Archives: 2009/12

Happy Holidays! Dec 29th | Uncategorized

We hope everyone has been having a great Holday season! We celebrated Christmas in Kansas City this year with Peter’s family, and are just about to hop on a plane back home to Nashville. One thing we learned this season is that our pup Calvin, LOVES Christmas! Everything from the tree, to this tasty raw hide candy cane we gave him. He ate half of this huge thing 30 minutes after we gave it to him! We still have a few more days off and will be back soon!

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We’ve been working hard! Dec 24th | Weddings

It has been crazy in the Dove offices finishing up our 2009 weddings! And boy do we have some great ones to share. Here is just a tast of what is to come!

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A Christmas Video Dec 17th | Other Events

As many of you may know, cameras are now being equipped with the capability to shoot video. Although we have used the Canon 5D Mark II at a few weddings this fall, I have not had the time to play around with the video feature. A few weeks ago I finally experimented with it to make a video for our church’s Christmas program. I love the way it turned out! I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, the youth in this video came up with the majority of the content on their own. Amazing!

Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
2010 Christmas Film | Dove Wedding Photography: [...] Last year’s short film was serious and moody. So, this year I promised the youth we could make a funny one. Our first attempt failed and we had to start over from scratch. One of my volunteer leaders, Allen Salmon, is a songwriter and music producer. He came up with a great idea for a parody on the YouTube hit “Bed Intruder.” [...] (Dec 22nd - 03:44 pm)
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Sandifer’s Nashville Photography Session Dec 15th | Portraits

Yesterday was gorgeous for a December day in Tennessee. Whitney and I went out and photographed an engagement session, something that we have not done since the leaves have fallen from the trees. We will share these images with you after the holidays, but it reminded me that we have a few family portrait sessions from this fall that we have not shared with you yet.

I would first like to introduce you to my friends the Sandifers. Tim Sandifer was the first person I met when I arrived on campus at Greenville College in central Illinois. We both loved the same bands, had similar senses of humor, had a passion for Star Wars, and were the only males on campus that weighed under 130lbs. He soon became one of my favorite people.

Tim, Susie, & Addie still live in Central Illinois and Tim’s parents live in South Georgia. Every so often they meet each other in Nashville for a family vacation. This year they decided to have Whitney and I photograph their family. It is always an honor when a friend chooses to work with us, not because we are friends, but because they appreciate our work.

I hope you enjoy this collection of photographs of the Sandifers:

Thanks Sandifers! Hope to see you soon!

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Amy’s Nashville Senior Portrait Session Dec 11th | Portraits

Finally, it’s time for the 3rd installment of my first attempt at senior portraits. Meet Amy. Amy has always been an adult at heart. One of my favorite memories with Amy is when we first started the youth group at our church. One night, Amy was the only student to show up for Bible study. Amy sat amongst four adults and we discussed the lesson at a different level than we normally do. Maybe it’s because she loves to read so much. In middle school she was reading adult-level theology books. However, Amy still has a passion for really good fantasy novels. The Lord of the Rings is one of her favorites. She also loves The Chonicles of Narnia and everything else C.S. Lewis has written.

So, what else should we do with Amy, but take her to the library and maybe spend a little time doing some fantasy shots.

Of course we had to get in a few images that make Amy look like an urban professional. I love the composition this wall creates.

Thanks Amy for letting me portray some of your personality in these images!

If you want to see the other two senior portraits I photographed this fall, be sure to check out my post on Emma and William.

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Hope Clinic for Women Photo Booth Dec 04th | Other Events

Last night Erin and I had a great opportunity to photograph the Cider Carols event benifitting Hope Clinic for Women. They are an amazing organization and just a couple of blocks down the street from our studio! Be sure to check out their website to hear about all the incredible things they do. We will post more images of the event later on, but for now I am just going to share the information for the photo booth.

50% of profits will be donated to Hope Clinic for Women


Register for the event. An e-mail notice will then be sent to you once all the images are online. This will be in the next couple of days!

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Inspiration: Just Feel Dec 02nd | Art Inspiration

Sometimes, all you need for inspiration is a feeling….

One thing I did while we were at Mackinac Island for Elly’s wedding was just took some time to photograph things I saw that I found beautiful. This is something that I have not done in a while, and something that I realized I missed. Once I became a professional photographer, taking photographs started to become just something I did for work. This past year I realized that I was forgetting a lot of the joy I found in just taking photographs for me and not for someone else. So while we were in Michigan, I kept my camera around my neck, with no expectations but to just feel while I looked through my lens. So that is what I did, I felt. And I grabbed a few images along the way. Here are a few of my favorites. Photographers, I encourage you to take your cameras out one day. Don’t have plans, don’t think too much. Just feel. And see what you come up with!

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Sale On A Great Workshop! Dec 02nd | Announcements

Are you self employed and in a service industry? Amazing speakers, photographers, and people: Justin & Mary Marantz are going on tour with their Spread The Love workshop. Whitney and I will be atteding the January 14 workshop in Nashville. We hope you will too!

Whatever your business field is, come learn how to build a business that works for you so you can have a life again.

The Black Friday sale, today only, is just $50 (normally $150)!

Visit: to learn more about the workshop and reserve your seat at this great price.

Why are we blooging about this? We just think they are that great!

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Holiday Orders & Office Closed Nov 27th | Announcements

Our offices are closed until Monday, November 30.

To receive your orders by December 25, please have your orders placed by Tuesday, December 1.
All canvas orders 20% off.
All professional and masterpiece prints are 2 for 1.
Basic Coffee Table Books & Parent Books 25% off.
Simple Design Calendars 20% off.
Holiday cards and prints 10 free with every 10 ordered.
Sale ends Dec 1.

For more info and to place your order contact:

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Katie & Dan’s Nashville Wedding Nov 24th | Weddings

Katie and Dan were one of the first couples I met with when I started with Dove Wedding Photography. When they told me their wedding was going to be at the historic Belle Meade Plantation, I was extremely excited.

As you can see, Katie has a very classic style. Everything from her dress to the details of the wedding reflected that.

Katie and Dan’s bridal party was really entertaining. Throughout the whole day the girls kept trying to figure out what actress would play them in the movie version of Katie’s wedding. I personally think Kate Hudson should play Katie. Don’t you agree? I believe the picture of the girls might have been taken during one of those conversations. I’m really happy with how the tree frames them and the plantation.

Whitney took these pictures of Dan. I absolutely love the picture of his watch and the expression on Dan’s face in his portrait. If Carey Grant was still alive, he would play Dan.

As most summer weddings go, you have to find places that are not in direct sunlight. The porches at Belle Meade provided a great place to take pictures out of the sun and worked to keep everyone dry from the rain. If you look very closely you can see the rain in the picture of the bridal party.

The rain stopped in time for the ceremony but the farther into the ceremony we got, the more the clouds rolled in and the darker it became. There wasn’t a drop of rain during the ceremony, but it was thundering and as soon as everyone exited the ceremony site, the skies opened up and it down poured. How fortunate that it waited until then and that it didn’t last for long.Katie and Dan’s reception was a blast, quite possibly the most fun of any reception that I’ve shot. Here’s a picture of the reception and the carriage house from the lawn.

I tried to find a place to do ring shots that would incorporate the feel of the wedding. I eventually ended up settling on this location. It was the trunk of a carriage.

Katie and Dan, thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of your day.

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