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from the September 2009 category

We often get asked if we travel and our answer is always a huge resounding YES!  We are destination wedding photographers, whether the destination be a vineyard in GA (like the wedding below!) or Bora Bora.  So yes.  We travel.

We just got back Sunday night from an amazing wedding at the Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega (for those wondering, it’s pronounced duh-lon-eh-guh), GA which is just north of Atlanta. The wedding was planned by the AMAZINGLY cool Amy Osaba who also did the floral design as well (props to her awesome assistant Brittany too!) and the staff at the winery was top class.  Other vendors included:  On-site Hair & Makeup – Karma Salon, Wedding & Grooms cakes – Lulu’s Bakery, Gelato that was brought in for the wedding guests – Dreamy Gelato, Videographer – Creative Video Moments, Bridesmaid Dresses – Bella Bridesmaid, Bride’s Dress – Bride Beautiful, Groom/Groomsmen Tuxedos – A Formal Affair, Limo Service – Atlantic Limo.

As Jody and I were following the GPS out to the vineyard we were in some interesting Georgia back country and kept hearing the theme song from Deliverance playing through our heads. Then, out of nowhere, we turned into the Montaluce Winery, headed down the hill into what can only be described as a little Tuscan village! There were these beautiful villa-style homes, rolling hills and winding roads that were like heaven on earth.

As you head back toward the vineyard itself, you see this gorgeous hill-top restaurant that is three stories tall. They make their own wine in these huge steel fermenting vats in the basement and have a world-class chef preparing meals for the guests. Weddings are held on the terrace (which is overlooking the vineyard) or out near the lake on the dock.

There had been torrential down pours in GA for a week with flooding all over, and the day of the wedding was no exception, sadly.  Luckily, we had this beautiful location to shoot inside of and we took full advantage of it! The ladies all got ready in one of the cottages on the hill, and the guys all hung out on the third floor of the restaurant kicking back and relaxing!

Check out the images from the day below!

Jody got some AWESOME details of the bride’s shoes and flowers as they were all getting hair and make-up done.

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Destination Wedding Photography - Atlanta, GA

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Here is the bride coming over from the villa to the vineyard with not a drop of rain (thank-you nice valet guys!). She was all class and looked amazing!

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We shot images all over of the bride and everywhere we went was so cool and viby!

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Jody grabbed this awesome shot of the bride showing off here stellar pink heals!

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As we were shooting the above shot of the bride, her dad walked out to see her for the first time and I grabbed this shot.

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All the ladies being sassy!

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So the guys wanted to add some stress on to the bride, so they all got into some Converse All Stars to mess with her. They were acting like they were going to wear these shoes for the wedding and they were having WAY too much fun!

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Here was Amanda’s reaction when she saw them sitting above. She actually thought it was hilarious and wanted the guys to wear them the rest of the day.  Too funny!!

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Then we started shooting the guys in and around the oh so cool rooms.

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The rain did hold off for a few minutes and we ran out to get this shot of the guys.

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Destination wedding photography, Atlanta Wedding Photography, montaluce vineyards, montaluce winery and estates, cool groomsmen groom wedding images, calla lillies boutonnières

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The bride road in to the ceremony on a horse-drawn carriage and the groom and guests looked on from the second floor patio. It was really romantic!

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Waiting for the bride to arrive!

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Destination wedding photography, Atlanta Wedding Photography, montaluce vineyards, montaluce winery and estates, photojournalism

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Then we were off to shoot the bride and groom!

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Off to the reception!  Notice the awesome floral arrangements done once again, by the fantastic Amy Osaba!

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The entrance of the newly married couple…

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John is an airplane mechanic, hence the nature of the grooms cake!

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In keeping with the Tuscan theme, Amanda and John had Gelato brought in for all their wedding guests!

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Jody grabbed these amazing shots of the exit! I love all the sparklers and the look on their faces!

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Jody also grabbed this awesome shot as our couple jumped into the limo just before they headed off!

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Congrats John & Amanda! We were so honored to be a part of your big day!! Have an awesome time in Greece!!!!

pictage

We are speaking at PUG  this Thursday!  PUG stands for Pictage User Groups – which is the local Nashville photographer gathering, for those of you who may not know.

Last month’s PUG  was awesome with speakers Seal & Mel of McLellan Style.  If we had the photos we would post them, but we haven’t gotten them yet.  Sorry, we know a post is always better with images!

