Alma Love: Rita Thomas Photography
I have loved photography since I can remember – have you heard that before? I was always happy to be in front of the camera, but from early childhood I wanted to learn about the camera’s functions, how the film works, and much more. By the time I got to my teens, I had my eye on a sweet cutting-edge 110 film camera with a thyrister flash for consecutive shooting. Early in high school, I started saving my nickels and dimes, going to Grey Drug Store in my hometown of Marion, Ohio every chance I had to visit my dream camera. I clearly remember looking at it through the glass case and patting the coins in my waitress apron for months until finally I marched in that store with $42.00 in change, spread it all out on the glass counter, and bought that beautiful camera. It was black and sleek and felt good in my hands. This girl was in Heaven!
My world really opened up at the age of 18 when my boyfriend bought my first 35mm camera – second-hand on a Navy base – and gave it to me for Christmas. This camera started my journey to photographic obsession, but in a good way! Since it was completely manual, I had to learn how the three key settings affected each other. However, this was in the day of film processing and you had to wait two weeks to see the result of your work. In this way, learning photography meant learning patience: keeping a small book of settings used on each shot so when the film comes back, you could determine if you had done a good job or if any tweaking would have produced a better image. All that waiting sounds excruciating in this age of digital photography and instant gratification! I took this camera on my Air Force journey to Texas, California, and Europe – and found a new kind of Heaven!
All this trial and error led me to where I am today with multiple camera bodies and lenses – leaning the same lessons at lightning speed and with the added thrill of post-production editing.
My greatest desire is to preserve your memories so each time you look at the images, you’re transported back to that moment, complete with all the emotions intact. I love to go the extra mile in ways like capturing the sunrise and sunset on your special day, encompassing your event from beginning to end. Whether you are having a family reunion; anniversary, birthday or retirement party; grand opening; neighborhood Bar-B-Que; or a three-day seminar retreat, we can ensure that each important moment is forever preserved with clarity and precision. You can relax and tend to your guests, secure in the knowledge that our staff is active in every corner of the venue.
Newborn photography in the hospital or home is my favorite way to mark the milestone of a new life – we treat every baby like the first baby, every time. These moments are captured in photojournalistic style and will be treasured images for generations to come.
On a more serious note, we provide tender and tasteful photography for families who have a loved-one at their journey’s end. We recognize that this is an emotionally-charged time for everyone and that many times a family finds themselves without recent photos of their loved-one with extended family members. We can skillfully and compassionately preserve your last memories with them. We travel to hospital rooms, nursing homes, and private homes upon request.
When you are planning an event, it’s wise to involve your photographer early on. It’s immensely helpful to plan the right equipment and the right supporting staff to cover all activities. Lighting challenges, breakout sessions, and special requests become a breeze when everyone is on the same page from the start.
Want to know about booking the Knoxville area’s Premier Event Photographer for your upcoming event? Contact me at email@example.com or 865-805-1096 and we’ll set up a time to chat! Email or text is best so I can reply when my current photography session is over.
Rita Thomas Photography