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Proposal at Greeter Falls

One cold Winter morning, I was at my desk working on photos or blogging, and I received an email from a young man asking about proposal photos. I’ve always enjoyed doing those, as it’s fun to be a part of their huge moment. I also enjoy the challenge of being the proper photojournalist and keeping my cover. Jackson and Emily are adventurers and love the outdoors, so not just any setting for him to propose would suffice. The plan was for them to do some hiking and for him to carry out the proposal at Greeter Falls, in Southeast Tennessee. This plan would be magical, as you are about to see!! I will start by documenting my own journey down to the falls.

Greeter Falls

Greeter falls hiking

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Greeter Falls

Greeter Falls Tennessee

Greeter Falls

Greeter Falls

The temperature was nice, maybe high 50’s, but it was misty from earlier rain. Which makes for slippery conditions on the hiking trail. Maybe that’s why we didn’t see anyone else until we all hiked back up together. I just had to make sure I beat them there obviously, LOL! I had to be careful where I stepped and my best option was hiding behind this rock as Jackson and Emily made their way down the steep hill.

Greeter Falls proposal

Proposal at Greeter Falls

Outdoors proposal

If you think this was an adrenaline rush at this moment, you would be right!

Outdoors proposal

Outdoors proposal

Greeter Falls proposal

Greeter Falls proposal

Greeter Falls proposal

I knew it had to be a yes by these reactions! I could hear nothing except the waterfall and water flowing past me. Yes, there was still ice lingering from a cold snap earlier that week!

Greeter Falls proposal

Emily works at the church Jackson grew up going to in their hometown in Minnesota. The maintenance man at the church set them two of them up on a blind date, and they’ve been together a year now! I love the art of being a wing person. No friend should ever stop doing that!

Greeter Falls proposal

The deed was done, so I made my way over to greet them. Thankfully until then, I maintained my cover with Emily not noticing me! After that, I would document some moments between them after this monumental event, and the journey back up the hiking trail. I was impressed with Jackson’s creativity planning this out on their trip to Nashville. Emily thought the proposal was coming at a later date, so this was a pleasant surprise for her!

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Engagement photos

Greeter Falls engagement

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos and story of this magical  proposal at Greeter Falls! Congratulations Jackson and Emily!

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Wedding photographer buzzwords

This is meant to be honest and truthful but also somewhat witty and entertaining. I guess it depends on which end of the spectrum you are on. It’s about wedding photographer buzzwords. Basically  building hype about things that usually mean nothing to the consumer.  Let’s begin, enjoy!

Natural light photographer-wedding photographer buzzwords part 1

Ok. Who cares? What does this mean to the couple who is hiring a wedding photographer? It should go without saying that a professional photographer can control natural light and be proficient working in different ambient conditions. I’d hope a wedding photographer can pull that off. Usually when I hear this, the translation is “I don’t know how to use flash or other lighting”. Which is fine, but in a dark reception hall or night time reception hall, that may not bode well. It just seems pretentious when worn as some sort of badge of honor. A couple either likes a wedding photographer’s work or they don’t. Why would they care HOW it’s done? Eyeroll.

 

first look

Husband and wife team-

Isn’t that sweet? Maybe. But once again, who cares? In theory it sounds great. Out of any of these wedding photographer buzzwords, I’d use this one myself if I thought it would benefit me, if I were married. But really and truly, why would that add any value to the consumer’s product or service? Those working in teams can work well together whether they’re married to each other or not. That also doesn’t mean both are equally qualified. Eyeroll. But I get the appeal, when you hear it.

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Two photographers and different perspectives-

Bottom line, do you like how a wedding photographer tells a story from start to finish and do you like the experience you’re likely to have with them? Can they take great photos, capture the moods and emotions, or styles you care about most at your wedding? If so, there’s no reason to want it done differently.

I’m not telling you here how I work.  How I do it shouldn’t change those views. But a story that matches up and having a system to work efficiently is all you need. Why should the couple care how it’s done? That’s our job to know. Do I go into a restaurant and ask how many chefs they have? No, I’m paying good money and only care about the food and experience I’ll have. Tell the story, do it effectively. Some don’t use two shooters for the sake of consistency and non intrusive approach. Some do, they have their reasons too. Who cares? Eyeroll.

