3 Easy Tips for Better Holiday Pictures

Hey, friends! It’s Ben here wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

The weather outside isn’t yet frightful, but it is chilly (and the fire sure is delightful)–all signs we are getting close to my favorite holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas! Some of you may choose to celebrate different holidays, but odds are you’ll be getting together with family and friends soon…and taking lots of pictures.

Whether you are using a DSLR camera or using your cell phone, here are three tips to getting better photos at your holiday events (because, let’s face it . . . we can’t photograph all of your parties :-))!


3 Easy Tips for Better Holiday Pictures

 1. Headroom
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Too much headroom!

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Just the right amount of headroom.

Headroom is a photography term referring to the amount of space between the top of photo and the top of the tallest subject’s head. The general rule you want to follow is make sure there isn’t a ton of space above the people in your photos. If you can see the ceiling and not their shoes, it’s a dead giveaway that you’ve got too much headroom! Remember: Don’t center the faces, make sure to limit the headroom.

 

2. Soften the Light

Lighting is the most important aspect to a great photo. Most cameras have a built-in flash that fires a very small light directly at your subject, which is the least “pretty” way to light a photo–especially in darker places (which is the most likely place you’ll be celebrating a party).

3 Easy Tips for Better Holiday Pictures

Redirecting your flash up to the ceiling yields great results and can fill a room!

Use your on-camera flash anyway–though you’ll want to modify it slightly. You can use your hand or a sheet of printer paper to make your photos better.

With your hand, cup it in front of the flash to direct the light up to the ceiling (it’s important that your hand is between the subject and the flash, otherwise it won’t work). With the paper, bend it likewise around the front of the flash to direct some light up to the ceiling (not all of the light will be blocked, but it will be softer than direct flash). Either way, you are using the ceiling as a large, soft light modifier to create flattering light.

Bonus: Earlier, I mentioned you don’t want to have the ceiling in your photos…this is another reason why. Remember: Redirect the flash to the ceiling with your hand or a sheet of paper.

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3. Laughter

Some of the best images are natural, candid smiles. To achieve this look even when Uncle Ted tells a bad joke, have everyone to laugh as big and as loud as possible. Then, wait until their silly laughter makes them genuinely laugh. That’s when you snap the shutter and brag about the images later (you’ll want to tell everyone beforehand to keep looking at the camera!). Remember: Loud, fake laughter is usually followed by genuine laughs and smiles.

Holiday Memories

I don’t know about you, but many of my best memories of family and friends are from the holidays. My family hasn’t always made it a priority to take family photos when we all get together each year, so I don’t have photos, much less high-quality portraits, of my family from earlier in my life. I truly wish I had more photographs of my grandparents from the holidays . . . images I’ll never be able to capture again! They are only sweet, fading memories.

My advice: Be intentional about taking and sharing photos of your family during the upcoming holidays. If you are able, hire a professional photographer to capture great family portraits of you to treasure in the future and share with future generations.

We’d love to create great portraits of you and your loved ones, but even if it’s not us, make it a priority during the upcoming holidays to do so.

If we can help, let us know! Our number is (865) 229-6673 you can email us here: ben@knoxvilleportraits.com.

Happy Holidays!

– Ben


The Fine Print:

  • To book a session, you must pay the non-refundable session fee. Session date bookings are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please email us your preferred dates and times immediately after purchasing.
  • May not be combined with any other offers.
  • Discounts applicable on new inquiries only. Previous sessions are not included in this sale.
  • Gift Certificates have no cash value.
  • Prizes have no cash value.

In past years, we’ve had some creative holiday shopping special offers—but this year, we’re keeping it simple!


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The Fine Print:

  • To book a session, you must pay the non-refundable session fee. Session date bookings are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please email us your preferred dates and times immediately after purchasing.
  • May not be combined with any other offers.
  • Discounts applicable on new inquiries only. Previous sessions are not included in this sale.
  • Gift Certificates have no cash value.
  • Prizes have no cash value.

readerschoice2013Whether you appreciate our involvement in the community, our mission-minded business model, our quality work in portrait photography, or you just simply like us, it would be an honor if you voted our owner, Ben K. Moser, as the Best Photographer & Best Artist (non-musical) in Knoxville in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards! He’s a back-to-back “Best of the Best” Knoxville Photographer Nominee in three categories in another local Knoxville poll.

