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Dog insulinoma results

I started my original discussion about insulinoma in dogs and the original diagnosis of my 9 year old rescue Boxer, Oscar.  Then another about the just over 2 month progress report of his health after insulinoma surgery. This is the final article on the topic of dog insulinoma results for Oscar.

The overall insulinoma related progress with Oscar up to nearly 5 months after the tumor has been removed is good for the most part. He put on some weight and the side effects of prednisone were the biggest negatives. I started being more careful about measuring his food, and supplemented some green beans with his evening meal. His spirits remained good. His blood sugar never came up past 55, but that’s the risk of this invasive surgery. He still enjoyed walks and company and had a really good quality of life even with the medication side effects. Also not having the energy he used to have as a result of that and lower blood sugar. As I watched his diet, he took off a couple pounds and his blood sugar was stable at 55, which is a tiny improvement. I still made sure he got 3 small meals a day to help him regulate.

Sadly, an unrelated issue occurred. He developed some snorting when breathing and swelling around his neck. Which was a ruptured or blocked salivary duct. This was making it harder to breathe and eventually, even eat and drink water. This had nothing to do with the previous condition or his medication according to the vet. This would require major throat surgery which neither the vet or I felt comfortable doing, considering his condition and medication. The vet was afraid the surgery would be unsuccessful and at worst, make him suffer. Just under a week after that visit, I knew the quality of life was dwindling, and it was getting more uncomfortable for him. If I let it go any longer, it would quickly turn the corner from discomfort to suffering. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to my best friend.

But, if you’re on the fence about insulimona surgery, I’d count Oscar’s surgery as a success. I had 5 months extra with my buddy and he enjoyed life. Just required a little extra maintenance for me, but I worked through that. If this throat problem didn’t happen, he’d probably have been fine for a while longer. I am still very glad I did that surgery, and as much as I am sad to lose him, I know I made the right call. Our job is to take care of pets for their life span, and be selfless enough to end suffering when it happens. Godspeed Oscar, you’re always going to have a home here.

Photographing details at weddings

As a documentary wedding photographer, my primary focus and strength is documenting human interaction. The signature style and non-intrusive experience I provide my couples is why they hire me. I don’t move or manipulate things, or pose / direct people. I only provide some basic direction for the few group portraits they want to do. So, with that as my native style, what about photographing details at weddings?

Tomlinson family farm wedding

Tomlinson family farm wedding

Tomlinson family farm wedding

Yes, absolutely! Photographing details at weddings is also an important part of the day for a documentary wedding photographer like me. Someone’s hard work went into them. The couples always appreciate it, and it nicely balances out the coverage.  In fact, I make it a practice to arrive at the venue a little early to navigate to capture some of the details about the venue and various decorations for the couples’ wedding.

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Here are a few wedding venue details from Tomlinson Family Farm in Lebanon, in between rainstorms. Might as well take advantage of the mood with bolder higher contrast. Much more reminiscent of my style than bright and airy and blown highlights.

Tomlinson Family Farm

Tomlinson Family Farm

Tomlinson Family Farm

Tomlinson Family Farm

That doesn’t mean I am running around for hours and taking 78 photos of the same table setting or flower vase, LOL. But it’s nice to give details some attention, and it’s already done by the time the bride / couple thinks about it. Then as guests arrive and as we prepare for critical moments, I can dedicate my time to documenting the love, energy, emotion, and human interaction. All of which happen naturally at weddings.

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wedding venue details

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wedding venue details

wedding venue details

Dyer Observatory wedding | LGBT wedding photographers Nashville | Alan and Brett

I had the honor of documenting the amazing Dyer Observatory wedding day of Alan and Brett! Quite at an amazing place I have never been before! The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is an astronomy observatory owned by Vanderbilt University.

