Cameo Portraits: Blog en-us (C) Cameo Portraits (Cameo Portraits) Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:02:00 GMT Fri, 01 Jun 2018 19:02:00 GMT Cameo Portraits: Blog 96 120 Invited Model Sessions    Hi,                                                                                 

    I want to do these session sometime during June are the first of July. If you work during the week we can plan for a later appointment. I know you’re busy during the summer so I’m pretty flexible on a start time. I normally recommend starting at around 1:00 PM and the session uusually last about an hour..

     I have asked 6 others to participate and I will use 4.

      I am located at 513 Central Ave. here in Laurel.

       There is no fee or cost for this project. I never ask models to buy anything. I do ask your permission to display some images on my studio wall or my social media sites  

       The session is done in my studio. Space is limited but some of my best images have been shot here. You can see some images other models have helped me at the link below and if you know any of the please talk to them so they can tell you all about their experience.

The Plan

     I have some new digital backgrounds I want to try and some lighting ideas. I am also converting from green screen to white screen backgrounds. Some images I would like to try to mimic are found at the Studio Projects Tab.

     I’m always happy to hear your thoughts on poses that you might want to try so if you have something interesting or more unique in mind just let me know. You should be able to get a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t in my shoots from my site. Take a look at these previous shoots and ideas to see what I mean: (Click on Models Tab)

     Any questions at all then please feel free to get in touch as I’d love to hear your thoughts on this too.

     From our session, you would look to get a minimum of five images here’ un-watermarked, hi-resolution, retouched and edited files. You would receive these over the period of around 1-2 weeks as I work on them around my commercial work.

     Again, There is no fee or cost for this project. I never ask models to buy anything. I do ask your permission to display some images on my studio wall or my social media sites 

    Call or message today and lets start to plan your session. (If uou are under 18 years old you must have your parents permission. And I would be happy to talk with them about the project.

(Cameo Portraits) Thu, 31 May 2018 18:48:57 GMT
Fall Mini Sessions Fall is here and I want to start the season with Fall Mini Sessions! (I have some great new digital backgrounds for  these sessions).

These limited availability mini portrait sessions have a great price so these sessions sell out fast! I will only be offering 10 appointments on weekdays and Saturday August 26 only.

Spring Mini Sessions are $45 for studio or $65 for an urban or park location near the studio – this 30-minute session includes a phone consultation to plan out the session.  Shortly after the session day you will be able to view your images online

Interested? Contact me at: or call 601-426-9727 (Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm) The session fee is due in full at sign-up. Remember Only 10 Fall Mini Sessions are available so make your appointment today. 

(Cameo Portraits) Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:16:13 GMT
MODELING FUN Thank you for your interest in modeling for Cameo Portrait.

I periodically use models to assist me on a time for images basis to try different techniques, refine existing skills, or attempt new and different looks for one of my projects.       

Time for images means that you are trading your modeling time for my photography.


What You Get

From the images of your session you will receive a CD with up to 5 edited images with print release.

If you want a particular type of photo, I will work with you to try and get it.

Your images will be placed on a Cameo Portraits dedicated (Password protected) web page for you, your family and friends to view. 

 You do your own hair and makeup.

Before the session we will meet and get to know one another and go over the ideas for the session.    

On the date of your photo session you should come to the session prepared to pose. I recpmmend that you bring a friend.

       You must bring a friend (Same gender), must be a parent if you are under 18)           


You will have full control of how you pose and if at any time you feel uncomfortable you may terminate the session.  (No is a perfectly good word, I use it all the time). And you will never be asked to buy anything.

Hope to hear from you soon


(Cameo Portraits) Fri, 26 May 2017 17:25:08 GMT
Not sure what to wear in your engagement photos? Check out these tips for putting together photogenic engagement photo outfits you'll love.

By Shelley Brown

Your engagement photos should be a fun, less formal precursor to your wedding day photos. You may use these photos for your save-the-dates, your wedding day programs or even your invitations, so you'll want to look your best. Any important photo op comes with a lot of pressure—choosing what to wear shouldn't be one of them.