If you can’t hire us for your professional photography needs, this is one of the best ways you can help support our business and continue to grow our cause!

How to Vote

  1. Find a relatively new Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper.
  2. Dig through the paper and find the “Official Ballot” page.
  3. Remove the ballot from the rest of the newspaper.
  4. Look for “Services” and then “Photographer,” and write in “Ben K. Moser”.
  5. Look for “Places, Fun, & Entertainment” and then “Local Artist (non-music),” and write in “Ben K. Moser”.
  6. Complete the bottom of the ballot page.
  7. If you nominate only 23 more categories, rumor has it you can win some prizes!
  8. Mail your completed ballot to:
    2332 News Sentinel Dr.
    Knoxville, TN 37921
  9. Sit back, relax, and know that you’ve done something positive for the community and our local small business!

P.S.: If you do vote for Ben, we want to thank you in advance! Please let us know if we can vote for you or your business as well. We love supporting other positive and great local businesses too 🙂

– The Knoxville Portrait Co. Team

We’re excited to announce an incredible special offer on family portrait photography services in the Knoxville, Tennessee market! Here are the details:

Over 50% off!

Get over 50% off your Fall Family Portrait Session! It’s not too late to schedule a family portrait session, and you can use the images on your Christmas Cards! Contact us to see if we can schedule your session—prime dates and times go fast—and if so, you can reserve a session date with a simple session payment of $145 (normally $295). We will help you plan for a successful session with our exclusive Portrait Prep Guide, and as a bonus, all the products you order during your Portrait Reveal Event will be 20% off (after you get a package discount too!)

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Don’t miss out on this limited-time special —it will expire before you know it! You won’t find a better quality for the value in family portrait photography in Tennessee than right here at Knoxville Portrait Co. 🙂

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Do you own your professional family portrait photographs?

Odds are, you don’t, and you may not have any real legal right to use them at all!

Recently, we’ve had a few conversations with clients about their professional photographs and what they want to do with “their” images. These clients were under the impression that because they had hired another photographer for their wedding and engagement photography (p.s. our sister company, Knox Wedding Creative, is the BEST wedding photography company in East Tennessee!), and possibly because they were in the images, that the images were “theirs”—as in the couple owned the images and all rights to them.

This is becoming a common misconception among the pro photography industry, and it seems to be primarily coming from the influx of new, inexperienced, and less-educated photographers offering their services to couples for their family and wedding pictures (they aren’t the only ones that are pushing this myth, however).

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Make sure you know your rights as a customer of a family portrait photography company—you may be unknowingly breaking the law!

 

The Truth About Photographic Copyrights

According to the Federal Copyright Laws of the United States of America, the individual who takes the picture owns all rights to that image. You may or may not have already been aware of this—however, hiring a photographer (or “commissioning” them) to create your family photographs doesn’t imply or signal a transfer of ownership.

Professional Photographers of America has shared more information about this on their website:

“Copyright” describes the rights given to creators for their literary and artistic works.

But we often don’t consider copyright when we look at our family photos, or go to get them copied. Even though it is so easy to copy an image—with scanners, photo-quality printers, and copy stations—it is still illegal.

What does this mean for you?

It means that if you are in possession of digital images from your family session and share them on Facebook, send them in an email, post them on Instagram, or have any print or product created from them—regardless of the size or where it was made—you are breaking the law.

So, what should you do about it?

Knoxville Professional Portrait Photographer Copyright Release

This is a sample cover page for an official copyright release license from Knox Wedding Creative.

If your photographer delivered digital images to you, they most likely meant to grant you some form of a release from the Federal Copyright for those images—which we call a license. This license outlines what rights you are and are not granted (what you are allowed to do with the images and for what period of time you can do it).

To be in the clear, you should obtain written documentation of your copyright release license for the images. Please note: Don’t be shocked if your photographer refuses to sell or offer you the copyright ownership for images. Most established, trusted photographers will not offer clients the ownership rights to any images they take. Transfer of copyright ownership for photographs in the wedding and portrait industry is incredibly rare for true professional photographers.

Why does the copyright matter?

Knoxville Professional Portrait Photographer Copyright Release

This is the real document we provide customers who receive our Full-Resolution Digital Images Gift Set. It is a legal release from the copyright so they can use the images to do almost anything they would like with their family session photographs.

