Education isn’t just important for photographers in Knoxville, Tennessee, it is important for all photographers. Let me start by saying that I am a true “lifetime learner.” I love learning in all aspects of my life, not just in my business. Today, there are endless possibilities for photography education. You can learn online, you can go to conferences, you can go to classes, you can get a mentorship and so much more. I personally love a mix of education. I am a member of the Professional Photographers of America, where I attend their national conference (I just got back from this conference in Nashville, TN). I am also a member of the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, where monthly in person education events are offered. Since I specialize in high school seniors, I attend a conference that is geared towards high school senior photographers called SYNC. I am also very active in mastermind groups that discuss education a continual basis.

One thing I love about attending in person education is that I get to hug on and fellowship with people that are called to do what I love to do. I have made some of my very best photography friends at conferences. Photog besties are the best…we have a tribe of ladies that have each others back and are always around if someone needs advice or just virtual hugs.

Why photography education is important:

  1.  Learning new things to better serve clients is a must (I want to be the very best photographer I can be!!)
  2. Photography is a changing industry, so photographers need to know and understand what is changing
  3. Education is a way to network with other photographers
  4. Other photographers see things differently and do things differently, it is a great opportunity to learn a shortcut or a new perspective
  5. Watching other photographers and hanging out with them inspires me…I want to go create beautiful art!

Photog friends, be sure you are seeking good photography education. If you would like any details on any of the education that I attend, I would love to share with you!

Photog besties

The photog besties learning while catching some rays on the beach!

SYNC High School Seniors FamilyTeri Fode on stage at SYNCSue Bryce PhotographerAnne McCabe teaching about senior films



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Everyone meet Aubrey! Aubrey was a class of 2017 senior that I had the pleasure of photographing. I met Aubrey as a referral through another Knoxville photographer (being referred by another photographer warms my heart). Aubrey’s session started in the glam chair with hair and makeup by the talented Kala Sohm Beauty. Our first stop for Aubrey’s session was in our loft studio in downtown. We shot some gorgeous images on the brick walls from the 1800’s (ya’ll know that I love me some beautiful brick). We then ventured outside for a little urban look downtown. I am all about that backlight, so of course we had to follow it all evening. After shooting downtown, we followed the gorgeous light up to an amazing field of wheat grass. Needless to say, we captured some gorgeous images of Miss Aubrey! We made sure to include some of the things Aubrey loves like her trombone and her dirt bike racing gear (yep, you read that right…she plays the trombone and rides dirt bikes). One other really cool thing about Aubrey is that she received an associates degree along with her high school diploma.

Aubrey is now a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is part of the Pride of the Southland Band! Be sure to keep a look out for her when you are watching the Tennessee Vols play.

We only have a few spots left for the class of 2018 for the spring. Be sure to snag one of those spots before they are gone. Learn more about our boutique senior portrait experience.

Enjoy Aubrey’s gorgeous senior portraits!





Pixel Chicks Photography specializes in modern portraiture for teens and women, offering a fun, unique experience that makes everyone feel like a model, while capturing the real you and allowing you to be TRUE, be DIFFERENT and FEARLESSLY be YOU. Be sure to contact to book your session! Serving Knoxville and surrounding areas.

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First off, I want to say you are no dummy…I just always loved the dummies’ guide books;) Have you heard about the word of the year? This is where you pick a word to focus on for an entire year. I first learned about this years ago within the scrapbooking community. Ali Edwards hosts a project called One Little Word. Over the years I have seen this grow into other creative communities, including photographers. Your word can be centered around a challenge you want to overcome, something you are passionate about or something that you want more of in your life (actually it can be anything meaningful to you, it’s your word). As I was working on some goal setting this year, I worked my way through Lara Casey’s Powersheets. Part of the prep work includes writing down things that work, things that don’t work, ranking areas of your life, writing down what you are grateful for, etc. Another part of the work is to choose a word. When I got through the steps, I had several words that stood out to me. The first thing I did with my words was look up the definition of each word. My 4 words that I started with were:

Intentional – (1) done with intention or on purpose; intended (2) of or relating to intention or purpose

Shine – (1) to give forth or glow with light (2) to be bright with reflected light; glisten; sparkle

Light – (1) something that makes things visible or affords illumination (2) a person who is an outstanding leader (3) a gleam or sparkle (4) mental insight, understanding

Surrender – to yield to the possession or power of another

Sidenote: I love it that multiple words have the word sparkle in the definition. For those of you who know me, know that I love all things with sparkle!

My word of the year is intentional. I want to be intentional with my relationship with God, intentional with my family and intentional at serving my clients at Pixel Chicks Photography.

One of the cool things that I love about picking a word of the year is getting some cool swag to keep my word in front of me. This year I chose a bracelet from

If you would like more resources for picking out your word, be sure to check these out:

Be sure to check out some of these stores that have really cool pieces for you to display your word. All of these places create custom pieces.

Did you pick out a word of the year? If so, I would love for you to share it in the comments!



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