Destination Hawaii Wedding Photographers - Romantic, Family Oriented Vow Renewal in Maui

I'm not gonna lie: my job is awesome. It takes me to cool places, I get to see amazing things, etc. But the thing that makes it over the top incredible? The people I get to meet and their stories I get to tell.

Take for example the Allens. They first called me about 7 years ago for family photo when it was just them and their two older boys. We had a great time together, so I got called back again for a larger family photo. Then again for her sister's senior portraits, then again when they welcomed their third son. Then again, and again, and again. I've had the great pleasure of being invited back into the lives of this family over and over, watching them grow, getting to know them, and documenting their lives.

One thing I didn't document for them was their wedding. Not just because they didn't know me, but because their wedding wasn't your typical wedding story. They eloped, nothing went as planned, and they have no photos. That's why, for their 10th anniversary this year they decided to give a wedding a proper go this time with a stunning vow renewal in Maui.

And folks, they took me with them.

Ashley has been dreaming and talking about doing this for about as long as I've been photographing them. And when it came time to actually start planning, she decided to give me complete control over the aesthetics for the day... talk about trust! Aside from selecting her colors and her dress, the rest of the visual details were left up to me.

Although I'm not a wedding planner, I've had enough experience in my decade long career to know what makes a wedding awesome. We connected with Bliss Maui to help with logistics and coordination on the island, and the results are beyond words. It was incredible to be a part of, and I'm so thankful to continue to tell this family's story. Take a look at my favorite moments from the day.
Coordination: Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events 
 Floral Design: Petals 
 Catering + Venue + Bar + Goblets: Sugar Beach Events
Paper: Designs in Paper
Dress: Sarah Seven
Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory Nashville
Gauze table runners and silk ribbons: Adorn Company 
Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry 
 Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event 
Rentals Lounge Set: Rio Event Design 
Ukulele Music: Manutea Nui E 
 Officiant: Kale Ka'alekahi

Nashville Baby Photographers - Simple Maternity and Newborn Photos - Before and After

It was already past her due date when I texted Tiffany asking if she would meet me at my studio. I knew she felt pretty miserable at that point, so there was a good chance just the idea of putting on real clothes and leaving the house would cause her to laugh in my face. Much to my delight, however, she agreed! I had asked her to come to the studio so I could practice a few things with my trusty Hasselblad. I'm super accustomed to shooting film outdoors, but I don't feel like I've completely mastered indoor shooting, and I wanted a practice subject.

You can see why I called Tiffany. She may not have felt it, but I could see just how stunning she was (is). She was mere days away from meeting her sweet baby girl - their third! - and I wanted to see if I could capture a little of that magic.

During the course of our mini shoot, I was explaining a little about film, specifically how double exposures work. For those of you who don't know, a photo is created on film when the shutter opens (the "click" that happens when the button is pushed) and light hits the film. There is a chemical reaction that happens to the film to create the image.

Here's my best layman's explanation for a double exposure: the shutter opens to let light in twice on the same bit of film. Normally, once a photo has been taken the camera advances the film to the next frame. But in a double, I tell the camera to take two photos before advancing the film forward.

After explaining that to Tiffany, she remarked on how neat it would be to do a "before and after" as a double exposure, and immediately my wheels begin to spin. I happened to have with me a spare camera with half a roll of BW film in it, so we decided to give it a try. I thought for a moment about the composition, then we carefully made notes (and took iphone pics) of our positions in my studio. Then I snapped one shot. ONE. And then I turned the camera off and put it away to wait patiently. I finished shooting with my Hasselblad, and we called it a day.

Three weeks later, we met back at my studio again, this time with baby girl on the outside. We pulled out the iphone reference photos, got back into our original positions, turned the camera back on, and shot ONE more shot. Then the camera advanced to the next frame. And that was that! I had given it my best try. I finished the roll, and immediately sent it to Richard Photo Lab, anxiously awaiting the results. I had no way of knowing if it worked, because I couldn't see as I was shooting of course. And, because my client couldn't magically go back and forth between being pregnant and having the baby, I literally only had ONE chance to get it right.

And y'all, I'm so happy with the results! In this photo, you can see the outline of mama's pregnant belly from the first exposure as well as sweet baby girl being held in her hands from the second exposure. All done in camera, no photoshop tricks involved.

It's incredible, isn't it? To think about life in such a way. I mean, when I was pregnant, I knew there was a baby in there, but sometimes it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that there was a whole little person right under my skin. A photo like this makes it feel a little less bizarre to me.

Technical info: Photographed with a Canon EOS3, 50mm 1.4 on Tri-x 400 film, developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

Of course, we got a few other shots too. Isn't she absolutely stunning?

Top Nashville Family Photographers - Outdoor Fall Family Photos - The Vice Family

Fall is by and large the MOST popular time of year for family photos. It's usually the time of year when families start thinking ahead to the holidays, and realize it's time to update their family photo for Christmas cards and giving to family members as gifts. But more than that, fall is the time of year when it's just downright fun to get cozy! When the leaves fall and the air gets crisp, doesn't it just make you want to grab your family and cuddle up?

Last fall, when most of the leaves had already come off the trees, my friend and fellow photographer Leanne Vice stopped by the farm with her precious three boys for a quick family session ... quick being the key word there ... these boys move fast! And with a sister being added to the mix very soon, this sweet family has their hands full of crazy, fun kids. What you don't see in these photos is me: acting a total fool to get their attention. Pretty much every family session ever, kids just. don't. care. They're way more interested in their surroundings or playing or basically doing anything but taking pictures. And that's ok! Really, all anyone really needs for great family photos is just plenty of love for each other. I think the love Leanne and Trey have for their family is pretty evident, don't you?

PS- I have about THREE family session openings remaining for the entire YEAR. It's probably a good idea you email me now if you're wanting photos.