Nashville’s documentary wedding photographer
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Meet Kerry and Anna. The couple spent Christmas 2020 weekend visiting Nashville, and Kerry planned on proposing to Anna in their time here. Searching for Nashville proposal photography, and wondering if there was such a thing, thankfully he found me. He wanted a sneaky photojournalist who would document the true, special moment without making my presence obvious to Anna and ruining the moment. Kerry was hoping for a proposal inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, masks are required in all public areas, and hotel guests only were allowed in peak holiday time. Though it was a cold and windy Christmas eve, it was still a beautiful occasion. and the couple had the perfect view of downtown Nashville. Yes, it may have been chilly, but she didn’t say no. 🙂
The couple’s first date was at a local to them pub / burger joint, and was actually on her birthday! The day turned into an all day affair, and they’ve been together since. Now their Nashville proposal photography proves their commitment, and the rest will be history. Congratulations Kerry and Anna, and thank you for entrusting me to your milestone memories.
Incidentally, one thing I always do with proposal couples (or to the coordinator / the one proposing) is we exchange selfies so he or she knows who they are looking for, and vice versa. I took my selfie on the bridge overlooking the area of downtown Nashville tragically bombed the following morning, just 15 hours after our shoot. I am thankful for our timing, but am sad for another setback our city endures. But we will rebuild and be as great as ever. Please support our local businesses and to our rebuilding here. Thank you.
No, this isn’t a joke. Thankfully, I was able to assemble this photo slideshow featuring my best of 2020 weddings. At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic starting in early 2020, I was not sure what would happen with my 2020 dates or future bookings. Basically everything was shut down in March and April, maybe even May, if I remember correctly. Couples were rescheduling or restructuring their event. Bottom line, this year was down for me, but it ended up better than I thought at the beginning of the pandemic. The option was to reschedule with the future completely unknown, or let the party go on, just with Covid compliant procedures including reduced capacity, masks, and even zoom conferencing for remote guests. Shooting weddings was different this year, but we all remained adaptable, and the amount of love and energy was not sacrificed just because events were smaller in size. I won’t miss 2020, but the key is learning something from it, which I did. Congratulations and thank you 2020 couples. Months ago, I didn’t know this end of year best of 2020 weddings feature would even be possible.
I was surprised and delighted to receive an email from Jordanka just three days before the small intimate home wedding the couple planned in short order. Jordanka and Kevin met in high school and started dating shortly after they met. After 10 amazing years together, and with their second child well on the way, this seemed like a perfect time to seal their commitment to one another. The year 2020 affected their household with the Covid-19 pandemic, like many others. The couple opened up their home to four guests, an officiant, and myself, so that their special occasion could be documented. Metro Nashville ordinance allowed up to an 8 person gathering, so I masked up and told their story as a photojournalist wedding photographer should.
It was a lovely intimate home wedding packed with love and emotion, and it was indeed a pleasure to document Kevin and Jordy’s memories. I look forward to kicking off the 2021 season. All you need to do is contact me and we can exchange pleasantries and info. 🙂 Congratulations Kevin and Jordy!
Lena and Ali are one of the wildly successful stories who met through online dating. The time came for the couple to make their commitments to one another, but 2020 happened. By this point, being 9 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, we’d all hoped things would have been better by Thanksgiving week, but to no avail. The couple and their families were very creative, flexible, and responsible; thankfully even with the 8 person maximum gathering ordinance, the event was perfect for the couple. The couple and Lena’s family stayed at The Russell, an East Nashville historic boutique hotel; incidentally having their wedding at The Russell! Shall we get started with some photos? Hair and makeup artist was done by Beauty By Kathryn.
After a brief prep at the hotel, I followed Lena to their home where the reveal happened, and she came together with Ali. Then we went on location to the Bicentennial Mall and downtown Nashville for them to enjoy some time together and get some photo documentation of their day. The day was lovely, and my documentary / photojournalist approach served the couple’s needs; as they just wanted to enjoy their day and have their memories documented, during an unprecedented time.
Once we made our way back to the hotel, we were closing in on the moments that the ceremony was due to start. The couple and Lena’s family in attendance set up live stream to Ali’s family could be virtually present, and even have some time to talk with them after the ceremony. Despite distance and time zone difference, it was the next best thing to everyone being together. Even among restrictions and a different way of life, this sweet wedding at The Russell documents a time in history.
The final destination was Ali and Lena’s home, where the small group gathered and a personal chef prepared fine Persian cuisine for the family. It was indeed a nice day with them, and congratulations to Ali and Lena!!
The practice of wedding photographer website pricing, and whether to display it or not, or even how to, it’s always a dilemma for many wedding photographers. Different consumers will feel differently about this subject as well. I will discuss three different ways to do it, and some pros and cons to these methods. I’ve tried all three over the span of 12 years.
I know that pricing professional services and hiring an artist are not always black and white, and there are variables. Discussing a client’s needs with them truly helps provide accurate and relevant pricing. However, shoe on the other foot, the consumers like to have an idea of starting point or range of services. The pros to this approach, you do have a chance for more engagement and can gather a little more information. The bad thing is you spend more time interacting with people who are often frustrated having no idea, and then ghost when they have sticker shock. Some consumers think you’re “hiding” prices and then hard selling, which is usually not true at all, but at that point all that is left is a disconnect. It is normal for consumers to get into defense mode when they’re shopping for services in industries they only know enough about to be dangerous. I personally think this option isn’t the best idea.
List a starting point or range –
This is my preferred option and what I have done for most of those 12 years. This way, it provides the consumer a basic idea of their potential investment, and it leaves room for discussion if they like your work and they contact you. There is still that chance for engagement. If your starting price is $1500 as a random number, the bride with a $500 budget sees that and moves on, which saves both of you time and frustration. The ONLY potential drawback is that some don’t even look, and they ask anyhow. You can make a website clean and efficient, but you cannot foolproof it for everyone. Also, some assume that their offering will be close to your starting point. But you’ve done your part by providing some transparency and yet inviting discussion. If a consumer doesn’t contact me because I don’t list “everything”, it’s not my client and they had no allegiance to my work to begin with. The goal is satisfying the average reasonable person. Once we discuss their needs, I provide detailed pricing information. This is also good because not all couples have an accurate idea of the package they need. For example, me being a documentary photographer doing minimal portrait work on the wedding day, it’s rare that a couple needs 10 hours of coverage with me. (Which many are conditioned to believe they need just by Googling)
Putting all prices out there-
This is certainly an option as well. It can save time answering emails, but also keep in mind that many couples don’t take into account that they may assume less coverage than what they actually need will suffice for them. Or they may assume they need your top shelf package and assume they can’t afford you. In reality, they may not. Once you put that out there, there’s no more need for you and your prospective client may make wrong assumptions; unbeknownst to you. Wedding photographer website pricing, no matter how you do it, it’s not foolproof. Pick your best option based on your needs and the experience of your client.