Portraits for LOVE Huntsville, Alabama 

Portraits for LOVE - Helping Others

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” 
- Martin Luther King Jr.

Recently had the opportunity to do a portrait photography event in Huntsville Huntsville Alabama.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to provide photography and portraits or families in the Huntsville Alabama area.

Meeting at the Dove Awards

The journey to Huntsville, Alabama started back in October at the Dove Awards in Nashville, TN when I was doing photography for the Museum of the Bible.

Museum of the Bible Is located in Washington DC at 400 4th St. SW, Washington, DC.

I was the location scout for the Museum of the Bible exhibit that was on display at Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee. After spending several weeks finding a location for the museum exhibit, I was also hired to be the photographer while the exhibit was on display and Nashville Tennessee at Lipscomb University.


The Museum of the Bible exhibit display was located right outside the entrance of the Dove Awards. So that evening in October I had the opportunity to do photography As participants were attending and entering the Gospel Music Awards / DOVE Awards.

I have attended the Dove Awards in the past they are a lot of fun, and I enjoy the program.  On this particular occasion, I did not have the opportunity to attend the Dove Awards, but I was hired to do photography for the production company that was managing the Museum of the Bible tour across America for the museum exhibit.

So on a beautiful October day that started a little cool in the Lipscomb University courtyard, we did photos of people with the Museum of the Bible display which was about  About five stories high and 40 ft wide weighing 3 tons. 

The museum exhibit takes two flatbed tractor-trailers to carry it across the country utilizing a setup team engineers and cranes.  I am told it takes about two days to set up the display and about one day to take the display down. 

The Green family are the founders of Hobby Lobby are the managing founders of the Museum of the Bible. While working the Museum of the Bible event at Lipscomb University in front of the Dove Awards, I met Fred Whitlow II. 

He was there attending the event as a guest, and he is also a musician and leader in the Huntsville Alabama area. Somehow we got to talking about portraits of love and ended up falling up with each other after the event.

After some phone calls texting and messaging, we decided on doing the portraits of Love event in Huntsville, Alabama on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018.

So we went from bumping into each other at the event in October to planning a photoshoot in Huntsville Alabama. Fred Whitlow II Was able to provide us with a host location to set up for the portrait event and he also provided us with families and individuals to work with on doing the portraits.

Facebook Live

One of our promotions was doing Facebook live on his Facebook page.  This turned out to be a great way to get the message out in to explain the vision behind portraits of love.

We did a Facebook live interview together and ran down the different parts of portraits for love. The main idea behind Portraits for LOVE is to provide photos for individuals and Families that cannot afford professional portraits. At the Portraits for LOVE events volunteers assemble to help families in need.

Recruiting Volunteers for Photography

Recruiting volunteers can be a very challenging opportunity. 

Thank goodness we had two wonderful photographers show up and volunteer their time and talents for the event.  There is no way I could have done the event by myself. Every time slot for the event was filled with a family or individual for portraits.

Special thank you to Patrick Collins and Vic Vergara for providing for photography and gear for the event. 

Loading photography gear can always be an interesting task.  I have an old Dodge Caravan that makes this task very simple.  But the old Dodge Caravan that was used for family vacations and did concerts events is no longer in the best of conditions.  So most of the time it is just setting in the driveway and is used as a junk hauler from time to time.

I have recently become very skillful at loading everything into a Nissan Altima. One of the tools that I have to make packing and unloading simpler as using a red folding cart with wheels.

This allows for all the lighting stands and tripods and backdrop stands to be rolled in and out of the location making load loading time shorter and less time-consuming.


The first time I did this was doing headshots at the local College and had to roll everything into a conference room to set up for the headshots and gracefully roll everything out quickly and move on to my next photoshoot.
Driving down the Huntsville, AL  

Thank goodness the weather was perfect that day we had a break in the icy cold weather and no snow or sleet to add to the drama of getting to the photoshoot. Frederick. Patrick and I both all three showed up about the same time.  That was a great way to start the event getting there on time and knowing everyone was there.

Set up Photography Gear

We all three started setting up pretty quickly.  I think we all knew we had to be ready when the families showed up.  you don't want to be fiddling with gear when families are ready to have their portraits made.

