2019 weddings, Engagement Photos, Photography, Wedding Photography

Change is coming to Blair Photography

Change is a good thing… and change is coming to my pricing structure. Due to changes in my personal life, I will be changing how many photography assignments I accept each year. With that being said, as of February 18, 2019 new prices will be put in place. At that time, previous price lists will be null and void.

So if you have been looking at booking me for your wedding or portrait session, now is the time to go ahead and get it taken care of. Give me a call at 870-404-9241 and we can get you on the calendar.

Also, I will be discontinuing the phone number 870-425-7671 and you will only be able to contact my phone by using the 870-404-9241 number.

2018 weddings, Photography, Tennessee Weddings, Wedding Photography

married in Memphis… Corey and Allie

You may recall the engagement session I put up a few weeks back with Corey and Allie (click their name to see the post) and how much I rambled on about loving this couple.  Well, it’s still true.  They’re my kind of dorks.  They’re madly in love. They’re deeply devoted. They’re humble, kind, giving and gracious. In short… I really dig them.

I drove to Memphis, TN a couple weeks ago to spend an afternoon with them at their church on the edge of town. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I pulled up, because in all honesty, it’s not what I traditionally think of when I hear the word… church. Regardless, inside was super cool and even more importantly, it was filled with friends and family who love to praise and were there to celebrate the joining of two amazing people. And I got to be witness to it all.  That fact is always something that keeps me in awe.

So enjoy a brief glimpse into their wedding day. I’d pack up and go shoot this one all over again.

2018 weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Kristen and Jeff, a river side wedding.

My career offers a lot of opportunity to work with couples I don’t know, other than by means of photographing their wedding… and then there are weddings like this one. Kristen, the bride, and my wife, Trisha, work together, so this wedding was one where I knew a lot of the people involved.  That makes it special to me.  Plus, my wife was a bridesmaid, so that was a new adventure for me as well.

Jeff is a local chef with some serious skills. If you’ve not had his food, I’d recommend you look him up and try his amazing creations. Plus, he has to be one of the coolest guys you’ll ever meet.

Kristen and Jeff were married on the banks of the White River on a steamy Saturday evening at the end of May. Having lived here since 1995, the White River is one of my favorite features of this area. I’ve spent countless hours in the water, waist deep, fishing for Rainbow trout and Brown trout.  By having such a history with the river, I love seeing it used as the backdrop for a wedding.  A cool contrast compared to how I was originally introduced to the river

These guys never slowed down.  From the rehearsal dinner the night before, right on to the end of my night with them, the energy was off the charts. Jeff’s groomsmen know how to have a good time, but I’d be lying if I said they weren’t outdone by the ladies. It was fun keeping up with their pace and spirit.

So it goes without saying that Kristen made such a gorgeous bride. Her dress was elegant and was the perfect gown for her… she wore it well. Oh, and Jeff… headband king.  That was awesome.

I hope you enjoy a glimpse into their wedding day.  Enjoy!

2018 weddings, Photography, Wedding Photography

Matt & Erica… a Saturday in June.

Several months ago, I met Erica and Matt for the first time over coffee to discuss wedding plans. We laughed and laughed and somewhere in the midst of the laughter, we figured out what was going to happen for their wedding day.  Truth be told, Erica is super organized and made that part easy… and Matt likes the world’s greatest football team.  THE GREEN BAY PACKERS!!!!  So of course he and I knew we had to work together.

Fast forward to a few weeks before the wedding and Erica called me with the final details and we were set. She told me that her family was high energy and loved to have fun. I didn’t fully realize the gravity of her words.  Her dad was awesome.  The dude can dance, he can laugh, he wears a suit like he’s James Bond and most of all… he loves his daughter and it shows.  As to that fact, this entire group was close and getting to be around that much genuine love is uplifting.

We started the day at Stone Creek Ranch for bridal prep and a first look.  After that we headed to St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church for the ceremony and then back to Stone Creek for the reception. Both locations were perfect.  St Peter’s is ALWAYS on point with amazing light that photographers love for the ceremony… or at least I do.  And Karry and the folks at Stone Creek have what I honestly believe to be the premier venue in this part of the country.  You should really check them out.

Erica and Matt have this group of friends who know how to party.  I love that.  When I left the reception at the end of the night, I was beat. Soaked from rain, and sweat from the resulting humidity. The next morning, I felt as if I was hungover, but hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol.  It was non-stop. It was fast paced. It was perfect.  I’m glad I got to be a part of their amazing wedding day.

Give me a call and let’s hear about your wedding plans.

Enjoy a few pics from their wedding day.

2018 weddings, Bridals, Engaged, Missouri Weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Why I love bridal portraits.

I love doing bridal sessions. It is a great way for the bride to have a run through with her hair, makeup, flowers and… me.  It gives me an opportunity to get to know the bride a little better, to see where her comfort level is in front of the camera when in full dress. Sadly, it seems the tradition of bridal portraits is fading away, and I think that’s a shame.

As a photographer, I spend a lot of time studying old photos, looking at them not just for “how pretty” they are, but for the historical significance the portraits hold. You can see the similarities between great-grandma’s features and her great-granddaughter. Regardless of how the trends may change, the dresses may differ, the gaze off to nowhere has been replaced by an open mouth laugh with the brides head thrown back, I cannot escape seeing the relationship between them.  Not doing them… in my mind… robs future generations from being able to do the same.

So I’m offering 50% off bridal portrait sessions when added to new wedding packages for the next five wedding contracts. Or, if you’ve recently booked your date with me, I’ll extend that offer to you.  I think they’re THAT important. Here are a few photos from the past several years.  Just a tiny sampling of the bridals I’ve shot…. but the truth is… school starts tomorrow and my time on the computer is short today, so I didn’t find as many as I should have.  Enjoy!

 

Missouri Weddings, Outdoors, Photography, Wedding Photography

Quincie & Skyler.. a June farm wedding

You never know what a wedding day will have in store for you. There are a few things you can count on… it will be hectic… most things don’t happen exactly at the planned time… and most importantly, two people who are in love will get married.  (I’ve actually had one where they weren’t legally married until the next Monday because they forgot a marriage license)  This wedding, however, pretty much ran on schedule, nobody was really keyed up … and of course, two people, madly in love, got married.

Quincie and Skyler were married on her family’s land in Southern Missouri, under an old oak tree. Personally, I think it was the perfect setting. Gorgeous blue skies and HOT temps set in as the clouds and sprinkles cleared out.  The result… I was soaked in sweat for the rest of the day.  Pretty typical for a summer wedding in the south. Quincie, on the other hand, looked absolutely radiant for the entire day. This girl is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.  What a joy to photograph.

Skyler and his groomsmen handled the heat like champs.  They were all dressed to the nines and in my memory, I don’t recall any of them complaining too much about the heat. What I do recall, vividly, is the friendship and love they were not afraid to display as they stood by Skyler’s side.  That was pretty awesome.

Then there’s the barn.  The barn made the perfect backdrop for the reception.  Lights strung, decorations placed and the natural aged appearance of the barn gave me plenty of opportunities to find great shots. This is a photographer’s dream.

Anyway, I posted their wedding on my Facebook page right after it took place, but wanted to make sure that while catching up on the backlog of weddings for the blog, everyone got a chance to have a glimpse of their wedding day.

Enjoy!