Jake & Megan {Engagement | Chattanooga, TN}

Sometimes you have to travel several hundred miles away from home to a new town to find the one of your dreams. And, sometimes when you meet him or her you realize they were from the same part of the country that you left. Then, you find yourself with that special someone in a new town, so you take them by the hand & start a new life together. This is the story of Jake & Megan. A Southern Florida girl takes a job in Chattanooga as a reporter for News Channel 3 & a Central Florida boy finds himself at a Financial Agency in the same town. Curious how to meet others in a new city, each set up profiles & by a providential hand they found one another. Looks like the beginning of together forever!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedApparently several dates have taken place with visits to Sweet CeCe’s. I can guarantee you it won’t be my last visit.
undefinedundefinedundefinedWhat a great couple… I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these two. Congrats my friends!

Josh & Sarah {Engagement | Knoxville, TN}

I would first like to congratulate Josh & Sarah on their wedding this past weekend!!! Talk about talent… these two possess it! I was somewhat familiar with their work well ahead of meeting them. They both work at Design Sensory in Knoxville, a brand, design & interactive firm. Josh as Strategist & Sarah as Designer. The work this company puts out is really top-notch & worthy of attention.

But, I’m not here to talk about work… I’m here to share with you the story of Josh & Sarah (& Eileen). I loved watching this little family interact with one another.

What began as a friendship at work eventually led to something deeper… he was first attracted to her inner passion for life & her ability to hold dear things most important to her. Not to mention, she’s beautiful & has a great laugh! They bonded over projects, meetings & professional events… working & conversing about advertising & design late into the night (my kind of folks!). Josh has a beautiful little girl from a previous marriage, Eileen, & Sarah seemed to effortlessly fall in love with them both. She’s a realist dreamer & he’s a compassionate friend, together they’re a great team. Life is much simpler now that they’re together.

undefinedundefinedundefinedMy favorite… love it!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedI can’t even tell you what these pictures do to my heart… love the bond between a Father & Daughter! Eileen, you are a beautiful little girl! I can’t wait for my little Molly to come.

The McFalls {Family Lifestyle Session | Sevierville, TN}

Words  just cannot adequately express what this family means to Jennifer and I (Alan).  I will attempt to do my best in this space though.  We first were introduced to this special family about 4 years ago when their oldest daughter, Rachel, started dating Jennifer’s brother Justin.  We have had the pleasure of watching the two of them grow over the years; in fact, tomorrow is their wedding day!  Although we will officially gain a sister-in-law tomorrow, we have long felt that Rachel was already part of our family.  As Justin and Rachel dated, we were introduced to the rest of her family; parents Roger and Suzanne and siblings Sarah and Matthew.  Roger is a pilot, so you know he and I hit it off immediately!

Last year, Jennifer’s father passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack.  The entire McFalls family gave us so much love and support that there is no way we could even begin to thank them enough.  You all mean so much to us; we can’t wait to officially be a part of the family on the big day tomorrow.  However, Jenn and I want you to know that we have long considered you all family.  Thank you for allowing us to capture these memories!





Rachel, our soon to be sister-in-law


Matthew, who is becoming quite the golfer!


Blake & Cari {Acres Verde Wedding | Englewood, TN}

It was a wedding we’d been eagerly awaiting. On May 7, Blake & Cari’s journeys finally united & they became husband & wife. You may recall through their engagement session the story of  how our friendship with them has grown. We officially have a new neighbor across the street as Cari has come to make it her home as well. We’re so excited!

One thing I learned, rather reiterated, on Saturday is that Blake is head over heals for Cari. I watched with an uncensored smile on my face as he prepared to marry the woman of his dreams. In some cases I suggest to the couple while photographing, “Your job is to love on her & her job is to let you.” In this case, my words weren’t necessary.

Saturday’s wedding day story unfolded as we (Ben & Alan) visited Cari’s parents’ home as she was finishing the last minute details. On the way out I knew I had to stop at their old barn to photograph her dress.
undefinedundefinedThe wedding reception was held at Acres Verde in Englewood, TN. It’s a wonderful country venue; Dan & Susie Lee were simply a pleasure to work alongside. I visited the reception site beforehand & quickly decided the pasture, decorated by yellow flowers, would be the perfect location for the bridal party photographs. Cari & her bridesmaids looked lovely!
undefinedundefinedAnd the groom, Blake Disspain, looking quite dapper!
undefinedundefinedThe ceremony was held at Englewood Church of God. A friend of the couple custom built the pergola for the wedding.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedAcres Verde provided an old Ford A-model to taxi the couple from the ceremony to the reception site.
undefinedundefinedundefinedAnd the fun continued!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedThe first dance… loved watching these two dance & sing to one another. McKee Promotions did an excellent job with the music.
undefinedundefinedAnd I was deeply touched by Cari & her dad.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedAs the sun set, we stole a few moments for pics.
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedCongrats Blake & Cari! We anticipate watching your marriage grow & having a blast doing life together.

The Bowens {Lifestyle Session, Chattanooga, TN}

When photographing children, it’s best to get down low where the action is. When I arrived at the home of Bruce & Leslea Bowen, I found their two beautiful girls Grace & Ella playing in the floor. Within minutes I found myself on the floor as well. I’ve known Leslea’s family since I was little but it’s been years since I’ve seen her. It was wonderful to meet her husband, Bruce, & visit them in their Chattanooga home.

undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedThe official family pic: Bruce, Grace, Ella & Leslea.
undefinedGrace is such a beautiful little girl… we visited her room & spent a bit of time reading some children’s books.
undefinedundefinedundefinedWe then were able to visit Ella’s nursery.
undefinedundefinedReally love this picture of Leslea & Grace!
undefinedundefinedBruce is a golf pro at the incredible Honors Course in Ooltewah… of course we had to break out the clubs.
undefinedundefinedundefinedLook at these little girls!
undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedAnd why not a bit of hopscotch?!
undefinedundefined Thanks friends for the opportunity to photograph your family!