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Mr & Mrs Hammond

Jacob receiving his gift moments before he sees his wife for the very first time!

Jacob receiving his gift moments before he sees his wife for the very first time!

I won’t pretend to ever have the words to truly tell the Love Stories that we are so lucky to capture, but I truly hope that the images we deliver emote above all else. I can’t tell you how Brittany and Jacob met but I can tell you how we met one another and how that led to the beautiful union of these two incredible people.

Jacob had planned to ask Brittany for her hand, and had every detail planned to do so. He invited both sides of there familie's to attend, had props specifically for the moment and had a photographer hired and ready to capture what turned into a perfect moment in time. The story gets interesting here. Only a few days from the planned proposal, the photographer came down with the flu! So they took a deep breath and messaged a dear friend of mine, and talented photographer Amy Brown. Amy was quick to send them my information. Brittany’s mom sent me a message via Facebook asking my availability. I had plans! I also wasn’t going to let that stand in my way of capturing this moment for them, so I agreed. The time was set, the place was determined, and we have never met. I quickly warned Penny that I would be there, but would be the heavily tattooed guy, with the bald head, and the camera in the air. Jump forward to the day and everything went flawlessly and was worthy of the big screen. I was quick to introduce myself after the initial shock and went straight to work. We took photos of the newly engaged couple as well as them with their families. I was so pumped at how the images turned out. The sky from that day was, well……

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It wasn’t long after they had the final gallery of the images I captured that they asked about my availability to also capture the wedding. I was speechless. I honestly assumed that the original photographer would have the honor, but I was quick to check my calendar and lock the date down. I am so glad I did. Spending the day dancing through the details they spent so much time in perfecting, and engulfing myself into their family and friends was effortless as they treated me like family. I had the extreme pleasure of having Katy help and second shoot the day with me, and truly couldn’t have succeeded without her.

The venue at Chateau Selah, in Blountville, TN is truly from a fairy tale, and everyone we encountered made being on site such a pleasure. Every detail from start to finish was incredible. The food, the views, the dress, I mean everything fell perfectly in to place for their wedding day. Ok, enough words

I would like to end this entry by saying, Thank You to Brittany, Jacob and their families. I hope they experience the love that Brittany’s parents still clearly share as they danced the night away. Jacob I hope she forgave you for dropping her mid sparkler exit LOL.

Grayson Highlands and Dinosaurs

Adventure Portraits

I was blessed to be able to capture William and Rebekah’s wedding 2 years ago. I have also had the extreme pleasure of working with them several times since that November day. Rebekah messaged me asking about doing something special to celebrate their upcoming anniversary, and I was excited to see what they had in mind. Little did I know at the time there would be a dinosaur on a mountain top but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t thrilled that it happened. Let me back up and catch you up. She and I were discussing locations, and she mentioned that they really wanted views and mountains, and knowing where they live, we quickly settled on the amazing Grayson Highlands State Park, in Virginia. She mentioned they wanted to wear their wedding attire to celebrate and to do something different. I asked how quickly we could make this happen! We found a date that worked for us both, and once we were close to the day, the weather was throwing us curve balls. We are booked almost every weekend for the rest of the year so finding another day seemed difficult if not impossible, but fortunately we aren’t afraid of the elements. Any of them! So we decided to go for it and believe me when I say, it was the best decision we could have made. They planned to hike up comfortable clothing and switch over once we made it to the summit. The week of the session, Rebekah messaged me to let me know she had a surprise for William and wanted to make sure we could make it work and we worked out the logistics quickly. We met up at the entrance to the park, hugs were exchanged because we are friends and friends hug it out. I knew where I wanted to take them and after checking our location via compass we chased sunset. This is where the pictures speak for themselves because this is how we communicate our vision best.

We had sunshine, fog, and a sky of fire for about 60 seconds. Being confident in your ability and with your equipment allows those moments to not pass in vain. What are you waiting for, contact us now to join the fam. Also the beast ( that still needs a name ) my Pentax 645n medium format film camera came out for a few frames and I am excited about those frames for a few reasons. The film was provided by a great friend of ours, the ever so talented Katy Sergent of Katy Sergent Photography and she also shares a passion for the outdoors and Grayson Highlands State Park. This creates a new value that cant be explained or duplicated in my opinion. Those will be coming soon so follow us on Instagram.