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New Site Coming Soon! Feb 15th | Uncategorized

Hi everyone! We are so excited about our new site which will be launching soon and can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Facebook page for our most recent weddings and updates. Enjoy this overview of some of our favorite images from last year.

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New Christmas Video Dec 24th | Announcements,Personal

Here is Peter’s 2012 Christmas video he makes each year with the teens from our church. Enjoy! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Nashville Photography Class – Now Enrolling! Feb 17th | The Nashville Photography Class

It’s that time of year again, and The Nashville Photography Class with Whitney Carlson is now enrolling!  We have three different classes available with more to be announced very soon. We currently have space available for our Camera Basics Class, the course in Lighting & Posing, and a new class taught by Peter called Business Essentials…but remember, seating in our classes are kept at a minimum for the best experience possible so sign up today!

This first course will include an interactive lesson on the basics of digital photography. You will learn the principles behind adjusting your camera’s ISO, shutter, and aperture and how to apply them.  By the end of the day, you will have the ability to confidently use your camera’s manual settings.


The 2′nd course spans 1.5 days and is designed to help you better understand working with natural light and composition. The second day will involve a photo shoot with both a model as well as a couple. Learn to instruct and pose while keeping your subjects comfortable and looking natural. Photo critiques will follow the session.


Why spend years researching, experimenting, and making mistakes at your new business? Turn your dream into a reality as quickly as possible! Peter Carlson will give you the tools you need to launch your photography business.


To learn more about The Nashville Photography Class:

Lisandro Rivera: Thanks for all that you do w/ your classes and what you provide! (Nov 15th - 11:52 am) Peter Carlson: Mary, it will be on May 22! Date just confirmed. Site will be updated soon. (Feb 23rd - 09:28 pm) Mary: Will there be a Lightroom session available soon? (Feb 21st - 11:04 am)
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Our Favorite Wedding Moments of 2011 Jan 20th | Weddings

Wow! is the only word that comes to mind when I look back at 2011. Last year was filled with so many life changing experiences. Peter and I traveled to New York City, Paris, and Provence for a family vacation.  Peter was finally able to see U2 live in concert here in Nashville, and of course we had the greatest surprise of our lives when we found out The Carlson family was getting larger! The craziest part was that all of this happened within two fast and furious months. What about the rest of the year? It was pretty amazing, filled with traveling, visiting family, working on business ideas, and of course shooting weddings. Of course it wasn’t all about us, I can’t help but think about the great changes that took place in our clients lives as well. My favorite part of photographing weddings is being able observe and document all the beautiful things that go on at a wedding. Every moment, no matter how small has the potential to become a memory that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. In honor of these moments I want to share with you some of my favorite moments from our weddings in 2011. They are more than photographs, they are moments in
time, captured on a day that will never be forgotten by each of these lovely people, moments that were part of a life changing event that we were so honored to witness.

Who can resist this image of Margaret stopping on her way down the aisle to give a kiss to her grandfather. It is easy to forget that weddings are not just about a bride and groom, but about families joining together.

Prayer is such an intimate thing, we love this sweet moment with Liz and her bridesmaids captured just before she walked down the isle.

This image of Rachel and her dad is so fun… they both got the giggles just before going down the aisle and they could hardly contain themselves!

I love it! A future wedding photographer at Kelly & Rick’s wedding, she is so adorable! I may have some competition…

Nothing makes me cry more than seeing a ceremony bring more than a husband and a wife together, but a whole family. After giving Brooke’s little girl a necklace, Jamie read vows to Madison promising to not only care for her mother but for her as well. I don’t think there was a dry eye at the ceremony.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. While Holly & Will were coming back from taking photos by the lake at Cedarwood, their golf cart ran out of gas. With Peter at the wheel, they got a push start and made it down the hill, with everyone still laughing and having a good time!

This is Julie waiting to go down the aisle at Scarritt Bennett here in Nashville, hidden just by the door of the bathroom- I love the interaction and anticipation as Julie and her dad wait!

Often I am far away when I’m photographing certain moments. Like a fly on the wall, I don’t always know what is going on between the subjects I’m shooting. It makes me smile when I try to imagine what these two little flower girls at Lindsay’s wedding were talking about.

Kathryn & John’s Athens, Georgia wedding takes the cake for making an amazing moment from something that could have been a disaster. Not only did it rain, but it hailed and completely soaked the tent and the DJ’s equipment! With the entertainment wiped out, their
friends took over the position making ropes out of napkins and jump roping on the flooded dance floor. No one in attendance will ever forget this wedding!

