Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
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.
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.
There are so many sources of information for engaged couples planning their weddings, and a few of them may even have accurate information. There are also far more choices out there, as far as styles and vendor selection, particularly wedding photographers. The most overlooked wedding photographer factor is how different one can be from the other. Finding the right photographer match take research and effort, but you get out what you put in.
What do I mean specifically? In the past, when I participated in wedding shows, I met many couples and I would usually ask them what is most important to them, in regards to their wedding photos, and what experience they wish to have with their wedding photographer. I usually got a deer in the headlights look in return, but some, it got them thinking. Which was the whole object. I’m a niche style of wedding photographer, being documentary style, so obviously I am after a certain couple. For a couple wanting something different, it does no good for either side to sell myself if it’s not a match.
This is not a one size fits all, unless you just want generic wedding photos from the best person you can afford. Once a wedding photographer is established, what they use for portfolio material is a representation of what they specialize in. It wouldn’t be logical for a couple to hire me for the photojournalist style I’m known for and then try to turn me into a Pinterest photographer.
The couple who would hire me wants their story told and doesn’t want to have to think about it. They want a non-intrusive experience and a natural element to human interaction in the photos. If a couple wants a lot of directed / posed photos or someone to orchestrate, I’m not the photographer for them. If that couple wants the photographer to disappear with them for an hour to do posed photos, I’m not the right choice. but there are plenty who are. For my type of couple, I need creative freedom and I will tell their story. The whole point is, it pays to be aware that we’re all different. Just like venues not all being the same. The most overlooked wedding photographer factor doesn’t have to be overlooked any longer. Let their portfolios be your starting guide. Vetting is a two way street.
I met Liz and Jen over the summer, as they were looking for a trusted LGBT friendly service provider to document their day. I was happy to hear that they found me through the Nashville LGBT Chamber. The couple met on Tinder two years before they sealed their commitment to one another. Liz and Jen’s wedding was a lovely intimate celebration at the historic Timothy Demonbreun House in Nashville.
One thing some of the guests didn’t know, that this was the actual wedding and not an engagement party! Though everyone was thrilled with the news and the joy the couple was celebrating. The original plan was to hold the ceremony in the lovely garden area or the patio, but the late October wind and rain had other plans on Liz and Jen’s wedding day. All worked out well, and it was lovely and dry inside.
Liz and Jen got exactly the day they wanted, surrounded by the love of family and friends. Documentary wedding photography is perfect for such an occasion, when the couple wants to be present for their loved ones instead of disappearing for an hour to do formal photos. We still fit some in, and they were all back to the celebration.
Catering for Liz and Jen’s wedding was in house by venue proprietor, Richard Demonbreun. The cake was also venue inclusive. The officiant and DJ were family friends.
There may have always been trends with weddings and wedding photo trends, and there may always be. Time changes everything, and trends seldom stay relevant or stand the test of time. You can always get rid of a silly haircut or outfit that was in style at any given time, but incorporating too many trendy elements into wedding photography should be carefully considered.
I suppose you could count the latest Pinterest and wedding blog trends, as well as Instagram filters and other color filters / presets that are often overdone and tacky. I’m never one to stick with safe options and avoid risks, however, you don’t want wedding photos that you have to explain in 20 years. Do you remember the early 1980’s softening filters that Glamour Shots used? Or mixed saturation in photos? Even cameo windows in albums? Those are examples of style trends that go out, sometimes back in, let’s hope not.
My own wedding photography is anything but traditional and contemporary, and most certainly not trendy. Documentary coverage is a niche for certain couples, and the photos have a unique look to them. I like more contrast and moody, as opposed to bright and airy. How is this not a trend? The styles of photographers offering either have always been. My filters and color treatments are minimal and black and white work will never go out of style.
I like to offer timeless wedding photography, instead of focusing on wedding photo trends that may look ridiculous next year. For me, this means the photos themselves having a modern feel without being trendy, and the albums / products having a timeless look. Trends are only good if they stand the test of time. I’ve seen art deco furniture from mid century that always stays relevant, but other pieces decades newer that look dated. Choose wisely, with wedding photos, you can’t do them over.
Do you remember Celina and Jamison? They are the only couple I’ve worked with who had this kind of access to a fancy golf course for engagement photos, and they were beautiful! The months passed, and before we knew it, it was their time to officially seal the deal. Their wedding venue of choice was Smiley Hollow, a rustic barn and farm property in between Goodlettsville and Ridgetop. It was a pleasant but overcast mid October day, and it was time to document Celina and Jamison’s Smiley Hollow wedding day. I will start with the bridal prep that was done at a family friend’s home, before venturing to the farm.
Makeup by One 10 Beauty.
After Celina met her dad for the first time since donning the dress, she did the first look to take the edge off. Smiley Hollow certainly provides access to some picturesque spots, especially as the autumnal colors started to show.
It’s ceremony time at this Smiley Hollow wedding for Celina and Jamison, which they were ready for by then.
In house BBQ catering was amazing, including homemade hoe cakes! Vendors and guests were full and happy, soon after the reception began.
Cake by Signature Cakes By Vicki, absolutely fine work as always!!