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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 -


Ginger Bumgarner: Ginger has been a freelance hair and makeup artist for 5 years with clients that include 2012 Miss USA Nana Meriweather, film and TV star Eden Woods, and title holders of various pageants. Ginger has printed work featured in New York magazine and has been part of the make up team for an international makeup campaign. She received her training at salons in Mt. Brook, Alabama and is national ranked as on of Pageant Planet's top make up artists.


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.    


Natasha Bennefield: Natasha has been involved in pageantry for more than 15 years. She is currently the owner of Crowning Glory Pageantry, a mentoring program preparing young women to reach their pageant goals. She is a Master Cosmetologist specializing in bridal and pageantry hair an dmake up. She lives by the mantra "It takmes more than a sash and crown to be a princess!"




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.


Elegant Touch Formal Wear: Elegant Touch is owned by Andrea Register and located in downtown Oneonta just steps from Southern Exposure Photoraphy. Andrea is a member of Hot Shots, an exclusive, by invitation only, buying group. She works with top designers to bring you the latest designs including customs from Johnathan Kayne to Sherri Hill and Tony Bowls. She travels to market in Atlanta and Chicago to keep up with the latest styles. Elegant Touch carries everything needed for a pageant or prom girl including all accessories. We also carry little black dress, day dresses for graduation, wedding, special occasion, and bridesmaid dresses. Elegant Tough also keps guys looking great as well and has tuxedo rental available from two national companies.


Divine Design Formalwear has been in business since 1986. Their goal as a retailer is to provide excellent customer service to help you find the "perfect" gown for your "special" event. Their address is 1840 Gadsden Highway, Suite 108, Trussville, Alabama and phone number is (205) 655-7977. They are a Top 10 Prom Store in the United States and carry the Top Designers including Jovani, Sherri Hill, Mac Duggal, Tony Bowls, LaFemme and Alyce. They also wardrobe the entire Wedding party with Bridal gowns from Allure, Mori Lee, David Tutera, Sophia Tolli, Casablanca and Bonny Birdal and carry Bridesmaids and Mothers gowns, Flower girls' gowns and Tuxedos for the guys.


Glitz & Glamour 2303 Cogswell Ave Pell City, Al 35125 205-884-9050 carries Mac Duggual, Sherri Hill, Jovani, Tony Bowls, Studio 13, Landa, LaFemme Sugar, Ritzee, Unique Fashions, Little Rosie. Our customers tell us we have best selection of young girls' dresses in state.