Cherry Reverie (pt1) // Memphis Portrait Photographer

“The poor young man must work for his bread; he eats; when he has eaten, he has nothing left but reverie. He enters God’s theater free; he sees the sky, space, the stars, the flowers, the children, the humanity in which he suffers, the creation in which he shines. He looks at humanity so much that he sees the soul, he looks at creation so much that he sees God. He dreams, he feels that he is great; he dreams some more, and he feels that he is tender. From the egotism of the suffering man, he passes to the compassion of the contemplating man. A wonderful feeling springs up within him, forgetfulness of self, and pity for all. In thinking of the countless enjoyments nature offers, gives, and gives lavishly to open souls and refuses to closed souls, he, a millionaire of intelligence, comes to grieve for the millionaires of money. All hatred leaves his heart as all light enters his mind. And is he unhappy? No. The poverty of a young man is never miserable. ”

MUA: Emily Holman

Model: Alaina Hartle


Cherry Blossom Sneak // Memphis Portrait Photographer

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows & the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”


Special thanks to:

MUA: Emily Holman

Model: Alaina Hartle

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

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


Belle Lumiere film image of the year finalist // Film Portrait Photography Memphis Tn

So thrilled to have a favorite image of mine selected as a finalist in Belle Lumiere’s end of the year awards, in the FILM IMAGE OF THE YEAR category!  There are so many amazing artist, it is such an honor.  Voting is still on, so I’d love any vote cast for my image! Thank you! xoxo

Link to vote:

Just copy the link to select “Maggie McLendon” under “IMAGE OF THE YEAR”.blfinalist