Photographing Nashville Singer-Songwriter, Kensington Moore

Most people would say it was serendipity that I met Kensington Moore, a talented young Nashville singer-songwriter and former contestant for Team Blake on NBC’s The Voice. However, Kensington and I believe it was perfectly planned that our paths would cross.

This summer we did a quick shoot in Franklin’s Westlight Studios, that resulted in her choosing one of the images for the cover of her new single “Can’t Be Shaken” which releases tomorrow, September 22nd. Be sure to grab it on iTunes, Spotify or Google Music. Pre-order available now.

And I have to share a funny story about this shoot…A big storm had blown through Franklin the night before and the power company was working on the lines; so while we were shooting, the power in the studio went off for about 30 minutes…no air, no fan for hair, no lights, no music. She literally was getting dressed with the flashlight on my phone. But, it didn’t mess up our mojo! We used the available natural light in the studio and kept rolling. I love what we got as a result!

Kensington has an incredible voice, but even more importantly a beautiful heart and message to share. Congratulations on your new single Kensi!










The Reason for my Work Travel to Europe in 2016 – A Much Bigger Picture than Photography

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I’m not sure I can adequately put into words what a privilege and a pleasure it has been to shoot for Larry Alex Taunton and Fixed Point Foundation this past year…but I’ll try. Traveling to New York, France and London (blog post coming soon) with he and his staff to shoot PR work for the promotion his book The Faith of Christopher Hitchens, his apologetics work, student apologetics institute, European tours and ministry worldwide, from an insider’s view, has opened my eyes. It’s allowed me to step outside of my “Bible Belt Bubble” to a bigger world view of what it means to defend the faith and gospel in which I so strongly believe and is under attack. And, the bonus to it all is, I’ve learned so much about European history from the very best tour guide. Watch this 60 second video link below for a glimpse into Larry’s work for Fixed Point in 2016. I know you’ll want to find out more..and maybe even support what they are doing by signing up for a tour or just giving. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in 2017. Be sure to follow him on twitter @larrytaunton.

Fixed Point 60 Rewind for 2016


Shooting & Touring the French Countryside with Author, Larry Taunton & Fixed Point Tours

I’m excited to finally blog about my trip to the South of France last summer, shooting for author, Larry Taunton. In case you missed my last post about Larry and our trip to NYC, I’ll include his bio again. Larry is an American author, columnist and cultural commentator. A frequent television and radio guest, he has appeared on CNN, CNN International, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, and BBC. You can find his columns on issues of faith and culture in The AtlanticUSA Today,, and The Blaze. Mr. Taunton has been quoted by Rush Limbaugh, The New York TimesThe Chicago Tribune, TIME, Vanity Fair, and NPR, among others. He is the author of The Grace Effect and The Faith of Christopher Hitchens.

Mr. Taunton is also the founder and executive director of the Fixed Point Foundation. In that role he has debated such high profile atheists as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Michael Shermer as well as Muslim cleric Zaid Shakir. He has organized or chaired debates on science, religion, and ethics at Trinity College, Oxford University; The Edinburgh International Festival; the Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia; Princeton University; and the Oxford Museum of Natural History. He currently divides his time between the United States and Europe.

Larry and I met because of some work I had shot for his friends Rick and Sherri Burgess. He was in the process of rebranding and revising his website and needed P.R. images of his work in Birmingham and Southern France. I jumped at the opportunity. Not only would I get to see France through my camera lens, but I would also see the work of Larry’s ministry there and benefit from being with the best tour guide, who has a vast knowledge of European history.

I brought along my good friend and fellow photographer, Emily Kicklighter, as my assistant and travel companion. Can’t think of anyone else I’d rather do work travel with. She so much fun and keeps me laughing all the time!

Larry, his family, staff and The Fixed Point Institute students were the perfect hosts at the grand French estate, which was once owned by one of Napolean’s generals, Jean-de-Dieu Saoult, who later became a Prime Minister of France. Guests are quite comfortable in the well appointed rooms, furnished with Country French antiques. The gardens are a wonderful place to lounge, read or take a nap in the hammock. We enjoyed the gorgeous scenery, excursions to nearby villages, historical tours, delicious food and interesting conversation…all in the name of work! Have camera…will [gladly] travel! And, you can experience this amazing experience in the French Countryside as well! Find out how at the end of this post.

