2018 Winter
Styling & Location
Guide for the Golden Isles

Congratulations on accessing this free 2018 Winter Styling & Location Guide! Here, you will find the best places + times to have your photo session in the Golden Isles, whether your session is just for you or the whole family! But first, here some amazing winter styling tips & tricks that will help you get the most out of your photo experience!

Best Winter Looks

The Golden Isles is known for its warmer weather, even through some of the winter season! One of the biggest questions I get is what to wear during a session. I've got four of this winter's best looks - perfect for coastal weather - thanks to my good friends at Two Friends: Lifestyle Boutique, located in Redfern Village on St. Simons Island! No matter if you're looking for casual or elegant, we've got you covered.

(Need these pieces? Visit Two Friends on St. Simons to get them!!)


Erica uses rich jewel tones & gold to add a burst of color to this natural setting! The white button-down pull-over ties together the entire look!

Best places to wear this look: in front of dark green, most natural locations, especially with oak trees, Spanish moss or the beach!

Get this look:

Elizabeth McKay white button down pull over
Elizabeth McKay navy boyfriend vest
Lior Bordeaux pull on pant
Julie Vos Sapphire cocktail ring
Julie Vos citrine and pearl byzantine cuff
Julie Vos Sapphire clip-on earrings
Julie Vos penelope pearl bangle

Two Friends St. Simons Island Styling Guide

Everybody loves a great, casual look! Erica's use of denim & navy blue is not lost in front of this brilliant white background, accentuated by window box plants!

Best places to wear this look: in front of light colors or brilliant greens!

Get this look:

Pure Amici classic white button down
525 America navy blue shaker boat neck sweater
Articles of Society Release hem jeans
Dolce Vita Khaki boots
Mac Hammered Teardrop Earrings
Lapis beads on hand knotted necklace accented with natural horn and tassel
Julie Vos Sapphire Byzantine ring

Two Friends Boutique St. Simons Island, GA Redfern Village
Two Friends St. Simons Island Styling Guide

"Natural" is the theme of this look. Erica's skin absolutely glows in this suede dress accented with gold jewelry! Red lipstick & nails is all the color this look needs!

Best places to wear this look: in front of any dramatic, natural scene, such as oak trees draped with Spanish moss; lots of green; indoors (in front of brilliant wallpaper patterns)!

Get this look:

Gretchen Scott suede latte ruffle collar dress
Simon Sebbag gold hammered pendant necklace
Simon Sebbag gold bamboo bangles

Two Friends St. Simons Island Styling Guide
Two Friends St. Simons Island Styling Guide

Erica has perfected the look of elegance in this Elizabeth McKay Grace dress. A flawless collar makes way for this statement necklace & the look is complete with a sophisticated bow!

Best places to wear this look: Almost anywhere, especially in front of rich colors like dark green, red, & blue!

Get this look:

Elizabeth McKay Grace dress
Julie Vos Penelope statement necklace
Julie Vos Botticelli clip on earrings in clear crystal
Local artist Leslie Aldinger's keshi pearl bracelet

Best Locations

The Golden Isles is also known for its marsh, giant live oaks, Spanish moss, & lush greenery. No matter if you choose a landmark spot (like the magnificent Avenue of the Oaks) or a location less common, you won't be disappointed!

Lucky for you, I know all the best places!

Avenue of the Oaks

Avenue of the Oaks St. Simons Island, GA
Avenue of the Oaks St. Simons Island, GA

Located just outside the Lodge at Sea Island on St. Simons Island, this avenue of giant oak trees is surrounded by a golf course & draped generously with large vines & Spanish moss - a perfectly dramatic scene for a first look or casual family photos.

Best times: 9am, 3:30pm

Christ Church

Christ Church St. Simons Island, GA
Christ Church St. Simons Island, GA
Christ Church St. Simons Island, GA
Christ Church St. Simons Island, GA

This beautiful church is located at the quiet North End of St. Simons Island. Built in 1884 & loaded with history, settings range from open space to a more cozy trail just across the street!

Best times: 9am, 3pm for the trail & 4pm for the church grounds

The Crane Cottage & Historic Jekyll


A State Park, Jekyll Island is full of both natural beauty & elegance! The Spanish style of the Crane Cottage in the Historic District provides a perfect white backdrop for a pop of color & a courtyard, complete with ivy arches!

Best times: 8:30am & 4:15pm

Historic Brunswick Courthouse


Located just across the street from beautiful marsh off 341 in Brunswick, GA, the Historic Brunswick Courthouse is a hidden gem! Spanish moss & giant oak trees allow for spectacular light in early morning. These grounds are perfect for family sessions & kids!

Best time: 9am & 4pm

Driftwood Beach

Maternity Session on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA

A boneyard to ancient pine trees, Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island is as full of drama as it is mystery. This location is one of the most-photographed & for obvious reasons. This breathtaking setting of crooked shadows & endless sea is perfect for couples, maternity, & seniors - as well as family!

Best times: 8:30am & 5pm

Other Favorite Locations

Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, GA
Historic Downtown Brunswick, GA
St. Simons Island Pier

Leslie Hand Photography offers professional photography services for Brunswick & the Golden Isles & specializes in portraiture & lifestyle. For more information or to schedule your photography session, visit www.lesliehandphotography.com or contact Leslie directly at (912) 223-7086 & leslierean@gmail.com