Alabama Chanin Fashion Story [Birmingham Magazine Weddings, February 2018]

Hand sewn garments, quality focused, responsibly produced, rich in tradition, and created in Alabama. THIS was a fun project to shoot. If you ever find yourself near Florence, Alabama, stop by the Alabama Chanin factory, browse their organic garments and home goods, then sit down for a bite of lunch at The Factory Café. So much southern goodness created by Natalie Chanin, right there in my home state. Read the full story in the current issue of Birmingham Weddings MagazineHDP-BhamMag-AlabamaChanin-53_-WEB.jpg

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The process…pretty fascinating.

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Photographer | Heather Durham
Art Director | Laura Buchanan
Model | Ashley Fisher of AMAX Talent
Stylist | Mary Beth Wetzel
Wardrobe Assistant | Allison Belcher
Hair & Make Up | Kerri Bunn
Photo Assistant | Andi Rice
Custom Backdrop | Telicia Lee

Rachel & Alex’s Downtown Nashville Engagement Session

I had fun getting to know these two on a perfect fall day. We started their Engagement Session at Centennial Park, because several months ago, Alex flew in town, surprised Rachel there and asked her to marry him on the steps of the Parthenon. From there we made our way to the Shelby pedestrian bridge downtown. Rachel won’t be living in Nashville after they get married, so she wanted to capture this beautiful city in their images since it’s an important piece of their story.

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Rachel & Alex's Downtown Nashville Engagement Session by Heather Durham Photography

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Rachel & Alex's Downtown Nashville Engagement Session by Heather Durham Photography

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O’More College Design Showhouse Master Bedroom by Lila Pryor Frank

O'More College 2017 Designer Showhouse, Nashville TN, Dining Room by Jonathon Savage Interior Design

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O'More College 2017 Designer Showhouse, Nashville TN, Dining Room by Jonathon Savage Interior Design

 

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Interior Design | Lila Pryor Frank

O’More College of Design Showhouse

Vocé Nashville Neighborhood

Caroline & Daniel’s Portrait Session – Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA

I had the pleasure of photographing Caroline and Daniel’s Tuscaloosa, AL Engagement Session and Birmingham, AL Wedding several years ago. We had the best time together! After the wedding, they moved to Atlanta for Daniel’s job. Earlier this year I got an email from them asking me to photograph them with their pup at Piedmont Park to document a city that’s now also part of their story. How sweet is that?! I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’m thankful they want me to keep capturing milestones in their lives because they really are the sweetest! And, we were blessed with some amazing fall color in the park that day.

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Atlanta Piedmont Park Portrait Session by Heather Durham Photography

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Atlanta Piedmont Park Portrait Session by Heather Durham Photography

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The Levin Family

A few years ago I photographed the Levin family at their beautiful Lake Martin home. So, I was excited when they asked me to photograph them again as their sons, daughter in laws and granddaughters all gathered at their home in Birmingham for Thanksgiving. The Levins are such kind people with adorable kids/grandkids. Clearly they have a great deal to be thankful for!

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Wedding Wire Couples Choice Award

THANK YOU to all of my sweet brides and their families for your kind reviews on WeddingWire! I’m beyond grateful that you trust me to photograph one of the most important days in your life and thrilled that you’ve chosen Heather Durham Photography as being in the top 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire based on client experience. What a great start to a new year and I’m looking forward to telling more wedding stories with my camera in 2018. It’s a privilege.


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Highlights from 2017 [Birmingham, AL] Fall Portrait Mini Sessions

Every year I enjoy heading back to my hometown of Birmingham for my annual weekend(s) of Fall Portrait Mini Sessions. It’s fun to recconect with loyal clients who, over the years, have become friends as I’ve watched their children grow up through my lens. I also enjoy meeting new clients. Fall Mini Session dates and online booking is announced each year the first week of August, so mark your calendars to grab your spot. Here are some of my favorite images from the Birmingham sessions. And, you can see the Franklin, TN Mini Sessions here. HDP-Dennis-4_-WEB.jpg

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Highlights from 2017 [Franklin, TN] Fall Mini Sessions

Happy New Year! Christmas cards have all been mailed, opened and posted on the fridge. Gifts have been exchanged and holidays have been celebrated. Bowl games have been watched, the ball has dropped, and now I can share highlights from my Fall 2017 Mini Sessions in Franklin, TN and Birmingham, starting with Franklin sessions that I shot in historic and quaint Leipers Fork. I will follow up with a separate post for Birmingham portrait sessions.

Kids and family portrait sessions are how I started my business 15 years ago, so it’s always fun to shoot what began it all for me. This year, there were new clients and returning clients in front of my lens…so many beautiful families, kids, couples and pups! Mark your calendars for the first week of August when I will announce Fall 2018 Mini Sessions dates on social media and online booking through my website. In the meantime, here are some highlights from Fall 2017 in Franklin. And, you can see Birmingham, AL Fall Minis here.

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Leipers Fork Fall Mini Sessions by Heather Durham Photography

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New Year, New Goals, New Playlist

It’s a new year with new personal, business and fitness goals. For me, fitness has never been a New Years Resolution to consider, but rather a lifelong commitment as part of a healthy lifestyle and a more fulfilling quality of life. I starting exercising in high school and have been a certified fitness instructor since college, so exercise is just part of my day like sleeping and eating. I love it! But, I also know so many people don’t love to exercise and it’s a struggle. For some, fitness goals for a new year might be running a marathon or doing a triathlon. For others, it might mean finding a new format you enjoy and changing it up occasionally to stay interested and committed all year long. And for many, it’s simply getting off the sofa and starting to exercise for the first time, like taking walks in the neighborhood or hopping on a bike.

So, to encourage you to kick off the fitness part of your new year strong, I’m sharing a playlist from 26 years of teaching group fitness classes and countless hours spent putting together playlists for different class formats that will motivate my participants. Now, I know this is a risky post, since I live in music city where there are so many people who know way more about music than I do; but just like anything, music is subjective and I’m sharing what works for me. This Spotify playlist includes some of my favorite workout songs from years of cycle classes, boot camp classes and my own runs. Songs that fire me up to keep going and push harder. I hope this playlist helps keep you motivated to stay committed and reach your fitness goals in 2018. And remember, it’s not just what we see in the mirror that counts. Fitness starts from the inside out. Fit mind, fit spirit, fit body. Have a happy and healthy 2018!