Archives: 2009/05

Digital Editing Class May 30th | Other Events

I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant to take Whitney’s editing class this past Wednesday. Why? I’m scarred she is going to make me edit photos now. However, learning to edit a little better has allowed me to have the confidence to prepare the following photos for this blog. Sarah & Whitney are both really busy these days editing weddings and Sweets sessions. So, I decided to be nice and edit these photos myself.

The class was great! We had a room full of photographers who are all at different levels. The professionals left with new tricks to improve their workflow and quality. The hobbyists left excited about being able to take their personal photos to the next level.

Whitney is always very intense when she teaches. You can tell she loves it!

Events at 1418 was a fabulous host and the perfect place to hold the class.

It was fun seeing everyone with their open computers.

The next Digital Editing course will be this winter. Our next Intro to Photography class is August 22, 23, & 29. If you would like to be a part of any of our classes, please contact Audrey at

- Peter

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Go Red 2009 May 27th | Other Events

On May 6 we had the opportunity to photograph the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women Luncheon. The lunch is not only a fundraiser, but an opportunity for the American Heart Association to help educate women on the importance of taking care of their hearts. Whitney covered the entire event while Peter set up a red backdrop and took photos of guests in the VIP room. It was fun to bump into a number of our wedding industry friends who also volunteered their services for this charitable event.

The flowers were provided by Fresh by CarryAnn. CarryAnn always does an amazing job.

All kinds of food and activities were set up at the event. These custom dresses were stunning.

The Grand Ball Room at The Cool Springs Marriot was gorgious with all the red decorations. Our friend Blake at Nashville Event Lighting makes every place look its best. You can’t go wrong when you work with Blake.

Holly Thompson, of News Channel 4, was the MC for the event.

We love the boas that get passed out to special guests every year. This year our friend Kristin Carolan, from Simply Stunning Events helped pass them out. Of course she also helped coordinate the entire show! We have enjoyed getting to know Kristen and her husband-to-be.

- Peter & Whitney

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Harlow Salon! May 22nd | Vendors We Love!

Boy, does this team know style! We had so much fun visiting Harlow Salon and doing some photos for them. Harlow is located just a short 8 minute walk from our studio on Demonbreun. Their salon is beautiful, and has a fun vintage yet modern feel to it, which I always just love. We did several set ups, but the following image is my absolute favorite! They could all be models, don’t you think! I’ll post more about Harlow when I post some of their individuals, but for now enjoy this HOT group of stylists!


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March Sweets Photos Unveiled! May 22nd | Sweets

So we are finally able to reveal some of the images from our March Sweets Event. All of the girls that participated were very sweet and a great time was had by all. Nerves tend to run a little high at the beginning of the session, but Whitney always does a great job of making everyone feel comfortable and enjoy the experience.

I always love receiving the emails weeks after the session about how much they love their photos and can’t wait to share them with their significant other.

Aria and Rebecca were gracious enough to allow us to post some of their images, as they have already given their images as gifts.

We also want to say Congratulations to Aria on her recent marriage. We hope that your husband loved his gift. :)

Don’t forget that our next Sweets event is this weekend, May 22nd & 23rd. If you are interested, please contact ASAP! We still have some session times available, and we would love to see you there.


- Audrey

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Jill & Chris: Engagement Sneak Peek! May 22nd | Engagements

Jill, Chris, Peter and I braved the downtown Nashville graduation traffic for an engagement session on Wednesday! Even with the crowds, we had a blast. I love shooting downtown because no matter where you go, you will always find a new fun spot to shoot in. I love these blue doors that I’ve walked past plenty of times, but just have never noticed!


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Emily & Neil: Sneak Peek! May 15th | Engagements

We had such a great time photographing Emily & Neil yesterday around Nolensville Rd! I’ve been wanting to shoot there for a while now, and was so excited we had the chance to with them! Here is one of my favorites to hold you over until their whole post.


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Dove Digital Photo Processing Class May 13th | Announcements

Join Whitney Carlson for a class designed for both professional and beginning photographers. Her three-hour photo processing class will teach you the processing techniques we have implemented at Dove Wedding Photography.

The class will focus on processing through Adobe® Lightroom®2, a Photoshop® program designed specifically for photographers. No prior knowledge of this program is required for the class. Professional photographers will learn how to increase workflow by using this efficient program and the process Whitney and Peter have developed through their experience. At the same time, beginning photographers will learn how to organize and properly process photographs, creating excellent digital files before they are sent to be printed or posted on your personal website.

