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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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I love shooting weddings. They’re beautiful, happy days filled with wonderful emotions, and most couples understand how important it is to hire a good photographer to document the day in photographs. However, when it comes to documenting our children, these precious little people that fill us with such love and happiness, parents don’t always appreciate the importance of hiring a professional photographer.

Just consider the time and money that you may invest in your family. You purchase a nice home in a good school district and decorate it to be comfortable for your family. Buy a new car that’s large and safe so that you can take your kids to play dates, sports practice, and music lessons. Start a college fund. Take your family on vacation every year. Outfit the children in new clothes. Purchase toys, books, games, and movies to keep them busy.

However, when it comes to actually documenting the children themselves and your relationships with them, how much do you spend? Imagine that you have portraits of your family from last year, five years ago, or ten years ago. How valuable would those photos be to you? When your children graduate high school, get married, or have their own families, how much will they value the photos that they have from their childhood? How valuable is a photo of a mother with her child when that child grows up and is one day burying her mother or if, god forbid, the mother is one day burying her child?

In my mind, photographs are more than just ink and paper. They can be one of the most important, priceless investments that you can make for your family. Sure, life is busy, but children grow up almost before our very eyes. Don’t be left with only memories. Create something priceless for your children.

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Monday, February 19, 2007

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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Thursday, February 15, 2007

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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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
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There are a few key reasons why I prefer digital photography over film:

1. The pictures can be viewed immediately. This is my favorite thing about digital cameras. I know instantly if I've captured the best photo possible and can make corrections if needed.

2. Memory cards hold more pictures than film. I can wait until a lull in the activities to backup the files rather than having to constantly switch out film.

3. Images are less likely to be lost. Backups of the files can be made during the event and immediately afterward.

4. ISO can be changed quickly and easily. Traditional photographers need to use multiple cameras with different ISO rated films or switch out the film when going from one lighting situation to another.

5. There are no restrictions on how many pictures I can take. Traditional photographers must pay for the film used and are weary of wasting film. I have no such worry.

6. Creativity and experimentation. I'm free to try anything that comes into my head because I can delete the picture or change settings and try again.

7. More editing options. Traditional photographers are limited by having to use either color film or black and white. I can use one digital file to produce color, black and white, sepia or selective color prints. This gives you more variety and choices.

8. Image enhancement such as removing blemishes, stray hairs, and spots on clothing are also quicker and easier with digital editing.

9. No scanner needed. No need to spend hours scanning in your proofs before you can share them online.

10. It's easy to make prints and enlargements. You don't have to wait on a photographer to send you reprints. With digital files, multiple copies can be printed cheaply and easily so that anyone who wants a copy can have one. Spreading copies around the family also makes you less likely to lose all of your precious pictures in the event of disaster.

11. Avoid film processing. Film processing uses toxic chemicals that can damage the environment and adds a third person who may damage or lose the negatives.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007
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Although weddings keep me busy for most of the year, I really enjoy shooting portraits and want to do more in 2007. To this end, I’m currently offering a portrait session special. All regular portrait sessions (high school seniors, maternity, baby, children, family etc) booked and shot either in February or March will have the $125 session fee waived. A $200 deposit will be required to secure the date, but the entire $200 will be applied to your first print order. Sessions include up to an hour of shooting at a location of your choice within Knoxville. I will also include a web gallery with each session so that you can view, share, and order your photos online. Dates are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email me or use the contact form on my website for more information.

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