Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
I seldom participate on social media photography groups. I focus more on my business and creating, and following those I know who inspire me. I see all kinds of inquiries for low paying second shooter gigs, yada yada yada. Many people wanting to break into wedding and event photography, probably thinking that’s where the money is. Once you get established and are known for a specific style, maybe. But I can promise you don’t get rich off it by any means. I’m not trying to deter anyone, but rather look at things realistically.
Before even worrying about over saturation, the cost of insurance and backup equipment, marketing, etc. there are lots of things to consider. Building a wedding and event photography business takes time, and most who have the “dream” never see it through, or it’s not the gravy train they thought it was. This is someone else’s day. No do overs. No excuses. There will be things going wrong. How you measure a professional is how they perform when things do not go right. The couple comes first. Before you. If you go in, go in for the right reasons, or you will be miserable and be weeded out.
You are working long hours before, during, and after. People are emotional because it’s a huge occasion for them, and pain receptors in their brain are activated because it’s a lot of work. And they paid a lot of money for a venue and service providers. You’re working weekends, your social life does not come first. You’re in or you’re not. Customers expect the best, as they should. Your contract terms, especially on photo delivery time need to be clear. Otherwise, you will get “when will my photos be done?” emails and calls. They need to be delivered as promised. Is it fun working on photos when you’d normally be doing something else? Maybe not, but too bad. If you’re in the business, it’s time to provide or get out. You have to be a go getter and selfless. These are basic personality and work ethic pre requisites to do wedding and event photography. Not including technical, ability to handle stress and last minute changes, the expense of running the business, etc.
I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn and Christina, while they were visiting Nashville to celebrate their first anniversary. The couple wanted to do some photos of them interacting and exploring the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, where they stayed while in town. A documentary approach was to their liking, as opposed to posed, which is why they called me 🙂 I will tell their story, but first, a few Gaylord Hotel anniversary photos.
Christina and Shawn have known each other most of their lives, her grandfather worked with his father on the fire department. Holiday dinners, family get togethers, and soon, fate would have its way, they sealed the deal with tropical nuptials. The couple got married at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Florida. It was fun doing this couples lifestyle session with them while visiting Nashville. The couple plans to visit every Gaylord resort across the country. I hope you enjoy the Gaylord Hotel anniversary photos with Shawn and Christina!
I “met” Alex while talking to him about his upcoming trip to Nashville and how it was time to pop the question to his long-time girlfriend, Kelsey. The question would be how, when, and where? Relax dude, that’s what I’m here for. It’s always a rush doing proposals because I have to locate the couple based on a selfie we exchanged, and work with whatever location and lighting related challenges, always something new and fun. Plus, sharing and documenting a major life moment for the couple. Centennial Park / Parthenon was the place. The sun was bright, the day was bloody hot, but this Centennial Park proposal was perfect.
I don’t think I need to tell you that her answer was a resounding yes! Alex and Kelsey had met through mutual friends 9 years ago, but life took them different directions. Fate had its way and they reunited just over 4 years ago, and that’s when their dating relationship began. This trip to Nashville was special to them, and Alex had his heart set on the Parthenon as the place he wanted to propose. As he did. But it wasn’t without its challenges. There was construction at the park and part of it was fenced off, and part of The Parthenon was closed for a private event. I picked a side and just let the looky loos be part of it. These real emotions cannot be staged, and I am so happy for them! Congrats Alex and Kelsey, and I hope all of you enjoy this Centennial Park proposal.
It seems like yesterday when I photographed Dustin and Maria’s engagement photos! Time flies indeed, and now I am excited to share their wedding with you! Maria is Pakistani, and Dustin is from Alabama. To celebrate Maria’s family’s culture, it was a beautiful harmony of cultures coming together for this Pakistani fusion wedding with Dustin and Maria! This extravagant gala was made up of two days of celebration. The first night was the Mehndi celebration at Maria’s parents’ home. Lots of festivities ; a henna artist, Indian food, special dances, good times indeed! I photographed the Mehndi, and then the big day the next day.
The Menhdi was a blast, and a very colorful celebration filled with love, dancing, food, and music!! Now I take you to the main wedding day, which was incredibly beautiful and elegant. I had the pleasure of working with some absolutely wonderful wedding professionals that I would like to give a shout out to, then I will continue with the photos.
Wedding reception venue – Gaylord Springs
Wedding and event planner – Alex Bovee with Visions In White
Videographer – With This Ring Wedding Films
Hair and makeup – Salon Atash
Decorator – Party People Events
Florist- Whole Foods Floral
Rentals – Grand Central Party Rental
Catering – Gaylord Springs – in house
The day started for us doing the first look, then a lovely ceremony in the Delta area of the hotel. Shuttles transported guests to Gaylord Springs where the cocktail hour and reception took place. The couple, families, and wedding guests enjoyed in-house catered Indian food (which was quite delicious), open bar and dancing, and a vibrant, colorful celebration. Congratulations Maria and Dustin! I hope you enjoyed this lovely Pakistani fusion wedding, captured in my signature documentary / photojournalist style.
I began my electronic, and eventual phone and text communication with Ravi, who was working hard on proposing to his girlfriend, Uma. The couple originally met on Match.com and it’s been a proven success story between them! Ravi wanted to pick the best spot that, and make it a creative but personalized experience. The couple enjoyed lunch at Husk, and then walked around the capitol, then the farmers market, ending up at Bicentennial Mall, where we organized a spot for me to document Ravi’s proposing.
It was an unusually hot and sticky day in mid September, the sun was not soft and pretty, but the deed was accomplished. Ravi and Uma have these memories forever, and they can remember walking through the heat and sweating, then Ravi introducing Uma to a stranger who had been photographing the proposal. It was a nice moment to share with them, and to witness (and document) this monumental moment for them was an honor. I hope you’ve enjoyed Ravi and Uma’s proposal, and I wish the couple all the happy years in the universe.
Of course both of them had to share the news with their families 🙂