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Eve Kakassy Hobgood grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Savannah College of Art + Design and the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Arnold Newman, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, and Sally Mann are some of her favorite photographers. Eve spent five years working with legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz in LA before a ten-year stint in New York which included a couple of years archiving Keith Richards’ personal photography collection for the memoir Life. Petite Simone Photography is Eve specializing in baby, child, and family photography. “I try to capture decisive moments,” she says modestly about her work.
Ben Scott’s grandfather gave him his first 35mm camera and darkroom kit when he was in seventh grade, and he’s been behind a lens ever since. His graduate degree from NC State College of Design involved the impact past works of art have on fashion photography and video. His studio in in the Washington DC area is where he focuses on portrait and fashion photography for top models. “I’m a studio portrait photographer who works to capture my subject’s natural beauty,” he explains.
Joseph Rafferty served in the Navy, studied in San Diego, and graduated with an MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He deftly combines high concept with a photojournalistic quickness that allows him to capture any moment. His work has been featured in the New York Times magazine, Oprah, GQ, and Walter magazine—to name but a few. He has garnered awards from the likes of Graphis Annual, CA Annual, American Photography, and the NY and LA ASMP Awards. The kind of guy who zigs when everyone else zags, to capture Joseph’s spirit, we’ll quote The Strumbellas: “…I don’t want a never-ending life, I just want to be alive, while I’m here.”
Jason Dail graduated from the College of Design with BEDA and B.ARC degrees. He travels internationally on assignments for clients like Hearst Publications, Discovery Channel, and Food Network when he is not cycling or eating chocolate, bacon, and coffee—preferably all at the same time. One of our favorite Jason Dail sayings is “I love coincidence and how great planning can look just like it.” His work emphasizes natural, emotion-based portraiture.
Ian F.G. Dunn was born in North Carolina and raised in a house his parents built from tobacco barn wood and church windows. A self-trained photographer, Ian learned darkroom techniques at the age of ten, and remains steeped in the intricacies of hand-printing, especially the alternative/antique photographic processes of the mid- to late-1800s. By day, he works with photographic collections at the State Archives in downtown Raleigh. His interest in preservation extends to the methods behind the media. His past portrait projects “have been studies on particular aspects of the human condition.”
A North Carolina native, Miller Taylor is a photographer and designer in Raleigh. After earning his BArch from NC State College of Design, he turned his attention to photography, specializing in the documentation of spaces and objects for artists and designers. His personal projects have ranged from photographic abstractions of iconic monuments to long-form visual narratives documenting war veterans returning to Vietnam. When not working on creative projects, he is actively involved with the family business, a vineyard located on what was once his grandparents’ tobacco farm.
Elizabeth Galecke has a BA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and continues to stretch her creative wings with workshops by the likes of Joyce Tenneson and Keith Carter. She loves shooting large-format film, making Polaroid transfers, and gum bichromate printing—“anything old school!” Her portraits become images that people look back on and love for generations. When she’s not working, you can find her whipping up gourmet vegetarian meals in the kitchen or singing in the car on the way to someplace new.
Amaris Hames graduated with a BA from NC State College of Design, where she trained classically in film. Her work shooting portraits, weddings, and editorial photography fits her outgoing, globetrotting personality to a T. Her aim is to shoot candid portraits that capture the essence of a person in a vibrant and engaging way. “I love genuine emotion,” she encourages her sitters. “Let’s keep it real.”
Born and raised in Brooklyn, a combat veteran in the US Army, and trained in graphic design in Durham, Chris Charles’ works primarily as a portraiture, editorial and wedding photograph, and also as a designer and brand consultant. He’s worked with clients from Nnenna Freelon to Spike Lee, and his photographs have been published everywhere from Rolling Stone to Essence to Vogue Italia. “Style. Creativity. Soul.” is how he’d like his work remembered. A memorable day for Chris includes great music, great design, and an old Kung Fu movie—maybe followed by a shot of Jack and a perfectly poured Guinness.
Tony Pearce is a Raleigh-based photographer with over 30 years of experience who stills absolutely loves what he does. His list of clients runs the gamut from Lenovo to Burt’s Bees to Teen People. His portraiture gets to the heart of the matter, exuding authenticity. “I find my inspiration in restraint,” he says. “Without the distractions of extra props or obvious retouching, my subjects have room to just be.” We think Tony’s humanity and humor also shine through in every one of his portraits.
Luke Bhothipiti studied photography at the University of Central Florida and the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. His work is primarily black-and-white with a heavy editorial feel, with portraits that contain an air of otherworldliness and pathos alongside their documentary style. He’s been a photography instructor and his latest venture is a high-end consumer portraiture start-up, Northlight Visuals. If he’s not behind the lens, you can find Luke wake surfing or practicing for firearms marksmanship competitions.
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