 

Here is some more information from PPA about copyrights:

  • Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.
  • Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.
  • Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies).
  • Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display (no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs.

And here is some info from PPA about how copyrights affect and promote local small business: 

  • Professional photographers are dependent on their ability to control the reproduction of the photographs they create. It affects their income and the livelihood of their families.
  • Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.
  • Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.

Click here to see more information from PPA about copyrights.

At Knoxville Portrait Co.,

Knoxville Professional Portrait Photographer Copyright Release

This is the third page of our copyright release license, which includes the terms and conditions of the legal agreement and the rights granted to the license holder. It’s technical and sometimes boring stuff, but it makes a huge difference to you on what you are allowed to do with your images. At Knoxville Portrait Co., we don’t leave you in limbo—we let you know what you can do and give you the documents to prove it!

We spend time educating our clients on what their rights are, and we offer written documentation of copyright release licenses with our digital image files. All of our clients know they are safe because they have a legal document outlining what they can and can’t do with their images simply because we communicate that with them. In addition, we provide clients who want digital image files in their packages with three versions of every image and two guides on caring for digital and print images—so your photographic memories last as long or longer than your recollection of the event itself.

We are also members of the Professional Photographers of America and our owner serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, the local affiliate of PPA and the only professional photography trade organization in the area. If you have any questions about your rights as a consumer regarding photography—regardless of whether you are a Knoxville Portrait Co. client or not—we encourage you to contact us and we can help you determine what rights you may have and what documentation you may need (P.S.: this is not an offer for legal consultation or advice, merely a kind offer for guidance and our best analysis of your current situation).


 

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Last month, Knoxville Portraits had the pleasure of celebrating local small business by joining forces with the GemStore by Jewelry Television at “Uniquely Knoxville,” and event promoting companies who reflect the spirit of Knoxville.

As a Knoxville photography company since 2010, we displayed many of our photographic art samples to attendees, including many samples from our sister company, Knox Wedding Creative, which specializes in providing artistic wedding photographers and wedding videography to Knoxville-area brides.

The day began incredibly hot and sunny, and in all of our planning for the incredibly diverse display we had, we didn’t plan for sun! Luckily, a local small business owner Barbara Condon saved us by bringing some sun treatment lotion and sunscreen from Rodan + Fields Dermatologists. We would have definitely had lobster calves without her generosity and timeliness.

We met many amazing people and local businesses at Uniquely Knoxville, and we actually gave away a door prize of a Family Portrait Experience or Engagement Portrait Experience at the event. Congratulations to Brian Wilson and his family, as he was the winner of our door prize (valued up to $450)!

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate all day, and around 1:30pm, the clouds opened up and the event wrapped up early due to severe thunderstorms. A special thank you to Alice Rotar with the GemStore, who organized the entire event.

The event was a great opportunity for folks to mingle and learn about new small businesses, and for small businesses to get to know the locals better as well. We had a fantastic time and look forward to participating next year!

Below, you can see many of the vendors that displayed at 2014’s Uniquely Knoxville event.

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Models Touch Cosmetics by Judy Brennan had a great variety of makeup and cosmetic supplies that looks great on women of all ages! Judy and her staff were incredibly friendly and were neighbors to the Knoxville Portraits + Knox Wedding Creative Booth!

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Here’s the Moser Visuals Booth, featuring samples from both Knoxville Portraits and Knox Wedding Creative. We received many comments from attendees who were impressed by our quality of work and variety of products.

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The Jewel School Institute had many educational tools and a few samples on display as well.

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Liz Beth & Co. was well represented, displaying gorgeous works of art from dinnerware to wall pieces—and everything in between.

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Liz Beth & Co. was represented by Gregg Phenicie, who was very kind and helpful with the large variety of products on display.

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Diana Warner also had an impressive display of jewelry and footwear on display!

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Looking for gifts? Knoxville Soap Candle & Gifts had many healthy and fun gifts available to attendees.

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The Health Shoppe had a tempting display of healthy snacks and products on display—including a healthy selection of dark chocolates!

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Lil’ Miss Flossy, who offers custom cakes, catering, and event decoration, had some delectable treats available next to their woodland themed table. They also provided lunches for all the vendors, and even the simple boxed lunch was delightful!

