make a joyful noise – Charmaine Tyrelle {Memphis Headshot Photographer}

sing. dance. pose.  then, do it all over again with gospel artist, Chamaine Tyrelle.

i have a confession to make.  it’s all my friend Erica’s fault.  i’ve fallen in love with the studio…and…i just can’t stop shooting there.

my journey to the studio was almost accidental.  like a lot of newer ‘togs, i started off doing natural light only, but through the years, i’ve slowly amassed some studio components…a light kit…reflector…flash.  i’ve played around in there a few times (check out what i did here and here). then, i messed around and bought a stand and some backdrops.  *cues curtains*  lol

i placed a call to Charmaine Tyrelle, an up and coming gospel artist based in Memphis to see if he’d love to be my muze for the day.  amongst the music, which included many repeats of the song “Calls” by Robert Glasper featuring  Jill Scott, laughs, and just a great time, we were able to create magic together. i can’t wait to do this again. actually, i’m already plotting my next shoot.

“moving forward is moving on…”

thanks so much Charmaine!  please be sure leave your comment love for the images we created together below. 😉

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Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 19 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.


  1. Cindy Jones
    January 1, 2014

    OMG your work is gorgeous!!!! I was looking at my friend Charmaine photos and they are awesomely creative!!!! Do you come to Corinth, ms?? lol!! I would love to get a session!

    1. Nicka
      January 14, 2014

      Hi Cindy!

      Thanks so much for the compliment. Yes, I do travel. I offer regular sessions and also those that come with makeup. To see my available dates, visit and click the Book Your Session link. 🙂

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