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Hello again!

June 22, 2016

Hi friends! It’s been a while since we’ve been active on the blog. We figured it was about time we got back to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a hopping summer so far and we can so excited to meet all of our new clients in addition to seeing the familiar faces of our returning clients. We’ve got a lot of blogging to do from the sessions that have taken place in Panama City Beach, Rosemary, Watercolor and other parts of 30A. As well as the portraits we’ve taken on the Alabama coastline in Orange Beach and Dauphin Island.

On an extra happy note… Due to distance we were recently not able to offer sessions on the Eastern Florida beaches, in Cape San Blas and St George Island for a while. However, we are happy to announce we are now back to offering Associate Sessions in St George Island, Apalachicola, Cape San Blas and Port St. Joe, once again! We’ve missed our seeing our friends in the East and are thrilled to be back in the area.

Be sure to check back often for some more pretty portraits as we update the blog. In the meantime, we will leave you with this sweet little sailor. He’s ready to set sail!

This portrait was taken on the beaches of Pascagoula, Mississippi just a little East of Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Usually this time of year, we look back and talk about what a wonderful year this has been. How much we have enjoyed working with our clients and how we can’t wait to see everyone again the following year. While most of that applies this year as well, 2014 was a little different for our family. Earlier in 2014 our family experienced a few personal tragedies. Shortly after these events, we were hit with another blow that completely changed us.

On the evening of Wednesday, July 16, we did what we do every Wednesday evening. We ate dinner and got ready to head off to bible study at our church that was about a mile from our home. Ken made a run to the store and on the way back called me. I realized I had forgotten to tell him I needed packaging tape. He was going to turn around and go back but I told him not to. Just to come on home and we would run by Walgreens after church. Off to church we went and after a wonderful time studying in the word, we went to Walgreens. I wondered around the store looking at random things, eventually buying the tape I needed and some candy (what can I say, Nerds Ropes were on clearance!). We made our way home and pulled in the drive to see Alice, the stray cat that we had been feeding and semi-adopted walking up the sidewalk to greet us.

There was nothing out of the ordinary.

We parked the SUV and all started piling out. As I got out I remarked to Ken how it smelled like smoke. My first thought was that someone was burning trash or something somewhere nearby. I turned back to the SUV to get the bags from the floorboard. As I turned back toward the house I saw smoke coming out along the roof line. As I looked up, over the pitch in the roof I could see the orange glow. I yelled to Ken that something was on fire. It must be the house behind us, or maybe it was the tree behind the house. As we ran to see it was painfully obvious. It was our home… our home was on fire!

I called 911 and we waited what seemed like forever for the firetrucks to arrive. As our family watched in disbelief at everything we owned, everything we worked for and had collected over our 18 years together, go up in flames.

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It went so quickly, there was little hope for anything inside. By the time the volunteer fire department arrived the entire home was engulfed. It took most of the night for the firefighters to put out the flames.

The next day we were able to go and assess the damage. Nothing could have prepared me for what we would see…

The kitchen where we had just had dinner the night before was completely unrecognizable. It took me a bit to realize the twisted form of metal in the middle of the kitchen was what used to be our refrigerator.

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The living room where we sat together, read together and snuggled on the couch to watch tv or play games together. The portraits over our fireplace, our home movies stored in the entertainment center. It was all gone.


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Our master bedroom… We had just recently gotten a new bed a few months prior and just the week before had refinished a new headboard for it. Below is the startling before and after of our bedroom.

2014-07-17 22.34.59It’s one of those things you never think will happen to you. It happens to other people, people you see on the news occasionally or see through a friend on Facebook. It doesn’t happen to you, it’s never your family…until it is.

I can’t even express the thankfulness we feel that none of us were inside the house. We are all safe and healthy and together. I can’t tell you how glad we are that we stopped at Walgreens for tape and candy instead of coming home and crawling into our beds, where the outcome could have been much, much worse.

We were so very blessed by our friends and family who stepped up to help us in our time of need. We had nothing but the clothes we had worn to Bible study the night before. We met new friends who were so generous to bless us with all kinds of donations, clothes, shoes, toiletries, things to keep the boys busy and their minds occupied.ย  People we did not know were praying for us and sending donations. It’s in times like this that you see the true beauty in this world. The beautiful people who do what they can to help others, sometimes others they don’t even know.