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Bradley’s Chocolate and Gifts had a diverse selection of samples and gifts for attendees. Their spicy brittle was divine—a fantastic blend of sweet and spicy tang!

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Frills N Fluff had racks of unique children’s clothing available for attendees to browse—from tops to bows to shoes and more!

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We were impressed with the details in the hand painted jewelry available as well.

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Sole in the City had a variety of footwear to share with the attendees.

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A unique name and concept for the classic ice cream truck, Scoopy Doo provided a relief from the heat for many vendors and attendees!

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Stanley’s Greenhouse brought an incredible display of plants and greenery to add some spice to any home’s landscape and décor.

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The GemStore also had many specials going on inside, including giveaways to the first 250 attendees to show up!

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Aura Med Spa was the neighbor to Moser Visuals on the other side! Joyce Jones, director for both the Knoxville locations, was a joy to talk to and very kind and helpful for all patrons stopping by their table—which also included some great door prizes.

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Our entertainment included the beautiful Cindi Alpert and her trio. Their set was a great soundtrack to a wonderful outdoor summer event.

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“PAY-IT-FORWARD PHOTOGRAPHER” NOMINATED FOR KNOXVILLE’S BEST

Moser Visuals’ founder and owner, Ben K. Moser, has been nominated for the city’s top honors in three categories in 2013

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Knoxville has nominated local “Pay-it-Forward” professional photographer Ben K. Moser for three of Cityview Magazine’s 2013 Best of the Best awards. The nominated categories include “Photographer – Portrait,” “Photographer – Wedding,” and “Photographer – Commercial.”

The city-wide polling effort produced and published by the popular local lifestyle magazine allows all Knoxvillians to vote, but only after they have voted for a minimum of 50 different categories. This makes the voting process more genuine and there are no “one-off” votes. The nomination process also requires verification by the Cityview staff before being added to the ballot.

Moser is not a native Knoxvillian, but having lived near the city’s center for the better part of a decade, he now considers himself “just another local.” He isn’t just another local, however, as he is constantly looking for creative ways to give back to this community and beyond through his fledgling visual media small business, Moser Visuals.

[testimonial author=”Brielle HoffmanKnoxville Native & Local Professional”]Just wanted to give a major shout out to Ben K. Moser with Moser Visuals for taking this photo! It was great working with him and I couldn’t be more excited to have some professional photos as I build my career. This is a great company that provided awesome photos that will help advance my business. If you are looking for an excellent product, I highly recommend them.[/testimonial]

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Moser was very grateful for the Knoxville community’s support in nominating and voting for him.

“I am extremely thankful to the community for even thinking of me in the conversation of the “Best of the Best” professional photographers in Knoxville,” said Moser. “I appreciate the support of those who did vote for me. It is an honor to serve my clients and the community by providing folks an option to help other people simply by investing in quality portraiture.”

Moser is very active in the East Tennessee community. Beyond the new Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship, Moser Visuals has donated time and/or money in 2013 to the Chadasha Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Knoxville), the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, Business Network International, Calvary Baptist Church (Knoxville), and Men of Fire For God, among others.

More information about Cityview Magazine and Moser Visuals can be found at MoserVisuals.com.

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KNOXVILLE PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHER ANNOUNCED AS NEW KNOXVILLE CHAMBER AMBASSADOR

The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce Inducted Knoxville Portraits’ Photographer and Owner, Ben K. Moser, as a Chamber Ambassador Last Month

East Tennessee’s voice for local and regional prosperity, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, added one of East Tennessee’s most philanthropic business owners to its roster of Chamber Ambassadors—an exclusive group limited to only the top members of the organization.

Knoxville Chamber Ambassador - Knoxville PhotographerBen K. Moser, a Knoxville-based professional photographer and 25-year-old entrepreneur who also serves as the Director of Media for an international non-profit organization, accepted an appointment to the Chamber Ambassadors to provide more support to the Knoxville Chamber and give back locally.

“Being recognized by the Knoxville Chamber as a valuable member and business in the community is simply an honor,” said Moser. “I view the opportunity to serve Knoxville as a Chamber Ambassador as another avenue to pay it forward, which is the mission of Moser Visuals (parent company of Knoxville Portraits). It is great to be able to make an impact, even in a small way, in improving the quality of life in East Tennessee by volunteering with the Knoxville Chamber, and I’m grateful for their support.”

