Monday, October 17, 2011 1 year old!-Children's Photography-Memphis, TN

I had the privilege to photograph little Madeline right around her 1st birthday!  Madeline has some amazing eyes! I loved trying to capture the brightness in them.  We played in the park, in the backyard and in her room.  She had a lot of fun playing with the balloons.  It was so cute watching her try to gather all of them in her arms at once.  And I enjoyed seeing how the light through the window made the balloons glow!  Hope you enjoy the new collage look! 

~gretchen shaw


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Christine...the supermodel Bride!-Bridal Portraits-Memphis, TN

Christine, and her now husband, Eathan, were my first "whole package" wedding couple! I got to take their engagement photos, Christine's bridal portraits, and I just finished editing and uploading their wedding day photos (those photos coming soon...). I've had a blast with this couple.  They allowed me to take my creativity to a new level.  Believe it or not, (maybe not that hard to believe) this was my first bridal session I've done.  I was a little terrified at first, but Christine's laid-back personality made the whole thing easy and enjoyable.  We did have to overcome some challenges, however.  The day we had scheduled for the bridal session, ended up being the hottest day of the summer.  I love the outdoors and working with natural light, but a couple days before the shoot, I knew a bride with her make-up and hair done, in a 25+ pound dress was not going to work outside in 104 degree weather.  
Scrambling for a photogenic place, with natural light, that allows for photography was kind of tough.  We ended up at a friend's house that had such a cool atmosphere.  I have been to this house multiple times, and never appreciated how beautiful the architecture was and how well decorated it was.  It made for some great, antique-y photographs.
We then headed over to the train station downtown for a totally different mood.  Both places gave character and beauty to these photos that I could never have imagined.  Sometimes last minute works out for the best! 
I know this is a long blog with lots of photos, but it's so hard eliminating photos sometimes.  Christine is actually a super model! This was another bonus I discovered on the shoot!  OK, maybe not professionally, but she could be.  
I hope you enjoy!
gretchen shaw
ps. My website launched yesterday! I'm really excited about it.  Tell your friends and check it out here:

Monday, October 3, 2011


My official website is UP and RUNNING!

Check it out, tell people about it, tweet about! Let's get this thing out there! 

Thank you so much to everyone who has been a huge support to me and Gretchen Shaw Photography.
And a HUGE thanks to Susan Kizzee who designed my website and did an awesome job!
Launch Party is in the future! Details to come!

gretchen shaw