Tips for Mobile Photography | Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR

I trust many of you were able to tune into Fox 43 this am for my segment on ‘Tips for Mobile Photography.’ At the time of writing this I am anticipating that all went really well & hopefully you benefitted from seeing the story. And if you happened to miss it (how dare you… ha!), the below notes are for you as well.

Taking photos with your phone is no laughing matter anymore. Stories regularly surface about how legitimate journalists & photographers are now harnessing the casual yet respected ability of their iPhone to document stories as large as wars (click here for example). It’s little wonder why an entire industry has developed around mobile photography. For someone like myself who makes his living behind the lenses of camera equipment as expensive as my car, I often find my phone’s camera the perfect tool for capturing moments that would go otherwise undocumented. Thus, knowing how to use your phone’s camera is really important. Here are a few of my tips.


A few helpful links:

Maybe you have questions or have tips you’d like to add, let me know… let’s start the conversation!


Brad & Paige’s Secrets Maroma Beach Wedding {Riviera Cancun, Mexico}

When I received a call from Paige asking if I would be up for traveling to Riviera Cancun, Mexico to the Secrets Maroma Beach to photograph her wedding, I was ecstatic. “Of course!!!” First of all, I’m a bit embarrassed at how much I love traveling. Knowing that I am going to get to travel provides several months worth of motivation to work at home. And my sweet bride, Joy, has been looking forward to the warm sun of Mexico for quite some while. And deep in her heart, she would’ve given anything to be able to stay forever on the white beaches of Riviera Cancun. It was simply beautiful & clearly one of the most desirable places I’ve been. Thus, don’t be alarmed when I start putting in for job transfers to the Riviera!

Let me begin this story by stating that Brad & Paige were wonderful to Joy & I during our stay. They were so generous & not once made us feel as though we were anything but honored guests. I often found myself thinking, “Wow, how did I become so fortunate?” But enough about me, here’s how it all started.

It must’ve been fate, rather providence. Or maybe ’twas the magic that comes along with being an Auburn Tigers fan. Yet in November ’09, Paige found herself waiting for a friend to join her for dinner at a Birmingham grill. It was during the Auburn vs. Georgia game when a patron at the bar area made an awry comment about Auburn that struck a nerve in them both. A mutual smile led to an introduction, which led to Facebook friends & football games, resulting in an official status change by the end of January ’10. And they’ve been together since. It’s the story of Brad & Paige. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to document their beautiful Mexico wedding. Here are a few of my favorites!
I could’ve stayed here forever. Ladies & gentlemen, here’s what Paradise looks like!
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Upon our Wednesday arrival, we joined Brad & Paige for a beachside bonfire to welcome everyone. 
Although we missed sunset, I spent some time with Brad & Paige around the resort & captures some pics of the happy couple. I wasn’t able to travel with much lighting gear so I got rather creative using video lights coupled with light fixtures throughout the campus. 
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Paige was such a beautiful & joyful bride… I love the fact that she smiled all day!
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And Brad, the handsome groom. 
Moments prior to the ceremony.
Secrets Maroma’s on-site wedding coordinator, Cecilia, was top-class. Simply lovely. 
Ceremony details… perfect.
As the ceremony begins.
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Located within walking distance of the resort is an abandoned mansion. We were fortunate to photograph her for a bit following the ceremony. I love the beautiful & flawless bride coupled with such rough textures. 
These stair pics are my favorites!

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What I wouldn’t give for perfect light at every wedding… sigh.
BradPaigeWedding-159_WEBThe reception was held poolside next to a beautiful gazebo. And just to show you how thoughtful Brad & Paige are… Joy & I had no expectation to be included in the wedding activities yet they insisted we participate & saved us seats for dinner. I was overcome with feelings of blessings.
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Yep, I’m calling this one my favorite.
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Keith & Jamie’s Maternity Session {Athens, TN}

Ahh… the joy of photographing for clients that you love. You may recall Keith & Jamie from earlier in 2012 for their Historic Scott Mansion wedding. Just 10 months removed from one of the most beautiful weddings of my calendar year & we’re excited to anticipate the soon arrival of Levi Townsend due in April. Just a few short weeks ago when I photographed for Keith & Jamie, it seemed that Spring was quickly upon us, with hints of warmth in the crisp air & buds beginning to bloom. As I write, I look out over the courthouse square & see snowflakes the size of nickels fall from the sky. Yet when I glance through this maternity session I am refreshed & eager for the coming season. And I anticipate seeing little Levi in a few weeks & welcoming him to new life. Here are few of my favorites from Keith & Jamie’s Maternity Session. 
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L’Amour Du Vin Wine Auction & Dinner {Knoxville Museum of Art}

The Knoxville Museum of Art & presenting sponsor, Lexus of Knoxville, held their 10th annual L’Amour Du Vin Wine Auction & Dinner the weekend of March 2. The event kicked off with a Sponsor Dinner held at the lovely & prestigious Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. If you have yet to visit the lovely Blackberry Farm, you’re missing out on what is considered one of the top properties in the world. It is exquisite. Here are a few of my favorites from the evening.

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Guest Vintners Mary Novak, Beth Novak Milliken and Lindy Novak of Spottswoode Estate and Winery. 
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The L’Amour Du Vin Wine Auction & Dinner was held at the Knoxville Museum of Art & was in full swing Saturday evening. I arrived early to capture the details. 
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The Novak ladies of Spottswoode. 
Andy Chabot, Sommelier & Director of Food & Beverage, introduces Guest Chef Dean Fearing.

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Will Hickey’s 9-Month Lifestyle Session {Knoxville, TN}

There’s much to be said about this little fella. Meet Will Hickey. Will is the handsome young son of Charlie & Stephanie Hickey. I had the opportunity to visit the Hickey home a few weeks ago to photograph Will’s 9-month lifestyle session. From my time with him, I soon found out that he has a a fantastic smile, loves to play with his toys, & is a pretty big fan of his siblings (his mom is a veteranarian so they have several pets). Here are few of my favorite pics from our time together. 
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