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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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Family Studio Portraits

Jayme was excited when Henry announced that he his front top tooth was wiggly, but now the pressure was on to get family studio portraits made before that tooth came out! She called me and we set up a session at the studio for later that week so that we could capture him while he’s still little with his mom and his grandma, Mama K. It was a race to beat the tooth fairy and we won! Here are a few from their family portrait session at the studio.

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Newborn Session 1

It’s baby number two for the Crowell family! It’s so fun getting to watch my client’s families grow. I’ve been photographing his big sister, Kendall, for a couple of years now. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the two of them once they get going! Here’s a sneak peek from Austin’s newborn session.

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In May, we had a baby boy boom in the studio! Here’s a sneak peek of sweet baby Ott, who was a great little sleeper. Here’s a few of him (and his awesome big sister) from their session!

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Sweet Lilly turned one! I can’t believe it’s been a year since we did her newborn session. She’s still such a tiny delight to work with. Here’s a few from her 1st birthday session that we shot in the Chain of Parks in downtown Tallahassee. It was so hard to choose favorites!

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Senior Portraits 1

Ashley is just days away from graduation and we got her senior portraits done just in time! I’ve been photographing her for a few years on the Leon High School Volleyball team and I was thrilled when she came to me for her final portrait session before she’s off to college. Here’s her sneak peek. Best of luck to Ashley next year at Birmingham Southern!

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Family Newborn Session 3

It’s baby number two for the Parker-Flynns and it’s a boy! The family didn’t have a chance when big sister was born to have family photos done, so now that little brother is here it was definitely time to do a family newborn session. Big sister was very sweet and very much wanted to help. She was maybe less excited to have her picture taken, but we worked together and got several super sweet group shots of everyone together. Looking forward to showing the rest of these to the family soon!

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Tallahassee Senior Portraits

It was a stormy day the day we set out to do Dorothy’s Tallahassee senior portraits, but we didn’t let that stop us! Our plan was to shoot a little at Leon High School and then to move downtown to take some portraits inside her church and then downtown. We timed everything just about perfectly, right down to waiting for the lights to come on in the trees at the Chain of Parks. Dorothy is active in the band and her church’s choir so it was important that we try an incorporate that into her photo session. Honestly, I don’t know how kids these days find the time to sleep with their busy schedules, but they seem to make it work! Here’s a few from her session…

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Blue Wall 1

When I was a teenager, I wanted to be Mark Seliger. The first photography coffee table book I ever bought was his book, “Physiognomy.” I actually had to save up to buy it. Before I owned it, I would just hang out in Books-a-Million and look at it. I had no idea where to begin even making images like that, but I knew I wanted to try. I just needed to practice and eventually I could get to a point where I could do that too. 20 years later, here I am, a professional photographer. I shoot all kinds of portraits, from babies, to headshots, to commercial work, I’m doing just about everything nowadays except weddings and events. It’s more work than I ever imagined it could be, but it’s awesome. And now, I’m finally rounding a corner and diving into what I always wanted to do, editorial portraiture. I look back in that book often, but with a new understanding of it to go with my appreciation. I use it and so many other works as inspiration to find my own voice. So here’s a little of me finding that voice. I’ve started a series in the studio, so far just called “The Blue Wall.” I’m hoping to shoot as many people as I can over the next few months on it and just see where it goes. Being a full time photographer is work. I feel strongly that personal projects without the agenda of work behind them help you grow as an artist. Here’s to growing something.

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My brother Eian just visited me! Apparently we can’t get through a visit anymore without doing a photoshoot. He’s just so dang photogenic!

 

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Recently I did a self assignment with my past senior client, Natalie. We did her senior session last year and when I thought of these images, she was the first person I thought of to call. I’m hoping to turn around a few more, but for now, here’s a couple from our shoot in the studio. For you photographers out there reading this, I shot this using just one light and a Paul C Buff 86″ PLM umbrella. If you want to see how I did it, you can check out my Facebook Live video on my page!Natalie 3

 

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