If I could have the fan fare and music playing during this post, I would. Corlee Graphics is one-of-a-kind and I’m pretty sure they can’t fit any more passion into what they do. Corinne is one of those gals that you feel like you’ve known your entire life from the first visit. If you ask, I’m sure she’ll do the soft shoe while taking your photos! If you’re ready for a experience with a photographer that will make you feel beautiful, she’s your gal. As a designer for Corlee Graphics, she brings out the best in me. ps…The video design is a new venture, and I’m smitten with it, so look for tons of this advertising in the near future from Silverbox. Get to know a bit more about Corinne below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
· Married to Tavio for 18 years.
· One 15-year old son, Addison.
· Two 4-year old shih-tzu fur-babes Tiger & Lulu.
· I drink a lot of coffee and I love to dance.
· I love Michael Jackson & Barry Manilow and yes, I say that in public (wink)!
· I am a loyal friend to a fault. If you hurt my feelings it’s only because I care. I think both make me a good photographer because when you are in front of my lens I want you to know you can trust me and that you feel awesome!
Where is home?
My home is in Skippack, PA and my studio (my other home) is right around the corner.
How long have you been a photographer?
I’ve been interested in photography since I was a kid. I was fortunate to have a cousin that had a darkroom in his basement and I learned to develop film when I was only in elementary school. I continued to be interested in photography and photographed my son’s elementary school yearbook for three years. I went pro about 5 years ago.
How would you describe your style?
I think my style is a little eclectic and a little modern. When I photograph outside I like to stage my clients in front of old doors, dilapidated structures and hit the train tracks once in a while. When I photograph inside my natural light studio I hang white net curtains around the studio, stage my white sofa bed and my painted v-flats to add a change of color. Recently I started to cover up the windows with my v-flats to make it dark and started experimenting with off-camera flash. I like it…we’ll see where it takes me.
How has your new brand changed your business?
While studying interactive media I also had to take typography and logo design classes. I put pressure on myself to be everything; photographer, business owner and graphic designer. Um, no! I needed to let that go. I reached out to Susan at Silverbox. Susan took my likes and dislikes and came up with a brand that is Corlee Graphics Photography. The brand has given me a cohesive and professional appearance. Now when I hand out a business card, mail out a brochure or give out a gift certificate I have a sense of pride and that translates to how I present myself to my clients and potential clients. The work is not done yet, I continue to work with Susan to redesign my website, packaging and whatever else Corlee Graphics Photography might need to maintain a consistent look.
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
Ahh, my new natural light studio. I am simply in love with it! If I can’t answer natural light studio – than I will go with 5 in 1 reflector.
If a photographer were going to take your portrait, where would it be? What would you wear?
Since I saw the photos that Sue Bryce took in front of the Eiffel Tower with haute couture gowns, I’m thinking that would do just fine for me. Or it could be in the streets of an old European town or the streets of New York City. But it must include lots of fabulous makeup and someone to do something awesome with my short hair!
What do you enjoy most about being a photographer?
I enjoy everything about being a photographer from the initial call. I like helping my clients pick out their outfits for the photo shoot, and of course I love the actual photo shoot. I could be in the studio all day. The one thing about being a photographer that surprises me is how much I love to see the initial look on the clients face as they look at photos of themselves or their loved ones. I really love getting texts on Christmas Eve from my clients telling me how much their husband or parents loved their presents and that even Pop-pop got teary eyed.