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Laurel Church of Christ, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 6, 2007
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Hannah Wright and Jeremy Vest were married in 2005 at Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike. The couple chose to meet before their ceremony so that they could spend some private moments together and then complete the formal photos. We also drove down Cherokee Drive to get more relaxed couple photos at Sequoyah Hills park before returning to the church for the ceremony. 

The couple met and live in Alabama, but they're from Knoxville. Hannah's father was one of my favorite teachers in High School, and I remember him talking about his little girls Hannah & Hailey. In a way, I felt like I knew them. I was honored to be there on Hannah's wedding day and to watch him proudly walk her down the aisle to Jeremy.

These two are just genuinely good people, and it's always a pleasure to see such deserving people find happiness together.

Before the wedding day, I did a bridal session with Hannah in the Knoxville Museum of Art courtyard.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Hannah was a beautiful bride who radiated happiness.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

The ceremony was a mixture of laughter, sincerity, and love. On the way up the aisle, Hannah stopped off to give her father a kiss.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6


The bon-bons at the reception were AMAZING.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6

After a reception at the church, the couple exited to their limo through a shower of rose petals.

Wright/Vest Wedding Anniversary August 6
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Tea at the Gallery, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 19, 2007
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On Saturday, I joined a group of girls at Tea at the Gallery to celebrate Kate's sixth birthday. Seated together around a long table, the guests were treated to flavored teas and beautifully presented sweets. In addition to the normal birthday shots, I tried to shoot a few portraits as well. They were all such little ladies, and it is such a fun age. You have never seen so many toothless smiles! Here are some of the girls... starting with Kate as she watched out the window for her guets to arrive and ending with the twins.

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs

Kate's Birthday Photographs
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Cedar Bluff, Knoxville, TN

Friday, July 6, 2007
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Yesterday, I spent some time with an adorable little boy and his family. Jake was very charming. He even smiled a few times for the camera and took a short nap so that I could get some really sweet photos.
 Baby Jake
Baby Jake
Baby Jake
Baby Jake
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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, June 30, 2007
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I met Alison at the doctor's office when she was pregnant, and I told her to email me when the baby came. She did, and today (actually yesterday but I haven't gone to bed yet) I went to her house to photograph six-week-old Hunter. He didn't really appreciate being moved around so much, but he did a great job. I just couldn't resist sharing so I stayed up late to post a few photos.

Baby Hunter Photographs

Baby Hunter Photographs
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On Location, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, June 14, 2007
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Well... maybe they only love one shovel in particular.

As part of a large online community of wedding photographers, I have the opportunity to learn from some of the best. In 2005 and 2006 I traveled to Las Vegas for a convention and trade show with everyone. One of the convention activities is a shoot on location. Last year, we were all guests at a real wedding and could watch the couple's wedding photographers work. They were lucky enough to have some of the best wedding photographers in the world including Bambi Cantrell, Yervant, and John Michael Cooper. If you don't know the work of John Michael Cooper then you owe it to yourself to check out his site. He's not at all your mother's wedding photographer. He's known for his anti-bridals and his trash-the-dress sessions.

Unfortunately, I didn't make it to Vegas this year so I missed their desert shoot with JMC and David Beckstead (more on him later). For one of his anti-groom shots, JMC used a shovel and then sold it to Joel Wiebner, one of the photographers in the crowd. Now that shovel is traveling from one photographer to another and having its photo taken. There's even a traveling shovel website to document the travel. Shovels apparently don't travel very quickly, but it has already gone almost 7,000 miles and has a long list of photographers to visit. It should be fun to check in once in a while and check out the shovel's travel photos.
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