UNC Chalk Art Globe

I love working with other artists. It allows our studio to go beyond capturing what we see to create something we only imagined. Shelby Bass is a UNC senior art major and the president of the UNC student art club. She is also an entrepreneur as a freelance graphic designer and is making the world a better designed place one project at a time. Shelby is the talent behind our 13 foot UNC globe chalk art featured in this post.  Exum Photography was commissioned by Allison Reid, the Dean of Communications at  UNC’s law school, to create the cover art for their fall/winter Carolina Law magazine. The cover needed to illustrate the international reach and influence of the law school faculty and students. The overhead concept looking down on mother earth came from Alison. Blending the UNC logo with the globe was a late night brainchild for me. Making it come to life on the bricks outside of UNC’s Hanes Arts Center was all Shelby Bass and a few art school recruits. If you think we shot this image with all 18 students and faculty at once, then the Photoshop work  by Griffin Davis was a success. Actually, each of the subjects was shot separately to improve our chances at getting a great portrait of everyone. Not too mention that trying to schedule around everyone’s busy schedule would have been nearly impossible. After shooting more than 26 faculty and students, 18 people made the cut to fit proportionally around the globe.

Business NC Magazine’s 2015 Legal Elite “Chalk Art”

This annual issue recognizes 14 top attorneys chosen by their peers for their outstanding work in different fields of law. With every issue, we look for a creative way to portray this elite group of counselors. Inspired by our chalk art success creating the cover art for the UNC Law School magazine, I worked closely with Business North Carolina’s  Art Director Jim Denk to come up with simple sketch art that might illustrate each attorney’s field of law. My plan was to draw the art on concrete in advance of each portrait. Jim kept these sketches very simple, thankfully. I got better with each attempt and better chalk. Not all chalk is equal. If you want rich colors, it’s better to work with real artist chalk which we sourced from Jerry’s Artarama in Raleigh. All of the attorneys were extremely cooperative coordinating a color in their outfit with the chalk art color I chose. My apologies to Mike Colombo of Greenville for the awful nest I drew outside his office, it lacked finesse and punchy color. Mike, you were great and looked great but that nest was my weakest. That was my second sketch. I got better when I found better chalk. Photography by Steve Exum of Exum Photography. For more information please pick up a copy of the January 2015 issue of Business N.C. Magazine or check out www.businessnc.com


Here is the list of the attorneys, their field of law and the law firm.

Robert K. Corbett, III, Criminal Defense with Halrold Cogdell from Charlotte

Nicole Gardner, Employment Law with Gardner Skelton PLLC from Charlotte

Garry Rice, Environmental Law with Duke Energy from Charlotte

Alvaro De la Calle, Young Gun with Calle Law from Greensboro

Santiago M. Estrada, Corporate Law with Quintiles from Durham

Holly H. Alderman, Real Estate Law with Schell Bray PLLC from Chapel Hill

Pressly M. Millen, Antitrust Law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP from Raleigh

Robert “Bob”A. Meynardie,Construction Law with Meynardie & Nanney PLLC from Raleigh

Kimberly Bryan, Family Law with Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan PLLC from Raleigh

Sarah E. Nagae, Intellectual Property Law  with The Nagae Law Firm PLLC from Raleigh

Jonathan D. Sasser, Litigation, with Ellis & Winters LLP from Raleigh

James S. “Charlie” Livermon, III, Bankruptcy Law with Poyner Spruill LLP from Rocky Mount

Charles Baldwin, IV Business, Law with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP from Wilmington

Michael A. Colombo, Tax and Estate Planning with Colombo, Kitchin, Dunn, Ball & Porter LLP from Greenville

Southern Tide Apparel

Exum Photography is proud to be shooting product for Southern Tide apparel company based in Greenville, South Carolina. Founded by Allen Stephenson at the age of 23, Southern Tide offers a collection of high-quality clothing with a classic Southern style. Stephenson wanted to take all the modern design elements of today’s youthful trends and tie these in with his love for old Southern culture and lifestyle to create a brand that stood for craftsmanship, clean lines, classic design and rich heritage. The first product, the Skipjack polo, set a new standard in comfort, fit and design. Southern Tide offers a collection of apparel ranging from unique sport shirts and casual pants to classic sweaters, swimwear and polos. The brand is the leader in youthful Southern style. No matter where one lives, anyone with an appreciation for classic design, good fit and craftsmanship, combined with an affection for the coast and old-world heritage, will quickly fall in love with the charm of the Southern Tide brand. Photography by Steve Exum and Griffin Davis of Exum Photography. exumphoto.com southerntide.com