I may witness it a lot, but there is nothing I delight in more at a reception than the father/daughter dance. I love the look on Sara’s dad’s face as he thinks about his little girl getting married.

There were so many amazing moments that we were thrilled to capture in 2011 and we know that this year is going to be filled with even more. A big “Thank You!” to all of our clients for allowing us to be a part of your lives and for sharing this very important day!

Whitney Carlson

RJ joshan: Love Your work, Lots of details. It's alway nice to go back. (Nov 11th - 03:27 am) Daniel Holman Photography: Love your work! Good Job (Oct 17th - 12:24 pm) Scott Thomas: Wonderful photos! you have inspired me, Thanks. (Oct 15th - 08:11 am) Mark McCoy: Wow!!! These are amazing moments! Your 2011 looked like it was full of lots of love, laughter, and beauty! Great job Dove!!!! (May 07th - 02:12 pm) Mia Silver: AMAZING PICTURES, BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS! (Mar 21st - 12:08 pm) Lane Photography: Love the shots. Its always fun to go back and look at the best images from the past year. I always use it as a learning experience. This year my goal is to capture more details at each wedding. (Feb 14th - 05:25 pm) Julie: Thank you for taking such amazing photos - your work shows a perfect reflection of the emotion and special moments in the weddings you shoot! By the way, that photo is one of our favs too! Nick still can't believe I was peeking through that crack in the bathroom door the whole time. :) (Jan 20th - 09:25 pm)
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2011 Christmas Video Dec 22nd | Personal

Every year I make a video with my youth group for the annual Christmas program at our church, The Village Chapel. This year’s video is a continuation of sorts from last year’s video. If you have not watched last year’s, you may want to take a look at that first to catch a few “inside jokes” in this year’s.

I hope you enjoy and have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Expanding Your Team Dec 12th | Announcements

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season so far!  I recently had the opportunity to write an article on team building for the Pictage powered photographer’s blog The Photo Life.  As a photographer business can sometimes become overwhelming and it’s easy to feel alone, and if this is the case you most definitely need to consider different ways to grow your team.  If your team grows so will your business, and you’ll alleviate some stress in the process.  If you want to learn more about expanding your team and where to look for help this article will help.


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Nashville Photography Class Now Enrolling Nov 30th | The Nashville Photography Class

It’s that time of year again people…the Nashville Photography Class is now enrolling! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for the The Nashville Photography Class, and they’re offering more unique and focused classes than ever before. They will be offering a class in Camera Basics, Lighting & Posing, as well as a class in Lightroom. These photography classes are headed by our own Whitney Carlson, who not only is an accomplished wedding photographer but also a skilled educator.

The Nashville Photography Class will also offer a class in Business Essentials, perfect for those photographers that want to make their hobby a lucrative and fulfilling career! Owner of Dove Wedding Photography, Peter Carlson will lead the class and cover topics ranging from branding and marketing to pricing and budgeting.

If you’re looking to learn how to use your digital camera, work with natural light and posing subjects, or you’re ready to take the next step and make your passion a career The Nashville Photography Class has a seat for you! They also make an excellent gift for that friend or loved one with a an interest in photography.

Current Class Schedule:


To get more information on the Nashville Photography Class, or to sign up and reserve your seat today please visit The Nashville Photography Class website or contact directly. Seats are limited so sign up immediately!

Angela J Martin : I love that shot with the bride and groom on the quilt! its beautiful :) (May 17th - 10:48 pm) Matt Ethan Photography: This is a great idea! Shame I'm so far away! (Dec 11th - 02:57 pm)
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Wedding Timelapse at The Cannery Nov 03rd | Weddings

Julie & Nick’s Cannery Ballroom Wedding Reception from Peter Carlson on Vimeo.

Whenever we photograph a wedding with Nashville wedding planner Angela Proffitt, we know we are in for an amazing evening of wedding details crated by Nashville’s finest vendors. Julie & Nick had an amazing looking wedding reception at Cannery Ballroom. I started my day out early by setting up a time-lapse camera to capture the intense set up. If you look carefully you will see the many spectators who came in throughout the day to see the room getting transformed.

Elegant Weddings by Angela
The Cannery Ballroom
Music City Tents and Events
Nashville Event Lighting
Chefs Market
Village of Flowers
Front Porch Props

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Our Baby’s First Photograph! Nov 02nd | Personal

Our little guy had his first photo taken today! It was not taken by Whitney or myself, but there will be plenty time for that. Although we are not ready to announce a name at this time, you can rest calmly to know his name will not be Luke, Anakin, or Obi Wan. (Jenn & Marcus dePaula suggested Obadiah Juan).

