Courtney + Jake Engagement Photos

Last week we got to head out to Graystone Quarry for Courtney + Jake’s engagement shoot. We had moved the day around a little bit hoping for better weather, and we nailed it! We got the best-diffused light and cool weather making it perfect for walking around the big gorgeous open space at Graystone.

When Courtney + Jake pulled up, it was clear that whatever kind of day they had didn’t set them up well to walk around dressed up for photos, but ya know does any day really though? :) Getting your picture taken can be hard! It’s why I hide behind the lens! One of the things I like to do with couples sometimes is give them the opportunity to release some tension, some nerves, and some frustrations from their day. I like to set them up, have them hold hands, and at the top of their lungs scream their favorite curse word. Pictured below you can see they took me up on it, and after that (and maybe a little gin), we had a really great time together. Courtney + Jake are so great, and we’re pumped that we get to shoot their wedding as well!

Enjoy this preview of Courtney + Jake’s fun filled Spring engagement photos at Graystone Quarry!

Liza + Phil Engagement

We met up with Liza + Phil on a bright Sunday morning after we got rained out the day before and took some shots around River Front Park.

Liza + Phil looked amazing! We were definitely jealous of how well morning looked on them. Austin and myself looked more like we'd been on a cross country road trip with no sleep before we arrived at the shoot. The funny part is I think we were both in bed by 10pm.... I guess we are not aging too well :( Needless to say, the camera likes these two....a lot!

We can't wait to shoot their wedding next month!

Julia + Danny Surprise Proposal

Last week we shot a surprise proposal for Julia + Danny. These are always fun to help plan and to capture!

Danny had been planning this for months from San Francisco and had reached out to us to shoot it when he arrived in Nashville. He had organized it so family (including Wilbur the family dog), and friends would all be there to secretly watch, and then celebrate afterwards as well. The original location was at Cheekwood Gardens where we would be waiting with Danny, who would surprise Julia who thought she was attending a cocktail party for a new art gallery installation. However, all this planning, all the time committed and the stress of making sure everything was in place for this day, was thwarted by, of all things, bad weather :( 

On the day of the shoot we start getting texts from Danny that his plane was being re-routed to St. Louis due to weather. At this point he was two hours out, and we had a tight window of time to get him from the airport to Cheekwood. So while Danny is stuck in St. Louis he adds us on his family's text stream. From there it's a flurry of messages trying to re-plan this surprise proposal. Should we do it tonight? Should we wait? Where should we do it? Mind you, while all of this is happening the sun is continuing to lower in the sky, and as photographers, panic starts to set in the pit of our stomachs. We finally decide on Centennial Park as the new spot and decided to still do it that night!

Danny arrives in Nashville and we pick him up from the airport Secret Service style!  We shoved him in the SUV and we were off racing through traffic.  It was destiny in the making. It was meant to be for us, Danny, and our mission to get him to the love of his life who has no idea he's in Tennessee and no clue any of this is happening. 

We arrive at the park and meet up with the rest of the family, who are waiting with flowers and their dog Wilbur.  We all hurried to get into position. From here, the photos tell the rest of the story. It was a close call, it got dark fast, but I think we captured the momen and the love, splendidly.

Enjoy the photos! Congrats again Danny + Julia!

 

Kaitlin + Alex Engagement

Man, we love shooting engagement sessions! It's such a great way to get to know a couple before shooting their wedding. It gives a chance for chemistry to develop between us and our couples and gives us a chance to help our couples develop some confidence in front of the camera.

There's nothing more exciting than taking a couple that may be a little camera shy, and capturing just how beautifully and well they photograph. It also gives us an opportunity to know what makes them comfortable and what doesn't.  For Kaitlin + Alex, it was seamless, we pretty much talked for two hours non-stop, and I'm being literal. They flew in from Colorado to plan their Nashville wedding and booked a shoot with us while they were here. We're so glad they did, and we can't wait to shoot their wedding next summer! 

Congrats you two!