Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
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Changes in wedding photography

In 12 years of being an active wedding photographer, I’ve seen many changes in wedding photography, both locally and globally. In the earlier years, I’ve seen a lot of wedding photographers use their hipness as their marketing strategy, and perhaps it worked. It takes an art to become a local or internet sensation and build hype / buzz. All of our personalities are different, and whatever works is good. As long as a service provider is accurate and truthful.

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Of course I always did my best to increase my online and local presence, including social media, but I was never one to use hype. I’m not saying my way is better than anyone else’s, because we are all different. I have to build my business in such a way that suits my personality and style of work as a quiet documentary wedding photographer. One thing I do know, many of the people who came in making the most noise are nowhere to be found now.

There are more photographers, more social media influence, more style blogs where weddings are more about things. The wedding industry is more trendy. There are far more wedding related resources online than before, which seems to be the gospel to many shopping couples. Some are qualified to give advice, many are not, as I’ve seen many different articles being passed around. It’s up to us as photographers to show couples where we are different, and build a personal bond. More couples are becoming aware of different styles of wedding photographers (Thankfully) and many are paying for their own weddings so the wedding they want can be theirs without anyone else’s unwanted influence. Synopsis – Changes in wedding photography happen, as do changes all over the wedding industry. Being consistent and smart in business saves my own skin. Results vary.

 

PROPOSAL PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS

Thankfully, the popularity of proposal photography sessions have grown wildly, and are a great pleasure for me to document. This is a milestone event in a couple’s life. It’s a particularly crafty knowing the person proposing has to orchestrate the plan, and carry it out without their partner knowing. Much like critical moments on a wedding day, these are not moments you can miss when you’re hired to document them, It’s once in a lifetime. How does it work when securing me for proposal photography sessions? I take the worry out of the equation. Many of my couples are tourists visiting Nashville, and some don’t know the ideal place. Some have a place in mind, which is fine too. I am in contact with the future bride or groom planning the photoshoot, and help personalize the experience by helping advise on location / logistics. Lots of text messaging. Also, my knowledge of Nashville proves to be valuable to visiting couples and gives an inside perspective to impress their partners with. Our secret.

Once we coordinate a spot and exchange selfies, I stand in position and blend in with the scenery. My goal as a photojournalist is to only be spotted when introduced and document the true event with real human emotion. To complete that chapter of their story, I sometimes capture the journey to their next destination. Posed photos? I’m not a fan. Nor do I draw out the shoot, because the couple is in shock and in complete bliss at that moment. Brevity, unadulterated human interaction, and love complete the story. Friendship and sharing an exciting experience also makes the process rewarding. Reach out to schedule your proposal coverage.

Best of 2019 weddings | Nashville wedding photographers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGv9u3ueZuo&t=11s

Wow, another year in the books! I thought, what more appropriate way to showcase my best of 2019 weddings than to put together a digital slideshow of various weddings? Couples who receive digital slideshows love them because they are a fun and easy way to share the highlights from their wedding with their friends and loved ones. Whether they were in attendance or not, they can sit back and enjoy the story unfolding. One cool feature, the photo transitions with the beat of the music.

Pure, un-orchestrated moments and stories unfolding with documentary wedding photography, with a non-intrusive presence. I hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!

Wedding at WO Smith Music School | Nashville wedding photographers

Meet Brandon and Adriene. I did their engagement photos in the spring, soon after they secured my services for their wedding photography. Time flew by, and before we knew it, November was here. The couple was busy ironing out the details, and I truly enjoyed photographing their wedding at WO Smith Music School in Nashville.

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I don’t normally post first looks, but it wasn’t me who orchestrated the moment, it would have happened with me, or any other photographer. I thought it was lovely with the gradually setting sun.

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Soon, the final prep and the arrival of the guests would happen, and then came the ceremony. This lovely wedding at WO Smith Music School would not have been possible without the other great wedding service providers.

Liberty Party Rental

Two Fat Men Catering

Third Coast DJ

Dulce Desserts

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As guests arrived, these two ladies walked by as I was observing the setting sun reflecting in the building windows across the street.

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WO Smith Music School wedding
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WO Smith wedding
WO Smith Music School wedding
WO Smith Music School wedding
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Nashville wedding photographers
Nashville wedding photographers
Nashville wedding photographers
Nashville wedding photographers

Perhaps this is my most sinister wedding photo to date. 🙂

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Nashville wedding photographers
Nashville wedding photographers
Nashville wedding photographers
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It was a lovely ceremony, and dinner break, thanks to the crew at Two Fat Men Catering. It wasn’t long after that, guests and the couple would move around, and the party started officially. My friend Brad with Third Coast DJ kept the party rocking.

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The biggest force that drew Adriene and Brandon and me together, they wanted storytelling with simplicity. They knew what they wanted, and valued time with their friends and family, and wanted to enjoy their day without disappearing for an hour with a photographer. We still did some family photos, and then quickly back to letting the event create the photos. I just needed to watch for it. I was honored to be their choice of Nashville wedding photographers, and tell their story through documentary wedding photography.

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Best place for headshots

Where is the best place for headshots in Nashville? Look no further than yours truly, Jay Farrell Photography. I do my best to get clients in, sometimes with little notice. The process is very easy, as studio time is usually 10 minutes or less. It’s a simple headshot, we aren’t running a marathon. Then we sit at the desk, and choose the best ones, I do a basic retouch, upload the finals and we’re done. The average total investment of time is 30 minutes or so.

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headshots in Nashville

Headshot clients can come to centrally located Inglewood studio, or I can come on site if needed. The process is easy, quick, convenient, and affordable. If you want to schedule an appointment or have questions, drop me a line. The best place for headshots in Nashville is right here.

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