Chateau Selah Wedding :: Jessica + Charlie

I love shooting weddings.  I love shooting weddings in new places even MORE!  The challenge of a new location is refreshing and new location often times FORCES me to think in new poses or modify ones that are timeless.  So obviously shooting at Chateau Selah provided little touch of something new that made documenting this wedding an absolute blast.  Oh… and did I say that it was a GORGEOUS venue?? Well, it is most definitely that!  Stunning!

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Gorgeous Bride with Bouquet at Chateau Selah Wedding
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Carrie!  I died when I saw this image!!!!!  Carrie Williams is an absolute heaven send for a second photographer, ya’ll!!!!

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Jessica and Charlie!!!!!  You guys, it was such an HONOR and BLESSING to be at your wedding!  I can’t thank you enough for choosing ME to document your day.  I wish you both all the best and hugs and air kisses!  XOXO!!!!!!

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Vacation is Over

Yes, as sad as that title sounds it really isn’t too bad that vacation is over because now it’s time to get my butt in gear for the last couple of months of the busy season.  A couple of more weddings, engagement sessions, family sessions, mini sessions… then it will be time for Christmas and the quietness of January and February will be here to prep me for 2015.

It’s funny how a couple of years ago I couldn’t stand those slower months.  I would literally be chomping at the bit to get out there to photograph something.  I didn’t realize that maybe a slow season will grow you more as a photographer (or any occupation!) than any busy season could ever do.  Learning a new technique right now would be twice as hard because my mind is spread thin.  Wait a few months and I can learn it faster and BETTER.

Vacation was just a taste of that slow season.  I stayed busy but on my own terms.  I did a few things for me that had been a little neglected (hair!), hung out with family, spent some quality time with the boys, and worked on weddings.  I didn’t get everything accomplished on my list except for one thing.  Slow down.

Now it’s time to get back to it.  Two more months of fun, hustle, elbow grease…  Let’s do this!

Mommy Monday

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Canon 3 Months :: East Tennessee Lifestyle Newborn Session

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw just how much Baby Canon had grown in the last two months.  We’re talking leaps and bounds and we might even have an early sitter on our hands!  Here are a few things that were his favorite at  our session::

  • Sitting up
  • Puppy Flo
  • Looking around outside at the trees
  • Bottle Breaks

And those are in no particular order.;) This kid is such a cutie patootie and I could eat him up he is so precious!!!  His personality reminds me so much of my Jace!

 

If you can’t read his shirt, it says “I heart UT.”  Adorable!!!!

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His serious face.

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Baby Canon says “hi!”!!!

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One of my absolute FAVORITES!!!  Yes, mommy’s hand is in the picture.   Yes, I believe that TOTALLY makes the picture!

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My second favorite!!!   Those cute little fingers!

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And cute little toes!!!

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Seersucker overalls?!  Oh my goodness too cute!!!!!!!

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Baby Toes :: Mommy Monday

Lately I have been way off my game.  With an office switch creating a morning routine change and a busy last couple of weeks with weddings and family sessions, it has taken me a few days to adjust.  I think deep down I knew the next few weeks will have me buried in work with this season’s last big wedding bang, so relaxing a little on my schedule was a must.  The relaxing wasn’t only for me, but to have a few extra moments with my boys.

While half of my heart adores being with fabulous brides, the other half is missing my babies.  All three of them.  Throughout this last Saturday I wondered what they were doing, what they were going to have for supper (If there was a bet, mine would have been on pizza.  I would have won that bet.), if they were behaving, or if they missed me as much as I was missing them.

Then Sunday we spent the whole day together.  We rested, we played, we cleaned, and we snuggled before bedtime.   That’s what life is about and I’m reminded all over again why I love photography so much.

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Big Ridge State Park Family Session :: The Wade Family

There is something special about meeting a couple to do their engagement session, photographing their wedding, and then them as a family with the arrival of their first child.  Watching them grow in love with each other every time I see them, it always amazes me how time changes us all of the time with only one thing remaining the same – love.  Of course we had to go back to the location of their engagement session and bring it all full circle.

So now meet Miss Olivia!

 

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Almost Heaven Resort Wedding Pt 1 :: Bailey + Anthony

Bailey and Anthony’s Almost Heaven Resor Wedding was just that – almost heaven.  The day was gorgeous, the bride and groom lovely, the guests warm and friendly, the ceremony emotional, joyful, and sweet.

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In all my years of photographing weddings, I have never seen the father of the bride help her into her dress.  That might be one of the sweetest things I’ve ever witnessed.

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The First Look + Mountains in the background?!  To. Die. For!!!

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Stay tuned for Part 2!!!

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Culling a Wedding

While going through this last wedding I realized that I needed to revamp my culling style.  There were simply too many images to put into just 5 folders.  Yes, yes…  I used to do only 5 folders.   Right now I have 17 different folders for this wedding that separates items out hopefully making it easier for the bride and groom to go through and find something in particular that they wanted to see.  And I could break it down even further, but I think 17 will be plenty.  Haha!!

Before the folders read::
Details
Getting Ready
Ceremony
Formals
Reception

Easy enough and it worked for me for the last 4-5 years.  However, when you have close to 1000 images to give a bride and groom, that is a lot to go through in a single folder.

Now my folders read::
Wedding Dress Details
Bride Getting Ready
Groom Getting Ready
Venue Details
Bride Formals
Groom Formals
Bridal Party Formals
First Look
Ceremony
Reception Details
Family Formals
First Dance
Father Daughter First Dance
Mother Son First Dance
Toast + Speeches
Reception Fun
Getaway

I’m sure there will be some tweaking to this, but for now I think it will be so much easier to go through wedding images with a clear breakdown of what you are about to look through.  :)

This sweet little wedding’s big debut is set for this weekend!  Wait for it…

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Date Night!

It is FRIDAY which means one thing…  Date night is almost here!!!  Sean and I have been planning our date night for what seems like ever and it will finally be here tomorrow.  So yes, I’m extremely excited that today is Friday.  :)

Now it’s time to decide if it is a date night in, making homemade pizzas and watching Netflix OR do we get fancy and hang out in Downtown Knoxville???  We need your help deciding, so vote below in the comments section!!

That’s right, baby!  I’m leaving it up to the fates to decide what we do tomorrow night!!!

This is from our last date night in June.

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Going on your own date night?!  Friday Photo Challenge- Date night!!!  Tag your pictures with #DateNight and/or #FridayPhotoChallenge

 

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