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Special Event Tips : Hire Live Entertainment

Social Events we all love to attend Birthday Parties, Graduations, Baby Showers and Weddings! It’s fun preparing and getting ready to attend the event. Besides meeting and greeting an arrange of people and enjoying good foods and drinks, Allot of us all enjoy some form of entertainment.

I will admit I love live entertainment and a live band… Whew… That just brings a smile over my face. As a social event photographer during any given year we are always on location at someone’s special occasion! We have such a happy job!!! Always at a Party!!! Well we came across this gem from a college graduation we had the opportunity to capture. This dynamic duo really wild the crowd with their classic tunes! Very talented couple! We are working to get the information to give these two proper credit! Enjoy Let’s Stay Together!


Kustom Kreation Photography - Mobile Photography Services Capturing Special Events and Business Images in and around Atlanta! We will Travel!

My Truth ... My Success.....

Reflections of Success on my journey in Photography….

Elisha Akram - Brand Ambassador for the everyday person

Shiny Pretty Success Business 

Dreams of Success using the natural gifts that we possess and learning things along the way. 

I never looked at myself as successful. Although I've been running around with my camera for years and at one point I was capturing so many special events I was like ... I am the women I'm running this event scene in Atlanta 

I'm the go to event photographer and I'm working with so many event planners and what makes it even better is that I'm a Certified event planner too!

That makes my job even better. Not only do I capture great images to tell the story of the event, but I pay attention to details and I'm building everyone’s portfolio! 

Yay me!!! 

Well well.... it wasn't until I attended a photography workshop and I straight came out of my bubble.... I thought everyone in attendance were new to this game of photography , but when I start seeing all the photo gear and seeing photos taken by my fellow photographer I suddenly realize... Oh you are not who you think you are for sure. 

I became intimated and now I didn't want to show my work due to being called out by rookie errors and not knowing the proper way to balance light for the photos. 

Well I continued into my dream world of being the go to social event photographer and I was determine to polish up my skills 

So again I would look at all these magazine worthy photos and great shots with beautiful lighting with hopes that one day I will be that successful photographer

I had hopes to work with some of the finest vendors in Atlanta! 

Then one day after going through some images from an event I realize I worked along side of a vendors that is in the who's who of events around Atlanta and that wow... You really are successful.

uncertain of what that really meant for me in the beginning but through this journey I realize you have captured amazing images you work with amazing vendors and your images have been used in magazines, blogs book covers flyers and so much more. So success is all in what it is meant to you personally and goals that you set out to achieve... 

So re design success on what that means to you and you will be and Already Are successful!

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It's a great day to be alive.

Elisha ~ 

40th Birthday Celebration in the Garden !

You've heard of a vegatable garden, a flower garden and even a secret garden. So with all that in mind earlier this year we were contacted by Ronda, she was putting together her birthday celebration and she decided to have an intimate dinner with friends in her private home. The theme of the dinner party was Garden. 


Friends How many of us have them? Well for Ronda, she has quite a few that joined her for a private chef table experience. It was a milestone birthday and she decided to celebrate with her closest friends over some delicious dinner paired up with the best-tasting wine for the entree. We were so happy to be apart of the beautiful celebration and we totally appreciate being able to take a delicious plate home. 
 

 A very welcoming table scape with customize menus fresh flowers and paired dinner wines for the meal. 

A very welcoming table scape with customize menus fresh flowers and paired dinner wines for the meal. 

 Appetizers and drinks were served as the guest awaited the time to be seated for dinner.

Appetizers and drinks were served as the guest awaited the time to be seated for dinner.

 Check out the private Chef Aleem in action to learn more about the chef and his services click   here!  

Check out the private Chef Aleem in action to learn more about the chef and his services click  here! 

 Great night with close friends over delicious dinner and wine. 

Great night with close friends over delicious dinner and wine. 

 your choice of drinks and champayne for birthday toast 

your choice of drinks and champayne for birthday toast 

 Happy Birthday Dear Ronda! This smile says it all as they closed out the night with the famous birthday song by friends. 

