What do you do when it rains the day of your senior portrait photo shoot?

Rain, we know it helps to make the grass grow, the flowers bloom and it cools off the hot temperatures in the humid summer air.   However it’s not usually what you are looking for on the day of your senior portrait shoot.  It can however be a beautiful thing!  That is what Raegan, her mom and I discovered when I photographed her for her senior ambassador high school portrait session.  We knew the rain was headed our way, but it looked like it would miss us or just pass right over.

Here are some of the images we captured when the sun was still out.

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And this is the one right before the rain came.

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And when the rain did come we were by the pavilion, and a big one at that.  But like I said, sometimes the rain is a happy accident that you get to enjoy.  We took the opportunity of the rain to take some shots of Raegan in the rain, and WOW!

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Here is my favorite one from the shoot in classic Black and White.

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So sometimes you get amazing!  And now Raegan can check taking pictures in the rain off her bucket list.  :)

If you go to Oliver Springs High School and are a senior looking for amazing portraits, talk with Raegan about getting your portraits done.  She has a special offer for you too to use towards your session.

If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet and would love a beautiful outdoor setting for your senior pictures, call today as there are only a few sessions available in August and September will book up quickly.  Contact Noelle Bell Photography studios at (865) 661-2744 or email noelle@noellebellphotography.com today or fill out the form below.

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Ila Whitaker, Class of 2014 Senior Portraits, Berean Christian School

It has been such a pleasure working with Ila this spring.  I met her through Lindsay Holt, one of my senior ambassadors from Halls High School class of 2014, when we did a photo shoot in the Smoky Mountains in the snow.  Here are some of the pictures from that day.

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We did Ila’s high school senior portraits and low and behold….we had a freak snow day!  She braved it for a few pics and then we went back to the studio to warm up our fingers and toes!

We did stop for this one shot on the way home, since I knew this tree would be gone in a few days because of the cold snap.

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Here are some of the images from the studio!  I love when seniors like to get creative.

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Since it had been so cold and not really all that sunny for Ila’s original outdoor senior portrait session, we planned a second shoot.  We had sunny and warm weather with beautiful bright colors to work with.  It was exactly what Ila was looking for and I’m so glad we were able to capture these images.

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Last but not least I really wanted to do something special and since Ila had danced for so many years she was perfect for the “experiment” that I was working on.  Something new coming to Noelle Bell Photography, is B&W hi-key styled shoots.  I love how these images came out.

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If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet and would love a beautiful outdoor setting for your senior pictures, call today as there are only a few sessions available in August and September will book up quickly.  Contact Noelle Bell Photography studios at (865) 661-2744 or email noelle@noellebellphotography.com today or fill out the form below.

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A 5:00a Start to the Week, Mexico Team Send Off

This morning it was dark as the alarm woke me at 4:30 in the morning.  I haven’t used my alarm months, but this morning was special.  I needed to be at the airport to send off two of the girls from my Life Group and the rest of the team from the Foundry as they embarked on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico.

I jumped out of bed, changed and headed out the door with my camera to Pilot for some coffee and then enjoyed an almost empty highway drive to the airport.  There are so many going on the trip this year that I didn’t manage a team picture with the chaos of getting everyone through the ticket counter, so here are some of the smaller group pics that I was able to capture.

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And the men of the trip (minus Blair and Will).

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And here are a few of my girls, Katharine, Addison and Isabel!  Don’t we all look pretty good for 5am?!  By the way, my toes are almost the same color as your nails Addy!

Mexico Mission Trip, Fellowship Church, The Foundry Youth Group, Team, Service, ServingIsabel and Katharine are both in my life group and I know they have been excited for this for a long time, as I’m sure half the team has been.

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And here is a quick pic with Blair before they went through security.  May God give you amazing presence of mind and wisdom as you lead and are lead in Tijuana!

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Safe travels!  You will all be in my prayers this week as you serve and are used by God in Tijuana Mexico!  May the love of Christ shine in your hearts as brightly as your smiles shine on your faces.  Can’t wait to hear all about your trip when you return!

 

Photo Walk with my Photography Students at the Dogwood Arts Festival 2014, Knoxville TN

This past weekend I met two of my Photography students for a photo walk on Market Square at the Dogwood Arts Festival Art Fair.  We met up at my one of my favorite coffee shops Coffee and Chocolate, where there was a band entertaining the crowd and the Cruze Farm truck parked outside.  Caroline and Nate started capturing some images at the information booth where the flowers were available for purchase, I took some images of them in action.  These two are really excited about photography and since we are all Nikon users, they were able to try out some of my lenses and capture some macro images throughout the day.

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It was nice to visit with some of my favorite vendors and to see all the new ones that had come for this event.  I had asked the kids to be sure to ask if they could take photos when they went up to the vendor booths and all but one of them were perfectly happy to allow them to do so.  Both of the kids had a blast and we wound up staying a lot longer than we all anticipated.  Luckily the parents and grandparents were happy to enjoy the festival and let us enjoy the day.  Here are some pictures from the day.