Dyer Observatory Wedding LGBT

It’s up this huge hill, away from everything, but so close to local amenities and still far enough from light pollution for star gazing. Alan and Brett are both Vanderbilt graduates and always took an interest in the observatory so it only made sense for them to use it for their Nashville wedding venue! I will quietly document these moments before their guests arrive and the ceremony starts!!

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

Alan and Brett currently live in the South Of France, so this was my first time meeting them face to face, which was exciting! We had talked a lot by email and a few times by phone, so this was nice. I’m honored that they put their trust in me as a proud LGBT friendly wedding photographer.

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

These kids were so expressive, I would use that to my advantage. As a documentary wedding photographer, I watch for real moments like this, of human interaction. It requires a non-intrusive approach to build that trust factor particularly with kids. The best natural moods are captured without posing and people are just being themselves. The best captures.

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Outdoor wedding Nashville

Vendors involved with this lovely Dyer Observatory wedding –

Venue – Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory

Planner – Helen Morrisette

DJ- Lt. Dan Buckley

Caterer – Ribbons Of Chocolate

Ceremony time! –

ringbearers

This kid needs to be in show biz. He is so animated.

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Slightly reluctant flower girl, adorable!

flower girl

flower girl

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

LGBT wedding Nashville

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LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

That was an amazing ceremony! Now a few quick family groups and then cocktail hour! Real human interaction, nothing orchestrated, natural as intended.

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wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

grand entrance

After a delicious dinner from Ribbons Of Chocolate, we prepare for the Dyer Observatory wedding to come unglued!

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wedding candid

LGBT cake cutting

LGBT cake cutting

LGBT cake cutting

LGBT first dance

Before the dancing started, Alan and Brett took a few guests up to the dome to do some star gazing with this HUGE telescope, it was epic! The dome opens for star gazing, and a knowledgeable person is there to teach people about what they’re seeing. Really neat!

Dyer Observatory

Dyer Observatory

Dyer Observatory

Dyer Observatory

Dyer Observatory

Ok, shake it, dance the night away and party like it’s 1999!!!

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LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

I watched him do this once and could tell he was going for it again….locked focus and waited without him suspecting it…by then he didn’t think of it.

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

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I loved the dimensions and perspectives here, with high contrast light and shadows…ahhh!

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LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

Slightly dragged shutter for effect.

same sex wedding Nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

I hope you’ve enjoyed the story I told for Alan and Brett, and I hope they enjoy it for an eternity! Congratulations gentlemen, can’t want to see you again and work on your album soon!

 

 

Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding | David and Lindsay | Nashville wedding photographers

I’ve looked forward to this day for nearly a year since meeting David and Lindsay! They’re movie aficionados and wanted a wedding that was personalized just for them. What better spot than the Historic Capitol Theatre in the Lebanon, TN. town square? Let’s begin the story of this lovely Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding!

Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding

The connection between David and Lindsay and the creativity they have, is truly amazing! It was a relatively hot Mid June day, but nice and cool inside! They even made custom movie posters, to complete the concept / theme!

Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding

Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding

Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding

Now that the decorating is finished, we’ve got a wedding to get ready for!!

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

Meet Miss Hope Elizabeth, just over two months old at this time!! David and Lindsay’s baby daughter!! I’m glad she was such a huge part of this!

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

It’s moments like these that don’t happen from shooting more, but more rather watching more. One key factor about documentary wedding photography that defies human logic.

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

wedding getting ready

Before we get into this Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding ceremony, I will give a shout out to the participating vendors!!

Officiant – Golden Dolphin Weddings

Cake – Cupcakes – Publix

Catering – Two Fat Men Catering

Venue – Capitol Theatre

DJ- DJ Dan Co.

Photo booth- ShutterBooth Nashville

Ceremony time!!!

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

I’m so humbled by David’s reaction to see Lindsay walk towards him, this is real folks!!

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lindsay and Hope make their way to the big stage!!

