Sunday, July 13, 2014

Practice Bridal Shoot with Area Photographers, Woody & Pearl Jackson Tennessee Wedding Photographer

Oh hey, guys! Remember me? I had some downtime on this lovely (though quite hot) Sunday afternoon, so I thought I'd blog these photos from a practice shoot. I am involved with a group of local portrait and wedding photographers on Facebook. We encourage and help each other as much as we can, and it's kind of the best thing ever. I LOVE the folks in that group, and it is so much fun when we can get together and just hang out and do what we enjoy. One of the photographers, Tracye, organized a little practice shoot at her church with one of her former brides. It was a way for us to work with some lighting setups as well as find interesting places to do a portrait in a church with limited lighting. 

I tend to use natural light or a single flash unit, but I broke out the Alien Bee with my huge Octobox for some of these. It was fun! It's probably still a little much for me to set up at a wedding (as if I don't have enough things to think about already), but I want to incorporate lights into bridal shoots more often for sure!

LOVE the drama in this one 

So far this has been the only photoshoot that the group has done together, but we do try to get together for meals and "workshop" type learning sessions when we can. We also end up shooting weddings together a lot, which is fantastic! Can you tell I love my fellow photographers? I look forward to many more years shooting in West Tennessee alongside them. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Companion Gallery Photos

Just a little up the road from Jackson is a cozy vineyard/winery with a pottery studio and gallery up on the hill. The owner of the studio is my friend Eric Botbyl, and he spends his days making gorgeous pottery, teaching other people to make gorgeous pottery, and displaying/selling all of this said gorgeous pottery in his gallery. It's a neat place! A while back I photographed the gallery before a big sale they had, and I wanted to share the results. If you find yourself in Humboldt, Tennessee (or any place close) you should hop over to the Crown Winery for a bottle of Chambourcin (or whatever you's all good) and then go get a Botbyl Pottery goblet to drink it out of.

Amelia Stamps (AMAZING!) 

This colorful work is by my friend/former roommate/running buddy, Kelsey Nagy.

The Companion Gallery also carries soap from Made on Acorn Hill and a variety of jewelry, even some bracelets by the young Botbyl girls.

I've got so much pottery that I'm running out of room for it. No matter, I'll just keep stacking them deeper and deeper. Rhett complains that I have way too much, but I just ignore it. You can never have too much pottery! I love knowing exactly who made the mug I am drinking my morning coffee from. Some of my favorite pieces are from my best buddies who are potters (looking at you Kelsey and Paige).

Do you guys use handmade pottery?

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Staders, A Runners Wedding

Rehearsal dinner performance by Dudes A-Plenty. That would be my chiropractor in the front there. These are some goofy guys, but they sure are fun!

Scott and Jana got married back in February here in Jackson. I was referred to them by a fellow photographer, and once I heard that they were runners, I knew it was a great match! Sometimes you just immediately click with people, especially when you share a major hobby. I was thrilled that they chose me to document their rehearsal and wedding, with a 5K squeezed in there.

Starting and finishing together! This 5K was the morning of the wedding. It was killing me not to be running with them!

This is what they refer to as "the Stader" and it's become a staple for their friend group. Scott started a Facebook group for streakers (running every day, not running naked) called RUN365, and the whole community has embraced this pose. It's quite the phenomenon.

They are both big Hoka One One fans, so they wore them during the wedding. I'm pretty sure they were a gift from the company! How cool is that?!

As you can probably tell from the photos, this was a fun wedding to shoot. I am talking ZERO stress at this wedding. Everyone was just there to have fun and celebrate with Scott and Jana. It was everything a wedding should be, plus a little awesome running sprinkled on for good measure.