts and content. I LOVE their documentary and travel stories. They create photographs—portraits, product shots, adventure and documentary narratives and have worked with companies such as Fruit of the Loom, Newell Rubbermaid, Travel Alberta, the Wall Street Journal, and Pat-the-Craigslist-taxidermist.
Today I am excited to share with you their recent photographic story that was published in Victory Journal about an Atlanta Falcon's Home Game. Check out the visuals here: https://victoryjournal.com/stories/moving-day/ and let me know what you think!
Here's a couple of my favorite shots from their story but you can see more of their work at: http://www.growlbros.com/ or follow them on Instagram : @growlbros
A good friend of mine and photojournalist (Jarrett Christian) went to the West End of Atlanta earlier this year to take some portraits. We were inspired to do this out of our personal interests- Jarrett and I are both passionate about portraiture and storytelling. These are the individuals that I had the pleasure to meet while in between a thrift store and a beauty supply shop in the West End. While most shared their stories of triumph or disappointment with me others were purely interested in who this strange woman was and what I was doing with a backdrop in the middle of their neighborhood on a Wednesday morning.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this shoot- and if you know of a place in town that has great characters that I should visit comment below with your suggestions.
Recently I have decided to set asside my Soundclound and Spotify owhile I am editing and retouching my projects. I've said so long to my Top 100 and Festival Favorite Playlists so that I could fill my head with a new information. I have now found myself excited to hear Creative Podcasts. If you have shared some of the same frustrations as myself - being creatively drained - lacking business skills - confused on how to build your networks - or needing inspiration I'd encourage you to join me on this new journey of information!
The podcast that I tuned into today is called the Chase Jarvis LIVE Show. His show explores what makes some of the world's top creative entrepreneurs, artists, and authors thrive. The show that I listened to today fell very close to heart for me... his fresh and honest perspective is exactly what I needed to hear. He speaks about how to rise above and keep your creative title in the industry.
I'd highly recommend that you check August 11th's podcast out titled "Things All Creators Must Know and Believe". Here's a link to the show.
I hope that it is equally as inspiring for you as it was myself. Feel free to drop me a comment- I'd love to hear what part of this podcast struck a nerve for you and how you are going to push yourself to stay creative in blazing your own trail.
Stephanie Eley, M.F.A
This week I was featured on the aijcast- a podcast that features conversations with artists about what inspires us and how we address justice through our creativity ran by Marthame Sanders. He is an Atlanta-based dad, artist, and pastor. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago, Marthame has served in ministry as international mission staff, youth director, and solo pastor. aijcast is his latest project, seeking to unite his passion for faith, art, and justice. Marthame and his wife, Elizabeth, keep busy parenting their two sons, ages 7 and 11, who are awesome but—let’s be honest—kind of immature. Marthame enjoys writing music, improvising on stage, and the fact that his two sons give him cover to play with Legos®. He will tell anyone who will listen (and some who won’t) about the documentary film series he and Elizabeth produced. Unfortunately, his bragging undermines his “street cred.”
I had a great time speaking with Marthame Sanders on this podcast. He is a great host- passionate, honest, humble and insightful. His genuine personality allowed me to feel comfortable and confident to express my opinions on topics such as social politics, empathy and the field of photography.
Check out the link below to hear the episode featuring me and if
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