I can already feel the resistance as you may be thinking, “Wait a second, hold your horses, it’s way too early to be talking about gift ideas. For goodness sake, it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet!” I know. I know. It seems way to early to me as well. However, I was afraid that if I didn’t do this segment in November, it may be too late for everyone to take advantage of getting some of these sweet products home in time for Christmas.
Hopefully you tuned in to this am’s segment, “Gift Ideas for Photography Lovers,” on Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR. Although this post was written beforehand, I’m hoping that I spoke in complete sentences, didn’t say ‘ummmm’ a thousand times & made all my people proud! As I was prepping & brainstorming ideas for the segment, I immediately thought about one of my favorite photography gift resources, a super sweet little online store called Photojojo. They are regularly creating &/or featuring new & innovative products for photography enthusiasts. I picked 4 of my favorite products to feature on the segment. They are displayed in the graphic below & found at photojojo.com/store/bf.
In addition to Photojojo, I was eager to highlight two other brands that have become favorites, Pad & Quill, as well as PhotoBarn. I can’t tell you how often I’m asked about my iPhone case & “Where in the world did you get that?” Well folks, the one & only, Pad & Quill. So many photos these days are taken with a mobile phone & why not have a rad protective case that also looks incredible. One thing I love is that it’s rather unassuming. People generally think it is a Moleskine journal or a pocket Bible. In either case, I’m good with that & helps alleviate the fear that my phone will be stolen if I accidentally let it out of my sight (this happened to me once… sad!). Also, as you may know by now, I’m a huge fan of PhotoBarn. My home & studio are filled to overflowing with some of my favorite photos printed on wood & burlap. For the segment I featured a PhotoBoard collection. Along with that, you’ll definitely want to check out their burlap prints with a barnwood frame… simply perfect.
If these ideas don’t whet your whistle, stop by a local antique store or peruse the Ebay/Craigslist listings & you’ll likely find a vintage camera that may be perfect for your photo lover. If they aren’t in working order, sometimes vintage cameras can be fantastic props & home decor. And last, if you have a fat wallet, cruise on over to B&H PhotoVideo or Adorama & go ahead & buy your favorite photographer a new FujiFilm x100s. Trust me, they’ll love it. While you’re at it, I would REALLY love one as well!!!
Hope this helps friends. Feel free to comment & let me know what’s on your wish list. Here’s the video recap followed by the segment graphic!
This morning I had the opportunity to be a guest on Mornings with Fox 43, powered by WBIR. As a photographer, it’s easy for me to recognize the value of photographs, but for some it’s not so clear. In an image driven culture, the value of the ‘visual’ first impression has never been higher. People often gain their first impression based upon your headshot, company website, social media profile, etc. Thus, there are many ways we can use photography to help put forth our best first impression. Here is the video link (click here or the image below) & a few notes from the segment. Enjoy!
Hey friends! The holidays are right around the corner & I, like many of you, will be planning our Fall family session. I absolutely love this time of year as the weather gets a bit of coolness to the air & the phones are ringing with requests for family photo sessions. Plus, I get to break out my favorite jacket! So… I’d love to invite you to tune in at 8:15am this Thursday morning to Mornings with Fox 43 with WBIR as I am appearing on a segment titled, “Tips for a Fantastic Family Session.” I’ll do my best to provide you with a few thoughts to consider in order to take advantage of your upcoming photo session, including advice about location & wardrobe. Above all, I hope to communicate that family sessions are a great way to do something you love with your family & walk away with beautiful photos. And I’m sure your friends & family would agree that photos make great Holiday gift ideas! Tune in, it’s going to be fun!
It seems increasingly rare these days to meet someone who has always know what they wanted to do for a living. If you’re like me, it’s been quite a journey. However, that’s not the case for Landscape Architect, Jeff Walker, of EDI Design Group. Jeff has always known what he wanted to do. And his passion for excellent design is evident in landscapes throughout the region. After relocating back to East TN from Atlanta, GA, Jeff has built a wonderful reputation for himself, & his company, as a premiere design group.
When Jeff contacted me about shooting some of his projects, I was thrilled. I have always been a fan of Landscape Architecture & grew up devouring Architectural Digest Magazine. Not only are his landscapes beautiful & inspiring, but are functional & invite outdoor living. When photographing for him I can’t help but think, “This is exactly how this space should be designed.” I love his work… so much so that I can’t wait for him to start on phase 1 of our house.
Here are a few of my favorites from some of his design sites. Enjoy! The first three homes are from site on Watts Bar Lake in Ten Mile, TN.
The front of the home.
Homesite #2 from Watts Bar.
We then ventured to a home in The Highlands Subdivision in Athens, TN.
The incredible landscape at Blythewood Farms in Cleveland, TN.
And a home in Cleveland, TN.
We then visited two features in Ooltewah, TN.