Engagement photo outfit tips:

  • Choose your outfits ahead of time, so you aren't scrambling to find pieces that go together on the day of.
  • Make sure your ensembles work for the season and location of your photos (read: no stilettos on the beach or bare arms in the snow).
  • Express your personal style—the more confident you feel, the better your photos will turn out.

At the very least, your engagement photos are a perfect opportunity to capture some sweet moments between you and your fiancé (while looking really good). Check out some of our favorite engagement photo outfits below. 

Engagement Photo Outfits for Summer

Weddings are in the air during this sunny season, but it's also an ideal time to shoot your engagement photos, especially if you want a beachy backdrop or cloudless, rustic setting. If you're opting for the great outdoors, flat shoes, breathable fabrics and shorter hemlines are a must. Whether you like to sport vibrant prints or breezy nautical looks, summer engagement photos are the perfect chance to show off your casual-chic style.

Go Barefoot for Beach Engagement Photos

If you're opting for a nautical vibe with beach engagement photos, don't be afraid to get some sand between your toes. Going barefoot sets a laid-back mood that works in a seaside setting. And this no-fuss approach will save you the trouble of searching for beach-appropriate footwear. To keep your engagement photos looking polished, pair bare feet with structured outfits. Navy blue and white ensembles are a safe bet for pulling off a beach style that's laid-back but still pulled together.

2.Express Your Personal Style

The outfits you choose help set the mood of your engagement photos, so wear pieces that feel like “you." If you aren't into dresses, don't wear one! Instead, try a pretty printed romper or jumpsuit. If your fiancé is into accessories, let him or her rock a trendy straw hat or colorful shades—simply put, you can't go wrong with pieces that channel your personal style.\

Don’t Shy Away From Bold Colors

While you may be tempted to wear all white for your engagement photos (you're going to be the bride after all!), bright colors really pop on camera. Plus, bolder colors will give your photos an instant celebratory feel, and are perfectly appropriate in a casual summer setting. To make bright colors work, pick ones that play off each other without being too matchy-matchy, like yellow and blue. If you're sporting prints ( say, polka dots and argyle), make sure they're big enough to show up on camera, but not too big—you don't want to get lost in an oversize print.

Engagement Photo Outfits for Spring

Spring is symbolic of new beginnings, so what better time to celebrate your new new life as a married couple? This gorgeous season is all about pretty pastels, florals and dreamy details, so don't be afraid to add lively touches of color and whimsical prints to your spring engagement photo outfits when deciding what to wear. As far as accessories are concerned, let your romantic leanings take over: Floral details, flower crowns and vintage-inspired pieces are a fresh place to start.

Mix in Transitional Pieces

Spring can bring sunshine or showers, or both. Stave off chilly air and throw a lightweight sweater over a flirty dress or skirt—you won't freeze if temps start to drop, but you'll still look fresh and airy. If he's opting for dressier attire, a blue suit is totally on trend but not too stuffy. And he can always remove the suit jacket for a more laid-back look.

​Go Preppy With Pastels

There's no season like spring to break out a cheerful color palette when deciding what to wear for engagement photos. For a no-fail take on this trend, choose cooler pastels like blue, green and purple that work together but don't clash. Not a huge fan of color? Try stonewashed shades like blush or wisteria for a subtle twist on this style. 


(Cameo Portraits) Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:18:24 GMT
Easter Special (Limited Edition)

Our Easter Special Sessions will be offered from April 1 until April 7, 2017.

Appointments can be made between 1 and 5 PM. (Call for other arrangements)

Sessions will be 30 minutes or less (Baby controls length).

you will either receive 3 edited images on CD with print release for $ 45 

Or a package of 2- 5 x 7's and 8 wallets portrait prints and your images on                          CD with release for $ 65


Call today 601-426-9729 to schedule your session.  or Face Book /cameoportraits




(Cameo Portraits) Easter Special Photo Special Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:18:00 GMT
SPRING BREAK MINI SESSION A limited Edition Special

30 min Studio Session - One Outfit - 

You receive 3 fully edited images o CD with release.

and a social media disk (suitable for use o face book and instagram, etc of up to 5 images.

$ 45 (plus tax)


Addition product may be purchased from our current price guide.

