Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting David and Bev just over a month from their wedding. The couple wanted to enjoy their day and not have to deal with posed photos, which is where I came in as a documentary photographer. Indeed I’m honored to be their Nashville wedding photographer of choice. Their plans were to enjoy the company of their friends and family and have a backyard garden wedding at their home, which was manicured so beautifully. With rented chairs, a string quartet, and sun drenched late afternoon in October, it set the mood perfectly. The ceremony was beautiful! The greatest and most random surprise is what’s to come at the reception, which (spoiler alert) got my attention at our first communication. First, I shall share some photos from their perfect day!
When we were exchanging emails, Bev said the reception would be at Joelton Hardware, folliwibg the garden wedding ceremony. This unique concept immediately piqued my interest. We decided to meet there for the consult, and I had no idea what awaited me; thinking it was probably just a cool old-time hardware store. Which it is; however, it’s also a music venue and bar / cafe. It’s a nearby favorite spot where David and Bev like to go to enjoy a beer, burger, and live band on Saturday nights. The venue had never hosted a wedding event before, and I must say their pilot event was a huge success. Everyone was served and satisfied and the staff was amazing. I look forward to visiting them again. The band played, food and drinks were served, people mingled, people danced. A good time was had by all, us included. All in all a perfect day and a perfect match between couple and wedding photographer. Congratulations David and Bev!
I’m excited to bring to you, the destination wedding of Marc and Jamie, at Bobby Hotel in downtown Nashville. Marc and Jamie met on the Hinge dating app, and this is a second marriage for both of them. It all just fits into place perfectly. They enjoy visiting Nashville and wanted to celebrate here with their closest loved ones. What better place than Bobby Hotel in the heart of downtown Nashville, on the rooftop at that! It was a mild September day and the perfect mood for their dream Bobby Hotel wedding. The area was very busy because of a Pride Festival in the vicinity. That’s ok, the more the merrier, we arrived early to make up for congestion.
After documenting the couple getting ready for a short bit, we headed to Broadway in a limo Marc ordered, and braved the masses for a few moments before heading back to the Bobby for the ceremony on the rooftop. Earlier in the day, there were some heavy rains, so the dinner was set up in a banquet room to play it safe. The weather was perfect for the rest of this beautiful intimate event to be outside on the rooftop, overlooking downtown. Catering was done in-house; the filet mignon was delicious. It was my job to observe and document the best of human emotion and interaction, which I did. I hope you enjoyed this sweet Bobby Hotel wedding and wish Marc and Jamie a bright and happy future together!
Recently, I was the photographer of choice to document a lovely destination wedding for an Arizona couple, and they wisely selected the Bobby Hotel in downtown Nashville. This was my third time at the Bobby, and the first time I had the pleasure of working there. The first thing one would notice about the downtown boutique hotel is the retro, yet modern furnishings, the ornate details in the cleverly constructed chandelier, and open-air bar at lobby level. The Bobby has quickly become one of my favorite downtown Nashville event venues and attractions. As part of the story I tell for the couple, as a documentary photographer, some details of the venue are always part of the package.
The rooftop where the ceremony and reception took place was amazing; with picturesque views of the downtown area, and even across the river to East Nashville. The caravan used as a bar, the cabanas, vegetation, and turf really set the mood for the event. The rooftop bar and pool are also lovely amenities; and are certainly attractions to enjoy while enjoying downtown without the raucous crowd on the streets. I hope you enjoy some photos dedicated to the venue itself, and you will consider the Bobby for your event or weekend away. Who’s Bobby? The answer is “yes”.
Many people view hiring a creative artist as a service like having their gutters cleaned. When they hire an artist they don’t always realize they can’t have the same expectations. Artists have a process, style, and vision unique to themselves. Which is why they should be hiring that person, not because they want something different. This could be said if a paint artist is being commissioned, or if you’re hiring a photographer, sculptor, or any other creative artist. I mainly speak about photography, since that’s where my expertise lies, and the industry in which I work. I can understand that for example, engaged couples hiring a wedding photographer have access to Pinterest and other inspirations, and countless sources of information (or misinformation) online; it’s a lot to process.
The couple hires a team of vendors; the cake maker, officiant, hair and makeup, caterer, photographer, etc. All of which are artists in their own right. It’s easy to confuse hired help and creative artists. Of course the client needs to be diligent in the hiring process and hire the photographer, etc. that aligns with their vision, and has a vision and process they trust. There is certainly nothing wrong with project management, but when you treat an artist like hired help and micromanage them, you’re missing the true point of their unique work. You know, the whole reason you hired them. Hiring a photographer / artist with a specific vision and telling them what to do defeats the purpose, especially if it doesn’t fit the style of that photographer. As long as the people you hire are doing their job, and you went into the deal on the same page; leave them alone and don’t micromanage. It also helps to understand that guests / family with a different expectation isn’t necessarily entitled to have access to these hired artists. For example, their personal family photos while the photographer is capturing the event, requesting a song from the DJ as if it’s a radio station in the 1980’s, etc.
I operated as safely and responsibly as possible throughout most of the Covid-19 pandemic, as required by CDC and local health ordinances. Though the headshot business was relatively slow. I am happy now as we recover and life gets back to how we know it ( notice I didn’t say new normal, you’re welcome) that there is once again an uptick in headshots. Headshots in Nashville are back, and I am offering my services to help people get out of toxic jobs and into new ones; even new careers. Depending on the vibe or purpose of the headshot, I can do an outdoor / ambient vibe or in studio with professional and flattering lighting. Now once again I can give clients the option of proofing in-person or electronically. Same with payment. The process is brief. There’s no need to take up peoples’ valuable time, this is two professionals at work, not a practice run. Here are a couple recent headshots, so when would you like me to do yours?
Headshots in Nashville are back, be next. 🙂