Without equipment to photograph, our wonderful associate photographers picked up the slack and took care of our amazing clients until we were able to replace and repair. They were instrumental in making sure our clients still received the top notch experience they know and love from Knowles Portrait Design. We will be sharing some of those portraits from this summer on the blog and facebook page very soon. So be sure to check back often!

Just a few weeks after the fire, we learned there was another rainbow shining through for our family. A very special little blessing that was ahead.

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That’s right! We are expecting our 4th little boy this spring!!!!

So as we look back over the year of 2014, while it was filled with heartache and loss for our family, it was also filled with hope and encouragement. As we look forward to 2015, we look forward to that hope being realized in the form of brand new life. A fresh start and the realization of a rainbow of promise.

I’ve heard it said so many times but I now I can tell you just how true it is. When you have a tragedy or a disaster in your family, the first thing you look for, the first thought is of your family portraits. The artwork that shows the legacy of your family. The portraits you want to pass down to your grandchildren and their children. That is why we love what we do and why we know just how important it is.

With that we leave you with a portrait of our family… missing Ken because he took the photograph ๐Ÿ˜‰

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In 2015, we look forward to seeing you, our treasured clients and continuing in the tradition of creating exquisite portrait art for your home to last from generation to generation.

Are you a ‘Pinner’ ?

February 10, 2014

Do you just love finding new recipes, outfit ideas, cleaning solutions and organizational options in one place? A place that will hold onto those things for you so you don’t have to bookmark them or hope you can remember where you saw them. That is exactly what Pinterest does for you! Though I am sure you already knew that and are already on Pinterest, unless you’ve been living on a deserted island somewhere. If that’s the case, then, heyโ€ฆ now you know!

What you might not know isโ€ฆ we are on Pinterest too! All you have to do is search for Knowles Portrait Design on the main Pinterest page. We have ‘what to wear’ ideas, highlights of places we love to visit for sessions, funny things, even recipes our family has tried that were thought were awesome!

One more bonus is that you can pin our portraits featured on the blog, right here from the blog! Simply hover over any image and a ‘Pin’ button will appear. So we make it easy to share what we love with you and what you love with everyone else! We hope to see you over there. In the meantimeโ€ฆHAPPY PINNING!

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At Knowles Portrait Design, it’s all about the experience. From planning your portrait session until your portraits are displayed on your walls, we want every step to be a fun and enjoyable event! With that in mind, we offer a little something extra that’s include with our Artist’s Signature session… an in person ordering session. Those who haven’t worked with us before or have yet to experience custom photography may not know what this is. We thought we would take a few minutes and define it in a little more detail.

What is in person ordering?

An in-person ordering session, sometimes called ‘in person proofing’ or ‘view & order session’ is an extra-special experience and added value just for you. Just a few days following your portrait session, we return to you at your home, condo or beach house for you to view and order your portraits. We will plug directly into your HDTV and present your portraits in actual size! We will bring sample portrait sizes, products and offerings. You can touch and see, in person, the things we offer.

What does this mean for me?

This means we are there to help you every step of the way, to answer any questions you might have. We can go over all of your options to get you exactly what you want in the very best value possible.

I’m only in town for a few days, can I still have an ordering session during my stay?

Absolutely! For our visiting clients we offer the ordering session the day following your portrait session. In certain circumstances it is sometimes possible to have your ordering session later the same day.

Our current and returning clients LOVE this extra touch during their custom experience with us. We love seeing their faces as they view their portraits for the first time!

Have more questions? Feel free to give us a call at 251-219-0602 or send us an email at!

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No, it’s not thanksgiving but we think thankfulness should be a year round thing. Not just when you get together over turkey and football.ย  Looking back over the past 7 years in business we have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people. Beautiful families from all over the country and even some from other parts of the world. Gorgeous weddings with beaming brides so in love that it brought tears to our eyes. Precious newborn babies so innocent and snuggley. We have even been able to experience the birth of some of those adorable babies. We are so blessed! We are so grateful to be able to connect with our clients on a level where they become our friends and feel like our family. We love being a part of your lives and watching your families grow.

