Category Archives: brand storytelling

Coffee Love at Astro Coffee

This is one of my favorite engagement portraits of all time. It took place at Astro Coffee, a wonderful little spot in the Corktown district of Detroit. Corktown happens to be a small, up and coming so to speak, neighborhood. It’s uncharacteristically filled with colorful Victorian Houses. Astro Coffee is not just for locals; people come from far and wide to visit this cozy little café. I didn’t try to coffee, but it took a while to make a cappuccino. That’s a sign that it’s great coffee, no? I loved the lighting and decor. After that, we went to Supino’s Pizza, at my suggestion. (Pleading?) As a New Yorker, or at least honorary since I lived there for so many years, I can say that Supino is just as good as the best NYC pizza place. Viva la slice.


Hello!! Welcome to the wonderful world of Elizabeth Solaka Photography.

This coming year, I am booking no more than twenty weddings. I want to be able to give each wedding my all, and not be overwhelmed. I am currently interviewing couples for the 2015 season. Why? Because I always have a lot of questions about your wedding, Storyteller that I am, and I want to make sure that your wedding and my photography is a match made in Heaven. Look forward to hearing more about your wedding, and I also love answering questions.

Brand Storytelling at ITAC

When I began taking photoraphs, I didn’t know what I was doing was called Brand Storytelling. In fact, I don’t even know if the terms existed. Branding, yes, but Brand Storytelling? Not so much. I realize that in many cases, when I attend and photograph theater performance, and go backstage, and photograph the actors and details that’s Brand Storytelling. When I go into a store, and highlight the product and the ideas behind the product. That’s a story. How does it differ from journalism? Brand Storytelling strengthens the brand, necessarily. The objective of journalism is to expose or iluminate a variety of things, and it’s not neccessarily the Brand Identity of a company or institution.

When I shoot a wedding, I think of it as Storytelling, plain and simple. And it’s more like a fairy tale. Here, I was invited to photograph an organization called ITAC, in the heart of the financial District in NYC. It’s mission is to “To strengthen the economy of New York City by improving the performance of small to mid-size firms that create or produce technical and manufactured products.” No small task!

My favorite part of the office, obviously, was the view from the 11th floor.

The Lighthouse Pier 60

The Lighthouse Pier 60 New York, NY.

Admonsters Loves Ops Do I have any idea what that means? Not really. Ad Ops are described on their site as, “Digital or online advertising is a subset of the advertising industry that references electronic communication promotions and marketing. This can include but is not limited to website display advertising (banner ads or rich media advertising), text advertising, search advertising (paid search results), online video advertising, mobile and device advertising (sms, wap display ads, video, application ads), email display ads and text advertising. These advertisements are a forum of revenue generation for content providers.” As a business person in an extremely competitive industry, I should be paying attention. This area of business is something I should be paying special attention to. In fact, I should be attending these conferences. But, as an artist, my eyes glaze over, sadly.

I recommend anyone who wants to network and learn, to sign up for these Ops events.

I just know that I photographed a great event for Admonsters , an Ops gathering, at The Lighthouse, Pier 60, a goregeous waterfront venue in New York. The food was amazing. Fresh carrot juice, green juices, raw vegetables, all healthy stuff. Day turned to evening and the pictures reflected this lovely change.

Gorgeous wedding flowers by Floresta!

Sometimes, flowers at weddings are so gorgeous, they deserve special attention, and these flowers by Foresta are such flowers. Justin and Dan’s wedding was located at the LIC bar, in Lonf Island City, Queens, NYC. LIC is a neighborhood that offers a beautiful view of Midtown Manhattan. The 59th Street Bridge reaches from Long Island City to Midtown, bordering on the Upper East Side.  LIC bar is a small, relaxed bar located in the heart of Long Island City. The whole neighborhood feels mellow, and unique to other districts in New York. It almost has a Jersey City vibe. The bar has a lovely back patio area, with a view of a willow tree, brick walls. Overall, a very cozy space. Justin and Dan had the libations flowing, and casual, fun fare. Their DJ played to their preferences, and ended the set with “Thank you for being a friend” The Golden Girls theme song. It was a heartwarming, arm in arm singalong.

From the boutonnieres to the tables, each arrangement had an amazing soft color scheme. These were just perfect: wildflowery, rosey, modest and flaunty at the same time. These were gentle blue hues, soft yellows, misty greens, and, well, just look at the photos. Blue mason jars worked perfectly. Thanks so much, Floresta.

A lingerie photo story

I was about 10 months pregnant when I shot this fashion story for Cupid Intimates. It was right outside of New York, on location in Jersey City. I believe I was in early stages of labor when I was photographing, but I had a great assistant who helped me light things, and carry everything around. I had no idea what shapewear was until the shoot, and now I want the leopard print slip! Although the art directors felt differently, I especially liked the images that were taken at the end of the day, with candelight. The sun was setting and the sky was a beautiful dark blue in the background, as seen through the big old wooden entry door of the old brownstone. Overall, it was a very fun shoot. And the baby came a few days later.