CORY TAPIA, CEO, OPERATIONS
Cory grew up in a small, sleepy suburb of Roanoke, VA. Working in National Television for years before running Creative Edge, Cory learned the importance of both communication, creativity and team work. Cory's vision for Creative Edge is one of taking something extremely complicated, like communicating a brand's personality through visual messaging, and making it look simple. Cory's background is one of many talents, as he is a photographer, cinematographer, graphic designer, video editor, motion graphics artist and story teller. He is the CEO and Founder of Creative Edge, and leads the talented team of photographers and videographers here.
Cory is a huge Carolina Panthers fan, can't get enough of some great barbecue. You can usually find him spending time with his wife watching true crime documentaries, escape rooms on the weekend, or trying out some great craft beer at some local RVA spots.
Cory also runs and directs Afterglow Creative, our wedding photography/cinematography company.
ERIN TAPIA, SOCIAL MEDIA
Erin was born and raised here in the River City! Erin is an amazing wound-care nurse by day, and the social media and marketing manager for Creative Edge when she's not rocking scrubs. Quality control, communication and consistency are Erin's hallmarks.
Erin is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, loves visiting the Outer Banks and would live in the Cinderella castle in Disney World if she didn't have to go to work every day. On any given day you can find her in the middle of a Disney movie, usually The Little Mermaid.
Erin also manages the social media for Afterglow Creative, our wedding photography/cinematography company.
PETE VON KLEECK, PA, PHOTOGRAPHER
Pete approaches photography from a storytelling standpoint. Pete understands how important the details behind the photograph are too. Staying on schedule, setting up lighting, organizing and carrying equipment. Pete focuses on and captures the clarity of the message of each individual client.
Pete became interested in photography when he met his wife who loves nature photography. Every time she went out with camera in hand, Pete found himself tagging along doing the same. Once they were married, they were amazed at how their love for photography grew with their relationship.
Outside of photography, Pete enjoys working on sets of TV shows and movies as a background artist. It wasn’t long before he realized he was more interested in what was going on behind the camera to create what was going on in front of it. Pete had the opportunity to be a grip/gaffer. The fast pace, teamwork, creativity, and attention to detail needed to create a moment in time has been and continues to be a priceless experience. Pete also has four cats named Lily, Kitty, Rocky and Leo!
Pete also photographs for Afterglow Creative, our wedding photography/cinematography company.
KAT VIVALDI, CAMERA OPERATOR
Kat is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Creative Technologies and minor in Cinema.
Kat has a background in film/video, installation, sound, and performance. Her work focuses on applying methods of video/animation to create non-narrative pieces that attempt to evaluate and conceptualize relationships between the mind, body, and performance.
Kat loves the Virginia Tech Hokies (and even got to meet the Hokie Bird on a shoot!), takes the toppings off her pizza to eat them separately, and also teaches a wine/painting class when she's not behind the camera!
Kat also is a camera operator for Afterglow Creative, our wedding photography/cinematography company.