Carmen Sledge

Design Manager and Photographer

Carmen Sledge started her creative career as a window designer at a downtown Chicago, high-end, flagship retail store. She then took a job down the street as an Account Executive at an advertising agency where she assisted in client and project management doing everything from magazine ads to television commercials. Since then, Sledge has spent the last 11 years as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer. Her photography and videography experience spans from directing, shooting and editing videos to photographing individuals and groups for headshots, providing product photography, construction updates and headshots.

Sledge is an award-winning international wedding photographer using natural light and scenery as the backdrop for her acclaimed photography portfolio. She has photographed weddings throughout the United States and Europe. Her honors and awards include 2013 “Best of Weddings” The Knot; 2013-2016 preferred vendor for Once Wed; 2014- 2015 Distinguished Member of the Grey Collective on Grey Likes Weddings, and the 2015-2016 preferred vendor for Wedding Chicks.


Among her accomplishments are:

  • Filmed and edited a promotional quality of life video highlighting the many amenities in the St. Louis region, specifically on the Illinois side of the river. This included on-site videography of some of the region’s most prominent attractions, attending area events and festivals, capturing footage of the region’s higher education facilities and editing the video to a length of 3 minutes.
  • Photographed 20 area leaders for publication in area media promoting the Metro East’s positive image as a great place to work, live and do business.
  • Was chosen as the lead photographer by the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for the 2013 Sinquefield Cup (world chess tournament featuring the top 2 chess players in the world and the top 2 U.S Chess Players)
  • Provided construction update photography for the City of Collinsville and its new developments under construction throughout the community.
  • Provided real estate photography services for a national transportation company to capture the completion of their new Midwest transportation center in the St. Louis region.
  • Provided photography editing support for a local engineering company as they photographed the progress of construction on various transportation related projects underway throughout the St. Louis region.
  • Assists in brand planning and production for all of Cork Tree Creative’s clients, producing marketing materials such as flyers, brochures and story boards; videos for social media and client-focused productions and planned and assisted in commercials seeking talent, locations, shooting, editing and media trafficking.

Carmen’s Bucket List

  • Be an inspiration to my kids
  • Meet the Dali Lama
  • Get a motorhome to travel the country with my hubs and kiddos
  • Stay young (at heart anyway)
  • Keep a healthy dose of humor in my life
  • Get a grand piano (and have a place to put it)

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