The Moncriefs’ Fall Lifestyle Session {Athens, TN}

I could easily write at length about this wonderful family. The Moncriefs have become some of our dear friends & we think, rather, we know they are one of the most rad families in the world. ‘Cause they are! Jimmy & Brittany Moncrief have two beautiful kiddos, Ada & Everest, & live in Chattanooga where Jimmy is an entrepreneur & banker who also assists his lovely wife, Brittany, with her fantasticly successful photography business, Moncrief Photography. She’s a wonderful photographer & we were privileged to have Britt shoot our family several months ago (click here to see).

A few weeks ago we were privileged to have the Moncriefs drive up to Athens for a photo shoot & dinner. We visited one of my favorite locations just outside of town & had a blast. Plus, they happen to be crazy-easy to photograph so I was excited with what we captured. Here are a few of my favorites… enjoy!

Seriously cute.

My goodness Ada, you are so cute!

Givin’ momma some love.

 

Love this.

I’m pretty sure that if they don’t order a ginormous canvas of this for their home, I am. Would that be weird?

Everest… such a handsome little fella.

 

 

They are effortless in front of the camera.

Lovely Brittany.

My man!

 

Racing through the field.

Across the street to a beautiful overview of the farm.

 

Love these balloons they brought.

And the balloons were released at the end the session. What a great time Moncrief family! Thank you so much for the opportunity; I hope you love your pics!

Shot with: Contax 645 w/80mm f/2, Canon 5D Mark III w/50mm f/1.2

Andrew & Brittany’s Wedding {First Baptist Church, Athens, TN}

It couldn’t have come at a better time nor on a better day. Admittedly, this year has been one of the most wonderful yet exhausting times of my life. Just imagine having 3 kids ages 4 & under while attempting to manage a rapidly growing business. Yikes… crazy. Yet, each time I have the opportunity to photograph, I say to myself, “I wouldn’t have it any other way!” And this was especially the case when photographing this wedding. The weather was gorgeous & with Andrew & Brittany, there simply couldn’t be two nicer people.

I’ve been anticipating their wedding for quite some time. Since meeting for their engagement shoot (click here), I realized that they were a couple that I completely hit it off with & their wedding would be a blast. It was! Andrew & Brittany were wed November 3rd at First Baptist Church in Athens, TN. The reception followed at The Living Heritage Museum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittany with her ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew, as he’s reading a note from his bride.

 

 

 

 

Fellas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple didn’t want to see each other before the wedding but wanted to exchange notes.

 

Moments before the ceremony was to begin.

Brittany & her lovely mother, Myra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The handsome & lovely wedding party.

And my favorite moments from the day… Andrew + Brittany. Brittany, you looked absolutely beautiful my friend.

Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following the couple portraits, we headed over to the Living Heritage Museum for the reception… here are a few of the details.

 

 

 

 

At this point in the evening, I had no idea at the party that was about to ensue.

 

 

Brittany & her father.

 

Andrew & his mother.

The beautiful cakes made by Cheryl Knight.

 

 

 

And the party began!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is when it got quite silly… and yes, this totally happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, that’s the groom!

The bouquet & garter toss. 

 

 

 

 

The exit was a riot… fantastic!

Congrats Andrew & Brittany! It was such a pleasure to photograph your wedding; I hope you love your pics.

 

For the Holidays…

It’s no secret the Holidays are fast upon us. And we are excited! We love the smell of the Fall air, the glisten of Holiday lights, the warmth of a cup of Chai Tea Latte & the sound of Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the background. It seems to birth a laid-back feel at the office & an anticipation for time spent with family. We’ve been working extra hard to ensure we are organized & prepped for the Holiday rush so we too can enjoy the season.