We had the perfect amount of space to set up three areas for photography in also a holding area for the families to mix and mingle in They were waiting to have their photos made.

The folding red cart has proven to be a big success with helping me with unloading and setting up for events.  It's a great tool to move a lot of tripods and stands at the same time and roll them right into the venue and offload them into the areas that they will be needed for set up.

The think-tank camera bag that I use for transporting camera gear has proven to be worth every penny. It keeps my camera gear from being damaged, and it is easy to work out of.


The Pace of the Photoshoot

The photoshoot started at 2:00 and went all the way up to 5:00. We were doing photos the entire time. Frederick's team keep everything organized with the families.

So we had a pretty fast pace of shooting and rotating the families and individuals through the three photography setups that we had in the venue. 

Falling into a Creative Rhythm

Somewhere in the photoshoot I was inspired by the individuals that were allowing us to do portraits of them. So in a moment of inspiration, I started using blue gels.

Thank goodness my camera bag was closed and organized with a traveling kit of different colors of gels for my flash. I had just purchased two small umbrellas that I use in conjunction with my beauty dish or 7-foot umbrellas.

So I was able to take a blue gel and place it on one of the edge lights and create a blue light effect with a few of the participants where it seemed creatively appropriate. I probably ended up doing more than the number of photos that I originally anticipated.  But it is always fun to have subjects that appreciate having their photos made and having all the gear setup and room to work with.

Before you knew it, it was 5:00 and the event was coming to an end.  We did a few promo type shots for the host and then it was time to pack up our gear.

Packing always makes me think about having a studio space of my own. in the perfect world the gear would stay set up and just be moved for Creative exercises and learning new techniques for lighting.

But for now, all the gear had to be packed back into my Nissan Altima and eventually rolled back into the garage and office at home. Patrick and I went to eat at Ruby Tuesday's had an awesome meal. I drink about 5 gallons of water because I was at the end of having a cold and sore throat and needed lots of water.

“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” 
― Barack Obama

GMA/DOVE Awards http://doveawards.com
Patrick Collins https://www.facebook.com/patrick.collins.545849

Vic Vergara https://www.facebook.com/vic.vergara.7

Fred Whitlow II https://www.facebook.com/minister.whitlow

Museum of the Bible https://www.museumofthebible.org/

Lipscomb University in Nashville Tennessee https://www.lipscomb.edu

Hobby Lobby https://www.hobbylobby.com

Kenneth Purdom


Be My Model Subject for a Photoshoot

I am always looking for subjects to work with on my personal portrait projects. The art that I like to create requires people and locations. I can not do this without people who will give me their time and their story.

I'd very much appreciate it if you would take a moment to fill out this form. I will not share any of your information or include you on any email lists. This simply helps me organize my plan and what kind of shoot you may be a good match for. 

Kenneth Purdom

Some Ideas for Photoshoots...

  • Downtown Columbia, TN 
  • Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 
  • Abandon Houses 
  • Abandon Theater 
  • Engagement Photoshoot 
  • Lifestyle Photoshoot 
  • Sports Theme 
  • Beach Photoshoot  
  • Volleyball
  • Capital Downtown Nashville, TN 
  • O'More College of Design Franklin, TN 
  • Studio Photoshoot 
  • Fair, Carnival or Circus 
  • Chiffon in the Wind 
  • 18th Century Oil Painting
  • Rain 
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Life Care Center of Columbia TN

Life Care Center of Columbia Photos

Your Photos are Ready - Free Download or Print

Good news; your photos are ready.

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They have been edited and uploaded to your online gallery.

The online gallery is easy to access and you will have access to our professional printing services. You can access the online gallery from any device.

You can also share the online gallery with friends and family. I have set up your gallery so you can download the files to your system at no cost. 

You can also print from the online gallery using the professional print lab. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

The links to your photos.

Staff Event Dec 2017

Dinner Campbell Station 2017

2016 Family Photos

Prism Music Incs

Prism Music Christmas Photos

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Your Photos are Ready - Free Download or Print

Good news; your photos are ready.

They have been edited and uploaded to your online gallery.

The online gallery is easy to access and you will have access to our professional printing services. You can access the online gallery from any device.

