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MyWedding LogoHello everyone!

I hope this post finds you well! I know that I’ve said it before, but it deserves to be repeated: Thank you so much for supporting me and Moser Visuals! It has truly been a privilege to create wonderful visual products and art for you all and do the same for Chadasha because of your support.

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The great announcements keep coming in, and this isn’t breaking news, but Knox Wedding Photo + Video is a Featured Vendor on MyWedding, your all-in-one wedding planning resource.  You can use MyWedding.com to get inspired with photo galleries (but you could look at ours too!), get informed with their planning tips, and get organized using their planning tools. Jump start your planning and find the best vendors for your special day on MyWedding!

Thanks to you all, Knox Wedding Photo + Video already has more “loves” (think Facebook likes, but more valuable) than any other wedding photographers in Knoxville and Gatlinburg on MyWedding! Read more

Ice Bears Charity Classic Golf Tournament

I’m thrilled to share that Knoxville Portraits is the Official Photographer for the 3rd Annual Ice Bears Charity Classic Golf Tournament October 4th at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville!

Ice Bears Charity Classic Golf Tournament

This is the second event Knoxville Portraits has been featured at in the past two months (with more in the works!) and the first time the philanthropic portrait design studio has the Official Photographer designation. We’ve been in conversation with the Ice Bears for the past few weeks and can’t wait to be out on the fairways and greens this Thursday taking photos and meeting many new folks.

Knoxville Portraits will also have some major prizes for attendees, with nearly $250 worth of items we’ve donated to the silent auction and one lucky winner will get over $1000 worth of items in the door prize drawing! Read more

Knoxville Portraits - Fine Art Portrait

Knoxville Portraits LogoI’m extremely excited to make an announcement that should surprise no one who has been keeping up with the blog in the past two weeks. It’s in the soft-launch phase, but Knoxville Fashion Week was the unveiling event for Moser Visuals‘ newest feature brand for portraits and photography.

Everyone, meet Knoxville Portraits. Knoxville Portraits, meet everyone!

Knoxville Portraits (KP) is the premier choice for portrait photography in Knoxville and East Tennessee Area (Middle Tennessee, you’re included as well!). KP offers family, children’s, couples, and high school seniors portraiture, and professional headshots, fashion, and event photography as well.

What makes Knoxville Portraits unique? Through the complimentary consultation, we tailor your portrait experience to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. This isn’t a cookie cutter portrait studio with a “Say cheese and click” approach. KP works with you to create your own photographic art and design your family heirlooms. Read more

Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy
Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy

From the Post-Tribune: Dr. Tony Bennett, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, acknowledges state senator Earline Rogers during a grand opening ceremony for the Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary Wednesday Aug. 15, 2012. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

More often than not, I am extremely blessed to get to work on projects that are very rewarding.

This happened again recently with the makeover and relaunch of Roosevelt High School (now Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy) in Gary, Ind. This school had been failing in achievement, test scores, and many other vital educational areas for years, so the state of Indiana took over the school and hired a Knoxville-based educational management company to bring the school back to its former glory.

As you can see in the video below, the school is a stone’s throw from the home of the infamous Jackson family, and though Michael Jackson didn’t attend Roosevelt, three of his brothers did and were present during a press event for the school this summer. The Jackson 5 performed one of their first talent shows in the Roosevelt auditorium!

My involvement in this huge turnaround story? Read more

 More great news for you from Moser Visuals!

Earlier this week, I announced the first referral reward for our Moser Visuals VIP Rewards program: A night out on the town including dinner at Knoxville’s own Naples Italian Restaurant and your option of drinks at Naples or a movie at Knoxville-based Regal Cinemas!

Today, I have another option from which you can choose: A custom fine wine basket from Knoxville’s own Blue Slip Winery, located in the heart of the historic Old City! Read more

Moser Visuals LogoTypically, when you help someone out, you don’t expect anything in return—as you shouldn’t if you’re simply trying to do good. You’ll often receive a kind bit of “Thanks” from the person you helped, however.

I’m offering my thanks for your help ahead of time, and the best part is you CAN expect something in return—to the tune of a night out on the town!

As I’m growing my business, I understand the value of word-of-mouth endorsements from friends and customers. I would love to have a HUGE base of friends and customers to tell other folks about how much they’ve loved the work I’ve done for them, but as a relatively new business, my base of friends and customers is quite small.

Moser Visuals is developing a Rewards Program (for now, dubbed “Moser Visuals VIP Rewards”) and the first reward we’ve added is a referral bonus for ANYONE who sends someone our way. If you’ve read this far, you probably want to know two things: 1) What product/service would you refer people for? and 2) What is the reward? Read more

Self portraits aren’t easy if you’re working solo, but can be fun to play with poses and light at your own pace.

I’m in the middle of a couple different projects (one which I can’t WAIT to show you!), which have been keeping me quite busy lately. But I’ve noticed I hadn’t shot any personal projects in quite a while (aside from these beautiful all-access images from the Historic Tennessee Theatre) and I haven’t had a good shot of me in a long, long time. Read more

SANTIAGO, D.R. — There’s nothing quite like witnessing an open heart surgery.

Seeing a human heart beating and a pair of lungs expanding and contracting is absolutely incredible.

You can also view photos from Pricile’s surgery. Keep in mind that many photos may be considered disturbing by some due to the nature of surgery.

I don’t have a whole lot of inspirational thoughts to share today because we’ve been going full-speed for a few days. In lieu of words, today I’ll just share some photos and a few updates.

Isenadaire was the last to arrive of the four kids we we able to take to Santiago so far. He's older than the others. His health problems are noticeable when he has to walk a lot, especially up and down stairs when he gets very fatigued.

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Erin Brenner prepares the instruments in the OR before Pricile's surgery.

Dr. Rodrigo Soto was our chief surgeon for Pricile's operation and he should be performing all the kids' surgeries when they are scheduled. Most of them should happen next week.

The following photos are from Pricile’s open-heart surgery and contain material that may be considered graphic to some due to the nature of the operation. They are tasteful, but display internal organs, blood and other subjects that may not be of interest to some. View at your own discretion. Read more

PORT AU PRINCE —

“Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

– Psalm 37:4

We are all selfish by nature.

Even the most well-intentioned Christian men and women are subject to selfish motivations and desires subconsciously.

For me, the last few days have been quite a stretch on my patience. Since I have only a finite amount of time to film the process of these kids getting surgeries, delaying only a day puts me under the gun to get what I need before I leave.

Our trip to the Dominican Republic has been delayed for three days now. I have to return to Port au Prince in four days. They call it “Waiti Haiti” for a reason. Read more