Laughter is the key to successful photo shoots at Holly Brazil Photography, where seasoned shutterbug Holly uses humor to put clients at ease. Whether coaxing smiles from kids, teens, or the Queen’s royal guard dog, she ensures natural shots that are expertly retouched for in-print or digital viewing. Holly also hosts steamy French boudoir sessions, where she helps to highlight clients’ best attributes.
Since 1987 David Johnston has made his living capturing the complexity and emotion of everyday life, turning milestones—such as a new birth, a graduation, or a wedding—into a tangible touchstone that lasts forever. Though he first entertained his artistic passion by snapping photos of scenic landscapes, Johnston tired of the vistas devoid of living subjects, the panoramas free of warm smiles, and the meadows indifferent to the joy of high-school graduations and engagements. David’s photos—with subjects framed in a soft, almost dreamy level of contrast brought to life with tasteful splashes of color saturation—speak to his own appreciation for human connection and sense of community.
As youngsters, Charles and Talamieka Brice experienced the world through drawing. While his life revolved around comic heroes such as Batman and The Hulk, hers hinged on doodling family members and teachers rather than biting their likenesses out of hunks of cheese. When the pair met in art classes at Jackson State University, what began as a friendly rivalry quickly transformed into a rewarding romantic and artistic partnership. Now married, the award-winning illustrators, photographers, and graphic designers use their talent to craft work for individuals and corporations equally adeptly. They capture striking images of families, kids, and weddings from behind the lens, which they preserve as prints, images burned onto discs, or customized hand-drawn portraits. Their skills extend to pet portraits, watercolor and oil paintings, and sculpture. Additionally, their graphic designs have professionalized the look of corporate brochures, logos, and catalogs.
You don't have to be a model to look like one in one of Will Sterling's photographs. A regular contributor to Denim Magazine and other publications, Sterling takes the techniques that have made him well-sought in fashion, beauty, and entertainment circles and applies them to his wedding and family shoots as well, creating memories that would look as at home on the newsstand as they do on the mantel. When it comes to senior portraits though, he encourages kids to be themselves, snapping them smiling as they listen to headphones, strum a guitar, or forge permission slips.
Ciao Bella champions the disappearing art of fine dining. From a carefully selected, ever-rotating menu of worldly cuisine to thoughtful suggestions of wine pairings from its newly constructed wine bar, Pavoni's Wine Bar, the restaurant invites patrons an elegant escape from the slowly approaching laser of daily life. At night, Ciao Bella’s dining room becomes the launching point for an edible international journey, as 8- to 16-course French degustation dinners provide tastes of different European countries. Vichyssoise, a potato cream soup, transports taste buds to the cafés of Paris, while pastry-wrapped prawns evoke all the flavors of the Mediterranean with none of the excessively wet water. Global flavors are infused into earlier meals as well: breakfast offers traditional belgian waffles and Parisian-style french toast, while lunch sates with hungarian meatballs and antipasto platters full of cured meats, imported cheeses, and olives.