Mermaidens - Gallery Show

Friday night the weather was horrible, but the show went on... the opening reception for my gallery show Mermaidens that is!  I've been working on this series for the past 6 months so it was so nice to finally be able to show them off!  Above is a preview of some of the pieces that are on display at The Green Heron Arts Center in Radford, Virginia through mid-March (March 18).  My wonderful, talented friend Lauri owns the shop and obviously knows that I am terrible at writing artist statements because she wrote this bit of perfection about this series that I couldn't have possibly even come close to writing myself so I'm going to share her words instead of trying:

Capturing an intimate look into a woman’s body and spirit while opening a window into a fantasy world filled with water dwelling creatures and mythical mermaids. Cromer offers an unconventional take on portraiture; placing her dreamlike Mermaidens against contrasting hard edges and manmade structures and encompassing them in soft waters and natural surroundings.

Here's the map to Green Heron, go check them out for yourself...  The whole shop is filled with amazing handmade, local creations (art, jewelry, clothing, candles, you name it!)


I had so much fun shooting this series that I've decided when warmer months roll around I'm going to start offering Mermaiden sessions as an option for client sessions...  Ladies please let me know ASAP if you are interested in becoming a Mermaiden, the spaces will be limited!

Anthony + Brittany's at Home Engagement Session in Radford

Indie Engagement Photos at Home

When I asked Brittany about her engagement photography ideas, there were a few key scenarios that she had compiled with Anthony that she wanted included – morning tea at the kitchen table of their new home, playing banjos on the front porch, a few photos with his bike, and pictures with their furry children (2 dogs, 1 cat). We spent around 4 hours together shooting through a roll of Kodak Portra film and recording various clips of videos that I will hopefully be able to finish editing and share soon. Salted caramel hot chocolate, banjos on the porch, walks in the woods, and an adorable photo session captured on 35mm film with one of my favorite couples is kind of my ideal way to spend a Saturday.

Check back soon to see photos from their elopement at a cherry orchard a couple weekends ago. I have even asked Brittany and Anthony compiling a write up about their love story to include in their elopement post as an extra special treat.

Photos by Blacksburg, VA Alternative Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Film: Kodak Portra 160
Camera: Canon Elan IIe

This engagement session was featured on Captiol Romance and Reverie Gallery.

Emily + Brett's Boxtree Lodge Wedding

Brett and Emily met when they were studying architecture at Virginia Tech.  They have been together for 5 years and ever since she met him, she knew that he was “the one”. In December they bought their first home together.  Brett asked Emily to marry him in their new living room surrounded by friends.  Naturally, she said yes!

I’d love to share the story of how Emily and I met… Once upon a time on a blog-like website called Tumblr, I followed the blog of a girl named Emily and she followed mine as well. Last December I saw a post she made about jewelry her mother was selling (Boone Infusion).  It was just my mother’s style so I bought a couple of pieces to give as Christmas gifts.  A few weeks later, she was engaged!  I was overjoyed when she contacted me about doing her wedding photos, especially when she added on the fact that she would like to have them all taken on 35mm film instead of digital – a first for me. I am happy to say that I have become close friends with Emily throughout her wedding planning process and that she is currently using her extraordinary design skills to re-brand my photography business and website.

There are no words to describe how much I loved the design and decor of this wedding. Wedding favors were jars of delicious raw local honey from Bearer Farms complete with a letterpress tag designed and printed by the bride herself as well as adorable black and white buttons – I wish I could have collected one of each. While enjoying mimosas and getting ready at the Hotel Roanoke, Emily and her bridesmaids wore matching robes from Plum Pretty Sugar.  After the wedding ceremony, instead of throwing rice or birdseed, guests threw lavender and helicopter maple seeds from festive paper cones.  Both guest books were amazing – one was a giant Munny Doll and the other was a paper guest book where guests signed alongside an Instax instant photo of themselves.  Sunglasses were provided at the outdoor ceremony and doubled as wedding favors, I have worn mine every single day since Brett and Emily’s wedding, they are my new favorites (they are even resting atop my head as I write this blog post). And the food, the food from Center Stage Catering was to die for.  The first time I’ve ever tried grilled pizza was at this wedding, one of the flavors was BLT and it captured my heart.  I was smitten with this wedding – beautiful locations, fun-loving guests, amazing food, lovely decor, with a perfect soundtrack.

I also made my very first stop motion/time-lapse video for Brett and Emily’s wedding… The music for the video is “We Came Alive” by Benjamin Dunn:

Wedding Vendors
Roanoke Wedding Photographer: Holly Cromer
Letterpress, Paper, Decor, and Event Design: Emily Striffler (the bride) of Printer/Gatherer
Bluegrass Band: Blue Moonshine
Venue: Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, Virginia
Preparation Location: Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia
Cake and Catering: John and Karen Schopp of Center Stage Catering
Lighting, Draping, and DJ: Whatchaneed Productions
Floral Arrangements and Bouquets: Denise Arrington at Arrington’s Flowers in Rocky Mount, VA
Wedding Planner: Liz Stevens of That Bridal Wedding Consulting
Rentals: Aztec Rental Center
Wedding Dress: WToo Emerson Dress, purchased from Ann’s Bridal in Burke, VA
Engagement Ring: Custom designed by the groom using a vintage 1920s setting and heirloom stones
Attendants Dresses: Nordstrom – Donna Morgan “Donna” Belted Chiffon Dress
Groomsmen Attire: Ties from The Tie Bar, Suits from JoS. A Bank, Shirts from Ledbury, and Shoes from Vans
Honey Favors: Bearer Farms, Oilville, VA

This wedding was featured in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Knot Magazine: DC, Maryland, and Virginia; The Knot wedding blog; bridebook; and Engaged & Inspired.


Film Swap

Recently I did a film swap with my good friend Karly…  We actually were trying to do two film swap rolls around the same time, but we were not very pleased with the way this roll turned out so we might hold off on roll number two.  Karly went first, shooting the roll of film through her Minolta X700 photographing flowers.  I intended to shoot the roll through my Canon Elan IIe, but it could tell that the roll had already been exposed so I was forced to use my Holga 135 instead.

Little did I know that my Holga had been knocked into bulb mode leaving the shutter open too long and most of the photos that I took were completely indistinguishable.  When I first saw these photos a few weeks ago I honestly hated them all, but now I’m starting to warm up to them so I decided to finally post them to the blog.  Adding a layer of pretty spring flowers to even the biggest hot mess can make it look kind of cute and quirky.

Check out Karly’s blog post for a couple more photos I did not include.