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Liza and I first met Priscilla Harris and Kim Beladi, when we were frantically looking for someone to shoot photos for our StyleBlueprint Gift and Accessory show.
We knew the best way to get everyone “jazzed” to shop the next day was to share photos of the opening night. Experience has taught me that impromptu crowd shots are tough–either you end up getting the back of people’s heads (like my wedding reception photos) or you’re stuck with with staged photos. (Flip through various Nashville publications if you want examples.) The art of capturing the in-between moment –a phrase coined by Priscilla– as if you’re an invisible guest, not the hired gun, is where genius lives. And it is this ability that describes the essence of these two seasoned photographers.
Seeing them in action, we understood exactly what Priscilla described. Our guests felt completely at ease with these two top-notch photographers, as evidenced by these shots.
Priscilla and Kim, have one truly competitive advantage: they are both moms. With a keen eye and patient demeanor, each clicks away, capturing those wonderful images that are natural, spontaneous and anything BUT contrived.
When Priscilla told us about her picture parties, we thought, “Now, that’s a brilliant idea.” Here’s how it works: you, as the hostess, provide the location and invite a bunch of your friends and neighbors over for a photo session. They spend less on sitting fees while you earn credits towards your purchase. It is a Tupperware party of sorts, but instead of taking home plastic containers, your friends walk away with priceless photos of their loved ones, having had a good time to boot. This idea works for me for a couple of reasons. Since I am a huge procrastinator (i.e. mailing Christmas cards in late February), their picture parties are a huge motivator to get it done! Also, there are some gorgeous gardens in Nashville (mine isn’t one of them), so you can snap the photos in someone else’s lovely yard and come away with a wonderful portrait.
Priscilla and Kim will shoot your family inside in a studio setting if that is what you’re looking for. In addition, Priscilla adores photographing those special moments that chronicle peoples’ lives, like baptisms, prom parties, engagements and weddings. And, they especially enjoy photographing children. Take a look at some of best shots from their Facebook page.
Nashville has some great photographers and we so enjoy showing you our favorites. Priscilla and Kim are definitely in that category.
Priscilla and Kim are offering StyleBlueprint readers a special deal: You can book a regular session which usually runs $200 for only $100. You must use it by December 2011, perfect timing for your holiday cards. In addition, Priscilla and Kim will offer a $50 print credit for any session booked and completed during the months of April, May and June. Space is limited so you need to call today: 615.498.3880 or www.kandpphotography.com.
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