Check out this joyful urban taproom engagement session in downtown Knoxville!
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Sam and Robert are precisely the kind of clients we’re always looking for and heres why:
A. They were literally game for whatever. Running, skipping (even though Robert didn’t know how), jumping. All of it. They were game. Trust makes for some killer photos, friends.
B. They’re really cute and really into each other. Like can you even imagine how good their wedding day is gonna be? P U M P E D for it.
Lastly. They enjoyed themselves. They approached this session ready to have a good time, and that right there makes the difference. We know that having pictures made is not everyone’s favorite thing to do, heck, half the time it isn’t even ours (Jesse HATES having his picture made) but when you make the decision that you’re gonna have fun (and, ya know, pick FUN photographers) then it shows. We know you can’t just turn off anxiety, can’t just change a lifetime of hating being in front of the camera, but there are things you can do.
-Step one: Pick a photographer you mesh with. Pick someone you can actually see yourself hanging out with. This will help big time. When we picked our wedding photographer we knew we wanted someone that was chill. Someone who wouldn’t judge us our our group of friends. Trust us when we say we are NOT judging you, your fam, your friends, or your neighbor that your grandma made you invite. We don’t care who they are, what they look like, where they’re from, what they’re into, who they’re married to, or what they talk like. You’re safe with us.
-Step two: TRUST US. I’m not even gonna elaborate. Just trust us. Trust the process, trust that we’ve got your back.
-Step three. Make a day of it. Plan a date for after, do your hair and makeup trial before if you want. Make it fun. If you know your partner hates having pictures made, plan something that will make them more at ease. For me, I always plan to go eat pho with Jesse after. Special treat because I am SO over pho. Whatever makes your day great, do that.
Above all, remember this time in your life is meant to be FUN. If you’re feeling stressed, take a step back and breathe in deep. The most important part about all of this is that at the very end, you’ll be married to the one person who makes your heart sing, and we’d be stoked to be a small part of that!
Its been a little while friends, but we're back!
This has been a B U S Y summer for Winx, and while we're so grateful, we've gotten a little behind on some housekeeping stuff, like updating our site and blogging our work! I thought I'd kick us back off with a recent favorite of mine, Meghan & Matt's engagement session!
Meghan is a small business owner in Knoxville, so when she reached out about us photographing her and Matt's wedding this September, I was A. Stoked, and B. a little intimidated. Meghan is precious, but its always a little nerve wracking working with someone so creative! That being said, I KNEW we were a perfect match as soon as she told me what her business is- she's a graphic designer with a pension for paper goods and collectables! (Check her out here.) I've never really talked about it before, but I collect an embarrassing amount of paper products. Wrapping paper, notepads, thank you cards. You name it, I own 42. So yeah, match made in heaven. Ok, but THEN she says she wants do their engagement session around some of the bright areas of town, like the painted stairs on campus and the sunsphere and gay st and wherever else we can find. Ding ding ding, sold. Icing on the cake? These two are the cutest. They're another one of our "we're awkward in front of the camera!" couples who ends up not being awkward in front of the camera at all. They're making all of us who truly are awkward look bad, right? Cause there is absolutely no way we can turn on this level of adorable once we step in front of the camera.
Meghan and Matt, we cannot wait for your wedding in September, and to find more murals with you both!
TWO BLOGS IN ONE WEEK?!?!
A. How'd you get so lucky?
B. How'd I get so productive?
Subconsciously, I think I'm trying to be super productive before my birthday tomorrow. Its my last year in my early 20s, I'm feeling the pressure.
Back to this post. You know I like to rabbit trail mid thought.
Chelsea and Andrew met with us about a week after getting engaged in April. They didn't want a long engagement and decided that a May wedding would be perfect, so thats exactly what we're going to do! When we met, we instantly clicked. We talked for around an hour about the most random things, like Andrew's barber being allowed to call him Andy and which phone games were best. We laughed about adding certain songs to their "do not play" list for their DJ, and about the time I stole someone's deodorant, and how kids always know dance moves that we don't know. By the end of our meeting, they felt like old friends.
We met up at their venue, Country Manor Acres, and the sunset was as magical as I remembered. We've shot one other wedding there, Jaron & Makayla's, and their sunset photos are still some of my favorites to date. I think it has something to do with being in the mountains, and the prettiest little pond at the base of the main site. The owners are precious and allowed us to explore all over their venue, including the prettiest little entrance to the woods which was so lush and beautiful, and where Chelsea immediately picked up a four leaf clover, which has got to be a good sign, right?
Chelsea & Andrew, we cannot wait for your wedding next week! We're so glad you picked us to be your knoxville wedding photographers!
In true East Tennessee fashion, Whitney and Ryan planned their engagement shoot, got excited about it, and then, rain. Such is life down here in the valley. When they asked for our next available date, I threw one out that I honestly A. Didn't think they'd want and B. Wasn't sure I really wanted them to grab- A sunrise session, the day after second shooting a wedding, on a day when we already had a sunset session.
