Messina Inn | Wedding Venue Brand Session

As the creative director for the Mae Sales Group, I’m in charge of curating the imagery for their clients’ social media & marketing campaigns. One of their clients is a wedding venue & inn called Messina Inn, located in Wimberley, Texas. We have been working with them virtually for the last 6 months, using the imagery that they provide from images taken at their venue during events from other photographers.

It was time for us to fully experience Messina Inn for everything that it had to offer…and boy, it did not disappoint!

Brand Photographer for a Wedding Venue

As a brand photographer, I knew what was missing was the images that sold the venue from behind the scenes & what set it apart from the other venues in the area. There weren’t any images of the team behind the scenes or images to support their services & packages.

Planning their brand session using their package offerings

Prior to us arriving, we had planned our shot lists based on their packages that they offered to clients, looking at what kind of images they needed to be able to talk about how special their venue was, or so that their clients could clearly see what their options were when making a decision about their event. I took pictures of different areas around the property to showcase the full experience, options that couples would have to select when planning their event (napkin folds, charger colors, table decor, ceremony sites, etc.), and different experiences that they would get as a Messina client.

Collaborating with other local vendors

As a collaboration with a local event designer and florist, Marion Events, another Mae Sales Group client, Messina Inn put on a styled shoot to give us the opportunity to shoot the venue in context of an event with a reception with centerpieces, ceremony space, and a “bride & groom”. I knew as a photographer, I was not shooting as if I were photographing a wedding…I was shooting for the venue–as a BRAND PHOTOGRAPHER! It wasn’t only about the pretty things, it was about selling the venue & providing them the images they needed for their marketing.

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.