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Student Spotlight | Connie Shuffett

Today I am thrilled to introduce you to one of my rockstar students, Connie Shuffett!  You are going to love Connie’s story and be inspired by how far she has come on her photography journey.   From retired school teacher to budding photography business owner,  Connie has some spot on advice for new photographers just starting out!


Tell us a little about yourself!

I am a newly retired primary teacher thoroughly excited about this time of my life where I’ve successfully wrapped up a great teaching career and am getting my photography business up and running. I’m married to my very supportive husband Stan and we are parents to Kiley, a self-employed artist, and Landon, a senior in college in Missouri. This summer we were blessed to welcome our son-in-law Daniel into our family. With the exception of living in North Dakota while in college, I’ve lived in Kentucky all my life. I’m a reader of fiction, fan of UK basketball, a travel enthusiast, and a chocolate dessert-lover from way back.

How did your photography journey start?

When I was in high school my dad was very generous in letting me use his 35 mm but all I really knew about using it were 2 things: where the exposure meter should read and how to load and unload the film. (Honestly, I’m not sure he knew how to use the camera to its full potential.) Jump ahead to parenthood: like many parents do, I snapped a LOT of pictures of our children. But my camera stayed in auto mode most of the time so while the pictures were okay, they were pretty lacking in other ways such as depth and composition. It was just about 4 years ago when our Nikon took a fatal trip down a flight of stairs and I swore to learn how to use the upgrade we bought as a replacement. I soon discovered that becoming a self-taught photographer was much harder than I thought and I became so discouraged.

What was one of your biggest a ha moments?

At the onset of my photography education, learning to balance the “exposure triangle” was a skill that I didn’t think I would ever master. (I remember telling my husband that it was like learning to juggle and drive at the same time.) I kept at it by shooting every single day and became natural. Finally, the light was ON! Getting images sharp was another skill that took me a while to develop but by shooting every day and by paying attention how different lenses perform in various light, I was able to see a big improvement in my images.

What classes have you taken from Kristin?

It was by chance while browsing the web that I saw a beautiful image of my daughter’s friend in Lexington. I noticed the “Photo by Kristin Tatem”, searched Kristin’s photography website, and found the answer to my photography dilemma: a great photographer who teaches a Beginner’s Photography Class (BPC) for women. Kristin had just opened registration for her BPC class, I signed up, and now here I am with a great mentor who’s been instrumental in helping me become an accomplished photographer. Not only did I learn great foundational information with that first BPC, I’ve been able to build my skills through Kristin’s other classes: BPC 2.0, a 10-day indoor shooting class (which really challenged and pushed me to think like a photographer), her “March Mentorship” class, and just recently Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini-Course.

Advice for new photographers just starting out?

The old teacher in me LOVES to give advice so here is what I would tell a beginning photographer: You have to shoot every day and you have to study your images and as well as camera settings to decide what you’re doing right and what you need to work on. I literally took over 15,000 shots that first year of learning and many of those images just weren’t very good at all. But I knew that every very bad photo got me that much closer to a great photo. My second bit of advice is the only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you were last year or 6 months ago or even last week. There are great photographers everywhere and you should study what makes their work impressive but resist the urge to compare your work to theirs. Lastly and most importantly, invest in getting educated. I’m a hands-on learner and I know my photography skills wouldn’t be where they are today without Kristin’s BPC that I took 4 years ago. I have to mention a nice *bonus* of those classes is that I’ve made connections with some awesome ladies at our in-person sessions and through Facebook groups. We keep in touch, seek advice, and cheer each other on—having that photography community is invaluable!

Where can we find you online?

You can find me at January June Photography on Facebook and Instagram as well as at

Check out how Connie’s photos progressed!