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Wedding Wire couples’ choice awards winner-

Final one. That means a provider collected enough reviews from their clients to qualify for this award. Nothing else.

 

Owensboro Kentucky wedding | Nashville wedding photographers | Scott and Brittney

You might remember Scott and Brittney from their engagement photos I did of them in the late Summer.  Seems like yesterday! On December 29, 2017, Scott and Brittney would have their dream day that I was honored to document. Brittney is from the Owensboro, Kentucky area and her family lives there. Scott’s family traveled in, so it made sense to have a lovely Owensboro Kentucky wedding near Brittney’s family. Owensboro is also home of their first date!

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bridal prep

bridal hair and makeup

wedding prep

The couple had room blocks at the Lovely Hampton Inn riverfront hotel, where I would document the pre wedding prep / getting ready. Dress by The Spoiled Lady.

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bridal makeup

Brittney asked me to remind her to get the bottom of her socks with a special title on them. So I was glad to get it this way as she was making a phone call and standing with one foot propped up, as it’s natural and unposed. She knows orchestrated shots are not my thing, LOL.  This was win win.

bridal prep

I go to check on Scott and his dad, and son, Stone. Well, the first word he told Stone about the tie, he wasn’t a fan of that idea. Nor was he a fan of the course of action!

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groom prep

groom prep

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Brittney’s mom lending a hand with the dress, enjoying final moments of warmth before the first look at the riverfront.

bridal prep

bridal prep

It was a cold windy day on the Ohio river with Indiana on the other side! Scott, dapperly dressed, waits patiently for his lovely bride to make an appearance for their first look. The view was amazing too!

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

first look

The ceremony would be a couple miles away at the Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. This Owensboro Kentucky wedding would be officially underway in this lovely historic church!

third baptist church owensboro

Here is where I go to work as a documentary wedding photographer. Keeping a low profile and watching for real moments of human interaction and critical moments as they happen. The best photos and best emotional moments can’t look the same as what happens naturally.

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Great balcony view! I would do some there before going back down before bread and wine communion.

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

It’s official! Congratulations Scott and Brittney!

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

Owensboro wedding photography

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Owensboro wedding photography

Lovely ceremony indeed! Now, off to O.Z. Tyler Distillery event venue for the reception! Beautiful and spacious, comfortable event venue with nice staff. I’d be honored to return there! What a rocking celebration!  Wedding planner is Aly, with Events by Aly. Guests started serving themselves, catering my Moonlite BBQ in Owensboro. Delicious indeed, it hit the spot!

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

The couple arrives and the party starts, after dinner break! But first we have the first dance, loved it! I’m lurking in the shadows to document the laughs, alcohol consumption, dancing, band rocking the stage, you get the idea!

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

O.Z. Tyler distillery wedding

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nashville wedding photographers

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nashville wedding photographers

Parent dances were lovely as well, so much happiness and emotion!

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nashville wedding photographers

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nashville wedding photographers

nashville wedding photographers

The speeches evoke real laughter and joy, something no one can arrange. I love human interaction and the love that surrounds the wedding day. Videography by Matthew Lynn productions, a couple really nice guys to work with!

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Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Cake and a knife, well, you know who wins that battle. Cake by Francis Southard, Beaver Dam, KY.

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

This is the 12 South Band, SO amazing and so charismatic on stage, great music and even better show! They knew how to create energy in the room!

12th south band

12th south band

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documentary wedding

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photojournalist wedding

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photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

This is where my work as a sleuth journalist pays off, people are cutting loose and being themselves, celebrating. Makes for the best and most energy and emotion packed photographs.

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photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

photojournalist wedding

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Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this amazing Owensboro Kentucky wedding, congratulations Scott and Brittney! It’s an honor to be chosen as the Nashville wedding photographer with the documentary approach to tell this magical story!

