Archives: 2007/08

2nd Shooter! Aug 30th | Personal

This past weekend I had the privilege of 2nd shooting for my friend, Gregory Byerline. I love when I get the chance to 2nd- it basically means getting to just shoot and have fun and not worry about keeping everything flowing. You are also able to get a lot of shots that you can’t always get when you are the main. It was a blast. Gregory has shot with us before and he is an excellent photographer. Here is one of my favorites that I grabbed of Katie and Roberto before the wedding-

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Trash the Dress Aug 28th | Personal

We had a BLAST last night at a photo shoot that a group of photographers put together. I can’t wait to share more about this super fun session with all of you. As you will see, a trash the dress session is something that can be done after your wedding, where don’t have to worry about dirtying up your dress a bit. Maybe even get it wet! We did several locations, with many different looks, which I will share more of next week. We also have a few more exciting plans up our sleeves. So, be sure to tune in. For now, I wanted to share a couple of shots from our first location: the fountains at Bicentennial Mall.

( I just love the mysterious feel of this image! )

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Yay! Yay! Yay! Aug 27th | Personal

This past weekend I heard the exciting news that Alex Mull proposed to my little sister, Jessica! I actually found out Thursday that he was going to propose on Friday. I could hardly stand the excitement waiting for Jessica to call me! My mom told me that Alex was going to have dinner with them this Monday night to ask for their blessing, but he was so excited he showed up Thursday night because he couldn’t wait the whole weekend to ask. Jessica and Alex met at college and have been dating ever since. They are now both teachers, and will now be spending the rest of their lives together. Everyone in our family loves Alex and I am thrilled for him soon be officially my brother! Here’s an image I grabbed of them a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta. You can click here to see portraits I did of Jessica and my other little sister Ansley last fall.

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A Maternity Session with Samantha & David Aug 24th | Personal

This Tuesday I headed down to Spring Hill to spend some time photographing Sam and David as the await the arrival of their baby girl. Some of you may recognize Sam from her bridal session from a year ago. When I finish editing the session I will be sure to share some photographs of their adorable baby room that they have set up for baby Caroline! For now, here is one of my favorites from a field right by their house.


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Jennifer & Matt Aug 22nd | Personal

We had the privilege of photographing Jennifer & Matt’s wedding this past weekend in Fayetteville, GA. I grew up with Matt and his family, and was so excited when I heard that Matt was getting married! I hadn’t seen them in years, so it was great to see the family again. And when I met Jennifer, she was so sweet and such a beautiful bride. What impressed me the most was how she handled all sorts of crazy things going on the day of her wedding- I’ll tell the story about this a little later! She was so calm, but at the same time determined to make things happen. I am so happy for you two!


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8 things you may not know… Aug 20th | Personal

Melanie McLellan just tagged me for a little blog game that is going around. I’m supposed to list 8 things that you may not know about me and then tag 8 other photographers to do the same. I guess number #1 will be that I am an open book! So if you really want to know some juicy secrets, feel free to ask! But I know better than listing them all here? :)

2. I have several very odd food allergies that just developed a couple of years ago- here’s a list of things my body can’t handle: apples, bananas, beef, almonds, and squash/zucchini. Apple pie is what I miss the most :(

3. I have never had a cavity.

4. I spent a summer studying Chinese and teaching English in China. My poor southern vocal chords did not do very well with the Chinese language.

5. I started ballet lesson when I was seven, and danced all through high school. I taught dance for four years after that to help me through college. I miss dancing…

6. Peter was the first and only guy I dated longer than 3 months!

7. I can’t burp. At all. And I’ve tried every trick in the book. In high school it was my friends goal to help me burp but it never worked. I’ve now given up and gone on to better and brighter pursuits :)

8. And lastly I’ve still never seen the movie The Goonies? My parents thought it was not wholesome enough for to me to watch when I was younger, and from what I hear I’m really missing out. One of these days?

