The darkest time of the year is upon us and the holiday season is in full swing. Christmas trees grace many a window, excited children are wondering what Santa will bring them, and downtown Knoxville is bustling with shoppers and specials. It’s a time to enjoy holiday lights on houses and business, and allowing the warmth of family and friends to light us up from within. For many of us it’s a time to go inward, take stock of this past year, and look forward to what the next year holds. For others, it’s a busy time of shopping and holiday parties. Most importantly, it’s a time to gather with friends and family and count our blessings.
For my part, I want to send a hearty thank you to all my clients for all the blessings you’ve given me. It’s been great working with all of you! I also want to thank colleagues, friends and family for all the ways that you brighten my life!
To all of you, I hope this holiday season brings you and yours many blessings, great wonder, and much joy. I hope to see you again in the new year.
Because of all of the wonderful support I received from my clients, friends, and colleagues, I am now a four-time winner of this great award as one of Knoxville’s best photographers! More than 200,000 votes were cast in 140 different categories, and I’m pleased to be named Knoxville’s Best Photographer in the commercial photographer category.
Cityview magazine is a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine focused on events in and around Knoxville, Tennessee. With a readership of more than 400,000 and a circulation of over 25,000, Cityview is the heavy hitter in the Knoxville magazine media arena. It is distributed to businesses and households throughout the Knoxville metro area. You can find a current issue in most local physicians’ offices, as well. The Best of the Best awards, including Knoxville Best Photographer, are a product of a locally focused nomination and voting process. Each voter’s ballot to count they must vote in at least 50 categories. The winners are announced in the November-December issue each year. Hundreds of local photographers are nominated but only a few receive the coveted Best of the Best awards.
2015 has truly been a great year for my photography business and I’m thrilled to be named among Knoxville’s finest. I believe in making a positive contribution to my community by offering the highest quality photography, as well as an exceptional client experience from the initial call through the delivery of the final images. Receiving this award really affirms that I’m on the right track and turning my clients into evangelists for Colby’s Photography, which is my highest goal. I work hard to earn your business and having your support means so much to me.
Thanks again for your unwavering support, Knoxville! I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for my business and my community. If there is anything I can do for you, please feel free to contact me. You can also learn more about me and my team or hear directly from my client’s testimonials.
“Colby has one of the most professional and efficient setups that I’ve encountered. He took time to learn who I am, what I stand for and the persona that I want to embody, and he engineered that into one of the best headshots I’ve ever had. If you’re looking to convey a message through an image with no words, Colby can make that happen.” – John McCulley
John McCulley was so easy-going and fun to work with. I’m used to helping my clients come up with effective marketing portraits through their choice of body language, attire, lighting and background. John, on the other hand, knew exactly what he look he was going for and was very engaged throughout the entire shoot. Maybe it’s because he’s already in the industry as a recognized web developer and designer at Moxley Carmichael. Either way you’re likely to see John around Knoxville, not just his portrait but also as a top notch speaker. He’s a regular on Fox43 talking about the direction of the tech world and has been featured at CodeStock, the Knoxville American Marketing Association Conference, and Code TN. I felt honored that I was the photographer he turned to for headshots!
I have been honored to be asked for my help to do portfolio reviews for students in the the photography program at Pellissippi State Community College, located here in Knoxville this Dec. 3rd. The photography program primes its students for the photography careers available in the real world. These college kids might even move on to doing something similar to what I do. The program helps students prepare for wedding photography, corporate photography, photojournalism, photo editing, studio production, as well as regular freelancing. The facilities for this program are entirely digital, to keep pace with the new digital age in media. Industry-standard tools like Photoshop and Lightroom are incorporated into the students’ learning and the course teachers are actual working professionals who can offer firsthand experience. You can find their website here.
They recently asked me to provide critiques for their students. Specifically, they would like me to do portfolio reviews for the students receiving their final grades. I was invited by Charlie Garvey, a regionally recognized portrait photographer who has recently retired. He is active on the advisory board for Pellissippi State. He is also an alum himself, having gained a degree in still photography from the college in the ’70s. He told that I was asked to help because of my established expertise and expanding career, which is rare in this economy. When told something like that, how can you say no?
I will be collaborating alongside AP photographers, News Sentinel newspaper photographers, and UT (University of Tennessee) photographers. My part is to help round out the commercial photographer side of their grades. For their final grades, each student will do a presentation on their portfolio, explain why they created their images, what themes they have, and what part of the photography field they are interested in. This will give the students the chance to get some real feedback on their work in order to prep them for the challenges of the industry ahead. It can be difficult to go from classroom to business. Many careers in photography require you to be able to think on your feet. The demands of clients become key playing elements. Part of the transition can be developing people skills and learning how to respond to critics in order to alter one’s work or approach. This is needed to better fit those client demands. Each student will be scored on creativity, technical ability, and presentation as well as on other elements of their work. I am looking forward to being part of the students’ journeys into professional photography, and I am glad to impart useful critique and wisdom. This is why I have been so active in the local, state, as well as national professional trade organizations.
I am thrilled that you cared enough to take the time and effort to once again vote me Knoxville Best Photographer in the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice Awards. That makes three years in a row – 2015, 2014, and 2013.
I appreciate you choosing my services, supporting my business, and enriching my life with your friendships. It has been humbling to see how much support that you have given me through the years, and I would not be where I am now without you.
The News Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice Award is one of the most recognized awards in the area. The newspaper has the highest readership of any local periodical in the area, with a daily circulation of at least 128,000 and a Sunday circulation of 153,000 or more. Every fall, the News Sentinel polls its readers asking them to vote for businesses and people who they have come to appreciate and love with numerous categories including parks, restaurants, festivals, businesses, and various services.
Not only is this an honor but it also spotlights my business for the entire Knoxville community. Knoxville has further supported me this year by voting me another Knoxville’s Best Photographer honor in the American Advertising Federation’s Big Wig awards.