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

Columbia Tennessee Street Photography

Why I Love Street Photography Columbia, Tennessee

The best days to do street photography in Columbia, Tennessee is Mule Day a weekend.

Thousands of people are in town for the event. And there are all types of interesting people and events to photograph.

Because street photography gave me the opportunity to see in a whole new way that surrounds me and every moment I’m watching with my street photographer eye. When I am on the street with your camera the sensation is vibrant energy. I can feel all the intense moment when I frame the shot in the viewfinder and press the shutter.

Street Photography is a frame of mind

. As the french would say détendu Try to adopt a more relaxed manner. One of the main reasons I love street photography in Columbia, TN on Mule Day weekend everyone is in a festive mood.

Street photography is a type of photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places. Mule Day weekend Is a great time to capture a wide variety of people having an enjoyable time. Street photography is a constant learning experience, It keeps you challenged and alert. You will never stop learning Street photography skills.

There are so many different parts of  street photography it would be impossible to master them all and that is part of the mysterious challenge. But in Columbia, Tennessee makes a great starting point for learning street photography. In learning other types of photography, is I can see that one might be able to master everything but with street photography I do not see a point of where you can master the entire street photography skills.

Street photography has the ability takes you on a free adventure. This is part of its delightfulness and its ability to astonish me every time I do a photo walk.  Street photography has a transformation process that makes me feel alive and joyful for what the street and people will give. Street photography is a great way to document our society, through images and stories of the everyday events and life.

Doing street photography has helped raise my creative instincts and ability to do photography in different situations. It is more a method than a genre because I am applying the street photography approach to my fashion work.

Street photography style has always been a part of producing great fashion photography. Street photography and fashion photography are closely tied together. Understanding both has helped me grow as a photographer and the an asset to my clients.

Street photography allowed me to have amazing experiences, introduced me to wonderful people who are today my friends, and generated important work opportunities. Thanks to street photography, I met a lot of people.  Street photography is overall a social experience. The fact I am shooting strangers and that you can never be sure of the reaction of the subjects is part of this challenge.

Great Street Photograph

Great street photographs say something about life; Show emotion it gives us insight.

A great street photograph explains how we see the world. Light, faces, composition and forms are all part of the recipe, but they are not the reason why you click that shutter.

Why I Shoot Street Photography

  • Show happy moments of everyday life.
  • Meet other people.
  • It forces me to step outside of my shell.
  • Create a critique on the community.
  • Document the world and events around me.

Tips I follow when doing Street Photography

  • Shoes the right location and the event.
  • Do not waste your time looking at the back of the camera.
  • Use a wide-angle lens.
  • Take a hundred shots to get one great photo.
  • Get to know some of the people I am working with.
  • Let them know where they can find the photo.
  • Great street photo asks more questions more than they provide answers.
  • Get close when get real close.
  • Have fun.
  • Projects are more meaningful than single images.
  • Tell a story with the photo.
  • Post processing will make a bad photo into a good.

Hope that you and I can do a street photography project together sometime soon. Please let me know if you would like to go shooting.

Kenneth Purdom Photography Columbia, TN

wedding photography, portrait photography, senior photography, fine art 

photography, fashion 



Wedding and Event Venues in Columbia, Tennessee

In this blog I would like to provide a resource for brides to use for planning their wedding day in Columbia Tennessee. I hope you will find the information helpful as you began to plan your wedding.

Columbia TN is acknowledged as the "Antebellum Homes Capital of Tennessee", with more pre-civil war homes than any other county in the state.

Columbia Tennessee is also a great place to have a wedding. There are several churches and wedding venues that are very easy to work with and offer unique characteristics.

Please let me know if I can help you make your wedding day special.

Wedding Columbia, Tennessee Between the proposal and the walk down the aisle lies a very long road that includes choosing a wedding date, a location, registries, bridesmaids, groomsman, dresses, tuxedos, menus, invitations and color themes.

Whether you are using a wedding planner for a top-of-the line affair or planning it all yourself in the backyard, we can all use a bit of help in deciding what we want.

I would like to offer up some unsolicited advice:
  • Never stop laughing. 
  • Continue to help left each of up. 
  • Be honest about what bothers you. 
  • Accept the fact that you are very different people. 
  • Life is short and make the most of it together.

Wedding Venues in Columbia, TN 

Wedding Columbia, Tennessee Westbury House on the Square
125 W 7th St
Columbia, TN

Perfect wedding with everything you need on Westbury House On The Square Julie and her staff at Westbury House are absolutely wonderful. They work with you through every step and help to make your special day what you want it to be.

Natchez Hills Vineyard
109 Overhead Bridge Rd
Hampshire, TN

Natchez Hills a music destination with the vineyard as a gateway.
This place is great wedding. They also have events where they have music, food, and fun. The grounds and buildings are breathtaking. the music hall is fabulous

Churches in Columbia TN for Weddings

Pleasant Heights Baptist Church
2712 Trotwood Avenue
Columbia, TN

First Baptist Church
2790 Pulaski Hwy
Columbia, TN

Highland Park Baptist Church
1800 Highland Ave
Columbia, TN

Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
3019 Cayce Lane
Columbia, TN

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia
5001 Trotwood Avenue
Columbia, TN

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia
5001 Trotwood Ave.
Columbia, TN

St Peters Episcopal Church
311 W 7th St
Columbia, TN

Wedding Vendors in Columbia, TN

Christy's 6th Street Restaurant & Cafe
109 E. 6th Street
Columbia, TN

Natchez Hills Vineyard
109 Overhead Bridge Road
Hampshire, TN

Hotels in Columbia, TN

Holiday Inn Express Columbia
1561 Halifax Dr
Columbia, TN

It was a quiet restful place to stay and we enjoyed having a delicious breakfast, a paper to read and news on the TV in the breakfast room. We would definitely stay here again.

Hampton Inn Columbia
1551 Halifax Dr
Columbia, TN

The hospitality at this Hampton Inn is absolutely the best I've experienced. The staff are very personable and polite. I've never heard more "sir" or "ma'am" in my life...and I work for the military! The hotel is easy to get to off of I-65.

Fairfield Inn
1545 Halifax Dr
Columbia, TN

Outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable - at an exceptional value. We are always ready to welcome you with amenities like thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites that allow you to work and relax, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to stay connected during your stay, and fitness facilities that include a pool and exercise room.

Wedding DJ Columbia, TN

Osborne Studio & Sound, Inc
376 Bear Creek Pike
Columbia, TN

Osborne Studio & Sound, Inc. Has been providing Middle Tennessee with un-matched expertise, service and value with specialities including; Wedding and Party Disk Jockey, Wedding and Commercial Video Production.

Kenneth Purdom
Kenneth Purdom Photography
Columbia, TN