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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Congratulations Bryan & Kelly - Nashville Wedding











It was a gorgeous Fall day in Nashville at the Oasis Worship Centre for Bryan & Kelly's wedding. I have been looking forward to this day for quite some time now, as this wedding was booked well over a year ago.

Kelly was beautiful. This first shot shows how her eyes were sparkly, especially each time they welled up with tears. We went outside, braving the soft ground, the bright sun and the wind, to get some great shots in front of the trees. Then we took advantage of the cool interior of the church for another few shots.

I was blessed with two fabulous pro second shooters today. The first, Danielle Adams, got these next two shots. Danielle's eye for detail was so great in getting shots like this one of Kelly's dress, and also a different angle on some of our outdoor portraits.

My second second shooter you have met before - Phil Thornton is responsible for these next two shots. I LOVE the shot of the guys. He got so many creative shots like this while we were covering the ladies getting ready.

Shown here is a shot of Phil taking a few minutes during the reception to download all of our cards and assemble a slideshow, and then a shot by Danielle of a crowd of guests watching the show. It was a hit!!!

Thank you so much for working with me today Danielle & Phil. You were fabulous. And to Bryan & Kelly - have fun on your cruise! We'll talk soon.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Lucius & Alison's Wedding Slideshow

Click the picture above or click HERE to view a slideshow of images from Lucius & Alison's wedding in Memphis on Sept 30.

Enjoy!

Father-Daughter Dance

This is a series of shots by my brother Kyle, at Lucius & Alison's wedding in Memphis on Sept. 30. I am putting together their slideshow today and when I came across these shots I had to share them.

The Father-Daughter Dance is usually one of the most emotional moments at every wedding. This past weekend in Philadelphia my Mom and I were in puddles while Sheri & her dad were dancing.

Thanks Kyle for these great shots.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Everybody Loves Puppies

Meet my Mom & StepDad's 10 AKC Lab Puppies. They are 4 weeks old, and there are still a few left if you're interested.

More pics HERE.

Spending the whole day at home today. I have lots of editing and uploading to do, not to mention catching up on laundry, etc. after my trip. And it's so cold here today, that I don't mind staying cozy in my pj's and fuzzy slippers to do just that!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Last Day in Philadelphia






Well. we slept in this morning, and then checked out of the hotel and ventured into downtown Philadelphia to see a little of the city before we flew home today. We decided that having an authentic Philly Cheesesteak was of the utmost importance, so we went to Geno's in South Philly and had lunch. It was well worth the trip.

We didn't want Kyle to be late for his flight to Memphis (via Detroit - he's hoping to watch a bit of the world series with other baseball fans there) so we came on to the airport in time to watch the end of the Eagles football game in a pub at the airport.

Our plane leaves in an hour, so we're grabbing a soft pretzel and going to the gate.

Bill & Sheri - Reception Photos










Saturday, October 21, 2006

Philadelphia Wedding - Congratulations Bill & Sheri











I think I am in love. With this couple, that is!

I can't tell you how much fun we had today with Bill & Sheri in celebration of their marriage. I just loved being here to share the whole thing. Oh man, when you guys read this, know that I am serious - I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else in the world today!

We started out the day at the salon with the girls to get hair and makeup done. Then Mom & I went to Sheri's house to photograph the girls getting ready and Kyle went over to John (best man) and Maureen's house to catch Bill getting dressed. We met up with the super talented and fun to work with Laura Eaton at the church just in time for the ceremony.

(When I found out I would be shooting in Philly, I tried to think of a local photographer that I knew in the area. Laura is a fellow Pictage User (and also PUG Leader like me) and so I knew I would love it if she could come along and help us for the day. She was free and it worked out - and when she sends me her images next week, I will give her another special post! - Thanks Laura!)

After the ceremony, we went to a park with the wedding party for some outdoor shots in the fall colors, and then we went to the Bent Elbo Tavern, a local pub where Bill & Sheri met. Photo #6 is actually them sitting at the table where they first met! So cute.

Photographer photos at the bottom -one of Mom & Me, one of Laura & Me, and then one of Me, Bill & Sheri, and Kyle. Whew! There are so many great shots, that I may have to do a second post tomorrow! Look for it.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Our Friday in Philadelphia












We had a lot of fun today in Philadelphia. It started out as a grey and dreary day. It was raining and the temperature fell steadily all day long. We picked up Kyle from the airport around 12, and then met Bill and Sheri at the Bent Elbo Tavern (where they met) for lunch.

As you can tell, the leaves have changed a lot more than in Tennessee right now. We scouted some photo locations after we finished eating.

We enjoyed the rehearsal at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral...it was a beautiful church. Then we ventured over to Bacco, an Italian restaurant near our hotel, for the rehearsal dinner. The menu was awesome there - they had some of the best antipasto salad and vodka pasta sauce I have ever eaten.

