Monday, June 22, 2009

VOTE for RHYNLI! She is cute and needs your love!

I thought it would be fun to see how this turns out. How much traffic my blog gets, as well as how many people think this photo is cute enough to vote on. Come on. It will be an adventure - and I will know you really like me!

I Love the Lambs

There are so many people PCSing and ETSing and that means many old friends are leaving for their next adveture, and many new families are coming here for an adventure of their own. I have been blessed to know and work with the Lamb family over the last 3 years, and just days before they PCSed to the states I took their family photos. What a blessing.

I love taking photos of women who just see themselves as a "mom" and forget that they are a women, and they are beautiful. At the end of the photoshoot I asked Ami to let me take some photos of just her. She looks gorgeous in this photo. I am so glad she is my beautiful friend.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Keukenhof Gardens

A couple weeks ago we were able to travel to the Netherlands to see the Keukenhof Gardens and the Corrie Ten Boom house. The flowers were so beautiful and the Ten Boom home was completely inspiring.

Wounded Warrior Cruise

Saturday I went to the Wounded Warrior Cruise, where a friend of mine, Jim Beebe, organized several great automobiles and some wounded warriors to offer a day of fun and cars. I was only going to snap a few photos, but hours later I ended up leaving. I had 6 gigs of photos and a horrible sunburn, but it was a good day. Here are some of the photos from that day.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ready for School

I haven't taken a class in anything since my first college courses back in 1997, but that is changing now. I have decided that I am not nearly as good as I would like to be when it comes to taking photos and I need all of the help I can get, so I enrolled in a highly accredited photography school. It has been fun, but I am so nervous that I will do poorly that I haven't submitted any assignments yet. The aspects of portrait photography and lighting are very different from what I have been trained in - photojournalism. Anyway, here is one of my assignments where I was supposed to show motion. Also, here are some photos I children I have done recently.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Baby Taylors 1 year Pix

Last week I got to do some neat photos of one-year old Taylor. This was fun because I have photographed her since birth. She was such a doll. I found this hat and thought it would be a fun addition to the shoot, and it did!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The difference one year can make

A few weeks ago I had a chance to do some maternity photos and some toddler photos. I tried some new editing skills on the photos, so I thought I would post them here. My friend, Jessica, in the maternity photos has asked me to be her labor coach and to also take photos of the delivery since her hubby is deployed. I am way excited as I may get a call at any time. I will post photos when I get them. Then with the little girl... well she cried most of the time so I figured I would just work with that and the photos turned out very well.

a cropped shot of Lenore

I liked the lightness and color here

Her eyes were so beautiful in this one, and I liked the soft edit.

Jessica's hubby is deployed and so since she is having a little boy, the shoes added to the whole look.

I really like this photo, the flag, the saturation, the softness. A fun photo to play with.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Terrin Family

This was a photoshoot I did for my friends, the Terrins. The dad had deployed to Iraq that morning and I wanted to do something nice for the mom and her two kids. It turned out well and I am sure Dad will have something nice to reflect on throughout his deployment.

I love this photo. It is just one of those photos that when you click the shutter, you know you have a great one.

A cute picture of the big sister. Just captured that moment.

Mom was just playing with her baby boy. Simple love.

I finally have a blog

Yes, I caved in. I listened to the thousands of people out there who are addicted to blogging and I gave it. I decided it was about time I started a blog for myself. I doubt it will be very popular, but it is mine none the less.

As a way of introduction I am Tawny Campbell. I am a wife of a US Soldier, I am a mom of two beautiful girls - Ceilidha (5) and Rhynli (11 weeks). I have been living in Germany for 3+ years and love every minute of it. I am an aspiring photographer who has been aspiring for more than 10 years. I love to read, find great deals online and serve. I run three charities that help deployed, deploying and injured service men and women (, and I love traveling around Europe and still have a few places on my dream list to go before I can leave.

As for my photography, I got my first camera as a graduation present in 1997. My parents picked it up from a pawn shop. It was an OM-1 and one of my prized posessions. I got a job as a reporter for a local paper in Southern Idaho right out of high school and started to learn the finer points of photography from our staff photographer, Laurie. After a year or so at the South Idaho Press I move to the Provo Daily Herald where I was a reporter and editor for a couple more years. I loved the photography side of things and spent hours in the photographers room looking at photos and trying to learn from them. From there I took an editors job at the Coeur d'Alene Press and shot some of my own work. This is where I started to learn more about digital photography. After a 2 year break from newspaper work and one daughter later I found myself doing freelance work in Fort Sam Houston, TX and found a huge love photographing Soldiers in training. This is also where I started branching out into portraits. Our next duty station was Fort Benning, GA. I got a job with the post newspaper, The Bayonet, and this is where my photography really took off. I started taking many of the photos in the paper and my love of photographing soldiers grew and grew. I learned a lot about photography and digital cameras from a WWII vet and photographer, Charley Butler and from other fellow photographers. I wasx also introduced to some amazing digital equipment. I bought my first digital camera in 2005 - a Canon 20D. This is also where I started doing family portraits.

We moved to Germany in Jan '06 and I continued to do portraits, creating my own studio and playing more with artificial/studio lights. I still prefer natural light, but with only a few hours of sun during the winter I had to learn a bit about studio lighting. I also started my Project Portrait charity here and began taking photos of infants at LRMC.

So here we are now, 12 years after I got my first camera. I still have my Canon 20D, and I have upgraded to a Canon D1 Mark II with several L-series lenses. I have a small studio and have done more and more portraits. I miss the event and training photography though. I do photograph events once in a while, but it isn't the same. There is something thrilling about photographing an event and seeing that photo published in a newspaper, where you can share the emotions, adrenaline, anxiety, joy, ect. with hundreds of readers.

So in a nutshell that is me.

I am now in Germany trying my best to get better at what I do. I am now enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography so I can hone my skills and I continue to take photos through Project Portrait and do portrait sessions for anyone who wants me.