Lumber River Canoe Trip

When you mix camping, canoeing, fishing, fire-making, pocket knives, fireworks, guns, and a rope swing on an Eastern North Carolina river with a group of fathers and sons you get high adventure.  On this annual paddle trip, our group tackled a short length of the Lumber River south of Lumberton, NC. Paddle newbie, Brian Grajzar, and his son, Brad, joined my son, Sawyer, and I to test our outdoor survival skills. Brad and Sawyer are both 11 and the joined a group of 4 other young boys. This trip was highlighted by getting our boys to help with campsite set-up and breakdown, cooking and cleaning and safe river seamanship. Best parts were target shooting with BB guns and a 22 rifle brought by father and son, Dustin and Sawyer (#2). I managed to hang a makeshift rope swing with Brian’s solid baseball throw over a pine tree limb about 40 feet up. Despite the 50 degree water temperature, our boys jumped at the chance to swing and swim. The swing action peaked when Brian, our newbie father, made an attempt and got his ankle hung in the rope. As he dropped into the chilly water of the Lumber, his back slapped first and he hung upside down head submerged. After giving our group a good scare, Brian quickly recovered uninjured, other than a cherry red back. Many thanks to Stratford Donnell and Cleve Nordeen who scouted this river a few weeks ahead of our trip. This was a perfect stretch of the river with ample camp sites. Our crew discovered an island honoring it with the name “Leaning Pine Island.” I’m sure we will see this stretch of the Lumber river in the coming years.  Photography by Steve Exum and Stratford Donnell.

Prayers for Coach Craig

Burlington, North Carolina’s Little Phoenix baseball team invites you to take on the Harlem Shake dance challenge in an effort to raise awareness about becoming an organ donor and to help their baseball coach Craig Edwards win his battle against liver disease. Please share this video and encourage others to dance the Harlem Shake. To find out more about how you can help Coach Edwards fight for his life please visit  http://www.prayersforcoachcraig.com and make a donation. Check your driver’s license and look for the organ donor designation today. To find out more about becoming and organ donor click here … http://www.organdonor.gov/faqs.html

Sunbrella Christmas

Accented with Christmas decor, Sunbrella fabric made by Glen Raven, Inc covers furniture, windows, area rugs, throws and even stockings at the 1016 Davis Street conference center in Burlington, NC. Photography by Steve Exum of exumphoto.com. Styling by Ink Photography Productions.

Exum Family Christmas Card

It is with great pride that the Exum family of Elon and staff of Exum Photography release our 2014 Christmas card photo to our friends, family and clients. This card features a classic Christmas scene with our kids discovering Santa Claus (yes, that’s me, Steve) kissing Molly under the mistletoe. After so many years carrying our Christmas card production and Photoshop skills in unusual directions – i.e. the underwater Christmas tree card, the sky diving Christmas and last year’s Christmas Family Vacation inspired electrocution of yours truly, we all felt it was time to get back to something more basic and nostalgic. We hope you find a bit of magic this holiday season and joy, peace and great prosperity in the coming new year. Our blog post prior to this features all of our Christmas cards since 2002. Enjoy!

2014 Christmas Card Story by Molly Exum …

“I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe last night.” When I was a little girl I, like most children, took the words to this song literally and quite frankly, thought it was pretty creepy. I mean, who wants to believe your mom is kissing Santa? Not me. Now, I appreciate the song, or at least my interpretation of it. You see, in my version, mommy and daddy have just hosted a lovely Christmas party where daddy plays the part of Santa for all the children. The women wear gorgeous dresses with ridiculous undergarments like hoop skirts and set their hair in curlers the night before (this is not as easy as it looks–trust me!). The children play nicely, don’t run through the house chasing each other with candy canes, and speak with their inside voices until it’s time for bed. Then, when they’re tucked up in their bedrooms fast asleep, mommy and daddy steal a kiss by the light of the fire and the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree. It’s a magical moment. Thanks to the crew at Exum Photography for bringing this vision to life and capturing this magical moment. And many thanks to Charlie Sellers for allowing us to use his lovely home. We didn’t break anything–promise! Mimi, Alison, Kelsey, and Griffin did a great job styling and lighting the set, Bella and Sawyer had a great time hanging out in PJs and eating cookies (and chasing each other and not using their inside voices), and I got to kiss Santa Claus!

May your holiday season be full of surprises and magical moments!

The Exums: Molly, Steve, Bella, Sawyer and Murphy

Our Team: Steve Exum – Santa Claus, Director • Molly Exum – Mommy, Story Author •Bella Exum – Daughter • Sawyer Exum – Son • Murphy Exum – Dog • Griffin Davis – Photographer, Lighting • Kelsey Morgan – Graphic Designer, Photoshop •Alison Greene – Assistant • Charlie Sellers’ Home – Location