Victoria

Victoria

Breast cancer sucks.  We have made it cute with pink ribbons and slogans about tatas, but at the end of the day there is nothing cute or pretty about breast cancer.  Its chemo making your hair fall out, radiation burns on your skin, surgeries that alter your appearance and a feeling that your body has betrayed you.  We tend to think of the physical impacts of cancer and often overlook the emotional ones, but for cancer survivors, the emotional impacts of their fight tend to affect them years after they have “won” the fight against cancer.

Victoria is not the typical person you imagine getting breast cancer.  With a diagnosis in her early thirties, she was the vision of health and youthful spirit.  With a double mastectomy, then reconstructive surgery her body was forever altered and her vision of herself along with it.  Part of the journey to being whole again means learning to love that new body and that is where I came in.

Victoria contacted me to photograph her victory against cancer, but I knew I could make it more.  I always strive to make my boudoir and glamour clients see the beauty they have within them that the rest of the world clearly sees, but the meaning of this session really upped the ante.  I knew God put me in Victoria’s life to help heal her heart and accept the beauty she naturally exudes.  We had so much fun in the session and we played around with a lot of different ideas showing her as a fighter and showing that cancer has absolutely not beaten her body or her spirit.

When Victoria saw her images for the first time it was honestly one of the most rewarding moments of my photography career.  She sat on the couch at the studio and shed some tears, finally exclaiming that she was in love with absolutely every single image.  I have to be honest, no woman can look at 35 images of herself and LOVE every one of them– we all nit pick and let our insecurities push us down so that we MIGHT be able to love a few.  Not Victoria.  She finally got to see that cancer may have altered her body, but she is stronger for it and definitely beautiful- inside and out.

I fought back the tears during the order session with Victoria and at the very end asked if I could share a few of her images with the world.  Without missing a beat, she declared that I could share ALL of them because she is proud of them and the world should hear her story.  I hope these images not only help heal Victoria but also inspire other women who are cancer survivors or who just struggle with their self image to see what mighty, beautiful and glorious creatures they really are.  Thank you Victoria for letting me be a part of your journey and healing, it has been a creative experience that I will treasure always.

Tallahassee glamour and boudoir photography by Long’s Photography

Boudoir Quickies

Boudoir Quickies

The boudoir mini-sessions are back!  I will be offering “Boudoir Quickies” on Saturday, January 28th in my Tallahassee studio.  All sessions are 30 minutes, will be done on a white background and include photographer’s choice of 10 high resolution retouched digital images.  The non-refundable $399 session fee is due at the time of booking and all digital files will be delivered by February 6th.

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SEPPA Print Competition

SEPPA Print Competition

I think Tallahassee probably heard me screaming in excitement all the way from Atlanta!  I entered images into the regional competition of the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association (SEPPA) and I earned some of my highest print competition scores ever!  On top of that, the SEPPA competition is known to have some of the toughest judges around, so it makes the scores even sweeter!

Photographic print competition is one of the toughest, most humbling, most infuriating and best things I have ever done as a photographer.  These competitions hold photographers to the absolute highest standards imaginable and they push you to be the best you can be behind the camera, in Photoshop and in your overall creativity.  I have learned more from print competition than any other source in my photographic career.

At the SEPPA competition, I had two of my four images merit which is a huge success in itself!  Most people that entered SEPPA did not fare so well.  My entry “Entangled” scored an 83, which is a pretty high score for the tough SEPPA judges.  Then, my image “Unwrapped” was judged and received a 94.  I was in shock.  This is the highest print score I have ever received and it came from such a hard panel of judges.  It took two solid days before I could believe it was real!

I received the second highest score in Florida, and the eighth highest of all the entries from all thirteen states that are a part of SEPPA.  I was only four points from the top score awarded at SEPPA this year of a 98.  “Overjoyed” does not even begin to describe my happiness!

These achievements were not mine alone, though.  These images are a result of the amazing people who have been my photographic mentors and peers.  I am so lucky to have the guidance of some of the finest people in this industry.  If you are a photographer or you want to be a photographer, then I strongly encourage you to join groups who can give you this guidance.  For me, this was the Professional Photographers of America, the Florida Professional Photographers and the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild.  Through these groups, I was able to learn and grow as a photographer and I was also able to connect with photographers who inspire me, challenge me and bring out the best in me.  To them, I will be forever grateful and because of them, I will always be committed to giving back to the photographic community and paying forward what has been so graciously given to me.

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January Winning Photos

January Winning Photos

Its a brand new year and last night was the first Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild meeting of the year!  It was a great evening with SO many awesome photographs entered in competition!  I was so honored to win two categories of the three prints I entered!  For January, I won for Portrait of a Man and also Portrait of a Child!  Yea!  Here are the winning images:

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Boudoir Quickies– Friday, January 24th

Boudoir Quickies– Friday, January 24th

Just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Boudoir Quickies are back!  The $99 mini-boudoir sessions are all done in our Tallahassee studio on a white background.  Session fee includes the studio session, retouching of all your final images and an in-studio order session for you to make your purchase decisions.  Prints, albums and products are all available at our normal studio pricing!  To reserve your session, email [email protected] or call 850.339.5799

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November Winning Images

November Winning Images

I am super thrilled with the results of the November print competition with the Tallahassee Professional Photographers Guild!  I was so honored that all four of the images I entered won their categories and I also won the overall Print of the Month with my Portrait of a Woman!

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