Photographing James Brown

Sometimes a portrait session is fun, not just because the person you're photographing is delightful to be around, but because they've had to develop a sense of humor. James Brown was just such a person. 

He was born with a name that would soon become famous, and he didn't even have to work for the fame. It just came with the name.

Here's my photo of James Brown, a favorite portrait, as of late. I'm thinking the images works because James' sense of humor and calm spirit shines through in the image.

Portrait of James Brown, Atlanta portrait photographer

Atlanta Couple Featured on Cake Hunters

Just finished watching the season premier of Cake Hunters, featuring "sophisticated Vanessa and her Southern beau, Tim." That's the way the folks at the Cooking Channel describe the amazing couple whose wedding we photographed the end of April. You can decide for yourself if the description fits by watching the episode for yourself here.

We were blown away by the look and the taste of the winning cake created by the ladies at Confection Perfection. (The other two cakes were spectacular, as well.)

So sorry we couldn't taste every layer of the winning cake, and sure you will be, too, once you hear the detailed description of every layers' scrumptousness when you watch the show.

Our favorite part of the cake was added to appease the delightfully manly Tim. (See the show for more details.)

Our favorite part of the cake was added to appease the delightfully manly Tim. (See the show for more details.)

A film crew followed Tim and Vanessa from the ceremony to the reception.

A film crew followed Tim and Vanessa from the ceremony to the reception.

And the verdict. "Ah ... that is so goooood!"

And the verdict. "Ah ... that is so goooood!"

I'm honored that Vanessa and Tim chose us as their Atlanta wedding photographers.

Yellow Ribbon Couples' Portrait in Pine Lake

A few years back I joined a group of volunteers called Yellow Ribbon Photographers.

Photographers who join agree to provide a photo session along with several prints to military personnel about to deploy.

About a month ago, I got my first call from a couple interested in taking me up on my offer. Peter and Lauren are both in the Air Force and are about to be deployed to Germany.

What a fun duo! I had a blast capturing the love and adoration they have for each other.

Couples' Portrait Atlanta, GA
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Air Force Couple Portrait

Thanks for your service and be safe, Lauren and Peter.

Emory Presbyterian Wedding + Trolley Barn Reception

One of the many blessings associated with being a wedding photographer is the opportunity to get to know wonderful new couples and their families on one of the happiest days of their lives. 

Sometimes I am privileged to meet and get to know a couple before their wedding, as well. Tim and Vanessa were one such couple. I photographed their engagement session in Pine Lake on a drizzly afternoon. Instead of griping about getting wet, they enjoyed hamming it up for the camera in the rain.

So, it was no surprise that both of them spread joy to friends and family who joined them for their wedding ceremony and celebration. Vanessa's laughter was contagious. Tim's antics kept everyone in stitches, including the youngest ring bearer. 

Here are just a few favorite photos from the day.

Favorite Weddings Photographs from 2015

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Pulling together favorites from a year's work is always revealing. We're always looking for joy, laughter, humor, all wrapped up in a surprising and delightful visual package. Here are a few favorites from this last year. We'll have more favorites to share soon.

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Bride dancing with Dad
Bridesmaid threatens groom.
Bridesmaid threatens groom.
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Bride and groom at reception
Best man toasts the bride and groom.
Best man toasts the bride and groom.
Listening to the toasts.
Listening to the toasts.
Bride getting ready
Bride getting ready
Andrea and Vitek Wild, for Manuel Llaneras Photography, The 12 Hotel Atlantic Station
Andrea and Vitek Wild, for Manuel Llaneras Photography, The 12 Hotel Atlantic Station
Bride and groom celebrate at end of ceremomy C Brown Photo, Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Bride and groom celebrate at end of ceremomy

C Brown Photo, Atlanta Wedding Photographer

Favorite Weddings Photographs from 2015

Pulling together favorites from a year's work is always revealing. We're always looking for joy, laughter, humor, all wrapped up in a surprising and delightful visual package. Here are a few favorites from this last year. We'll have more favorites to share soon.

Bride dancing with Dad

Bridesmaid threatens groom.

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Bride and groom at reception

Best man toasts the bride and groom.

Listening to the toasts.

Bride getting ready

Andrea and Vitek Wild, for Manuel Llaneras Photography, The 12 Hotel Atlantic Station

Bride and groom celebrate at end of ceremomy

Michelle and Avrum's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens

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Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
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Bride getting ready
Bride and groom come down the aisle together
Bride and groom come down the aisle together
Reflection of wedding guests in glass of wine.
Reflection of wedding guests in glass of wine.
Bride and groom share wine at Jewish wedding.
Bride and groom share wine at Jewish wedding.
Family clapping at wedding.
Family clapping at wedding.
Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
Avrum Weiss and Michelle Tullier's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens
Best man toasts the bride and groom.
Best man toasts the bride and groom.
Traditional Jewish folk dance at wedding. Atlanta Wedding Photographers, C Brown Photo

Traditional Jewish folk dance at wedding.