There is a chain of convenience stores up here called "Wawa" and they are also very cool. We got instant milkshakes on the way back to the hotel tonight.

See Mom's Blog - Turner Farms for a few more pictures and hers/Kyle's re-cap of our day. Can't wait to shoot this wedding tomorrow!

PS. OH. We were excited to get on the plane in Nashville and run into our good friend Clay Cooper. He kept us company on the first leg of our trip. We got to see pics of some of his custom built furniture and his pets and family. Good to see you Clay!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Hello from Philadelphia!

Hey - My cast, my luggage, my mother and I all made it safely to Philadelphia today. We're here to shoot Bill & Sheri's wedding on Saturday.

Our hotel is conveniently located near a couple malls. SO, guess what we'll be doing tonight? More later. There's shopping to do!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Chris & Jonie's Wedding Slideshow

Here's a note I received just a couple days after Chris & Jonie's Wedding:

"Alison,
Hello from Northern California! We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the pictures you posted on your blog. We had a wonderful afternoon and evening and are so excited that you captured it in pictures. We loved the slideshow you showed us and cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures. Thank you for your sweet spirit and your willingness to make our night so memorable. Your attitude and your attention to detail shows so much in your work and we will always be grateful that we found you. We hope that you can always be there to share in our journey together. Our prayers are with you and Brad as you move to the next phase with your own family. Keep us posted and hopefully we can get together soon!

Love,
Chris and Jonie"

This note made my day - I mean, I can't believe you emailed me on your honeymoon guys. Thanks for sending the pics from CA too. They were so sweet.

Click the photo above or click here to watch Chris & Jonie's Slideshow of Wedding Pictures.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Congratulations Sean & Dana - Franklin Wedding











Another gorgeous Fall day in Middle TN today. I shot Sean & Dana's wedding at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in historic downtown Franklin with help from a few friends. You'll see why I needed Kyle, Andrea and Stephanie to hang with me today a little later in this post.

Sean and Dana celebrated with friends and family, delicious food and great flowers. We even snuck away to Starbucks - their favorite - for a toast at the end of the evening.

So, if you'll notice the last two shots, my arm is in a soft cast because I broke my wrist last night. I was finishing some things between Katie & Jared's ceremony and reception when I tripped and fell. I knew I was hurt, but we had to keep shooting - a wedding reception doesn"t have a second chance. We went to the ER after the reception, and sure enough, I came home in this crazy temporary cast thing. I am so thankful that I have become part of a network of photographers and friends who are willing to step in when things get tough. It was hard to give up some control today - Andrea shot the formals, and Kyle & Steph used longer lenses, and I used natural light and short lenses (lighter to hold) and we made it through.

Steph got the shot of Sean by the door, Andrea got the one of the flower girl looking up, and Kyle got the black and white of the happy couple kissing. I think it was a great day!!!

Congratulations Jared & Katie!






What a beautiful day we had yesterday in Smyrna for Jared & Katie's wedding at FBC Smyrna. I love you guys and thanks for letting me be a part of this important time in your lives. Slideshow and pics from my lovely second shooter Stephanie coming soon.

I am doing a double-header this weekend, as I am shooting Dana and Sean's wedding today in Franklin. It's another crisp and sunny fall day in Middle TN, so check back tomorrow for more gorgeous images!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Jared & Katie - Rehearsal in Smyrna





These crazy kids are so much fun. I can't wait to spend the day with Jared & Katie tomorrow for their wedding. Here's a few pictures I snapped at the rehearsal at FBC Smyrna and at the rehearsal dinner at Miller's Grocery in Christiana - YUM.

More photos of Brad & Melissa's Wedding - by Matt Dunmore








I mentioned previously that I was so excited to have the fabulous Matt Dunmore from Chattanooga as my second shooter this past Saturday at Brad & Melissa's beautiful wedding in Smyrna. I just received Matt's images in the mail last night and as I mentioned, I am blown away by his detailed coverage of the day.

Some info about the shots: The stack of programs; Brad as he was walking through the grounds at the Sam Davis Home; Melissa after the ceremony - this is an AWESOME shot; Matt and I were both in love with this precious flower girl. This shot of her making faces during the ceremony is an example of why...; We thought the horse and carriage would be a little slower, so we were trying to position ourselves to take a photo of it in transit. It snuck up on us, and Matt grabbed this shot as we passed it on the left; Melissa and her dad getting down towards the end of the reception; Me and Matt at the end of the night. I love the mascara smudges under my eyes...We worked hard all day, can't you tell?

THANK YOU Matt, you are wonderful!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Beautiful Wedding In Smyrna - Brad & Melissa






Congratulations to Brad & Melissa, who were married Saturday at Smyrna First United Methodist Church. The weather could not have been any better, and allowed us to get some beautiful images over at the Sam Davis Home, which was also the location for the reception.