So to all our past, current and future clients we say, “Thank you!”. Thank you for letting us be your family photographers during the most important days in your lives. Thank you for choosing us to preserve those memories your children and grandchildren can look back on for years to come. Each and every one of you has touched our lives and for that, we thank you. We can’t wait to be a part of the next exciting chapter in the book that is your life.

~Ken & Rebecca

Below is an image Rebecca captured following a family portrait session on Panama City Beach, Florida in the summer of 2013.

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We are SO excited to announce the expansion of Rebecca Knowles Photography!

In addition to servicing our wonderful clients in our studio in the Florida panhandle we now have a satellite office on the Alabama coast! We are thrilled to be able to offer our wonderful Alabama clients the same fabulous service and highest quality portraits.

So if you live or vacation in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Mobile, Daphne, Fairhope, Spanish Fort, Fort Morgan, Grand Bay, Loxley or even across the border in Southern Mississippi give us a call for all of your portrait needs!!!


In case you haven’t been following…

Each month (or as many months as we can find the time anyway) 10 photographers post 10 images on the 10th of the month. Then we link to each other and you can click through from our blog all the way through the circle.

This month all I’ve got are iPhone photos. So don’t judge my iPhone-ography. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our youngest son Sebastian has had many struggles since (and even prior to when) he came into this world. Thankfully he is a completely healthy 6 year old now. About a year ago we went to the pediatrician for his checkup and discovered that he had vision problems and big ones! They sent us to a pediatric ophthalmologist. We went in knowing there was an issue but had no idea how severe. His vision was 20/100! I felt like a terrible mother. How could I not KNOW?!? How could his vision be SO poor in that eye, yet I never had a clue? As it turns out, there is a good reason. His ‘good eye’ was working overtime to make up the difference. He never complained about his vision because he didn’t know any different.

So he got his cute little glasses and was just as adorable as before (maybe even a little cuter ๐Ÿ˜‰

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(Photo courtesy Kristen Reed of Kristen Reed Photography, Jackson, TN. )

For about 5 months he wore full Rx glasses 4 days a week and 3 days a week he took drops in his ‘good eye’ to help strengthen his not-so-good eye. That along with lots of prayer worked!!! His vision went from 20/100 to 20/25 in a very short amount of time. The Dr noted his progress as “Remarkable”.

Once his vision got closer to perfect, we needed to correct the problem that caused it to begin with. His eyes were turning slightly. That unfortunately, has to be corrected with surgery. In order for them to know how far to go with the surgery, they do a procedure called a Prism adaptation. This process left us bored as all get out in the ophthalmologists office for over FIVE HOURS!

Here is a shot of him with his prism adaptation glasses on…

Once that was complete, surgery was scheduled. Mommy was scared and Sebastian was only concerned as to whether this would fix him so he would no longer feel the need to pull on his little eyelids when his eyes wouldn’t go where they should. The answer was yes and he was fully satisfied with that!

The day before surgery, we dropped his big brothers off with Amma and Papa (aka grandma & grandpa) and we headed to Dothan, AL. The plan was to spend the night before surgery in a hotel so we would not have to make the trip the next morning. As we got ready to leave the house Sebastian came out and said he was ready. However, he would need to bring ALL of his “kids”. Don’t I have some lovely furry grandkids? lol

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Pictured above: Sebastian (aka Daddy), Monks the Monkey, Lioney the Lion, Baby Bear,ย  Emily (the dog) & Duffy (the tiny bear in front).

We found out upon arrival that the hotel had an indoor pool and hot tub so we went shopping for swimming attire and had dinner at Cracker Barrel.

Sebastian enjoying the cheese wedge from my salad…

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Once dinner was done, we went for a dip in the hot tub! Here is a shot of Sebastian and myself enjoying the bubbles ๐Ÿ™‚

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After surgery Sebastian would not be able to swim, play outside etc for a few weeks so he enjoyed the pool until closing time. Little stud muffin.

The next morning Sebastian was a little nervous but he tried not to let it show. The sweet nurse anesthetist gave him his ‘gas mask’ to try on and he asked to keep it. He wanted to show it to brothers and play batman with it later. Lioney came along to experience everything along with him…

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Nervous little hands hold on tight.