And now for 8 other photographers?. The first will of course have to be Peter, then

Melanie Litchfield
Alison Bynum
Krystal Mann
Amy Lucas
Justin and Mary (soon to both be Marantz!)
Andrea Hallgren

Can’t wait to see what you guys post!


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Shelley & Lamar- and early morning adventure! Aug 17th | Personal

Peter and I are about to head to Atlanta to photograph a wedding this weekend, but I first wanted to share an image from Shelley & Lamar’s engagement session today. Because of the RIDICULOUS heat, we decided to meet in the morning instead of this afternoon. And when I suggested that 6:00am would be perfect sunrise lighting, they were completely on board! Even though we had to get up at 4:30am, I was so excited to be able to take advantage of the early morning light- and it was perfect! I was so glad they were up for it, and Shelley’s mom even came along. We had a great time wandering around Sevier Park and downtown, and they looked fabulous. Here is one of my favorites from the day.


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For His Eyes Only Aug 15th | Personal

Yesterday I headed over to Amber’s home to photograph a For His Eyes Only session that Amber will be giving Brandon for a wedding gift. We had a great time and I wanted to share one of her images with you that Amber gave me permission to post. Not only do these make a great gift for your husband, but they are also a great way to pamper yourself and have fun! We did a mixture of different styles of images, from fun, flirty, and sexy to very elegant and beautiful. If you would like more information on these sessions, you can e-mail us at


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Allison & Patrick Aug 13th | Personal

Allison and Patrick were married at their Brentwood church, Otter Creek. The thing that really stood out to me about Allison and Patrick was how important their family and friends were to them. Everywhere we turned, there was someone important to take a photograph of, and we met people all day who had known them for years! Even Allison’s mom had high school friends at the wedding. Here are a few of my favorites from the wedding day.

I love this image of Allison in front of the beautiful stained glass at their church.

Allison & Patrick seeing each other for the first time!

The girls came up with the idea for this shot, and I think it is adorable!

During the ceremony, Allison and Patrick had one of their engagement images displayed on the media screen. It was so cool seeing one of our images that huge during the ceremony. I love the dramatic affect it had for the ceremony!

I think this collaged image from Allison and Patrick’s reception conveys perfectly what their whole day was about. Along with their traditional wedding cake, over a dozen of Allison and Patrick’s friends made cakes for the reception. I have never seen so many different choices for cake at a wedding, and never so many friends involved. Mmmm… wishing I had a piece right now!


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48 hour film festival: So proud of my friends! Aug 10th | Personal

The 48 hour film festival is an international film festival that gives its competitors 48 hours to complete a film, from the first word of the script to the final edit. Nashville just completed it’s local competition, and a group of my friends won several awards, including Best Overall Film! This means that they will go on to represent Nashville in the International Competition! I am very excited for them, and can’t wait to see how they do. A few of you may recognize Dan Fiedler who sometimes assists us at weddings and shoots (he’s the guy who’s tied up!). Here is a list of their awards, and the film- it’s only about 5 minutes, so be sure and check it out!

48hour Awards Earned

Best Overall Film
Best Comedy
Best Sound Editing
the Audience Choice Award
Runner Up: Director
Runner Up: Screen Play
Honorable Mention: Editing

Josh Cherry ? Hubert J. Ohmsberg/Little Man
Dan Fiedler ? Steve Fogarty
Megan Frank ? Little Woman

Kevin Tucker ? Director, Boom Operator, Best Boy, Writer
Ben Frank ? Editor, Special Effects, Animation, Main Titles, Writer
Becky Tucker – Director of Cinematography, Location Manager, Co-Writer
Dan Fiedler ? Second Camera, Grip
Jeff Leet ? Production Designer, Property Master, Story Contributor
Tim Holt ? Score Composer, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer, Foley Artist, Story Contributor
Lauri Leiweke ? Costume Designer, Make-up & Hair
Mendy Myers ? Production Manager, Cue Card Diva, Story Contributor
Megan Frank ? Prop Wench, Co-Writer
David Perry – Writer

You can find out more about the 48 hour film festival here.

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