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Nashville, TN

Monday, November 5, 2007
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Last week I spent a couple of days at David Beckstead's workshop in Nashville. The fabulous Sean and Melanie McLellan hosted the event and lined up the locations and models for us. We spent one day shooting and the second day being critiqued with a major focus on photo composition.

The first half of the day was spent at a farm with recent bride Kerri and country singer Matt Stillwell as our models.

Nashville Workshop

Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
Nashville Workshop
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On Location, Ocoee River, TN

Friday, October 26, 2007
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Yesterday I photographed a session on the Ocoee River with Stephanie. We couldn't be very daring because we wanted to keep the dress clean, but hopefully I'll get a chance to do a couple session with them once they return from their tropical, destination wedding. She has an elegant one shoulder gown and a beautiful long veil. I love veils!
Stephanie's Bridal Photographs
Stephanie's Bridal Photographs
Stephanie's Bridal Photographs
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The Old City downtown, Knoxville, TN

Friday, October 19, 2007
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Knoxville finally had some rain and overcast skies the past week, but the weather was great for Charles & Meghan's engagement session Wednesday. We had fun wandering around the Old City, and it was nice to get to know them before their wedding later this month.

I'm looking forward to seeing you two again soon!

McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session
McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session
McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session


McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session

McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session

McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session

McNeilly/Drake Engagement Session
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Sundial Resort, Sanibel Island, FL

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
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Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day-after couple session that Marcus and I did with Sarah & Danny Burtch on Sunday. We started on the beach near the Sanibel Island lighthouse and then did a few shots around their wedding venue, Sundial Beach Resort.


Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs
Daniel & Sarah's Wedding Couple Session Photographs

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Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
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I've been working hard the past few months and have several big weddings coming up. Fortunately, I didn't have a wedding booked for this past weekend so I was able to take a little break. My family and I went camping at Cades Cove. The nights were a bit chilly, but it was nice to get out and spend some time together. Cades Cove is the most visited area of the Smokies which is the most popular national park in the country. Crowds are common on the weekend (avoid Saturdays in October), but it is a beautiful place to visit if you've never been.

Of course I couldn't go all weekend without fitting in some photography. One of my 2006 brides brought her family to Tennessee for the weekend so that I could shoot a senior session on Saturday with her twin daughters Carissa and September. It was a beautiful day in the cove, and the girls were great at both modeling and assisting me. We ran short on time and had forgotten to bring a towel so we didn't have the opportunity to put anyone in the creek as planned, but we had fun and got some great photos. Aren't they gorgeous? I wish that everyone I work with could smile on demand as well as these two. In fact, the most difficult thing for them is to look serious and NOT smile in front of the camera.

Carissa & September's senior photography session

Carissa & September's senior photography session

Carissa & September's senior photography session

Carissa & September's senior photography session

Carissa & September's senior photography session
Carissa & September's senior photography session

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