Tom's Florist is responsible for these awesome flowers, and the fun cakes and catering were by Jo's Custom Cakes & Catering, both based in Smyrna.

A huge thank you (and separate future post) to my second shooter for the day, the wonderfully creative and refreshingly charming Matt Dunmore. Matt and his wife drove in from Chattanooga for the weekend so that he could be on hand for the wedding. He has an awesome PhotoBlog and posts a new image every day. Some of his fine art/landscape work is also on display in a Chattanooga gallery, and if you see an image that you might like to purchase for your office or home decor, contact him asap. He is fabulous and I truly enjoyed working with him.

When Matt sends his images along I will post up some to blow you away!

Thanks again to Brad & Melissa for letting us be a part of your wedding day! Have fun in Hawaii!

Warneld Family Photos in Smyrna





This has been the week for babies for me! I can't remember another week that I have photographed a baby per day for five days in a row!

Meet little Aiden (or Aidan - not totally sure on how to spell it), who was born on Monday Oct 2. I stopped by for a visit on Saturday morning to create some updated family portraits.

Not only did I get to take pictures of his parents and big brother Tyler, but his grandparents and aunts also!

Welcome to the world little man! You can click on each photo to see it larger.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Baby Jada - 3 Month Portraits with Mimi






I hung out with beautiful 3 month old baby Jada and her Mimi today and just look at the beautiful images we made together. Jada and Mimi did all the work really, I just stayed back and snapped away.

Sssshhhh. These pics are going to be a surprise for Jada's Mommy for Christmas, so if you see the pictures and enjoy them, remember NOT to say anything to Joy.

Thanks for letting me come over to play today girls!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Newborn Portraits of Baby Alexis






What a cutie. Little Alexis is only 2 weeks old, but she worked it like a pro today for her newborn portrait session at her home in Smyrna. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Grandma for all of your help and for welcoming me into your lives at such a special time. This is a beautiful baby.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Baby's First Year - Hadley's 6 Months Portraits







How adorable is Hadley Jane? I loved her pretty dress and her embroidered "play panties" as my friend Amy calls them. I met Hadley and her parents today for the first of 4 sessions that we're going to do over the next year to document how fast she grows into a big girl. Hard to imagine a year from now when she'll be walking and talking and wearing us all out.

It was great to meet you guys today, and I hope you enjoy this sneak preview!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Blake Family Portraits in Murfreesboro








I met our dear friends the Blake's for a family portrait session today at Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village in Murfreesboro. They needed to update the family photos since little Max came along. The boys were so good, and I love the shot of Derek & Rhonda together. I will bet raising 3 boys that are so close in age can present some challenges to a relationship. But just seeing them interact with each other for a couple of minutes you can tell that these two are so much in love. It's a deeper, more comfortable kind of love than when they were newlyweds.

Hope you enjoy these previews!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Drew & Christine's Wedding Slideshow

Click the photo above or click HERE to watch a slideshow from Drew & Christine's wedding in Huntsville, Alabama.

Complete coverage available soon. Click HERE to see engagement photos and be registered to be notified when the wedding pictures are available.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Jansen Family Portraits in Memphis, TN






Isn't this a sweet family? Meet Tim & Valerie and their daughter Hannah. I went to middle school with Valerie and we kept in touch through mutual friends over the years. It was an honor when Valerie referred me to her sister Pooh for her wedding this May (here's a picture) and after that she asked if I was coming to Memphis sometime because she would love for me to photograph her family. I am happy it worked out that I was already coming to town and was able to do the session today.

Also joining us for the session were Tim's father (Rick) and brother (Todd). You can tell that Hannah has this whole family wrapped around her little finger. They all love her SO much.

Don't you love her duck costume? Valerie had to buy it off ebay because she wasn't able to find it in the stores after it was on the cover of Parents Magazine.

Hope you enjoy these sneak previews, and there's more to come! Thanks Valerie & Tim!

Lucius & Alison, Memphis Wedding at Schaeffer Memorial Chapel










I had a great time in Memphis on Saturday night with Lucius & Alison and their friends and family. Their wedding ceremony was held at the charming Schaffer Memorial Chapel of Kingsway Christian Church in Germantown, TN. Following the ceremony, performed by Alison's grandfather, we headed over to Memphis National Country Club for the reception.

I photographed the bride's brother and sister-in-law's (Evan & Suzanne) wedding last year, so I couldn't resist posting up a shot of them too...they looked so happy together!

Yes, that is my picture with the groom and a couple of groomsmen. They decided that since I had been taking their photos all day long, that they needed to take mine. I love how you can see the reflection of the groomsman taking our photo too.

And, I was happy to have Kyle along again as my second shooter/assistant. He did a great job as usual! We went to Carrabba's for a late dinner after the reception, and enjoyed catching up on life, etc.

Congratulations Lucius & Alison! Slideshow coming soon.