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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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Favorite Photo Friday – The More The Merrier Apr 15th | Favorite Photo,Uncategorized

Who says you can’t have enough groomsmen, the more the merrier right? Of course!!!! I love this photo, and it’s got attitude written all over it. I love the facial expression of the kid walking out from behind the groom. It’s always nice to see a groom and groomsmen who exude confidence. Most of the time, it takes us guys quite a bit to get loosened up and to feel even a touch comfort when getting our photo taken in a tux, but not these fellas.

How many individuals does it take to make up the perfect weeding party?

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Nashville Photography Class – Lighting, Composition, & Posing Mar 10th | The Nashville Photography Class,Uncategorized

If you’ve taken the Nashville Photography Class’s Camera Basics Class with Whitney Carlson of Dove Wedding Photography, then you know how much fun the experience is. The classes are kept small for undivided attention, it’s interactive and completely hands-on, and Whitney is of course an excellent instructor. The next step up from Camera Basics is Whitney’s course in Lighting, Composition, & Posing. This second level class will be held on 2 days at The Dove Wedding Photography studio; April 16th from 10AM to 4PM and on April 17th from 1PM to 4PM. The second course in this series is designed to help you better understand the the skill involved in working with natural light and the importance of composition. The second day will involve an actual photo shoot with both a model as well as a couple. Learn how to instruct and pose while keeping your subjects comfortable and looking natural. Photo critiques will follow the session. The cost of this class is $199 and includes lunch on the first day. You must provide your own camera and lens.

The class is capped at 10 students so please reserve your seat today. You can get more information at The Nashville Photography Class website by clicking HERE.


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Introducing Chris Jan 14th | Uncategorized

We are excited here at Dove to start this year off with an introduction to a new team member! Chris Foust has been with us for a few months now, working with our new clients and behind the scenes building our web presence. Already his hard work and creativity has helped many of our wonderful brides to be published on several blogs! He has also created even more ways for us here in the office to keep in contact with you through our Facebook and Twitter accounts. You are going to see a lot more of Chris around here, and we know you will love him as much as we do!

Sadly though, there is a second half to our announcement. Audrey, our current studio manager, will be leaving us this year. We can’t imagine Dove without her, but are so excited about the new opportunities that have opened up for her! She will always be family to us, and we will miss her immensely. Chris will have big shoes to fill, but we’re confident in his abilities.

We are looking forward to a new year full of wonderful opportunities that we can’t wait to share and pass on to all of you!

Whitney Carlson

chris: Thanks Gregory. I'm very excited! (Jan 14th - 04:48 pm) Peter Carlson: @Gregory Byerline: You are too kind! (Jan 14th - 04:04 pm) Gregory Byerline: Welcome, Chris. You've landed at a great company. Peter & Whitney are pretty much awesomeness personified. Best wishes to Audrey too. Great team. (Jan 14th - 03:04 pm)
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Merry Christmas Everyone! Dec 25th | Uncategorized

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying yourself. Whitney and I are on vacation with my family in Minneapolis. We had a great year at Dove Wedding Photography and we can not wait to see what is in store for 2011.

We are very appreciative of all of our brides. This year included some of our favorite weddings yet. Every couple we worked with was so much fun and I hope we will get to stay in touch with each and every one of you.

Thanks to all the wedding vendors that helped produce the amazing weddings we were able to photograph. Many of you have become dear friends over the years. We are greatly blessed to be able to work with such good friends.

Last, but not least, I want to thank the entire Dove Wedding Photography staff! Anybody who has ever work with us will agree how great you are. Audrey, Erin, Morgan, and Chris: 2010 would not have been nearly as good without all of your hard work and amazing attitudes toward all of our clients, other wedding vendors and the rest of the Dove team. A big thanks also goes out to the 2010 free-lance team: Anna, Krystal, Sara, Joel, Jessica, Tyler, Alice, Ansley and everyone else who helped us out this year.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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2010 Christmas Film Dec 22nd | Uncategorized

Every year I have the opportunity to make a short film with the youth group I work with. Each year our church has a Christmas program full of different kinds of music, stories, and our short film.

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.”

I hope you enjoy this short and it brings you some Christmas cheer.

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Christal & Michael Rainy Day Wedding Aug 05th | Uncategorized

It’s good to be home! Sooooo much has been going on this summer. I have only been in town 1 to 2 days a week since the start of June. This is the first full week home and (hopefully) the first of many blogs.

If you are a follower of the Dove Wedding Photography Blog, you may remember we posted a photo from a rainy day outdoor wedding. It was a wet and muddy day, but it was so much fun and the rain helped create some of the most gorgeous wedding photography we have captured.

