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Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, June 24, 2008
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I often shoot weddings in other cities or for couples that are coming here from other places, and we don't always have an opportunity to meet before the wedding day. Candice and Ryan are one of those couples that booked me without meeting so it was fun to finally put faces with the names and spend a few hours getting to know them during their engagement session last week. They're a great couple, and now I'm really looking forward to their October wedding at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.


Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session

Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session
Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session
Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session
Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session
Candi & Ryan's Engagement Session

Earlier in the session, I took a photograph of a brick wall with some peeling paint, and I used it as an overlay this last photo to add even more texture.
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The Emporium on Gay Street, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 30, 2008
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I will normally only schedule one wedding per weekend, but this past weekend I photographed Lindsey & Aaron on Saturday and then helped Tara Kneiser of Dixie Pixel Photography with another wedding on Sunday. It makes for a very long weekend, but it's fun to shoot with other photographers on occasion.  The couple, Amanda and Shayne, had their wedding at The Emporium on Gay Street.

Being the second shooter on a wedding is a different experience from being the primary shooter. While the primary shooter has the responsibility of getting "the shot", the second shooter can focus more on candid moments, details, and different angles. The downside is that the primary shooter usually has the subjects' attention and the best vantage point. For instance, during the ceremony Tara was in the aisle in front of the couple. I was at the side shooting over people's heads, but I think it gives the photos a sort of intimate feel.


Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

During the group formals, I was able to focus more on individuals like this without having to worry about getting the whole group.

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

Both brides last weekend did something really cool. They wore veils for the ceremony and then switched to a large flower in their hair. Lindsey on Saturday had a beautiful, long veil while Amanda on Sunday wore a hip, birdcage veil.

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25

Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
The wedding colors were pink and black with lots of pink flowers everywhere. The groomsmen had pink ties, and the bridesmaids wore black dresses.
Grizzanti/Ivy Wedding May 25
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Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 23, 2008
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Yesterday I met up with Megan and Monte for their engagement session. With Sundown in the City on Market Square, Thursday may not be the best evening to attempt a session downtown, but we did okay avoiding the crowds. We started early because the forecast had called for a cloudy day. As usual, the weather didn't match the forecast, and it was a beautiful sunny day without a cloud in the sky. Hopefully they'll luck out and the weather for their August wedding will be just as beautiful. They're both really relaxed in front of the camera, and we had fun hanging out. I think I may have shot more photos yesterday than at any other engagement session, but here are a few of my favorites.


Megan and Monte's Engagement Session
Megan and Monte's Engagement Session
Megan and Monte's Engagement Session
Megan and Monte's Engagement Session

Megan and Monte's Engagement Session

Megan and Monte's Engagement Session
Megan and Monte's Engagement Session

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Church Street United Methodist, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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On a lovely, albeit slightly windy, Saturday, Emily and Bryan were married at Church Street United Methodist downtown with a reception at the Knoxville Museum of Art.

While I do shoot most of the wedding day photojournalistically without a lot of posing, my favorite photos tend to be informally posed portraits. As a result, I show a lot of those on my blog and site so this time I tried to choose more candid shots of the day. The couple did not want to see each other before the ceremony and the group formals after the ceremony didn't leave us time for couple photos. Only these first two photos were posed.


Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10

Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10
Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10
Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10

Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10

Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10
Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10
Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10
Damewood/Spiller Wedding May 10

the red light in the last photo was caused by the DJ's lights
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, April 17, 2008
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Most of the work that I'm doing right now is behind-the-scenes type stuff (posting galleries, making slideshows, designing albums, fulfilling print orders) so there isn't a whole lot to share. Here are a few shots of a proofbook that I just got in and will be sending out to Jessica and Chris with their slideshow DVD.

Moerman Proofbook
Moerman Proofbook
Moerman Proofbook
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