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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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Best Options For Photo Sharing // Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR

What a great time this morning on Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR News Channel 10I hope you were able to tune-in to my segment “Best Options for Photo Sharing.” What prompted me to address this topic was a recent tragedy that affected some dear friends. Not only did they lose their home (& all their possessions) in a fire, but they lost a child. I have no words to comfort their loss but have been deeply affected by their response & the hope they’ve found in treasuring Christ in the midst of suffering. About 3 weeks prior to the incident I had the privilege of photographing their family & little did I know how those photos would help minister to the family. Not only did it further value the power of photography but also reminded me of the importance & convenience of having an online space to share photos with your friends & family. Check out the graphic for my recommendations of the ‘Best Options for Sharing Photos.’ (And yes, I do realize that I left off Facebook. Of which, I think is a wonderful solution for sharing photos but the lack of control & security prompted me to omit it from the list). Click the image below to view the segment clip:

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Selling Your Home: A Most Effective Tool for Real Estate // Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR

What a privilege to share this morning on Mornings with Fox 43, WBIR News Channel 10I hope you were able to tune-in to my segment “Selling Your Home: A Most Effective Tool.” According to Time Magazine, Spring is the best time of year to sell a house & from what I’ve witnessed, the housing market is certainly on the up-swing. If you’re considering selling your home, I encourage you to check out these real estate tips & the value that comes from taking a proactive/professional approach to making sure your home catches the eyes of potential buyers. Feel free to join the conversation & make sure to pass this graphic on to your real estate friends. Thanks!
Here’s the video link:

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And a few quotes from some of my realtor friends:

“Really professional photography has been the single most successful tool for me to showcase luxury properties to local and out of area buyers.” -Lucas Haun of Knoxville Fine Homes

“In order to present their home in the best possible light, I believe it’s important for sellers to understand the value of having their home professionally photographed before it hits the market.  Since most buyers begin their search online, a house may be skipped over for viewing based on bad photos or lack of photos online.  Good first impressions are key.” -Paula Scarbrough, Century 21

 

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WPPI ’14 // MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

The first week of March I had the privilege to attend one of the world’s largest photography conventions, WPPI ’14, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Customarily I have attended similar conferences in the past as simply an attendee yet this year I was honored to travel with PhotoBarn Pro. Last May I began consulting for PhotoBarn Pro & as the year has progressed my relationship has continued to strengthen. I am now spending several hours a week serving as a Creative Director, from photographing all of the Lifestyle Product images to Design & Branding Strategy. It’s been a wonderful partnership. Since PhotoBarn Pro was exhibiting at WPPI ’14, I had the privilege, along with my wife, Joy, & our Biz Director, Meg, to join PhotoBarn owners, Todd & Lindsay McCormick, at the conference. We had an absolute blast leading up to the conference, designing & laying out the booth. Yet the real fun began when we arrived in Vegas & met with scores of industry friends. A huge thanks to our friend Matthew Pulver for driving all the way from Knoxville to Las Vegas to setup the booth! As a recap, I thought it would be fun to show you our booth which featured much of my work, Finch Photo, as well as Julie Paisley Photography, Lindsay Jane Studios, Kallima Photography & Alec Vanderboom Photographic Services.  Enjoy!

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2014 AAF-Knoxville Addys

Saturday night, Finch Photo was honored to receive some pretty rad awards for our commercial photography work at the 2014 AAF Knoxville Addys. Overall, we submitted three projects & took home 2 Gold Addys & 1 Silver Addy. For those who are curious, here is a bit more info about 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”

We won a Gold Addy for our Culinary Photography for Lil Vinnie’s Italian Restaurant in Old City, Knoxville (click here to see our shoot). I had such a blast photographing their menu that a few days later I took Joy to Lil Vinnie’s for Valentine’s Day… the food is simply wonderful!


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We also won a Gold Addy for our photography for The World’s Softest Socks 2013 Brochure Campaign. This was our second year photographing the brochure for World’s Softest & would couldn’t be more pleased to bring home a Gold for this great company. Head on over to their website to see their amazing socks!ADDYs_WorldsSoftest_FinchPhoto_Blog_WEBLast, we won a Silver Addy for our Lifestyle Product photos for PhotoBarn. We began our partnership with PhotoBarn in 2013 & have not looked back. PhotoBarn asked me to become their Director of Photography & to photograph their products as they launched their rebrand. They’ve been a fantastic client & I can’t wait to see what we do together in the future. ADDYs_PhotoBarn_FinchPhoto_Blog_WEB

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