Wheelchair Handball Georgia State Championship

Thanks to Tommie Storms,the founder of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, for asking me to photograph the 2016 Wheelchair Handball championships in Henry County, Georgia.

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The tournament took place at the J.P. Moseley Recreation Center, Stockbridge, GA. 

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Students with a variety of physical disabilities competed for the title of state champions.  

Wolverines vs the Heat in round one. The Heat moved on to the finals.

Wolverines vs the Heat in round one. The Heat moved on to the finals.

The semifinals featured the  WGA Wolverines vs. Gwinnett Heat on one court and the DeKalb Silver Streaks vs. Houston Sharks on the other.

The Wolverines vs The Heat games went into double overtime, ending with a shootout.

The Wolverines vs The Heat games went into double overtime, ending with a shootout.

The Heat celebrate after their overtime win.

The Heat celebrate after their overtime win.

The Silver Streaks vs The Sharks. The Sharks moved on to the finals.

The Silver Streaks vs The Sharks. The Sharks moved on to the finals.

The Silver Streaks gave The Sharks a run for their money.

The Silver Streaks gave The Sharks a run for their money.

The Sharks and the Heat faced each other in the finals, with the Sharks coming out on top 10-4.

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The Houston Sharks took home the championship trophy.

The Houston Sharks took home the championship trophy.

Atlanta Sports Photographer

New Wedding and Event Venue in Atlanta: 433 Bishop

Presenting Novare Events newest venue:

433 Bishop

A recently refurbished 5,000 square-foot venue located in Atlanta’s up-and-coming Westside, 433 Bishop is capable of hosting social and corporate events  with up to 200 guests. Convenient to Atlanta’s Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Atlantic Station and the interstate, this chic loft-style space, fresh with a minimalist design features twenty-five foot ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, a twenty-foot built-in bar backed by a plasma screen and an outdoor patio. 

the space can be configured for large or small parties.

the space can be configured for large or small parties.

event designers can give the space a variety of looks.

event designers can give the space a variety of looks.

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Novare Events EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Myrna Antar points out details in the 25-ft ceilings.

Novare Events EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Myrna Antar points out details in the 25-ft ceilings.

Outdoor Patio with room to take a decorating theme into the open air.

Outdoor Patio with room to take a decorating theme into the open air.

Three Sisters Catering wows the crowd at 433 Bishop's Grand Opening

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” 
― Virginia Woolf
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Those who joined Kate (above) and Molly Holway, the staff and crew of Three Sisters Catering for the grand opening luncheon at 433 Bishop certainly dined well.

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The banquet that chef brothers Simon and Matthew prepared for us included: tuna tartare, lamb chops, homemade flat bread with pimento cheese dip, crab salad on bruschetta, turkey confit risotto, beef wellington, and a passionfruit custard with berries that Sharon labeled one of the top five desserts of all time.

Sharon and I were delighted to dine with some of the best wedding planners in Atlanta.

Design by Jessica Dankenbrink of Bold American

Venue 433 Bishop by Novare Events

The Nasty Women of Pine Lake

Sometimes you get a call as a photographer that sets your photo heart on fire. That's what happened when the mayor of the little town where I lived called to ask me to take a photograph of our elected officials.

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All the political leaders in our tiny little city are women who support Clinton.

L to R: Tonja Holder, councilperson; Jean Bordeaux, councilperson; Melanie Hammet, mayor; Augusta Woods, councilperson; Megan Pulsts, mayor protem, Brandy Hall, councilperson.

If you'd like a photograph of your amazing group, give us a call 404 298 6263 or shoot us an email: cindy@cbrownphoto.com>

Taking my head shot photography to another level

Lately, I have more and more people asking me take head shots for their website, social media, or sometimes even printed marketing materials.

So I decided to do a little research and educate myself on various headshot styles. This is one of my favorites. It uses something called clamshell lighting.