You can also share the online gallery with friends and family. I have set up your gallery so you can download the files to your system at no cost. 

You can also print from the online gallery using the professional print lab. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.

The links to your photos.

Family and Santa Photos 2017

Event Photos 2017

Prism Music Christmas Photos 2016

Westbury House on the Square Team


Westlight Studios Fashion Shoot

Westlight Studios Fashion Shoot Franklin, TN

Thank you to everyone that helped out on this project and a special thank you to Westlight Studios in Franklin, Tennessee.

The Team...

  • Model: Sammi Moore
  • Makeup Artist: Kat Stillwell
  • Designer: Kat Gaume
  • Collection: ANGEL AURA  
  • Photographer: Kenneth Purdom  
  • Westlight Studios: Franklin, TN

Headshot and Professional Portrait Nashville, TN

Professional Portrait Headshot Photographer

Hello, my name is Kenneth Purdom, and I am Professional Portrait Headshot Photographer Nashville, the Tennessee area.  615-310-7171 - Kenneth@kennethpurdom.com


Specializing in Business Headshots, Personal, and Fashion portraits, I have years of experience in the field with lighting styles that are bold, simple, true and classic. Running a client-focused business in  Nashville, Tennessee area and believing that great creativity often is the result of teamwork.  

Headshot Photography Nashville TN


I work closely with every client to create a Dynamic & Custom Portrait Session. My team and I understand that most people do not like having their photo taken or feel 'non-photogenic' and, with a little 'magic', we ALWAYS delivers images that they love. 


My work includes a variety of work such as environmental portraits, executives, travel, interiors, business, product and still life. I work is primarily shot on location mixing different lighting situations to create her unique style.


If a client needs a studio environment, my space is an excellent place near downtown Nashville for corporate, headshots and product photography. With my unique style photography, Ii captures imagery that shows compassion, strength, and beauty.


In an over-capacitated industry full of hopefuls looking to get their break, a quality headshot is an integral facet of your portfolio. I have a body of photography work that routinely exercises strong, concise work that a potential client will remember you by, but the photography experience that's required as well.


Excellent headshot photography is very important and essential asset to your portfolio and should be done masterfully by a seasoned photography profession. I never fall short of meeting our client's photography goal in ensuring that we correctly communicate who you really are in each photograph.


I make it a priority to understand the goal of our client and always have collaboration so that we can work together in getting you the best photography results possible.


A Great Headshot is Priceless


Having great headshots done should be fun. I and the photography team at the studio want to create memorable photography work for you, and also provide a very significant experience.


I and the photography team excel in getting each individual who comes to us in the Nashville, TN photography Studios that you Photographs will be rich in content, texture, and composition. For each photography shoot with every individual client, we strive to capture the truest essence of the subject.


Great headshots are an important and essential asset to your portfolio and should be done masterfully. We do our best to render you precisely how you envision yourself. We cater to Actors musicians and professionals. Keep us in mind for editorial-advertising, celebrity-famous and humor entertainment personalities photography. 


Frequently Asked Questions


How fast will my photos be ready?


After your shoot, it will take up to 48 hours to get your images ready in your gallery.  After your gallery is ready, you'll be able to choose your favorites, and those images will be retouched & delivered to you within 4-7 business days.  Need your images faster?? No problem!


What is included with 'Retouching'?


We apply high-quality retouching techniques to your final photos to ensure that you look your best.  Removal of Wrinkles, scars, and blemishes, and whitening of the teeth and eyes are included. Slimming also can be done upon request at no additional charge. Other editing requests, such as background changes and removal of wrinkles in clothing can be purchased.


Can we shoot at my office or outdoor location?


Yes! We are available to bring our portable backdrop and lighting setup to your office or use natural lighting at an outdoor location.


Kenneth Purdom Photography

615-310-7171 - Kenneth@kennethpurdom.com



Barn Bash David Phelps Music Photos

Nashville, TN Fashion Shoot Locations

Italian Style Fashion Shoot Nashville, TN

I had the opportunity recently to do some location scouting in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

The purpose of scouting for the locations is for a project that I am working on for a European styled fashion shoot theme for this September.

