On-Location Shoot · Studio News

Snow Mini Time

It’s FINALLY time!!!

I am now booking 20 minute Snow Minis at my home studio!!

Already a TCP Client?  No Session Fee is required and I will add your images to a gallery for you to choose from with  Mini Session Pricing.

Not a TCP Client yet?  Book your Mini Session for $75 and you will also receive a gallery afterwards with Mini Session Pricing.

Want a BFF Session? Split the $75 session fee and come have a snowball fight in my yard!

Book your session here.


Featured Product · Studio News · Uncategorized

Dayton Senior Photography – Class of 2017

Class of 2017 it is almost your time!  I know right now graduation seems so very far away but really it’s right around the corner.  Your next year will be filled with lots of changes and exciting new things.  As you start to think about getting your senior pictures, I would love for you to consider becoming a TCP Senior.  Lots of changes are coming to TCP this year too and I am so excited to share them with you.

This past fall, I moved out of my downtown studio (which I loved!) and brought it here to my home (which I love even more!).  We moved to Spring Valley a little over a year ago and I love shooting here.  The lady who lived here before me had an amazing green thumb. She has flowers everywhere! I am NOT a very good gardener but I am trying to get better at it.  I have beautiful flowers we can shoot in, a pond, lots of green trees and a waterfall.  I just love our property and have lots of little places I love to shoot at.  I have set up my new TCP Senior Boutique right here on my property.

Another big change is I am not having “Senior Models” this year.  I have done this for years but this year I have decide to cut back a little and only shoot about 25 seniors total for the year.  Instead of having a model team and my other clients, I will just make ALL my clients a TCP Model! So anyone who books with me this year will receive the model treatment! I have a few fun things planned already!

I have also decided to simplify my business quite a bit.  I have gotten rid of all my session choices to eliminate confusion and now only have ONE SESSION.  It is an all inclusive session that gives you the digitals and a whole lot more!  I searched and searched for just the right keepsake box and I finally found it!! I love these boxes!  They are a beautiful driftwood gray color and I have two different fonts for you to choose from.  Here is a sneak of one of them.  You will receive the keepsake box, your USB with all your digital images and your senior slideshow loaded on it for your personal use.  You will receive a 5×7 print of each of your images and your very own Senior App for your phone.  You will pick up all of this at your Premier Ordering Appointment about 2 weeks following your session where you can spend your $400 in credit toward other products.  I have added a few new luxury products to the line up this year that I am so excited about.  I will be featuring those soon on the blog.

To see more about my “One Session” option this year visit the investment page for all the details.

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Personal · Studio News · Uncategorized

Dayton Senior Photogapher – A Piece of My Heart

     There are a few changes coming to TCP in the next few months that I have been wanting to share with you. I have been wanting to write this post for awhile now but just did not know how to put what was in my heart into words. After much thought and lots of prayer, I have decide it is time to cut back a little.  I am NOT by any, means closing my business but I will be moving the studio to my home in Spring Valley and will be taking on a limited number of sessions next year.

     I opened the studio 5 years ago and have loved every minute in my space. Having my own studio had been a dream of mine since starting my business and I definitely saw advantage to having the space. Having a space to meet clients, do hair and makeup, conduct ordering appointments, and having an indoor shooting space has been a huge advantage. I loved getting to decorate the space to match my brand and have a space to display my beautiful client’s portraits. Since we moved to Spring Valley a year ago, however, I have started shooting there more often and have even used it for hair and makeup when we have been shooting close by. We bought this beautiful property in Spring Valley almost a year ago and finally the light bulb went off one day while shooting there. Why not move my studio here?

     I originally opened the studio because I could not run a business from my home in Xenia (which I had no idea when starting) but here in our new home, I can! It has actually been a doctor’s office and dentist office in the past. Shooting here will be extremely convenient as well. I have a perfect shooting area in my own backyard and a fantastic urban area just down the street. I will do hair and makeup here and client meetings as well.

     While I am sad to let the studio go, I am thrilled I won’t have the overhead that goes with it and I don’t have to worry about shoveling snow in the winter. (If you’ve noticed, I was not very good at that anyway!)

     Since I have decide to let the studio go, I have also decide to cut back on the amount of seniors I shoot each year. When I started this business 7 years ago, I had no intention of it becoming a full time business which it definitely has. I am first a wife, mom and homeschool teacher and once this business took off like it did, I have watched those other areas start to suffer. I want (no, I NEED) to change that. I am so thankful after years of shooting any and everything that I have finally found my passion in shooting seniors. When thinking about the changes I wanted to make for the coming year, I had a brief thought of closing down the studio all together but thankfully that thought was BRIEF. The thought of not shooting seniors actually made my stomach drop. I adore helping senior girls get ready for their shoots and seeing them step out of the makeup chair filled with confidence and excitement. While I don’t think girls need a ton of make up to be beautiful, the confidence they gain while sitting in that chair is what makes them beautiful. I love seeing them get pampered and the whole process of having their hair and makeup done adds to their senior session experience. They get to feel like a model for the day and who doesn’t love that!!

