Retelling the Myth of Prometheus

Retelling the Myth of Prometheus

Marisa Mitchell, aka Mars, is a kickass artisan, working in metal, concrete, and glass. I visited her in her metal workshop to do an environmental portrait of this woman handling fire, thus retelling the myth of Prometheus - spolier alert: this time the gods are beaten.

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When a Fireman and a Teacher Got Married

When a Fireman and a Teacher Got Married

Once upon a time, a teacher and a fireman married in a small courthouse ceremony . . . and it was beautiful. Plus, it triggered some thoughts from which brides can benefit. Read on . . .

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Rockabilly Maternity

Rockabilly Maternity

Kayla presented a fun challenge: a maternity portrait featuring her and the father-to-be, all done in a 50’s rockabilly pinup style. Challenge accepted! Check out how great she, Shea, and Baby Bump looks in this unique portrait session.

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The Pelican Bar and Bistro - Knoxville's Intimate Eatery

The Pelican Bar and Bistro - Knoxville's Intimate Eatery

I photographed the Pelican Bar and Bistro, one of Knoxville’s newest eateries, for promotional purposes. Who doesn’t enjoy work that means a lot of food, a lot of wine, and a lot of fun?

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Portrait of a Bishop . . . and Friend

Portrait of a Bishop . . . and Friend

I am honored to have my work in the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville.  Maybe it's just a photograph but it was important to me that I capture a friend's spirit in his portrait.

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We Can Be Heroes . .

We Can Be Heroes . .

The bride wanted something special for her groom and the groomsmen, to show them that they were heroes in her life.  Check out some shots done in the Peter Kern Library bar and the "super hero" shot.

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Fresh Out of Parris Island: A Marine Comes Home to Knoxville

Fresh Out of Parris Island: A Marine Comes Home to Knoxville

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.

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Reddit Love: Rachel and Alex's Engagement Shoot

Popcorn Sutton says, "Get a room . . ."

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.  

My favorite, an homage to Robert Doisneau

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 Modeling Portfolio Begins

Carolina is a young lady with the aspiration to become a model.  Presently receiving instruction from Gage Models and Talent in Knoxville, Tennessee, she began creating her modeling portfolio with me on location in downtown Maryville, Tennessee.

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Building a Cathedral

Building a Cathedral

The Diocese of Knoxville is building a new cathedral, Sacred Heart, under the leadership of Bishop Richard Stika and with the help of Merit Construction in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Recently, Bishop Stika went up some 100' to inscribe his episcopal motto on the beam of the cathedral's dome.  The workers of Merit Construction gave him great respect for this, but they deserve their own respect, too.

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