Carden Photography – Portrait and Wedding Photographer in Tullahoma, Tennessee

October 17, 2015

Modeling Q&A

Filed under: Carden Photography,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 2:08 pm

I am frequently asked about modeling. I am no expert in that business, but do have experience working with models. I have helped building many modeling portfolios, provided some direction and even occasionally hire models for both personal and commercial projects. I have worked with models from beginners to established models represented by the Ford Agency.

My initial advice for anyone contemplating modeling as a hobby or career:

  • Modeling “schools” are a waste of money.
  • Real agencies don’t charge fees to represent you… they get paid only when you work in the form of commission from your compensation.
  • The best portfolios contain variety, so when building your portfolio work with more than one photographer. There are professionals who occasionally help out beginners by trading their services for yours and providing some images in trade. There are also amateur photographers who need models to help them learn. That said, you often get what you pay for, so if you don’t get the best portfolio by trading, be ready to pay a professional.
  • Use common sense and beware of scams, fraudsters, hucksters and creeps… and there is also what’s known as the “guy with camera” or GWC.
  • Your safety is of absolute importance. Check references from other models. Unfortunately there are a few creeps out there posing as photographers. Don’t be afraid to check the sexual predator registrations.

My trade time is currently very limited due to client demands. However I do try to do at least one trade session per month.

Of course I am available for hire to help build or expand your modeling portfolio. A simple headshot session is $150 and includes one edited hi-res file and the license to use that image for any promotional purpose. Portfolio builder sessions start at $400 for 2 hours and includes digital negatives of the artist’s selected images. MUA and hair are HIGHLY recommended and can be arranged.  I can also provide headshot prints, comp cards and business cards.


Here are some good resources for those who are interested in modeling.


April 1, 2014

Photographer Saves Tullahoma High School From Fireballs

Filed under: H.S. Seniors,ramblings — admin @ 1:48 am

TULLAHOMA, Tennessee – April 1, 2014 – Tullahoma High School was saved from April Fools fireballs by portrait artist Norris Carden of Tullahoma, Tennessee today. Carden received a phone call at 11:40AM from THS principal Kathryn Rose who said that the school was having to put out “quite a few fireballs” because of an April Fools Facebook post. Mrs. Rose called to request that the post be removed. Mr. Carden’s quick actions in removing the post apparently saved countless THS students, faculty and staff members from any further fireballs. Around 9:30am on April 1, 2014, Carden had posted the following on Facebook:

I just heard that the THS yearbook this year has an unusually large number of seniors who didn’t get their senior formals done. Rather than having all of these students in the yearbook as “not pictured,” they decided to allow students to submit camera phone selfies.

Yearbook selfie guidelines:

Girls must wear a black v-neck tank top
Guys must wear a tuxedo tshirt
Solid background, such as the brick wall in the THS lobby
Selfie should be waist up, not full length
Center yourself in the pic

Mr. Carden made yearbook advisor Liberty Dickman aware of the April Fools post by email. Ms. Dickman replied, “That was a good one!” Before the post was removed, several people had liked, shared and commented on the April Fools Post. Stacy Shuss, parent of THS senior Sarah Carney, commented, “That’s funny. I just wish they would let us use your picture.” When informed that Carden’s quick actions had saved THS from further fireballs, internationally acclaimed artist Michell Poulouin commented, “Yea… a True Savior!!!!! A town hero.” Norris Carden is an internationally recognized and published photographic artist specializing in portraits, weddings and commercial photography with a studio in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Many area high school seniors and their parents wish that the senior portraits created by Carden Photography could be published in the high school yearbook.

March 19, 2014

Birthday Blowout!

Filed under: Carden Photography — Norris Carden @ 10:30 am

It’s my birthday and you get a present! If you’ve been holding off buying prints, now is the time to do it!

Head over to my client web site and take 49% off of any order over $49 with the discount code bday49 … the offer expires tomorrow at midnight.

April 22, 2013

Pic of the Week 20130422

Filed under: Carden Photography,H.S. Seniors,Pic of the Week — Norris Carden @ 5:52 am


This week we’re featuring the many faces of Jake!The Many Faces of Jake

April 1, 2013

Pic of the Week 20130401

Filed under: Pic of the Week,Sports — Norris Carden @ 6:56 am

Come on down to the studio for a game of pool!

Megan playing pool

Whoops… April Fools! The pool table and the great Coke lights moved out last month.


March 25, 2013

Pic of the Week 20130325

Filed under: H.S. Seniors,Pic of the Week — Norris Carden @ 9:47 am

I’m looking forward to spring bringing warm enough weather to get back out to the falls. This one is from a senior session last fall.


March 18, 2013

Pic of the Week 20130318

Filed under: Carden Photography,H.S. Seniors,Pic of the Week — Norris Carden @ 9:10 am

As my daughter is learning dance, I become amazed at how much athleticism is required. Being around dancers has exposed me to dancing on point … which is apparently a quite painful experience.Point Shoes

March 15, 2013

THS Baseball Specialty Items

Filed under: Sports — Norris Carden @ 11:20 am

The Tullahoma High School Baseball portraits are now available for review and purchase online in my client galleries. In addition to individual prints, several specialty items are available, including these pictured below. Please contact me to place an order for speciality items.

Baseball Promo 4x6

March 13, 2013

Spring Break = Spring Portraits

Filed under: Carden Photography,Children,Events — Norris Carden @ 2:41 pm


We’re excited about our fundraiser for the Tullahoma elementary schools coming up during spring break. We’ll be doing 15 minute portrait sessions and 10% of all purchases will go back to the schools.

I wonder which school will get the most students in for this event… Bel Aire, East Lincoln, Farrar or Robert E. Lee.

Of course we’re not limiting this to elementary kids only. Kids of all ages are welcome. So schedule your appointment now!Spring Portraits Fundraiser

March 11, 2013

Pic of the Week 20130311

Filed under: Carden Photography,H.S. Seniors,Pic of the Week — Norris Carden @ 7:00 am

Several high school seniors and their parents have contacted me recently because they were not satisfied with the formal portrait done by the school’s contract photographer. We recently created a formal portrait for Tullahoma senior Jordan Sheffield. Here are the three that I like the best.

Jordan Sheffield

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