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Look at this incredible view!


Our visit to the city of Albi and the largest brick structure in the world, which happens to be the cathedral in the center of this village.037-hdp-frtaunton-556_-web038-hdp-frtaunton-553_-web039-hdp-frtaunton-409_-web040-hdp-frtaunton-501_-web041-hdp-frtaunton-507_-web042-hdp-frtaunton-505_-web043-hdp-frtaunton-514_-web044-hdp-frtaunton-511_-web045-hdp-frtaunton-533_-webAfter spending a day touring nearby villages, it’s back to the estate for a lovely dinner prepared by staff and Fixed Point Institute students. 047-hdp-frtaunton-218_-web048-hdp-frtaunton-233_-webThe French love 2 hour long meals with lots of bread and wine. (Did I mention all the fresh bread from nearby bakeries?! You don’t count carbs while in France! It would be quite rude.) 050-hdp-frtaunton-365_-web049-hdp-frtaunton-227_-web051-hdp-frtaunton149_-web052-hdp-frtaunton-153_-web053-hdp-frtaunton-145_-web056-hdp-frtaunton146_-webhdp-frtaunton-157_-web055-hdp-frtaunton-147_-web057-hdp-frtaunton-148_-web054-hdp-frtaunton156_-webCrepes are a specialty in France, whether savory or sweet, and Larry has mastered the art of crepe making. Here he’s making me a sweet crepe filled with speculoos, which is like cookie butter. Oh so delicious!058-hdp-frtaunton-1005_-web059-hdp-frtaunton-1012_-webLarry’s lovely wife Lauri, daughter Sasha (read The Grace Effect about Sasha’s amazing life story and adoption from Ukraine) and son Chris are delightful hosts.060-hdp-frtaunton-855_-web061-hdp-frtaunton-870_-web062-hdp-frtaunton-1185_-webDuring the day, Fixed Point Institute students attend seminars, led by Larry and guest speakers, in the upstairs classroom. When they aren’t in the classroom, students work on projects around the house and on the property, cook, clean guest rooms, read and study.

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One of our excursions was to the Clos Bagatelle Vineyard and Winery. Owned by the same family since 1623, their story was interesting and the wine diverse. Christine was a lovely hostess for our tour and wine tasting. One of the vats was from the 18th century! If only it could tell stories about all the people who have enjoyed its wine!


We also made a visit to the village of Minerve, a 13th century medieval fortified village, which is situated on top of the gorge of the River Cesse. Population, approximately 150 people. I’ll remember it for its handmade pottery, french soaps and delicious bruschetta.

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Floral Design: Tiffany Robertson of Studio Flower





Rick & Sherri Burgess at their Family Farm

Sometimes you meet people that you just want to hang out with and listen to their Godly wisdom…and laugh at the imperfect world we live in. I’m so thankful God allowed my path to cross with Rick and Sherri Burgess when they asked me to photograph them with their sons at their family farm.

If you don’t know already by listening to  Rick & Bubba, Rick’s talk show on 104.7 WZZK, Rick and Sherri are bold about their faith and encouraging others in their spiritual walk with God. Their new website is coinciding with the release of Sherri’s new book, Bronner: A Journey to Understand, which is in stores now and available on and When God brought Bronner, Rick and Sherri’s youngest son, into Heaven in 2008, they wanted to know why. Sherri shares what God revealed to them in this Spirit driven book that took five years to write. I know this book will be a blessing to many, whether you’ve lost a child or not.

Here are some of my favorite shots from our afternoon together, and of course, there were some laughs. They really are the nicest folks you’ll ever meet…one word comes to mind…real. Real people. Real struggles. Real joy. Real faith.

And be sure to pick up the February 2016 issue of Birmingham Magazine to see more images and read the interview with Sherri about her new book. Good Grit also featured Rick and Sherri in their March 2016 issue.



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