I am always pushing myself to learn a new photography skill.   Precision Camera here in Austin offers several classes a month on lighting, posing, editing, and working with drones.   In December, I registered for a Fashion Editorial class taught by Todd White, a fashion photographer based in the Austin area.   The class was on South Congress and was two […]

Classes, Learning, Lighting, Models, Portraits

Lighting Class with Todd White

You’ve decided to have professional images taken.  You’ve chosen the photographer, selected you attire, and decided upon a location.  You even have the theme locked down.  Your photographer reminds you that professional makeup is needed for the session.  What? You ask yourself why you need to pay someone to do your makeup for a photo session.  Well, there are several […]

Portraits, Professional MUA

Why Do I Need a MUA?

I really don’t listen to pop music.  Primarily, I listen to Christian music, but of late, my Spotify channel consists of the music from my youth.  I could not tell you who the most popular artists are, or what songs that they sing. However, I am familiar with the song “Easy on Me” by Adele.  I didn’t know […]

Black Women Photographers, Lighting, Personal Projects, Portraits, Self-portraits

Easy On Me

The month of September was a busy one for me with regards to personal projects.  I arranged the photo shoot for the National Black Female Photographers’ Day, and I scheduled a personal shoot using a dress that I rented from “Home Gown Rentals” here in Austin.   When I saw the dress on Home Gown Rentals Instagram, […]

Black Women Photographers, Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Styled Photo Shoot

Fairy Tales Do Come True

Every year on the second Saturday in September, Black Woman Photographers all over the world meet for photo walks or photo sessions.  This year, I was honored to serve as the host for the Austin, TX photo walk.  Since I’m still not familiar with the Austin area, I arranged for three models to sit for us to […]

Black Women Photographers, Lighting, Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Styled Photo Shoot, Time for Print

National Black Female Photographers’ Day

Earlier this month, I traveled back home to the Chicago area for a family barbecue.  I was so excited to go home!  It was my first flight since the Pandemic, and it was a chance to get away from the routine of home.  I knew that I was going to take pictures during the barbecue, but I hadn’t […]

Lighting, Portraits

Shooting in Harsh Light

There’s no greater compliment than when someone tells you that they’ve wanted to work with you since your first meeting.  This is what Aria V told me the day of our session.  We met March 2020 during a photo walk that Aria arranged.  We also belong to a Facebook Group for women photographers here in Austin.  Aria mentioned in passing that […]

Lighting, Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Time for Print

Celtic Studios Photo Shoot

In May, the business “Selfie World” opened in Round Rock, Texas. It’s a business with at least 10 different scenes where you can take selfies, or hold photography sessions, and they’re popping up all over the US.  Bloggers like it because it they’re provided with several different scenses to create content for their social media platforms.  For photographers, it’s […]

Black Women Photographers, Models, Personal Projects, Photography Business, Portraits, Social Media Content, Styled Photo Shoot, Time for Print, Women Photographers

Selfie World in Austin, Texas

When I became serious about photography, I would shoot everything.  Like many, I was excited about photography, and wanted to document everything.  At that time, I wanted to get better, so I decided to do two things.  The first was to take a photography class, and the second was to begin a 365 project.   The 365-project involved taking a […]

Black Women Photographers, Learning, Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Time for Print

The Importance of Personal Projects

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Tina Strickland is a portrait photographer based in the Round Rock, TX area who believes that women must be celebrated in portraits.

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