Waiting // Memphis Portrait Beauty Boudoir Photographer

Patiently waiting for scans of a private session I photographed recently. Hair, makeup, Midtown class, the WORKS! Dream stuff! So in honor of what I can’t show you, here is some thing I haven’t shown you. A little Memphis grit, for ya grind.

Tec specs: Contax645, IlfordDelta3200, ProPhotoIrvine



The Sun

Have you ever seen
in your life
more wonderful

than the way the sun,
every evening,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon

and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again

out of the blackness,
every morning,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower

streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything

such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure

that fills you,
as the sun
reaches out,
as it warms you

as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world–

or have you too
gone crazy
for power,
for things?

Mary Oliver
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Katie on Acros // Portrait Boudoir Beauty Photography Memphis Tn

Testing light, space, and film with Katie. Shooting personal work has always been rewarding.


Tech specs: Contax645, Neopan Acros 100, ProPhoto Irvine

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This post is also part of the FILM MAMA blog circle I am participating in this year.  Each month a new stock of film is chosen to expand our knowledge and has proven to be such a wonderful way to grow in this film journey.  Please follow the circle along to work from other photographers around the world.  Click on over to Corrie Heisey’s post here. You will travel around and finish up here again! Thanks for looking!

Texture like Sun // Portrait Film Photography Memphis TN

“What I aim to do is not so much learn the names of the shreds of creation that flourish in this valley, but to keep myself open to their meanings, which is to try to impress myself at all times with the fullest possible force of their very reality. I want to have things as multiply and intricately as possible present and visible in my mind. Then I might be able to sit on the hill by the burnt books where the starlings fly over, and see not only the starlings, the grass field, the quarried rock, the viney woods, Hollins pond, and the mountains beyond, but also, and simultaneously, feathers’ barbs, springtails in the soil, crystal in rock, chloroplasts streaming, rotifers pulsing, and the shape of the air in the pines. And, if I try to keep my eye on quantum physics, if I try to keep up with astronomy and cosmology, and really believe it all, I might ultimately be able to make out the landscape of the universe. Why not?”

― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek 01700101600201501413005006018011012010009004020019

Thank you Jessie!

Shining Spring // Portrait Film Photographer Memphis Tn

“When her doctor took her bandages off and led her into the garden, the girl who was no longer blind saw “the tree with the lights in it.” It was for this tree I searched through the peach orchards of summer, in the forests of fall and down winter and spring for years. Then one day I was walking along Tinker creek and thinking of nothing at all and I saw the tree with the lights in it. I saw the backyard cedar where the mourning doves roost charged and transfigured, each cell buzzing with flame. I stood on the grass with the lights in it, grass that was wholly fire, utterly focused and utterly dreamed. It was less like seeing that like being for the first time see, knocked breathless by a powerful glance. The flood of fire abated, but I’m still spending the power. Gradually the lights went out in the cedar, the colors died, the cells un-flamed and disappeared. I was still ringing. I had been my whole life a bell and never knew it until at that moment I was lifted and struck. I have since only very rarely seen the tree with the lights in it. The vision comes and goes, mostly goes, but I live for it, for the moment the mountains open and a new light roars in spate through the crack, and the mountains slam.”
― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Tech specs: Contax645, Fuji400h, PPI


This post is also the third edition of a blog circle with Film Mama.  You can follow the blog around to see work by photographers using film, around the world.  You will end up here again when you are finished! Please enjoy work by fellow film mama, Emily Rainsford, here. See you next time! xo

Sucre Glace // Beauty Portrait Film Photography Memphis TN

I dreamt of the blossoms all year…


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It will always be timeless.

Thank you Haley. xoxo

Expecting LILY // Maternity Boudoir Portrait Photography Memphis Tn

I have recently joined a blog circle!   As a way to see more photography using film and introduce myself, and others to work we might not have seen, the circle from the FILM MAMA community was created.  It’ll be very exciting to see what everyone chooses to shoot and how the different films will convey the images.  So in anticipation of what is to come, I thought an expectant mother would be wonderful for my first share in the circle!  Her name is Kathleen and at the time, she was expecting her sweet baby Lily.

Please follow the link at the bottom to the next person in the circle! A short trip through the circle will be a “visual exploration in film and film cameras”.  You will know you are done, when you end up back here.  SO easy!

Thank you for having a look! The next photographer up is Lauren Radley !

Contax 645, kodak portra 400, ProPhoto Irvine