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Park West Church of God, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
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Dena and Nate were married Saturday at Park West Church of God in Knoxville, but this wasn't your typical church wedding. Although some guests may have missed the fact that the flower girl threw lucky pennies instead of rose petals as she was carried down the aisle, I don't think that anyone will forget the bride's entrance. Dena started down the aisle with traditional music, but the song suddenly changed to an unexpected rock song by one of the couple's favorite bands.

The quirkiness continued with their choice of music for the first dance, and it was obvious that these two were making the day their own by injecting their own personalities into the wedding.

Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6
Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6
Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6

With an afternoon ceremony and reception inside the church, we had plans to do couple photos outdoors after the reception. Some ominous clouds threatened to disrupt our plans, but it quickly dried up after only a brief shower. We shot a bit around a park near the church and then headed out to a field that I had driven by on the way to the church. As some of you may know, I've been wanting to shoot a bride with some hay all year long, and I finally had the bride and the hay to make it work.

Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6

Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6
Roberts/Croft Wedding September 6
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
One problem that I run into over and over again is a misunderstanding of print crop ratios. Last year, I tried to explain this confusing issue in a blog post, and today I want to offer an example. For illustration, I'm using a photo of the lovely Jessica that I just happen to be working on.

All of the files from my camera and, therefore, the photos in the galleries are in a 4x6 ratio. This is obviously a rectangle, but many of the American print sizes are much more square. For example, an 8x10" print is a 4x5 ratio. When someone orders an 8x10 from the gallery, I must crop off part of the image in order to make it fit that size. This doesn't always present a problem, but sometimes it can. In the example below, the first photo is the original 4x6 ratio.

Print Crop Part 2

This second photo is a 4x5 ratio. Compared to the image above, you can see that I have had to crop off most of the bouquet, but this is what must be done to make it fit onto an 8x10 print.

Print Crop Part 2

What if you wanted to keep the bouquet in the shot? Well, you have a few choices.

First you could just order a print size that stays in the 4x6 ratio such as an 8x12 or 16x24. These irregular sizes would require custom framing OR a less expensive option is to have a custom mat cut. For instance you could use the 8x12 with a mat to fit a 11x14 frame.

The easiest option is to do a digital mat. I can keep the entire image and have a black or white border printed around it so that it will fit on a standard size print. For the example below, I used a black border to make the image fit on an 8x10 piece of paper.

Print Crop Part 2

The digital border works well with normal photos. However, if you are ordering a canvas and don't want to lose any of the image then you would want to order a size in the 4x6 ratio. Canvases don't need framing anyway so it isn't a big deal to have an irregular size.

If I get an order for a print that will be affected by a crop, then I will sometimes send an email and ask if the customer prefers to have the photo cropped or to have the border added. Most people prefer the border. In my professional judgment, if the photo is going to be ruined by the crop and result in the loss of important elements such as people or body parts then I will just go ahead and add the border. Although many photos like the one above wouldn't warrant an automatic email or border, they just don't look as good cropped. Just keep this in mind when deciding what size prints to order.
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Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Megan and Monte had a Friday evening wedding at Valley Grove Baptist. After getting ready, the two met in the sanctuary where they spent some private time together and exchanged cards. We then got all of the formal photos out of the way so that right after the ceremony they could exit straight to the waiting trolley that took them to the reception at Knoxville Museum of Art.

Megan did an excellent job planning the day and surrounding herself with great vendors. One of my former brides, Allison Gaddis, acted as day-of coordinator for the reception. She's started a consulting business called Live, Laugh, Love Weddings. Scott Parker from Light and Life Media was there to video the event. To make the day even easier, I had Tara of Dixie Pixel Photography along second shooting at the church.

Megan's look was elegant and modern with soft, flowing layers on her dress. The bridesmaids wore sage green dresses with white sashes.

Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22
Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22

I never had a chance to taste the cakes, but they looked great.
Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22
Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22
Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22
Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22

Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22

Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22

Montgomery/Miller Wedding August 22

Unfortunately, guests apparently took off with the bubbles as they left so that there weren't enough left for a bubble exit. The getaway car was really cute though.

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Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Jennifer and Joey were married Saturday at Fountain City Presbyterian with a reception at Cherokee Country Club. Although Cherokee only allows weddings for members, their children, and their grandchildren, it is a wonderful venue for those lucky enough to use it.

The day started with some drama as Jennifer's grandmother was involved in a car collision on the way to the wedding, but she wasn't hurt and everything turned out OK. As always, Leah at Whimsical Gatherings outdid herself with the flowers at the church and the reception, and Daisy Cakes provided a tasty cake to top off a delicious dinner.

The church did require that I shoot the ceremony from the back of the church, but the light and colors were beautiful.

Damewood/White Wedding August 16

The bridesmaid dresses, bouquets, and arrangements in the church and reception were vibrant, deep shades of pink. Even Jennifer's fingernails coordinated.

Damewood/White Wedding August 16

Damewood/White Wedding August 16
Damewood/White Wedding August 16
Cherokee has very attractive facilities with a large ballroom - perfect for very large weddings. There are also lots of nice spots for photos and a beautiful view from the back patio.
Damewood/White Wedding August 16

Damewood/White Wedding August 16

Damewood/White Wedding August 16

The reception's live band Deas Guyz did an AMAZING job. They were possibly the best live music I've heard at a wedding and kept everyone happy and dancing until the very end of the night.
Damewood/White Wedding August 16

Weddings are full of emotions as you can see in these two photos taken only minutes apart after the best man's speech and Jennifer's sister Emily's (the MOH) speech .

Damewood/White Wedding August 16
Damewood/White Wedding August 16
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, August 18, 2008
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I want to show a few shots of Melanie and Patrick's album before I mail it to them. This is an 8x10" horizontal digital book.
Wedding Photo Album Design
Wedding Photo Album Design
Wedding Photo Album Design
Wedding Photo Album Design

In order to avoid messy layouts with a jumble of really small photos, I do limit the number of pictures included. It's always better to add more pages to the album than to try to fit too many photos on a page. Melanie did a great job narrowing down her photo list, and I think the resulting book is beautiful.

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