I had the privilege of photographing Rachel and Tucker before their prom a few weeks ago. Doing prom mini sessions isn’t something that I normally do and only having 20 min to spend with them instead of my normal 2hr senior sessions made the planning that I always do before a shoot that much more important. They were an awesome couple and I wanted to make sure we nailed some awesome shots even though this was going to be a fast paced shoot. So my assistant and I got there about an hour and a half before the shoot so we would could find some good spots, that had good lighting, and were close together. I know the couple wanted some graffiti shots so we started off with those. 

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There is a nice little nook right next to the graffiti that gives a whole different feel to the images and I thought would work nicely for this couple with the formal attire. 

 

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Of course no prom shoot would be complete without a shot of her putting his boutonniere on. 

 

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Another one of the request from the couple was a shot with the Tennessee Theater. So that was our next stop.

 

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On the way back we found a building with some nice texture so we had to make a quick stop to do a couple of portraits in front of it.

 

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A little farther down we saw street performer playing a sax. As we were walking by he saw the couple in their formal attire and started playing a wedding bridal march. The couple loved it and the look on the moms’ faces was priceless. So we had to stop for a quick picture of him playing for the couple. After all the fun we had on this shoot I have decided that these prom minis are something that I will defiantly be offering to my clients next year. It was short and sweet but we still managed to have lots of fun and get some great portraits.

 

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Check out my Knoxville Senior Photography page for more info on my normal senior sessions or contact me directly.

 

 

 

I have been doing wedding photography in Knoxville Tn since 2010 and am still surprised at how many people aren’t asking the questions and looking for the things I feel are extremely important when choosing a wedding photographer or any other type of photographer. Here is a list of 7 (well really 8) things to look for or at least consider before you hair your wedding photographer. You may notice that price isn’t on this list, but I am well aware that it will also affect your decision. My goal here is to give you information on the things to be looking for and thinking about no matter what your price point.

