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Knox’s 5th Birthday Party

My little mini-me, Knox, turned 5 several weeks ago & we had a small party with our family & a few friends. I could write for days about how proud I am of each of our children & about the joy they bring to our lives. For several months we’ve been asking Knox what kind of birthday party he would want & he kept insisting on an “Indian” party. In a major way, he is infatuated with all things Indian. He often wears a rad little Indian costume complete with moccasins & a spear that a friend made him. When he’s in costume, he couldn’t be happier. So for his birthday, Joy was busy thinking of ways to decorate & style his party. She made several headdresses for Knox & his friends in addition to having a activity area for kids to make their own necklaces & bracelets. I designed some little Indian cupcake toppers & went to Lowe’s & picked up a few wooden poles & a painter’s canvas drop cloth to make a teepee. Thankfully, Joy’s dad came a little early & put the teepee together. It looked fantastic; what a fun afternoon!

I chose to capture the birthday party on medium format film on my Hasselblad H1, developed & scanned by Film Box Lab. Here are a few of my favorites:
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He couldn’t be more excited.KnoxB-Day-12_WEB KnoxB-Day-15_WEB KnoxB-Day-17_WEB KnoxB-Day-18_WEB KnoxB-Day-19_WEB KnoxB-Day-20_WEB
Hey Molly!KnoxB-Day-21_WEB KnoxB-Day-22_WEB KnoxB-Day-23_WEB
The necklace/bracelet making station. KnoxB-Day-25_WEB
Watch out folks, he’s all business!KnoxB-Day-29_WEB KnoxB-Day-32_WEB
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We love you, Knox!!!KnoxB-Day-34_WEB

 

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Meet Jon // Associate Photographer

It’s a beautiful & fortunate experience when your business grows, especially when you have the right people working alongside you. This is certainly the case for Finch Photo. I am thrilled to announce an addition to our Finch Photo team, Jon Moore, Associate Photographer. It’s possible that you’ll never meet a nicer gentleman than Jon Moore. His winsome & ever-positive personality immediately made an impact on Finch Photo clients. Rarely do you find someone so gregarious & easy to relate to. And on the photography side, he is rare blend of technical precision & inventiveness. The mix results in a beautiful outcome. And let’s face it, he can rock a bow-tie like few can. Growing up in East TN, Jon has seemingly always had a knack for all things creative. After graduating high-school, he attended Watkins College of Art & Design in Nashville, before moving back East. And for much of 2014, Jon has been Ben’s main assistant photographer & has quickly assumed the position of Associate Photographer & Photo Editor. His work is a beautiful blend of both digital & analog/film photography. And we dare you to find someone who can speak with as much camera gear knowledge as this fella… and cars, music, and pretty much anything for that matter. He’s practically a walking “Jeopardy” show. Ha.

Finch Photo is honored to have Jon as part of our team & we know you’ll love his work as much as we do. His entry wedding package is a perfect fit for many couples & his Commercial photography portfolio makes him an excellent & economical choice for businesses both large & small. Here are a few photos in the courtyard of the one & only, Jon Moore.
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I, Ben, interviewed Jon to help us all get to know him better. I knew he was creative but was curious about his background in arts. He said, “Some of my best memories growing up was trying to draw everything in front of me. Who knew that I could of just done that with a camera? Before I entered the photography world in 2009, I was designing websites and logos for local bands in the East Tennessee area in and after high school. My skills eventually landed me some scholarships for Watkins College of Art Design and Film in Nashville, TN where I was going to study graphic design. Since I already had a knack for design, I changed my major to photography after the first semester and have been loving it ever since!”

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What is your favorite food?
Wedding food! But other than that, it’s either shrimp po’ boys or yellow chicken curry.

Favorite Movie of All Time?
Samsara. It’s a non-narrative, documentary type film that depicts different cultures and landscapes around the world in a beautiful way.

Name 5 Songs on your Current Playlist:
Prince – Purple Rain; Hall and Oates – Private Eyes; Fleetwood Mac – Dreams; a-ha – Take On Me; Radiohead – Karma Police

Five Bucket List Items:
Build my own house, direct a feature film, explore Scandinavia in an old Land Rover, set a world record for something, deep sea fishing.

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Describe your Photo Style:
For my personal work, I tend to shoot straight on, centered environmental portraits. I love meeting new people and learning about their lives which usually affects how my photos turn out! I also have a love for street photography which goes hand in hand.

Favorite Photographer:
The one photographer that keeps me coming back for more is a man named Benoit Paille. He was the real inspiration for me even before I started taking photos. His work ranges from alternative landscapes to very conceptual portrait work that keeps me interested all the time.

Dream Photoshoot Location:
An easily accessible lake with a big rooted tree, fog, moss, boulders, forest, and a mountain in the background. That has to be somewhere, right?

Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?
I would like to be publishing different books of my various work ranging from how-to guides to collectives of work that I’ll have built up by that time. I would also love to travel and do documentary freelance work for different companies.

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And a quick snippet of some of Jon’s recent wedding work. 
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And here are a few recent Commercial photography projects taken by Jon for Tennessee Wesleyan College.

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While you’re at it, connect with Jon on Instagram to follow his adventures: @jontakesphotos
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Wayne + Lauren // Day-After Session, Asheville, NC

In April, 2014, I, along with my sidekick & assistant shooter, Jon, had the privilege to venture over to Asheville, NC for Wayne & Lauren’s beautiful Pine Hollow Lodge wedding. Their wedding photos are being considered for publications so I’m unable to show the wedding photos yet but wanted to show a peek of their lovely images from the Day-After Session. It’s hard for me to recall a wedding where I felt so at ease as I did at Wayne & Lauren’s. They were beyond hospitable & the fact that the wedding took place in the backyard of the Pine Hollow Lodge allowed for such a laid-back day. It was unreal.

Following the day of the wedding, we met up with Wayne & Lauren at the North Carolina Arboretum. I had the privilege of photographing a wedding there in June 2012 (click here to see). The sun was quite harsh but we managed to sneak beneath a few trees & enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. I love how effortlessly these two interacted & these photos, along with their wedding, have become some of my personal favorites. Enjoy!LewisBartoWedding-1090_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1101_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1103_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1107_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1112_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1116_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1120_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1124_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1125_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1134_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1136_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1139_WEB
Could they be more amazing together?!!LewisBartoWedding-1143_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1146_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1152_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1158_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1160_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1162_WEB LewisBartoWedding-1167_WEB
Following our time at the Arboretum, we opted for a wardrobe change before venturing downtown for a bit & ending the session at Tupelo Honey Cafe! Yes!!!
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Photography Basics: Aperture & Shutter Speed // Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR

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Erica + Eric {Summer Wedding | Hendersonville, TN}

Jenn and I have known Erica for several years now through our best friends the Stroubes…Erica being Marissa’s younger sister. So we were quite honored a while back when she asked us to photograph her July wedding. We met up in Hendersonville a few weeks back on a typical summer day in Tennessee. It was hot! So naturally, our car’s air conditioner went out while we were driving Erica from location to location; not great timing! However, everyone remained cool (in a figurative sense at least) and we ended up having a great day. Congrats guys!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. LAURA / I love the color and style of the bridesmaid dresses. Elegant yet casual enough to wear again. Absolutely gorgeous!8.14.14 / 4:43 pm
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