Italian Style Fashion Shoot Nashville, TN

The original idea was to do an Italian style fashion shoot in the Nashville area.  But after doing some location scouting, the theme may expand to encompass a broader approach to the fashion shoot.


Italian Mood Board

italian mood board

The overall goal is to show the European influences in the Nashville Metro area and show how a photo shoot can be done in a  way that it looks like someplace else in the world.

It will take many elements to create the tone and feel of a European styled photo shoot. Some of the items will be included in the fashion to shoot to support the concept are.


Fashion Props and Styling Elements

  • European style scooter
  • Tables and chairs
  • Fiat Car
  • Italian bicycles with baskets
  • Italian newspapers and magazines
  • Italian Restaurants
  • Designers - Purses, shoes and dresses.
  • Male models that look Italian to compliment the female model
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Umbrella
  • Vineyard
  • Italian Inspired Mansion In Nashville, TN 4303 Harding Place, Nashville, TN
  • Cafe
  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream

Photo Shoot Locations Nashville, TN

Italian Brands

  • Bottega Veneta
  • Valentino
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Versace
  • Moschino
  • Gucci
  • Fendi
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Prada
  • Miu Miu
  • Marni
  • Marcelo Burlon
  • Palm Angels
  • Sunnei
  • Moncler
  • FILA
  • Sergio Tacchini
  • Diesel
  • Stone Island / C.P. Company
  • ellesse
  • Loro Piana
  • Missoni

Fashion Shoot Team Needed

  • Male models
  • Stylist
  • Videography
  • Retail Store Support
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Make up
  • Hair
  • Drone video pilot
  • Prop Director

Fashion Shoot Team Needed

  • Models
  • Stylist
  • Videography
  • Retail Store Support
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Make up
  • Hair
  • Drone video pilot
  • Prop Director

This is a portfolio building project no compensation.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact me.

Kenneth Purdom Photography



Mood Board

Italian Fashion Shoot




Fashion Shoot Meet-Up

Fashion Shoot Meet-Up

Saturday, September 9 from 9am-1pm

HappSpace | Blossomwood Foundation - 2222 Governor's Drive, Huntsville, AL

Fashion Shoot Meet-Up

Hosted by Alabama Fashion Alliance & Fashion Photographers Nashville, TN


Morning Refreshments:  Pastries, Water & Coffee Noon:  Sandwiches/Wraps, Chips, Beverage


Fashion Shoot Meet-Up REGISTRATION

Registration includes a special presentation on Success & Happiness by the owner of HappSpace, Jenny Juceviciute.


Registration closes Sept. 3; Late Registration:  Add $20 to regular registration fee, if registering after Sept. 3



Note:  Models should bring at least 2 complete looks for photo shoot meet-up, however additional looks from retailers and designers will be available to choose from on a first-come, first-serve basis, size permitting.  


Note:  Models should come hair and make-up ready, bringing tools for on-site styling and touch-ups.

Hair and Make-up Services also available by On-Site Glam Team - $10 - Eyes - $20 - Eyes & Lips - $45 - Full  Make-up - $45 - Full  Hair - $20 - Hair Touch-ups


2 Complete Fashion Looks for Shoot.  Please bring hair and make-up tools, strapless bra, shapers, black and neutral camis, black leggings, black or dark denim jeans, robe, lotion, sunglasses, important medications or special dietary foods/drinks. While we may have some shoes available, please bring fashionable shoes/strappy sandals (high heels mostly and flats) in neutrals and colors.



Please bring any hair and make-up tools.  Bring black and white tee, under-shirt, robe, at least 3 pair of shoes to include casual, dressy-casual and/or dressy, important medications or special dietary foods/drinks..  Feel free to bring accessories such as belts, sunglasses and watches/bracelets.



Blossomwood Foundation

Blossomwood Foundation was created in 2014 by Vito Pukis MD and Dzene (Jenny) Juceviciute, with the goal of providing the Nepalese people located in remote areas with basic healthcare needs, as well as access to food, clean water, and education.




