Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.

Dreamy proposal

I received a call from Eric, the potential future engaged guy planning a trip to Nashville with his self-proclaimed better half, Alyssa. He was trying to navigate the process of airline travel and transporting the ring (that she had hoped for in the near future, but had no idea this was the time or place), and the logistics of the proposal. Most of my couples value the insight of a local Nashvillian with regards to food, entertainment, and of course picking the right place to propose that suits them as a couple. This I am happy to provide as part of the service, along with what turned out to be absolutely dreamy proposal photography,

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It was a milestone moment, and naturally Eric wanted it to be perfect when he proposed to Alyssa. The day we were scheduled to document the real-time event, freezing rain was in the forecast—we then decided to bump it back for a more pleasing experience. The pedestrian bridge in downtown Nashville seems to be a popular spot, but the true story is told by the couple when it comes to proposal photography. There were several photographers with huge telephoto lenses that could reach the next zip code. Me? I just blended in with pedestrian traffic. My Leica camera and I quietly and discreetly worked our collective magic. It’s a symbiotic relationship between photographer and camera when we get out of each others way and create the image. Thankfully, Alyssa responded with an emphatic yes to Eric’s proposal, and my creative task was successfully executed. Congratulations Eric and Alyssa; here’s to another successful dreamy Nashville proposal.

Changing company headshots

Sometimes it can be a vicious cycle with the direction of company headshots. There are times where a certain look of headshot effectively fits the brand of a company and it’s best followed for the sake of consistency and brand recognition. In other cases, and this has happened with me; a company has a different photographer take over headshot duties from the previous, for whatever reason. Are they changing company headshots and retaining a similar look for the new photographer to continue? Or perhaps seek the direction of the photographer, new or existing, to simply update the look for something more fresh snd modern. The concern may be financial for the company as redoing all the previous headshots to keep the new trend consistent could be more time consuming and pricey.

This is a legitimate concern. It all varies with the direction of the company and when old headshots need to be redone. Every year or two years, everyone needs a new updated headshot. If changing looks can improve the image of the company, and represent the individual better, then it’s often a good idea to bite the bullet. In my case, if hired as the headshot photographer, the best way I could save the company money is to schedule a day to do the updated look for everyone. Volume discounts apply, as long as everyone shows up on time and anyone who misses is responsible for scheduling a different shoot. Then going forward, it’s an easy process, and everyone has a fresh new look that represents everyone and the organization better.

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Multiple look headshots

Though I try my best to make the process of getting professional headshots done as quick, painless, easy, and fun as possible; I understand that the average person doesn’t exactly equate their headshot session with a trip to the amusement park. Some people love the camera and are naturals, which is a gift that you either have or you don’t. Just like I’ve heard another photographer say; models are born, not made. Most people accept that fact that professional headshots are a smart idea and often a necessity for their careers, job searches, updates resumes, etc. Many of my clients who come to the studio just need one look, and they are good to go. For others, multiple look headshots make sense to help keep content fresh and provide variety among the different digital and social media platforms. Therefore giving an extended life to one’s headshot session.

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I still recommend new headshots every year or two, at least. Some want to get their one look and be done with it. Sometimes others want to have a few varied looks and pay a little more to make their in between visits fewer. Neither are wrong, but it’s nice to have the option as a consumer. Also it’s nice to offer options to simplify each client’s experience, as a professional Nashville headshot photographer. Make this a good year, and let it start with a new headshot. You never know the opportunities that await,

Paducah documentary wedding | Nashville wedding photographers

What a pleasure it was to once again return to the charming riverfront city of Paducah, Kentucky to photograph a wedding in my own native style. Sarah and Rob chose this destination for the location and vibe of the riverfront downtown area and the historic 1857 Hotel; their ceremony and reception venue. The couple found me by searching for a photojournalist wedding photographer; as they preferred to enjoy their day, spending time with loved ones without sore feet from standing in orchestrated groups with forced smiles. This beautiful Paducah documentary wedding started with prep at the hotel-owned brownstone condos. Upon coordinating with the couple and their wedding planner,

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It was an unseasonably hot mid September day, though low humidity worked in our favor! For that reason, the outdoor courtyard ceremony was brief, but beautiful. The late afternoon ceremony was followed by an indoor, climate controlled cocktail hour, dinner, and reception where everyone ate, drank, and danced to their heart’s content.

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It was time to move it indoors, and get the cocktail time underway. It was encouraging to see people mingling again, something that was not seen in this capacity in prior years due to Covid-19. Following cocktail hour was a delicious dinner, with catering compliments of Artisan Kitchen.

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Now the party begins, and it was a great time with Rob and Sarah! Thanks for your hospitality and for choosing me as your documentary wedding photographer / storyteller. Interested in booking me as your Paducah, anywhere, or Nashville documentary wedding photographer? We can talk.

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Headshots for your branding | Nashville headshot photographer

When you’re looking for the best professional headshot photographer, it’s important that they are able / qualified to do the right headshots for your branding. For example, the vibe and vision of your company, how you want the headshots to present, how you want them to convey the people in your organization.Sometimes I help advise on wardrobe, setting (studio, ambient on location, or outdoors for a more casual vibe) and other times the company has that vision and unique branding true to them. One of my return commercial clients started with a common thread with their headshots for their employees and executives; a brick wall being used as the background. Also dark blue suit jackets with a white shirt, for consistency.

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When I took over as their headshot photographer, my goal was to preserve that look, but add my own twist to it with lighting and composition, etc. To redo them all at once and start fresh would be difficult for them, as they stay busy and travel for their work. It helps them if we continue that look, and do them as needed. All good for them and it’s good repeat business for me. Is it time for new headshots for you?