Stephanie | Candle Maker

Created as a tribute to her momma, Stephanie started Donnis Candle Co. surrounds all the things that she loves and remembers about her mom. Stephanie has taken her vision for her candle brand to the next level by starting off with a great design, brand, and photography.

Goals for her branding session

As a new brand, Stephanie really needed images for website and social media use. Her web designer, Lynn, pushed to her to make sure that she had images that were cohesive with the design and aesthetic that they created together. Originally, we were only supposed to create product images of her amazing candles, but Stephanie quickly realized that she needed to put a face to her amazing brand. We will do a product shoot of her candles in March when her packaging is complete.

Headshots and Behind the Scenes

During her session, we captured the different stages of the candle making process. I made sure that all the tools that she uses throughout the process were included (of course without giving away any trade secrets), here are some great ideas of props to bring to a session. Having clients doing an activity, and concentrating on that activity, is my way of helping them to relax…it gives them something else to concentrate on than just taking pictures. But of course a good headshot is essential as well, so with each outfit change (here are some tips on what kind of outfits to bring to your session), I made sure to get some amazing headshots of Stephanie as well.

Hair and Makeup: Jahara JennaƩ

meet Gari-Ann

Gari-Ann Kia is an accomplished Branding and Product Photographer with a passion for helping creatives and professionals elevate their brand by showcasing their product, promoting their services, or simply enhancing their brand image. Gari-Ann's expertise in branding and product photography will help you stand out from the crowd. With years of experience in the field, Gari-Ann has honed her skills and developed a unique approach to visual storytelling that resonates with her clients and their target audience to help them stand out from the crowd.

Gari-Ann currently lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling with her family, some of their favorite destinations have been Santorini, Wanaka, Paris, & Aix en Provence. In her free time, Gari-Ann enjoys giving back to her community by supporting fellow military spouses & their families and mentoring other small business owners.