Happy Birthday Dear Ronda! This smile says it all as they closed out the night with the famous birthday song by friends. 

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

A Moment with Mother!

A moment with mother!

A flash back to the  Saturday before Mother's Day we travel approximately 60 miles to Serenbe Farms to capture a beautiful luncheon with daughters and their mothers. This event really had me feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside. Seeing the love between mothers and daughters. One delightful part of the luncheon was a video presentation that featured the daughters giving special Mother's Day messages. For me it warms my heart to be able to capture these timeless images that will be cherished for generations to come. 

 The beautiful setup for all the mothers and daughters 

The beautiful setup for all the mothers and daughters 

 The ladies were able to mix and mingle while we awaited the program to start.

The ladies were able to mix and mingle while we awaited the program to start.

 Captured Moments while they enjoyed refreshing drinks and home style muffins 

Captured Moments while they enjoyed refreshing drinks and home style muffins 

 Ladies enjoyed a beautiful video presentation of the daughters giving Mother's Day messages to their mothers. After the presentation they were gifted with beautiful charmed necklaces. 

Ladies enjoyed a beautiful video presentation of the daughters giving Mother's Day messages to their mothers. After the presentation they were gifted with beautiful charmed necklaces. 

 A game was played of how much you know about your mother which brought lots of laughs 

A game was played of how much you know about your mother which brought lots of laughs 

 Mother and daughter images were captured to cherish this day. 

Mother and daughter images were captured to cherish this day. 

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

40 Years of Love... A Beautiful love Story ...

Way Back in 2016 (as though that was a lifetime ago :) we had the true pleasure to capture this beautiful love story of Mr. & Mrs. Palmer. 

So here goes the story... 

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A true Blessing indeed to be ab le to capture the lives of many everyday people who are doing wonderful things that can teach you lessons to carry on in your life. Today was a day I was blessed to capture a beautiful 40 year old love story and the off springs of that union 40 years ago . This date was filled with beautiful stories of the couple a skit of how they came to be and the beautiful offsprings from this union...

 This beautiful event was created by Rebecca Palmer the eldest daughter of the Palmers - Infinite Affairs 

This beautiful event was created by Rebecca Palmer the eldest daughter of the Palmers - Infinite Affairs 

 This stunning couple were waiting for the grand entrance .

This stunning couple were waiting for the grand entrance .

 The Palmer's made their grand entrance and was greeted by family & friends 

The Palmer's made their grand entrance and was greeted by family & friends 

 The children of the Palmer's entertained their parents and guest with playing tunes from the instruments they played in school. They children also acted a full skit for guest and parents giving the history of how they came to be. 

The children of the Palmer's entertained their parents and guest with playing tunes from the instruments they played in school. They children also acted a full skit for guest and parents giving the history of how they came to be. 

 The Beautiful Family including parents and offsprings grandchildren and extended family members.  

The Beautiful Family including parents and offsprings grandchildren and extended family members.  

40th Anniversary Celebration Skit of the Palmer's 

Celebration Planned & Styled By Rebecca Palmer - Infinite Affairs

Rebecca Palmer  is an Atlanta Based Event Consultant with over 10 years of experience planning memorable occasions for her clients. 

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

Christina's 9th Birthday Celebration- Hop Scotch & Jacks Tournament

One two buckle my shoe three four feet flat on the floor.... kiddie theme rhymes takes me back to times in the past when it seems like everything was so simple.  That brings me to this classic birthday celebration. Hop Scotch & Jacks Tournament! 

We were thrilled to captured moments of Christina's 9th Birthday Celebration. 

This unplugged celebration engaged the attendees in classic games. They played Hop Scotch, Bingo Toss, Tic Tac Toe and we even played Hangman. Below is a few video highlights of celebration! 

Party Created Styled & Planned By Helena Paschal -  CEP

Helena Paschal is a National Event Trainer & Personal Development Coach with over 15 years of experience in training professional event planners. Interested in Professional Event Training Learn more at correlationsllc.com

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

Cardi B thanks for Inspiring me!