Call today


(Cameo Portraits) Mini Session Special Spring Break Thu, 09 Mar 2017 19:18:33 GMT
2016 Christmas Limited Edition Sessions I am offering my Limited Edition Christmas sessions from November 28 through December 3, 2016. The session will include a 30 min session with your choice of one background.

Your images will be edited and enhanced and will be a portrait you will love. A Christmas Memory.

The package will include 5 portrait sheets.

You complete investment is $ 49 plus tax.

Due to our regular sessions there will be only a limited number of Limited Edition Sessions avaiable.

Call 601-426-9729  to schedul an appointment.

(Cameo Portraits) CHristmas Photo Special Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:31:36 GMT
Information about Modeling for photo project Thank you for your interest in modeling for Cameo Portrait.

Why I do this.

           I periodically use models to assist me on a time for images basis to try different techniques, refine existing skills, or attempt new and different looks for one of my photography projects.


          Time for images is, you are trading your modeling time for images that are made.


           From your session, you will receive a CD with up to 8 edited and printable images, If you want a particular photo, I will work

with you to try and get it.

I will put your images on a Password protected web page for you, your family and friends to view.

Before any shooting occurs, you must sign a model release. (For those who appear younger than they are an accepted form of photo ID is required). I need a model release that allows me to use the photographs. Occasionally The pictures I take are used for studio-promotion.


           If you wish to model you should have an outgoing personality, not shy, self-conscience or bashful, size and weight are not



You do your own hair and makeup.

At our initial meeting we will get to know each other and talk about possible poses and the look we want to capture during the session and set a date for your photo session.

On the date of your photo session you should come to the session prepared to pose.

           You must bring a friend (Same gender), must be a parent if you are under 18)     

           You will have full control of how you pose and if at any time you feel uncomfortable you may terminate the session.  (No is a

perfectly good word, I use it all the time).


(Cameo Portraits) Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:48:28 GMT

Michael and I had about 180 guests at our wedding and just thinking about that number would make me overwhelmed. One of the hugest reasons why we chose a first look was because our anxieties would fade away and our nerves would be no longer. For me, Michael is the only person who is able to calm me down, so I knew that whether I was nervous on our day or not that he would make me feel comfortable.

2. To Enjoy An Intimate Moment //

First looks are completely dreamy and create such a sense of closeness. I knew that spending a few moments with my husband-to-be would be intimate and special, before the crazy rest of the day began. When the reception begins, you won't really get a chance to be just the two of you, as everyone will want to talk and spend time with you both.

3. It's When We Looked Our Best //

Let's be real, once the wedding celebration is in full swing, you can begin to sweat from dancing and your makeup can fade a bit. And no, you won't be touching your makeup up as often as you'd think, because the day completely flies by. Trust me, I know. A first look is typically taken shortly after getting ready and dressed in your wedding attire, which is prime for getting photos taken since you're all fresh for the day. 

4. To Have A Second Photo Location //

Michael and I were able to do our first look at the spot where we got engaged, which was extremely important to us. This spot happened to be about 35 minutes away from the venue, though. Luckily, we got married on a Friday and had the entire day to plan for. Since our wedding venue was full of greenery, it was really great that we got to have photos taken by the water, as well. It really helped make our photos have an overall special and unique feel and look to them.

5. To Take Bridal Party Photos Before The Ceremony //

Tying into having a second photo location and extra photos of just us, having a first look also opened up the opportunity to take bridal party photos before the ceremony. It meant so much to us to have our bridal party catching a glimpse of our first look from afar as they were cheering us on. It was so sweet! Getting our bridal party photos done before the rest of the day helped us be able to focus on just family photos after the ceremony, as well as more of us as husband and wife.

6. To Have Quick Turnaround From Ceremony To Reception //

As I have already mentioned, having the bridal party photos and a good portion of our husband and wife portraits already done after the first look really helped to free up time after the ceremony. Since our ceremony was at 6:00 pm on a Friday evening, it was important to us to get our guests dinner as soon as possible. Thankfully, our ceremony and reception were at the same location! We only had an hour long cocktail hour before dinner, which meant only an hour for family photos and more photos of us. It was a little tight, but having photos taken after the first look really helped make the quick turnaround worth it.

