I want to photograph any person who has ever felt not good enough.
The people you see in my portfolio are not professional models – they are everyday people just like you and me, who chose to create a legacy with beautiful portraits. Many of them struggled with insecurities – probably even some of the same insecurities you feel: “not the right age, not the right weight, I can’t pose, bad hair day, once I feel better, I don’t want to be vain, I’m not photogenic, I feel awkward, I don’t like pictures of me…”
My mom felt that way too.
I have hundreds of photos of me; celebrating at birthday parties, dressed in my Christmas best, even just sitting at the breakfast table adamantly assuring my parents that cake IS a breakfast food (it totally IS).
My mom died when I was 11 years old. I've lived over twice as long now without my mother than I did with her, so it would be no wonder that I don't have a lot of photos of her and me...but the reality is that I don’t have even one photo of just her and me. And what I wouldn't give for just one.
So what I’m offering you is the chance to give your loved ones the gift I never got; to finally exist in beautiful portraits that will outlive you and me.
And the good news is – you don’t have to listen to ANY of those fears that may be holding you back right now. Because it’s not your job to be “photogenic” or “good in front of the camera”. It’s my job as a true professional photographer to listen to your needs, help you plan, allow you to connect and relax, guide you into flattering poses, and show you how much you can enjoy a portrait session of yourself – regardless of age or weight or status. Because you are more than good enough to have beautiful portraits that capture your spirit and personality – portraits that you’ll cherish and maybe one day pass on to future generations.
I’m going to show you how to be wonderfully, madly, in love with the phenomenal human being that you are – even if you think you can’t remember who that is right now. I believe that you will greet yourself in the mirror like an old friend; laughing as you reconnect and reminisce, and that you will re-discover that you’re not just good enough, you are truly worthy.
The name Choke Cherry is used in memory of my parents; they were vintners of a variety of wines, with the most popular being chokecherry. Back in the days of citizen's band radio my father went by the handle "Bootlegger" and my mother was known as "Chokecherry".
All products, including digital files, are purchased separately from your session to allow you to choose exactly what you love. Most clients purchase around $1500 on products from their session but how much you spend is up to you; there is no minimum order requirement.
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"The results are BEAUTIFUL! We are so happy with how the photos turned out! Thank you for capturing these beautiful memories!"
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"Tammie encouraged us to share ideas and she was able to incorporate all of them. Very fun and creative! She was easy to work with and accommodated our busy schedules. We will cherish our portraits for years to come!"
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"I can’t say enough about the wonderful photography experience I had! Tammie was phenomenal to work with; she took her time to make sure each photograph looked its best, from the pose, to the lighting, to the outfit I was wearing. She made me feel comfortable from the very beginning. I felt like a model from start to finish. My husband says the photos were the best gift I have given him. For any woman considering a session, my recommendation is to go for it! It was a fun experience and boosted my confidence."
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"Thank you from the bottom of my heart! These are photos we will treasure a lifetime; they are absolutely beautiful!"
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"A big thanks for capturing these beautiful pictures of our crazy family! Tammie not only takes fantastic pictures, but made us feel comfortable and paid attention to details!"
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