I have been blessed that my professional photographer peers have repeatedly recognized me for my photographic knowledge and the quality and expertise I provide in my imagery. I have won local, state, and national awards, and I’m also often asked to share my knowledge with other professionals throughout the state and surrounding region. This past week has been a busy one!

Professional Photographer of Middle TennesseeLast Tuesday, I was asked by the Professional Photographers of Middle Tennessee (PPMT) to do a presentation on quality architectural photography. I was very happy with the turnout and the response to the presentation, and I’ve been asked to do a follow-up fieldtrip in August so the members can have hands-on experience with the material from the presentation. I’ve heard from several PPMT members since then who have called me to discuss various techniques, equipment, and other aspects of photographing building exteriors as well as interiors.

Knoxville Photographer member of PPETNTwo days after the PPMT presentation, I did a presentation on fast, high-quality photo-editing for the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN). For professional photographers, the ability to provide high-quality edits quickly means more cost-effective quotes.

I feel honored to be asked to share my knowledge and skills. I am active in the national, state, and local professional photography trade organizations and work hard to increase quality and professionalism throughout the photography industry.

This recently ran in the News Sentinel!!!

Knoxville professional photographer Colby McLemore was recognized with numerous awards at the print competition of the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association (SEPPA) this spring. SEPPA is one the largest regional photographers’ trade organization in the country, comprising 19 states. McLemore received one of only two distinguished awards given in the commercial category and scored high enough on three of his four prints to automatically receive awards at the Professional Photographers of America’s international print competition this summer. PPA is one of the largest trade industry organizations in the world.

Recently, the following information appeared in various newspapers around the region!

Professional photographer Colby McLemore was recognized with numerous awards from Southeastern Professional Photographers Association (SEPPA) at this spring’s print competition. SEPPA is one the largest regional photographers’ trade organization in the country, comprising 19 states. McLemore, a Knoxville based photographer, received one of only two distinguished awards given in the commercial category. He also scored high enough on three of his four prints to automatically receive awards at the Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) international print competition this summer. PPA is one of the largest trade industry organizations in the world.

Colby McLemore is a professional photographer who is based out of Knoxville. At his professional photography business, McLemore specializes in commercial, wedding, and portrait photo sessions. Over the years, McLemore has strived to provide his community with friendly and professional photography services.

Best east TN photographer

The following article was featured in newspapers around the area:

Knoxville portrait photographer Colby McLemore was recently named Photographer of the Year by two organizations. He received the most recent award on Dec. 7th (McLemore’s birthday) at the Christmas and awards banquet of the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee. He received the highest cumulative number of votes throughout the year from his professional peers, placing either first, second, or third in every monthly photo competition except one. In one month, he swept all three places. Earlier this fall, McLemore was recognized as Photographer of the Year by Tennessee’s Professional Photographers Association for having the highest combined scores from a panel of five professional master photographers. He won several other awards from the state organization, as well. “Every dog has it’s day; apparently this dog has had more than one,” McLemore says. “I’m overwhelmingly blessed.”

The below was featured in various Newspaper around the area concerning my recent wins at the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA) 2011 Convention.

Best TN photographer

Knoxville commercial photographer Colby McLemore made a clean sweep of the top three professional photography awards at the 2011 convention of the Tennessee Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA), held in Franklin from August 20-22. This was the first time in TNPPA history that one photographer won all three awards. McLemore received the Photographer of the Year Award (for the top average score), the Presidential Award (for the highest scoring print), and the Stan Baker First Time Award (for the top average score for a first timer). McLemore also won eight additional awards at the competition, including the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award.

“Occasionally someone just appears in our association whose talent and personality just take us by surprise,” noted Dwight Jewell, TNPPA executive director. ”This year, Colby McLemore burst on the scene in print competition, with amazingly fresh and beautiful images.” TNPPA, established in 1960, is one of the state’s leading professional organizations for professional photographers.

“I’ve been working hard to hone my craft over the years,” McLemore said, “but I was totally blown away at the awards banquet.” The subjects of McLemore’s winning prints included portraits, commercial work, and architectural photography.

Bolstered by his wins, McLemore next plans to enter his prints in the Southeastern Professional Photographers Association district photo competition to be held in Athens, Ga., in March. Following that, he will enter them in the International Photographic Competition of the Professional Photographers of Amercia (PPA) in June.

McLemore is a professional photographer whose work includes commercial assignments as well as portraits and weddings. He is also an instructor for the University of Tennessee Photography Certificate Program, where he teaches classes on architectural photography, food photography, photo retouching, and other subjects. In September, McLemore will go on a statewide tour giving photography presentations to professional photography guilds associated with PPA. He also hold various photographic workshops throughout the region.

Great job, Colby! We’re proud of you!