…And to answer the first question we always get – yes, you can come to PUG even if you are not a Pictage member !  We always get emails and calls asking about the kinds of marketing we do and how we do it, so if you are one of those people, be there and you’ll hear it all.  Well, you’ll hear most of it…  You can only share so much in an hour and a half :o )

A little bit of more info:

Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Time: 6:30pm

Address:
St. Bernard Building / The Village Chapel
2021 21st Ave. South, Suite C100
Nashville, TN  37212

(The building is back off from the street with a ginormous front yard.  The Army Surplus store is right on the corner so if you see that, you are close!  Look for Pictage signs on the St. Bernard building to find the group!)

Local Agenda: Guest speakers Zach & Jody Gray – Marketing to the Modern Day Client. How to best utilize the free marketing tools available to photographers. Find your full potential to promote your business – from blogging to marketing on the actual wedding day.

See you there! (If you have trouble finding the place, please don’t hesitate to call us: 815-670-6384 or Peter, who leads the group at 615-730-7716)!
PS. If you want to be added to the Evite list when Peter sends out the notices of our meetings, email him at Peter@doveweddingphotography.com

Sep
28
2009

Photography Workshops in Nashville, TN Completed!

by Jody on September 28, 2009, posted in Uncategorized

Our IN-CAMERA: Light workshop is complete and we had an amazing time! The workshop was sold out and everyone came into the day ready to learn and shoot until we all dropped! It was such a fun time and we got to know some really awesome new friends and hang out with old friends that we have known for a long time. :) The workshop was held at our studio in downtown Nashville where we did some class instruction time, and then we headed out around the city to shoot! All the students got some incredible photos (some of which are posted at the bottom) and we were so proud of everyone!! Check out the images below!

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Here we are in the studio talking about different lighting styles!

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Then we headed out to set up our Westcott lighting gear and do a demonstration live with our models Lyndsey and Elli.

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

Here I am shooting the first set-up!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

And the resulting image with ZERO photoshop!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

We had two groups of five and Jody took her group over and set up this lighting set up and had the students shooting on it.

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One of our resulting images!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

This was the last set up of the day. We finally got some blue sky and the students wanted to shoot some images with it!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

Here are some shots from a few of our students. It is amazing that they were able to take shots this good within one day of learning these techniques! Every student got to do their own set up and meter the lights and compose some shots, so it is really hands-on!

This image is from Evin Photography

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This shot is from the awesome Mike Cowart!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

This image is from Camryn Holt!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

This shot is from the super cool MD Laidlaw!

Nashville, TN Photography Workshops

photography workshops in Nashville, TN

Thanks everyone for coming out and making this workshop a great success!! As many of you may now know, we are heading to Jacksonville Beach, Florida for another series of workshops on December 6th and 7th, so if you are interested in signing up, go to the top of our blog and click on “Photographers” and sign up! There are still some seats left, but they will go fast!!

Ready. Set. GO!

It’s official!   We will be hosting back to back workshops in the lovely Jacksonville Beach, Florida on December 6th and 7th!  This is going to be a fun-in-the-sun Florida style workshop with us and we are definitely hitting the beach for some rock star sunset shots!!   A special thanks goes to Dana Goodson of Dana Goodson Photography for being our point person in Florida, and a shout out goes to Gary Denman of Naturally Photography for allowing us to use his studio space for the teaching portions (located seconds from the beach!).

Sign up now for this workshop by clicking HERE!

Jacksonville Beach, Florida Photography Workshops

Check out our IN-CAMERA promo video!

We will be doing our IN-CAMERA shooting & Post workshop on the 6th and our Light workshop on the 7th.

Overview of the Gray Photography IN-CAMERA Workshop Series

- Want to learn how we are able to achieve the look of all our images without the aid of PhotoShop?
- Want to learn how we are able to edit an entire wedding in 2.5 hour solely using Lightroom?
- Want to learn how we are able to create and control light and get phenomenal images in any lighting situation and then apply that knowledge to your own style?

Our IN-CAMERA series of workshops actually show you how to shoot images that amaze right in the camera. This series of workshops will be held in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and feature class time, hands-on shooting with professional models, post-production and/or image critiques and much more. These workshops are fun, informative, and a great time to hang out with and meet other photographers who want what you want – great images without having to spend hours behind a computer screen editing!

