Missing the boat on Fall Minis

This weekend looks like it is going to be the prime time for East Tennesseans to gawk at the glorious fall foliage. Personally, I can’t wait to get my booty down to the woods to take it all in.  After a crazy week, the mountains are already calling again.  This Saturday I’m taking 6 families with me to enjoy how gorgeous East Tennessee really is.  The best part? It’s going to be cold enough for all of those fall layers, tall boots, and blanket snuggles!  I. Cannot. Wait!!!!!

BUT I have sad news.  I’m only taking 6 with me because the 7th family had a scheduling conflict with a wedding in the family that they must attend which means…  ONE SPOT JUST OPENED UP!!!   The spot is at 3:50 pm and sessions are held in Norris Dam State Park.  So if you are kicking yourself for not taking advantage of Fall 2014, now is your chance!!!  Email me ASAP for more information – jennifer@jennbrownphoto.com – first deposit paid to retain your spot gets it.  :)

 

Just a quick sneak of Olivia’s 3 month session.  Isn’t she the cutest?!!!

Fall Minis

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Nolichucky Vineyard Wedding :: Emily + Ben

I could not believe the gorgeousness of Emily and Ben’s Nolichucky Vineyard Wedding.  Not only was the vineyard gorgeous, but it smelled divine!  If I had to describe the smell, I would tell you to take a whiff of Welch’s grape juice.  BUT there was something so much more perfect than the smell of the grapes.  It was Emily and Ben.  Their wedding was more than a wedding – it was the beginning of a marriage.  You could just tell how much Ben loves Emily by how soft his facial expressions would get when he would look at her.  It was the sweetest thing EVER!  If you don’t believe me, then you must take a gander at their wedding images below and then tell me I’m wrong.  ;)

 

 

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I spy a plane!!!

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I just love the reaction to this!!  :)

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A special thanks to the following folks::

Carrie Williams :: Assistant Photographer
Nolichucky Vineyard :: Venue

 

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Friday Photo Challenge :: The Ones You Love

A couple of days ago Wade, Sean, and I were scouring through my personal Facebook photos.  Oh my goodness there were TONS of them.  And not from just the last year or two.  We had gone back to before Wade was even born.  From pictures of the four of us, to the three of us, to memories at our old house, to weddings and events we had attended, to places visited…  the trip down memory lane was a mind blowing.  I felt like there was so many things that we had done, accomplished, and relationships that have evolved.  I hadn’t forgotten them, but at the same time I had.  It’s almost as I have been busy looking for the next thing to happen that what ever had JUST happened lost its sparkle in a split second.

Isn’t that crazy?

So today go look at your Facebook photos – old and new.  Then take pictures of the ones you love today.  Everyday life, date night, quiet time, all of it.   Let’s embrace this day and document this season of our lives!

Don’t forget to tag your images so I can see them!  #FridayPhotoChallenge #MattersMore

Red, White, and Blue Session

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The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm Wedding :: Susanna + Aaron

Welcome to Susanna and Aaron’s wedding blog feature!  I must say…  This might be one of the most FUN weddings I have been to.  From getting ready, to picture time, to ceremony (and surprise rose pedals falling at first kiss!!!!), to reception time where the music was refreshing (thank you Ogle Entertainment!!!) – these two never missed a beat in enjoying their wedding day and inviting everyone else in to enjoy it just as much. I remember my first meeting with Susanna.  We met at Starbucks and it was sooo loud in there I couldn’t focus.  I mean, the people sitting next to us were obnoxiously loud.  Okay everyone was loud and if you know me I am the opposite of loud.  We talked for a little bit and then we said our good-byes and I drove home SURE she would not book with me.  I had mommy brain, couldn’t concentrate, interruptions in our surroundings.. the list just goes on and on.  So I emailed her thanking her for her time and apologizing for the craziness that had just happened.  About a week later, she emailed me to let me know she wanted to book and I literally squealed in joy!   Days later, I found out that her fiancé plays the drums for the Dirty Guv’nahs – What!?!!!!!!   I about died then squealed again in pure excitement.  And to this day Sean has a hard time hearing out of his right ear.  I kid, I kid.. but seriously….

Please enjoy these wonderful people on the most happiest day of their lives and be sure to leave them some love in the comment section.   Everyone needs a little love.  :)

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This is how awesome first looks are!!!

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A huge thank you to the following folks for this WONDERFUL day::

Carrie Williams – Assistant Photographer The Pavilion at Hunter Valley Farm – Venue and Florist Ogle Entertainment – DJ Special Notes – Ceremony Music Bradford Catered Events – Catering Kerry Flett – Makeup Artist Emily Dameron – Wedding Officiant

You guys made my job so much easier.  THANK YOU!!!!

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Fresh week

I ate out too much last week.  I got upset last week.  I got angry last week.  I dreamed far too often of far off places.  I looked at myself in the mirror in disgust because I haven’t finished losing that baby weight… a year later.  Then I ate something with a billion calories.  I missed someone last week.  I wished that I had more patience for my babies last week.  I woke up too many nights scared out of my mind from nightmares.  I let pride win last week.

Just when last week felt like nothing but a complete fail – I was given a fresh week.

My Mountain Top

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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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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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