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  • And so it begins…

    "All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget."
    John Berger

    I forget a lot. On any given day, I am likely to forget a friend's birthday, the name of my parents' dog, or my age. It is not that these things are unimportant, I just honestly battle my memory on a daily basis. I blame the overabundance of information that surges around each of us: tweets, news feeds, radio, Pandora, TV, gossip websites, overheard conversations, intentional conversations -Most days, I don't stand a chance.

    When I come across an old picture, I get to step back in time. I can see the details of a room, the pictures hanging from the wall, the way the waves crashed against the shore, a child's first attempt at blowing out a birthday candle. Pictures remind me. They remind me of temporarily forgotten moments-moments that I'm not ready to forget.

    As a child, I used to spend the bulk of my $10 allowance on film. Now, I'm lucky enough to get paid to do what I love- document moments in time. I am incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity and I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite photographs.

Dear God, Make me a bird so I can fly far far away.

A few years ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to document the making of a music video for Cindy Morgan. She is the kindest, most wonderful woman and this video was beautifully done. Watch it and check out Cindy’s music.

http://www.cindymorganmusic.com/2008/05/23/beautiful-bird-music-video/

First, I’ll post some of the precious images of Cindy’s daughters and then I’ll follow up with a post of pictures of Cindy later this week.

As if this experience wasn’t special enough, Cindy ended up using some of my photos for her album art.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beautiful-bird/id280220830?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

She’s got personality

This little lady made a lasting impression on me. She greeted me at the door in a tutu for her brother’s photo shoot and the fun didn’t stop there!

365 days of Ella

Amanda asked me to document Ella’s first big milestone-her one year photos. She had great ideas for the photo shoot and precious outfits picked out when I arrived. I love how much Ella’s personality shows through in some of these outtakes.¬†How fun are these family playground photos?!Ella is one of the most beautiful and photogenic little ladies I have ever met!

1+1=Love. Two kindergarten teachers promise forever.

What are the odds that two kindergarten teachers would meet and fall in love?

As I got to know Brandi better (during the wedding planning process), I realized that no detail would go unplanned for her wedding. She had thought of everything and even the littlest detail whispered information about their lives, interests, and personalities. Every photographer loves to meet a creative bride who is thinking the way you are thinking.¬† Some of my favorite wedding images are always detail photos. Brandi kept me busy with detail shots and I couldn’t get enough! Her dress (with pockets), Nick’s suspenders, tiny bird statues, a photo booth, candles, and vintage tablecloths kept me busy all night.

The ceremony took place at Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee followed by a reception at the Cannery Ballroom. Both locations provided the most beautiful setting for Brandi and Nick’s wedding. However, I’m skipping ahead just a bit!

Before the ceremony and reception, this creative couple planned a very entertaining rehearsal/rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner was at Art and Soul, a charming art studio off 12th Street. The dinner included  juggling, a scrapbook album of good luck notes from their kindergarten students (they both teach!), and down home Southern fare.

Brandi had thought ahead and summer heat + cicada invasion = all indoor venues. Nobody, I mean NOBODY…could escape the cicadas last summer. Enjoy Brandi and Nick’s tiny memento to remind them of their tiniest wedding guests:)

I had a wonderful time at the rehearsal dinner and was so impressed by how well the rehearsal dinner matched the couple. Then, it was the wedding day and Brandi & Nick continued to surprise me. I adore the tiny picture frames Brandi attached to her bouquet and Nick wore on his suit jacket. Encased inside gold and silver were pictures of the grandparents who would not be joining them on their wedding day. It’s special touches like this that pulled at my heart.

I loved Brandi’s silver glittery TOMS and the tiny message attached to the bottom.

Nick is one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. I guess you would have to practically be a saint to be a kindergarten teacher. I love kids…but kindergarten screams snot, possible potty accidents, and more snot. Bless. his. heart. I found him sitting alone taking in a few quiet moments before the ceremony.

Did I mention Brandi thought of everything?? She was so great about flexibility and building in time to the busy wedding day schedule for pictures. We both agreed that we had to take advantage of what Belmont Mansion had to offer. Here are some of the highlights of our pre-ceremony photo shoot.

It was finally time and we all prepped Brandi. “So, no pressure but don’t fall down the stairs!”

I loved every part of Brandi and Nick’s ceremony and then we were off to Cannery Ballroom for a non-stop entertaining evening. Nick’s brother serenaded the couple with a song that Nick wrote for Brandi. The guests danced, drank, and danced some more–some even break dancing. In between songs, the photo booth stayed busy and people lounged on the couches just off the dance floor.

Brandi & Nick–Thank you for inviting me to be a part of such a special day.

Love,

Jen

Martha & Rosemary

I love black and white images. Despite this fact, I’m guilty of not using my black and white filter often enough. When Martha & Rosemary’s mom asked me for all of their images in black and white, I was interested to see what her plans were for the images. Then I received the most beautiful Christmas card in the mail.

I have been inspired by black and white all over again.

Beautiful girls in black and white.