  1. Personality: The thing I feel is most important is making sure that you get along well with and enjoy working with the photographer you hire. After all it is as much about the experience you have as the finial images. One of the best ways to test your wedding photographer is with an engagement session. One of the reasons all of my packages include an engagement session is so my clients and I can get to know each other better and become friends before the wedding day. If for some reason you find that you aren’t clicking with the photographer during the engagement session it might be best to find another one for the wedding even if you had to lose all or part of a retainer. 
  2. Style: Be sure you like the photographer’s style. Style can be a tricky thing to describe so be sure to look at the images in their portfolio and make sure you like what you’re seeing. Everyone has their own style and you want to make sure the photographer your hire has a style you like and want for your wedding day. I would describe my style as dramatic with a flair for the romantic. I like a little more contrast in my work and I like to separate the subject from the background using different lighting styles. I love to tell stories with my images no matter if its one image or a series that work together. Knoxville Wedding PhotographyKnoxville Wedding PhotographerEngagement Photographer Knoxville Tn
  3. Lighting Master: Make sure your wedding photographer can control the light in any situation.This is an area where I have seen many wedding photographers fall short. Many photographers start out using only the light that is in a given scene (natural light) and although beautiful images can be created using only natural light it can also be limiting. I use a combination of natural light and off camera lights so I can take control of the light in any situation to produce consistent well lit images from outside at high noon to a dark reception hall at midnight. Being a “natural light only” photographer outside on a nice sunny day fine but what happens if the wedding is at sunset, in a dark church, or the reception is only lit by the DJ’s lights? There are a couple of things to look for in a photographers images to make sure they can control the light in any situation. In outdoor shots look at the sky in the background to see if it is always solid white. If it is they probably aren’t using off camera lighting to balance the image and keep the color and detail in the sky or it could just be their style and done by choice. Next ask for examples of some of their work from indoor ceremonies and receptions to make sure the images are sharp and not blurry and in the reception images look to see that the background is well lit (not just the subject) and that the background isn’t orange or green (unless you like that look). Knoxville Wedding PhotographerKnoxville Wedding PhotographyKnoxville Wedding Photographer
  4. Backup Plan for their images: Make sure your photographer has a solid back up plan in place for your images that includes some kind of off site backup because things happen.I keep my images backed up on two hard drives on site and I also use an online backup service, in case there is ever a fire or break in, until I deliver all products. After all products are delivered I still save the images on one on site hard drive and online. I always say I save them for 3 yrs but at the moment I am saving them much longer. 
  5. Contracts: Get everything in writing. I use contracts for all my portrait sessions and weddings. In my contracts I have it outlined what my clients can expect from me and when. I have a completion schedule of when they will get to see their images, when they will place their order for prints and album, and when all the finished products will be delivered. This way they can rest assured that they are going to get their images when I say they will.
  6. Real Business: Make sure your photographer runs a legitimate business and has been around for a while. Make sure they have a business license, carry liability insurance (nothing wrong with asking for a copy), and pay sales tax. This way you know your protected if something happened and that the photographer is in this for the long haul. I have all of the above and have been in business since 2010. Also make sure that any second shooters or assistants that are helping have liability insurance or are covered under the main photographer’s policy. Most policies only cover the main photographer so if an assistant damages something it might not be covered unless they have their own policy or the photographer pays out of pocket for the damage. 
  7. Sick Day: Make sure there is a plan in place in case the photographer is sick or for some other reason can’t make it on your wedding day. I have never had this happen but if it ever did I have a close network of trusted professional photographers with similar styles and skills that I could call at a moment’s notice and they would step in and cover the wedding. Also anyone that second shoots a wedding with me would be able to step up and cover the day if something happened last minute like a car wreck on my way there. Granted that would not be an ideal situation and I never have or would miss a wedding by choice, but things can happen and if they do you want to make sure your once in a lifetime event will still be captured the way you want without you having to stress out last minuet looking for a replacement photographer. 
  8. I know I said 7 but making sure your photographer is full service and going to handle everything you want like retouching and designing and printing a beautiful wedding album is very important. Also making sure up front that they do or can offer all they products and services you want will ensure that you get everything you want and all from one place.

Contact me if you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation to go over options for your wedding day or engagement photos Knoxville Tn.

 

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Had a great time photographing this couples engagement pics during their engagement session.

Having an engagement session done by a professional photographer is a great way to memorialize this milestone in your relationship and life and this is why all my wedding packages now include an engagement session.. There are many different options for engagement sessions like doing a formal in studio session, going out on location, or a combination of both that can be used to make sure you get amazing images that you will cherish for a lifetime. Although both options can lead to amazing images that you will treasure for years to come my personal preference is doing an on location session or doing a short studio session then heading outside to different locations for the rest of the engagement session.

Choosing the right locations can make great images even better. For example if you are able to work in a location that has some special meaning to either or both of you. Having a professional wedding photographer that has the right gear and knows how to use it to control the light in any scene is key when you are out on location and moving quickly to get all the poses you want before the sun goes down.

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I love using a series of images to tell a story when I am shooting.

 

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If you know how to control the light you can get some amazing images even after the sun goes down.

 

Another thing that can make your session better is having servile outfits to change into that way you can have different looks throughout your session. Doing a full outfit change like going from formal to casual can eat up a lot of your session time and would want to be kept to a minimum but even making small changes like adding or removing a jacket or quickly changing tops can make a big difference, give you some verity, and not use up all of your session time.

Some of the products that you might want to consider from your engagement session are of course prints, save the date cards, and even a guest signing book for your wedding with images from your engagement session. You can also have a slide show of your engagement session images playing during the reception on your wedding day.

Although all of my wedding packages include Engagement Photos Knoxville Tn I do offer them as a stand alone session as well starting at $175. Check out my Knoxville Wedding Photography page or contact me for more information on my wedding services or to schedule a consultation to talk about options for your session.