Let me be frank, I love weddings. I love being a part of the joy, I love how tangible the excitement is. But y'all, I LOVE to sleep. Jesse loves to sleep more than me. We're a sleepy bunch, and I pray to God our future children are sleepers as well. After a wedding, we have whats called a wedding hangover. No, its not from sneaking shots (we've haven't done that...yet) but rather from standing, in the heat, holding 10-30lbs of gear at any given time, staying in full blown people person mode for 8 or more solid hours. It is E X H A U S T I N G. We're talking full recuperation day, turn the phone off, sleep for 15hrs kind of exhaustion. So anyway, Whitney and Ryan wanted the sunrise session. At first, I was a little mad at myself but then I got super excited because we really hadn't done a sunrise session before, and as much as we'd shot downtown, we'd never seen it in the early morning.
YOU GUYS, IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
Like, never in my photography career have I been more grateful for a decision on shoot time. First of all, there was nobody downtown. Complete and total ghost town. We met up and started walking up the hill to the little bridge and I swear, we didn't see a single soul. We had access to all of the places we love to shoot without managing the logistics of how to shoot around people and obstacles. The sun gave way to some of the best light we've ever had for a shoot and despite it being 40ish degrees outside, Whitney & Ryan were a complete and total dream to work with. After their shoot, we felt energized and ready to kickoff the day. That was quickly squashed by me telling Jesse to drive out to our favorite breakfast place across town instead of the 90 trillion surrounding our house, only to find out it was closed on Sundays. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
Whitney and Ryan, thanks for picking an AM shoot. No amount of sleep would overpower how excited I am about these photos and your wedding day. We cannot wait to meet up again in August!
Does snow make anyone else long for warmer days? Like even the days where you know you were actually hot? I totally romanticize summer, thinking its the perfect temperature always. The truth is, Knoxville summers last a long time, are generally humid, and always make me long for cooler days. I'd be pretty content to stay in the fall weather range for forever. Whats the Miss Congeniality line? Not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket? Yeah, thats me. Thats ideal. When we met up with Bess & Jason for their engagement session back in August, thats about what the weather was like. Hot, but not too hot. Breezy, but not too cold. Perfect. I'd take a day like that today.
Bess and Jason love each other a lot. They wanted to do their engagement session somewhere meaningful to them, which is something we always recommend. Jason used to work at Seven Islands, so they spent a lot of time exploring the park. We saw the most BEAUTIFUL sunset while he explained what wildlife resided there and when the best time to come was. While seven islands isn't up in the GSMNP, its close enough to feel like you're away from it all. Theres an old homestead you can visit, complete with rocking chairs and mountain views. We could have sat there all night, listening to the sounds of summer.
Though their wedding day has passed (we'll share it with you a little bit later) we wanted to show you how fun their Knoxville engagement session was. All of our wedding packages come with a complimentary engagement session, something we think helps us all bond and get to know each other. We recommend always doing a session with your wedding photographers before your wedding day, that way you get a good feel for their style and how you'll work together. Plus, we tend to love spending time with our couples. If you or someone you know is getting married, we'd love to get to know you and see if we're a good fit!
This. Summer. Is. Hot. Seriously, we're absolutely melting. On an unseasonably cool day in June, praise the Lord hallelujah, these two Knoxville wedding photographers met up with one cute couple, Tara and Forrest, and made a little downtown Knoxville magic.
Tara and Forrest met downtown, so it was only fitting that we used it as their engagement session backdrop. We started with the iconic Tennessee theatre sign, then circled through Krutch Park, down the art alley, along the side of market square, then ended at Sapphire, where Forrest works and Tara watches. Forrest is a DJ at Sapphire (check him out when you get a chance) so they wanted to take a few fun pictures reversing the roles! While we were there, T & F introduced us to Frosé, which, basically, is an adult slushie. Talk about delicious.
These two downtown lovin' cuties are getting married this October at the COOLEST venue, Riverdale Schoolhouse, complete with food trucks, craft brews, and a live band. We cannot wait!
When Haley contacted us last fall about her Knoxville wedding at Estate of Grace Farm, we were a little hesitant to book her. Not because she isn't perfectly lovely, but because her wedding date is on our 1st anniversary! We decided to go for it, and we could not be more excited! I mean, what job is so awesome that you're genuinely excited to work on your anniversary? Mayyyyyybe if you worked with Beyonce every day, but I digress.
Haley and Gunner have a fun love, the type that quotes Adam Sandler movie lines (can all of our couples do that please?) and smiles throughout their entire session. These two have our hearts and we are so thrilled to share a soon to be anniversary with them!
Katie and Garrett. KATIE AND GARRETT. We're boldfacing because the people in the back need to see this. This couple, y'all. These are two people who we can honestly say belong together. Have you ever seen a guy look at a gal so adoringly? Katie and Garrett are in love, in case it wasn't obvious enough.
For their engagement session, though they truly need no backdrop, we chose to wander around the North Knoxville area, starting and stopping at our favorite little coffee house, K Brew. This super cute lovey dovey couple is getting married in June at Benchmark Farms and if their downtown Knoxville engagement session was any indication, their wedding will be a blast.
Being Knoxville photographers means we meet lots of different people. We meet old people and young people. We meet couples and families, each more different than the last. We meet serious folks and funny folks, and y'all, Eric and Alyssa are 2 funny people. I mean, seriously, we cackled together. We love their edgy style and how evident it is that they are not just a couple, they're best friends. Jesse and I are best friends and were before we ever started dating, so seeing other couples who fit us so well always puts a smile on both of our faces. E & A chose to do their session in downtown Knoxville at the Fireproof Storage building. Isn't that Knoxville skyline killer?