Zoo Atlanta -- Yes, It's a Wedding Venue, Too

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My best photo friend (bpf) Manuel and I had the pleasure of touring Zoo Atlanta's wedding and event facilities, thanks to my buddy from ISES Andrea Smith, Event & Catering Sales Coordinator at the zoo. She showed us the many event spaces at the zoo, from the Gorilla Deck and Conservation Center to the Ford Event Pavilion and Grand Patio. My favorite was the Chinese Plaza and Panda Veranda. If you're looking for a wild and wonderful place for a wedding, you'll have to ask Andrea for a tour yourself, because while I came back with lots of photos from the zoo ... all the best ones are of the animals. Here a few of my favorites:

Baby Tiger at Zoo Atlanta
Baby Tiger at Zoo Atlanta
Elephant at Zoo Atlanta
Elephant at Zoo Atlanta
Lion at Zoo Atlanta
Lion at Zoo Atlanta
Lion at Zoo Atlanta | atlanta wedding photojournalist Cindy Brown
Lion at Zoo Atlanta | atlanta wedding photojournalist Cindy Brown
Baby Tigers playing at Zoo Atlanta | Atlanta Wedding Photojournalist

Baby Tigers playing at Zoo Atlanta | Atlanta 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.