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Oct
29
2009

Partner Con 2009 Or Bust! A little message from us…

by Jody on October 29, 2009, posted in Speaking

See you at Pictage Partner Conference 2009 New Orleans

Hey Everyone!!!!!  Next week is Partner Con 2009 in New Orleans and we are PUMPED!!!!!!  We recorded a special little video just for you that shares a little bit on what we will be  talking about in the Photographer’s Lounge on Wednesday. Check it out!

You do not want to miss out on Partner Con!!!  If you need that extra oomph and encouragement for your business – this is where you need to be!  Amazing speakers, amazing photographers – you will be inspired!!!!!!  Registration is still open so it’s not too late to register!  Visit the PartnerCon 2009 Website.

Leave a comment!  Let us know if we will be seeing you at Partner Con!!!

PS  For those of you signed up for the Youngren’s workshop Wednesday morning… you’re in for a little something special… :) ha ha…

Oct
28
2009

New York City and Back Again! We Survived!

by Zach & Jody on October 28, 2009, posted in Speaking

Jody and I just got back from our first trip as husband and wife to New York City! Jody had been there twice before, but I had never been. We came out to go to the PDN Photo Plus Expo which is one of the largest photography expo’s in the world with over 27,000 in attendance. The show was awesome and Jody and I were asked to speak at the Westcott booth about lighting (which was really cool!). We got to hang with the whole crew from Westcott for dinner and meet the Owner, Vice President Kelly Mondora and hang with the amazing sales team John and David. There was also another Westcott Pro there who was teaching about lighting and has been working with Westcott for the last 23 years, Jim.

Thanks to ALLLLLLL of you for sending us suggestions of things to do while in NYC!  Sadly, our visiting time there was really short, and we left the list of everyone’s suggestions of what to do on the bus right before we got dropped off at Times Square… *sighs*  We have decided that we need to make another trip and do all of the cool ideas that were mentioned!  Because we were not really able to do any of the suggestions, we still have a prize to give! We will be announcing the winner of the “Tell us what to do in New York” this Friday, so stay tuned!! You are not going to believe how awesome the prize is!!  :)

Jody and I also got to explore the city and high on my to-do list was getting a real, New York style hot dog from a street vendor! We also got to hang out in Time Square, go for a LONG walk through Central Park and eat at the Tick-Tock Diner and the amazing Italian eatery, Carmines. We also got to go to some cool after parties and met some amazing people like Ed Pierce from Photo Vision and Me Rah Koh, Jim Collins CEO of Pictage, and Kevin Rubin, CFO of Pictage, and saw our good friend Jeremy Cowart who was guest speaking at one of the lectures for the show. It was a whirlwind trip, we did a lot of walking, but we are glad to be home!

Check out some of the shots from the trip!!

Here is Jody and I in the back of the ferry ride! We took this ferry from Jersey to Manhattan everyday for the show. The whole Westcott crew stayed at the Jersey Sheraton.

New York City wedding Photography

Our first view of the city from the ferry! We are hanging below with our new friend Sean who is also a Nashville photographer. Hey Sean!

New York City wedding Photography

We headed straight for Time Square and did all the touristy stuff!!

New York City wedding Photography

Check out the Lamborghini Diablo! Suh weet!! The little bird was also really funny! He was just sitting there and let me come right up and snap a photo! He was a tired and crabby New Yorker! :)

New York City wedding Photography

The skyline in New York is something to behold. I have been to almost every major city in the states and nothing compares to this!

New York City wedding Photography

We went over to the Hershey’s store to check out all the chocolate fun! It was like Willy Wonka’s and Jody could not get enough of it!

New York City wedding Photography

Jody just being cool.

New York City wedding Photography

Here it is! My first ever New York hot dog! It was soooooo fun to eat!!

New York City wedding Photography

Jody and I then headed over to Central Park and walked around for a long time exploring everything! We hung out and had a Starbucks on the ancient rocks in the park. These rocks came down from the North Pole during the last ice age and if you look at satellite photos, you can actually see their path from up there dug into the ground. All the lines in the rocks also point North which is really neat!

New York City wedding Photography

New York City wedding Photography

The next two images were taken by our new friend, Sean who caught up with us in the park and took us to the above waterfall pavilion where many movies have been filmed here!

New York City wedding Photography

There was this one guy in the park making huge bubbles and it was really cool to watch!  I was shooting bubble boy and Sean was shooting me. :)

New York City wedding Photography

Here is my bubble boy shot!

New York City wedding Photography

This is Jody in front of Trump Plaza telling me “Your Fired!” Ha!

