For some, photography is a job. For others, it’s a passion. For Knoxville photographer Colby McLemore, it’s a way of life. Colby’s artistic vision and infectious personality have won him praise throughout Tennessee and the Southeast. From the moment Colby appears on the scene, his laid-back charm puts everyone immediately at ease. At the same time, he consistently maintains a professional manner that is second to none. He produces exceptional images using expert technique and a consistently fresh and current style. You won’t find a Knoxville photographer who is more easygoing, professional, or accomplished.
You have likely seen Colby’s internationally award-winning work already, as it has graced national, regional, and local magazines and newspapers; corporate websites; brochures; annual reports; various print and digital ads; books; and even smartphone apps! Colby has also done professional photography work for TV shows, celebrities, government officials, and politicians.
Colby constantly strives to perfect his technique and improve his finished product. His work has won him accolades from his clients as well as professional groups and organizations. The Knoxville community has consistently given Colby’s Photography awards such as the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Knoxville Photographer as well as Cityview magazine’s Best of the Best Knoxville Photographer for years in a row. Knoxville’s advertising community has also recognized him with Gold as well as Silver ADDYs awards and the Big Wig award also for years in a row for his exceptional commercial photography.
Colby has also been recognized by his professional peers throughout the photographic industry. He won the International Top Ten Commercial Photographer at the International Photographic Competition sponsored by Professional Photographers of America, as well as Photographer of the Year by both Tennessee’s Professional Photographers Association (TNPPA) and Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN). Throughout his career, he has received both the Kodak Gallery Award and the Fuji Award for Excellence. He has also received the Top Ten Professional Photographers award multiple times from TNPPA. The president of the largest professional photographers trade organization awarded him the Craftsman Degree which he earned in 2014.
Colby’s client list includes USA Today, Sea Ray, ABC’s Extreme Makeover, The Learning Channel’s 18 Kids and Counting (he even appeared in at least two of the episodes!), Hardee’s Corporation, the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism, WonderWorks, Hollywood Wax Museum, Webb School of Knoxville, Bohan Marketing, VIEO Design, Gibson Hotels Group, American Advertising Federation, A3 Creative Group, Marketing Dimensions, At Large Graphic Design, Atmosphere Pictures, Globe-Pequot Press, Family Fun, Primary Color, Points North, Cityview, Denark Construction, Sourthern Construction and many others.
As a Knoxville photographer, Colby is very active in promoting professional as well as enthusiast photography throughout the Southeast. He has held every board position within the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, and he is very active at the state level of the photography trade industry. In addition, he taught photography at the University of Tennessee’s Photography Certificate Program for many years, covering such topics as food photography, architectural photography, portrait retouching, posing and subject interaction, as well as many others. He has earned an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) designation from the makers of Photoshop and is often invited to beta test their certification exams.