middle tennessee photography

Why Your Photographer Loves What They Do

Why Your Photographer Loves What They Do

If you have ever wondered what spurs on a photographer’s passion, you are about to find out. Below are just some of the many reasons your photographer wouldn’t change their job for anything in the world.

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Shay Cathleen

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Shay Cathleen

What got you started in photography? 

When I was younger I always had the good old disposable cameras ready to go in my bag (brought them to school). Then after high school i decided to begin my journey of working abroad. This is when my parent bought me my first camera…..

Surviving a Family Photoshoot: How to make your next family photo session a stress free one.

 

 

Family photos are truly timeless and such a great keepsake for future generations. Getting the family together to take those perfect portraits can turn into chaos if not approached correctly. There is usually a lot more to consider when it comes to a family photoshoot since there are members of all ages, which means that there is some extra coordination involved.

Below are some family photoshoot ideas and tips to keep you and your loved ones calm and smiling the whole way through.

1.  Timing is everything. 

If you have younger children involved in the shoot, try and arrange the photoshoot at a time when they would be well rested. A rested child makes for happy photos. On that note, make sure that all family members have gotten enough sleep the night before as this helps with the fun and relaxation aspects of the session.

2. Dos and don’ts of bribery. 

Get your family excited about the photoshoot instead of offering a reward in return for their cooperation. This tends to lead to forced smiles and an irritated bunch of people. If you do have small children coming along it’s not a bad idea to give the photographer some bribery options in the form of toys or small food items to make those difficult moments a little easier

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3. Relinquish control. 

As much as you’ll want to direct your children on where to stand and how to pose, it’s best to leave that to the photographer as they know what works best. Not having this pressure will also make you feel more relaxed.

4. It’s not just about the posing. 

The best photos happen when you’re having fun so joke and play with your children, hold your partner’s hand and just let the moments happen.

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5. Plan ahead. 

Discuss all of your requirements with your photographer beforehand so that the family photo session can just flow. Let your photographer know if you want specific pictures taken.

6. Keep those sugar levels up.

 If everyone is well fed, the photoshoot will also run a lot smoother. It’s also not a bad idea to take a few snacks and some water along for those who might need it

 

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Enjoy capturing your memories.

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Amanda Barrick

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Amanda Barrick

What got you started in photography? 

While I've always known the importance of taking pictures, when my son was born in 2013, things got real. My own parents passed away when I was 9 years old, and growing up, photos of us became incredibly important to hold on to the memories of the details of our everyday life. Becoming a mom made it even more important to capture memories for my son to look back on in the future. Eventually I started to fall in love with the art of photography and I've been trying to capture our memories with that in mind ever since. 

Growing your Photography Business with a Blog Loop

Growing your Photography Business with a Blog Loop

I Happy New Year!!!  What are your goals for your business this year? I for one, am really hoping to  get going in taking clients on,  and creating a succesful photgraphy business this year. Every where I research I read about how blogging is THE way to grow your business and really get recognized and ranked in Google. I absolutely HATED writing in school and as you can see.... am not very good at it, BUT I LOVE photography and will do anything to really grow my business!

Storyteller's Blog Circle

I am so excited to be a part of this monthly educational blog circle with my fellow storytelling photographers! Take a look at my storytelling image and read about my thoughts behind it and then click on to the next amazing artist and so on... follow around until you have completed the loop! I hope you enjoy!

"So, what is a storytelling image?" You may ask. Well, that is a great question! Just as with reading a book that has a main subject and supporting elements, so does a  storytelling image. You will usually have a main subject ( or two) along with an supporting  enviornment and extra objects in the shot that help to tell you who they are, what they are doing and what they see. I love storytelling in my imagery, especially when documenting my family ( which is what I am doing most of the time) I always make sure to keep my camera in a central location so that I can be ready asap when I spot just the right moment.  

50mm ,f/1.8 ,iso 200, 1/640

50mm ,f/1.8 ,iso 200, 1/640

The image that I chose this month is of my son  drawing on our family room windows. It's such a typical childhood thing to do and I knew I wanted to capture forever this nostalgic image. I knew right away that I wanted to convert it to bnw with all that light/shadow and texture that was present, so it was really just a matter of setting up how I wanted the composition.  and I really loved how the window sill was a leading line straight to him. 

 

 

My biggest advice to you when making storytelling images is to really make sure you choose the right angles and perspectives so that you can  accurately capture and portray your subject.... remember to think, who is the subject? What are they doing? What elements around me can help to support the subject and tell the story accurately? 

I am so excited to see what your favorite storytelling images are. Comment below with your link! Remember to follow this circle on to the next amazing artist for some great tips on how they shoot their storytelling images!  Next up is the amazingly talented Jen Lucas

 

xoxoxoxo

 

Tanya Moon

Sneak Peek: Sandra Littrell

Sneak Peek: Sandra Littrell

I am so excited to share this sneak peek of my beautiful friend, Sandra Littrell. I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely soul last week for a very special project that is hush, hush right now.....

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Cami Turpin

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Cami Turpin

I have another wonderful artist to share with you today! I am so excited to feature Cami Turpin of Blue Hill Images.  Cami is a Lifestyle family photographer who resides in the beatiful state of Utah. She is a Click Pro and MOD @theabstractlens on IG.