Busy!

I neglect this blog, but it's certainly not because I'm not using my camera. 

I've heard that in order to be a successful photographer, you need to "find your niche and focus." I've always had a tough time doing that, since I enjoy lots of different kinds of shooting. It's all related to me-- how do I make something look interesting or beautiful? What can I put into a photo, technically and artistically, to make it successful? How can I make this client happy, while also keeping myself happy? 

So here are a few of the random things I've been shooting the past month.

My cute-as-hell nephew.

A fun story for Edible Memphis where I got to eat this awesome app from Tsunami restaurant:

Another fun kid portrait shoot with the Shah family:

A group photo of 60 people at the Peabody:

More newly-completed units at the awesome Artesian condo building downtown:

A groundbreaking event in Byhalia:

Another event for the fine folks at Memphis University School:

My daughter and her buds after being inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society:

What's next?

Jamie and Isaac Wedding

This wasn't my usual wedding-- these guys are from out-of-town, and neither they nor any of their family had ties to Memphis. See, Jamie is a freak about pandas, and she and Isaac searched the country for the coolest zoo with pandas, which could also host a wedding reception. Memphis, of course, fits that bill. So their whole gang-- family, friends, loved ones-- converged on Memphis for a weekend.

After some serious pampering and primping at Pavo Salon, we gathered at the Formal Gardens at Overton Park for a beautiful ceremony in some serious Memphis heat. Then the whole gang moved to Lafayette's for a fun cocktail hour, before converging at the Zoo to git down.

First, the pamper party at Pavo Salon...

Then to a downtown townhouse to get dressed...

And off to Overton Park for the ceremony!

Then to Overton Square for a fun cocktail hour at Lafayette's...

And finally to the Memphis Zoo for the reception!

These guys know how to make an entrance.

Then, an epic, hilarious and beautiful "History of Jamie and Isaac" slideshow...

Git. Down.

Emily and Ben Wedding

Loved working with these two again! I blogged about the engagement session I did with these two a while back right here. They're such sweet and genuine people, and I was glad to be there for the big day.

The wedding and reception were both at St. John's Episcopal, a beautiful church. There is a lovely courtyard there, which was the site of one my worst mishaps as a professional photographer, but more about that in a bit.

Ben and Emily decided to do a first look before the ceremony in the courtyard. It's beautiful, but the slate tiles there are VERY slippery when wet.

I'm pretty good at stealth-scrambling to get angles during first looks. This time, though, I busted in a spectacular fashion, right when Ben turned around. I felt horrible! Kept right on shooting, and luckily Ben and Emily were mostly too interested in each other to notice.

Once the moment was over, I looked down to see my pants. I was a mess.

Ouch. 

But I carried on!