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ETMS | Maryville Mediation is here!

I truly love this website.  It feels foreign to be blogging over at our new business East Tennessee Mediation Services.  However, I am excited to announce our long time dream of becoming full-time self employed mediators has happened!  Along with being listed Rule 31 mediators for family and civil with domestic violence training, Josh and I are notaries, and that will be a big help for ETMS and the law firm.  If you haven’t heard of mediation, definitely read up on it.   Here are a few links to my latest blog entires.   We’d love it if you would support our business on social media as well.   We are looking forward to working with attorneys and clients in East Tennessee and the justice system to help expedite disputes in an efficient and comfortable manner.

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So that’s our big news. Our full time gigs will be mediation.   I will still continue to do photography in my NEW and awesome studio (it’s so beautiful)  as well as outside as the weather warms.  My husband will still practice law.  But our central focus is making ETMS the premiere mediation firm in East Tennessee.   Thanks for all your support.  Don’t forget to follow us on facebook, twitter,  and Google+.   Oh and of course, LinkedIn.

Here’s our story:

After a distinguished careers in Human Resources and the Law, husband and wife team Bonnie and Josh Jones decided to embark on a new journey- mediation.

For almost a decade they worked side-by-side at University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service,  providing training, consulting, and publications to cities in Tennessee.  Josh served as the legislative liaison reviewing every single bill proposed by the Tennessee legislature, then analyzing the consequences on local government for the citizens of the state.  While at UT he enjoyed writing bills and amendments and working in partnership with Tennessee Municipal League (TML).  Bonnie served as a Human Resources consultant in the same department and they thrived serving the communities in their roles.  Bonnie brings a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources with almost 20 years of HR experience, employment law, publication writing, and training and development to ETMS.  Bonnie and Josh are well known public speakers and are passionate about integrity and hard work.   It was always a neat balance watching Josh and Bonnie work together to tackle an array of community issues.  With that work ethic and their areas of complimenting expertise- a new partnership was formed, and they both decided to pursue a dream of working for themselves while continuing to serve the public.  The Jones team has proudly announced the formation of their new company East Tennessee Mediation Services, the premiere dispute resolution service in East Tennessee, located in the heart of Maryville.

Josh still runs his own law firm, Point Counsel and will continue to do work for his clients in a separate capacity.  Bonnie also runs a successful photography studio and plans to continue to pursue her passion of photography as time permits.

“Traditionally, the law has been based on an adversarial system. Every dispute was a zero-sum game where participants were pitted against each other in a legal battle, which inevitably concluded with a winner and a loser. At ETMS we are committed to idea that every dispute, even legal disputes, can be resolved in a win-win manner. While this does not mean that the parties walk away with everything they want, they can, in most cases, walk away with a negotiated compromise that both can live with. It is with this notion that husband and wife team, Josh and Bonnie Jones, founded ETMS” –   Josh & Bonnie Jones

Most mediations will have one mediator, not a team.  However, when and if a team is needed, Bonnie and Josh will look forward to working through the dispute together for their clients.

Bonnie and Josh are excited about this new journey.   East Tennessee Mediation Services can be found at on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Linked-In.  Please give ETMS a like and share with your friends and colleagues.

If you have any questions about what mediation is, or how it could benefit you, your firm or the dispute process please contact them at 865.307.0087

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First birthday | Sweet Kiley

This blog is going to be a three part.  There is just so much joy and fun I captured today, that I can’t share it in one sneak peek.  I just can’t.  Plus a first birthday is a big deal.  Sweet Kiley has come to me several times, so it was super fun to see her walking and loving on her Mama and Nana.   What’s funny is she still has the apprehensive, sweet, edible, careful personality she has always had.  Just such a relaxed baby.   Some of my favorites are her serious face.  Her big blue eyes and creamy skin make you fall in love all over again.  Happy First birthday Kiley.   Oh and by the way, I have another blog coming with Nana’s smash cake and backdrop that is beautiful.  So, if any locals or other photographers are watching- This is your woman.  She is so talented.

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Kiley meets her smash cake

Kiley is such a gentle sweet girl.  She has always been calm and thoughtful.   Her Mom, Nana and I really had no idea how she would react to having a cake in front of her.  This was her first cake/ sweets of this magnitude.

Those of you who guessed- the verdict was a gentle approach to her smash cake.   She was the most thoughtful cake eater I have ever seen.  HA!    When I was cleaning up, I had the pleasure of tasting the frosting- I definitely had more than Ms. Kiley!

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Mama & Baby Session

There is something so pure about a Mama and her baby.  It’s a sweetness that passes so fast as they grow but always remains, a closeness that even the best poets have difficulty describing.   Perhaps that is why we Mama’s hold on to images of our little ones so closely.  It’s like remembering the smell of your new baby and finding it again through photos.  Click on the photo to go to the next, and so on.

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Sawyer & Noah | Sibling love

We are all moved into our new  studio.  Still have to do the finishing touches, but it is wonderful and I cannot believe how easy it is to shoot now that I have dedicated space.   Today was a natural light shoot with the cutest siblings around!

Sawyer who was born in late November, came back with his big brother Noah.   This family is amazing to work with (Nana Lynn is a frequent studio visitor).  Dad is a natural and Mom is so relaxed.   Thanks Autumn and Chase for letting me capture your beautiful family today.  I have too many favorites to pick from.

 

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Corporate headshots

I had a great time working with the folks at CBBC bank in Maryville.   Thanks to Low + Tritt for coordinating this shoot.  When a natural light photographer is faced with fluorescent lighting and plain walls we hope that our clients will come through the way we envision them.   This power pose, as I call it, is one of my favorite poses.  Simple, yet brimming with confidence and competency.   Contrary to what many body experts say, I see this position used more and more in modern head shots.  I love it.   The folks at CBBC really nailed this pose (particularly the women).   Here’s what I call the Power Pose.

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