7. To Prolong Our Special Day Together //

We wanted our wedding day to be spent together, not just a few hours after the ceremony. If we didn't have a first look, more than half of our special day would've been spent without each other, and that was just sad for us to think about. Having our first look in the early afternoon helped us to not only spend more time together on our day, but it helped us to not have to wait in our nerves all day. Seeing the person you love before any kind of crazy day will always be the best.

8. Overall Convenience Of Time //

While there were a ton of special reasons why we chose to do a first look, a lot of them were driven because they were just logically convenient. From saving time between the ceremony and reception, to taking photos at our first look spot and after the ceremony, it just made sense for us. While yes, our wedding day was all about us and our love, it was important to us to consider the guests and their time. I think we did a great job deciding on what was convenient time-wise for everyone.



(Cameo Portraits) Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:20:41 GMT
NATIONAL BEST FRIENDS DAY All you need to do is call (601-426-9729)  or message for a time to come in with you best friend. when you do we'll set a time for you and you BFF to come in and eith have a 30 mini session in studio with digital backgrounds or you can choose to do a walkabout in down town Laurel. Both you and your BFF  will receive 4 downloadable edited image files from your session. The total is only $ 35 plus sales tax. No sales pitch just 30 min of fun captured with your BFF> Shooting tomes will be from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM Wednesday June 8, 2016 

Hope to hear from you soon"

(Cameo Portraits) Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:52:36 GMT
June 2 is National Bubba Day National Bubba Day is popularly celebrated on 2nd June every year in United States of America. Bubba is a nickname produced from “brother”. This nick name is generally associated with the eldest male sibling. Bubba can also be the nick name of an intimate buddy who has significance similar to an elder brother in your life. Among plenty of guys, Bubba is used so often that it takes the place of the real call of that member of the family. National Bubba Day is celebrated to show honest regards to those people who are generally known as “Bubba”

Celebrating National Bubba Day is pretty much simple. You just need to wish “Happy National Bubba Day” to your Bubba brother or friend, have some good food and maybe exchange a present, maybe call it a “bubba party”.  And that’s it….!

COme on down to studio on June 2, 2016 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM and have a micro mini session done with you very own special bubba. Dress fancy, casual or dress like a bubba it is OK.  We'll shoot a couple of poses, I'll do a bit of editing and you will receive 2 digital files to download from you choice f images. All for only $ 15.

It is 1st come 1st served no appoint necessary. Photography ends at 4:00 PM.   It's bubba party day

(Cameo Portraits) Photo Special Fri, 27 May 2016 16:58:15 GMT
Mom and Me (A speical time for you and MOm) With Mother's Day coming up soon, I want to invite you to create a memory with your Mom.

She's helped you become the person you are, guided you through life, held your hand in case you slipped. She's a Mom, but has at various times also been your teacher, big sister and best friend.

It is time to show your mother just what she means to you.
But a special occasion like this deserves a special memory.

For Mother's Day, I want my friend to have a thirty minute session in studio or at local location of you and your mom, you alone or mom alone. Completely edited or CD with print release all for only $ 35 (normally an $ 85 value.


(Cameo Portraits) Day Mom and Me Mother's Special" Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:12:41 GMT
How to Prepare for Your Spring Session How to Prepare for Your Spring Session

 7 Tips for Preparing for Your Spring Session

We've gone ahead and given you some tips to ensure your day is stress free and flawless for your spring session. Listen up!

1. Wear layers. Spring can be finicky in the sense that you can go from frigid to over heated in a matter of minutes. We suggest wearing layers -- tank top, tee shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the session.

2. Location is a big deal. You better believe we're going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those bud popping up from the ground and in the trees. If you have any favorite locations, let us know. We have a nice list on hand, ourselves.

3. Play into the colors of the season when choosing your family's outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. We recommend choosing a color theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting.

4. Speaking of accessories: wear them! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some super adorable family pictures.

5. Time it right. Book a session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you've already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give your photographer a call when the time is right.

6. Incorporate props. Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass.

7. Really think about your footwear. Spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that's comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.

(Cameo Portraits) Dress for Spring Photos Spring Photos Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:57:41 GMT
The Model's Place Welcome to Models of the Pine Belt.