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Checking on Lioney to be sure he wasn’t too nervous.

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When it was time to go back he laid down, smiled and went back brave and sure. He had no worries. I would have liked a shot of whatever they were going to give him. Would have probably been better to be sedated! lol

Once he had been in recovery for a while and they were waking him up, we were allowed to go back and see him. I was not prepared for what I was going to see. :*-( He was a trooper though! He didn’t cry or fuss when they awoke him. The nurses kept saying they wanted to give him something for being so sweet. He was the only child who didn’t wake from anesthesia in a rage. He woke up just as calmly as he went to sleep. We traveled back home and day 1 he slept most of the day.

Day 2 & 3 were difficult. His eyes were swollen nearly shut and he had no vision. Which is normal, but is also scary for a 6 year old! He was completely miserable. His little brain was going 90 mph but he couldn’t see and he was SO bored! He couldn’t read, watch tv, play video games and even walk around the house. Thankfully within a few days his vision was coming back and the swelling was going down. He was smiling again, even if it was a faint smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

We received good news at his follow up the next week. They are planning to try cutting his eyeglass Rx at his next visit in November! We are super excited about that!


To follow the circle of other 10 on 10 photographers visit my friend Heidi Roberts North Canton Lifestyle Photographer

With the summer coming to a close, and us not shooting 7 days a week now, we’re getting back to the land of the living… somewhat ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to participate in the 10 on 10 project that we started last January. I think we only made it 2 months in? lol

For our 10 on 10 this month, I’m going to showcase a fun event for myself and our family… my (and two of our sons) very first college football game! We traveled to Tallahassee on Saturday to see the Florida State Seminoles (Go Noles!) play the Savannah State Tigers. It was an interesting game, complete with two weather delays, a downpour and numerous touchdowns. When the score was 55-0 FSU’s way just after halftime, they decided to call the game.

Have a look at our rainy football day…


Before we left for the game… All 4 of my guys were excited ๐Ÿ™‚

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Outside of Doak Campbell stadium.

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My brother & nephew also came along to the game. The smalles

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I couldn’t resist getting a shot of the Osceola & Renegade statue outside of the stadium against those storm clouds.

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The players running in…

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Osceola & Renegade! Unconquered!

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My middle son, Xavier and myself enjoying the game before the rain. Thanks to my brother for snapping this one!

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One of the many touchdowns before the game was called. I was shooting with my 70-200 2.8 and wishing I had a 300-400mm!

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…and the final shot. Ken & I in our fantabulous pochos during one of the weather delays.ย  Fun times! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Keep going through our circle of 10 on 10… check out our friend Amy Shertzer all the way out in Los Angeles, CA!

Once again, it’s time for 10 on 10! 10 images, from 10 photographers on the 10th of the month. I stay so busy that I’ve never been good with keeping up with these type of projects. I’m amazed I’ve made it to the second month. LOL

Disclaimer on the images this month. Several of these were iPhone pics so no judging quality ๐Ÿ˜‰

This month I will take you on a journey. At the end of February, I traveled to Texas to an amazing photography conference… workshop… Let’s just say an educational experience like no other! Every year Dave Junion and the AfterDark crew host these awesome experiences in different parts of the country. The last one I attended was in New Orleans.ย  This time the setting was the Bella Harbor in Rockwall, TX. Just outside of Dallas.

Before I take you aboard the plane to Texas though, I’ll share a bit of what happened the day before.

February 25 was my –th birthday. Oops did I leave the numbers out? Yeah, that was on purpose. We will just say I celebrated the first anniversary of my 29th birthday. My amazing husband planned a spectacular birthday for me with amazing food, a DJ and about 40 of my closest friends and family. We had a blast dancing the night away and celebrating. Unfortunately, I only have one image from the night and it’s an iPhone photo of my boys & I before all the fun started. Though I’m pretty sure my friends & family were okay with that. None of them wanted to be immortalized doing the chicken wing or the running man on the dance floor. hehe

Now onto the trip…

I’m not a big fan of traveling alone. I don’t mind flying alone as long as someone I know will be waiting when I exit the terminal. I always opt for a window seat and somehow I always end up on the wing.