We recently hosted our Portfolio & Perspectives Style Shoot Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia

As we were busy styling up our main table for seating we were inspired... So here goes my story of Inspiration! 

So those who are not familiar with the rap star Cardi B she has been headlining blogs, news outlets and she was made super popular by her authentic style on Instagram. This young female rapper just recently dropped her debut album and when I saw the cover art I was so inspired.

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Our Inspiration after a quick screen shot of someone ele's creative artwork featuring the album cover design art 

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I absolutely love loud colors they scream happiness to me. So with the inspiration of the album art cover, I was inspired to design my recent table scape for our Portfolios & Perspectives Event Design Workshop around the inspiration of the album cover. Searched my mind and took an immediate inventory of items already owned that I can pull this look together. Just a few basics and we got what we envision the color palette that screams fun!

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This was a fun table scape to put together! I love lots of colors its screams happiness. 

So I hope you are able to feel the joy in the images as we were excited about creating 

Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) is an Atlanta Based Photographer Specialing in Social Events, Weddings, Families  High School Seniors & Business Headshots!

We also custom design party supplies for life's celebrated moments! Live Love Create Go Kustom! 

Portfolios and Perspectives Style Shoot Workshop in Review

Portfolios and perspectives in Review

Styled Shoot Workshop Based in Atlanta, Georgia  

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A dream realized one that came through it was a cold winter day in January one day after a major extreme winter weather storm and we were blessed with an appointment with the dream Coach Tiara LaShae Johnson we met we talked and upon leaving the session she assisted me in pulling out some dreams and aspirations. During our session she assisted me in creating deadlines for my goals. Starting with what I plan to do in the next seven days, then on the next 2weeks followed by 30 day deadline and last but not least 3 month goal. 

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 The three month deadline was to host  for the second time our Portfolio and Perspective Event Design Workshop this event is created for up-and-coming designers and photographers  looking to build a solid portfolio to showcase their talents while getting their professional images of their work from a variety of perspectives. After   months of planning venue shopping marketing for the event looking for vendors sponsors the day finally came and we were able To bring an intimate group of designers together to showcase their talents. Ajs Catering Atlanta provided a beautiful spread of delicious bites. Special guest speaker Kara norman provided a Mamosa bar with all the fancy fixin's

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A great morning of high-energy custom designs and dynamic speakers. 

 Kara Norman - Empower Her Inc., 

Kara Norman - Empower Her Inc., 

 Tiara LaRae Johnson - The Dream Coach

Tiara LaRae Johnson - The Dream Coach

 Inside look of workshop 

Inside look of workshop 

 A little line dancing to get the blood and creativity flowing - Electric Slide All time Classic 

A little line dancing to get the blood and creativity flowing - Electric Slide All time Classic 

 The happenings around the room 

The happenings around the room 

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 My happy go lucky assistants 

My happy go lucky assistants 

So we are happy to report that our dreams that cold winter day in January or realize and it's time for us to continue to put in the work and keep setting the bar for ourselves we want to  thank each and every individual that participated in assisted in anyway possible we appreciate your love and support. Now let's  continue to build together!

With Love , 

Elisha  

Thank you all to our supporters!!! Connect with our Friends Below! 

 

Kara Norman - Empower Her Inc. 

Tiara LaShae Johnson - The Dream Coach

Tahir White - Tasha and Tahir You Tube Channel

Bryant Andrews - Sky Love Images 

Krista  - Krista's Event Koncepts

Shelia Hamler- Shelia's Simply Elegant Events

Anthony James - Aj's Catering Atlanta

Jasmine Townsend- B Exquisite Events

Krystal Cain- Kontour Event Management

Portfolios & Perspective is a Style Shoot workshop based in Atlanta, Georgia created to assist up and coming event planners(designers) and event targeted photographers with interactive workshop to build the portfolios they need to display their talents to their potential clients. Designers are colloborating with industry professionals to put together a style shoot to show their style and creative idea for social events. Photographers are capturing the work of creatives to showcase their style giving a variety of perspectives for the designers.  This workshop also allows you to get the necessary professional images to be displayed on your website and across your social media platforms. 

