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Broyles celebrates two years in Town

Michael Broyles is celebrating two years since opening his photography studio, 12748 Kingston Pike, in Renaissance | Farragut.

The U.S. Army chaplain-turned-photographer calls himself a “general family photographer,” specializing in portraiture as varied as weddings, senior pictures and baby photos.

“What I am looking for is to capture the persona, the individual characteristics of the person,” Broyles said.

“And also, secondary, I like to capture relationships,” he added.

His studio portraits often are shot with a minimum of props and with simple backdrops.

“Most of my work focuses on the face. I see myself as a portrait artist and not as a set designer,” he said.

One of the most unique products Broyles offers is a photo print on a metal plate, a throwback to early photography, printed on treated copper plates.

“They are instant family heirlooms,” Broyles said.

“They’re not just a novelty. They are novel … they hold color for two [thousand] or 3,000 years,” he added.

Broyles opened his studio in Renaissance after a 40-year photography hobby and a few years of retirement following a 28-year career as an Army chaplain.

“I found I was very bored fishing and playing golf so I took a position with The University of Tennessee managing a federal grant,” Broyles said.

While an employee at UT, Broyles took several photography classes and eventually began to sell prints and note cards of his work at bookstores, card stores and various art galleries.

The switch from film to digital photography was one big impetus for Broyles.

“When I was using film as a hobby, I would take pictures and three weeks later, realize I’ve got some pictures to develop.

“Then five to eight weeks after I took the picture: ‘Oh, I should have been three feet to the left,’” Broyles said.

“So I finally got up the courage … and started out in weddings,” he added. As a retired chaplain, he felt weddings were a kind of comfort zone.

After a few months of working from his home, he began renting studio space. By 2007, Broyles decided to open his own studio and picked Renaissance.

“This is an ideal location. Renaissance is a neat, neat community,” Broyles said.

“The owners [Knick and Noah Myers] work as part of a marketing team to make sure everybody is successful in the Renaissance complex, he added.

Broyles himself often serves in the community, often to promote Renaissance events.

“I think we should give back to the community. That’s the way communities thrive and grow, by people getting involved and giving back to them,” he said.

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