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Hendersonville engagement photos | Kelly and Shane

It was a lovely but rather brisk Sunday afternoon with Kelly and Shane, but the love in the air would quickly warm things up! These beautiful Hendersonville engagement photos were done at their upcoming wedding venue, The Light House.  It’s a really nice lakeside wedding and events venue on Old Hickory Lake, which provides indoor and outdoor accommodations. Perfect for the experience Kelly and Shane want, and it made sense to do their engagement photos there, on a day the venue wasn’t booked.

Hendersonville engagement photos

Nashville engagement photos

How can you beat this view of the lake? If weather permits, this will be the outside view at the ceremony! Just letting the couple take this in as they reflect on the exciting upcoming moments!!

Lighthouse Hendersonville

Old Hickory Lake engagement photos

Shane and Kelly met in New Jersey where they are both originally from, through Shane’s sister actually! Both of them like things to be what they are and just enjoy it. I admire their commitment to one another but spontaneous spirit! Shane took a job in Nashville, and 8 months into their relationship, they moved here together! Earlier this year, in a late night pillow talk discussion, Shane proposed to Kelly because he realized how they complete each other and was excited to take the next step. So, here we are!

Nashville engagement photos

Nashville engagement photos

I dig the aura of love and the confidence they both have. This happens as a couple is together for a long time, but that is a good foundation for their longevity as I see it.

Nashville engagement photos

The primary focus of the couple is to enjoy their day and have their loved ones be present to eat, drink, and celebrate the occasion with them. This was one major factor that made my documentary style of wedding photography a solid choice for them.

Nashville engagement photos

Nashville engagement photos

Nashville engagement photos

I hope you’ve enjoyed these sweet Hendersonville engagement photos with Kelly and Shane. Congratulations guys, we’ll be in touch and before we know it, the biggest chapter will be written.

Nashville business spotlight | Rodan + Fields team Kalis

Meet Scott and Brittney! This is a shout out and Nashville business spotlight for their business for not only skin care product distribution. But also business / sales mentoring and coaching as they build their team.  I had the pleasure of doing some lifestyle photos for them to demonstrate them at work in their business. The rest of this article is driven by them with some questions and answers.

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What are you most passionate about with being in the skin care business and how did you get into the business?-

The life-changing products. The Rodan + Fields line of skin care products are absolutely amazing and the results are incredible. Brittney actually got into the business before me because she was looking for something that would improve the quality of her skin and was unhappy with her recent selections. Her friend mentioned Rodan + Fields and she signed up as a consultant not to sell but to simply get a discount. After a few weeks, she was noticing a radical difference in the quality of her skin and so did others. They began to ask and she gladly shared her story and soon found herself selling products. The rest is history.

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What kind of people are you looking for to expand your team?

We are passionate about empowering others to be more, live more, and give more. We love working with others who understand that mission and want to redefine their life and their careers. It is super easy to join our team. We have provided a simple contact form for anyone who is interested in being part of the Rodan +Fields family.

headshots Nashville

Explain some of the process as far as you developing your network and setting others up for success.

Team Kalis exists to do one thing: to help others live radically. We have created a number of training resources to not only help new folks get onboard but to also maintain their success and momentum once they are working in the business. We are adamant about continuous growth and learning so regular book readings, Facebook live training videos, and frequent team video chats are a big part of what we do every day.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this Nashville business spotlight, and for every small business that succeeds, we defeat the man! Best of luck with your continued success, thanks Scott and Brittney for your time!!

Tipping wedding vendors

I see different discussions on social media and online wedding forum communities about tipping wedding vendors. I’m not here to tell anyone they need to tip their vendors or how much to tip them. Plenty of resources online for that. But more rather who to tip, how to deem a vendor or service provider is deserving, etc.

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Who should you tip?

Any vendor you feel worked hard to provide the goods and a good overall experience on your wedding day. If the cake maker shows up an hour late and the cake is not in perfect condition, well. Needless to say that vendor doesn’t deserve a tip. It’s a personal choice. I don’t personally expect a couple to tip since they’re paying good money to hire me in the first place. But as their wedding photographer who has an important role in their story and experience on their day, I always appreciate it when it happens. Reviews are equally valuable to me. There’s one ugly misconception around the internet, and it makes my blood boil.

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You don’t tip business owners do you?

Why wouldn’t you, if you were going to tip that vendor and the person providing the service was the owner? That is utter nonsense. I don’t know where that idea came from. Obviously, if it’s a larger operation and the owner wasn’t involved, that’s a different story.

I’m the owner and sole operator of my business. What does that mean? Nothing. I hire contract labor for assistants but it’s me who meets with clients, emails them, does the photography, provides design and does post production. Also puts together the online galleries and print goods. If I’m hands on, why is someone working for another company more deserving of a tip? Ignorant. Basically, no one is obligated to tip. If you do, whoever was hands on and went above and beyond for you are good candidates for a tip. If you feel inclined.

