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Huge news everyone! My PPA Loan Collection image “The Skeptic” appears as the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine‘s March 2016 Issue along side a featured article on my glamour and headshot photography! I am seriously on top of the world. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would one day have a cover image and featured story in one of the most respected national photography publications out there, I wouldn’t have believed you. To say this is surreal doesn’t begin to describe it. I can’t say enough what an honor this is and how thankful I am for Professional Photographers of America, who, alongside my local (TPPG) and state (FPP) organizations, have pushed me to grow as a photographer and to always be more.

If you are a PPA member you should expect to see this in your mailbox this week!

Read the full article here [PDF]

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EmmaLea rocked her Tallahassee Senior Photos session! You can’t help but smile with this girl. Funny, animated, refuses to wear shoes in the wilderness, this girl is a blast. Her entire session was amazing and it was so hard to just pick a few to show!

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“You must photograph your daughter all the time!” Weeeeellllll….not really. My daughter has what I like to call, PKS, or “Photographer’s Kid Syndrome. She’s not at all impressed that her mom could take professional pictures of her on any given day. For several years now, she’s protested almost every shoot we’ve attempted. I usually get 1 or 2 nice photos of her before she hits a wall and is completely done. Yesterday morning, I said, “Hey do you want to go to Target and pick out a cool outfit and go do a photo shoot at the studio?” I fully expected to be shut down, but she actually said, “Yes!” I think going to Target had something to do with that. We picked up some newspaper after Target, she and her dad helped me build this little set and just like that, instant Valentine’s Day shoot with my favorite girl. Here’s just a few from the shoot.

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Family Photography in Southwood

It’s hard to be still when you are 2! The P trio decided to have family photography in Southwood for this little guy’s 2nd birthday. It feels like just yesterday I was shooting their maternity session!  So glad that we were able to do a shoot while they were in town for the holidays! I hope to head up there to photograph them all in their new hometown in 2017!

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Studio Mini Sessions

This fall we set up 2 mornings of studio mini sessions. I’ve gathered up some of my favorites from each shoot to share in a best of 2016 studio mini sessions post! Thank you so much to the families that took advantage of this special this year! Looking forward to an awesome 2017 with all of you!

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Holiday Mini Sessions at the greenway this year were a success! I only offer these limited edition mini sessions annually in the fall. Here’s a round up of some of my favorite images, taking place over 2 sunny mornings in Tallahassee. Thank you to all my wonderful clients who participated this year!

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Family Portraits at Goodwood

It was my second time photographing the lovely Money Family. This year we did family portraits at Goodwood Gardens! It was breezy and a tiny bit cloudy, but we had a great time exploring the Spanish moss covered trees and beautiful plantation property that we had seemingly all to ourselves.

Here’s a sneak peek for the family! Looking forward to getting together with them and showing the rest of the gallery!

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6 Month Portraits

It’s hard to believe that it was just earlier this year that I photographed his newborn session. It was already time for Austin’s 6 Month Portraits! And just in time for the holidays, we got a few Santa Baby shots. We may have had a teeny bit of trouble squeezing him into those red pants!

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It’s been a couple of years since I photographed this beautiful family, but it was worth the wait! These were some of the first kiddos I photographed when I got started in this business and it’s been a treat to watch them grow up. Here’s a few of my favorites from our session out at J.R. Alford Greenway. Looking forward to getting together with them to show off the rest of the gallery!

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Two Dates & Two Styles all for One Price

I’m so excited to be able to offer this again this year. With the studio, I’m able to offer two different styles of sessions for my clients! It’s never to early too get a jump on the holidays. Book your session today!

Each mini-session will last approximately 20 minutes and is designed for one family (4-5 people). If you have more than 5 members in your immediate family, please contact me to discuss the details before booking.

Includes:

  • 10 high resolution digital files
  • 20% off additional items

Special upgrades available! Add-on a print package of (5) desktop (8×10 or 5×7) prints for just $99.

Available Sessions

Midtown Studio – Saturday, October 22nd
Soft white walls, window light, and loads of fun!

Available Times:
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J.R. Alford Greenway –  Saturday, November 5th SOLD OUT
Classic Tallahassee-style scenic look!

Available Times:
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We had such a great response to J.R. Alford Greenway sessions that we opened a second day!

Sunday, November 20th

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Contact us via our form with your preferred session time(s). Session fee will be due at time of booking to hold your spot. Sessions are available first come, first serve!

For the last three years, I have made it a goal to compete as much as possible. I’ve always been a bit of a competitive person, so I liked the idea of being able to compete against my peers, at first. But after my first year, I realized that I wasn’t competing against my peers at all. Each year, I was competing against myself. The first year I entered the Professional Photographers of America International Print Competition, I did really well for a first timer. I merited my entire case and one image was entered into the Loan Collection, which earned me a Silver Medal. The Loan Collection is considered the best of the best, so on top of receiving merits for all of my images that year, a loan image was a huge honor. The following year, I wanted so badly to do as well as I had done the year before. Meriting an image at all in this enormous competition would have been a big deal, but because I had done so well the first year, it was no longer good enough. Luckily, I was able to match the results from year one in year two! So now this brings us to year three.

Year three has by far been the best year. I actually attended the International Print Competition instead of watching from home. I went and took part in the PPA Judges Workshop and was able to actually be in the room while many of not only my images, but my friends’ images came across the panel. And when not in the rooms, I watched with other attendees, cheering as my friends and colleagues merited images. It was exciting. And we rooted for each other. It’s not a game of “who among us will win?” It’s everyone cheering for everyone else. It forces us to talk about our work. To really analyze what we are doing to create as artists and craftsman. It’s making all of us better at what we do. To say that my work has grown over the last three years is an understatement. Because I’ve pushed myself each year to do better than the year before, I have forced the level of my work to get better and better. I’m not finished learning. I don’t think that’s even possible. But what I guess I’m trying to say is, if you want to improve, if you want to learn what you don’t even know you don’t know yet, print competition is the way to do it.

So why do I compete? I’m still competitive so there’s always going to be that factor. But now, I compete for the camaraderie and because I always have to level up. This year I did better than I have before, Platinum Medal. This means I merited my whole case of four images and loaned three. I’ve set the bar incredibly high for next year, here’s hoping for a great IPC 2017!

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