Atlanta Wedding Photographers, C Brown Photo

Historic SCOTUS Decision Sparks Weddings and Celebrations in Atlanta

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Thank the Divine Spirit that this past weekend we had no paid weddings on the books. Because we needed the time to document reactions to the historic Supreme Court Decision that paved the way for same-sex weddings across the country. Here are few of our favorites from yesterday's 101 Gay Weddings event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.

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Mass Gay Wedding at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead
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101 Gay Weddings 

101 Gay Weddings 

Historic SCOTUS Decision Sparks Weddings and Celebrations in Atlanta

Thank the Divine Spirit that this past weekend we had no paid weddings on the books. Because we needed the time to document reactions to the historic Supreme Court Decision that paved the way for same-sex weddings across the country. Here are few of our favorites from yesterday's 101 Gay Weddings event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.

Mass Gay Wedding at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead

 

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Seven Stories Video History - Coming Soon

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What do you get when you cross a journalist with a chaplain? A personal historian. Yep, that's right ... a personal historian--someone who helps you preserve your history, usually for family, friends and future generations.

The journalist in me loves to hear a good story and delights in asking just the right questions to elicit the details that bring the story to life. The chaplain in me loves to listen, too, attentively, without judgment or the need to persuade.

Check out this fun outtake from our first video history interview. This was shot before the interview actually started.

We'll be sharing from the actual interview soon on our new website.

Interested in finding out more about our personal historian services, give us a call or text us at 404 298 6263.

Seven Stories Video History - Coming Soon (Here Now)

What do you get when you cross a journalist with a chaplain? A personal historian. Yep, that's right ... a personal historian--someone who helps you preserve your history, usually for family, friends and future generations.

The journalist in me loves to hear a good story and delights in asking just the right questions to elicit the details that bring the story to life. The chaplain in me loves to listen, too, attentively, without judgment or the need to persuade.

Check out this fun outtake from our first video history interview. This was shot before the interview actually started.

Here's more of the actual interview on our new website.

Interested in finding out more about our personal historian services, give us a call or text us at 404 298 6263.

Getting ready for a Bat Mitzvah shoot

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As I was checking out all my gear for this afternoon's shoot, I decided to take a photograph so you could see what I usually bring with me when I'm photographing a large event. Camera gear for a wedding or bar mitzvah shoot

    Canon 6D -- full sensor DSLR Canon 7D -- cropped sensor DSLR Canon 70D -- cropped sensor DSLR Canon 5D -- full sensor DSLR 70-200mm f 2.8 telephoto lens with image stabilzation 85mm f1.8 telephoto lens 50mm f1.4 normal lens 60mm f2.8 macro lens 16mm-35mm f2.8 wide angle zoom 24-70mm f2.8 wide to telephoto zoom 5 speedlight flash units 2 radio remotes 1 quantum flash Flash meter Video light CF and SD memory cards (about 100 GB total) Light stands, flash modifiers, umbrellas, etc. Altoids and Ibuprofen (not pictured)

In a perfect world, I spend the day before an event and/or the early part of the day of the event charging batteries, cleaning lenses and testing remote flash functioning.

Of course, in the real world it doesn't matter the gear you use or how often you clean your lenses, it's the results that count. Check out a few of my bar mitzvah photos here.

You can find more information about my passion for photographing people and events here.

Getting ready for a Bat Mitzvah shoot

As I was checking out all my gear for this afternoon's shoot, I decided to take a photograph so you could see what I usually bring with me when I'm photographing a large event. Camera gear for a wedding or bar mitzvah shoot

    Canon 6D -- full sensor DSLR Canon 7D -- cropped sensor DSLR Canon 70D -- cropped sensor DSLR Canon 5D -- full sensor DSLR 70-200mm f 2.8 telephoto lens with image stabilzation 85mm f1.8 telephoto lens 50mm f1.4 normal lens 60mm f2.8 macro lens 16mm-35mm f2.8 wide angle zoom 24-70mm f2.8 wide to telephoto zoom 5 speedlight flash units 2 radio remotes 1 quantum flash Flash meter Video light CF and SD memory cards (about 100 GB total) Light stands, flash modifiers, umbrellas, etc. Altoids and Ibuprofen (not pictured)

In a perfect world, I spend the day before an event and/or the early part of the day of the event charging batteries, cleaning lenses and testing remote flash functioning.

Of course, in the real world it doesn't matter the gear you use or how often you clean your lenses, it's the results that count. Check out a few of my bar mitzvah photos here.

You can find more information about my passion for photographing people and events here.