Our Favorite Photos of 2014
It’s always fun to reflect at the end of each year and collect our favorite photos. In 2014, we were privileged to photograph 120 weddings, 108 engagements, and 80 families! We get to be a part of the coolest stories and the most significant moments in people’s lives, and that honor is definitely not wasted on us. As a staff, we took more than 425,000 photos in 2014 and we could easily talk about why they impacted us as photographers…but we thought you would get bored after about image 4,752 so we decided to each pick our top ten. You have no idea how hard this was and how much heart break we suffered not getting to include hundreds. But here they are, our favorite 70 images of 2014! We hope you love them as much as we loved creating them! View More…
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WHAT’S NEW AT ELEVATE
Cienna is here!
Patrina Harris, our production artist, gave birth to a beautiful, baby girl on November 11th. We are so excited to welcome Cienna to the Elevate family.
We are constantly updating our location portfolio, which features photos from hundreds of sites. View a full listing here.
Katie is a Jones
On a beautiful fall evening in Larkspur, Colo, Katie married her long-time sweetheart, Chris. Katie used all of her experience to create a magical event with special details including mismatched china, beautiful terrariums, homemade pies, an old-fashion typewriter that could be used to type notes to the couple and seed packets as place cards. Congratulations Chris and Katie!
COLORADO PRODUCTION ARTIST: PATRINA CUNNINGHAM
One of the services we offer at Elevate that really sets us apart from most studios in Colorado is that we have a full time in-house production artist! Born and raised in New York City, Patrina received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, which is widely considered to be on of the nation’s finest art schools. Patrina handles editing every shoot – from engagements and weddings to families, seniors, and corporate jobs. She also custom designs all of our albums and retouches fine art prints. She has been part of the team for more than three years and we are all so thankful to have her doing what she does best – making our photos come to life! She adapts to the style of every shoot, and applies her creativity to completing the vision. Because of Patrina, we are all able to focus more on what we do best, (taking pictures!), and leave the Photoshop work to the pro 🙂 So, take a minute to have a salad and get to know the woman behind the scenes!
Describe yourself in five words:
Haha..I didn’t pick all “c”s on purpose.
Why did you choose Mod Market for this interview? What does it say about you?
I like the food here. It’s fresh and it has a cool atmosphere. I really like the decor. It’s clean and simple and trendy without being really obnoxious.
What inspired you to get into post-production and album design? What do you love the most about it?
I took an entry level photoshop class in New York, and I really liked it. I enjoy making
something that is your own but slightly better. I ended up interning at a boutique retouching company where we did ad, commercial, and architecture work. I liked it a lot especially because I got to work in fashion, beauty and product, and that is really what I was interested in at the time. The architecture work was pretty tedious though. I then did another internship with a wedding photographer. So from there, I continued to learn and grow in wedding post production. And then, my now husband moved to Colorado. I ended up coming with him, figuring that there are wedding photographers everywhere, haha. I made marketing pieces for the photographers I liked in Colorado and Elevate was on the top of the list and was hiring, so it was luck and good timing that I ended up here.
What is your approach in being creative every day?
First off, we are in the business of pleasing our clients, so in doing that, they want certain things, therefore, and so it is hard to have complete creative control because we are providing a product. In creating albums I feel that is creatively more my aesthetic. A lot of people don’t know what they want until they see it, and a lot of the time, when they see it they are really happy with the design. When I was pursuing photography, one of the reasons I didn’t want to shoot anymore is because I had to be so confined to what the client wanted. In photography there are multiple voices that you have to listen to, so it can be more demanding to not have complete creative control. I still shoot for justmyself because there is no one else to please but me. With post production, it’s the same concept but it’s not as demanding, and I have more leeway to be more creative.
Do you have a favorite tool in Photoshop?
The stamp tool because there are so many things you can copy, recreate, and fix with it. I’m sure it’s one of the most common tools used.
What would you like to do more of if you had more free time?
I want to travel more. Thailand is probably next on the list…but Dubai,Tokyo…Africa. When I travel, I look for a little bit of an adventure. I don’t want to feel like I’ve been to this place before. I enjoy different cultures and food and I don’t want to feel like I could’ve gotten that in America.
If you were a genre of music, what genre would you be?
It’s hard because I want to say classical because it’s so calm, but probably with a mix of jazz because of the ups and downs.
If you could be a food, what kind of food would you be?
I think I would be a salad. You can have something simple like just greens and tomatoes, or you can pile on a bunch of other things. It depends on what you want on which day.
What kind of legacy do you hope to leave?
I think my legacy would be based more on my future children and grandchildren. How they would see me. I would want them to know that as a minority as an African American and as a woman that I was able to live this life with strength and passion. I would want to be all of the same things I would say about my mother; well educated, successful, strong, caring, and loving…and so many more adjectives:) I want them to know that I have done everything I could to provide them with someone to look up to and admire.
What else would you like people to know about you?
I don’t have a lot of exciting other things that are worth sharing, and I think that’s mostly why I am more of a listener than a talker.
2014 was an exciting year for Patrina. She and Charles had an intimate tropical wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica. McCory was lucky enough to get to capture it. And as if that wasn’t enough, they were also blessed with a gorgeous baby girl this fall; Cienna Rose. We just love watching her family grow!