     I also don’t want to give up shooting guys either because they are just plan cool.  Seeing how most of these guy interacts with their mommas, just warms my heart. Having two son of my own, I know without a shadow of doubt, most are just there to make their mommas happy and I like making it as painless as possible for them but still making them look cool to their peers.

     So since I obviously can’t give it up, I have decided a healthy compromise would be to take on a limited amount of sessions next year. I will be rebranding a bit and changing up a few things over the winter months for my new seniors coming in 2016-2017.   If you are one of those lucky seniors, email me now to get on the list for when those limited dates will be released. I can promise you, they will go fast!  I completely sold out of my Fall dates during the summer of this year and spring is already filling up. I will be taking on about half of the number of sessions I have done in the past. To insure you get one of those limited spots, get on my VIP list now. I will release those dates, early spring of next year.

     By the end of November, I will be moving out of my downtown location and into my home studio. I will be selling lots of studio backdrops, props, furniture, etc.  If you are a photographer, contact me for what I will have available. In my new space, I will have room for a small shooting area but all my large backdrops will be sold. I will be posting on my Facebook page too what all is being sold. If anyone is looking for a space, I know of a fantastic place that will soon be available! ūüėČ

     Now that you know about a little piece of my heart that I will be leaving behind at 117 West Main Street in Xenia, please continue to follow my on Facebook & Instagram so you can see pictures of the new space.  Since I don’t have it ready yet and every post needs a few pictures, here are some unedited iPhone shots I took on our recent trip to New England.  We ran up to New York for a few days then went over to Boston and Cape Cod. We had a great time but as you can see from the pictures, it was gloomy, cold and rainy!! Those cute faces are three of the reasons I am cutting back next year.  Our older two kids stayed home for school and the dogs but they are a big part of my decision too.  I love photography but I miss being a mom and wife sometimes too.  I do not want to be staying up to all hours of the night either {like I am right now!}  That will definitely be a plus!

     Thanks for hanging in until the end and hearing about what has been in my heart lately.  Thank you also to all my clients and friends who have help make this journey so rewarding and fun.  It is definitely not over, I’m just traveling down a new path now that I am very excited to explore!

Studio News

Spring Booking Sale

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It’s time for our once a year Spring Booking Sale!

Book your LUXE session during the month of March and receive $100 off.

You will receive a discount on your retainer fee and also the amount due to the stylist the day of your session totaling $100 off your LUXE Session.

You will receive the following…

  • Pre-Consultation
  • 2-3 hours Session
  • Professional Hair & Makeup Included
  • Stylist On-location to¬†Change Your Look
  • Complimentary Wardrobe Styling
  • Unlimited Outfit Changes
  • Premier Ordering Appointment
  • 40-50¬†Images for Viewing

Email me at info@tammychavies.com or use the Contact Me Button above for our new 2015 Senior Magazine with all the details.

Dates are limited and this offer expires 3/31/2015.

If you are interested in being a Senior Model, you can take advantage of this sale too.  A Model Application button is on the blog sidebar.

Talk to you soon!


Phone: 937.367.4174

Email: info@tammychavies.com

Senior Girl · Senior Guys · Senior Models · Studio News · Uncategorized

2016 VIP Model Program Applications


Are you a 2016 Senior who is outgoing, loves to have fun and is excited to have your senior pictures taken?

Would you like to earn free prints and product from your session?

Would you like to have extra shooting time with me? 

Well, being a TCP Model may be just what you are looking for!

What is a Senior Model?

