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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Jessica and Tate: Engagement Session at Cades Cove

Jessica and Tate: Engagement Session at Cades Cove

Jessica and Tate had their engagement session at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bringing along their two dogs. Sometimes putting in a little more effort to travel to a spot like this reaps great rewards by allowing for engagement pictures in a gorgeous setting.

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Love Lift Me Up: Kristen and Chris' Engagement Photos

Love Lift Me Up: Kristen and Chris' Engagement Photos

Loud metal music. The smell of steel and rubber. The sound of weights crashing. Can tenderness be found here? Hell, yeah, it can - check out Kristen and Chris’ engagement session. Engagement photos do not have to be walks through a sun dappled garden . . .

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Banishing Winter with Love's Warmth: Katelyn and Zach

Banishing Winter with Love's Warmth: Katelyn and Zach

They say if March comes in like a lamb it will go out like a lion, but the cold and rain proved no match for the warmth of Katelyn and Zachary's engagement session in Chattanooga.  Take a look at them!

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Big Apple Engagement Session with Sarah and Jordan

Big Apple Engagement Session with Sarah and Jordan

I spent a day with Sarah and Jordan, photographing their engagement session in New York City.  We went to Ft. Tryon and its "environs" (hint: rhymes with oysters), as well as the Brooklyn Bridge.  What a dynamic couple!  I am eager to photograph their wedding this June.

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Elizabeth and Matthew's Engagement in Washington DC

Elizabeth and Matthew's Engagement in Washington DC

The setting for Elizabeth and Matthew's engagement session was Washington DC, offering a unique perspective of our nation's capital, including the US Capitol Building.  A busy town makes for some challenges but that did not stop us from making great images.

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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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Engagement Session at the Narrows of the Harpeth: Frances + Ian

Engagement Session at the Narrows of the Harpeth: Frances + Ian

We hiked and we climbed, but it was worth it to capture these images from Frances and Ian's engagement session at the Narrows of the Harpeth outside of Nashville.  Put on your boots and let's go!

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Go With the Flow: Ashton + Travis' Engagement Shoot

Go With the Flow: Ashton + Travis' Engagement Shoot

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!

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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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By the River's Edge: Devon and Stephan's Marriage Proposal

By the River's Edge: Devon and Stephan's Marriage Proposal

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!

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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.

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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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!