Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 2012 Annual Event | SC Event Photographer

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I am so proud that Amy Clifton Photography is a member of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce! The Chamber staff and Greer’s local business-owners are so talented, generous, and ambitious. Each year, the Greater Greer Chamber hosts their “Annual Event” to celebrate the previous year’s achievements in the community and to recognize a variety of deserving folks who contribute to the success of our city. This year, the Chamber was excited to announce that the Event’s January 26, 2012, keynote speaker was SC Governor Nikki Haley. I am fortunate that this is the 3rd year I have been asked to photograph the event on behalf of the Chamber–I hope you will enjoy a few of the images I captured.

If you would like to view the entire gallery of images and purchase photos, please CLICK HERE. Password: chamber.

Greer Memorial Hospital was the presenting sponsor for the 2012 Annual Event.

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Citizens Building & Loan sponsored the beautiful floral arrangements.

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The Annual Event was held at the Embassy Suites–beautiful!

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This year’s Event was record-breaking with 512 attendees!

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WYFF4’s Nigel Robertson was the Master of Ceremonies for the Event

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SC Governor Haley greets her constituents.

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Greer Chamber CEO Allen Smith presents Gov Nikki Haley with a unique souvenir: a Nikki Haley bobblehead doll!

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Recipient of the Chairman’s Award for Excellence, Mr. Richard Ashmore, of Ashmore Bros., Inc.

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After Governor Haley’s speech, Greater Greer Chamber outgoing Chairman of the Board Donna O. Smith passed the gavel to incoming Chairman John Mansure.

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A great night, celebrating the great business leaders of the greatest place in South Carolina–Greer!

Again, you may view the entire gallery of photos by CLICKING HERE. Password: chamber.

A big “thank you” goes to Tucker from Events at the Davenport for being my second shooter at the Event–great job!

Please leave a comment below to let me know if you attended the Annual Event and what you thought about this exciting night!

Emmanuel’s Salon: Headshots and Website Pics

The fabulous folks at Emmanuel’s Salon in Simpsonville, SC, are updating their website, and I had the awesome privilege of shooting the stylists’ headshots as well as scenes from the salon. This salon is gorgeous–a very cool mix of antiques and Victorian details combined with a hip, modern feel. The stylists are all incredibly sweet and were rockstars in front of the camera! It is so much fun to work with creative folks!

Linda and Phil, a husband-wife team of stylists, are the super-hip owners of Emmanuel’s…

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How adorable smokin’ hot are they??

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Emmanuel’s stylists’ headshots…lovely ladies!

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A couple of my favorite photos from the day!

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Love these next two sassy girls!

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More stylish stylists…
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Rawr! I loved photographing this whole crew–lots of fun and energy and tons of style.

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Some action shots in the salon…

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I absolutely loved that the stylists’ stations and dryers were mixed in with chandeliers, Victorian furniture, and old architecture. Emmanuel’s really has such a unique atmosphere!

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In addition to hair, Emmanuel’s also does nails, esthetics, and massage. Their website is under construction, but you can find them on facebook or at (864) 967-2243.

As always, if you like what you see please leave a comment and “show me (and Emmanuel’s) some love!”
–Amy

MLK Dream Weekend: Dreamers Part II

Part II of the inspiring MLK Dream Weekend “dreamers” who remind us that the dream is alive, and the dream lives in Greenville…

Raven Magwood is not just a dreamer–she is a DO-er! This young lady can teach us “grown-ups” a thing or two about motivation: at 17, she is finishing up her second year of college, she had published two books by the age of 13, she is a nationally recognized gymnast, and she tours the country speaking to youth groups. Feeling inspired yet??

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Calder Ehrmann, with the Riley Institute at Furman, is promoting diversity in the workplace across the state of South Carolina…

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Lori Coon, editor of Greenville Business Magazine, is helping local business leaders to realize their dreams in the pages of this publication.

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Nicholas Wideman established YMRA–Young Marathon Runners of America–to combat youth obesity and to motivate teens towards healthier living, one mile at a time.

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One portrait of each of these dreamers was used in a print and internet campaign for the 5th Annual MLK Dream Weekend. I am honored that I was able to tell the stories of these seven amazing people through photos, and I am honored that Amy Clifton Photography was a sponsor for this community event! I was so excited to work on this project with the creative team from Peculiar, the fabulous folks who designed my logo, website, videos, and print pieces.

I’ll end with one more of Miss Raven’s portraits. We had weird weather for almost every single photoshoot–rain, below freezing temps, wind, and during Raven’s session, fog. I love this image, though, and it became one of my favorite portraits from the entire campaign.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message is not about one race, one gender, one religious group. It is about us ALL. It is about working TOGETHER to dream a better life for each other. And it is about making these dreams a reality NOW.

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As always, your “love” is appreciated! Click below to leave a comment for me or a dreamer…

Greer Chamber of Commerce: All That Jazz!

To view more images from this event or to purchase photos, please visit the online gallery by CLICKING HERE.

As a new member of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, I was excited to photograph their 72nd Annual Celebration last Thursday at Embassy Suites. The theme for the event, sponsored by Greer Memorial Hospital, was “All That Jazz,” and the lounge-y feel featured a great jazz trio, velvet ropes and a red carpet, and an old-school microphone at the podium.

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The event was attended by over 360 guests…

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Robin Zimmerman with Greenville Hospital System was the fabulous emcee for the evening.

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The event included special remarks from John Kimbrell, Chamber President/CEO, keynote speaker Brian Gunderson, Vice President of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise, and the presentation of several special awards and honors…

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To view more images from this event or to purchase photos, please visit the online gallery by CLICKING HERE.

As always, I enjoy reading your comments. Please click below to let me know what you think!
–Amy

MLK Dream Weekend: All.Together.Now.

I am so honored that Amy Clifton Photography was asked to be one of the sponsors and official photographers for Greenville’s 5th Annual MLK Dream Weekend celebration. Our country has come such a long way since Dr. King’s time, but his message of acceptance, tolerance, and equality is as valuable today as ever before.

I had the privilege of meeting and photographing some amazing folks in Greenville who prove that the dream is alive, and the dream lives in Greenville. I loved the opportunity to tell each story through portraits. For more info on these people and their stories, please visit www.mlkdreamweekend.com . You can also see these photos used as the “official” MLK Dream Weekend ads.

Maria, with the Greenville Hospital System, works to promote breast health and mammograms for minority patients.

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My buddy Maxim, with Bon Secours St. Francis, is empowering residents to create a safer, healthier, more beautiful Sterling Community.

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Cristianna proves that women with a foreign accent can be vital players in the international business world.

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Check back this weekend for more photos of local dreamers!