Knoxville Chamber Logo - Knoxville Professional PhotographerThe Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors are a group of local business owners and representatives who have committed to volunteering and supporting local businesses and provide additional value for other Knoxville Chamber members. Chamber Ambassadors go through a competitive application process for a limited number of Ambassador openings each year.

“Our Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors are an incredible support to our staff and crucial to our success,” Knoxville Chamber Senior Vice President of Membership Mark Field said. “We are proud that Ben has joined our Ambassadors program and look forward to his volunteer contributions.”

Moser volunteers in more opportunities outside the Knoxville Chamber as well. He has served in his current volunteer staff position as Director of Media for the Chadasha Foundation since 2011. He also volunteers his time for the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, Business Network International, and Calvary Baptist Church (Knoxville).

Innovation Valley Logo - Knoxville Video ProductionMoser Visuals has been a proud member of the Knoxville Chamber since March. The Knoxville Chamber is the 2011 National Chamber of the Year (as voted on by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives), and claims to be the leading voice for business in Knoxville and beyond, representing over 2,000 member businesses. The Chamber is also a the managing member of Innovation Valley, which consists of eight partner agencies that collaborate for sustainable economic development and growth in East Tennessee.

He founded Moser Visuals in 2011 to provide East Tennesseans with quality professional photography, video production, and digital design services from a small business dedicated to helping others—instead of maximizing profits. Revenue generated supports Moser Visuals’ commitment to provide professional visual communication services to Chadasha at no cost to the foundation. More information about the Chadasha Foundation and Moser Visuals can be found at MoserVisuals.com.

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Tel.: (865) 229-6673
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LOCAL PHILANTHROPIC PHOTOGRAPHER WINS EAST TENN. PRINT COMPETITION

Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Awards Two Honors To Young Knoxville-Based Missionary Photographer At Annual Image Competition

The local affiliate of Professional Photographers of America awarded two top honors to first-time competitor and 25- year-old active member Ben K. Moser, a Knoxville-based professional photographer who also serves as the Director of Media for an international non-profit organization.

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This image, titled “Beautiful Chaos,” won First Place in the Electronic Imaging category at the 2013 Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Imaging Salon (Competition).

The awards, which include “First-Place” in the “Electronic Imaging” category and “Distinguished Portrait” in the “Children’s Portraiture” category, were announced at the Professional Photographers of East Tennessee (PPETN) Annual Print Salon competition earlier this year. Moser, the youngest professional active member of PPETN and owner of Moser Visuals, competed against more than 75 total image submissions from the area’s most-respected professionals.

“I am extremely humbled to be included in this elite group of talented photographers, and it is my sincere hope that folks will recognize my purpose as a professional is simply to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” Moser said. “That purpose is reflected in my distinctive business model, and I hope these awards will prompt people to discover the incredible impact the Chadasha Foundation is having in Haiti and the Dominican.”

Moser’s award-winning images have both local and overseas flair as well. His first-place image includes elements from Knoxville’s famous L&N building and a Civil War battlefield in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The distinguished child portrait was taken of a young Haitian boy in a tent city outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while volunteering with the Chadasha Foundation.

“It is refreshing to see a talented young professional that understands the importance of giving at his age,” PPETN President Colby McLemore said. “Ben performed extraordinarily well in his first professional competition—his images are consistently exceptional, and his approach to combining his visual creativity with his non-profit service is both unique and admirable. We are excited to have him as a member of PPETN and look forward to his continued development.”

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This image, titled “Curiosity” won Distinguished Portrait in the Children’s Portraiture category at the 2013 Professional Photographers of East Tennessee Imaging Salon (Competition).

Moser has served in his current volunteer staff position as Director of Media for the Chadasha Foundation since 2011. The Chadasha Foundation is a faith-based organization founded by East Tennesseans to provide spiritual and physical healing to the poor in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Chadasha’s efforts focus primarily on medical and children’s ministries, among others.

He founded Moser Visuals in 2011 to provide East Tennesseans with quality professional photography, video production, and digital design services from a small business dedicated to helping others—instead of maximizing profits. Revenue generated supports Moser Visuals’ commitment to provide professional visual communication services to Chadasha at no cost to the foundation. More information about the Chadasha Foundation, Professional Photographers of East Tennessee, and Moser Visuals can be found at MoserVisuals.com.

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