A little something new from the studio…

Photographers sometimes have to step out of our norm (and what people are used to seeing from us) and do something completely different to fuel our creative juices. This is one of those times for me. Such a fun day of shooting in the studio with Ashley! And a big thanks to Cameron Powell for pushing me to create something different and allowing me to use his space to do it.

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Model: Ashley Owens of AMAX Talent
Assistant & DigitTech: Collin Fatke

Megan & Andrew’s Engagement Session at Smyer Lake

I can’t wait for Megan & Andrew’s Birmingham, AL wedding this weekend with planner, Marée Ami. I’ve been hearing about all of the lovely details for this fun couple, and I can’t wait to see it all come together! But first, I’m excited to share their Engagement Session at Andrew’s family’s beautiful Smyer Lake home.

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Beautiful Homewood Remodel by Twin Construction [Featured in Birmingham Home & Garden magazine May/June 2017]

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for my friends at Twin Construction in Birmingham, AL. This home was especially fun to photograph, since I know Rachael, the owner and love her personal style. Laurie Fulkerson, interior designer for Twin, did an exceptional job capturing and bringing Rachel and Dax’s style and personalities into the details of the home design. My favorite elements? The incredible black crocodile wallpaper in the study (slight obsession), the luxurious blue velvet sofas in the living room, the butlers pantry filled with natural light, the steel folding doors that open the dining room onto the screened porch for indoor/outdoor entertaining and finally the perfectly organized master bedroom closet with lighted shelving. There’s so much more…Pick up a copy of Birmingham Home & Garden to read the story behind this amazing Homewood (Edgewood) remodel.

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Sarah Corrine & David’s Vestavia Hills, AL Wedding [Avon Theater Reception]

David’s Mom, Cindi ,and I have known each other for years. She owns a pilates and cycle studio in Birmingham where I used to teach. So, I was so excited when I was asked to photograph her son, David’s wedding. It was such a lovely wedding in shades of white with powder blue bridesmaids dresses by Amsale. Sarah Corrine’s custom wedding gown by Birmingham’s own Heidi Elnora, was classic and timeless, created to give Sarah Corrine two slightly different looks for the wedding ceremony and the reception.

It was obvious that Sarah Corrine and David adore each other! I wish them all the best for a lifetime together of health and happiness.

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Photography: Heather Durham Photography | Assistant Photographer: Emily Kicklighter | Floral Design: Susan G. Huff | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxes: Joseph A Bank | Caterer: Cafe Iz | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Invitation Suite: William Arthur-Crane & Co. | Videographer: Four 10 Films, Evans Smith | Ceremony Venue: Vestavia Hills Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Avon Theater | Entertainment: Creativity Band

Nashville Symphony Fashion Show Featuring Zac Posen & Kelsea Ballerini

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing the 2017 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show presented by Gus Mayer. The sold out show’s featured designer was Zac Posen and his Fall 2017 Collection. I chose several favorites (noted below) that I need to find an excuse to wear! They were all stunning! Country music star, Kelsea Ballerini performed. She’s adorable, bubbly, down to earth and obviously grateful to be where she is today. Two special guests attending the event were Thomas Rhett and Savannah Chrisley. Here are some of my favorite images from a fun evening in Nashville…

Zac Posen and Kelsea Ballerini

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Nashville Symphony Chairs

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Zac & Kelsea recording a spot for CMT’s Hot Twenty

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Backstage preparations for the runway show

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Gus Mayer leadership awaiting the start of the show

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Nashville Lifestyles At Home Cover

It was a privilege and a pleasure to photograph Nashville Designer of the Year, Jonathon Savage of Savage Interior Design and his client’s beautiful Brentwood home, featured on the cover of the current issue of Nashville Lifestyles Magazine At Home. More images of this home to come in a later post. In the meantime, be sure to grab a copy of the spring/summer issue now. You don’t want to miss it.

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New Studio Work

Excited to share some new black & white studio work with a moody vibe.

Model: Ashley Owens, Nashville TN

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My Trip to London and Oxford with Author, Larry Taunton & Fixed Point Foundation

I’m finally posting about my trip to London with my client Larry Taunton and Fixed Point Foundation, right before Christmas last year. You can see images from our trip to France last summer here. Traveling with Larry is a treat because he is so knowledgeable and it’s always a fascinating history lesson. Larry’s assistant, Mary Laura, and my friend and assistant, Emily traveled with us.

We walked miles and miles all over London, day and night. We worked a lot, and in our spare time we ate, shopped and went to shows.  I LOVED London, even more than I thought I would. It’s beautiful, bustling, interesting and full of history.

