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The Southern Exposure Photography Team

Southern Exposure Photography is not just one person. It is a collective effort of a team of professionals whose sole goal is to provide its clients with the absolute highest quality images at an affordable price. Through our studio we offer not only hair and make up for every shoot but also professional wardrobe and accessory styling.  We have interactive connections with gown providers, pageant coaches in interview, on stage presence, wardrobe and platform development. We also have connections with a physical training expert who is the exclusive trainer for Miss USA contestants from Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.


Photography: Jack Bains is the owner of Southern Exposure Photography, Inc. He holds a juris doctoratedegree from the University of Alabama and is a nationally published sports, fashion and pageant photographer. He is the official photographer for the Miss World America and Miss Earth United States pageants held annually Washington, D.C. and Ameica's Little Miss Pageant held in Orlando.  He is an official sponsor of the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant, Amerifest Pageants and has sponsored Miss Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky United States Pageants and routinely provides pageant photography for contestants in the Miss America Organization, Miss America Outstanding Teen Organization, Miss USA system and a variety of state and regional pageants. 


He serves on the board of directors for Adopt A Golden of Birmingham, Inc., a non-profit animal adoption group and is a Regional Vice President of the University of Alabama Alumni Association.


Pageant Training: Terri Bolen of Total Pageant Preparation from Jasper, Alabama utilizes our over 4000 square feet of studio space to train a consistent lineage of proven pageant winners from high school pageants to the last four Miss Alabama United States queens and the last three Miss Alabama USA queens.


Hair, Makeup and Styling -


Brittney Shelton:  Brittney is one of the most sought after make up artists in the southeast and routinely provides hair and make up styling with her team to contestants competing at NAM, IJM, USA National Miss, Miss Alabama, Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen, Miss United States and Miss USA contestants. 


Kelsey Varallo: Kelsey is a licensed cosmetologist and while she continues to work in a salon also does a substantial amount of feelance work for pageants, portfolio development, seniors and weddings.  She lived in Los Angeles for three years as a working fashion model before starring on CMT's "Sweet Home Alabama" where she met her husband Collin.




Proms n Promises Jasper, Alabama. PNP is Alabamas's largest pageant stores and are proud to carry the largest selections of one of a kind MacDuggal pageant gowns. It also carry Tony Bowls pageant line, Claire's Collection, Jovani, Sherri Hill and more. It is honored to have gowned Miss Alabama Chandler Champion, Miss Alabama USA, Jessica Ahlberg, Miss Alabama United States 2013-2014 Molly Franks, Mrs Alabama America 2013-2013 and many more.


Bella's Proms & Pageants:  Located in Hoover, Alabama at the Patton Creek shopping center Carol Riney and her staff provide a full selection of prom and pageant gowns in her recently renovated and enlarged show room designed to cater to clients competing in all pageant systems and carries a full line of gown from a variety of fashion houses and Jamie Shaw swimwear.