I’ve creatively collaborated with print and digital editorial teams for more than a decade now. It’s hard work that requires patience, planning and a keen eye for detail to tell an engaging story.
The process also demands a team of creative folk who know what the hell they’re doing — ones who take experience, criticism and talent to new heights every single time. Well, Cowgirl Candace has seen the good, bad and ugly of group projects, but it’s something I enjoy and refuse to stop working at to produce meaningful results.
As Southern Styles & Steeds (SS&S) has grown and revamped during the past four years, so has my glam squad to help illustrate my Southern storytelling.
I want you to meet The Southern Squad, a creative collective of editorial and media professionals who know their craft and execute it extremely well on various SS&S and partner projects throughout the Peach State:
- Zac Love (@zacofalltrades81/Instagram): The professional makeup artist and hairstylist is a household name in Columbus for recreating dramatic, artistic looks for regional hair shows, photo shoots and print pieces. Zac is responsible for March’s denim edition ice queen meets Pocahontas prettiness I’m voguing. He naturally gets me into Cowgirl Candace character with his hair and beauty expertise and larger-than-life personality.
- Tonya Wright (@wrighttouchdesigns/Instagram): This veteran creative consultant is the mastermind behind Southern Styles & Steeds new digital design and marketing collateral. The award-winning, seasoned visual designer and Web developer pushes the bar in branding and graphic design as well. Her honesty to achieve cutting-edge content is addictive. wrighttouchdesigns.com
- J Coles (@jcolesstudio/Instagram): The smooth-operating photographer has been capturing portrait, event and editorial photography along the East Coast for some time now. His approach to his craft combines expression, movement and creativity that constantly inspires Cowgirl Candace. J digitally delivers and makes country Western projects fun and worth spending hours on set because he won’t stop clicking until the right shot is seized. jcolesstudio.com