In designing Sierra's shoot, I knew there was a look I wanted, but did not have the right accessory. I found it at one of the Knox Area Rescue Mission's thrift stores, allowing me to reuse, recycle, and most importantly, help someone to redeem their life. Maybe that is why Sierra looks exceptionally lovely in these portraits.Read More
Ashton and Travis may have planned a quiet engagement shoot by the Cumberland Falls in Kentucky. But when the sitter cancels, what is there to do except turn it into a engagement and family shoot! All the more fun!Read More
No, it's not a "What's up, doc?" instance but a flashback to a classic Bugs episode - and these folks are just as classic! Meet Tim and Lisa Petree of Be Savvy Media in Knoxville. I like to introduce the other professionals with whom I work on headshots and business portraits through my blog.Read More
Downtown Knoxville was the setting for this native son's senior shoot. Cameron is bright, personable, and very much the type of senior I enjoy working with, one who marches to their own beat.Read More
Atlanta was the perfect setting for a hip and urban couple like Victoria and Dan. Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park provided excellent settings to show off their sophistication - and love of the New England Patriots!Read More
Another beautiful couple's marriage proposal in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Meet Devon and Stephan, and relive their happy moment by the Little Pigeon River, as Stephan gets down on one knee and pops the question!Read More
A few scenes from a visit I took to Cor Jesu, the monastery in East Tennessee for the Handmaids of the Precious Blood. This is an order of cloistered nuns who spend their days praying for Catholic priests.Read More
Cherelle and Paul were wonderful people to work with on their engagement session, which took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, at the historic Southern Railway Station and at Ijams Nature Center.Read More
A wedding photographer's time is money and a bride with a budget needs to figure out how long she wants her photographer to be on duty. This article can help to understand the types of coverage a couple may want and the time it may take to realize.Read More
A young man, freshly graduated from the United States Marine Corps' boot camp in Parris Island, is home briefly to visit his parents in Knoxville before heading out for advanced training. I have known this young man since his days on Knoxville Catholic High School's robotics team, the Robotichauns, and it was an honor to capture him as a freshly minted Marine in his hometown. But shooting him took some thought as I wanted to make sure I respected his uniform and preserved his military bearing.Read More
Kelsi proved to be a stunning model, channeling oldtime Hollywood glamour - perfect for shooting among vintage trains at the historic Southern Railway Station in Knoxville, Tennessee.Read More
Recall the cold of winter - but the warmth of love - with Amber and Nick's engagement shoot in Hardin Valley and Melton Hill Park.Read More
The snow is blowing where our heroine, Megan, is working and living the dream in New York City - but here is a shoot she did before she left the South, when the sunflowers at TWRA Fork of the Rivers were blooming in Knoxville!Read More
Alex was definitely feeling the vibe of the late Paul Walker during his senior shoot in Old City, in Knoxville, Tennessee.Read More
My photos of the Reed Family of Gatlinburg that were used in East Tennessee Catholic, with a link to the article. It is a good lesson in gratitude and knowing what is important when disaster strikes.Read More
When a picture that is "just a snapshot" is much more and why I choose to provide my wedding clients with the digital files for their images. A sweet story about why this picture of my children means so much to me.Read More
Time for a New Year's resolution: make more videos in 2017!
But until then, enjoy this short tribute to my 2016 clients, made using what is called the parallax effect, where still photos can be animated.
I am a Redditor, which means I have an account on Reddit.com. It is a marvelous waste of time, and I say that lovingly. And I don't care if you know my Reddit name - it's /u/saricher.
I check in with the r/Knoxville subreddit and found a user who was looking for places to do photos of her and her fiance. They had just gotten engaged and wanted something to use to announce to the people back in their home state the good news. So, it's wasn't quite an engagement shoot, but the bride-to-be was leaving to return to their state (he was staying here since he is employed here), she only had until Saturday, and . . .
So I responded and gave them a long laundry list of places they might use. Because while most people choose to remain anonymous on Reddit, and while some may be trolls, the majority are folks who are happy to help and give answers, instructions, explanations, examples, directions, and sometimes just lend an ear. I remember having to go to Fargo, ND to do an engagement shoot and posting in the Fargo subreddit a request for advice on where to shoot and plenty of folks helped me out. Pay it forward.
Well, the OP (Reddit speak for Original Poster) contacted me - could I do the photos?
And so I got to meet the lovely Rachel and Alex - who are just fun. I mean, they are a laughing couple, comfortable in their own brand of geekiness, and utterly charming. Having just met on line, I thought they were a kick to work with. We decided to hit some of the iconic spots around downtown Knoxville, since this would become their home after the wedding: Worlds Fair Park, Graffiti Alley, Gay Street Bridge, etc.
It was windy. At times cold. But as Rachel kept saying, "We can do this!"
While waiting for the sun to sit down, we grabbed a coffee together. Kids from Connecticut. He grew up speaking Polish. She loves the Giants. He is an air traffic controller. She works with universities. Just sweet, hip, fun people.
Social media can be a minefield . . . or it can be a great resource, depending how you use it.
And you can meet the nicest people.
A white sheet session is a great way to have a boudoir shoot - minimal clothing worries and YOU can set your limits for comfort. BTW, the cat - he works cheap!Read More
Fortune smiled on Justin and Jenny when the smoke from wildfires cleared and the sun shone when he proposed to her in historic Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Come hear the story and see the pictures of my latest proposal to be photographed!Read More