Sunday, May 31, 2015

JUNE 2015 SPECIAL - professional head shots - in the studio or environmental

Many of you do not know that I offer professional head shots.  So to get the word out, today I'm posting a few samples for you to see what I do.  Head shots are offered on location in an environmental setting or in the studio {or I can bring a backdrop and lights to you}. There are black, neutral grey, white, or blue back drops to choose from.

June seems like a great time to offer a special on head shots. Normally we charge $150.00 for a studio and/or environmental head shot, however this month only {June 2015} we are offering them at $100 if you come to us or $125 if we travel to you, which can be anywhere in the Triad or some areas of the Triangle {North Carolina}. To check availability and/or to set up an appointment for your head shot, please contact me via my website by filling out the contact form or feel free to give me a call.

So without further ado here are samples I've done for two of my clients, along with a little bio of each.

Jenny Viars, Photographer

Jenny Viars is the owner and photographer at Dancing Lemur, based in Winston-Salem. She also works as the youth manager at the non-profit organization, A Brighter Path Foundation.  Jenny is involved in the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, with the River Run International Film Festival, and is the official photographer for the band, Big Daddy Love - among many other things. She is quite the busy gal! 

Jenny & I met at Old Salem Village & Salem College for her headshot.  This location always makes for a beautiful setting for a portrait of any kind.  Many of my own clients have met or will have the opportunity to meet Jenny in the future, as she often works for me as my second photographer at weddings. Every now & then she has been along to assist me while I'm shooting a bridal, engagement, or other lifestyle session as well.   We also got to work together at several of the events during the 2015 River Run International Film Festival this spring.

Jenny can be found on facebook at Dancing Lemur Photography or via her website.

Ross Howell, Author 

Ross Howell Jr. is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at the University of Elon. He is currently writing his first novel, Forsaken, based on historical nonfiction. Be sure to visit his website for more information. Ross chose to do environmental & studio head shots, so that his publishers would have a variety to select from for marketing as well as an author photo for the book jacket & for his website.  

Ross & I have known each other for about 18 years now & met when we both lived in Charlottesville, VA. A publisher at the time, Ross worked with my father, Chiles T.A. Larson, on publishing his first book Virginia's Past Today. Ross moved to the Greensboro area about year after I did & we reconnected shortly thereafter. I was honored when he asked me to photograph his wedding in 2010.  

Forsaken is expected to be available sometime in February 2016. Be sure to follow his website and/or blog for more information. I look forward to receiving an inscribed copy and to of course to reading his novel.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

wedding photography - elopement options {Greater North Carolina Triad - Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem}

Many of you may not know that I offer wedding photography options to couples who choose to elope or plan a much smaller wedding {with 25 or fewer guests, for example}.  Although some weekend dates may not be available it never hurts to check to see if we have an opening.  In fact June and into July of this summer {2015} we have a few weekends opened so please get in touch if this is something you are planning! Please inquire about pricing too. 

 Weekday weddings {Monday through Thursday} are usually more flexible & I offer an even better rate.  Weekday rates are $200 for one hour of coverage {you can add as many additional hours as desired}. Please keep in mind the pricing is for weddings with fewer than 25 guests. Fridays are available as well, however more so on a limited basis as are Saturdays & Sundays.  Again, please check for availability and for pricing! You can also add an engagement session to your option {scheduled at least a week or more before your wedding} or an album. 

Although you may have already selected a location to say your vows such as a garden, local park, or your home, we can suggest venues or locations, interfaith ministers, and any other ideas such as flowers if you'd like to carry a bouquet or even a local bakery if you wanted to have a small cake or cupcakes.  A really great local resource is Please tell them I sent you!

Some ideas to make your day special - select a location that may have special meaning to you. Was your first date a picnic and/or hike at Hanging Rock State Park? If you are buying your first home together, your patio or garden may be the best place for you. If you have stayed at a B&B or visited a local winery together, that may be the perfect setting. Keep in mind that local parks & botanical gardens, you may need to obtain a permit and pay a fee so these are things to keep in mind and may take a day or two to obtain. Some places may want you to fill out a contract and pay a retainer. Its always best to check first. Another couple, Cezanne & Matt,  chose to have a small family wedding at Lake Norman State Park, as they are both into the outdoors.

Also another thought to make it special for you. You may want to have some champagne or sparkling cider ready to toast and celebrate right after saying your vows.  Or if you are having guests you may want have the same offered to them along with a few h'ordeuvres.  I know of one couple who had their ceremony on a mountaintop in Virginia and afterwards just the two of them went to a favorite restaurant in Charlottesville to celebrate a romantic dinner together.

The wedding below was held at the Burke Manor Inn in Gibsonville and they had around 15 guests. They had their ceremony on the front veranda & reserved a private room for a seated dinner with wedding cake & italian wedding cookies served for dessert.  I've photographed weddings anywhere from 5 people (bride, groom, officiant, & 2 witnesses) on up to about 400 guests. Weddings can be as small & intimate as you'd like on up to a big celebration. I even know a few who have eloped and then had a big party later. Let it be about who you are as a couple.

Please get in touch with me to learn more!

all images © elizabeth larson photography