A TCP SENIOR MODEL is someone who tells all of their classmates and friends about TAMMY CHAVIES PHOTOGRAPHY. They will let all their friends know about their own personal TCP Experience and share their amazing pictures with them.  By getting their friends to book with Tammy, they will have the chance to earn free products, credit toward their own order and free mini sessions for family or friends.
 What Senior Models Receive?
  • A chance to participate in group shoots all through the year
  • $50 print credit for each referral that books or $25 CASH
  • 25 Model Cards featuring you¬†to pass out to your friends
  • Featured in the¬†TCP Model App for your mobile devices
  • Featured in TCP¬†2015-2016 marketing and advertisements
  • The chance to be on the cover of our TCP¬†MAGAZINE the following year
  • And so much more

The Details

  • Juniors who will be graduating in 2016 may apply to be a TCP Model by filling out the application below.
  • Application deadline is March 31st @ midnight.
  • Applicants must following us on¬†Facebook,¬†Instagram¬†and¬†Twitter.
  • A limited number of¬†¬†TCP¬†Models will be accepted from each local high school depending upon your school‚Äôs attendance. ¬†Sorry, I wish I could take all applicants!
  • TCP Models can¬†earn FREE¬†products and Mini Sessions throughout their senior year in addition to the group shoots already provided.
  • TCP Models can¬†receive 30% off of their order at their Order Appointment if they have referred 5 or more friends/classmates that booked their sessions.

What we are looking for! 

  • Fashion Forward¬†Girls and Guys
  • Receptive¬†to style & wardrobe suggestions and collaborations
  • Outgoing personalities
  • Social Media Active
  • Participate in school events, sports or community relations
  • Promote TCP¬†solely and professionally.
  • Promote TCP¬†via social media 2 to 3 times a month.
  • Represent TCP¬†exclusively.
  • MUST¬†book your senior portraits with¬†TCP.
  • MUST¬†schedule your personal Senior Shoot BEFORE¬†October 31st, 2015.
  • MUST sign a contract agreeing to terms & conditions.
  • Must attend all necessary meets/socials.
  • Tell your friends and classmates to book with¬†TAMMY CHAVIES PHOTOGRAPHY!

How to Apply: 

  • Fill out the application below by March 31st, 2015
  • If your application is accepted, you will be contacted by Tammy with¬†more details about the program and she will set up a Meet Up time.¬†This meeting is mandatory for all accepted applicants.
  • You must bring a parent/guardian to our Meet Up as Tammy¬†will explain the entire TCP¬†Model Program which will give you the chance to officially sign up to become a 2016 Senior¬†Model.


Check out this¬†year’s group! ¬†I love these girls!

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Beauty · Studio News · Studio Shoot

A Little Something New…

I have been hinting on Facebook about something new going on here at Tammy Chavies Photography so I might as well fill you all in on the news. ¬†I have decided to launch a Beauty Site for women. Are you old enough to remember “Glamour Shots”? Well this is NOT those so now forget that!! Beauty sessions do include hair, makeup and making you feel beautiful but the fluffy feather boas, fake diamond earrings and super cheesy smiles are NOT included! (No offense if you have one of these hidden in your closet somewhere!) ¬†Seniors, if you have no idea what I am talking about google “glamour shots of the 80’s”. ¬†Take a quick peak and then divert your eyes! Yeah, it was bad!

You would not believe how many moms tell me following their daughter’s senior session how much fun it would be to do a session themselves! Well, here is your chance. I have always said the senior pictures I offer are “NOT your momma’s senior pictures”. {Notice the absence of huge white numbers and laser lights on my website.} Well now they kinda CAN be but with a twist. ūüôā

Beauty sessions can be as simple as a new business head shot to something more elaborate. We can do them at the studio or on-location. I think every woman needs a picture of herself that she loves. I also believe every woman deserves to be pampered once in awhile and forget about the huge pile of laundry waiting for them at home. These sessions are designed to be fun, relaxing and all about making you feel beautiful. When you book a beauty session with hair and makeup you will be assigned a beauty team that will enhance your best features and make you the best version of you that you can be. Beauty is not about being a certain size or having that super model look we all see in magazines. Beauty is more about the confidence you have that come shining thru when you feel truly beautiful from the inside out. Admit it, when you have on your favorite outfit or have your hair styled just the way you like it, you walk a little taller and have that much more confidence about yourself. I truly believe that God created each of us in an unique and beautiful way and that includes YOU no matter what stage of life you are in! These sessions are about letting that beauty come shining thru and capturing it in camera.

Beauty sessions can even be shared. You can share it with one or two of your closets friends. You each will book hair and makeup and then have some beautiful shots taken of yourself. Since you will look fabulous afterwards, why not go out for dinner and have a fun girls night out together.

Mother/Daughter sessions are also an option and a perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Spend a special day of pampering with your girls, have shots taken of each of you, some together, then go out to lunch to celebrate your relationship. Contact me for a gift certificate for mom!

Ready to take some time for yourself and book a Beauty Session? I don’t care if you are 19 and missed having senior pictures done or if you are 100 and want some beautiful pictures of yourself. These sessions are for YOU! ¬†Go check out the new Beauty Site and book your session today!

Every woman is a beautiful creation of God and it is time we all believe it!

Here are some recent beauty sessions in the studio.

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