Nurse’s Creative Headshot Portraits!

Nurse’s Creative Headshots Session!

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R.N. Tye Murray in a creative portrait!

When nurse Tye Murray contacted us for headshots, we were quickly becoming excited. Furthermore, as Tye began to describe for us the variety of images she was going for, it gave us creative ideas. Tye also writes about nursing and medical issues. Thus, in addition to a range of professional headshots, she was also wanting a few images that would supplement her writing in creative ways.

During pre-session consultations with Tye, WE WERE LISTENING CLOSELY. Importantly, our focus upon what she wanted for her images’ end usage is crucial to how we create portraits. In addition, we honed-in on the style and feel of the images she was hoping to get. Significantly, listening to our clients’ wishes and truly understanding their goals for their images is a CORE VALUE of our photography and imaging studio. 

Our Subject-Centered Approach is Unique!

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Shown here: Tye in a more traditional headshot but one with a unique-colored backdrop.

Importantly, our first goal is to clearly understand what clients like Tye are wanting. Consequently, that informs HOW we go about accomplishing their goals. Frankly, that’s an inverse approach to what happens with many portrait photographers. Too often, photographers will fit a client’s wishes into their own stricter template of image creation. 

Instead, our approach is a “subject-centered” one that truly begins with our client. First, we learn who they are and how they naturally express themselves. Second, we focus upon what they are passionate about. In this process we learn much about how to create their images unique to them. Of course, we guide them with creative and innovative suggestions. The point is, this process and approach makes for a truly collaborative effort. This approach is centered upon capturing them as unique individuals expressing their unique personality. As a result, photographs done in such a way can become precious pieces of image-art. Ultimately, Tye’s images capture her in a moment of her life that can be treasured and passed down!



Passing On the Latest Hot Trends To Locals!

The image directly above is a classic headshot. However, what is unusual is the “cocoa” background. Notably, this particular background was chosen for Tye due to her blonde hair and light-colored sweater. Furthermore, cocoa backdrops are more popular in other parts of the country but have not been utilized much locally. Finally, we keep a keen eye on the latest portrait trends so Natchez – Vidalia residents look their best!

We can help you with creative portraits of yourself, or with commercial photography for your business. Contact us for a free consultation!

“Creating Images That Tell Amazing Stories!”

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Natchez Photographer & Trinity Episcopal Homecoming

Natchez Photographer – Portrait Photographer

Natchez Photographer - Portrait Photographer

Leeah Corley



Just a few days before the Trinity Episcopal High School Homecoming, we received a communication from the headmaster. Alarmingly, the scheduled photographer had backed out and she asked if we could take the Homecoming Court’s portraits on short-notice. They had no one to take professional quality portraits of their ladies! As parents ourselves, we fully understand how important this event is for teens and their parents. Additionally, these “life moments” are truly something they will remember for the rest of their lives. It’s our passion to capture these moments with quality, creativity and storytelling. We rearranged our schedule and made it happen.



Life is Flying By – Let Us Help You Capture It!

I think you will agree with me that life goes by so very quickly. Often, we intend to do things that will capture those moments that are so fleeting, but almost as often it just never seems to get done. That’s where we excel! We can help you as parents to capture the important life moments, seasons, holidays and family events that are important to you. Furthermore, we do so at the highest quality and at very reasonable cost.

Maura Stump


We feel very strongly that local Natchez-Vidalia families and businesses will appreciate another option for highly creative photographs, videos, and images. Furthermore, our option provides three important features. First, we create images that are made with exceptional quality. We’ve invested in some of the finest camera, lens and lighting equipment available today to make your portraits “pop!” Secondly, we create “subject-centered” images that truly focus on and capture the person that is the subject of the photograph or video. Our mission is to bring out your personality and make you look unique to you, rather than fit you into our mold. Third, we provide this at the lowest possible cost in order to save you money. Admittedly, portraits and prints can be very expensive. Therefore, we are committed to making your package as affordable as possible!




Finally, we enjoyed being able to step in and take care of Trinity’s Homecoming portraits. Additionally, we went the extra mile by attending the game later that evening and taking photographs of the game as well as the halftime ceremony.


The images in this story are but a few of the portraits that can be found within the GALLERY. To see all of the available images, click on the link directly above! 

Katie Borum

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Anna Rodriquez

Cecile Crocquet

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JaMescya Queen



KaLeigh Davidson and her Dad



Michael Chapman Studios are photographers & videographers serving the individuals, families and businesses of the Natchez, MS & Vidalia, LA area. We also offer web design & graphic design services.







Musician & Artist Brandon McCranie

Creative Portrait - Brandon McCranie

Creative Portrait of Natchez Musician and Artist Brandon McCranie

Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie

Welcome to Brandon McCranie’s zany, creative, and talented world!

In my Characters of Natchez photo series, I wanted to photograph a limited number of local people. My goal was to portray or reveal something in the photograph that would be uniquely them. To do so, I used a photographic style, lighting technique, camera angle, and setting that fit them. What I try to avoid is using a “one size fits all” approach. I didn’t want to force them into a single box, rather the box changed with what best represented each. This presented a challenge, but was much more rewarding because it stretched me artistically and creatively. This is known as “subject-centric” photography. This was the way I went into Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie, a session with this well-known Natchez talent.