New York City wedding Photography

These guys were playing it up on the subway and were awesome! They got a five buck tip for their hard work.

New York City wedding Photography

While at the expo we ran into our dear friends Justin & Mary Marantz (remember we visited them in March & they did a rockin’ shoot of us?) and their awesome associate Julia! We ate at Hard Rock cafe in Manhattan. It was really LOUD! We took a cab ride back to the ferry and just so you know, the shot in the cab was taken at ISO 12,800.  Thanks to Julia for taking the shot of the 4 of us and to Justin for the cab ride shot!

New York City wedding Photography

Here we are at the expo! This is the entrance to the trade show floor where the biggest names in photography have their new toys up for viewing. Canon, Nikon, Quantum, B & H and Adorama to name a few! The second shot is Jody and I with Kelly Mondora, the Vice President of Westcott who started at the bottom and worked her way up to where she is now. She rocks and is an amazing person and business woman!

New York City wedding Photography

Jody grabbed a few shots of me teaching lighting techniques at the Westcott booth. The crowds were huge and you could have up to 100 people listing at any given time. It was really fun!!

New York City wedding Photography

Goodbye New York!

New York City wedding Photography

We had a blast coming and are excited about all the other traveling we are doing this season. We will be in New Orleans speaking next week for Partner Con in the Photographers Lounge, We are shooting a wedding in Florida in December and are then doing two of our Florida IN-CAMERA photography workshops there, then we fly out to Orange County, California for the three more California workshops. It is going to be crazy and fun!!

Oct
26
2009

A Washington DC Wedding in Nashville, TN

by Jody on October 26, 2009, posted in Featured Weddings

Meet Ben & Mary- A super fun couple from the DC area who not only are great people and like to enjoy life, but they love for others around them to have a great time as well!  For Ben & Mary’s wedding we were working with a great team of people that day from amazing Nashville wedding planner, Mary Natalie (Weddings by Mary Natalie),  to Erin at the downtown Nashville wedding reception Loews Vanderbilt who is as professional as they come, to the phenomenal performer and band Super-T.

Check out some shots from the day!! **To be notified when Ben & Mary’s image are online and available for viewing and purchasing, sign up for their online gallery here.

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Mary actually wore these boots the whole day! It was soooo Nashville!!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

These ladies were fierce!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

We loved the red dresses and vibrant fall colored bouquets.

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Ben workin’ it!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

The ceremony was beautiful and Mary’s dad wore a traditional kilt to keep with his roots.

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

They had a great bagpipe player walk them back down the isle. Really unique!!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Something else unique that Ben & Mary fit into their wedding day was a 2-hour block after the ceremony to hang with their bridal party and shoot around Nashville! It was awesome!!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

They wanted a shot with the Nashville skyline, so we delivered! :)

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Then it was off to the Parthenon where the bride and groom wanted to shoot next!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

While shooting everyone, we grabbed some more shots of the bride and groom alone. It was a perfect day and perfect weather!  Thank-you Lord for no rain!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Then it was off to Loews Vanderbilt for the wedding reception! The room looked great and the Ben & Mary had a guest book especially made for them out of a giant TN Jack whiskey barrel. How cool is that?

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

The first dance was really romantic.  You could tell how Ben & Mary were so excited to be with each other!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Something else unique was that the bride and groom had the amazing Super-T band out to perform at the wedding reception.  If you have not heard of Super-T then you are missing OUT!  Talk about one of the best bands and entertainers we have had the privilege of shooting at a reception.  Super T is well known and respected not only in the music circles but has been in the public eye often including performing for the First Family (again) at Jenna Bush’s Wedding Reception last year.

Tyrone Smith (aka Super-T) knows how to entertain and get the crowd going.  As soon as the band began to play everyone hit the dance floor and it was on! It was a sight to see!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Super-T then goes back about 2/3rds way through the show and comes out wearing his Super-T costume with blue tights and all! It is awesome! He is a dancing machine!!

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Nashville, TN Wedding Photography

Other vendors who helped make the wedding the great day that it was:

  1. Church: Cathedral of the Incarnation
  2. Downtown Nashville wedding reception: Loews Vanderbilt
  3. The Best Nashville Wedding Reception Band:  Super-T
  4. Nashville Wedding Florals: Elaine McCord Floral Design
  5. Nashville Wedding Planner: Mary Natalie of  Weddings by Mary Natalie
  6. Hair: Mary Malone
  7. Nashville Wedding Makeup Artist: Angelisa Farmer
  8. Nashville Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes by Leslie Pippin


Thanks Ben and Mary for letting us be a part of your awesome day!!

Oct
21
2009

Nashville Wedding Photography of Jim & Laura!!

by Jody on October 21, 2009, posted in Featured Weddings

Last year we shot the beautiful wedding of Alexis Lempke and Abdul Anbari (at CJ’s Off the Square!) who are now expecting their first child (yay!) and this year we had the privilege of shooting her sister’s wedding – Laura Lempke.  We love the Lempke ladies (all artists and business owners of Adornments – custom jewelry, art, and invitations) and were glad to once again, be a part of a big day of their lives!

Sadly, it was raining all day which put a wrench in not only the wedding plans but of course, in the photography as well, but good thing they had an awesome group of wedding professionals who pulled off the day flawlessly.  One of those professionals was the AMAZING Amy Parman of Williamson County Weddings and Events.  We cannot rave enough about the professionalism that Amy and her team bring to a wedding.  If Amy was not there the wedding would have been up a creek without a paddle.  We cannot stress enough to brides how important it is to have a wedding planner/coordinator.  You never know what may come up and the last thing you want to be worrying about on your wedding day is handing things of the last minute changes that come up.

Anyway, enjoy some images from their wedding day!!!

So the pouring rain dampened any opportunity for shooting outside, but luckily all the girls were getting ready in the Hilton hotel downtown Nashville and we made use of their beautiful lobby for the girl’s shots!  :)

Nashville, TN wedding photography

Nashville, TN wedding photography, just married luggage tag

Nashville, TN wedding photography, red wedding shoes, red roses bouquet, wood inlay wedding rings

Nashville, TN wedding photography, wedding dress, red roses bouquet,

Nashville, TN wedding photography, wedding dress, red roses bouquet,

Nashville, TN wedding photography, wedding dress, red roses bouquet, feather bouquet, red bridesmaid dresses

Nashville, TN wedding photography, cool groomsmen photos, one eleven wedding reception

Nashville, TN wedding photography, cool groomsmen photos, one eleven wedding reception

Nashville, TN wedding photography, cool groomsmen photos, one eleven wedding reception

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception, bride and groom wedding photography, custom bridal jewelry

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception, bride and groom wedding photography,

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception, bride and groom wedding photography, custom bridal jewelry, cool wedding photography

Laura is an artist and does amazing work, (see on the Adornments‘ website) and she designed her wedding cake!  Up close you can see leaf imprints in the fondant. So cool!

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception, red and black wedding cake

Nashville, TN wedding photography

Nashville, TN wedding photography, one eleven wedding reception, exit shot

The vendors who helped make this day awesome:

Nashville Wedding Planner – Amy Parman with Williamson County Weddings and Events
The Best Nashville Wedding Band EVER – The Nashville Blue Tones
Wedding Rentals – Southern Events
Wedding Reception Lighting – Nashville Event Lighting
Delicious Catering – A Catered Affair
Cake – The always amazing Jay Qualls with Maples Wedding Cakes
Flowers -Eye Design Florals
Nashville Wedding Makeup Artist – Amy Lynn Larwig
Invitations, Programs, and Jewelry – Adornments
Custom wedding rings (titanium wood inlays!) – Charlie Thompson

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

NewYork

Jody and I are headed to NY this Wednesday and we are pumped!  Believe it or not, this is the first time that I will actually get to set foot in New York, NY!  We are headed there because Jody and I are going to the biggest photography expo in the world called the Photo Plus Expo. More than 27,000 photographers came out to this thing last year and more than 300 photography companies will be showcasing their newest gadgets and gizmos. The biggest speakers in the world will also be there from Joe Buissink and Zach Arias to David Jay. Jody and I have been asked to speak at the Westcott booth (who we are sponsored by) and are super excited!

We have also booked a little time to ourselves and will be taking a carriage ride through Central Park and then eating at the Tavern on the the Green restaurant. Yum!!

Sooooo…We would love any other ideas that anyone that has been to New York may have about cool things to do, so chime in and give us some fun places that we MUST visit while we are there! And for some incentive, if you give us a great suggestion AND we go and do it, then we will send that first person who mentioned it on the blog an official New York souvenir!!! So let us know what to do and you just might be celebrating Christmas with a sweet Big apple snow globe!! Be sure to leave us your name and a link to get a hold of you if you comment!

For those that are wondering what shoots are coming up next, here is a little sneak peak to wet your appetites!! And for those car enthusiast who are wondering, yes, this is a phat Bentley!

Nashville, TN wedding photography

Nashville, TN wedding photography