Thursday, July 29, 2010

Senior photo session in Knoxville's Old City

I met Hamilton and his dad at the Crown & Goose Restaurant in the Old City area of Knoxville to take his High School Senior pictures. Hamilton is a family friend so I already knew a little bit about him. He attends Temple Academy which is a private Christian School in Knoxville, affiliated with Temple Baptist Church and Crown College. I say all that because he comes from a fine family. He's one of the young men we don't read about in the newspaper.  He makes good choices.

I also knew Hamilton is into music so I suggested he bring his guitar. One of my goals in taking HS Senior pictures is to bring out the personality of the person I'm photographing. I also like to have some fun as we go through different poses and utilize the variety of scenic areas in the Old City. I think we accomplished our mission. He has a fun personality and I try to be the same way. I often say I'm still 17 myself. Kind of like Peter Pan....I'll never grow up!

I'll let Hamilton take it from here. These are posts from his Facebook profile where friends had seen the preview: "Aight! I want you to go to the same guy I went to! He did a good job! Ambler Brown is his name." Hamilton and I exchanged some comments on Facebook as well and his final remark was "Thanks! I think you did a fantastic job!"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Marketing Workshop for professional photographers. WOW!

I've just completed a 2-day marketing workshop for professional photographers, hosted by Marathon Press. WOW!! Terrific group of top-notch professionals, they are the best in the industry. I enjoyed the fellowship with other photographers and oh, the ideas! Double WOW!!! My "to do" list has grown so much. Can't wait to get started!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Looking forward to a busy next four days!

Karen and I will be photographing Lesley and Gerald's wedding Friday evening at Dara's Garden, one of my favorite venues. 

On Saturday morning I'll be spending time with some new friends taking outdoor family portraits. Then I hope PETA won't mind as Sunday evening I'm going to be shooting some horses. I promise, no animals will be harmed in the process. Hopefully, I won't either.

Then Monday evening I'm off to Camp Buck Toms 1st week of camp to take Troop photos. Camp Buck Toms is the Boy Scout Summer Camp operated by the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. Boy Scout camp is a special place where boys turn into men, summer after summer.

I sure hope the weather cooperates for all this fun in the great outdoors! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A magazine published four of my images. Now that's exciting!

Drapery & Design Professional magazine, a trade publication in the custom drapery industry did a feature story titled "Peek Inside a Workroom" about Diane Preston's business "Diane's Interior Creations" in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The publication, Volume 2010 Issue 2, included four photographs Diane submitted with her story and one of the images was used for the magazine cover. Who was Diane's photographer? Yours truly, Ambler Brown! Landing my first magazine cover is pretty cool!

Speaking of Diane, in addition to the magazine feature, she also won a major award. "2010 Window Fashion Vision" Ingenuity Workroom Competition - Top Treatments 1st Place: Diane Preston, Diane's Interior Creations, Murfreesboro, Tennessee The images she submitted to enter the competition? Again photographed by Ambler Brown!

I don't know if I can stand all these accolades at one time, but it does make one feel that it's worthwhile when you get some recognition. Thank you Diane for submitting the images and congratulations on your outstanding and AWARD WINNING work!

Cover image used with permission of the magazine.  In obtaining permission, I received the following note from the Editor Margie Nance: "We loved her photos for the magazine. Very nice work"

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Friday evening was fun! Bridgemore is a great place to go for portraits, especially when the subject is a docile pet like Spooky. Thanks Tammy for sharing your friend!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

New website is now live! Awesome!!

The transformation of Ambler Brown Photographer. Friend. is continuing thanks to the great people at Marathon Press. The new logo was developed while my son Toby and I attended a Marketing Workshop hosted by Marathon Press last August. Norfolk, Nebraska may be a long way from Knoxville, Tennessee, but it was worth it. They do it right! I've been the biggest delay in getting the new website up and running, but it's finally up and looking good. Thanks to Justin, Stacie, Linda, DeeDee, Mark, Bruce and all the wonderful Marathon staffers. You're the best!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A new bundle of joy for a special couple!

Corbin was born Tuesday April 13, 2010 at 7:09 P.M. EDT at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Congratulations to Mollie and Nathan upon the birth of their first child! I take particular interest in this event because I had the privilege to photograph Mollie and Nathan's wedding in September 2007 at World's Fair Park in Knoxville. Mollie's parents Teresa and Victor also entrusted me to photograph their daughter Maisie's wedding in May 2008. This family is special to me and I look forward to photographing baby Corbin within the next few weeks. One of the things about Mollie and Nathan that to me is just amazing....they have been sweethearts since third grade. It's hard to imagine but yes, love does prevail and Corbin has been blessed to be born into the family of some very special parents. Congratulations Mollie and Nathan! You're the best and I'm so happy to know you as friends. The image shown is a page from their wedding album.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Women Today Expo - Sunday March 21 Drawing

Sunday drawing winners are:

April Anderson for a free Engagement photo session with 16x20 framed print.

Andrea Wright for a free Family Portrait photo session with 16x20 framed print.

Congratulations to you both! I will be in touch with you to arrange for your photo session. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Saturday March 20 Women Today Expo

Congratulations to our two drawing winners!

Engagement photo session with framed 16x20 print goes to LeAnne Swails!

Family portrait photo session with framed 16x20 print goes to Kristi Buchanan!

I'll be contacting you soon to arrange your photography sessions. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth yesterday.

One more day and two more chances for lucky visitors to win. I'm looking forward to meeting a lot more friends today!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Women Today Expo - Friday March 19 Drawing

And the winners are.........

in the Wedding/Engagement portrait category: Lesley Grimes

in the HS Senior/family Life Moments portrait category: Yulia Moore

Congratulations! I will contact each of you to arrange for your photo session.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth on Friday! Two more lucky visitors will be chosen in Saturday's drawing so stay tuned.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Women Today Expo - March 19-20-21

Ambler Brown Photographer. Friend. will have a booth at the Women Today Expo this weekend. The location is booth #115 in the "Say YES" Wedding pavilion, sponsored by Skirt Magazine. We will be very near the "Fashion Show Stage" so many visitors are expected! I'm hoping to meet lots of great people interested in Wedding photography. The booth will also have information about photographing High School Seniors and Life Moments for family portraits. If you're planning to attend the show, please come visit the Ambler Brown Photographer. Friend. booth!

All visitors who stop by the booth will have a chance to win TWO daily drawings. Just fill out a visitor survey and let us know of your interests. Each day one lucky winner will receive a totally free Engagement photo session with a 16x20 framed print, AND another lucky winner will have their choice of a totally free photo session and 16x20 framed print for either a lucky High School Senior or a Life Moment Family Portrait. Each prize is valued at $350, so for the weekend counting two sessions with framed prints each day, over the three day show, that's $2,100 in value to SIX lucky visitors to our booth. We're not talking candy giveaways here. We're talking high quality professional photography and framed prints for six lucky winners! Stop by and see us. The winners will be announced each evening right here! Look for your name.