Creation Studios Blog » Memphis Photography and Videography for Weddings Family and Commercial Clients by Photographer, Donny Granger

We could not be more excited to share this with you. It’s so cool.

Check out the movie poster for our short film, The Real Me, for Lausanne Collegiate School:
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It’s a special thing when anyone comes to us and says, “Tell our story however you think the best,” and then we get to run with it.

Especially when it leads to something this great.

We are just so proud of this collaborative effort with Lausanne that utilized so many of the talents of not only Creation Studios, but Lausanne as well. Check out the entire film below, and then watch our Behind the Scenes video for even more.

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We absolutely love bridal sessions: all of the beauty of the wedding day + tons of time to play and pose and photograph = complete awesomeness!  Ying’s bridal session at Cedar Hall in Bartlett produced some truly gorgeous results.



We are so excited to share Ying’s beautiful bridal session on location at the fabulous Cedar Hall in Bartlett. A huge thanks to Denise and Lauren for giving us the run of the place that day. Sidenote: If you haven’t seen Cedar Hall, you will want to take in every detail of these bridal photos. The gorgeous rooms, stables and outdoor gardens are full of rich detail that really bolster how beautiful a bride Ying is. creationstudios-memphiswedding-0003-DSC_0069Ying and Dave’s gorgeous wedding was at the sister location Heartwood Hall earlier this year. When you’re done looking through Ying’s portrait gallery, check out the gorgeous pics from their big day here.    creationstudios-memphiswedding-0005-DSC_0091creationstudios-memphiswedding-0026-DSC_0535creationstudios-memphiswedding-0025-DSC_0527creationstudios-memphiswedding-0001-DSC_0019creationstudios-memphiswedding-0007-DSC_0127creationstudios-memphiswedding-0023-DSC_0493creationstudios-memphiswedding-0018-DSC_0312creationstudios-memphiswedding-0021-DSC_0341creationstudios-memphiswedding-0006-DSC_0103creationstudios-memphiswedding-0014-DSC_0246creationstudios-memphiswedding-0012-DSC_0204Browse more from Ying’s bridal portrait session here.

If you’ve never been behind the scenes at a Jewish wedding, you’re missing out. Sit back and hold on; all of THIS was before the ceremony even started. You should see the reception!

Feel free to pause if you start to get dizzy. We did! :)

We had a blast working with Talia and Aryeh and their families. They got married at Baron Hirsch in Memphis, TN, and what we love about their photography and this video is you can see the utter joy and delight in everyone’s faces. Each tradition was met with anticipation and excitement. We absolutely loved every second of this one crazy day!

We are often asked “what style of photography do you do?” And our simple answer is several and varied.  Dramatic portraiture, candid photojournalism, lifestyle editorial, etc. The styles we use daily are as varied and interesting as our clients are!  We love them all, and we don’t like to feel hemmed in or held back by a strict adherence to a certain school of style.

If I had to name my personal photography style, I’d simply call it “romantic.” It’s about you, it’s about your style, it’s about your love.

In this shoot, we shot several different styles that work together to expose an array of emotions and looks.  Jeremy and Michelle have a great story that we think you can read visually simply by thumbing through their photos.  Just try to look through this shoot and NOT feel their warmth and love.  Plus they were a ton of fun to shoot, and up for anything. Love you guys, and we hope you love your pics as much as we do!

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Click through all of Jeremy and Michelle’s photos, see if you can detect their story and ours … amid all that style.

Here’s a look at the action behind the camera during the making of Lausanne’s “The Real Me.”

Most clients  know that they need a video for sales, but the Lausanne team allowed us the creative freedom to take this beyond the typical promo video.   We are so honored to be able to help them tell their story in such a compelling and creative way.

Okay — I’m wanting to write a whole bunch of stuff about the stories, the team, and the way this came together, but I won’t.  I’ll let this little video speak for that.  Suffice it to say that I am overwhelmingly proud of the team:  Beth on script-writing, Jared on Movi-Camera, Philip assisting and filming the BTS, Carrie (at Lausanne) on production (making all of the location elements work), and Matt Taylor as director.    This is Matt’s debut as director with Creation Studios, and I cannot be happier with his vision and ability through this project.  I am so excited  about where our future as storytellers is going to take us!!


Take a look at how it came together!


And to see the final project — because I know you are dying to now!!  Click HERE

As photographers, we are fascinated by the every day things that seem often to pass people by. This construction survey by Fisher Arnold may appear mundane, but it’s just one of the first steps in turning a parcel of land in Bartlett, TN into a thriving community and home for hundreds of senior adults. Culpepper Place-Bartlett Assisted Living is expected to open in 2015.

Fisher Arnold asked us to help tell their story by capturing the work that they do. We see the artistry in their engineering and attention to detail on this land; detail that will eventually be outdoor walking trails, pond-side picnic areas and comfort amenities for the residents who will call it home.

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The wide open beauty of Spring Creek Ranch provided the perfect location for the wide open love of this couple. God blessed them with a stunning wedding day and we pray that he continues to bless them with a stunning marriage.

From the Bride: Donny, it was so amazing. We talked about how it was literally better than anything we expected. I look back on that day and I had the dream team. I know I “planned” it that way but I couldn’t have planned it so perfectly. It was all of you! Thank you so much! Love YOU guys! You’re the best!

Venue: Spring Creek Ranch

Cake: Laura at The Flour Garden

Flowers: Gail at A Garden Secret

DJ: Jimmy at Deep Blu Entertainment

Photography and Videography: Creation Studios


Mallory and Stephen
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~ photography and videography by creation studios

Design by Social Butterflies
Catering by Simply Delicious Caterings
Cake by Laura Jackson (The Flour Garden)

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So fun rockin this for you guys! Mallory and Stephen; you guys were a blast the whole way through!
Great job capturing every moment Phillip Murphy, Matt Taylor, Jason Tyler, and Peter Conrey

with Creation Studios.

Gorgeous stuff by Michelle and Jamie with Social Butterflies.

Tasty stuff by Tricia Woodman, Natalie Chrestman and Yolanda Woods with Simply Delicious.

Delectable cake from Laura Jackson at The Flour Garden.

It was definitely a great team and a fabulous time!

This commission began as a simple request to “find Memphis” — For 18 months I had the freedom to follow my heart and explore wherever inspiration took me.  I found new beauty and expression hiding around each corner of my beautiful city.

These are a few of my favorites! Enjoy!


These images are currently for sale – available on a stunning metal substrate or on metallic paper.  The entire collection, along with some color versions are viewable HERE   (Proceeds from the sale of the images will benefit the Memphis Fallen Officer Memorial)

If you would like to see some of the moments from the Lipscomb and Pitts unveiling – check it out here ( L&P Open House)

Through the end of May 2014 (and limited beyond), select images will be on display at Creation Studios Gallery on Broad Ave

A special THANK YOU to Johnny and Matt for allowing me such an amazing interaction with our city!

Please enjoy a glimpse into one of our recent events with the Lipscomb and Pitts Breakfast Club.  If you attended the event and had your picture taken with Mrs. Glick we are more than happy to send it to you – just let us know.


Redeeming The Selfie-Portrait

Since the 15th century, artists of all media have been inspired to create self-portraits by examining their own reflections.

The rise of social media has produced 62 million (and counting) images tagged #selfie.

In March 2014, Creation Studios sought to redeem the “selfie-portrait” by returning to techniques centuries old.

With the utilization of a mirror, remote, and moment alone, we allowed people to capture themselves as they want to be viewed.