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.

October 21, 2012

Awesome small photo album

Filed under: ramblings — Norris Carden @ 1:51 am

I’ve been looking for a great 4×6 photo album that is small enough for a soldier to carry in a cargo pocket, but tough enough to last years of daily handling. I finally found such an item. The Genuine Leather Rustic Rider Photo Album hold 100 4×6 prints and looks like it should both hold together and protect the images inside. If you’re looking for such an item, check this one out.

January 29, 2011

Pic of the Week 20110129

Filed under: Pic of the Week,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 1:25 am

One tradition in our home is Saturday morning pancakes. For something like a dozen years, my wife has received breakfast in bed on most Saturdays. A couple of years ago our daughter started joining in on the fun of helping make pancakes. So this week’s pic is in honor of our pancake tradition.

December 11, 2010

Pic of the Week 20101211

Filed under: Pic of the Week,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 6:35 pm

Here’s something you don’t see every day around here… lots of snow on the ground. This week’s pic of the George Dickel sign was taken out in Cascade Hollow between Normandy and Tullahoma.

July 7, 2010

Shadow Play

Filed under: Carden Photography,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 7:43 am

About a year ago I did a very fun shoot with Michael Maupins at the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma. I shared this image at the time … but failed to share the best images of the shoot. Click on it to see all of our “shadow play.”

November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day

Filed under: ramblings — Norris Carden @ 12:01 am

Definition of a Veteran:
A veteran – whether active duty, reserve, national guard or retired – is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America”, for an amount of “up to and including my life.” – That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

278th ACR Honor Guard

I believe this image was taken by SFC Nate Crawford, TN ARNG. I’m the one carrying the regimental colors.

October 6, 2009

Senior shoot blooper

Filed under: H.S. Seniors,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 11:06 am

Here’s a blooper from today’s senior portrait shoot near Estill Springs, Tennessee. The horse kept nibbling on Taylor’s hand… maybe looking for a treat?

Horse nibbling on Taylor

September 18, 2009

Twas the night before the game…

Filed under: Photojournalism,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 9:13 pm

The new football stadium at Tullahoma High School is undergoing last minute preparations for tomorrow’s opening. I was out there shooting a senior tonight and took this one before heading home.

Tullahoma High School Stadium

One tiny hint for anyone planning to attend the game tomorrow night … or even anytime before the road is finished… wear your old shoes!

September 16, 2009

Demonstrating a pose

Filed under: Carden Photography,H.S. Seniors,Portraits,ramblings — Norris Carden @ 7:43 pm

One of the really fun things about creating images on location is finding all sorts of really cool and different spots to shoot. Sometimes it’s obvious how to place and pose a subject in a certain spot. Sometimes it’s not. It’s not uncommon for me to jump in and demonstrate.

Recently I was shooting on a farm and wanted to use a great looking hay barn. So to demonstrate just how I was envisioning the image, I climbed up and took the pose. Amanda, my assistant for the day, took a shot.

\Norris Carden demonstrating a pose.

Then Rosalyn made it look good.

Rosalyn strikes the pose

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