Who’s behind the lens

Business partners and artistic collaborators for years, our combined talents cover graphic design, hair and makeup and photography.   This makes us uniquely qualified to be able to pay attention to so many details that other photographers might overlook.  We are comfortable working in our beautiful natural light studio, or quite happy to take our ‘show’ on the road to locations near and far.

Our studio was recently selected as one of the areas 20 Best for Weddings and Boudoir – yeah!!

https://www.expertise.com/ga/athens/wedding-photography

We were recently featured in an article, Seeing the World Through a Camera Lens with Zoom Works Photography. If you’re interested in Georgia State Homes, check out what they have to offer for Watkinsville, GA Real Estate.

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Marisu

I’ve been in front of, around or behind the camera for as long as I can remember, starting with my family’s involvement in little theater.  Based in Florida and then Atlanta as a model/actress for print, television and feature films, I was able to travel to places I’d never dreamed of and experience life to the fullest.  My career as a stylist for other photographers and production companies seemed like a natural progression.  I found I enjoyed having input over the entire process from the creation of a look or a story through capture and finished image .  It’s said that when you love what you do, it’s as though time stands still.  When I’m creating and shooting, time becomes irrelevant.  Bliss!

I spend my down time on my farm with my husband working in our garden or playing with all our rescue babies -horses, dogs, and cats.  Throw in some fabulous food and wine, and a little travel, and I’m good to go!

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Shannah

I took a traditional path to my career as a visual communicator with a BFA in fine art photography from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in visual communication from the University of Georgia. Prior to founding ZoomWorks in 1999, I had worked in photography and design for newspapers and magazines as both a photo editor and art director.  In addition, I hold an appointment to the faculty at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. When I’m not teaching or working with ZoomWorks clients, I’m traveling around Georgia photographing for the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach at UGA telling the important stories of the university’s impact on the state.

As a wife and mom, any spare time I have is spent watching my boys grow up (too fast!) and trying to carve out time to spend with my husband doing things we enjoy, like watching a great movie or listening to a favorite band out with friends.  We love to travel when we can and relish the chance to see new things …and catch up on sleep! My hobby is doing dance trapeze at Canopy Studio, where I get to express my creativity in a totally different way. It recharges my batteries, even if it leaves me with some major bruises!  My life is full to the brim, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thoughts on Photography

As artists we’re driven to create, but it’s our clients who inspire that vision. With professionalism and a sense of whimsy, we strive to capture the very essence of the story that’s being told.  And finding that story is what we’re good at.  It’s what drives us.  That and a few little things like a great cup of coffee or a slice of warm, fresh baked bread slathered with butter.  Life is good.

Our studio on the east side of Athens, Georgia is situated atop a hill overlooking the Oconee River in the historic Whitehall Mill Lofts.  This picturesque space with exposed brick walls and high ceilings offers a unique, peaceful and private space to work in.

Here’s a bit of a new project we’re working on for an editorial.

 

Philanthropic Partners

Community Connection  |  Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter  |  Canopy Studio  |  Hope Haven

Clarke County School Art Project  |  Project Safe  |  Jeannette Rankin Society  |  Food 2 Kids  |  Athens Regional Foundation

Working side by side with these organizations throughout the year is our way of giving back to a community that give us so very much.