purple & teal

purple & teal

Another late afternoon frolic with the camera capturing shadows and legs, my two favorite things.

workers & cats

workers & cats

Inspired by a photo club assignment (“grit”) and a good photographer friend who gave me the concept (and who keeps nudging me to get off my tush), I egged up to “poop gold” as one of my productive writer friends calls it: just get the damned thing started. I pulled this shot together with three main elements in mind–productivity, movement,  and futility. I also wanted to force myself to shoot a portrait composition, since I do very little of this. Meanwhile, another “grit” shot is in the works!


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.


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