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Home, Knoxville, TN

Monday, February 19, 2007
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Unfortunately, I shoot many, many photos and cannot offer unlimited gallery and slideshow storage. Those with current, unexpired galleries should have received an email informing them of the gallery changes. If you have not, please contact me.

If you had an expired gallery and have been linking to a slideshow or photo on my old website then the link is probably broken now. Those of you with your files will just need to upload the photos to a free storage site and fix your links. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Downtown, New York, NY

Monday, February 19, 2007
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I've been busy tying up loose ends today. These are a few photos that I snapped of a really fun girl in New York City. Today I touched them up so that I can send them to her. It was nice meeting you, Wendy!

Wendy in NYC

Wendy in NYC

Wendy in NYC

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Bryce Canyon, Utah

Friday, February 16, 2007
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YAY! It's FRIDAY! During the wedding season, I get excited on Fridays because it usually means I'll be shooting a wedding the next day. In the off season, like now, I'm excited because it means that I actually get the whole weekend off. My husband Marcus works Monday through Friday so it's really nice when we actually get to spend two days in a row together. This weekend I'm actually going to try to avoid working. I am probably going to have a meeting or two, but for the most part I'm going to spend the weekend with my family.

In celebration of Friday, here are some photos from a trip that Marcus and I took to Zion, Bryce Canyon, & Valley of Fire last year. I went to Las Vegas for a photography convention/tradeshow. We just decided to go a few days early and take a little trip together. I was actually born in Utah so it's nice to explore that part of the country.

The full slideshow can be downloaded and viewed here if you have a fast connection and computer.

Warning!! This show is created for use on a PC running Windows. Unfortunately, if you have a Mac then you will not be able to run the show, and it may even crash your system.

Sunset at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

TGIF

Early morning at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

TGIF

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon

TGIF

Part of the Grand Canyon as seen from the plane going home

TGIF

Closeup of some desert flowers

TGIF

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Thursday, February 15, 2007
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So what's in a date? How important is it to pick the perfect date for your wedding? We picked our wedding date based on what the venue still had available for the summer. I know that some people planning fall weddings are careful to avoid UT football home game days, and many choose their date to work with another event such as a move or graduation.

However, I'm sure that there are those who choose the day based solely on the numbers. Afterall, some anniversary dates would be easier to remember than others. For instance, this year we have 05/06/07 on the calendar, and it falls on the weekend. There's also 07/07/07 which has to be one of the coolest dates to ever land on a Saturday. If you're planning a wedding and think that this would be the perfect date, I have good news. I still have it available! In fact, Butterfly Gap Retreat (one of my favorite venues) also had it available the last time I checked.

Someone who wants to make their wedding plans really easy can have one of the best anniversary dates, best photographers, and best venues around. Just be sure to act fast!

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Maryville, TN

Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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Because I often work with out-of-town couples, I'm not always able to get to know my clients as well as I would like. Fortunately, Lois & Laramy live nearby in Maryville so we have been able to work together several times over the past two years. Their December 2005 wedding day was actually surprisingly warm, but the grass was brown and time was short. In the spring, they got dressed up again for more bridal and couple portraits. As with their engagement photos, they chose to do the session on the Maryville College campus.

Today I'm putting together their book from that session and wanted to share some of the layouts. (Yes it took her a while to pick out which photos to include, but it's difficult not to take a great pictures of these two) It's very appropriate to share this on Valentines Day as they both have such kind souls and make a very sweet couple.

On a side note, Lois is a teacher, and she invited all of her students to her wedding. In lieu of a flower girl, each child in her class carried a rose down the aisle during the processional. I thought that was such a sweet way to include them, and they were all obviously very proud and happy to be there.

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

Lois & Laramy's newlywed couple session

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