Established in 2012 after the success of the first Fashion Week Alabama in 2011, Alabama founder/fashion designer LeJeune launched the Alabama Fashion Alliance (AFA), an all-volunteer group of passionate professionals, community leaders, and business owners that has been formed to work together for the common goal of uniting and advancing the fashion and fashion art industries - - locally, statewide, and nationally.  Based out of the city of Huntsville, AFA organizes style-focused networking mixers and Huntsville’s premier events, Fashion Week Alabama, Fashion WeekEND/Alabama & Fashion Forward Awards.



Fashion Photographers Nashville, TN

Mission - Help others - Learning about our business and Networking. The group is for... Hair and Makeup Artist - Model's - Fashion Designers - Lighting Technicians - Photographers - Video Photographers.


Armed Forces Day 2017

Armed Forces Day 2017 May 20th O'MORE Franklin, TN

Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace–many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth–that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice. – President John F. Kennedy, 1963




Model: Katie Key https://www.facebook.com/katie.key.737 - On Armed Forces Day May 20th, we salute the bravery of those who defend our Nation's peace and security, Their service defends for Americans the freedom that all people deserve. Kenneth Purdom Photography https://www.kennethpurdom.com/

Real Estate Photography

Preparing Your Home for Real Estate Photography Photographs:

Before the photographer arrives, it's important that everything looks inviting comfortable and simple.

Please follow the easy steps to get your home ready for real estate photography.

Professional Real Estate Photography is an art form of selling. 

It makes the viewer feel safe, warm or sophisticated. In the competitive realm, it’s the hidden link that connects agents with viewers. 

Real estate photography sets the standard for what makes a house a home, and a property a place for creating special memories. There are thousands of homes, apartments, investment properties, and special venues listed for sale or rental every single day. 

You only get one chance to make a first impression's and your real estate photos may be the very first impressions that will be seen.

The following list of items is meant to help you have the best experience with selling your home.

Cloudy days are some of the best days for real estate photography.

Rainy days also provide an excellent opportunity for real estate photography. Right after a shower driveways walkways and patios look their best. 


Exterior Real Estate Photography:

  • Remove all cars from view of windows and driveways.
  • Please do not park cars directly in front of the home. We do not want your cars to be in view.
  • The cars will detract from the real estate photography. We want to all eyes on your home that is for sale.
  • Remove bicycles - boats - garbage cans - water hoses - alarm signs and also dead plants.
  • Sweep off patio decks and walkways.
  • Remove fallen limbs from the yard.
  • If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neatly on the patio furniture. If they are faded and worn it is best to go without the cushions.
  • Remove all grill covers.
  • Grills should be cleaned and ready for photos.


Interior Real Estate Photography:


  • All lights need to be turned on and all light bulbs working.
  • Curtains should be open.
  • A mini blind should be slightly opened and turn down for real estate photography.
  • Please remove all soap sponges drying racks dirty dishes and food off the countertops.
  • All garbage cans should be out of sight.
  • All towels should be removed from appliances.
  • Remove everything from exterior of the refrigerator doors and sides. For example calendars magnets and photos.
  • All pet items and pet foods should be out of sight.
  • Please plan to confine pets to a room.
  • Please attempt to hide all chords for your electronics as best as possible.
  • Clean mirrors and shower doors.
  • If you feel that the room is too dark, you may want to add a lamp to brighten the room up.
  • Please remove all small area rugs. If you have hardwood floors, it is best to show them off.
  • Remove all remote controls place in drawers or under pillows.
  • Please make sure Items that are under beds are not the scene from a distance.

Kenneth Purdom Photography
615-310-7171 Kenneth@kennethpurdom.com

Real Estate Photographer Columbia TN

Real Estate Photographer

Real estate photography in the Nashville, Tennessee area is a wonderful way to explore the country. 

Recently I had the opportunity to visit communities in the Middle Tennessee area south of Nashville, Tennessee for Real Estate photography opportunities.

Hohenwald, Tennessee and Linden, Tennessee 

I have been to communities like Hohenwald, Tennessee and Linden, Tennessee most recently.  http://hohenwaldtn.org/

These are communities that I have driven through many times but if not had the opportunity to get to know the community.

I wanted to follow up with you on the photography or your real estate projects and drone aerial video that you might need. 

 I will provide a couple of links that will take you to examples of our work and videos for drone aerial photography. 

I have grown fond of the Linden, Tennessee area because of the charm of the downtown and the people in the community welcome you with open arms.