My favorite highlights from this trip? Seeing Les Miserables for the first time ever on the London Stage, High Tea at Fortnum & Mason, climbing 528 spiral steps to the top of Saint Paul’s Cathedral for a 360 degree view of London, walking around Oxford University and taking in its amazing architecture, Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill and Covent Garden (as mentioned above), shopping at Harrods, experiencing debates at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park,  and watching the SEC Championship game and eating London’s version of BBQ (not bad AT ALL)  in a sports bar near Tower Bridge.

I hope you enjoy the images! And, if you are interested in taking a tour of England or a European tour with Larry (which I highly recommend), be sure to contact Fixed Point Foundation to find out more about the tour experiences they offer.

Oxford

We rode the train to spend a day in Oxford. Larry was meeting with his friend, author and Oxford professor, John Lennox. He also spoke to a group of Lennox’s students. Oxford was one of my favorite days on our trip. There’s so much history and tradition and the architecture is incredible. And, there are lots and lots of bicycles…some of them turquoise with baskets. I spent the end of the day there walking around by myself, camera in hand as the sun went down. Later than night we all gathered for dinner. It was perfect.

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This archway was my very favorite spot in Oxford…the light, the shadows, the coats of arms on the ceiling, and peeking through were the bicycles leaning on the fence of the famous round, domed Radcliffe Camera building. So, I kept coming back to it different times of the day to shoot it in different light, from different angles. One of these will be framed in my house.

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The Eagle and Child is the famous pub where “The Inklings” writers group, including C.S. Lewis, R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson would gather to read and discuss manuscripts. At one of those gatherings in June 1950 is when C.S. Lewis distributed the proofs for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. 

Mary Laura, Emily and I ate there for lunch. They could have probably hung out with those writers back in the day, since they are well read, smarty pants. I was just there for the food.

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The Oxford Museum of Natural History

This beautiful museum was founded in 1860 and has quite the display of dinosaurs under its roof. On June 30, 1860, this building hosted the “Great Debate” of Creation vs. Evolution between Henry Huxley (Pro Evolution) and Samuel Wilberforce (Pro Creation).

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Westminster Bridge, Thames River, Big Ben &
The London Eye

The view from the Westminster Bridge is just stunning. Definitely one of the best vantage points in the city. Our soundtrack for the day came from a bagpiper playing on the bridge. It was incredible.

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Westminster Abbey & Parliament Square

The famous Abbey where William and Kate were married, was incredibly beautiful and ornate. I stood and stared at it a while…and imagined photographing a wedding there…maybe even a royal wedding. A girl can dream!

I also enjoyed seeing all of the statues in Parliament Square, especially Winston Churchill’s statue. It is the only statue that has an electric current running through it so that birds will not perch on it and leave their deposits.

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Notting Hill

One of my favorite movies is Notting Hill, which also happened to be my very favorite area of London. We only spent an afternoon there, but I certainly could have spent at least a full day shopping Portobello Road Market. Vendors lined the streets selling vintage cameras, vintage furs, vintage silver, vinyl records, fresh flowers and so much more. Also lining the streets were picturesque colorful buildings and flats. There truly wasn’t enough time for me to take it all in, which means I have to go back!

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Covent Garden

My favorite movie is The Holiday, so traveling to London, brought some of that movie to life for me. Remember Iris’ (Kate Winslett) line about finding that book for Jasper in “that little place in Covent Garden”? We went to that quaint and charming spot.HDP-LT-London-313.jpgHDP-LT-London-319.jpgHDP-LT-London-322_-WEB.jpgHDP-LT-London-337.jpgHDP-LT-London-338.jpgHDP-LT-London-335.jpgHDP-LT-London-326.jpgHDP-LT-London-327.jpg

Harrods

It pretty much blew my mind. That’s all I have to say. You absolutely must have this shopping experience if you are in London and you must make a purchase there. My purchase was a wallet. Merry Christmas to me!HDP-LT-London-817_-WEB.jpgHDP-LT-London-816_-WEB.jpgHDP-LT-London-818_-WEB.jpg

Picadilly Circus & Trafalgar Square

These areas of London were bustling all day and night with locals and tourists, and boasted the best Christmas decorations in the city. Angels, ornaments, and stars were lit up at night and hung over the streets. This year, the enormous Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square was a gift that traveled all the way from Norway. Surprisingly, Buckingham Palace wasn’t decorated for Christmas at all…maybe a politically correct statement? I was disappointed.

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