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Holston Hills Country Club, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, November 3, 2007
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Jessica and Damien were married at Greater Warner Tabernacle AME Zion Church (Knoxville's oldest African-American congregation) with a reception at Holston Hills Country Club. Jessica was a beautiful bride, and Damien looked handsome in his white tux. The girls wore brown dresses. Susan at Cakes of Elegance made a delicious cake as usual, and DJ Kurious (djkurious@yahoo.com) kept everyone dancing and having fun. At one point, Damien and his fraternity brothers circled around to sing a heart-felt acapella serenade for Jessica. This group knows how to let loose and celebrate!

Lomax/Bowers Wedding October 20
Lomax/Bowers Wedding October 20

Lomax/Bowers Wedding October 20

Lomax/Bowers Wedding October 20
Lomax/Bowers Wedding October 20

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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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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, October 15, 2007
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Happy belated anniversary to Matt and Amber who celebrated their first year of marraige last week. I'm behind on blogging so I decided to speed this one up by just posting their story from the current issue of the Premier Bride magazine. The wedding was held at Holston Hills Country Club.

If your screen resolution doesn't allow you to read the text then you can head over to the premier site or pick up a copy of the magazine.

McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7

I'm currently trying to design a new ad for the next issue of the magazine so I thought I'd go ahead and share some of my past ads. At first, I did half page ads. The photos in the first ad are from Butterfly Gap. The bottom photo in the second ad is from Riverwood.

        McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7     McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7

This is the ad (featuring Amber and Lois) that I've been using for the past year.

McCoig/Harrison Wedding Anniversary October 7
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Fountain City, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, October 11, 2007
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I'm constantly trying to learn new things to keep my photography creative and fresh. Sometimes I read books or magazines or go to workshops. Today I'm experimenting with some textures. These are a couple of photos from this past weekend. I'm posting the standard photoshop version along with the textured versions for comparison. The first photo is way more obvious. I think it's a pretty picture to begin with, but I tried to add some mood by suggesting rain and the fading represents the evanescent rainbow.  I'm curious as to what others think about this style. Even if you don't particularly like it, does it evoke more emotion than the standard photos or do you think I'm just screwing up a perfectly good photograph?
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Textures

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Dara's Garden, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, September 20, 2007
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On Tuesday evening I met up with Tessa & Jimmy for their newlywed photos. Dara's Garden provided a beautiful, colorful backdrop for the session.


Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

Tessa & Jimmy's Couple Session Photographs

I'm so glad that we had the chance to do these photos. It is obviously great to have the extra time for more photos, but what I really like is the fact that they were so much more relaxed. Wedding days are just very stressful events, and it is much easier to capture natural expressions when people are relaxed.
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Too many couples think that it is just a big hassle to do a session after the wedding day, but it doesn't have to be.

Most guys do not rent a tux again. They just go with a dark suit. If you want to look a little more formal, purchase a tie in the same color as the one worn on the wedding day.

Most girls do not have their hair and makeup professionally done. It's a good opportunity to even try a different look. If you normally wear your hair down but had an up-do for the wedding then it's nice to wear your hair down or half-up for the couple session.

You do not have to have a bouquet, but if you want one then you can just purchase some roses at the grocery and give them a couple of days to open up. Then use rubber bands and ribbon to bind them together.

You do not have to worry about the dress being in perfect condition. I actually prefer if it's a little dirty so that brides don't think twice about sitting on the ground or leaning against trees.
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