I have gotten to know the business owners and a few of the residents in the community.

Commodore Hotel Linden, Tennessee 

Commodore Hotel is an amazing place to visit. I'm planning on doing a fashion photo shoot there in a few weeks, and the owners are in full support of the project. 

See more information on Commodore Hotel Linden Tennessee at the link.  

Commodore Hotel Linden TN www.commodorehotellindentn.com
The Commodore Hotel & Cafe is conveniently located between Nashville and Memphis and is the perfect blend of historic charm and modern comfort.

I also got to hang out at the Dimples Coffee shop with the owner and purchased some of her husband's fresh baked raisin bread.  Which was so delicious was not able to share it with my wife when I got home because I had consumed all of it.

Often when I'm visiting with a potential real estate agent or real estate offices and businesses in the area about professional photography. 

They will ask and fairly so what are the advantages of using a professional real estate photographer. 

So I'll take this time and list those advantages below.

Advantages of having a professional real estate photographer.

More Views

Using professional photos can draw more attention to your listings and result in more clicks by potential buyers. They found listings that utilized professional photos generated an average 139% increase in clicks compared to similar listings.

Sales Moore Faster

The Wall Street Journal published a graph to show that in the majority of price brackets, more homes sold that had photos from a professional camera compared to photos taken with a point-and-shoot. A professional camera can affect how a buyer looks at a listing. 

Time Saver

Taking photos takes time. A professional photographer will not only take the photos, but they will re-size them and send them to you over email or through their website. All you need to do is download the image files and upload to the MLS. 

Please let me know if you have any questions. 

I may be back in your community this week.

Edwardian Fashion Project

Edwardian Fashion Project - Early 19th Century Fashion

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work". 
- Thomas Edison 

I recently had the opportunity and the honor to do a photoshoot with some friends of mine who are very talented.  They are working on a fashion project wearing early 19th-century  clothing for one year.

The project involves three people working as a team to reproduce from the early 19th-Century Fashion period called Edwardian era. The team working on the project is Daniel Alvarado - Interior Designer, Kat Gaume - Fashion Designer and Lacey Linck - Model.

The Edwardian era or Edwardian period is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910. Fashion in European and European-influenced countries continued the long elegant lines of the 1890s.

We did the photoshoot in October.  The photo shoot we attempted to create a that represented the time in history that we were shooting. By utilizing Props and backgrounds, that would be associated with early eighteenth century. We even attempted to play music from YouTube that represented that to set the mood.

I hope you will take the time to listen to the interview that we recently did it's very informative and shows their commitment to the Edwardian Fashion project.

If you're looking for a way to be inspired for your next creative endeavor, take a few a few minutes and listen to the interview. 

Edwardian Fashion Project - Early 19th Century Fashion Interview

Interview Recording with Daniel Alvarado - Interior Designer, Kat Gaume - Fashion Designer and Lacey Linck - Model. 

Play Interview > https://fccdl.in/rbtuoT5g0

Edwardian Fashion Video

Edwardian Fashion Team

Daniel Alvarado - Interior Designer
Studied Interior Design at O'More College of Design

Kat Gaume - Fashion Designer
Designer at Self-employed and works for Intern at Jed Phoenix of London
Studied Fashion Design at O'More College of Design

Lacey Linck - Model

Edwardian Era Resources

The Most Beautiful Women Of 1900s Edwardian Era

Victorian realities - how did they use the toilet??!

The Crime of the Century

Here's How People Got Laid In The 1800s

Help Portraits - Columbia, Tennessee

Help Portraits - Columbia, Tennessee with Parks and Recreation Department 

Wanted to let you know I'm doing Help-Portraits in Columbia, Tennessee with Parks and Recreation Department this Saturday and next Saturday.

We have an antebellum home set up for the portraits and could use a few volunteers for the event. We are expecting 20 families each day and could use a few volunteers to help make things go smoothly.

Help-Portraits - Columbia, Tennessee Dates

12/3/2016 Sat - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm 

12/10/2016 Sat - 7:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Help-Portraits - Columbia, Tennessee Location

Woodland Park/Rainey House - Columbia Parks and Recreation
821 W 9th St, Columbia, TN 38401

Video from Help-Portraits Event

About Help-Portrait

Help-Portrait mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists to use their skills, tools and expertise to give back to their local community.

Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists all around the world will find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it—free of charge.

Help-Portrait is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits aren’t for a portfolio, website, or sale. It’s about giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford photography, a chance to capture a moment, a memoryand a whole lot more.

If you're looking for a way to get involved in the Help-Portrait project in Columbia, TN please contact me at 615-310-7171 or Kenneth@KennethPurdom.com.

Franklin, TN Photoshoot

Arin Phillips Franklin, TN Photoshoot

Arin Phillips Franklin, TN Photoshoot

Franklin, TN is a great place to create art and business. 

It’s just a city filled with a lot of spirit and cool locations. 

Downtown Franklin, TN is full of life and culture. When you’re in town, make sure to hit up one of my favorite coffee joints. 

Arin is a photographer who recently turned model. She's in the process of updating her portfolio.

So we made some time for a warm-weather photoshoot in downtown Franklin on a very nice day.

It can be stressful shooting a photographer who has turned into a model. They know when you are trying to figure out things on the camera.

Arin brought lots of creative ideas to the photoshoot. But also allowed me to run with the ideas and shoot some of my favorite locations in downtown Franklin, TN. 

Arin Phillips Franklin, TN Photoshoot Video

Coffee Franklin, TN

My favorite coffee joints in Franklin, TN

Frothy Monkey  
125 5th Ave S, Franklin, TN 37064

Honest Coffee Roasters  
The Factory At Franklin, 230 Franklin Rd #11a, Franklin, TN 37064

Kenneth Purdom 
Photography & Video

Fashion Model Resource Center

Fashion Model Resource Center for Photoshoots

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What parents need to know · what aspiring models need to know · why it's free and how it really works - the truth · it's all about the girls · age matters.

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Model Packing List Ideas



Rain Gear

All the necessary apparel, shoes and accessories for your outfits, unless otherwise told or worked out with your photographer (photographers may also bring things for their models, just make sure you've worked this out with your model so they are aware!).

Hair products & accessories


Even if your shoot involves an MUA, you may want to pack the following:

- Your complete makeup kit along with a mirror

- Makeup remover

- Moisturizer/lotions

- Cotton balls and swabs

- Lip balm

- Vaseline

- A good skin cleanser

- Several different shades of lip color (be sure to bring some solid colors)

- Towels/washcloths, toiletries, etc


Bring only the essential number of shoes:

2 shoes for work, (x1 black strappy heel and x1 gold/nude strappy heel is popular)

1 pair of exercise/walking shoes

Boots and high heel boots welcomed


Both nude & black removable strap bras, as well as anything else that you may need for your predetermined outfits with your photographer

Tube top or tank top- in white, nude, black


For use when putting on clothes/changing.


Natural colors and styles that minimize lines under clothing

Hose/nylons/leggings/tights - an assortment of colors and styles

Wardrobe - whatever you would like to have a photo. Along with each outfit, bring accessories which will accent or match the outfit.


- Jewelry (Assortment of necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets and bangles, etc)

- Hats

- Men's shirts

- Jackets

- Scarves

- Props


Remember that in photographs, the viewers eyes will move to vivid colors first, especially red. So, take this into account as to whether you want people viewing your hands or your face.

- Nail polish with neutral color

- Remover kit for nail polish

A nice manicure will really enhance your model photos, especially images where your hand is near your face in close-ups so pay particular attention to your nails. This should pretty much cover you for most photo shoots.

Being well prepared for you photo session can make the difference between average and fabulous photos.


Have some ideas for the shoot to work with.

Have fun! We’re going to make you look great and you’ll have a great time


Sleep - go to bed and get lots of rest to week of the photo shoot.

I am easy to get along with. Plus, I can help you with posing, so there’s no pressure on you.

No Rushing

Pack two days for the shoot.

No Major Changes

Do not get a new hair cut before the shoot.


Arrive early for the appointment. Showing up late means you lose camera time.

Give yourself plenty of time to find your way to the shoot location.  

Plan for a traffic problem

. Having a buffer in case you get lost will save you some stress.

Shoot start time be 100% ready.

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