after hours

after hours

More of Flo…the product of our monthly photo club assignment for May: Let it Flow (or FLO). Many thanks to Tim Shumaker of Diabolically Devine Creative Metalworks for letting me romp around his yard and to Nicole Dube of SheSoPhoto who assisted, provided artistic expertise, and a truckload of moral support!

Take Five

After a couple month hiatus, the last of the Black Phone series is finally complete. :) There was no be no better way for me to round out the series than with one of my favorite characters: Flo. Many thanks to Tim Shumaker of Diabolically Divine Creative Metalworks for letting me borrow his unbelievably cool phone booth. And undying gratitude to Nicole Dube of SheSoPhoto for lighting a fire under my tush to make this one happen.


Win some, lose some…


I still haven’t finished 10/10 of my phone challenge, but it was because of this little project. The photo club I’m apart of puts on a monthly challenge. This month our challenge assignment was to create a photo about “aftermath.” Above is my resulting shot.

Objects Objects Everywhere

In an effort to get into a more frequent routine of challenging myself artistically, I’ve taken on the small challenge of making ten photographs in twenty days with one of my favorite props: a black analog phone. The project is about limiting myself to shooting the same object ten times and playing with different techniques of making it come alive. I’m almost halfway through the project…six more images to go!

Are you working on a similar project? I’d love to see your work! Write to me in the comments below and link to your project.

blackphone (1 of 4)

Black Phone 1

blackphone (2 of 4)

blackphone (3 of 4)

Black Phone 3

blackphone (4 of 4)

Black Phone 4

Artist Inspiration

Original Sin

original sin

Original Sin, 2016, © Tennille Goff

I belong to a small, local photo club, which I dearly love because it keeps me shooting. As a collective group of photographers, we take turns setting an assignment of the month for each of us to shoot, post, and critique. January 2016’s assignment was to capture one or more of the seven deadly sins.

Having graduated from school with a masters in English, I’m no stranger to the sins. They permeate literature. Chaucer’s “Parsons’ Tale,” Dante’s Inferno, Nabokov’s Lolita, Shakespeare’s Othello, and even Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, are just a handful of examples of stories in which characters struggle with one or more of the sins that serve as the root of all human vices.

So for this month’s photo assignment, what started as my attempt to create a photo on gluttony slowly morphed into something bigger, a story that encapsulates all sins: the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. Eve has always fascinated me. According to Biblical history, she literally holds the fate of all humanity in her hand, as she is tempted and eventually submits to the gluttonous act of eating from the Tree of Life. Through her act of gluttony (submitting to her desire to consume more than she required), she symbolically submits to pride (excessive belief in one’s own abilities), envy (desire for others’ traits/abilities), lust (cravings of the body), greed (desire for material wealth/gain, ignoring the realm of the spiritual), sloth (avoidance of physical or spiritual work), and thus she invokes God’s wrath (love spurned to fury).

Oh Eve! Look what you’ve done.

TBT: Santa’s Coming to Town


“be good for goodness sake” circa December 2014

After the “what happens if we *do* see him, mummy?” shoot pictured here, my youngest model promptly donned the Santa suit.

Out with the old Santa; in with the new! The magic lives on.

Darkroom Gallery Acceptance!

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“the way you wear your hat”

On the heels of receiving a nomination in the 2015 Black & White Spiders Awards, I have more great news! The fabulously talented Aline Smithson has selected my work–“the way you wear your hat,” shown above–for inclusion in Darkroom Gallery’s upcoming “Seities & Selves” exhibit. Check out the exhibit details and see the other selections here: 

The exhibit opens Jan. 7, 2016 and closes Jan. 31, 2016.
Darkroom Gallery is located at 12 Main St. in Essex Junction, Vermont and on the web at

After a career as a New York Fashion Editor, Ms. Smithson is now an artist represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and is published throughout the world. Read more about her and her work here:

Many gracious thanks to Ms. Smithson and Darkroom Gallery for selecting my work!

A Spider Award Nominee

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10th Annual Spider Awards Nominee photo, “mother”

After my success last year in the 9th Annual Black and White Spider Awards, I thought I’d try my hand at the competition again this year. For a second time my work got recognition! Many thanks to the 10th Annual Spider’s jurors for nominating my work. Check out the announcement here: (scroll all the way down to the “Ts”)

Shout out to my good friend, Nicole, who had TWO works selected by the jurors! Check it out via the link above (Look for the “Ns”)


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