Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I'd also invite you to visit my website at http://www.addietalley.com as well. That should help to answer most questions and you can check out some more of my work. I would love to hear from you whether that be through comments or email!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

(Almost) Free Photography

I promised a contest, so here it is... and its a good one!

I am giving away a free "Day After/Rock the Dress" shoot.... in the Dismals Canyon!

Ok, Addie, that sounds great.... but what is it?

This is a contest for all the people who wanted wedding photography but couldnt/cant afford it. This is a contest for all the people who want something different and beautiful. This is a contest for someone who wants to go outside the box.

First, let me show you the Dismals. It is spectacular and there are few places that I can think of that are more beautiful. Add a bride and groom and you have something amazing!

I shot those the last time I was there.... right before it started pouring down rain.

Ok, lets get started with a few details....
- The only cost associated with this is that you will have to pay your way in the gate, and that's $9 a person.... but its good for all day.... so depending on the time of your shoot, you can explore the park/canyon on your own.... its very romantic down there....

- You must have wedding attire.... this can be your original wedding clothes or it can be something you bought at the thrift store for $2.... but it must be an actual wedding dress, and the guy must wear at least slacks and a button down... those are pretty much the only restrictions.... be aware though that these will be your wedding pictures, so make sure you like what you have on and will not be embarrassed of it in 10 years or so

- You must be willing to get dirty and/or wet..... the more adventurous you are, the better your pictures will be. Be aware that we are shooting in nature - with dirt, plants, rocks, water, etc... you will not walk out of there with a pristine white dress and you will waste most of your shoot if all you do is try to keep your clothes clean.... I would love to photograph someone who is willing to get in the water, especially in front of that gorgeous waterfall.... please keep in mind that the canyon is a good 10 degrees cooler than up above, and therefore, the water stays cold....

- The shoot will be on Saturday, July 20th. Please do not enter the contest if you cannot make it that day. Please also make sure you have a way to get there, although if you live in Columbus, you can feel free to follow us.

Ok, so how does all this work.....
- You submit your story and picture to me at talleyimages@yahoo.com - the contest will be open until midnight June 20th.
- I will narrow the submissions down to three.
- I will pass those three down to my three judges.... these are three of my best friends who couldnt be any different, so it will be very impartial.
- I will announce the winners on July 1st. This will give the winners time to make any preparations they may need to make
- We will shoot at the Dismals on Saturday, July 20th. (If it is raining or there is another major catastrophe, then the shoot will be rescheduled)

So what do you get.....
- 2 hours with me... :)
- Full editing of all images
- A cd of high-resolution images

How do you enter....
- The couple, a family member or friend of the couple must submit an email to me at talleyimages@yahoo.com on why the couple deserves a free shoot. (if you are a family member or friend of the couple, please make sure the couple is willing and available first)

- You must include a picture..... the picture will not be given to the judges or used for judging, but I will need it to post on the blog should you win

- You should include the bride and groom's first and last name, their story, contact info and a picure....

Its that simple....

So there you go.... go ahead and get those entries in at talleyimages@yahoo.com .... or if you have any questions, please send those too and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

*Any vendors who want to get in on the action, let me know!*


I will also offer 2 mini-sessions at the Dismals that day as well. This can be any sort of portrait session - family, children, engagement.... this would even make a gorgeous setting for a proposal - and you would have it all there to remember forever....

This includes 45 minutes (you must be on time for your session!), editing of all the images, and a full resolution cd of images.... all for $100 (dont forget to include tax and admission to the park as well)

These will be scheduled around the contest winners.... and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis....

You can email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com to get more info, ask any questions or go ahead book your mini-session!


Dont forget about donating to Josie-Tatum's mission.... check out the last post for more details!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Giving it all Away....

I want to tell you about a friend of mine. Her name is Josie-Tatum. She is 6 years old. And already she has a heart for missions... specifically for orphans. You see, it wasnt that long ago that Josie-Tatum herself was an orphan. By the grace of God, she found her forever family. And now she wants to give back. (At 6, how amazing is that?) In July, she and her mom will go to South Africa to minister to orphans.

She just put up a new blog entry... you can check it out at http://josie-tatumsmission.blogspot.com/ - she just got new shoes, and this reminded her of her ongoing mission - to give back to orphans. So, she wants to take shoes with her..... she is asking for donations of $5 (but feel free to give more) so that she can get more shoes.

This is where I come in. I like giving back to.

For every dollar you donate to Josie-Tatum's mission through July that is a dollar off your next session. So if you are planning on getting a session done - go donate.... you still get your session and help others. Think about it - $5 is less than most people spend on lunch. Even if you arent planning on getting a session done, go ahead and donate - be a part of something bigger than yourself. Even $1 can grow to make something bigger.


Next on my list of things to do....
thank the lovely Amy over at http://justamomofseven.blogspot.com/ for the award

I just adore my blog readers!

The Rules for the award:1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.2) Pass the award to 15 (or whatever number of) other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.

so here are a few of my favorites (and of course, Josie-Tatum is listed above, check her out!)

Ok, thats probably way more than enough.... but I am a blog-o-phile.... I actually could post alot more, but am not sure everyone wants me giving out their blog address.... I adore reading blogs though, and if you leave yours in a comment, I would love to follow you... :)


Have you noticed the Giving Back theme pervading this entry yet? If not, well, hold onto your socks and keep reading....

Actually you will have to keep reading until probably the next post.... or maybe the next.... but I wanted to go ahead and make you aware....

I am going to have a contest fairly soon.... and its a good one.... still working out all the little details, but I wanted all of you readers to be ready... :)


And for the last little bit of giving...

I wanted to give a sneak peek to my latest bride (and her mom) - hey!

I am not totally done, but this image was just too gorgeous to wait to blog.... I hope you like it!


Ok, now, my dear readers, it is your turn to give back....

First.... go donate to Josie-Tatum's mission.... seriously, this is something you CAN do....

Second.... go check out some of the awesome blogs that Ive listed... and be inspired

Third.... get ready for an awesome contest.... and get your friends ready to

Fourth..... leave me a comment about other ways to give back, how gorgeous Mary looks in the pic posted, your blog so I can follow you..... or whatever.... or email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com and book your session (dont forget to donate so you can get your donation deducted from your session fee!)

Fifth.... know that I love every one of my readers and clients.... you guys continually make my days good.... :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Nothing but trouble... the internet has wanted that to be its only present to me.... well, whatever, internet... Im back!

Nothing but trouble also describes trying to schedule Allie's shoot.... I think it took 8 times to get it right... Im not sure what God was trying to tell us, but goodness.... every time we scheduled it for a day, it would rain (and be nice and sunny every other day)... and if we would cancel it b/c it looked like rain, well, then it would clear up and be perfect - of course, by that time, it was too late to get back together as other plans had been made.... it finally worked out though... and the results, well, I was more than happy

Allie is a surefire spitfire.... she is a firecracker, and I really enjoyed working with her.... she has the most amazing piercing ice-blue eyes. And its always good when a child enjoys having their picture taken.

Is this not completely gorgeous?!!

How gorgeous are those eyes?!

So love it!

I have a very, very tiny few days in May.... I am now mainly booking for June.... the foliage and flowers are so gorgeous right now, it makes for such beautiful pictures. Email me at talleyimages@yahoo.com to ask me any questions or book your appointment