Here's a photo I took of Sharon and one she took of me, while we were practicing.

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And this is one of my good friend the Rev. Kim Jackson that I took the next day.

   

 

 

I have a couple more head shot sessions scheduled over the next couple of weeks. If you'd like to schedule a session for you and maybe even your coworkers, give us a call 404 298 6263 or shoot us an email at cindy@cbrownphoto.com.

Atlanta Head Shot Photographer

Alex and Esther's Pontoon Boat Exit on Lake Chatuge

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Here's Esther's description of her ideal reception:

"We end out on the pier, people stumbling a bit because we're tipsy, and laughing, light our Chinese lanterns, say a small call and response of 'holding you in the light' before we let the lanterns go."

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"All the lanterns light easily and don't take long to fill-out, and if something goes wrong and one catches on fire or something, again, it's a funny memorable moment. But no person catches on fire, or if they do we shove them off the pier before they get hurt or we get charged extra for anything from the venue." 

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"We let the lanterns go, all squeeze each other with love, then BAM, boat rides up to pier, we swing the doors open, and everyone claps as we say our goodbyes and hop on the boat and zoom off into the lake (where we will circle the lake for a good while, looking at the stars and cuddling, until we come back to the docks right next to wear we zoomed away, and giddily skip to our hotel room, where we take-in how beautiful everything was, and pass out).

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Esther's ideal continues: "Everyone peacefully says there goodbyes to each other, lots of hugs and "so nice to get to meet you, welcome to the family" and just a feeling of communal love and that no one was offended or punched anyone."

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Esther and Alex's North Georgia Wedding

In preparation for every wedding, I ask couples to tell me how they envision their ideal wedding.

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Here's what Esther had to say about getting ready. "I'm with my bridesmaids at the room upstairs at the venue, my friends/bridesmaids and I are laughing and listening to fun 90's music while we get ready. It is magically not hot and I'm never sweaty. The room is decorated with cute make-shift bridal touches and we are having little drinks and singing Britney Spears, Mulan and other Disney hits."

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Esther's ideal ceremony: "Short, because I know people appreciate that, but with a sacred feeling and touching uniting of Alex and me. Hopefully the weather is nice, but if not, hope to at least get some really funny moments out of any craziness that that causes." 

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Esther's idea of the perfect reception- "Everyone gets rowdy and has a good time, the music is awesome and we are all dancing the night away, the toasts are fun, the ending feel is that people are sad it's over, but it was just the right length and people are going to bed with a smile." 

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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.

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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.

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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
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Bride and groom at reception
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Best man toasts the bride and groom.
Listening to the toasts.
Listening to the toasts.
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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
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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.

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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

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Michelle and Avrum's Wedding at Cator Woolford Gardens

Smiles all around when Michelle raised her glass of wine.

Smiles all around when Michelle raised her glass of wine.

A still life from behind the scenes.

A still life from behind the scenes.

Michelle Dons her blue wedding dress.

Michelle Dons her blue wedding dress.

Michelle and Abrum turned wedding tradition upside down by coming down the aisle together to start the ceremony.

Michelle and Abrum turned wedding tradition upside down by coming down the aisle together to start the ceremony.

REFLECTION OF WEDDING GUESTS IN GLASS OF WINE.

REFLECTION OF WEDDING GUESTS IN GLASS OF WINE.

Guests celebrate by clapping  during the ceremony.

Guests celebrate by clapping  during the ceremony.

Michelle and Avrum exit the ceremony hand in hand.

Michelle and Avrum exit the ceremony hand in hand.

family and friends share laughter during the cocktail hour.

family and friends share laughter during the cocktail hour.

Avrum's Best man toasts the bride and groom.

Avrum's Best man toasts the bride and groom.

Friends and family join in  a Traditional Jewish folk dance. Atlanta Wedding Photographers, C Brown Photo

Friends and family join in  a Traditional Jewish folk dance.

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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