My seniors, 12 years in the making, Noelle Bell Photography

This is a very special year for me.  A year that is here by the grace of God and because I obeyed the Lord many years ago and let go of what I never wanted to let go of.  To tell you the story, I’ll have to take you back to when I first came to Knoxville, TN.  Suffice it to say this is a story with length so I’ll leave out a few things, like how God brought me to TN, but when I arrived in the fall of 2003 I began looking for a way to work with the youth in the area.  I had previously worked with the youth in Lynchburg, VA for about 12 years, and my college degree at Liberty University was Church ministries with a concentration on Youth Ministries.  I never felt the call on my life to be a pastor (Lordy you don’t want this crazy child to lead them in that role), but I had a clear calling for youth my sophomore year at Liberty.   Being a part of their life,  loving on them, doing fun and crazy things with them, (like Wal-Mart at midnight just for kicks) and just being there to do life with them.  I could share so many stories.

The Lord closed all doors to youth ministries to me here in Knoxville when I arrived and began looking for a place to serve.  Youth for Christ, Young Life, Fellowship’s youth group, and many other places.  I was pretty lost, so unsure of why God was closing all these doors.  When my small group leader, Dee, asked if perhaps God was calling me to a period of rest – well surely I didn’t need rest…why would He need me to do that?  But then again, He was.  When I finally got that through my head and said okay God I’ll rest, I had peace and knew He was calling me to that, even if I didn’t understand the why of it.  Little did I know that He had plans of His own just around the corner.

Summer came and with it Children’s ministry!  The church began asking for leaders for each grade and my friend Ken came to me and asked if I would work the same grade with him so that if either one of us wanted a weekend away we could go and one of us would still be there for the kids.  Okay, sure.  So we started with this group of rising 1st graders.  Benji, Olivia, Nathan, Katie, Naomi, Carissa and others who have come and gone through the years.  I never really knew that there was anything beyond the summer for me in this ministry and I loved these kids dearly, but this was a God thing and there were many more pieces yet to be discovered in this story.

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That summer came and went and then the next summer Ken and I decided to do it again and keep the same kids so we had the rising 2nd graders.  This again did not register as any kind of a God story until the summer was winding down.  There was a desperate need to have leaders for the children’s ministries team.  It took me some time to finally respond to the tugging of the Lord on my heart to serve.  It wasn’t high school, but I had a relationship with the kids after two summers and in no time it grew to a deeper relationship including the parents as well.

I began to take the kids on outings, and yes the parents trusted me with their kiddos’, which to me was such a privilege and SO MUCH FUN!  Movies downtown were fun with some of the boys who all opted to get suicide soda’s – aka…a little bit of soda from each of the soda fountains tap (yes a combo of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper and whatever else was there). Can we say sugar rush!   All of these were fun even when we went to Mast General Store afterwards and I let the kids get even more candy.  (I’m such a good aunt!)  It’s a wonder those parents let me take them out again after getting their sugared up children back.

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And there were soccer games to attend.

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And then getting being invited to the “North Knoxville gatherings” as the “west Knoxvillian”, and becoming more involved with the kids and the parents in a fun and laid back setting.   I had an in as most of the kids there were the kids that I had in Sunday School.

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And the journey continued into their 5th grade year.  Right before I got married and when my soon to be husband and I took 4 of the kids out to a movie and then ice cream and then took them home.  I’ll never forget “The Wheels on the Bus” by Carson and his many many made up verses to the song, and Brittany’s steel nerves as she sat in the back seat quietly not saying a thing.  I think i learned how far it really was from west Knoxville to his house that night!

My wedding rolled around and 4 of the kids came with their families.  I was thrilled to have them there and their families attend.

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Then began their middle school crazy years.  I must admit I’m not a fan of middle school changes and the extreme amount of energy the kids have and I think I know that God has NOT called me to work with that age group.   I was going back to school for photography at that time, so I was the “photographer” during those years and held no formal title or role in their lives, but watched two dear ladies (Mandy and Tracy) love them well.  I was blessed to be able to watch them grow and still be a part of their lives.  Those years however, were the beginning of a huge change for me.  I had loved photography for a long time and had never taken the advise of my parents to pursue it until now.  This was finally the time and I knew right away that a change was coming.

I knew I wanted more time to spend with the kids at events and just time to be a part of their busy lives as they began high school.  However working a full-time job, part time job photography,  youth group as well as family and more.  It was becoming too much.  I was offered severance to leave the wonderful job that I had been at at Scripps Networks for the past 8 years, and I knew this was the right move.   After prayer and deliberation with my husband, the company and my parents, it was agreed and a few months later I made the move to work full-time as a portrait photographer.  I hadn’t full decided to mainly work with high over the years.

