An Engagement Session With a Ghost Story: Sami and Matt

An Engagement Session With a Ghost Story: Sami and Matt

When faced with a wintertime engagement shoot and not wanting to see so many bare trees - head indoors! That’s what Sami and Matt did by having their engagement session at Knoxville’s Bleak House, a wonderful antebellum mansion. Complete with bullet holes and blood stains . . . wait, what?!

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Why I Include Engagement Sessions With My Wedding Packages

Why I Include Engagement Sessions With My Wedding Packages

Bekah and Shea's engagement session took place in a location that is very special to them - the fabulous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina!.  I always include an engagement session with my wedding packages - read here to find out why!

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Bridal Portraits at Candoro Marble.

Bridal Portraits at Candoro Marble.

Monica is a smart bride - she made use of her hair and makeup trial to suit up and do bridal portraits before her wedding.  What a great way to make your wedding day less stressful by freeing up some time, as well as to take advantage of a special setting.  Be like Monica!

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HOTlanta! Victoria and Dan's Engagement Shoot

HOTlanta!  Victoria and Dan's Engagement Shoot

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!

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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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Justin + Jenny: a marriage proposal in Cades Cove

Justin + Jenny:  a marriage proposal in Cades Cove

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!

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Hey, who's wedding is it anyway?

Hey, who's wedding is it anyway?

I did not like the "advice" a wedding planner published about guests' criticism after a wedding.  It's your day and you don't need the stress of worrying whether a friend will post a Yelp review of your reception!  But at least for the photography, I can help prevent that.

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Far From the Maddening Crowds: Sarah and Trent's Proposal in the Smokies

It's Fall, y'all, and that means that weekends in the Great Smoky Mountains are filled with visitors, looking to feel the crisp air and see the change in foliage.

So where is a young man to find a private spot to propose to his lady love?

And that is where I come in.  I found a spot for Trent that would give him the solitude needed to ask Sarah to marry him.  And you know, the canopy of trees to provide shelter from the rain did not hurt, either.

Let's have the pictures tell the story . . .

Can I get an "Amen!" for love?

Seriously, I really love shooting marriage proposals.  As I drove away from these two lovelies today, I thought how in Southern California, I practiced Family Law and helped couples end their marriage.  As I was reflecting on that, I was listening to Brad Paisley's "Rainin' You" and it was raining.  And I heard the lyrics, "I can't explain it, but I am baptized anew."  And I thought, "Yes - I am so much happier doing this than what I was doing then."  Couples like Sarah and Trent make my heart happy and I am joy-filled to help them start a life together.  Proposals, engagements, wedding:  it's a happier occasion and, heck - there's cake!

Good job with the ring, Trent!

The "after portraits" are always a delight - but then, the glow is still fresh!

A grey day, but in a quiet corner of the Smokies, the warmth and light of this man and woman shone! 

Congratulations to Sarah and Trent!