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Lebanon wedding ceremony

Capitol theater wedding

capitol theater wedding

I loved the curtain and whole star of the silver screen feel. I’m definitely inspired to do a lot of film noir and mood lighting for this wedding. As I usually feel inspired to do haha. There was a special dance before dinner break, then back to partying like it’s 2017!!

wedding license signing

With Amanda, signing the marriage license!!

marriage license signing

edding candid

wedding open bar

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wedding photobooth

wedding photobooth

wedding candid

grand entrance

wedding dance

wedding dancing

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wedding cake cutting

wedding cake cutting

first dance

first dance

first dance

first dance

first dance

first dance

first dance

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bride and groom

bride and groom

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

I love receptions, I watch for it and love documenting pure raw energy and emotion, that you can’t possible stage. Dance like no one is watching!

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception

wedding guest candid

wedding reception dancing

Love this mood and raw emotion, off camera lighting to fit the scene! Just a signature touch I offer. 😀

wedding guest candid

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

wedding reception dancing

Bohemian Rhapsody does it every time!!

wedding reception dancing

photobooth

kids at weddings

wedding reception dancing

capitol theater

I had an idea, long exposure shot of the theater after the wedding, loved how it turned out! Just had to wait for this  one parked car to move. I hope you’ve enjoyed this very special Capitol Theatre Lebanon wedding, congratulations David and Lindsay! Thank you for letting me document your story!

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding | LGBT wedding photographers Nashville

I’ve waited for this lovely same sex wedding of Kline and Curtis for almost a year now. It was a Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding located in downtown Nashville. It happened to be the same weekend as the Predators Stanley Cup Finals, a Broadway block party and concert, another and concert right up the hill at the amphitheater! I was in the most happening spot with Kline and Curtis!

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

I had not been in the Schermerhorn since seeing the flood damage in 2010, it was even more gorgeous than I remembered before that happened.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

LGBT first look

LGBT first look

wedding musician

Vendors who worked this Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding-

Planner – Nicole Moon http://www.2divasandaparty.com/

Cake and floral- www.samsclub.com

Venue – https://www.nashvillesymphony.org/

Reception Band- https://www.emeraldempireband.com/

Catering – http://baconandcaviar.com/

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding

same sex wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

What a beautiful ceremony!! Curtis and Kline met online 4 years ago, and are both Louisiana natives. In fact, most of the guests were from Louisiana! Kline went to Vanderbilt Law School and Curtis is an accountant. Soon after the wedding, the couple would relocate to Jackson, MS. where Kline is doing a clerkship with a judge. Eventually the couple will relocate to Boston where Kline had lived before and loves!!

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Wedding recessional

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unity candle

unity candle

Ok, this would have happened in the ceremony, but no one knew where the lighter was for the candle! Part of the story for later, but they were determined to get it lit one way or the other!! Now we go upstairs for the cocktail hour.

wedding candid

cocktail hour

champagne toast

champagne toast

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

These raw and natural emotions are what I love so much about capturing a wedding documentary style. You can’t match it or the experience by posing or orchestrating. I love this job! Same sex weddings ALWAYS seem to be oozing with energy and passion, I love them!

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

wedding cocktail hour

Now off to the reception area as we await dinner break! Some fine edibles from the staff at Bacon and Caviar! Now try to visualize how refreshing these beverage dispensers looked on a hot Summer day, even though it was cool inside!

wedding beverages

Before the cake got ravaged!!

wedding cake

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best man speech

LGBT weddings always party down, it only gets wilder from here! Kline and Curtis have some impressive moves on the dance floor!

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How cool is this pregnant lady?

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The Emerald Empire rocked the house!

LBGT wedding photographer Nashville

That hair, that decisive moment! I hope you’ve enjoyed this beautiful Nashville same sex Schermerhorn Symphony Center wedding! Congratulations Kline and Curtis! You guys are amazing! It’s a pleasure working with you and your lovely guests! Thanks for letting me document your story!

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