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.
This shoot was one of the most difficult challenges in my photography career, with 4 straight 16 hour days, and a general lack of photography direction. The majority of my photos were self directed. I helped style the talent. I directed fake and real families for the first time. Most of the shots were in harsh summer light or with no professional lighting.
All these challenges made me appreciate photography even more and inspires me to constantly strive to do better. I'm really proud of the work produced, and it makes me even more proud that I was able to produce quality photography in spite of the challenges.
Here's just a few favorite photos from the hundreds: