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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, May 17, 2007
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In an effort to help everyone get the most from their photo prints, I want to post a little explanation on print ratios and crops.

The uncropped, full-frame files from my cameras are in a 4x6 ratio which is a very popular print size. To retain the entire composition in a photo, you would want to choose an equivalent ratio such as 20x30 for enlargements.

Unfortunately, the rest of the standard frame sizes in America don't share the same ratio. 8x10", for example, has a much more square shape. This means that cropping a 4x6 photo into an 8x10 will cut off a significant portion of the image. Depending on the image, this may or may not be a problem, but it's an important consideration when ordering enlargements.

To demonstrate the issue, I have created an example with lines showing where the photo would be cropped for the different print sizes. Due to the composition, this particular photo would still work in the various sizes, but you can see how much of the image will be lost.
Demystifying the print crop

Try to keep this in mind when choosing print sizes, and you can evaluate which images will look best when cropped. If a particular photo is going to present a problem, there are a few solutions:

1. You can order an odd sized print such as 8x12 and have it custom framed.

2. I can maintain the 4x6 ratio and just add a white or black border around the image so that it can be printed on the desired paper size without being cropped This would result in a quasi mat.

3. You can order a smaller size and add a real mat so that the image fits a standard frame.

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First United Methodist Church of Montgomery, Montgomery, AL

Monday, May 14, 2007
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Happy second anniversary, Mandy & Justin!

Mandy Wright & Justin Bailey had one of those wonderful wedding days when everything comes together perfectly; lovely weather, gorgeous venues, delicious food, fragrant flowers, live music, and a loving couple.

One of my favorite aspects of the day had to be the venues that were chosen. The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church of Montgomery in Alabama - one of those historic, Gothic churches with characteristic stone exterior, stained glass, arched doorways, and a high, wooden-beamed ceiling. Afterward, the wedding party hopped on a trolley and traveled to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for an elegant reception. It is a modern, classy building with beautiful grounds and an outdoor ampitheater that doubles as a waterside dancefloor.

The cathedral added to the ceremony's elegance.

Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14

Mandy had 9 bridesmaids, several of which were her sorority sisters.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Dress and ring detail. I love long veils and had fun photographing Mandy's.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Right after they were declared husband and wife, Mandy & Justin walked outside and into a magnificent flood of sunlight.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
The groom's cake was a delicious chocolate mud cake with a (chocolate) golf ball on top.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
It takes a real man to carry his wife's shoes for her.
Wright/Bailey Wedding Anniversary May 14
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Maryville, TN

Sunday, May 13, 2007
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On a sunny day in May 2006, Heather Snell married Jonathan Anderson at Ridge Vallery Farms in Maryville. The weather was beautiful for their outdoor ceremony, and the colors (blue sky, green grass, pink dresses & flowers) were so vibrant and happy.

The girls wore pink and carried gorgeous bouquets with tulips, Gerber daisies, and roses. Heather did the flowers herself, and they couldn't have been more beautiful. She even incorporated peonies, my favorite flower, into her bouquet which was tied off with ribbon and a pretty pink brooch. She also had the most beautiful veil that I have seen.

After some hors'devours, cake, and dancing inside, the guests saw the couple off in a cloud of bubbles.  The sun was finally getting low enough in the sky for some nice outdoor photos so Heather and Jon circled around and came back to do a private photo session. Although it wouldn't work with weddings later in the day, doing photos after the reception worked out perfectly for their afternoon wedding. I'm so glad that we had the extra time as we were able to get some great couple photos and really take advantage of the beautiful weather and venue.

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13

Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13
Snell/Anderson Wedding Anniversary May 13
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Market Square Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, May 12, 2007
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In conjunction with the Farmer's Market, a few shops downtown held a fashion show on the Market Square stage today. In honor of Mother's Day, the show featured relationships - mother/son, mother/daughter, mother/dog etc. I was there to photograph the show, but of course I snapped some photos of the kids too. Afterward, I did a session with a very happy little girl whose Mommy happens to be a local clothing & jewelry designer. She has some retro, funky looks and some adorable dresses for little girls. You can check out the Red Cadence myspace page for info.

Saturday Children Photos at Market Square

Saturday Children Photos at Market Square

Saturday Children Photos at Market Square

Saturday Children Photos at Market Square

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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 11, 2007
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This was a great week because I photographed TWO of the sweetest little six-year-olds ever! If you've seen my site then you probably recognize this little girl. She's one of my favorite people to photograph, and today we did a mini-shoot at Fountain City park. She was more interested in swinging than posing so I ended up trading photo time for play time. You have to love those curls!

Portraits in the Park

Portraits in the Park

Portraits in the Park
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