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

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

Sometimes you have to pivot your plans. That’s what happened with this rainy day photo shoot.

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

A Rainy Day Shoot

Two weeks ago, I signed up for a class taught by Jasmine Jade for Clickin Moms.  The name of the class was “Her Empowering Journey”.  I was drawn to the class because of its name.  Over the last several months, I’ve come to realize that my niche is photographing women, and celebrating their individuality.   When I read the class description, I […]

Learning, Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Styled Photo Shoot, Time for Print

A New Approach to Sessions

My mother-in-law is an amazing person, and I’m blessed to have such a wonderful friend.  She moved in with us in June to help out with my husband.  During this time, we’ve cooked great meals, and baked some delicious dishes.  We also share a love for photography.  During this time, we celebrated her birthday, and Mom wanted a birthday […]


Birthday Photo Shoot for Mom

Last month, I put out a model call.  I had just switched to Sony, and I was anxious to get someone in front of my camera.  In all transparency, I did purchase a Sony A7ii last year, but I convinced myself that I didn’t like it.  The truth of the matter was that I had invested a great […]

Models, Personal Projects, Portraits, Styled Photo Shoot, Time for Print

Summer Time Session

Learning Chanel French’s process when shooting self-portraits

Personal Projects, Portraits, Self-portraits

Self Portraits by the Master – Chanel French

Facebook has its pluses and minuses.  It can be used to re-establish old friendships, foster new ones, and keep in touch with family.  In this case, it was re-establishing a friendship from high school.  Kim and I were both cheerleaders.  She was on varsity, and I was on junior varsity.   It was our junior year of high school.  We didn’t really […]

Personal Projects, Portraits, Themed Photo Shoot

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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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