Christal and Michael did not let the tornadoes blowing through their wedding location stress them out. Sneaking a little pre-wedding champaign looks like the only thing that Michael was looking out for.

Wedding days can be stressful, especially if you do not have a supportive group of friends to lighten the day for you. We were very happy to see Christal and Michael’s wedding party go along with their desires to get married in the rain. As you can see by the below images, everyone had a lot of fun.

The fabulous Mary Claire Crow joined Whitney and myself at this wedding and captured the above shot to the right.

Congratulations Christal & Michael! This was for sure one of the best experiences a wedding photographer could have! Especially because I got to sit next to James Best (AKA: Rosco P. Coltrane from The Dukes of Hazard) during my hotel breakfast. No joke!

Peter Carlson: Thanks Lesli! We haven't seen you forever!!!! Hope your doing well and we will get to see you soon. (Aug 19th - 08:27 am) Lesli Emmetts: LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Fabulous work! (Aug 19th - 06:19 am) admin: Thanks Jen! - peter (Aug 12th - 08:40 am) Jen Creed: Fantastic images! Good for them for embracing the weather. Beautiful! (Aug 11th - 03:22 pm) admin: Thanks Adrian. It was actually a tree farm. So, it made things super cool as there were not a lot of weeds and brush. Plus all the trees were in a row making it look really neat. (Aug 07th - 10:33 am) adrian hitt: how fun that they got married in the woods! too cool. great job!! (Aug 06th - 07:54 pm) admin: Ha! No he did not. Considering I barely recognized him do to his age, I'm guessing Flash has left us. (Aug 06th - 12:35 pm) laura: another lovely wedding captured by Dove. Love that last shot and also the one with all the grass in the frame. looks like they embraced it and made it a wonderful day. love looking at your work. also, funny that you had to leave nashville to see such an impressive celebrity! did he have his dog flash with him? (Aug 06th - 09:24 am) Cedarwood: FANTASTIC photos. Love the setting. Love the couple. Love everything about this wedding. So well done. Congrats. Linda (Aug 06th - 09:20 am) admin: Yes, we are always up for doing things out of the ordinary. We were just super glad the couple was willing to embrace the rainy day. It made every thing so green and the fog was super cool. Looks kind of like we were in Hawaii, rather than East Tennessee. (Aug 06th - 06:51 am) Jennifer Hamilton: Pretty, pretty!! Love the photo of the trees!! So glad you guys embraced the rainy day! ;) (Aug 06th - 05:22 am) admin: Thanks Joe! Now that we are back in town more we need to find a time to hang. Hope to see you soon! (Aug 05th - 09:12 am) Joe Hendricks: Dude, that's a fairy tail wedding! I love it when the Bride and Groom are so creative on where and how they get married!! Beautiful pictures! (Aug 05th - 08:15 am)
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Mother’s Day Idea Apr 28th | Uncategorized

You were probably guessing that I would encourage you to buy prints for Mother’s Day. I don’t have a problem if you want to, but this Mother’s day give mom something else that lasts, something she’ll love not only because it’s functional and cute, but because it helps formerly abducted mothers in Uganda.

Invisible Children is one of our favorite relief organizations. Their bracelets and Mend bags are more than just gifts… they are a chance at a better future. Each Mend bag carries the name of the seamstress who made it. Each individual name unlocks an online profile of a seamstress employed in Invisible Children’s program. Through her video bio and photos she will share how she is “on the Mend” because of your simple purchase.

And with the gift of a Mend bag your mom will also receive the Grace bracelet and DVD. Grace is the story of a child mother in Northern Uganda who has survived the war to spread hope and take care of her child.

Give mom a Mend bag or the Grace bracelet and DVD to show her she is loved, and let her know her gift is loving someone a world away.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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*Orders must be placed by Monday, May 3 by 2pm PST for regular shipping service. Any orders placed after must choose an expedited service to be received by Mother’s Day.

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Dove Sweets Event – January 22nd & 23rd Jan 15th | Uncategorized

Get ready to have a lot of fun, pamper yourself, and surprise your man.

The next Dove Sweets Event is only a week away, January 22nd & 23rd! Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what would make a better gift to give your man than a magazine or set of prints full of fun and flirty photos of yourself! For all of you with Spring or Summer weddings, Dove Sweets make the perfect wedding gift to give to your husband on your wedding day.

The cost of the session is $150, which includes a 45-minute private session with multiple clothing changes, the shoot location, as well as getting your makeup done at Harlow Salon on Music Row. Seeing as this is half off our normal private Sweets session cost, we think you’ll agree that this is a great deal!

We still have a few spots left, so if you are interested be sure to contact me ASAP at


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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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