Scouting & Vision

Brandon is a very talented person who literally and figuratively wears many hats. When I conducted my research of Brandon, I learned that in addition to his energy and gregarious nature was his amazing variety of hats and caps! He is lead vocalist and guitarist in his band Mojo-Mudd. He’s also an amazing bottle-cap artist, and a popular radio personality at a local station. However, these three outlets of how he expresses his creative nature is not all that I wanted to capture in his portrait. When you meet Brandon and experience his friendly and zany personality, you become an instant friend. An extravert, he has a way of expressing himself that is truly unique. I wanted to bring that out in the portrait as well. Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie

With Environmental Portraiture the idea is to capture the person in their own environment. Contrasty, in Studio Portraiture, you photograph your subject in a studio with a backdrop. This can be very effective because it isolates the subject in the photograph and focuses only on them. Both have their own impact visually. For Brandon I chose to go on location and shoot him in his bottle-cap workshop or in his home environment. Of course, the down side to this approach are the logistics of lugging lighting and camera gear! At this time of year in Mississippi (early August) when the session is outside (as this one was), the heat, humidity and mosquitos make it a challenge.


Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie

After scouting around, I found an awesome location that matched my vision for the portrait. It took me four hours to gather gear, set up, do test shots, and shoot the session. Even though I was going for one special shot, my session with Brandon consisted of just over three hundred photographs. Each one of the exposures were taken for a reason, and was a deliberate attempt at some nuance of angle, shift in pose, lighting or wardrobe change. Brandon and I worked hard at continually tweaked every little thing, including arranging the individual bottle caps on his table. In addition, Brandon’s wardrobe, hat, gesture, posture, my angle of view, framing, lighting, lens and so forth were all carefully chosen to bring out the goal of the image: to truly represent him authentically. That is shooting deliberately. While it is often a challenge, I love the adventure of exploring and working a shot creatively.

At this point, a total of seven lights were employed, including studio strobes, a 53″ octabank (a large softbox), and various other high-tech lighting gear. We even plugged-in a $10 work light for some of the background lighting, so low-tech works perfectly well sometimes. The magic happened in this session when, following a hunch, I tried a very unorthodox lens for taking a portrait photo. A 16mm fisheye lens is normally used in special effects landscape kinds of shots. In fact, I knew if I kept him in the center of the frame the distortion on him would be minimized, but the rest of the scene around him would seem surreal. No doubt it was a risk creatively, by it was worth a try. Having him to lean in a bit made the shot work even more effectively.


The Unintended Other Portrait

After using a couple of lenses, I asked Brandon if he had time for me to play around with a new lens. I had just received a Lens Baby Composer Pro. This lens, an Edge 80 optic, allows me to have “slice” of focus area in my shot. Additionally, I can also widen or narrow that slice of focus, and move it around in my composition. 


Creative Portrait - Brandon McCranie

Portrait taken using the Lensbaby Edge 80 Optic.

The image I captured of Brandon using the Lens Baby is shown at left. In my opinion it captured another very important aspect of Brandon. The main shot (above) captured Brandon’s public persona. He is energetic, full of life, creativity, and talent. All of which are contributors to his wild world of color, music, art, and fun that make him larger than life. I chose a 16mm fisheye lens in the above photo, because it “warps” (in a good way) what we experience when we encounter Brandon. We enter his world when we view that photo (at least I hope it conveys that). But, in this second photo, a very different Brandon is seen … a quiet, reflective, thoughtful man who has hopes, goals, and a faith of his own. 

I can say that because I got to talk with Brandon awhile during this long shoot about his life and the direction he finds himself on. As a matter of fact, we spoke candidly about our lives and aspirations, both as “creatives” but also simply as men who want to be better human beings tomorrow than we are today. 



In conclusion, Brandon is a complex person, as most of us are. He is a deep thinker, a thoughtful, reflective, philosophical man. Like many of us, he has chosen to make a better life for himself and lift others around him in the process. No doubt that while the first shot best portrayed what I originally set out to do, the second shot portrayed another authentic aspect of Brandon. This is what is amazing about photography: how photos can tell very different stories, even if they are of the same subject just minutes apart.

So, welcome to Brandon’s world … both of them!

– Michael Chapman 

Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie

Creative Portrait – Brandon McCranie

I hope you enjoyed the images and the peek behind the process of what I do, and how I got these shots. If you would like a “once-in-a-lifetime” portrait that captures some aspect of who you really are, then CONTACT ME to discuss your portrait. And remember, there’s always more going on around you – and inside of people – than what meets the eye.

Shoot Details and Camera MetaData:

Shot 1 (Top): Nikon D810; 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens; ISO 64; f/2.8; 1/250s; tripod.

Shot 2 (Bottom): Nikon D810; Lens Baby Composer Pro with Edge 80 Optic (80mm); ISO 400; f/11; 1/5s; tripod.

Lighting: Elinchrom mono strobes (x3) with 53″ Octabox as key light (all others accents and kickers); gridded 8.5″ reflector; and one with a snoot to light anvil & front work table; Paul C. Buff Einstein mono strobe (x1) with shoot through umbrella; Nikon SB910 speedlites (3) with magmod modifiers; a $10 shop light with silver reflector to help light the background. The lights were triggered with Pocket Wizard radio controllers (x6) – Flex TT5’s, TT1 Mini, and AC3 Zone Controller. Flags were used to block unwanted light sources from nearby lights.

Post-Processing: Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 & Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.