Bonjour. Ladies & Gentlemen, I bring you “Paris: A Journey on Film,” a collection of Paris Fine Art Prints I photographed while visiting earlier this year. All of the photographs were shot on Medium Format Film, Kodak Portra 400/800 & Ilford HP5/Delta 3200, on my Contax 645. I chose to shoot film to give the images a more classic, nostalgic feeling which I associate with the beautiful city of Paris. Plus, it was a personal challenge & I love the delayed gratification that comes when taking a photo & waiting weeks before I know how it turned out. As a result, I’m extremely pleased.
We currently have a Gallery show lined up for later this year in Knoxville where featured prints & pieces will be displayed (more details to come). As well, we just sent our first design draft of an 8.5″x8.5″ softcover book to the printers & if it is up to par, we’ll be releasing the product in the next month or two. In the meantime, enjoy looking through the blog gallery & pick out a few of your favorites. I’m daily adding to an online print ordering gallery, http://finchphoto.bigcartel.com/, where you can purchase prints up to a size 13×19. All prints are archival grade pieces that we carefully look over to ensure they look as we intend. I set a lower price so that we could get more prints into people’s hands. I’d be honored for you to purchase a piece of this collection for your home, office, or as a gift. Larger prints & additional product options are available by emailing me info[at]finchphoto.com. Enjoy, au revoir.
I heard a friend say the other day, “I eat merely for sustenance, not because I really enjoy it.” A gush of sympathy mixed with confusion rushed over me as I tried to process his claim. I thought to myself, “Blasphemy!!!” There are few things in life I enjoy more than eating good food with good friends. Eating is one of the great joys in my life, and as a result, I have to show a bit of self-control when I find myself at a place like Central Flats and Taps in Knoxville, TN. And btw, they’re not paying me to say that.
Just last week I was at Central Flats and Taps to photograph their amazing menu. When they brought out the food & after having photographed the entrees, we sat down to enjoy their wonderful flatbread pizzas & salads. It was perfect. It’s the kind of place you want to take your spouse if you’re looking for a more relaxed, casual date night or when you want a night out with the guys or the ladies with their friends. It possesses such a fun, laid back feel. If you’re visiting, here’s the address: 1204 N Central St. Knoxville, TN 37917
And if you’re a beer lover, check out the review below:
Matt Ward of Knoxville.com shared about his experience, “I ponied up to the bar and my gaze fell on a welcome sign for a beer lover, 20 taps of beer. After a lengthy survey of the selection, I came to a pleasing conclusion that our region holds its own when it comes to great beer. From Georgia’s Sweetwater Brewery to Asheville’s Highland Brewery to Atlanta’s Laughing Skull to Knoxville’s own Marble City Brewery, there are some great brews in the Southeast. Each of these mentioned had an offering or two ready to be poured by the pint for thirsty bar-goers.”
Here are a few snapshots from the afternoon at Central.
Saturday night, we were honored to receive some pretty rad awards for our photography (& design) work (refer to iPhone pic above) at the 2013 AAF Knoxville Addys. Although I was busy photographing a lovely wedding for Bob & Jaime, my bride, Joy, went on my behalf alongside Finch Photo team members, Meg Prewitt, our rockin’ Biz Director, & Alison Nation, Designer Extraordinaire. They had a wonderful time at the 48th Addy Awards Gala. Below is a brief description of the Addys:
“The Knoxville ADDY® Awards is the first tier of the three-tiered National ADDY® Awards, the advertising industry’s largest recognition of creative excellence. Founded in 1959, the American Advertising Federation of Knoxville is a professional organization that promotes excellence and awareness of advertising in the greater Knoxville area. It is an official chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), which is headquartered in Washington DC and acts as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 40,000 professionals through a national network of 200 local chapters. For more information, visit aafknoxville.com”
As well, many asked for a description & images of the awarded work. Here goes:
A Gold Addy was awarded for our Finch Photo Rebrand which included the following elements: Logo, Website, Magazine Ad, Biz Cards, Client CD Holders, ‘Stach Mugs, T-shirts & Open House Video (produced by Limestone Films!!!). And shout out to Jeremy Fairbank for his rad web development skills & Alison Nation who assisted with some of the design portions!
A Silver Addy was awarded for our lifestyle photography for Crescent’s World’s Softest Socks ’12 Brochure campaign.
A Silver Addy was awarded for our photography for Tennessee Wesleyan College‘s ’12 Recruiting Campaign & Promotions.
A Silver Addy was awarded to the below photo, originally produced for an Alumni Spotlight for the University of Mobile Magazine. A shout out to Alan & Jenn Brock for their assistance during this shoot (trying to entertain 3 kids) & for taking the photo… thanks friends!
A Bronze Citation of Excellence was awarded for our Website Redesign of the University of Mobile. Website development by Web Development Partner, Nvisionative.
A Bronze Citation of Excellence was awarded for our Design of the ’12-’13 AACA Arts Guide. And a big shout out to Jason Wallis for his handsome illustrations throughout the brochure!
I’m no food critic but if it means eating at places like Lil Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant in Knoxville, TN, I might have a career change, ha!
Just last week I was fortunate to photograph for a few restaurants in Knoxville (more to come) & work alongside the wonderful social & event planner Kelly S Absher. From the moment I approached Lil Vinnie’s in the Old City, I knew this place was a jewel. I walked in & quickly knew I’d be bringing my wife here for a date. And that’s exactly what we did last night, Valentine’s Day. The atmosphere is romantic & quaint, the staff are kind, & the food is superb. Think fresh Italian: Bruschetta, Meatballs (best I’ve ever had!), Build Your Own Pasta, Lasagna (best I’ve ever had!), Wine, Cannoli & more. It’s little wonder why this place has become a regular for the informed… it’s worth it. I picked a few photos from our photo shoot to whet your appetite for this beautiful Friday & the weekend ahead. Enjoy. And when you visit, I’d love to hear about your experience!
That’s what I call an appetizer, Meatball on Ricotta & Mussels.
A few lovely entrees.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Joy & I recently returned from a photography assignment in Paris, France. I know, seems to good to be true, right? It was amazing! We were honored to jump the pond to visit some friends in Paris, the Richardsons, & photograph their beautiful family (more of those pics coming). While visiting, they were so hospitable & generous to show us all around the city. We walked our ‘booty’ off (figuratively & literally) trekking all over the city. If you follow my Instagram feed I’m sure you saw our daily ventures: Notre Dame, The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Opera House, Sacre Coure & more.
Today I wanted to feature a collage of some of my favorite Paris Instagrams photos from our time there. All of these photos were taken & edited with my iPhone 4S. I should be getting my film scans back this week & I’ll be posting those asap. And, I’m in the process of setting up a shopping cart so that I can respond to many who’ve asked if they could purchase prints from our trip… yes!!! More details to come as well a few additional products I’m designing. I can’t wait to get some of these up in our home.
And if you’re not doing so already, let’s connect on Instagram: @benfinch