If you need to take a break to decompress and calm down a bit (because we all need to calm down), a quick walk around Radnor Lake will do the trick!
Headshots and Memories...
One of my specialties is photographing artists. There are many types of artists out there that need to control their image and what their client, customers, patrons and fans see. Its an image that needs to be welcoming and true. Here's a shout out to all singers, songwriters, performers, painters, sculptors, potters, etc... I can help you put yourself out there, the way you want to be seen. Below is an example my friend Vic Sorrell, a singer and activist and all around awesome Nashvillian.
Vic Sorrell © Todd Stringer Photographer
Eye see it.
In your new head shot or portrait session results, find an image that accentuates your uniqueness. It could be your hair, your eyes or even your accessories. Whatever it is, choose an image that makes the viewer think to themselves "I want to know more about this person" We found it in this image I made of artist Jackie Chatham-Halcomb. I think that familiar and kind feeling comes across when you look at Jackie.
After taking a few executive headshots of my friend Joanne, we did some stylized portraits, just for kicks. I love how they turned out. Here is one of my favorites!
That time I met the cupcake queen. (If you love cupcakes, you've had a Gigi's cupcake, so you know why she's the queen!)
This was a fun photo session with Gina Butler, the founder of Gigi's Cupcakes. I photographed her way back when, in her original location on Broadway in Nashville. In the years since the local and national cupcake game has flourished. After building up her business and opening more than a dozen locations across the U.S. she sold Gigi's in 2016. Since then Gina opened another original eatery in Franklin, TN. Gigi's Kitchen, cafe and bakery is currently thriving and selling and serving sweet treats and pies as well as unique southern fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Would we call this a scenic though?
It's definitely a scene or a landscape isn't it? Traditionally we know the term scenic as a landscape or a location that is pleasing to the eye, nice to look at, evokes some sort of emotion from a physical site. It's trash, right? But you can't stop looking at it, can you? The actual date escapes me, but one day a few years ago, I was driving on I-65 in Nashville and in the corner of my eye, I saw this huge heap of wreckage. As evidenced by the cars and trucks in the image one can see it's gargantuan-ness 😁 I had to safely pull over and snap a few images. Careful, you can get caught up staring at the shot to see how many items you can spot. Enjoy!
It's the Nashville "welcome sign" isn't it!
I moved to Nashville in the Fall of 1997, a fresh, but seasoned art school graduate, ready to take on Music City. Everyone I met said, "Oh ya gotta go to the Loveless!" I spent the fall, winter of that year and most of the following year freelancing and looking for a steady job. Summer came and I finally got around to trying out the Loveless. As many know, there is a substantial wait time to be seated for a meal (of course it is always worth the wait). As my name was called to be seated I got phone call that I excused myself to take. It was the call I had been waiting for 2 weeks to get. On the other end was the editor of the Nashville Business Journal, informing me that I had been hired as their very first full time photojournalist!
So, as it turned out, my first time eating at the Loveless was a celebratory lunch. My fellow table-mates cheered when I shared the news. They disrupted the dinning room, everyone looked over and of course I had to inform the entire restaurant that I had recently moved to Nashville and I got a job. All the diners and staff cheered, and I got a free cobbler that day.
I made this photo of the iconic sign before the renovation of the entire property. A complete re-do of the restaurant and grounds, adding retail space and event venues. The place is beautiful and inviting and remains one of my favorite Nashville landmarks. I often reminisce about the friendly, dingy, old meat and three, biscuit capital of the world where I got some of the best news of my career. I haven't been there in a few years, due to becoming a vegetarian and the global pandemic and all, but I am looking forward to stopping in to enjoy the atmosphere and a big vegetable plate soon. Here's a good tip from a local to avoid long wait times. Call in a to go order, pick it up and eat it outside at one of the many picnic tables! Cheers! Go to the Loveless Cafe on Highway 100, just before the entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway.
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