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Ever make a mistake? – Portrait Photographer, Johnson City, TN

In the words of Bob Ross, “Ever make a mistake in life? Let’s make them birds…yeah…they’re birds now.”


About two years ago, when I was starting to take my photography business seriously, I wanted to rent a high end lens. I asked for a model and who should volunteer but my own wedding photographer. From that moment on she has become a friend, a confidant and a solid business advisor and partner. This photo shoot is still to this day one of my favorites and, I believe, helped shape the person and photographer that I am today. When I took these, I had no idea how much it would change my life. I found my creative outlet and my escape from the technical world that I live in.

My original edits, I will not deny, were off. Way off. They have bugged me consistently until I decided that I needed to do something about it. I must not have been too far off course 2 years ago as a freshman photographer because when I strip these down to black and white, to their essence, I don’t think they’re half bad. They’re nothing like the work I do today but they still speak to me. They’re dark, moody and grungy. I usually love light, airy and loving but HEY everyone has one of those days where you want to step outside of the box. So here I go….stepping out.








Let me know what you think by commenting below. Should I embrace my dark side more often?

  • kerrie - March 24, 2014 - 10:22 pm

    sure embracing the dark side is good every once in a while! these are beautiful!

  • Nicole Gulick - March 25, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Love these! You are so right about you weren’t too far off, I couldn’t make some of my first shoots black and white and look this good! And agree gotta dig into the dark side here and there :)

  • Maura - March 25, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Beautiful photos! Love your black & white perspective!

  • yvonne sanders - March 26, 2014 - 8:36 am

    Yes! I love the style ooowzing here!

  • Jenny - March 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Love the black and white edit and the location!!!

  • ali - March 26, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    embrace the dark side!!! love going through old stuff and seeing the difference from what i would do today! love these!

  • Ashley Durham - March 28, 2014 - 7:47 am

    What a rad location!

  • Emily - March 28, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Wow, that is so awesome that she volunteered to do that for you! Amazing and it’s nice to look back!

  • Cris Passos - March 28, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Beautiful images!!!

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