Elle and Ryan's Engagement at Overgrown Wild Rock Island State Park

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Elle and Ryan and I met up close to dusk at Rock Island State Park, just a few hours east of Nashville one Wednesday night at the beginning of August. There's something about these waterfalls that I love - we did our first Gathering workshop at these falls, I had done day trips here just to explore, but I hadn't ever photographed a real session here yet. And it didn't disappoint.

We showed up to the falls and I couldn't believe the crazy overgrown greens that were everywhere - we could barely walk through, and the photos above look like they're from somewhere wild like Costa Rica instead of middle Tennessee. Kind of hilarious, but the best kind. Elle and Ryan were up for walking through/climbing over/jumping over ferns, rocks, streams, whatever I asked them to do. We made some magic together. 

 

Best of the Best Destination Photos of 2017 - We Won!

I am so honored and thrilled to share that the image below placed in the Junebug Weddings Best of the Best Destination Wedding Photography for 2017. I've been hoping to win this contest for years, and this year it finally happened. I can't believe it and I'm so humbled to share this honor with so many other incredible wedding photographers. See the full collection of images here - the work is outstanding.

Massive thanks to Elle and Ryan for venturing out to Rock Island State Park with me here in Tennessee, where this image was taken, just a few weeks ago. Photography is truly collaborative and without you, this image never would have happened. Much love. 

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Junebug's Best of the Best Destination Photography Winner 2017

Matt and Nina in Bergen in Black and White

A tiny disclaimer before you start scrolling.

This entire set is in black and white - which I'm all about. I've been wanting to showcase a collection in entirely black and white for a while now, but I was waiting for one that just felt right. My time with Matt and Nina in Bergen, Norway, felt right. 

I'd be wanting to go to Norway for years and it finally worked out to where I was in Bergen for two sessions this past June, on my way home from the U.K.  The day I met up with Matt and Nina it rained all morning, and we were soaked to the bone - but I swear Bergen is even more magical in the rain. I was blown away by this city - the homes, the side streets, the incredible Scandinavian design (dying) the coffee, the art.

Getting to run around this incredible city in Norway photographing Matt and Nina was the best. Most of our time together was up on a hilltop where we felt like we were on top of the world with a tiny Bergen below as the rain came down. 

So beautiful - I'd love to go back. Thanks you two. I hope we can all return soon. 

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Nina and Matt walking in the rain in Bergen, Norway

Rachel & Johnathon's Tennessee Wedding in Golden Summer

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Artistic Outdoor Wedding Inspiration Southern Weddings
Artistic Outdoor Wedding Inspiration Southern Weddings

I was excited to photograph this outdoor wedding in Nashville as soon as I met with Rachel and Johnathon last winter at my office in Marathon Village. They were so excited but also so laid back, so ready to get married that everything else that didn't really matter seemed to melt away. Their wedding was full of moments and a lot of emotion - their friends and their family mean the world to them, and I think that's so clear just from looking through a few photos. Pair that with their beautifully minimalistic taste (and Rachel's Rue de Seine dress!) and an incredible wedding venue on the lake at Historic Rock Castle, and it's just a win win win situation. 

I've been trying more and more to photograph weddings how they feel - a beautifully lit and peaceful ceremony, intense candids, quiet yet joyful bride and groom portraits and finally, at the end of the night, the reception becomes this whirlwind of celebration and sweat and joy and I want my images to feel exactly that way. The way that it felt when you were there, or if you weren't there, you can almost feel like you were. 

Rachel and Johnathon, you felt like old friends by the end of the night. And that's the best thing I could ask for when photographing a wedding. Thank you for everything <3