"I was starting to understand exposure and had purchased a 50mm lens. Still using the D7000.  Photo on the right was taken with a D7000 and a Tamron lens that wasn

Connie’s early work. “I was starting to understand exposure and had purchased a 50mm lens. Still using the D7000. Photo on the right was taken with a D7000 and a Tamron lens that wasn’t calibrated and I didn’t know how to use Lightroom so it wasn’t edited. The angle and lens distortion–ugh!


The candid picture on the left shows exactly how I didn’t know to use my camera. I don’t even need to speak the words “white balance”. This was taken before the Beginners Photography Class. The picture on the right was December of 2013 (d7000 + 50mm), after BPC and edited with Picmonkey because I didn’t know how to use LR.


Picture on the left was taken when I was practicing backlighting but focus is still off a tad. I was learning to use Lightroom as well. D7000 + 85mm. The image on the right was taken in December 2015 and edited in Lightroom. (D750 + 85 mm)

The photo taken in May 2016 was after our in-person mentoring at your new studio.  I used the panels from Lowe

The photo taken in May 2016 was after our in-person mentoring at your new studio. I used the panels from Lowe’s that you showed us that day for the background. I took this in our garage (D750 + 85 mm). The photo on the right was taken in June 2016 with D750 and 135mm.

Want to see what a KTP mini session looks like?

Wondering if a mini session would be a good fit for your family?  Curious how many good pictures we can get in only 20 minutes?

Then this post is for you!

Most kids, and let’s be honest, parents don’t love taking pictures for more than 20-30 minutes.  Much longer than that and attention spans are gone  and you might begin to want to strangle your three year old.  Just kidding, sort of!

Here’s the deal! Not only is a mini session plenty of time for me to get a ton of great shots, but everyone always loves how quick and painless these shoots are!  I hear this ALL THE TIME! Clients are usually shocked when they see how many awesome shots we can get in that amount of time!

Want to see for yourself?  Here are two recent mini sessions both shot in under 30 minutes! Just click on the image to see the gallery!



We only do mini sessions a few times a year!  NEXT MINIS: Fall | October 15th  –> Details & SIGN UP here!

Your mini session includes 15 high-resolution digital images, perfect for printing, sharing online, Christmas Cards and gifts! PLUS 5 beautifully matted professional prints (8×10 and smaller).

If you have any questions, just shoot me a quick email at and I would be happy to help!

Fall Mini Session Day | Now Booking!


You don’t want to miss this experience!

I’m starting to feel it. School is back in full swing and the air is starting to get a little cooler in the morning. Fall is right around the corner! 

Announcing FALL MINI SESSIONS. I’ve been completely inspired by Shaker Village, a gorgeous historic Kentucky location, for a day of fall mini sessions!  Book a shoot and enjoy dinner at the Inn for a wonderful family experience! 

I hope you join me to take some photos and to make some memories with your family! Check out the details, FAQ and booking info below. I am only opening up six mini session slots, so don’t wait!

1. What are fall mini sessions?

Mini sessions are 20 minute sessions booked back-to-back on one day only. Twenty minutes is plenty of time to get some beautiful family images. Most kids (and sometimes Dads lol) don’t have the attention span for much more! 

2. What is included? 

Your session includes 15 high-resolution digital images, perfect for printing, sharing online, Christmas Cards and gifts! PLUS 5 beautifully matted professional prints (8×10 and smaller).

3. How Much?

These all inclusive mini session are $499. Due at booking to hold your spot. Additional a la carte products are 30% off.

4. When and where? 

Fall mini sessions will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Shaker Village, less than 30 miles from Lexington. Rain date: 10.16.16

Session times starting at: 

3:30pm | 4:00 | 4:30 | 5:00 | 5:30 | and 6:00pm

If you’re ready to snag one of the fall mini sessions, sign up here to choose a time slot and book!

Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini Course


mastering outdoor photography

Imagine creating amazing outdoor photos anywhere, at anytime of day, even in the worst lighting situations, like full sun (yikes)!

Some side effects of shooting in bad outdoor lighting are squinting, crazy shadows, and disappointing photos!

