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Bat Mitzvah Portraits: Lily


My absolute favorite thing about Lily is her sense of self: this girl knows what she likes and what she wants. I couldn’t help but grin the entire time we walked around downtown Birmingham shooting her portraits. This girl can turn on that mega smile in an instant and I couldn’t get enough! I’m so happy that we were able to wander around and capture her super cool style — not to mention that the camera loves her! I’m so excited to shoot your Bat Mitzvah this fall. Congratulations, girl! xo


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detroit post shoot: Justina & Tyler


When planning their 2014 wedding, Justina and Tyler knew they wouldn't have much time in their schedule for photos of the two of them together, and they absolutely did not want to do a first look before the ceremony to take photos earlier in the day. So, they simply decided that they would do another photo shoot on another day in order to allow the time to get the photos they really wanted. As often happens, life got in the way and it was almost a year later that they did this shoot, but it is definitely worth it to have these images for all time. Kudos to Justina for still fitting into her wedding dress, and it was fun to see her hair and flowers done by the same people in the same way as they were done on her wedding day. It was like a big Take Two, although this time we had all the time in the world to spend on their photos. I LOVE that they did this!

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corporate headshots... kristen taylor style


I was recently asked by Realtor and very good friend of mine, Pam Truex, to shoot some headshots of her and her team of Realtors. While I shoot corporate headshots on occasion, I'll admit that it's not the most exciting part of my job because generally some suit in a corner office dictates that the headshots have to be very formal (or in other words, typical and boring).

But since I'm really good friends with Pam I had the audacity to tell her that, no we're not shooting your headshots against a backdrop, and no we're not shooting the team photo with one person in a chair and the others standing above. Her initial reaction was "but that's how every other Realtor does it", and then I told her that's exactly why we're NOT doing it! And then when I told her that they weren't even all going to be in the same photo for the team photo, she was totally confused. I told her to just trust me... and fortunately she did.

The corporate world cracks me up because it's so intent on doing things a certain way, I guess because someone seems to believe that's how it's supposed to be done because that's how everyone else does it. It's not unlike the way that so many photographers always shoot the bridal party by putting girls on one side, guys on the other, tallest to shortest (by the way, I NEVER do that). Why does it "have" to be like that? Why not do something different? What's so wrong with standing out a bit as long as it still looks really good? A message to the corporate world: it's good to stand out, it gets you noticed, it sells more products. If you're up for that challenge and need some team photos, call me. And if you need a Realtor, call Pam. She's awesome.

Anyway, here's the photo of Pam's team...

And here's how it looks in her fancy new website (which isn't up yet but will be soon!)...

And here are their individual headshots, which will also be on the website. I don't claim that these are the most wildly creative headshots I've ever done, but at least they're not against a backdrop!

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promotional photos for lee thomas films


When Lee of Lee Thomas Films asked for promotional photos, I was more than happy to photograph him because he's such a cool guy (not to mention an exceptional videographer)!

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boudoir photography


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I'm excited to announce that I'm now offering boudoir sessions! These sessions are for the girl who wants to give her husband-to-be the wedding gift he'll never forget!

The boudoir photography is shot with the highest level of taste. The images are ultra sexy, yet still classy and sophisticated. There isn't any actual nudity and they don't really show any more skin than one does when wearing a bikini. Plus, the sessions are photographed in a totally private environment so that it's not intimidating in any way.

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(And incidentally, of course this bride approved for these images to be shown on the web. I'd never post boudoir images without permission!)

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