 

 

Prom Seasons... A Distant Memory

The year was 2007 and just the fall of the previous year we had picked up our camera and we were ready to take on the world and capture everything in it... So as time went on and opportunities presented themselves to us we were happy to oblige. Prom Season on any giving year begins in March and goes through May. 

We were contacted by the parents in order to capture images of their son and his date on their way to senior prom. So delighted that we were able to offer our mobile studio services to this client. We arrive at the home in which it was a Pre Prom Party going on complete with all the family and food and the energy was super high. We set up in the living room with our standard gray backdrop and we had a white column that stood to about your thigh area.  As we placed the couple in position we begin to capture images of this memorable occasion. I've just recently came by this memories of the past with my humble beginnings. I'm Thankful and Grateful of the journey and experiences that I've had to capture the many couples, family and friends during their seasons of celebrations. It thrills me to connect with so many people and be apart of their life memories. Just like that its a memory at a distant. 

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This distant memory is now eleven years ago. I pray these two individuals went on to pursue their passion and dreams and are living a success and properous life. 

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Introduce Yourself.... Outtakes from a recent Video Shoot !

Introduce yourself right on right on... These are a few of my outtakes during a recent video shoot... I'm actually super shy in front of the camera... but in person I'm super silly love to laugh and have a good time... in my earlier days... I use to rap so I love rhymes and poetry... not the strongest lyricists but my words would rhyme and I thought they were Dope!!! Now a days you can catch me capturing special moments for special people! I enjoy connecting with people. My real joy is using my camera to create clean crisp images to assist business owners in leveling up their brand. so that brings me to Our up and coming portfolios and perspective style shoot workshop happening on April 21, 2018 learn more about it the link is in our bio So you wanna be in pictures Contact us today! Kustomphotos4u@gmail.com 770.272.2420

On April 21, 2018 we are hosting our portfolios and perspective style shoot workshop you can learn more about it here! 

Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty - Egg Plant Parmesean

This week dinner idea is Egg Plant Parmesean! 
 

  Ingredients   1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices 1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs 1 egg 1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce 2 garlic gloves 1 tablespoon of minced basil 1 tablespoon water 1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices
1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
2 garlic gloves
1 tablespoon of minced basil
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl beat the egg and water together. Place the bread crumbs in shallow dish. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture then in crumbs, being sure to coat thoroughly.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add eggplant slices and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and tender.
While eggplant is cooking, combine spaghetti sauce and pepper flakes and minced garlic cloves in a saucepan over low heat.
Place half of the eggplant in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the basil and Parmesan cheese. Arrange spaghetti sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining basil and Parmesan
cheese. Layer with half of the mozzarella cheese and the remaining eggplant; top with remaining mozzarella. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.

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 Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

2007 On a mission to capture everything- My anniversary journal

It’s My 11th Anniversary in Photography Service, For the next eleven days, I will journey through my experience of beginning Kustom Kreation Photography…

2007-

After starting my journey fall of 2006 as 2007 approached I was clear on my way to shooting anywhere from Fashion and Glamour, Portrait Weddings and Special events. I begin to shoot my then seven year old son and t-ball team. Taking actions photos of the team as well as individual posed pictures. During this year I became pregnant with my second child. I was not going to allow my pregnancy to be a factor in my budding photography business. More then ever I was pursuing my passion. Capturing my own maternity pictures. Taking on many special events. For the 1st time I was recommended to do special event photography for a celebrity event.  I was scarred out of my wits seeing that I was a budding new artist. Nervous and scarred I took on this project and with the feedback I received from my client was one of the biggest lessons to date moving forward capturing special events. This was a real breakout year… I was shooting any and everything…

Portraits * Special Events* Maternity* Daycare Center

With my new baby and camera in tow we were on a mission to capture all that we see…. 

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Go Kustom! 

This blog is a reblogged originally written 2013! 

Written on our Wordpress Blog here!