One reason I love flying Southwest. It’s always fun! You know it’s going to be a good flight when you board the plane to see the flight attendant waving at you while laying IN the overhead baggage compartment.ย ย  Here is an iPhone image just before leaving the Panama City airport.

This time it was my dear friend and fellow photographer, Mindy Harmon who was waiting for me. We’ve been friends for several years and try to meet up at least once a year. So instead of flying into Dallas, I flew into Houston and we drove to Dallas together. Road trips are always a lot of fun until the cops get involved.ย  Someone with a lead foot… not gonna say who (it wasn’t me)… managed to get a speeding ticket along the way. Whoops! Sorry no pics of that. haha

Here is an image of the hotel from our balcony. Just a gorgeous view!

I have a client and friend who’s family I have been photographing since this sweet little man was in the womb. Just before Ryan’s 1st birthday they moved to Texas. So everytime I’m in the Lonestar state we make a point to meet up and get some yearly portraits of Ryan. I’ll be posting a full blog post of Mr. Ryan but here is a fun image. After the session, which we shot at the Hilton Bella Harbor, we decided to sit down for lunch. Ryan, just like most little boys, loves ketchup. I decided to show him how to eat his macaroni & cheese dipped in ketchup. He thought it better to take off the macaroni and just eat the ketchup… with a spoon… He thought it was delicious! From what I hear he’s been asking for ketchup and a spoon ever since. hehe So sorry Keri! It’s okay though, everyone knows ketchup is a vegetable. ๐Ÿ˜›

Now… the reason I love After Dark so much is the hands on teaching and learning. You are forced to think outside the box and do things that are not what you normally do in your studio. Here are a few of my images with the models during my AfterDark experience…

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…and meet Benny the Bus! You can keep up with his travels at

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…and out front of the Bella Harbor Hilton..

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Now… that is only 9 images. Since I don’t have a 10th I’m going to post one of me, but you aren’t allowed to laugh! Here I am, pretending to be a model for my roommates, Mindy & Margaret, while we played with lighting around the hotel. Aww, go ahead, you can laugh. LOL

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That is my 10 on 10 for the month of February. Don’t forget to check out the other 9 photographers in our circle…

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I don’t post a whole lot of personal things on the blog but I do like to let my clients and readers know a bit about who I am. You let me into your lives everyday or at least on those special occasions ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I’d like to let you into mine as well.

I joined a year long project called 10 on 10. On the 10th of every month, 10 photographers post 10 personal images they have taken that month. I am so guilty of not pulling out one of my cameras when it’s just me and my kids. Documenting everyday life.ย  So I’m trying to so better and I think this project will help me do just that. It reminds me again how important real images for my kids to look back on and their kids to look back on one day (a long, long, LONG time from now lol). So each month on the 10th, look for another 10 on 10 post from myself and the other 9 amazing photographers in our group! To follow the 10 on 10 circle, check out my friend Kelly at Creatively Yours Photography- Spokane Washington Photographer.

…And because I’m a rule breaker I have a few more than 10.

The day I chose to photograph was January 25… yes I wrote the wrong date in the sand! *blushing*ย  I didn’t realize it until later but figured it was the 26th somewhere in the world, right?

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Another confession ( guess this will be 10 confessions of a photographer too lol). Even though we live just a few miles from the beach. We rarely go! It just feels like a lot of work going to the beach. Terrible, right? People travel thousands of miles to come to our beaches and it’s too much work for me to take a few hours and let my boys enjoy one of God’s amazing masterpieces. Not anymore… I’ve decided to change that this year.

Taking three boys to the beach in January and telling them not to get wet is like… well… taking boys to the beach and telling them not to get wet! It’s not gonna happen ๐Ÿ™‚ The water was still chilly and it was somewhat windy that day so I was being mom…and I didn’t want to hear them fuss about being cold all the way home. So they started out slow, playing in the sand and at the edge of the water.

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Then it turned into a race. Gabriel was pretty intense with wanting to be the champion. lol

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While the boys went wild, my mom and I relaxed on the sand and enjoyed the warm sunshine. Self portrait anyone?

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Gabriel’s sculpting skills gives new meaning to the term ‘sand shark’

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Yes, my toes are blue ๐Ÿ˜‰

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One last selfie… can you see me???

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