Music Country Grand Prix Benefitting Saddle Up, Franklin TN

My daughter Olivia and I volunteer for Saddle Up, a therapeutic horseback riding program for kids with disabilities, just down the road from our neighborhood. We’ve seen first hand how caring for the horses and riding soothes these kids and brings them so much joy. It’s truly an amazing place that gives so much to families in our community.

Last Saturday I had the privilege of photographing the Music Country Grand Prix, sponsored by Tractor Supply and benefitting Saddle Up. This event is held at beautiful Brownland Farm here in Franklin, TN.

It was an absolutely perfect first day of June on the farm with sunshine, blue skies, fluffy clouds and nice breezes. I won’t share all of the jumpers, because this blog post would be too long; but I will share an overview of this wonderful event and the winning jumper, David Jennings, owner of Full Circle Farm Jumpers here in Franklin, and his horse Caddie R. Congratulations! If you are in Nashville and have never attended this event, I highly recommend putting it on your calendar for next year. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday with the family!

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Music Country Grand Prix Benefitting Saddle Up in Franklin TN Photographed by Heather Durham Photography

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A Q&A with Walton’s Jewelry about choosing antique and estate jewelry and engagement rings

Some of my favorite details to photograph at a wedding are family heirloom jewelry the bride has chosen to wear on her special day. I love hearing the history of the pieces and who else in the family has worn them. These unique pieces aren’t just wedding day details, they are a celebrated generational connection…a part of your story.

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Recently, I interviewed Julie Walton Garland, owner of Walton’s Jewelry in Franklin, TN. Here’s what she had to say…

HDP: Tell us about your family business, Walton’s Jewelry. Give us a little history. How long has it been in business? 

JWG: My grandmother, Melba Walton, started the store in 1974.  She first got started by selling jewelry on the hood of her car at flea markets, next to the chickens that were for sale! She opened Walton’s in its original location in Carter’s Court, the Franklin shopping destination at the time. In 1983 she purchased our current building at 410 Main Street – the best decision she could have ever made! 

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Julie Walton, owner Walton’s Antique Jewelry

HDP: What is your expertise?

JWG: We specialize in pre-1940’s antique and estate jewelry as well as jewelry repairs and appraisals. 

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HDP: What sets you apart?

JWG: Not only do we sell fabulous, one-of-a-kind jewelry, we take pride in the quality of our customer service. We are a family business and treat any and everyone that walks through our door as part of our family.  Jewelry means different things to different people, but the common denominator is the sentimentality behind it. We care for our customers’ pieces as if they are our own because we understand their sentimental value, not just their monetary value. 

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HDP: I own one of your art deco diamond rings that I fell in love with the minute I saw it. I see so many amazing pieces that I photograph for you every other week. Tell us how you find your beautiful and unique pieces?

JWG: Our inventory is constantly changing and we never know what we may find or come across from day to day.  We purchase our pieces from the general public (anyone can email or call us to set up an appointment).  We also purchase from antique dealers, jewelry shows, estate sales/auctions, and on our travels.

 

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HDP: What’s the best advice you could give a partner searching for the perfect antique engagement ring?

JWG: The biggest concern clients have when shopping for an engagement ring for their partner is wondering if they will like the style they choose. These days, there are many ways to do a little bit of spying on what styles he or she likes, i.e. Pinterest, Instagram, etc. My advice would be to do a little snooping first. Also ask his or her friends. If you can’t find any examples of what they like, first start with the basic shape of the ring (round, oval, square, etc.). Once you have it narrowed down, we can help you from there. And, Walton’s has rings for every budget, from conservative to luxury.

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HDP: What are 5 tips for purchasing estate jewelry pieces, not just
engagement rings?

