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behind the scenes

Jerry is the true creative of Uplifted Photography. He pretty much laid the foundation of Uplifted Photography because he is my dad! Since I was born he has always either had a camera or video camera in hand. I guess that is where I get it from. He has a unique eye and our clients love his unique shots. He specializes in capturing our clients from unique angles. More than likely you will see him peeping through greenery to capture the perfect shot. He is also a videographer! He's super talented and a true assest to the team. Check out this post about the "Elder Statesmen" of Uplifted Photography.

advisor • photographer

Jerry pyles

Briana started Uplifted Photography in 2010 as an undergraduate student. While studying Finance, she wanted to also pursue her other dream job of photography. Her love for photography bloomed from simple portraits to now doing entire branding campaigns for business. She loves working with her team to capture memories and create visuals for companies that will last well beyond her lifetime.

owner • lead photographer

Briana ariel

Carolina is our production assistant and international photographer who loves to travel! Her approach to photography is fun! She brings life to every photoshoot and make sure our clients have everything they need on their special day. I love when she accompanies me with the clients because we have a really good time! Her most recent travels to Israel has increased her desire for international photography.

editorial and branding set director 

Carolina ARAGON

Sydney Thom is Uplifted Photography's administrative assistant. Sydney's attention to detail allows Uplifted Photography to deliver excellent customer service and quality to our clients. She is also a photographer who shoots weddings and family sessions. She is the photographer who will climb on top of a ledge filled with bushes to get the shot! 

executive assistant • photographer

sydney THOM


As a young girl I was always fascinated with cameras. I remember always having a camera in my possession. I photographed my first wedding when I was only 6 years old! I was just being an assistant to my dad, but I knew at a very early age that I had a true passion for photography. Twenty years later my passion has blossomed from a hobby to a career! When you love what you do it is no longer a job and I love photography. 

When I was in undergrad studying finance, my dad gifted me with my first DSLR camera. I spent the summer practicing on all of my friends and when no one was available I went to the park and practiced on the geese. Everyone has to start somewhere and mine was on the campus of Ferrum College. A few years later while in my MBA program at Webster University, I had the opportunity to work on a team-marketing project. We had to find a real business and my team voted that we use Uplifted Photography. At the time my “photography business” was more of a hobby and I was kind of shy about really taking it to the next level. My team saw so much potential in Uplifted and by the final presentation my eyes were opened and I begin to really see that this dream of mine could become a reality. 

Fast-forward to 2019 and I am now pursing my dreams as a photographer! My life has more vibrancy than ever now that I welcomed my beautiful baby girl, Elise into my world. Over the years the business has grown and my passion for people still remains. I love that I see beauty in everyone! I feel like God has given me an eye to see what He sees when I look at people. I want to share that vision with the world! 

I am a down to earth kind of girl. I love being authentic and that authenticity is reflected in my photography. I love spending time with clients and seeing their faces light up when they tell me their story. 

 My story is still being written and I hope that you will be apart of it!