The class will cover:
File Structure
Proper color correction
Perfecting exposure
Creative color processing
Toning Black & Whites
Creating your own presets
Basic skin retouching

A laptop and copy of Adobe® Lightroom®2 is not required at the class, but will be beneficial. A free 30-day trial of Lightroom®2 is available at :

Class Details:
Date: Wednesday, May 27
Time: 6:30-9:30
Location: Events at 1418, 1418 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Cost: $75 – Includes a set of basic presets designed by Whitney Carlson
Alumni students of Dove’s Intro to Photography Class receive a $25 discount.

To reserve your seat, contact, 615-730-7716.

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Country Concert May 12th | Other Events

Whitney grew up listening to country music. You should ask her about the Paper Mache Garth Brooks head that still sits in her bedroom closet at her mom’s house. Other than my preschool obsession with The Oak Ridge Boys, I did not listen to any country before my move to Nashville. Working in the Nashville music scene for 4 years exposed me to quite a bit. Heck, just living in Nashville exposes you to a bit. Last week Whitney and I were trying to get a little Northern exposure by attending A Prairie Home Companion, at The Ryman. Of course, it was filled with country musicians including Brad Paisley and Sam Bush. Both: amazing musicians.

Well, for the last installment of the Craig Morgan Blog Series, I bring you the concert footage. Many musicians came out to the sold-out concert, supporting Craig’s effort to build a home for children. Here a just a few of the photos from the concert.

Jason Michael Carroll had a super rich low voice and Kellie Pickler was just plain cute!

The ladies loved former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington. Even after a full day of off road riding, he had plenty energy to entertain the audience. I have to admit, this is my second time seeing Bucky in concert. My mom is a big American Idol fan and came down to Nashville to see his debut performance at the Grand Ol Opry. She was kind enough to take Whitney and me with her.

Blake Shelton kept things rolling with his stage banter between Craig and Kellie.

Craig Morgan gets passionate.

This photo is for my mom. Bucky’s mom was behind stage with us and really wanted me to get my photo with him. She offered to take the photo, but I let Whitney. Ya gotta love moms!

- Peter

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Craig Morgan and His House May 07th | Other Events

This is the second installment of photos from the Craig Morgan Charity Ride.

Being the day was wet and muddy; things got a bit off schedule. The rain ended up stopping for the afternoon, but our time to photograph Craig at his house became very limited. I ran around as fast as I could with our large flashes as Whitney photographed Craig in as many locations as possible. On top of all of this, The American Motorcycle Association Magazine was interviewing and videotaping Craig. It was a whirlwind, but we all had a lot of fun with the limited time we had.

Craig in his shop and Craig with his dog. This little guy wanted to get in on the photo shoot. He loves attention, especially from Craig.

Craig is a true country boy. We drove down a gravel road to get to his house that was surrounded by woods, which he and his boys love to ride in. The left photo is in Craig’s basement. Truly a man’s room. The stair wall was full of music trophies and the remaining walls were full of hunting trophies. I’m not even sure what some of the heads on the wall were.

The basement, equipped with barn wood walls and a tin ceiling, is so unique CMT Cribs visited his house and MTV Cribs will be featuring it in August.

This was easily Whitney and my favorite part of Craig’s home. How could you have a hunting themed home theater without a deer stand? As you can tell, Craig is very proud of his favorite chair.
Whitney got a kick out of me being able to converse hunting with Craig. She sometimes forgets that I grew up in South Dakota. Deer hunting was a way of life at the Carlson house.

- Peter

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Reving Up the New Blog! May 05th | Other Events

What a better way to “rev the engines” of our new blog than show you a motorcycle rally!

A little while ago, Whitney and I received a call from the American Motorcycle Association. They said they really liked our work and wanted us to take some photos for their upcoming magazine publication. They were covering a charity event put on by country artist and motocross racer, Craig Morgan.

What do weddings and motocross events have in common? We were surprised once we realized the similarities. Below, you will see what happens when you put Whitney and I behind the cameras at a muddy, wet, dirt bike ride. You will be surprised that we were still able to capture joy and beauty in a location where we initially felt very out of place. Once we started to meet everyone working with the event, we felt very welcome and had a LOT of fun.

Craig loves riding! He is one of the friendliest people I have ever met.

It was a family event. So, riders of all ages were present.

This little guy’s day was not going as planned.

Love can be found even when you are not photographing weddings.

Here comes the rain!

It turned into a crazy wet-windy day! As you can see, the rain did not dampen Whitney and my spirits.

The professional riders, musicians, and Craig hung out and met everyone who was present. What a great bunch of people!

Stay tuned as we will be posting photos of Craig, taken for the magazine’s cover as well as images from the evening’s concert.

- Peter

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