That fancy dslr camera isn’t as smart as it thinks it is and often gets confused, leaving you fumbling with camera settings and missing shots!

Sometimes the color of your images comes out too orange or too blue leaving your subjects looking like oompa-loompas and smurfs!



Have you dreamed of easily and consistently taking beautiful outdoor images with magical lighting and perfect color?

Your life’s events don’t revolve around good lighting, know how to confidently shoot at any location, at any time of day.

No more ruined shots from squinty eyes, crazy color settings or camera confusion.

Stop stressing and start enjoying shooting outdoors.


Introducing Mastering Outdoor Photography

A video based mini-course designed for creative photographers who are ready to master amazing outdoor photography at any time of day!



I’ve spent the last 5 years of my photography career teaching and mentoring hundreds of photographers to take their photography to the next level.

In my experience, most people are clueless about what good light is and how to find it.  

Trust me when I tell you, “It’s all about the light!”

That is why I created a solution …

Here’s what we’ll cover in this course:

  • My number one secret for finding magical outdoor light.
  • How to find the best light at any outdoor location at any time of day.
  • The biggest mistake most photographers make when shooting outdoors.
  • My easy method for nailing your camera settings every time.
  • How to make your subjects look beautiful, even in full sun.
  • How to perfect your color settings (leave the oompa loompas to Willy Wonka!)


You’ll get access to:

  • 20+ Video lessons with real behind-the-scenes footage and step-by-step examples.
  • The private Facebook Community where you can get support and continue to grow with other awesome photographers.   Plus, I’ll be in there each week commenting and answering questions, etc.
  • Lifetime access to all of the course materials.


The Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini-Course is only $97 



I’m so sure you’ll love the Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini Course that I guarantee it!

You get 30 days to go through the course, and if you’re not happy with it, we’ll give you your money back.

I’m positive you’re going to get the real results you want, so I will put my money where my mouth is and refund you 100%!






How long is the course?  I am so busy this summer.

This self-led course comes with lifetime access so you can take it whenever it works best for YOU.   I have been teaching photography classes for the last 5 years of my career and have learned the best ways to teach people in a fast and efficient way.  The videos in this class are straight to the point and packed with value to get you taking amazing photos as quick as possible.  



How do I access the course?

Once you enroll, you will receive an instant online access to the Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini Course.  That site will contain all the videos and resources to walk you step-by-step to beautiful outdoor photos. Remember, you will have lifetime access to the course!



What skill level do I need to be to take this course?

In this course I cover all my professional outdoor lighting tips and techniques that have taken me years of experience to master.  The step-by-step lessons are perfect for anyone from beginners to more advanced students.   



How much is this course?

I am pretty sure I had a moment of pure inanity when I priced this course at only $97 because it is truly jam packed with value.  If you dream of easily and consistently taking beautiful outdoor images with magical lighting and perfect color, you can’t afford NOT to take this course.  I’m so sure you’ll love the Mastering Outdoor Photography Mini Course that I guarantee it with a 100% refund policy!  


I’m ready to enroll!


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Love You Mean It | Lexington Fashion Photographer

Sharing a fashion shoot with the sweet and stylish blogger, Ali Hollins from Love You Mean It Blog.  Coming by way of referral from my OG fashion blogger pal, Beth Parker of Seersucker and Saddles Blog. And oh was she right when she told me just how sweet Ali was. We had a fun shoot together in and around the studio. It’s pretty awesome … For years prior to having my studio, I would bring my clients to this same neighborhood my studio is now located in. We would park and shoot tons of looks all from our cars. Well, as you can imagine an air-conditioned changing room in the studio is a legit better set up!  To get details on these looks, check out Ali’s blog!
Location: Warehouse Block – Kristin Tatem Photography Studio – 316 N. Ashand Ave. Lexington, KY 40502
Would love to chat about a session with you! [email me at for details]
Photographers!  Learn about how I shoot images like these with my photography classes!
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