The holiday decor at the Emory Conference Center

When I was a kid I loved helping my Mom and Dad decorate our Christmas tree. The tree was always artificial--green with plastic needles. (The story behind our fake tree was that one year the real tree in our house shed all its needles less than 24 hours before the big day.)

We covered our tree with colored glass ornaments and a variety of tiny sleds, bells and angels and, of course, silver tinsel. I loved throwing the tinsel on the tree, even though it was quite difficult to keep if from sticking together in clumps. I don't see much of that silver tinsel these days. Wonder if that's why.


Now, I get my fill of Christmas cheer elsewhere, like the Emory Conference Center, for example.

I had the pleasure of photographing their holiday decorations just last week. Here are a few of my favorites. 


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.