We got to stop by and see some of Marble City Glassworks new pieces.

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And there were some pageant ladies with their crowns handing out goodies to eat everywhere.  This young lady was in the running for Miss Pre-Teen Tennessee.

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Then Nate wanted me to take a close up of his eye….so of course, why not!  :)

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We took a break to grab some Rita’s ice!

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Then we headed back through the square after I showed them Earth to Old City and captured some of the awesome lights that I someday will have a place to put up!

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More glass

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And finally the coolest thing ever, the Living Garden!  This was so cool!

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Then we headed down to the old city to stop at Remedy Coffee, for my favorite drink a Hazelnut latte.

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Then I made sure to capture a few more images before we headed back to meet their parents and grandparents.

Of course a silly one first this was on our way to Remedy.

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And here’s my fav of Nate

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And then my favorite of Caroline.

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It was a great day to enjoy the Dogwood Arts festival and we all had a great time!  I look forward to doing another photo walk with these two again!  Teaching is such a joy especially when you have students that are eager to learn.

 

Madison Ivey, Clinton High School Class of 2014 Senior

This past year Madison was a spokesmodel for Noelle Bell Photography and we have had a blast over the year!  It all began back in February of last year when we did a fun shoot downtown with one of my 2013 senior spokesmodels, Caitlin Clayton and her mom Suzanne Clayton who is a hair and makeup artist.  Suzanne did a fun look for Madison and then we began the fun.  Madison is a dancer at the Dream Dance studio in Clinton, TN.

Here is the link to the blog post from the February shoot in downtown Knoxville, TN.  http://bit.ly/1hfVrqD

And here are a few images I could not share at the February shoot, but I can now.

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Here is the link to the blog post from her first senior spokesmodel shoot in downtown Clinton, TN.  http://bit.ly/1qZgULA

This past year I had an opportunity to partner with Vintage Southern to photograph their clothes with some of my high school seniors and Madison was able to come along.  Here are a few of my favorite images from that shoot.

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Before her senior session I had an opportunity to capture some images inside the Historic Tennessee Theatre of two of Bella Boutique’s prom dresses and Madison was thrilled as a dancer to be able to actually dance on the stage of the TN Theatre.  She has her heart set on coming back to dance professionally there someday.   The amazing Raymie Alsobrooks was there to do hair and makeup for this shoot and she was amazing!   Here are some of the images from that shoot.

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And finally came her senior session.  Outside in the beautiful sun, with a bunch of fun outfits and then on into the studio for the second set of images.  Man, we really had a blast!

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And finally here is Madison’s senior hat that she wore to all the Clinton High School Dragon’s football games.  She styled it just the way she wore it, backwards and fun!

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Congratulations Madison as you get ready for graduation and take the leap into the next chapter of your life!  It has been a joy to work with you and get to know you this year!

Snow Day Fun in East TN, 3 girls and Starbucks!

Well I’ve finally compiled some of my favorite images from the snow days we had a few weeks back in East TN.  So thankful for the beautiful snow that is rarely seen here in the south, and even more thankful that two of Noelle Bell Photography‘s high school seniors were there to join in on the fun.  So Lindsay, Ila, Haven and I all headed up towards Pigeon Forge to a beautiful place called the Swann Plantation which is a new wedding venue that they allowed us to use.

Here are the stars of the show in a few of our opening images from the day.  Two of the girls had known each other from a dance class, but they were fast friends.

Snow, Girls, Boots, Senior PicturesSo after a few fun shots in this location and almost falling a few times as the boots made it fun to be “slipping and a sliding” , I captured an individual image of each of them.  These girls are absolutely stunning, with hearts to match!

Snow, Girls, Boots, Senior PicturesAnd really, what’s snow without a snowball fight?  No gloves and freezing hands afterwards, I surprised them with hot chocolate I had brought with me in a thermos.  Here are some images from the fun!

Snow fun, Snowball, Boots, high school senior pictureThey were very happy to warm up after this.  We had fun trying to make it look like it was snowing for these next pictures.  Lindsay kept getting hit with the snow, but I love this picture of her!  We got it down for Ila’s image and then not so much but I love this one of Haven!

Snow, Railing, Beautiful girls, Senior Pictures, FunHere’s a few other favorites, but I’ll leave the inside of the plantation for another blog post.

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And what’s a better way to end a shoot but to treat the girls to Starbucks on the way home! We had the best time and I do indeed hope for more snow, but I think it might be time for spring to come rolling in.

Stay tuned for another post featuring the inside of the plantation.

If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior pictures, and would love a beautiful outdoor setting for your senior pictures, call today as spring sessions will book up quickly. Indoor studio pictures are available year round and allow for a wide variety as well.   Contact Noelle Bell Photography studios at (865) 661-2744 or email noelle@noellebellphotography.com today to take advantage of this or just fill in the form below.

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