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  1. Try on different styles – you may not realize just how much you love a piece till you try it on! 
  2. Because our pieces are one-of-a-kind, know that once it sells, it’sgone. If you fall in love with a piece, don’t hesitate…just purchase it!
  3. Ask questions! We are here to help and are happy to give explanations and clarification.  
  4. You’ll know it when you see it. If a piece takes your breath away, then it’s the one! 
  5. Our inventory is constantly changing – we are putting out new inventory all the time.  If you don’t see a piece you love one day, good chances are that you will the next time you look. You can also follow our social media and website to see our newest acquisitions!HDP-3-28-19Shoot-15.jpg

HDP: What details in estate jewelry set it apart from modern-day designs?

JWG: Antique and estate pieces tend to feel less bulky – the filigree details of the past are always airy and refined. Modern day designs, even those that are “antique-inspired” often feel a bit bulkier.

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HDP: What is your personal favorite style?

JWG: I love all things diamond from the 1920’s.  My style tends to be classic and understated – diamond stud earrings, diamond pendant/necklace, diamond bands all paired with my 1920’s diamond engagement ring. I add a modern twist with my Apple watch!

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Walton’s Jewelry is family owned and operated since 1974 and located in
Historic Downtown Franklin, TN. (615) 790-0244

Birmingham Magazine May 2019 Beach Issue Cover

Sometimes it’s the simple concept that conveys the message best! I shot this image during my favorite time of day on the beach in Seaside…afternoon light and glistening water. I’d like to be in that chair right now, what about you?! Don’t miss this great 30A Beach Guide by Birmingham Magazine available on newsstands now.

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YMCA of Middle TN Family Swim Ad Campaign

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for The YMCA of Middle Tennessee. This Ad Campaign was photographed at the Donelson location last summer to promote their summer swim program. Here’s a few ads rolling out now, plus some of my other favorite images from the shoot…

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Ministry Branding Portraits

A few favorite portraits of Charles, who needed a variety of business and casual images for his ministry branding and website. Photographed in Franklin, TN.

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Speaker Charles Kown Professional Headshots by Heather Durham Photography

Speaker Charles Kown Professional Headshots by Heather Durham Photography

 

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Youth Sports Advertising Campaign Shoot for YMCA of Middle TN

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Virginia & Matthew’s Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art Wedding

My first wedding of 2019 was Virginia and Matthew’s beautiful Birmingham, AL wedding planned by M. Elizabeth Events in shades of smoky blue, white and greenery.HDP-Tracy-15_-WEB.jpg

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography=

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Virginia and Matthew's Birmingham AL Wedding, Cathedral Church of the Advent and Birmingham Museum of Art by Heather Durham Photography

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Welcome to the World, Ann Dozier!

A month or so ago I had the great pleasure of photographing newborn Ann Dozier and her beautiful family at their home in Crestline. Here are a few of my favorite images. HDP-Corr-109_-WEB.jpg

Corr Family Newborn Lifestyle Session by Heather Durham Photography

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YMCA of Middle TN Youth Sports Ad Campaign

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for The YMCA of Middle Tennessee. This Ad Campaign was photographed at the Brentwood YMCA location last fall to promote their youth sports programs. Here’s a few images rolling out in their advertising now…HDP-YMCAYouthSports-195_-WEB.jpgHDP-YMCAYouthSports-175_-WEB.jpg

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YMCA of Middle TN Youth Sports Advertising Shoot by Heather Durham Photography

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Advertising Campaign Shoot for YMCA of Middle Tennessee

It’s always fun to start seeing ads roll out after shooting a campaign. The focus of this campaign for the YMCA of Middle Tennessee is a membership drive, with an incentive for inviting a friend to join the Y and work out together. We had a great team on this shoot! More new work to come…

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YMCA of Middle TN Ad Campaign Photographed by Heather Durham PhotographyYMCA of Middle TN Ad Campaign Photographed by Heather Durham Photography

Always fun to see work enlarged. Here are two of the billboards in downtown Nashville…

YMCA of Middle TN Facilities by Heather Durham Photography

YMCA of Middle TN Facilities by Heather Durham Photography