For me, it can certainly pose a challenge finding the perfect gift for family & friends. So, we wanted to help make this whole process as simple as possible. We have you covered from all price ranges. For many clients, now is the perfect time to purchase prints for their home or memory book, order a canvas for their wall, invest in an album from their wedding day, or simply buy a rockin’ mustache mug for their friend. We’re happy to help walk you through the process. We are creative on a daily basis so let us help you get something unique this year. You may now contribute any amount towards a session for family/friends through our registry. Finch Photography offers a few options for gift giving, not only for the Holidays, but year round.

Join us December 8th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm for Christmas on the Square, you will have the opportunity to take a fun family photo here at the studio as well as grab a gift or two. Hot chocolate and laughs galore!  We will also be hosting a silent auction for Finch Photography fine art canvases, valued at over $600/each, & you will have the opportunity to place bids and win. This is one of the first times we have displayed this fine art for sell.  Join us to see our newly renovated studio and get in the spirit of Christmas!

Here are some gift ideas:

  • Gift Certificates: Available in any amount toward the purchase of products or services.
  • ‘Stache Mugs': Our new Finch Photography ‘Stache Mugs’ have been an instant success. Swing by and grab one for $8.00 or two for $15, or if you would like us to ship and wrap it for you, add $3/each mug.
  • Canvas or Framed prints: We are constantly blown away at how much canvases & framed prints add to the enjoyment of our home & office spaces. We’ll be glad to walk you through the best fit for your space!

 

Will Thompson Senior Session {Athens, TN}

Will Thompson… what a fella! My wife, Joy, taught Will when she taught sixth grade when we first moved to Athens. Now, just look at the guy. He’s gotta be six feet something & is a Senior in High School at McMinn County High School. And, he’s an avid golfer & all around pleasure to converse with & get to know.

To begin his senior session, we met at our studio to capture some dressier, fashion shots. I couldn’t have chosen a better suit… lookin’ dapper my friend. I love how these came out. One guy came in the studio while I was editing these & said, “Fortune 500 shoot?” Ha! Not quite, but I get where you’re coming from.

 

 

 

Golf plays a huge role in Will’s life so we headed over to Springbrook Golf & Country Club.

 

 

 

 

Let me tell you, golf fashion has come a long way since I played in High School… diggin’ the threads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thompsons have a beautiful farm located just outside of town; we ventured that way to capture some pics.

 

 

 

Thanks WIll… I had a great time & hope you love your pics. Best of luck as you complete your senior year & head off to college!

 

Fall Camping Trip {Fall Creek Falls}

In this season of giving thanks, I am truly thankful for lifelong friends.  The kind of friends where, even though you may now be separated by the inevitable moves that life brings, when you see them again, it’s as if nothing has ever changed.  Such is the case for Jenn and I, the Stroubes, and the Reeds.  We have known Paul and Kristin Reed since our days at Maryville College, and Marissa and Adam Stroube were inducted into the group during our time in Memphis.  It is there that the fall/spring camping tradition was born.  Since that time almost 5 years ago, and even though we are all separated by distance now, some combination of us has always gone camping twice a year.  (With two exceptions…apparently the girls didn’t want to camp during the third trimester of pregnancy.  Quite why, I do not know…)  For this fall’s trip, we met with the Stroubes at Fall Creek Falls State Park a few weeks ago.  As usual, it’s like we never missed a beat.  The rules of the camping trip might as well be written in stone now.  Arrive and set up on Friday, girls cook dinner, boys are responsible for breakfast, hike on Saturday, clean up on Sunday, end the trip with a hyper-competitive game of Phase 10.  I cannot stress enough how much I enjoy these trips!  Also on these trips, I make it a point to photograph the surrounding landscape.  This year was only slightly different in that I did most of it with a tilt-shift lens (which admittedly Jenn hates).  In the future, I promise I will use this lens more sparingly, but I thought the camping trip would be the perfect time to work through its somewhat steep learning curve.  (Fair warning, if tilt-shift images are not your thing, you may want to skip this blog!)  So, at the risk of being sappy and cliche, I am thankful for my friends.  What are you thankful for this year?