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Owensboro Kentucky wedding | Nashville wedding photographers | Scott and Brittney

You might remember Scott and Brittney from their engagement photos I did of them in the late Summer.  Seems like yesterday! On December 29, 2017, Scott and Brittney would have their dream day that I was honored to document. Brittney is from the Owensboro, Kentucky area and her family lives there. Scott’s family traveled in, so it made sense to have a lovely Owensboro Kentucky wedding near Brittney’s family. Owensboro is also home of their first date!

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The couple had room blocks at the Lovely Hampton Inn riverfront hotel, where I would document the pre wedding prep / getting ready. Dress by The Spoiled Lady.

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Brittney asked me to remind her to get the bottom of her socks with a special title on them. So I was glad to get it this way as she was making a phone call and standing with one foot propped up, as it’s natural and unposed. She knows orchestrated shots are not my thing, LOL.  This was win win.

bridal prep

I go to check on Scott and his dad, and son, Stone. Well, the first word he told Stone about the tie, he wasn’t a fan of that idea. Nor was he a fan of the course of action!

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groom prep

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Brittney’s mom lending a hand with the dress, enjoying final moments of warmth before the first look at the riverfront.

bridal prep

bridal prep

It was a cold windy day on the Ohio river with Indiana on the other side! Scott, dapperly dressed, waits patiently for his lovely bride to make an appearance for their first look. The view was amazing too!

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

The ceremony would be a couple miles away at the Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. This Owensboro Kentucky wedding would be officially underway in this lovely historic church!

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Here is where I go to work as a documentary wedding photographer. Keeping a low profile and watching for real moments of human interaction and critical moments as they happen. The best photos and best emotional moments can’t look the same as what happens naturally.

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Great balcony view! I would do some there before going back down before bread and wine communion.

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

It’s official! Congratulations Scott and Brittney!

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Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

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Owensboro wedding photography

Lovely ceremony indeed! Now, off to O.Z. Tyler Distillery event venue for the reception! Beautiful and spacious, comfortable event venue with nice staff. I’d be honored to return there! What a rocking celebration!  Wedding planner is Aly, with Events by Aly. Guests started serving themselves, catering my Moonlite BBQ in Owensboro. Delicious indeed, it hit the spot!

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

The couple arrives and the party starts, after dinner break! But first we have the first dance, loved it! I’m lurking in the shadows to document the laughs, alcohol consumption, dancing, band rocking the stage, you get the idea!

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

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Parent dances were lovely as well, so much happiness and emotion!

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The speeches evoke real laughter and joy, something no one can arrange. I love human interaction and the love that surrounds the wedding day. Videography by Matthew Lynn productions, a couple really nice guys to work with!

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Cake and a knife, well, you know who wins that battle. Cake by Francis Southard, Beaver Dam, KY.

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Nashville wedding photographers

This is the 12 South Band, SO amazing and so charismatic on stage, great music and even better show! They knew how to create energy in the room!

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12th south band

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photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

This is where my work as a sleuth journalist pays off, people are cutting loose and being themselves, celebrating. Makes for the best and most energy and emotion packed photographs.

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photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

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Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this amazing Owensboro Kentucky wedding, congratulations Scott and Brittney! It’s an honor to be chosen as the Nashville wedding photographer with the documentary approach to tell this magical story!

New year new headshot

The new year is a perfect time to apply for that new job or seek a promotion with your current job. Or for those daring entrepreneurs, it’s always a good a time to seek a career change or new business opportunity! Don’t use that 5 year old headshot. Or worse yet, a selfie or other cell phone snapshot. New year new headshot.  It’s a small price to pay to put your best image forward.

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A good clean, well lit headshot with a good strong angle makes a much better presentation when applying or presenting yourself professionally. It shows effort, presentation, professionalism, and confidence. It all works together. In many cases, it’s a business expense and can be written off on your income taxes.

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New year new headshot, I’m happy to make an appointment and get this done for you if you’re in the Nashville area. You can always travel here just for that because you know you want to come to Nashville anyway. Whether you’re a lawyer, realtor, accountant, in retain management, etc. a professional headshot is an asset to you. Or even acting, talent, theatrical. Let’s do this.

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Critique for photographers

In this realm of the arts, and probably with any career path in life, people with thick skin and an open mind have a huge advantage over those without it. As long as I’ve been involved with photography, I greatly value and appreciate those with whom I’ve had discussions and critique time with. It’s nice to have friends, whether photographers, makeup artists, models, graphics designers, etc.  To periodically get together, discuss where we are at and what’s happening, show new work, give and receive critique and kudos. Of course many things are subjective. The whole idea with critique for photographers is to discuss what strengthens the image, what may take away from it, and then come to your own final conclusion.

