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Jason & Jessie {Lifestyle Maternity Session}

It seems I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical from my blog & other social media… sometimes a brotha’ just needs a break; know what I mean?! But don’t worry, I’ve been working like crazy (& possibly going a bit crazy too)!

Aside from a numerous photography projects (several of which I’m unable to release yet), it’s been a fun & challenging season being entrenched in design work. I generally take on a few design projects around January-March in what you would think would be slower months… not exactly the case this year, thankfully! Lately, I’ve completed several new branding & corporate identity projects, as well as some promotional collateral. Of exciting news, this upcoming Saturday, Joy & I get to dress up fancy & attend the 2011 Addy Awards (AAF: American Advertising Federation). I entered several pieces this year & I received word that I won a number of awards. Praise-a-lujah!

Now, for the good stuff! Since before Christmas when Jessie’s mom, Lynette, came by & purchased a Session Gift Card for Jason & Jessie, I’ve been eager to do this session. Yesterday morning I met up with the couple at their home where Jason & Jessie are expecting their first child at the end of March. Around this time next month, their new life will commence & they’ll bring home their little boy, Jack. Love that name (nickname of one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis)! It was a privilege to visit the Lovingood’s in their home & see how they’ve prepare to welcome him home. Here’s a peek:

Jessie’s grandmother quilted this blanket for Jack… such a special keepsake (L). And the mobile above his crib (R).
The nursery was incredible!
Jessie’s dad works for the Electric Company; he was quite proud of this bucket truck. This pics for you Greg!
We ventured into their backyard for some pics… the lighting was perfect. Really love these; their personalities begin to come forth. Jessie looks great!
Of course we had to make a trip downtown… a quick visit to a personal favorite, Greeks Bearing Gifts. We forgot they were closed on Wednesday so we opted for a bit of window shopping.
One of my favorites!
By a landslide, here are my favorites!
What a great couple! I can’t wait to meet Jack & see Jason & Jessie begin this new chapter of their lives. Congrats Lovingood family!

  1. Kristine Neeley / Cute, cute, cute! What a lovely couple :)2.24.11 / 8:41 am
  2. Alison Nation / These are GREAT!!! Jessie, you look soooooo good! :)3.02.11 / 9:48 am
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Julie & Jansen’s Album Design

How could I have overlooked this for so long?! It recently occurred to me that I don’t usually post my album designs on the blog. How could that be? “No more” I say! From now on, following weddings I’ll be showing you the wedding album design. Albums are wonderful keepsakes that last well beyond our lifetimes. Thankfully, the majority of my clients purchase an album… just one of the reasons I have the best clients! It’s wonderful to have all your images but there’s nothing quite like having a custom album that tells the story of your big day! Here’s Julie & Jansen’s album:

{music provided by the incredible Nathan Wesley Smith}

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At Home TN Magazine | Feature Story & Wedding Feature

Any opportunity to work with the team of At Home TN Magazine is a real pleasure. The ladies I’ve had the privilege to work alongside are simply lovely. Plus the homes they select are truly exceptional & my mouth drops wide open every time I walk through the doors. The February 2011 issue is thrilling for me personally as two different genres of my work were featured, editorial/commercial as well as wedding photography. So head on over to Barnes & Noble, Borders, Target & other retailers & grab a copy! If you’d like to view a free digital copy, check out this courtesy link.

There are two parts to this blog post. Part 1: A few weeks ago I received a call from Managing Editor, Hallie McKay, asking me to photograph the home of designer Todd Richesin {Todd Richesin Interiors}. If you’re familiar with design magazines, you may know Todd is considered one of Traditional Home’s “20 Young Designers to Watch” & House Beautiful’s “Next Wave of Interior Designers to Watch in 2010.” Wow!

Shortly after, I discussed details with Todd & we set a shoot date. Little did we know it would be the morning of “Snowmaggedon.” I woke up before sunrise & was welcomed by 7 inches of snow in the driveway. Luckily, I was able to jump behind the wheel of the 4WD Wagoneer & head to Knoxville. I was 15 minutes into the trip on the interstate before I realized I was the ONLY vehicle on the interstate; it’s a weird feeling! Yet despite my reason telling me to cancel the shoot, I decided to keep going. Boy am I thankful I did; his home is unreal. And it was a real pleasure to meet Todd & Bobby; they were so kind & hospitable. As the feature story, At Home TN walks you through the home of Todd Richesin. Check it out:

Because with every shoot, there are dozens of images that don’t make it into the spread. I’d love to share a few of my additional favorites with you. Which are your favorites?

