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Christie and Rich Newell


Christie is a second  generation  photographer operating out of Germantown Hills, Ill. Christie's passion for photography started at an early age working with her mother who established the studio in 1977. Now a co-owner with her mother, Christie took over the shooting in 2002. Growing up surrounded by the love of photography, Christie is proud to carry on her mother's dream

The studio, “Sonshine Portrait Design”, is located in a one of a kind studio built in 2006. While babies and children are the studio's specialty, they serve a broad range of clients. Christie feels that by getting to know each client individually, she can create a product as unique as they are. The end result is a portrait tailor made for each client. Christie's talent for design, light and final composition sets her apart from her competition. Her personality and attention to detail keeps her clients coming back.

Christie, holds the Professional of Photographers of America, “Master of Photography” degree, "Craftsmen" degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Northern Illinois Professional Photographers and Professional Photographers of Illinois. She serves on the American Society of Photographers Board of Directors and The International Photographic Competition Committee. Since 2006, Christie has won numerous awards for her photography on a local, state, district and international level. These awards include the prestigious Fuji Masterpiece Award, 5 Kodak Gallery awards, 2 Lexjet, 1st place National Sunset Award, 2 CPP, 2 District 1st Place and others. Her work has been featured and published in the PPA International Loan Collection. She has also been named in the top ten photographers for Illinois the past six years. Named top photographer in Illinois and North Central District over the past couple years.

Christie is now speaking and sharing her success with other photographers across the United States. Giving back to the profession that has given her so much.




FREE with your TNPPA membership —  TNPPA President-Elect Brian Castle has put together a series of monthly Webinars that feature photo advice and tips from top PPA photographers. Webinars are broadcast LIVE the First Monday of each month at 7 pm EST/6 pm CST. Each month, TNPPA members receive email invites with the link to attend a couple of days before each webinar.  If you are not receiving these messages please let us know at

Brian himself was the presenter at the first in November 2019. Other presenters have included or are expected to include:
• Judy Reinford, M.Photog.Cr, M.Artist (Double Diamond Photog) - December
• Christy Newell, M.Photog.Cr, CPP (IPC Judge) 
• Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog. Cr, CPP 
• Kimberly Smith, M.Photog.Cr , M.Artist, CPP (IPC Judge)-March
• Pete Rezak, M.Photog.Cr, CPP (IPC Judge)
• Barbara Yontz M.Photog.Cr, CPP (IPC Judge)
• Carl Caylor M.Photog.Cr, CPP (IPC Judge)
• Jessica Robertson, M.Photog.Cr (IPC Judge)
• Jim Cunningham. M.Photog.Cr (IPC Judge)

Watch your email for invites to each month’s TNPPA webinar.

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