Critique for photographers

In this realm of the arts, and probably with any career path in life, people with thick skin and an open mind have a huge advantage over those without it. As long as I’ve been involved with photography, I greatly value and appreciate those with whom I’ve had discussions and critique time with. It’s nice to have friends, whether photographers, makeup artists, models, graphics designers, etc.  To periodically get together, discuss where we are at and what’s happening, show new work, give and receive critique and kudos. Of course many things are subjective. The whole idea with critique for photographers is to discuss what strengthens the image, what may take away from it, and then come to your own final conclusion.

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Many people, myself included have been known to develop an attachment to a specific image, and miss a fairly obvious flaw.  Or be your own worst critic! That’s one reason it’s nice to view your peers as just that, and not competition. We can all help and encourage each other. And there are times when a layman can effectively critique work, you never know. Every opinion does count and should be respected! I am very grateful to those who have helped me, no matter how nice or harsh they have been. Without that, I couldn’t have gotten where I am. I don’t want to stop here either. If I can provide that for others as well, it feels good to pass it on. Good karma folks.

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I said nothing about telling someone what they want to hear, which many newer artists are looking for that. I can promise, if that doesn’t change and they don’t become mature enough for critique, they have a dim future. Not all my work is technically perfect. But it’s a never ending quest to keep seeking and growing. Aligning yourself with respected colleagues will promote growth. Cheerleaders don’t promote critique for photographers or any other. The easier thing is seldom the most beneficial for growth.  Open mind, willing spirit, and tenacious desire to grow, the winning formula.

same sex wedding at the Cordelle | Nashville wedding photographers | Hailey and Melissa

Hailey and Melissa met four years ago through a mutual friend, and the day finally came for them where they decided to make it forever! They wanted to do a Christmas themed wedding surrounded by their closest family and friends, and they got just that! May the photos begin from this lovely same sex wedding at the Cordelle!

Christmas wedding

The Cordelle

The Cordelle

The couple searched for Nashville wedding venues with a historical feel, and LGBT friendly. They found the perfect venue with The Cordelle, located in the SoBro area of downtown Nashville. Beautiful venue and very kind people!

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Hailey and Melissa have two dogs. As a fellow animal lover I can appreciate the trouble they went through to have their dogs transported to the venue for a few moments!

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Same sex wedding at the Cordelle

Cake by Homestyle Bakery.

Christmas wedding cake

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LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

Melissa’s uncle officiated the wedding ceremony, and did a great job! He spoke of National Lampoons Christmas and used analogies from that movie about selflessness and love. It was inspiring and entertaining to be there and document the story!

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

LGBT wedding Nashville

What a lovely same sex wedding at the Cordelle, the ceremony was sweet!

same sex wedding nashville

same sex wedding Nashville

I met with Hailey and Melissa to discuss their wedding photography. I was thrilled to learn they found me through the LGBT chamber. They wanted an LGBT friendly wedding photographer and one with a non intrusive approach, so it was a perfect pairing. A documentary wedding photographer was right for them, and I’m pleased they chose me out of all Nashville wedding photographers!

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Nashville wedding photographers

There were plenty of fun activities for the children, and it was fun to capture them interacting naturally.

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Nashville wedding photographers

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Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Christmas wedding

Christmas wedding

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same sex wedding

Wedding coordinator – Dream Events and Catering

Catering- The fabulous Chef’s Market

Ice cream bar – Marble Slab Creamery / Maggie Moo’s 

Maggie Moo's

ice cream bar

ice cream bar

The ice cream bar was amazing and it was fun to document and observe them at work. It was a huge hit with the guests. For us too!

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Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

Nashville wedding photographers

The natural candid moments of human emotion and human interaction are my favorite qualities of documentary wedding photography. Unposed is natural, and doesn’t interrupt the couple or guests’ experience. These are moments that only this style of wedding photography captures the same way.

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LGBT wedding Nashville

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documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

documentary wedding photographer

I hope you’e enjoyed the story and photos from Hailey and Melissa’s lovely day.  Congratulations Hailey and Melissa! It’s an honor to tell your story.

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