It was surreal to be on the field with the likes of Aguero, Toure, Guardiola, Kane, and Lloris. If you're not a soccer fan, think of being on a football field with the Patriots and the Cowboys. It was quite exciting to see Nashville show up in record numbers as two heavy hitting teams from England came to the Music City.
I knew this was going to be a fun wedding when I show up and Isaiah recognized me from randomly being in the same place at the same time two nights before (when they had just started the bachelor party). I'm not sure I've laughed this much, sweat this much, or felt this much emotion in a wedding before. It was amazing to be able to capture the last night Lauren was in Nashville with her family, as well as how well they celebrate life together.
I've been going to CrossFit Trivium (formerly CrossFit Brentwood Hills) for about 3 years now, and they've recently relocated to a much larger facility, and completely re-branded. I was asked to take some event photos for their grand opening celebration, and I loved capturing the feeling of community that this Trivium has created. Check them out if you're interested in a place to work out!
Hunter and Shannon's wedding reminded me of those old romance dramas like Pride and Prejudice, or something like that. Hosted at a beautifully decorated Ravenswood Mansion, in Brentwood, TN, their wedding featured a type writer for a guest list, a string trio for their ceremony music, and a classic wedding dress with amazingly intricate details.
There's a few memories I have from going to Pigeon Forge when I was young, staying at the Holiday Inn, but this isn't the Pigeon Forge I remember any more. Except the Holiday Inn part, that's still pretty much the same. Pigeon Forge has grown to be one of the most family friendly places I've ever been, so when I was asked to photograph Pigeon Forge I knew I wanted to capture not only the fun environment, but the history of this town.
January surprised Nashville with a beautiful, and very cold, snow day where I ran around the pedestrian bridge and took a quick shot at Bicentennial Park before ducking in a coffee shop for a quick warm up. I made a fortunate connection to get access to the Westin Nashville rooftop as well as the L&C building rooftop to take some scenic Nashville photos. I also visited 4 other parks: Radnor Lake, Foster Falls, Fiery Gizzard, and Shelby Bottoms.
After getting to help Relient K create an album cover for their latest album, Air For Free, the Matts invited me out to help capture their live performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The light was rough and the angles were difficult, but the performance was captivating. After almost 20 years, Relient K's lyrical vulnerability has created a real connection between the band and their fans, and the emotion of the audience during these performances are palpable. It was a joy to capture how much fun they have, like doing a push up and jumping jack on the stage, or just the countless number of smiles on the faces of the audience.
Concert photos from 10.09.2016 in Nashville, TN.
It's been a while since I stopped and thought about what path I took to end up where I am. I constantly get asked how I got here, and I always just answer, "I don't know." Half lazy, half way too complicated to be easily told, I haven't really tried to understand myself and my story. So here's the beginning of my journey into social media and the photography world.
My 30th birthday present to myself, a trip from Portland to San Francisco, came with an extra gift from my wife, as about two weeks before, Jess and I found out we were going to be parents. We've always said that we don't want having children to slow us down, so without second guessing our decision we boarded a plane from Nashville to Portland.