It was pretty exciting to watch the little guy lift up his arm and rub his face. Parenthood feels far more real now and we are super excited. We can’t wait for the many adventures this little one will take us on!

PrintSprinter: Simply AMAZING ! (Jan 23rd - 06:13 am) Weddings: Congrats, you must be so excited to be having a baby boy (Feb 22nd - 07:12 pm) Kristin: Congrats!!! SO excited for you two!! Boys are the best! (Nov 04th - 09:48 am) Adrienne Scott: Congratulations! He already looks like a cutie! =) (Nov 04th - 08:44 am) Peter Carlson: Thanks Everyone! As you can tell, we are already having lots of fun with this little guy. (Nov 03rd - 11:30 am) Jennifer: Yeah joining boy world with me. Awesome our boys will be close in age !! I'm due any day. So happy for you all. (Nov 02nd - 10:09 pm) Aspen Hall: Congrats guys!!!! SOOO excited for you!!! :) (Nov 02nd - 06:11 pm) Diane Holdsambeck: So cool! Congrats! We find out if our baby is boy or girl next week! yeehaw! (Nov 02nd - 05:20 pm) Wendy Lee Nentwig: Calvin II? (Nov 02nd - 05:01 pm) Daniel Brown: Awesome! I remember that day and how awesome it was. So excited for you guys! Congrats! (Nov 02nd - 04:22 pm) Matt Dudley: Woohoo! So happy for you guys. I am suggesting "Matt" to all of the pregnant photographers I can think of. Just saying. (Nov 02nd - 04:20 pm) Kristine Neeley: YAAAAAY! So excited for you guys! Congrats on a boy!!! (Nov 02nd - 04:18 pm)
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Adrienne & Erik’s Nashville Halloween Wedding Oct 31st | Weddings

From the moment we met Adrienne & Erik we knew we would be friends. For one thing, Adrienne was wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sweatshirt, and for another they were planning on having light sabers as part of their wedding. We couldn’t resist them! Their wedding was the day before Halloween last year, and I wanted to wait to share them for this Halloween!

What I love about this wedding is that they made it exactly what they wanted… each part of it reflected who they are without trying to make it fit something that wasn’t them. There were aspects of Halloween throughout the wedding, but it also had an elegant, retro feel to it that was fun and beautiful.

Adrienne had always wanted to married in a church, but when she found out about Cedarwood‘s outdoor Cathedral, she knew it was just what she was looking for.

When we arrived at Cedarwood, we saw Erik’s amazing grooms cake… the Ectomobile from the Ghostbusters! Right away I knew we had to bring something for them while we were photographing them. We sent our assistant (thanks Joel!) home to pick up props that we had made from our costumes the year before… Proton Packs! Yep, Peter and I have handmade Proton Packs. Adrienne and Erik were stellar modeling them for the camera. And who can resist their entrance with Lightsaber’s?

The ladies makeup was done by the fabulous girls at Harlow Salon.

Here are some of my favorite details from the day made by the wonderful Cedarwood team. I love how they customize everything for their clients and make truly unique weddings for them!

Adrienne & Erik have an amazing story that is written about so well on Cedarwood’s blog. There are also more fun photos from their day on here. Be sure to read about them in Part 1 and Part 2 of Cedarwood’s blog.

Whitney Carlson

Ricky Miller: Your photos is very pretty, unique wedding photography, bride Gown is very beautiful. Great work. Thanks for sharing. (Feb 13th - 11:19 pm) rodrigues schubert: Wow. Amazing photography. I found your site quite interesting and the photography in site is really impressive. (Dec 13th - 03:30 am) Mia Silver: WOW HAD NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT! INTERESTING! (Mar 21st - 12:11 pm) Whitney Carlson: Thanks you guys! It was a blast. (Jan 05th - 11:08 am) Northwest Arkansas Wedding Photographer: I've never done a Halloween Wedding before, Always wanted to! I love the outside pews! (Jan 04th - 12:10 pm) Tiffany Bolk: love the lighting in these! (Nov 10th - 12:38 pm) adrian: SO cool! (Nov 01st - 05:21 pm) Linda at Cedarwood: Dove's work is always amazing...these photos are priceless. We loved Adrienne and Erik and the chance to design a fun and unique wedding for them! Great post. (Nov 01st - 05:13 pm)
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