LBGT wedding photographer Nashville

If you feel like tipping wedding vendors who served you, there are a couple different ways to do it. Provide envelopes at the wedding, or send them a check or gift card in the mail afterwards. This way you can assess who the most valuable players were. Or if you don’t, that’s fine too. We know it was an expensive proposition, but we’d love you forever if you write us reviews.

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Telephoto lenses for wedding photography

One very popular tool for wedding photographers are telephoto lenses, and it used to be one for me. This will take us to the SLR days for me compared to being all mirrorless for over 3 years, and how that platform switch changed many things about my approach. Despite what most wedding photographers do, I haven’t used telephoto lenses for wedding photography since that switch to Fuji in 2014. I am not here to make fun of those who use them but more rather explain my thought process on why I stopped using telephoto lenses for wedding photography.

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I work from the inside out-

I have seen a difference in my work since getting my system of working refined based on my smaller mirrorless systems. I can’t say it’s just because of gear, but as gear changed, so did some of my thought process and what weddings are all about. Human interaction. For me, doing so non intrusively and traveling lighter help me be less noticeable. As I work closer to my subjects, I blend in with the guests and am close enough to feel in my heart what is going on. This helps me more effectively watch for the moment and document it when the time is right. I don’t have that advantage standing in the back and looking through the lens.

wedding dancing

The longest lens  I have is the Fuji 56mm 1.2 which is great for shallow depth of field if needed, but that isn’t the most important part of my approach. If I was doing a very restrictive church ceremony, which I seldom do, I have the option of renting a telephoto if needed. They do have a purpose, even though I don’t own one. I just feel that not using telephoto lenses for wedding photography has brought my work to a more intimate level. With compact gear, I blend in and can work closer without establishing a presence. Plus I don’t experience blocked shots because I’m right in the vicinity. The energy rubs off on me and I can report it from the inside vantage point.

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Franklin TN LGBT wedding | The Red House Franklin TN | Erin and Joy

It was a magical and elegant Franklin TN LGBT wedding celebration at The Red House. There was so much love and energy that filled the day! The historic charm of the venue and it’s rock and roll motif was the perfect fit for Erin and Joy’s celebration with loved ones!!

LGBT wedding Franklin TN

A few of the venue and setup, more to come at a later date, with more detailed info on the Red House!!

Red House Franklin TN

Red House Franklin TN

Red House Franklin TN

Red House Franklin TN

Erin and Joy are both nurses, and met in Asheville NC where they used to live. They were introduced by a colleague and had been together since. They even relocated to Nashville together to continue their career and journey of life! They have two lovely children together, a boy and a girl! They would be an intricate part of the day, as you are about to see. Here is some getting ready at this lovely Franklin TN LGBT wedding!!

wedding getting ready

LOTS of horseplay and rough housing with the children. So much energy with all of them, just wait, there will be more!!

children at weddings

The expressions of the ring bearer, LOL!!

ringbearer

ringbearer

This is Joy getting  ready! The ladies’ dresses provided by Beholden of Anthropologie.

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Erin getting makeup did! bridal prep

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ringbearer

LGBT wedding

 

bridal prep

I made my way out to the ceremony area and hung out outside as guests arrived and mingled.

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Precious and interactive moments to observe.

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wedding guests

Erin and Joy were about to make their way to the ceremony!! It was to be outdoors but rain that day had us utilize the indoor area which was lovely as well! It was a packed house, but full of love and celebration.

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

Beautiful heartfelt ceremony, Officiant Dr. Charles Sidberry even broke out into song before pronouncing Erin and Joy wife and wife!

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

I will always truly believe that the primary ingredient to wedding photography is natural human emotion and interaction. Not something you can orchestrate. All of this is un-posed and natural. They told the story, I just observed and wrote the book. 🙂

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

LGBT wedding ceremony Nashville

Dinner break and reception was about to start! There was off and on drizzle, but guests and the couple enjoyed some time under the covered patio. The in house venue staff and bar staff worked hard to serve the couple and guests, all top notch. Catering was delicious! It was a taco and fajita bar by Pueblo Real in Franklin!

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Red House Franklin TN

wedding reception

Nashville sweets

Wedding reception

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Cake and cupcakes by Nashville Sweets!

Nashville sweets

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

grandparents at weddings

wedding dancing

wedding candid

Some of the guests who were older or had kids in school had to leave soon, so the couple did a sparkler exit and then returned to the party. This way everyone could be present for that moment! Let this Sunday night keep rocking!

sparkler exit

sparkler exit

sparkler exit

wedding candid

wedding reception

wedding reception

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

I love the action, energy, and interaction between everyone. I just had to watch for it and document it. Eyes open, lens ready.

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

Franklin TN LGBT wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

documentary wedding

LGBT wedding Nashville

I hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful Franklin TN LGBT wedding of Erin and Joy at The Red House! Marvelous couple, family, and story!

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