Part 2: Of equal excitement & blog-worthiness is that At Home TN decided to feature the wedding I photographed of Laura Brakebill & Travis Lee from June. You may recall my recap of their wedding, click here. It was a gorgeous wedding located at the home of Scott & Katy Coffey. I can’t say enough about both Travis & Laura as well as their families… just love them! Also, I want to thank Lillian Prince for assisting me at this wedding; she captured the picture of Travis & Laura dancing (below right). Here’s what At Home TN highlighted:

As you can see it’s been a very exciting day for Ben Finch Photography. I’m so humbled & thankful for such wonderful clients & opportunities… this is living the dream!

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Franny & Joe {Photobooth}

These pics bring new meaning to creative spontaneity. They are the result of providing a simple white backdrop, a strobe, a camera & a bunch of random props. Put these things together at a really fun wedding & you are bound to have a great time… a guest-pleaser guaranteed!

Congrats Franny & Joe! You’re wedding was incredible & thanks for the opportunity to be a part of it. See the pics from their Photobooth reception at Cornerstone Church of Knoxvillle. If you’d like your pics in your Facebook feed, be sure to friend request me {click here} & I’ll tag you. If you’d like to order prints, register at this link & an email will be sent to you when the storefront is live. Thanks friends for a great time!!

A few of my favorites. This one definitely wins “Most Dedicatation”.

Brings a huge grin to my face… thanks Dave!
The mustaches are always a hit. Am I the only one that thinks Hallerin has perfected the Old Spice guy’s look? “Ladies… look at me, now look at your man…”
Yep… I can see it!
I agree!
The super-talented Pyxl crew! I was quite startled at Jackie’s ability to leap over everyone… nice form!
Here’s the rest… enjoy!!

  1. Meggie / Loving Drew in the most eligible bachelor picture!2.07.11 / 2:40 pm
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The Buckleys {Athens, TN}

Saturday marked a wonderful landmark for me personally as Ben Finch Photography multiplied & was in more places than one. Magic? Sort of… from time to time people have accused me of trick photography. But no tricks here. While I was in Townsend, TN on Saturday photographing Jansen & Julie’s wedding, Alan & Jennifer were photographing the Buckley family on my behalf. Due to high volume, it’s been a goal of mine for the last year or so to bring another photographer or two along as associates. Last Saturday proved a great opportunity. You may recall when I photographed Alan & Jennifer; here’s their session. I’ve been privileged to bring Alan along to assist me on a few occasions & we’ve been discussing everything from technique & perspective, to style & lighting. He & Jenn are very gifted photographers & wonderful friends. You can’t beat their personalities! That’s why I’m so excited to be offering their photography services through Ben Finch Photography. Now when you contact me, you have the option of choosing Alan & Jenn to capture your occasion. They will be available for both Lifestyle Sessions & Weddings. You have the same incredible service, editing & colorwork, access to selected products, & more. Now there’s more opportunities than ever to have photos you’ll cherish forever. Email me soon & we’ll get you on the books! {A more “official” introduction to come!}

I’ll let Alan & Jenn take it from here. Here’s Alan’s thoughts from the day:

There are times when life as a photographer can be difficult.  Perhaps the weather is not cooperating, or maybe the subject is just not into it.  Whatever the case may be, capturing pictures is not always easy.  Last weekend was definitely NOT one of those times!  First, the weather was perfect.  Mid-60’s in the middle of January…made me want to hit the lake!  Second, we could not have asked for a better family to photograph.

Meet the Buckleys.  When we were introduced and they described themselves as “one big, crazy family,” I knew we were in for a good time.At the head of the family are Bill and Gail.  Gail, we discovered, once taught with my mom at EK Baker Elementary…small world!  Of course, it probably doesn’t feel like a small world to Mom and Dad, because their children are spread out all over the United States.  Coming from as far away as San Diego and Cincinnati, everyone was able to get together for some family portraits.
Sisters Taryn {L} and Rachel {R} have such a great relationship; they also have such beautiful, natural smiles.  Bill {top R} and his fiancée Ashleigh are lawyers from Memphis and share mine and Jennifer’s love of Central Bar-B-Que.  If you are ever in Memphis, you have to give it a try; it will rock your world!  Last but certainly not least, Mike {top L} serves our nation in the Navy, and he is stationed in San Diego.
Bill & his fiancée Ashleigh.
Love the pics of these two together!
Gavin, the Buckley’s “adopted” son, was stationed with Mike in the Navy. He jumped in the mix for this photo.
Mike.
Bill.
Rachel.
Taryn.
Ashleigh.
Gavin.
As you can see, this is one big and busy family.  Thank you so much for allowing us to capture this time you had together; we had a great afternoon getting to know everyone!

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