 

Rocky Caughron

865-654-5439

Rocky@rockysphotography.com

 

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As a Knoxville wedding photographer I have seen that it is becoming more and more popular for couples to break the tradition of the groom not seeing his bride in her wedding dress before walking down the aisle. A new and emerging trend is to do a wedding day first look session before the actual ceremony. There are numerous advantages to following this new trend of a wedding day first look and not holding to tradition.

One of the most paramount advantages of participating in a wedding day first look session is having the ability to choose from a variety of locations and times for the first look session to take place. Couples are not restricted in any way as to where or when their wedding day first look session will be and this can lead to amazing bridal and couple portraits. For example, if a couple reserves a first look session two hours before the ceremony, they may wish to choose a local beach, park, river, or other sentimental locale. Setting up a wedding day first look allows couples to have more choice in when and where their special moment is captured by their photographer. Of course, doing the first look at the alter of the church is still a good option and still gives plenty of time for some nice creative shots.

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Another advantage of a first look photography session is that couples will have a more comfortable and relaxed setting for their couples images. This will also allow the photographer the time the need to be creative and produce much better images. Also, it allow the couple some much needed alone time before the masses of family and friends arrive.

Besides the advantages of setting and location freedom, another reason many couples choose a wedding day first look is because of the elaborate customized preparation that can take place prior to the shoot. Photographers and videographers are able to capture these precious moments in a more controlled environment, for instance, lighting and posing are more tailored which convey images more naturally and beautifully.

 

Last but not least, as a wedding photographer I have seen many versions of a wedding day time line and ones that choose to do a first look go much smoother with much less stress. Since the bride and groom have seen each other before the wedding either at the church or at a different location they have been able to get many more amazing couples portraits that may not have been possible with out the first look. Now since they have seen each other already they can plan to have all the family come early and do all the formal family portraits at the church before the ceremony. This means that the couple, wedding party, and family can head straight to the reception after the I do’s instead of having to stay behind for pictures. So they have more time to spend with friends and family instead of feeling rushed all day.

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A wedding day first look isn’t right for every couple but if your willing to consider breaking tradition this might be a good option for you. If you are looking for a wedding photographer I would love to schedule a one on one consultation so we can get to know each other and see if we would be a good match on your wedding day.

Check out my page Knoxville wedding photography for more info on my services or contact me directly.

 

I just love this shot. They will get to keep this image of this special moment forever.

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One of the things I love about being a Knoxville Wedding photographer is being able to be creative and bridal portraits is an area I can really be creative in if there is time. We all know that on a wedding day it can be a little hectic and the best laid plains can fall apart along with the timeline and if that happens you may not have the time that is needed to get the amazing bridal portraits you want. I recently had the chance to do some bridal portraits with Amanda, Sara, and Taylor. It was so nice to be able to take our time on these sessions (since it was not done on their wedding days) and be creative without the stress of the wedding day.

 

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This shoot was so much more relaxed then doing it on the wedding day. I would highly suggest that every bride at least consider doing a bridal portrait session before or after the actual wedding day.

 

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After all most brides do a “dry run” with hair and make up as well as a last fitting of the dress anyway. So why not schedule them on the same day and do a bridal session then too?

 

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This way you are not limited to the location of the wedding, reception, or where the bride is getting ready at. You will still have the option of doing more bridal portraits the day of the wedding but if your running behind the you can relax knowing that if you only get a couple the day of that you have plenty from the session that has already been done.

 

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Like taking bridal portraits on a day other then the day of the wedding another thing to consider is if your not doing a first look (which I am a huge fan of) with your soon to be spouse before the ceremony  then doing a post wedding couples session might also be a good idea and will give you some amazing portraits together. If you are planning your big day and haven’t found a wedding photographer yet check out my page Knoxville Wedding Photography or contact me below to set up an in person meeting so we can get to know each other and discuss different options for your wedding photography.

 

Rocky Caughron

865-654-5439

Rocky@rockysphotography.com

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