Emily's Maternity Shoot

Emily's about to have a baby! 

A maternity shoot was in order. She knew she wanted to have images of her to remember the time when she was pregnant, but she was hoping for something a little different than standard maternity photos. She wanted to have images that celebrated her love of Nashville so I suggested we shoot on the Pedestrian Bridge.

The Pedestrian Bridge is great. Not only can you see Nashville in all its urban splendor, but walk down the stairs to the river and you can get some great photos in nature. It's like having the best of both worlds! 

We were lucky to have beautiful blue skies for our shoot, and because we did the shoot super early in the morning, it wasn't too crazy hot. 

"Plagued" Book Signing

"Plagued" a book by Bruce McCully about cybersecurity in business, made its premier at Center 615 in East Nashville today. Bruce McCully was on hand to sign books and gave demonstrations on how easy it was to hack into businesses. 

People mingled, learned about cybersecurity, and left with a great book signed by the author. 

Nut Butter Nation

Have you heard of Nut Butter Nation? It's an amazing peanut butter made right here in Nashville. Not only is it local, but it comes in a variety of delicious flavors like Salted Caramel and Honey Vanilla. Once you open the jar you can't stop-it's sooooo good. 

I did some product and lifestyle shots for their marketing. Check them out and make sure to check out Nut Butter Nation if you haven't!

Nashville Visual Artists: Val from Rogue Gallery

I first saw Val's art during an Art Crawl in the Arcade in downtown. I was impressed with the unique vibe of her gallery as well as the attention to detail in her work. Her work covers ancient themes while executing great skill in painting. I was intrigued and was happy when she agreed to a studio visit  to talk about her work. 

What is the theme of your work?

I generally stick with a central theme for 5 pieces of art, so that I have a small collection/series based upon an idea. For example, the Ancient Series is both Egyptian and Greek inspired. The Animals Series is based on fables and sayings that have meaning to me ( except the rooster and pig which I was asked to paint) with the theme that ties them together being that they are all animals. So I guess I might read something or see something that inspires an idea and then I compose in my mind 5 or so pieces to create for that series. The paintings you saw in my home are the next series that I am calling "In The Garden.”  While it will still be nature based it will also have elements of literature intertwined.

What inspires your work?

I am inspired by ancient forms of art that include mosaic tile work, aboriginal art, and Huichol beaded sculpture. I am also inspired by God, nature, ancient script literature and  mythos, fables, legends and mathematics. I try to weave ancient ideas in thought and literature with ancient art forms and give them a modern twist. I call this mesh of ideas "Mosaic Pointillism" because it isn’t quite one thing or the other…it just simply is a fusion of many ancient forms of art, literature and mathematics. There are many more modern artists that I adore. I cannot say that they inspire my work because I do not create the way they created, but they do open me up to new ideas. My first and favorite is “The Veiled Rebecca” by Giovanni Benzoni, but I also am in awe of Roy Lichtenstein’s works, M.C Escher, William Blake’s wood blocks, Da Vinci works (mostly from his sketch book of odd ideas) and last but not least the incredible world of Erte. My favorite art movements are the Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods and I think there is a small bit of that peeking though my pieces. 

What are the goals for your work?

I have a couple different goals. Yes I would like someday for my art to be in a museum.  This may never happen, but  I work on every piece like that it is where it might someday be viewed. Secondly, I'd like to find an art agent. I am new to having a gallery and want to keep a gallery, but an agent could open opportunities for me that a gallery can not. I would also like to have several small galleries throughout the United States and perhaps expanding beyond to showcase artists that create pieces that are uniquely their own. 

What are your thoughts the on Nashville Art Scene?

I feel like the Nashville Art scene could be so much stronger than it is now. It feels like it is disconnected and working against itself. For example, I would love to support the Wedgewood Houston Art Crawl but I can’t because I have my gallery open in the Arcade during the Downtown Art Crawl. It reminds me of that line from Pink Floyd…”United we stand, Divided we fall.” There are so many talented artists in Nashville and I love meeting them and looking at their work.  I guess I wish people would put whatever differences they have aside and make an art scene here that is more united.  Separation, only hurts the art movement.

Nashville Bride Feature

I shot a wedding a couple of months ago and it just got featured on Nashville Bride!

Check out the feature here: 

https://www.nashvillebrideguide.com/blog/carnton-plantation-styled-shoot-franklin-tn-wedding-venue/

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Here are some of the talented vendors I worked with. Wine, a cake, dress, or if you're still looking for a venue, these great vendors have you covered!

Rentals – Southern Events Party Rental Company

Caterer/Florals – Beyond Details

Cake – Meesh’s Bakery

Bridal gown – Fabulous Frocks

Jewelry – American Jewelry

Videographer – Social Eero

Hair and Makeup Artist – Katie Kendall

Calligraphy – White Ink Calligraphy

Venue – Carnton

Wine – Arrington Vineyards

And make sure to check out more weddings I photographed here.

Family Day at Oz

Family Day is OZ Arts’ annual public festival of indoor and outdoor arts activities for young people and families, designed to spark creativity, activity, and imagination. Dispersed among the grounds of OZ Arts, dozens of local artists and community organizations set up activity stations enabling kids to tap into their imagination while having fun with friends and family members.

Being a big kid myself, I enjoyed the skate show, the Chinese dancing instructions, and all the other fun activities at this event.

To see other events I've shot, look here.

Raymond and Nancy's wedding

Raymond and Nancy got married on a gorgeous September day. The skies were blue, the wind was cool and not your typical scorching September weather in Nashville. They had their ceremony in the beautiful church of St. Mary's in downtown Nashville. The reception was held in a lovely room of ceiling to floor windows at the Hilton Doubletree Inn across the street. I love shooting weddings, and wish Raymond and Nancy many years of love and happiness!