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty! Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

This week dinner ideas is a take on your regular chicken breast! 

Chicken Marsala with mushrooms over garlic mashed potatoes

Let the cooking begin... But first here are the ingredients for your dish

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced*
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ cups sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup Marsala wine** see note
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley for garnish
chicken Marsala

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the chicken and lightly salt and pepper. Cook until lightly brown and cooked throughout. Remove chicken and set aside on plate.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and sauté the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes. Add marsala wine and bring to a boil over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes. This allows the alcohol to burn out. Add the chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, ground mustard, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Place chicken back in the sauce and continue to simmer for about 1-2 minutes.
 Recipe by- recipe critic   Preparation and Food By Smarty Marty 

Recipe by- recipe critic 

Preparation and Food By Smarty Marty 

2006 When It all began- My anniversary journal

It’s My 11th Anniversary in Photography Service, For the next eleven days, I will journey through my experience of beginning Kustom Kreation Photography…

2006 is when my journey officially begin after history of creating picture art and always toting my camera around capturing many amazing events in my journey in life. After encouragement for others I finally decided to invest in my 1st DSLR camera (Nikon D50) thanks to my personal photographer friend Willie Ross of Ross Photography that advised me of what camera to get started with. Once I was able to purchase  my camera I was eager to capture any and everything. I was now a professional photographer and it was time for friends and family to get on board and hire me for all their photography needs. My initial goal was to be like the 20 minute mall photographer where you go right in take pictures and prints done in less then an hour. I would have my new clients come to my in home studio take pictures and print them off from my inkjet computer and viola! I had a studio & printing facility right in the comforts of home. Over time ideas information and processes change. Grateful for all opportunities that came my way in the very 1st beginning. Every dream has to start somewhere and here’s to my evolution in my photography journey! 

2006 My beginning in Photography

Go Kustom! 

This blog is a reblogged originally written 2013! 

Written on our Wordpress Blog here!

Portfolio & Perspectives Highlights

We are excited to share clips from our Portfolio & Perspective Style Shoot workshop! 

This event brought together event planners (stylist) and photographers providing each attendee with physical portfolio and digital images to assist in marketing to their idea client. 

So once you have this portfolio what to do next well we were excited that 

Helena Paschal - Correlations LLC & Helena Motivates & Vanessa Parker (The Pink Boss)- both discuss best business practices, marketing, and branding for your business. 

Anthony James- Head Caterer of Aj's Catering Atlanta spoke on the journey to walk in his passion. 


 

Next Event September 2018! 

Two Creative

When you come across and accidentally captured moment and you immediately have to process and post.... To see Two of my creative friends assisting a fellow planner in Portfolio & Perspective Workshop! They both operate on the same level of creativity... Out of the box ... Unique.... How did you think of that level... this moment is Priceless!!!! 

 Helena Paschal - Correlations LLC - http://www.correlationsllc.com/  Anthony James-  Head Caterer   Aj's Catering Atlanta  - 678.773.3458

Helena Paschal - Correlations LLC - http://www.correlationsllc.com/

Anthony James-  Head Caterer  Aj's Catering Atlanta - 678.773.3458

Labor Day True Confessions - Do the Work!

Labor Day True Confessions: "It's All Good until It's time to do the Work" - I love planning thinking & creating and so much more... I have notebooks filled with ideas on top of ideas!!! It's so much fun to even plan every detail in my imagination... and then it's time to put your thoughts in motion and that's when the real work begins... and those ideas stay tucked away in the beautiful inspiring notebook that I have so many of.... Then there are days that I'm reminded.. you then have a choice is this going to be a figment of my imagination or we going to make this real by putting in the work... Here's to Making small steps to the bigger picture! - 

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Portfolio & Perspectives Location Annoucement!!!

We are so excited about our up and coming Portfolio & Perspective Workshop! Over the weekend we announced our location. This perfect loft studio with amazing natural light has our mind going over board with all the creative possibilities!!! If you are photographer or event stylist looking to build your portfolio this interactive workshop is perfect for you!