Jenn and I (Alan) had a blast shooting Marcie and Armando’s wedding yesterday! Since their big day has now come and gone, I get to release images from her bridal shoot. We met up at her family’s farm a few weeks ago in Lenoir City on a perfect early-Autumn afternoon. Marcie is so laid back, I knew we would have a great time shooting…and we did! From talking about my fictitious 50,000 square foot summer home (a man can dream right?!) to getting impaled by her bouquet, we all had a great time! Oh yeah, there was also some hay bale jumping going on; just doing whatever we can to get the shot! Marcie, your wedding was a blast; can’t wait to get those images to you! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these from your bridal shoot.
In the beginning we were joined by Madeline and Emma, Marcie’s two precious flower girls.
A swing hung from a huge oak tree provided a nice location in front of the setting sun.
This image is brought to you by Duct tape…lots and lots of duct tape!
One of my favorites!
Forgot to mention, Marcie’s last name (well, not anymore!) is Barger. Had to get the road sign involved.
We didn’t let a little thing like complete darkness get in our way!
One more on the swing…
Sometimes in life, if you’re fortunate enough, you end up having friends who are as close to you as family. Although you don’t share the same last name, it matters not, you’d do anything for them & they, you. This is the case with my brother from another mother, Ismael Pruitt, his lovely wife, Amber, & their new baby girl, Stella Adia. (If you want to see several sessions I’ve done with them, click here). These folks are family & they’ve let me into their family.
A few months ago Ish said that he had something he needed to ask Joy & I. It was a complete surprise that he said he wanted Joy & I to be the God-parents of their soon to be daughter, Stella. At the time, no one, not even their immediate family, knew her name. It was to come as a complete surprise to all upon her arrival. However, as the God-parents, we were privileged to learn her name & have been praying for & eagerly awaiting her arrival.
The last weekend in September, I was privileged to head down to Tuscaloosa, AL & meet for the first time, Little Miss Stella Adia Pruitt. It was such a wonderful time & I was able to photograph her newborn session. It is always refreshing to visit the Pruitts & I walk away inspired, encouraged & loved. I hope they are blessed as well!
Ish snagged the camera out of my hand… I love this pic of me & Stella.
The little chick.
If you want to see more pics of this rad nursery, click here.
One of my favorites.
Holding on tightly to her little owl night-night.
The happy dad. Ish, I’m so proud of you my friend.
And Stella with mommy.
The other two kids… Eleanor & Bailey.
For you, Ish!
The beautiful family. Pruitt family, I’m so blessed by your friendship. I can’t even express how proud I am of & for you. We love you & can’t wait to see you guys again soon.
There are two things I look & plan for with every engagement shoot. First, is that I’m working with a couple who absolutely adores one another & who are not afraid to show it. If I have that, all else follows easily. When people are involved, it’s the challenge of helping them look natural or seem effortless in front of the camera. I always want to break through the nervousness & let couples feel “at home” when they are around me. And second, find ways to photograph this couple in a scenic & timeless manner, tying in places/things that help tell their story. I often tell people that a big part of a photographer’s job is trying to make ordinary places look beautiful or magical. It’s possessing the ability to “see” something that others might overlook & bring beauty to those places taken for granted. These types of settings are everywhere. However, sometimes it just so happens that the people you’re photographing are simply lovely & require little effort & the place you’re photographing is already beautiful & magical. This was certainly the case for Tim & Cary’s Signal Mountain Engagement session.
Tim & Cary are from the fantastic city of Chattanooga, TN & we chose to do their session less than a mile from Cary’s family home in Signal Mountain. Although we were almost rained out & we called a last minute audible on the first location, there was no damper on this shoot. As time came for the shoot, the overcast sky cast a beautiful soft glow; it was simply perfect. Here are a few of my favorites from their session.
Speaking of locations, this was next to someone’s driveway… I could’ve shot here all day long.
I vowed not to show this ring to my wife… wow! Beautiful.
The steps of the Little Brown Church on Signal Mountain.
After a quick wardrobe change we ventured over to the East Brow for a scenic overlook.
I really love these.
Congrats friends! You guys did an amazing job on your shoot…