Somer’s Mix media Art! by Somer Handley

Somer has been taking time to do some really insane and fun mixed media pieces an let me tell you these 6 foot tall art creations are SICK!!!!

Not familiar with mixed media? Mixed media art refers to a visual art form that combines a variety of media in a single artwork. For example, if you draw with ink, then paint over it with watercolors, then add some highlights in colored pencil - that's mixed media! In Somer’s case her mixed media is Photography, digital painting, painting over the canvas, paper overlays and adhering rhinestones. Let me break it down…

First we start with the photoshoot…Somer works with clients on inspiration and ideas for the art piece. They talk about goals for the shoot, where they are wanting to place the artwork and even color schemes to coordinate your piece into your current decor. It is pretty funny but a lot of times when you are trying to bring your vision to life that you stumble on something else. The creativity starts flowing and BAM that one shot happens and you know that is the one you are going to use whether it is part of “the plan” or not lol.

After the shoot Somer works on editing the image and digitally remastering and painting in photoshop. Her style involves a lot of overlaying of digital texture and colors again taking in mind the clients color preferences. This part of the creative work is the most important to Somer and often she mocks up several variations before making the final selection to print as it set the vibe for the entire piece.

After this step is complete we sent the digital version to print at a professional lab. We print on luxury art canvas mostly of large format and commission a custom built frame to size.

Up next? Painting over the canvas using various paint types and styles, overlaying linen papers, and finally finishing it off with BLING!!! Rhinestones, beads and pearls artistically placed to give it a final wow! Here is some step by steps peeks of the process!

Interested in creating your own custom art for your home? Contact the studio for a complimentary consultation with Somer!


Illustrative Photography with Kearsten now at REVOLUTION STUDIOS! by Somer Handley

Not all places we think of in the imaginative world of illustrative photography are full of rainbows and confetti…Here is a peek into a little more of a dark side from a illustrative piece Kearsten did and a few words from her about this personal story! Love it!

" One of the things I enjoy about being a photographer and working with people is the ability to capture one's true self.  Well, as we know we hide a lot behind a smile or a look.  I decided on the idea of creating an illustrative image to "speak" volumes on ones mood at the moment.  My daughter has dealt with a lot of anxiety and depression as a pre teen well into her teen years .  One would never know as she is always put together ... hair is done, make up on point and the smile is dazzling and would melt any heart.  But behind the scenes lies a girl with a lot of questions and a lot of sadness about who she is to the world . 

It was very hard to watch her struggle in high  school with the social media issues as well as her struggles day to day with people and feeling like she doesn't fit in.  So i decided to create an image that "I" felt represented what she was going through .  

The image of the abanonded house where she is placed represents a home of sorts but it isn't perfect .... her father and I are divorced.  Her pretty pink sparkly dress is the only beacon of hope in the dark cloudy atmosphere of the room... hence her mind. 

"When it rains it pours" is the expression and I feel she has stood in that mental state for some time. 

Her hair and face look pretty but its a mask to hide whats inside..... 

I worked on this image unbeknown to her and when it was done I revealed it and asked if it was how she felt.... yes ... yes she said... it does.  

A feeling of heartbreak and accomplishment washed over me at the same time.  

The truth is art is an amazing way to express ones visions and sometimes visuals can speak volumes over words. 


Branding Video Landing Page- Fusion Dental and Eye, Raleigh, NC by Somer Handley

Not many companies have the vision, the creativity, or the guts to put a living, breathing representation of their company and product/service on their website.  Those that do will have a major advantage over their competition. Custom Videos can be used as website landing pages, subpage banners, Facebook Cover, and social media in general. Ask us more about how we can help boost your brand and google placement with adding video to your marketing plans!

House of Hops new Video Landing Page! by Somer Handley

First impressions are a MUST within a saturated marketplace! If you are looking a creative way to get noticed and stand out from the competition, custom videos are a great option to showcase your company and enhance your website and marketing! Here is a peek from a recent shoot done by Aiden at House of Hops in Raleigh! Custom Videos like this can be used as website landing pages, subpage banners, Facebook Cover, and social media in general to add that wow factor to a first impression! 

