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December 2016

Teddy Bear Portraits Photographer Profile: Jonathan Talley

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Jonathan Talley, training and development specialist for Teddy Bear Portraits, helps professional photographers perfect their skills and unique abilities to photograph children under the age of 5.

Four years ago, he decided to shift from photographing children, to helping other photographers capture each child’s unique smile and personality. This career shift allowed him to discover the many rewards in developing a team of exceptional portrait photographers.

With 8 years in account and territory management, photography, portrait consulting and training and over 22 years of experience in the portrait industry, Johnathan Talley is exceptionally qualified to train Teddy Bear Portraits professional photographers in local communities across 46 states.

Jonathan explains why he enjoys teaching the special techniques needed to photograph children at their daycare center or preschool, “I am rewarded every time I see a photographer, child, parent, or director light up when they see the portraits we have created.”

He states, “We have the privilege and responsibility to our clients to preserve precious memories of their children. Who could ask for better work than perfecting the skill required to capture smiles? Teaching the steps involved, providing tools, and cultivating a person’s abilities to provide a quality product while attaining their personal goals makes my training classes especially rewarding.”

Teddy Bear Portraits photographers are specially trained to work with young children. Jonathan elaborates on the training process, “Our photographers are trained to capture real smiles with dynamic posing and prop usage. Through sharing our knowledge and learning from each other, we place each of our photographers on the fast track to success.” Jonathan emphasizes, “Our team works hard and utilizes their experience to provide unmatched quality portraits for our customers.”

By experiencing different positions within the company Jonathan has gained expertise to successfully train photographers not only to evoke smiles but also to recognize what sets Teddy Bear Portraits apart.

“I believe we are providing a service that no other company provides. We develop new backgrounds and constantly improve to meet the needs of our customers. We work very hard to create images with genuine expressions and structured posing. We hold ourselves to high standards.” Jonathan continues, “I am certain this practice of sharing experiences, talent building and enhancing quality sets us apart from the competition.”

Jonathan says it best, “Children are precious and childhood is fleeting. Nothing reaffirms your faith, brightens your day, and strengthens hope like the laughter of a child.”


Ashley’s Place 10th Annual Portraits with Santa

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[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]photos-with-santa-at-ashleys-place‘Tis the season to be jolly and give back to the community. In that spirit Teddy Bear Portraits donated its services and photographed children with Santa at Ashley’s Place.n Saturday, December 3, 2016 Ashley’s Place held its 10th Annual Pictures with Santa event. Year after year, Ashley’s Place has been bringing holiday cheer to children and families by partnering with Teddy Bear Portraits to offer free portraits with Santa. Each family receives a free portrait package that includes (2) 5×7, (4) 3×5, (8) wallets and a Holiday FunPack. Donations are accepted to help Ashley’s Place and their important mission to support children affected by abuse.

“We are so grateful for Teddy Bear Portraits,” said Amy Burke-Salyers, Executive Director of Ashley’s Place. “Families look forward to pictures with Santa every year. It is nice to be able to watch children grow as they come back each year. We appreciate our community for the opportunity to enjoy the many smiles we get to share.”

“Nothing is more rewarding than capturing smiles from children, especially during such a magical time of the year,” said Katie Tackett, photographer with Teddy Bear Portraits. “I have only had the opportunity to photograph at Ashley’s Place for the past 2 years; however, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It isn’t often I receive the opportunity to help out in such a big way through photography. Knowing that we’re capturing a special moment in time for children that might not otherwise get a picture with Santa is the best feeling.”

Ashley’s Place provides a welcoming environment for both children and adults. The Center is specifically designed to provide comfort to children and families throughout the investigative and treatment process in abusive situations.

Ashley’s Place is a non-profit organization in Gallatin, Tennessee that provides services to children and families when there are allegations of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and/or witness to violence. The Center has a unique partnership with the District Attorney’s Office, The Department of Children’s Services, Sumner County Law Enforcement jurisdictions and Juvenile Court. This Multidisciplinary team works together for the detection, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

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