So all of that to finally arrive at this year, Summer of ’15, where these kids that have been a part of my life for 12 years,  7 years, 4 years and some a number in between, these are my kiddos’!  I love them and this summer and this year I have the privilege and joy of spending time with them, creating memories, laughing, drinking coffee, eating Brewster’s ice cream and most fun of all doing creative photo shoots and their specialized senior photos as well.  We have already had 2 outings and a third happens this Sunday.  These kids are truly getting a senior experience that most likely might never happen again, nor could I ever dreamed of having.  So thank you Lord for your unexpected ways, the twist and the turns and the relationships I’ve made along the way.  I’m looking forward to many more fun times this year before you all graduate and head off to college.  I love you all and look forward to photographing you and creating a senior portrait experience like no other with you.

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So glad it’s only the beginning of your senior year.  I’m stocking up on kleenex.  Next spring I’ll be needing them.

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Raegan Kennedy, Oliver Springs High School Senior, Southern Charm Boutique, Noelle Bell Photography

It’s been a busy April and May and gearing up for a busy summer as the 2016 seniors sessions begin!   About a month ago Raegan Kennedy, one of my junior reps from last year and now one of my class of 2016 seniors, and I got together to do her last junior model shoot with Noelle Bell Photography.  We had so much fun and got some amazing images of her with some outfits from Southern Charm Boutique in Oliver Springs, where she does some modeling for the owner.  We also captured some images of her in one of the prom dresses that she wore to one of the two proms she attended this spring.  So here are some of my favorite images from this session.

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If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet call today as June has 8 openings left and July only has 4 spots and those are booking 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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Ryan Long, CAK 2015 Senior, Noelle Bell Photography

It was such a joy meeting and working with both Jackie and Ryan Long this year.  Jackie called the studios of Noelle Bell Photography after realizing that her son’s senior portraits needed to be done quickly before he graduated.  We set a date and headed to the old city in downtown Knoxville for the session.

Ryan not only rocked his session, but in a few of the pictures, he is looking a little bit like Jason Priestly from 90210 (and yes I know not everyone even knows what that is so I’m dating myself by even saying this!).  Here are my favorite black and white images of him that we captured that day.

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His girlfriend came along as well so we captured some pictures of the two of them as well.  They make such a good looking couple even when they are goofing off.

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Mother and Son, Senior Pictures, black and whiteAnd here are a few more of my favorites from this session.

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If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet call today as June has 8 openings left and July only has 4 spots and those are booking 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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Cameron Kuerschen, Grace Christian Academy, Senior Portraits, Noelle Bell Photography

Noelle Bell Photography had a wonderful time capturing Cameron Kuerschen’s senior pictures this last month.  Cameron will be graduating from Grace Christian Academy in May and will head off to East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN in the fall to play football there.

We started his senior portraits at Grace Christian Academy on the football field and captured some gritty and casual pictures with him in his football jersey.  The sun was shining high in the sky and though it was a little bright we captured some amazing images both on the field and around the stadium.  Cameron was so patient with me and his mom as we plotted out each image.

Here are some images from the field at Grace Christian Academy.

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We ended the senior session with some images when we had the most magnificent sunset where all the clouds in the sky seemed to point right to Cameron.

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And this was by far a favorite image of mine.  I love to capture an image of the parent with their soon to be graduate, and this is an image of Kathy and Cameron with that beautiful sunset in the background.  Kathy is a wonderful mom that has done a great job in raising her son to be sweet and kind and well-behaved.  (I was called ma’am a lot by Cameron)  Thank you so much for letting me capture what I know will be a special moment for you in years to come….letterman jacket and all!  Senior Pictures, Senior Boy, Football, Field, Barn, Noelle Bell Photography, Mother and SonThis was such a fun senior session and I can’t wait for them to see these images in their finished products.

If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet call today as April and May are booking 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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Raegan Kennedy, Oliver Springs High School Sneak Peek

This past week I had a blast with Raegan on her last spokesmodel session with me as a junior at Oliver Springs High School.  It’s hard to believe she will be a senior next year, but time sure does fly, and I can’t wait to capture her senior portraits!  Here is a sneak peek of an image from her session.  I can’t wait to do a full post with these images and share all the fun we had.

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If you haven’t yet scheduled your high school senior portraits yet call today as April and May are booking 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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Spring Senior Portrait Sessions, Noelle Bell Photography, Knoxville TN

The flowers and trees are beginning to bloom, the sun is shining and fresh fruits and veggies are showing up on my plate every day.  The best part about spring coming now is that all the high school seniors want the lovely blossoms in their pictures, and those blooms are opening and flowering more and more every day!  I’m ignoring the “possible snow flurries” in the forecast for Friday with the temperature at 50+ that day, and going with all the 70+ degree weather we will be having right now, and the 60+ temperature on Monday of next week.

So if you haven’t scheduled your senior session, Noelle Bell Photography has 3 available spots for the end of March, first week in April, and some of the trees look to be in full bloom at that time.  If you want to head out for some gorgeous senior pictures at that time, contact me today and let’s get your session on the books so you can get those custom designed graduation cards in time to send out to family and friends.

Here are three of my favorite spring senior portraits that I’ve taken.  Looking forward to capturing more on Wednesday.

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