WWWWW on Boudoir with Revolution Studios by Somer Handley

W’s of Boudoir:


1.  WHO

Boudoir offers an escape from the mundane and everyday life into a place where maybe we only go in our heads...a kind of fairytale place (maybe the only place) that we feel like a sexy beast lol. Are you laughing at this concept? Yes, Yes, many of us find it humorous to think of ourselves as sexy or even beautiful. You ARE! The real question is do you feel it? That is where we come in! Boudoir photography is often done for significant others as gifts but ends up being such a ego boost for yourself! This is an experience tailored around feeling unique and beautiful and letting those feelings being expressed or seen for the first time in artistic expression. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need to be a model to have an incredible Boudoir Shoot.  Boudoir is for REAL life people...all shapes, all sizes, all sexes. Boudoir is for the bride to be who wants to gift the best groom’s gift ever :). Boudoir is for the survivor to feel liberated again. Boudoir is a couple looking to add a little spice to their relationship. Boudoir is for a personal jubilee! Boudoir is for YOU and is one of the best ways to bring out and capture a sexier side that is often lost in our busy lives!

2.  WHAT

Bou·doir- ˈbo͞oˌdwärˈ-noun.

boudoir -(plural noun: boudoirs); a woman's bedroom or private room;

From the French verb to sulk; to pout


Of, relating to, or suggestive of sexual intimacy:


So what is boudoir in 2018??  Professional Boudoir photography today is a medium for self-expression. Boudoir Photography sessions are a professional opportunity to express your love, your fears, and your vulnerability helping you conquer your inhibitions and see yourself in new ways. Beautiful...Glamouous...Sexy.  Boudoir concepts and ideas range and over the life our business we have seen just about every interpretation of boudoir. Of course there is the traditional lingerie, his favorite jersey, and vintage pin up looks accompanied with a red lip and cat eye. There is the simplicity of loose waves in your hair and just a plain white sheet. We have also seen costumes of ALL SORTS, golf clubs, roller skates, motorcycles and cars, caution tape, and camo you name it! How ever you want to express or dress that makes you feel good we are here to help! We work together with you on a vision for your shoot to make sure you have a great session and amazing final products! Everyone deserves to feel and look their best.  Boudoir photography can be a great platform for this and if you have done your research you already know we are the best!



3.  WHEN?? Some of our clients choose do do sessions in a time of celebration but this is about you and the time is NOW!  This isn’t something to put need this! Getting your session on the calendar is a great start and I bet it makes you nervous just thinking about it right? What do I wear? What happens during a boudoir session? We will go over all these things with you prior to you even scheduling! Our expertise and professionalism will put you immediately more at ease!  Commiting to what may be super scary will end up being one of the best liberating experiences you have had! Although we don’t feel you need any reason to schedule your session here are some reasons you can use to help justify lol...When you’re getting married or an anniversary. When you meet a personal fitness or weight loss goal. When you want to do something with your significant other that is new and fun.  Whatever reason or if none at all, lets match up calendars! We are open Monday thru Friday and take our first appointment at 930 and last at 2pm. Our smallest boudoir experience has you here for a total of 3 hours so something to take into consideration when contacting us to schedule.


4. WHERE?? Most of our boudoir sessions take place in our studio located in Raleigh off Glenwood Ave. Our commercial studio space is HUGE and offers many backdrops.. We have many predesigned set that include couches, chairs, chaises, a bed, setees etc... We are constantly updating the sets to accommodate our repeat visitors so you never know how our space will look when you get here!  Our clients come from all over because we truly are THAT good at what we do.

Revolution Studios

6909 Glenwood Ave #102, Raleigh, NC 27612



5. WHY??

    To a question with a thousand plus answers, the perfect retort is:  




Coolsculpting Behind the Scenes Video Shoot by Somer Handley


What a fun day working with Synergy on new CoolSculpting Marketing Videos to launch later this month! During the shoot today we worked with 3 models who have had Coolsculpting with Synergy who are so in love with their results that they didn't mind sharing! From a marketing side this made the job easy on us all! It was great to hear their stories and bring that excitement to life through our commercial videography shoot!

At Revolution Studios, we know and understand that any commercial photography and videography has to reflect your brand and product, as well as attract today's modern consumer.  Have a premium product that needs exceptional photography in order to sell and market professionally?  We have the artistic eye, commercial equipment and skill set to provide you with exceptional imagery to market and brand your product and your company.  Whether a in studio or an on location lifestyle shoot we work together to make sure your imagery reinforces and complements your brand. 

During Commercial Photography and Videography Shoots we may do things like capture the warm reception at the time a client calls, a client consultation, a friendly patient exam, or an everyday board meeting. Our commercial photography and videography reveal an up close and personal side to your business that helps enhance your marketing materials and define your brand. 

By the way have you met Kyle? Kyle is our staff Videographer covers all of our Revolution Client's Video needs! From Commercial clients, Video testimonials, Weddings, and Events he is a creative bad ass who compliments our team so well! 

Check out a few of the behind the scenes shots of our owner Somer who was the Creative Director for this shoot, Kyle/ Videographer, Team Synergy, and models!