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Many people, myself included have been known to develop an attachment to a specific image, and miss a fairly obvious flaw.  Or be your own worst critic! That’s one reason it’s nice to view your peers as just that, and not competition. We can all help and encourage each other. And there are times when a layman can effectively critique work, you never know. Every opinion does count and should be respected! I am very grateful to those who have helped me, no matter how nice or harsh they have been. Without that, I couldn’t have gotten where I am. I don’t want to stop here either. If I can provide that for others as well, it feels good to pass it on. Good karma folks.

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I said nothing about telling someone what they want to hear, which many newer artists are looking for that. I can promise, if that doesn’t change and they don’t become mature enough for critique, they have a dim future. Not all my work is technically perfect. But it’s a never ending quest to keep seeking and growing. Aligning yourself with respected colleagues will promote growth. Cheerleaders don’t promote critique for photographers or any other. The easier thing is seldom the most beneficial for growth.  Open mind, willing spirit, and tenacious desire to grow, the winning formula.

same sex wedding at the Cordelle | Nashville wedding photographers | Hailey and Melissa

Hailey and Melissa met four years ago through a mutual friend, and the day finally came for them where they decided to make it forever! They wanted to do a Christmas themed wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends, and they got just that! May the photos begin from this lovely same sex wedding at the Cordelle!

Christmas wedding

The Cordelle

The Cordelle

The couple searched for Nashville wedding venues with a historical feel, and LGBT friendly. They found the perfect venue with The Cordelle, located in the SoBro area of downtown Nashville. Beautiful venue and very kind people!

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Hailey and Melissa have two dogs. As a fellow animal lover I can appreciate the trouble they went through to have their dogs transported to the venue for a few moments!

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Cake by Homestyle Bakery.

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LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

Melissa’s uncle officiated the wedding ceremony, and did a great job! He spoke of National Lampoons Christmas and used analogies from that movie about selflessness and love. It was inspiring and entertaining to be there and document the story!

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

What a lovely same sex wedding at the Cordelle, the ceremony was sweet!

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same sex wedding Nashville

I met with Hailey and Melissa to discuss their wedding photography. I was thrilled to learn they found me through the LGBT chamber. They wanted an LGBT friendly wedding photographer and one with a non intrusive approach, so it was a perfect pairing. A documentary wedding photographer was right for them, and I’m pleased they chose me out of all Nashville wedding photographers!

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There were plenty of fun activities for the children, and it was fun to capture them interacting naturally.

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Christmas wedding

Christmas wedding

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same sex wedding

Wedding coordinator – Dream Events and Catering

Catering- The fabulous Chef’s Market

Ice cream bar – Marble Slab Creamery / Maggie Moo’s 

Maggie Moo's

ice cream bar

ice cream bar

The ice cream bar was amazing and it was fun to document and observe them at work. It was a huge hit with the guests. For us too!

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Nashville wedding photographers

The natural candid moments of human emotion and human interaction are my favorite qualities of documentary wedding photography. Unposed is natural, and doesn’t interrupt the couple or guests’ experience. These are moments that only this style of wedding photography captures the same way.

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documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

I hope you’e enjoyed the story and photos from Hailey and Melissa’s lovely day.  Congratulations Hailey and Melissa! It’s an honor to tell your story.

How Many Hours Do I Need A Wedding Photographer?

How Many Hours Do I Need A Wedding Photographer?

I think because this is a very heavily discussed topic on wedding discussion groups, people tend to be a bit stubborn with pre conceived notions. No offense of course, I’m just here to help you. While I do think it’s better to have a comfortable amount of coverage than it is to run short, let me play devil’s advocate. If you can budget for 6-8 hours for a great photographer, you’re better off going that route than hiring one who gives you more coverage for less price, who’s work you are not as passionate about. Most of the time, couples don’t need 10 hours of coverage that seems to be the bragging right in these communities. It’s about working smart and making use of your time.

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First steps in determining- How Many Hours Do I Need A Wedding Photographer?

-How long do you have your venue? This could be a factor in the next question.

-Where are you getting ready? If getting ready photos are important to you, having them done at the venue saves time for the photographer. My personal thought, I think some of the getting ready photos are a nice beginning to the story, but you don’t really need 3 hours of them. Considering maybe half a dozen of them go in your album. Some couples and wedding photographers have different ideas. Refer to next question.

-The hours you need with your photographer will depend on not only your timeline but the style of working for each photographer. Include them in the discussion and get their input as well. For example, I spend a lot less time than most wedding photographers on posed photos. That’s part of the style and experience couples book a documentary wedding photographer for.

-What time do you arrive at the venue?

-When do you finish getting ready?

-Ceremony time?

-Reception start time?

-Reception end time?

Know these things and work with your photographer, you’ll have your answer. Time dedicated to getting ready, portraits, and reception are up to you. I think the photographer staying for most of the reception is prudent. But usually until the very end isn’t necessary. As discussed here.  With this said, my 7 hour package is my biggest seller and 7-8 is my average. Some more intimate weddings do nicely with 5-6 hours, there is no black and white. I work with my couples and help them make sure it all makes sense and it’s efficient.