This group is formed for those who have a desire to either try their modeling skills or enhance them. All of the models for Cameo Portraits projects will be selected by invitation from those who have liked and followed Cameo Portraits.

The model’s images will be featured in our studio displays, look books, and advertising.

Cameo Portraits does not charge a fee or pay for models. If you are selected for a photo session (shoot) you will get up to 10 edited images with a print release from your shoot. The model will provide their own hair and makeup and wardrobe.

For those who wish to get ahead of the list during the beginning months, you can call, email or message me with you name, date of birth, and a phone number (with the best time to call) where I can reach you. 

Models should be 18 or older (those younger must have their parents written permission).
Continue to watch more information will follow.

(Cameo Portraits) Laurel Modeling Models Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:58:00 GMT
Getting Ready for your Phto shoot Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Portraits

     You’ve got your outfit planned, know exactly what you’re doing with your hair, and have already spoken to the makeup artist about that wicked cat eye. Now it’s time to consider your accessories, which can make or break your outfit. Here are four things to keep in mind. 


  1. Don’t let the accessories wear you. Too big or too zany can overwhelm your face and body, taking away from the overall image. This is about you.
  2. Choose accessories that mean something to you. Maybe you want to wear a ring your mother gave you, or those earrings that always earn you compliments.
  3. Try not to choose anything that’s heavily ornamented. In a few years, ultra trendy items can look really, really dated. Funky and fun are A-OK, of course, but be thoughtful in your decisions.
  4. Make sure your accessories all work well with your outfit. For example, a thin belt may flatter your figure more than a thick belt. And those dangly earrings may look best with your hair up while the studs look good with your hair down.
  5. Get a second, and third, opinion. Wear everything you plan to put on for your session day and ask for someone else’s advice. Take some pictures, even, and ask your friends and family if they have any suggestions.


(Cameo Portraits) Pictures Portraits Senior Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:15:25 GMT
Valentine Sessions I will be offering several combinations of Valentine Sessions. So be sure and call.  

(Cameo Portraits) Model's Model's CLub Models Portraits Special Specials Valentine sessions Mon, 11 Jan 2016 19:24:31 GMT
What goes into wedding photography? From my experience about 100 plus hours are spent in meeting clients, designing shot list, consults to go over personal tastes and different wedding styles and plans, plus the time spent at rehearsal and actual ceremony then hours of post wedding production such as editing  and arranging images. Of course there is always room to trim back but there are limits.

The point is this, you usually get what you pay for in quality of the product. When you hear of those wedding photographers who are booked almost every weekend you might wonder, when do they have time to work on your images.

We limit ourselves to a small number of weddings so that our brides get our full attention in planning their wedding, at their wedding, and after their wedding.   It is better to find a good photographer and talk with him/her about working within your budget.

Cheap photographers usually know their value and the quality of their work. I know I do because I see it when the bride or Mom brings them to me wanting them fixed.

(Cameo Portraits) Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:56:01 GMT
Halloween Mini Sessions

(Cameo Portraits) Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:26:37 GMT
Bonnie and Joes Wedding This was a  great wedding. I believe everyone there had a great time. The director (Tina) was everywhere making everything move along smoothly. The bride had planned her wedding day and stuck to her time line. (This helps make any event go smoothly).

We enjoyed so much being a part of such a special and wonderful day.

(Cameo Portraits) Wed, 07 Oct 2015 18:54:05 GMT
Cameo Portraits' 23 year Anniversary September marked 23 years Cameo Portraits has been serving Laurel, the Pine Belt and South Central Mississippi. 

First I thank my loyal, wonderful, and beautiful clients, because without you we would not be here today.

But now to the real deal. My Lab was off by a month. They thought my anniversary was in October. They have given my the preent of offering me 25% off of all printing orders. I have decided to pass that on to my faithful clients. So if you are a past client or are my friend on Facebook. From now until the end of October you can receive 25 % off our normal portrait prints.

Call schedule a session and let's create your beautiful portraits. today.

ALways your friend, 


(Cameo Portraits) CAmeo Portrait Portraits Specials Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:05:42 GMT