IN-CAMERA: Shooting & Post

This one-day intensive workshop will focus on shooting your images correctly in-camera from shutter click to print.  Tired of having to fix all of your images on the computer?  Tired of adjusting your images one by one and spending so much time editing?  We will teach you how to get amazing images right inside the camera – images you would be proud to show a client right there!  Includes class time and group shoot.
This workshop will cover: Getting correct color, exposure, natural light – where to find it and how to control it, and a full demonstration of our complete post-production work flow in Adobe Lightroom.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of your DSLR with at least one fixed aperture lens (non-fixed aperture lenses are welcome!)
Bring it if you got it:  Laptop with Adobe Lightroom 2 installed to follow along through our workflow

IN-CAMERA: Light

This workshop is for the photographer who is ready to take their in-camera images to the next level. If you want to learn how to shoot in any lighting situation and create light instead of looking for it, if you want to enhance your images in a way that few do, then this is the workshop for you. This class will focus on advanced off-camera lighting using high-powered studio strobes to create a unique look for your work. This one day workshop includes class time and group shoot.
This workshop will cover: Off-camera speedlight control, manual studio strobes, how and when to use off-camera lighting, lighting ratios, lighting styles and which ones to use and when and much, much more!
Requirements: Overall knowledge of your DLSR, full understanding of controlling your camera on manual via adjusting ISO, shutter speed & aperture, at least one fixed aperture lens
Bring it if you got it: Pocket wizard, laptop for an anonymous critique at the end of the day

This class is limited to only 8 students, so sign up now to ensure a seat!!

This last weekend we traveled out to Jasper, AL (in the Birmingham, AL vicinity) and shot the fall wedding of Haley & Michael Graydon at Huckleberry Farms!  The wedding turned out to be absolutely perfect, but let me tell you… everyone was a bit worried at first…

For those of you located in this southern region you know that we have all been hit with a lot of unusual rainfall lately.  Michael and Haley planned to have their ceremony outside and then proceed to the barn for their reception. The only problem – it had been raining non-stop ALL week and the weather for Saturday had thunderstorms in the forecast.  Everyone was hoping and praying for it to stop and as we woke up Saturday morning we peeked out of our hotel window to be dismayed with dark gray clouds and rain pouring down. We quickly turned on the weather channel to see if it was supposed to clear up at all later in the day, but no luck.

Loaded up with our gear and umbrellas we headed out to the farm to see how we could make do with the rain.  Soon the girls stared arriving and we all set out to the owner’s house for the girls to get ready… Haley got in her dress, we headed upstairs to begin her photos… stepped out the door… and low and behold – the rain had stopped!  We kid you not. The rain stopped as Hailey dressed and held off until the wedding was completely over!  We were all completely blown away and so awed once again how God cares about the “little” things that are important to us, even though insignificant in the long run or grand scheme of things.

The weather turned out absolutely beautiful and we even got a little sun peeking through here and there!  What a day!

Haley & Michael’s wedding was a fall themed wedding and there were so many cool details to shoot from pumpkins, to customized candy apples and you’ll just have to see  for yourselves.  Huckleberry Farms was such a picturesque place to shoot at and had so many different areas on the land that we could go to.  The outside pavilion is perfect for outdoor ceremonies and their barn was a great place to have the reception.  Enjoy the images!

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Off to the reception!!!!

Destination Wedding Photography - Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

Destination Wedding Photography Birmingham, Alabama

One of the most awesome things (especially as photographers) for this wedding was the amazing fall details that were everywhere!  All the amazing elements really set the tone of the event, and major props go out to the wonderful women below who put this all together.  Some of the vendors who turned this barn into an absolutely classy fall wedding:

Birmingham Event Designer:  Kelley Kirkland, 205.296.0761
Birmingham Wedding Florist (fresh flowers bouquets, arrangements & design): Kim and Sunnie Leigh of  Kathy Leigh Floral Designs
Birmingham Custom Silk Flower Arrangements:  Shelayne of SilkINDesign
Wedding Coordinator: Marshia Bruce
Cake: Amanda’s Cakes & Candies, 205.280.0119

Thank-you Haley & Michael, and thank-you Parents. You guys have amazing families and friends and we are glad that we were able to be a part of this memorable day!

**To be notified when Haley & Michael’s image are online and available for viewing and purchasing, sign up for their online gallery here.