My very first wedding

Seven years ago I had no idea that the photographs I took at my cousin Josh's wedding would lead to my current profession as a wedding photojournalist.I just wanted to take some nice photos as a gift to Josh and Carly. Even though they had hired a traditional wedding photographer, I felt I would be able to document what was happening in a way that would be potentially more memorable than the posed shots he would make. Two years later when Josh's sister Jamie got married, I was hired to photograph her wedding.

The photojournalistic approach won the day. .

Here's a photo of Carly explaining things to her bridesmaids.

Carly and friends

And here's a shot of my cousin Larry and his cigar.

Larry and cigar

Cindy M Brown Wedding Photojournalist

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.