Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
and headshot studio.
Yes! The time has come, not only am I a published author in my second year of the adventure, with my abandoned series books. But my new Abandoned Nashville book is now on sale at booksellers (regional availability) and online / Amazon. The irony is that the city has endured so much gentrification over the past several years, almost all the former abandoned locations in the book are now leveled. Nothing, or almost nothing like that still stands in Nashville anymore.
My adventures in this book were at the huge abandoned Madison Mill, which has been undergoing renovation. Also the former Greer Stadium, demolished. Have you ever wondered what the old Starwood Amphitheater looks like these days? There is all that and more. Documented in the nick of time. Please visit my new author website for updates and more information, sales links, and lists of brick and mortar booksellers who offer my books. I hope you will check out my new Abandoned Nashville book and I appreciate your continued support of my exciting venture!
Life happens, schedules get cluttered, people get frustrated with increasing Nashville traffic, expensive parking, cover charges, the list goes on. I’ve been friends with the lead guitarist of this great local cover band, Edwin Sloan for over a decade, and have become friends with the rest of the band too. Time passed, I realized we all got too wrapped up in life and our own projects, I had not been to one of their shows in far too long.
I went to see the band play at Scooter’s Place in Clarksville. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Bar—Grill/Scooters-Place-135028893203754/ It was fun to kick back with a beer and watch my friends play. The band is Neil Brock And The Cover Up, specializing in 1980’s and 90’s cover songs, with energetic, crowd interactive antics on stage so the crowd really gets into it.
The band is available for concert and music venue shows, weddings and private events, parties, and other occasions. If you are looking for a really great and entertaining band who loves what they do, catch one of their shows. Or if you are hosting an event in need of a great local cover band, look no further than these guys. You’re welcome.
Have you ever just wanted a headshot without calling a photographer to get 9 million questions or have the process take up all of your time? You found the right place. The average headshot session here, including shoot time, image review, and basic retouch, is under one hour. It makes me feel good when headshot clients who just wanted good but quick headshots in Nashville say that it was an easy and fun experience for them.
Some photoshoots have different and more extensive needs, but the average person who needs a headshot for LinkedIn, new business venture, corporate presentation, career or promotion opportunity, etc. are willing but reluctant subjects. They just want a headshot photographer who knows what to do to bring out their best and make it easy for them. Without taking up their day.
I couldn’t relate more myself. If there’s one that really pisses me off, it’s someone or something that complicates what should be a simple process. Not a daunting task. Automated phone systems and online forms should be simple without a bunch of prompts. If I call to order a pizza, I don’t want to wait on hold forever and then get someone who doesn’t know prices, or makes a 2 minute call (maximum) into an exhausting project. I operate on the premise of problem solving and simplicity. That’s what keeps people coming back for quick headshots in Nashville.
Part of doing engagement photos for a couple is capturing the essence of them as a couple and personalizing it to them. With my photojournalist approach to wedding and engagement photography, I’m a fly on the wall on their day out. This outing for tacos and engagement photos, and a little window shopping is very personalized for Brandon and Adriene, because it’s very relevant to how they met and their first date. I met the couple through their planner, and my friend, Kasey, with Luminary Event. We are all going to be quite the crew, always doing the most!
Brandon and Adriene met on the dating website and app, Coffee Meets Bagel.
The couple had their first date at Taco Mamacita in Edgehill Village, after talking for a bit to get to know one another. Brandon works in IT, and Adriene is a relationship and marriage therapist. I imagine that knowledge helps navigate through the challenges of a relationship, but these two are true team players on and off the court. Brandon received a job offer in North Carolina, a year into their relationship. Adriene made arrangements to join him and they continue their life together, and subsequently continue her practice.
The key ingredient to personalizing this engagement shoot was including where it all began. The staff and management of Taco Mamacita were very accommodating and allowing us to finish our photoshoot there. They were also genuinely touched to know they had a part in this great couple’s history!
Great times, laughs, tacos and engagement photos, and just enjoying an afternoon out. No uncomfortable and awkward poses. I’m certainly looking forward to continuing to get to know Brandon and Adriene, and documenting their wedding day in genuine, photojournalist capture. I certainly look forward to that day, and am hoping everyone enjoys these moments from their day out in Nashville.
I’m a firm believer in doing photography for fun, in between busy seasons and just exploring with my camera. What led me to this topic,? I was sitting at a table at a wedding industry mixer recently talking with a fellow Nashville wedding photographer, the topic came up. He said he only shoots professionally and does no leisure photography at all, even during lull times in his wedding photography season. I kept my expression as unreadable as possible, but part of me doubted that was possible. But we’re all different.
Why does this seem unusual or far fetched to me, or even a bad idea? Musicians always practice. Professional athletes stretch, train, and practice. A photographer who doesn’t feed their inspiration could be akin to an out of shape athlete. Or an out of tune musician. I know we have to do this as time allows. But every excursion I go on, whether street photography or abandoned building photography, inspires my professional work.
Photography for fun is practice for the no do-over events we love doing, and is food for the creative soul. If we love doing it, it’s not a task, but an inspirational exercise that we need to keep us sharpened.