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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Monday, March 3, 2008
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This time of year, I work more on print and album orders than new shoots, but today I've been messing around in Photoshop with some recent shots of L & S at the park.

Fun Photographs at the Park

Fun Photographs at the Park

Fun Photographs at the Park
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The Old City downtown, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Last week I met up with Diana and Zach in downtown Knoxville. Diana is about to record a music demo and needed some current promotional photos. I think we got some really great shots, but it's hard not to take beautiful photos when working with such a terrific subject.

Diana's Portrait Session

Diana's Portrait Session

Diana's Portrait Session

Diana's Portrait Session

Diana's Portrait Session

Diana's Portrait Session
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Home, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, February 2, 2008
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I just wanted to remind everyone that I have posted a whole list of ways to prepare for an upcoming portrait session on the blog in the "tips for clients" category. I will be adding to this category periodically, but here are a few more portrait session tips for now.

How to prepare for your photo session...

Practice smiling and posing in front of a mirror. Seriously! If you know how it feels to give a natural, relaxed smile versus a posed, cheesy smile then you're more likely to do it in front of the camera.

Look through magazines for posing ideas. Pay attention to how models pose and practice a posing on your own. Try to memorize a few poses that look good in the mirror.

This is not the time to try out new beauty routines or hair colors/styles. Get a slight trim, touch up your roots, or get a deep conditioning treatment if needed.

Do not wax or shave less than 3 days before your session.

Get a manicure (and pedicure if necessary), but keep your nails natural and inconspicuous.

Stay hydrated, avoid salty foods and alcohol, and get plenty of sleep in the days before the session.

Avoid extra sun in the week before your session. If you already have tan lines then plan outfits accordingly.

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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, January 10, 2008
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Happy 2008, and I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! After a few weeks away, I am finally back sleeping in my own bed!

So where have I been? I first went on a Christmas cruise to the Caribbean with my brother, my husband, and his family. Then we spent New Years in Miami before I flew to Tampa for a photography convention where I was inspired and educated by some of the best photographers in the world.

I'll try to post photos from my trip later, but here are a few portraits that I did of my convention roommate who recently started her own business in Texas - Jennifer Kelly Fine Photography.

I'm Back!
I'm Back!
I'm Back!

I'm Back!
I'm Back!
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Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Last week I visited little Jake, and marveled at how much he's grown since my last visit! He's even cutting his first teeth. His mother Sara and grandmother Nancy were on hand to help, and he kept us all busy. Photos are more challenging once babies become mobile, but Jake is such a happy, sweet baby. He was all smiles and very patient with the clothing changes and excitement of the session. The day was even warm enough for some time outdoors where he wasn't quite sure what to make of the grass and leaves. Eventually all of the commotion had him exhausted, and he just wanted to curl up in his mother's arms for a nap.


Little Jake Photographs

Little Jake Photographs

Little Jake Photographs
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