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Self-taught photographer Allison Muirhead discovered a love for photography as a child, taking pictures with a pocket-sized Kodak Instamatic. Muirhead, who has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi, was an athletic trainer and teacher for seven years and did photography on the side until 2001 when she officially went into business.

Family and relationship portraits, commercial headshots and Muirhead’s “first love”—newborn and children photography—are all part of her 40-plus-hour-per-week occupation. Taking photos that look natural and spontaneous is her forte, one of the reasons that Jacksonians voted her as this year’s Best Photographer.

“Making a connection with the photographer is important,” Muirhead says. “I sit down and play with kids before I take out my camera so they won’t be afraid of me when I take the pictures. That’s why I get the expressions.”—Genevieve Legacy

WINNER: Best Photographer

Address: 516 Silverstone Drive, Madison MS 39110

Phone number: 601-856-9814

 
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