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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Holiday Cocktails & Dinner Party with Molly Sohr of The Cedarlane, Nashville TN

Who doesn’t love a dinner party at home? There’s just something extra special about it. No dealing with the noise and crowds of a restaurant, relaxing on the sofa around a fire, designing a unique table, crafting the cocktails and food menu, choosing your own playlist, and treating your dearest friends to a night created just for them. Molly Sohr of The Cedarlane designed a modern black, white table with ghost chairs and greenery with magnolia leaves by Elle Worsham of Gracious Garlands. Yes, it’s the holidays, but this table could be used for any winter gathering. Enjoy some inspiration for your own entertaining at home.HDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-252.jpgHDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-3.jpgHDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-5.jpgHDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-13.jpgHDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-14.jpgHDP-CedarlaneGGarlands-28.jpg

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Design | Molly Sohr, The Cedarlane

Greenery | Elle Worsham, Gracious Garlands

Photography | Heather Durham

 

Happy 80th Birthday Harold Ripps!

It was a privilege to be asked to photograph Birmingham business executive Harold Ripps’ 80th Birthday Party at The Club. Kathy G did a wonderful job with this masculine event design. Entertainment by Eric Essix.

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Welcome to the world Harrison! [Newborn photographer]

I loved meeting Harrison and his Mom and Dad shortly after he came home from the hospital. What a cutie! And, I loved his sailboat themed nursery, which was what I used

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Leslie & John’s Rehearsal Dinner [Regions Field]

I’m so excited to share the images from John and Leslie’s Rehearsal Dinner at Regions Field, home of the Birmingham Barons. It was my first time shooting an event there and I was so impressed! What a fabulous venue with amazing 360 degree views of The Magic City!

It was a perfect night of family and dear friends celebrating John and Leslie, telling stories from childhood with laughter and tears. I left that night with the warm fuzzies from all the loving words spoken about this sweet couple. The consistent theme of everyone’s speeches…John and Leslie are loyal, self sacrificing and thoughtful. What wonderful qualities to have spoken about you, and especially before your wedding day, because those qualities will serve them so well in marriage!

More images and the unusual place I met John in their wedding blog post coming soon…
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As we were leaving the dinner I just had to stop and capture one of Birmingham’s newer attractions and it’s changing light show…I love this sign and think it adds so much to our cityscape…
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Venue: Regions Field | Design: Jessica Morris, PropHouse Birmingham

Photographer for the PGA Champions TOUR, Regions Tradition

It was a privilege to once again shoot for the PGA TOUR at the 2014 Regions Tradition / Charles Schwabb Cup tournament at Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Everyone involved, from the TOUR and Bruno Event Team to the Chairs and Members of Shoal Creek, is so hospitable and makes it such a pleasure to work at a major golf event.

The week of coverage consisted of the Pairings Party, Barefoot on the Green Party, Celebrity Pro-Am, Preakness Viewing Party and Tournament rounds. Some of the celebrities participating in the Pro-Am were Holly Sonders, Nick Saban, Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley. I’m so proud of Birmingham for hosting a major golf event year after year that I’ve been going to since I was in college. It’s a fantastic community event.

Here are a few of my favorite images. A big thanks to my friend Emily Kicklighter for helping me with coverage this year. I love that we were able to get the 18th hole of the final round from the grandstand and the ground.

Congratulations to 2014 Regions Tradition Champion, Kenny Perry, who won by one stroke.

Pairings Party on the lawn of Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama

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Holly Sonders of the Golf Channel and Morning Drive, mingled with guests at the Pairings Party PGA Champions Tour 2014 Regions Tradition, Birmingham Alabama, Shoal Creek

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Golf legend Hale Erwin enjoying the festivities at the Pairings Party on the front lawn of Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club
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Holly Sonders with Charles Barkley and Tournament Chairmen Matthew Dent and Mike Thompson
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Alabama Crimson Tide Head Football Coach, Nick Saban, heading down the fairway at hole #1 after teeing off.SabanPGA Champions Tour 2014 Regions Tradition, Birmingham Alabama, Shoal Creek

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Fred Couples and “Bubba” from the Rick and Bubba Show sharing a laughPGA Champions Tour 2014 Regions Tradition, Birmingham Alabama, Shoal CreekGuests watched the Preakness on the lawn after Saturday’s tournament round.
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Bernhard Langer calling it a day. 
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Last year’s champion, David Frost on the 18th fairway
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Mark Calvecchia came in 2nd place.
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Tom Pernice, Jr. looking over his scorecard
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The legendary Tom Watson on the 18th green.
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John Cook checking out the wind before teeing off on Sunday.
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Jeff Maggert teeing off
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John Inman checking out his shot
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Steve Elkington tipping his hat to the crowd on the 18th green
HDP-4638_WEB.jpgAmazing crowds came out to support this event in our city.
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Kenny Perry evaluating with wind with his putter
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Huge crowd on the 18 hole of the final round awaiting the leaders to approach the greenPGA Champions Tour 2014 Regions Tradition, Birmingham Alabama, Shoal Creek
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“Regions Tradition winner Kenny Perry sported stylish patterned pants in hues of gray and pink for the final round of competition.
When asked about the fashion choice, Perry said it was a conscientious one. ‘ lost my mom to multiple myeloma cancer and I lost my sister to breast cancer. I know Christy Kite has had two rounds with cancer and now she’s got a third bout going,” he said.
“It’s just for the gals. I’ve lost a lot of ladies and I like pink.'” (Source: al.com)

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The winning moment shot from the grandstand vantage point
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The winning moment shot from the ground
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I love this shot of Kenny Perry celebrating his win with is caddy.
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Kenny Perry scooping up his grandson for a hug after his win.

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Trophy Ceremony on the 18th green

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Charity proceeds from the tournament benefit Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Kenny Perry with Children’s of Alabama CEO, Mike Warren.

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A champagne toast in the clubhouse with Kenny Perry, Shoal Creek tournament chairmen and members.
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Emily took this photo of me, double-weaponed with my Nikons, starting the day at the final round on Sunday morning. 
All I have to say is, after 8 hours of walking around a golf course with all my gear, there is no need to hit the gym!
(And no! That is NOT a fanny pack. The official manufacturer’s name is a Street & Field Belt and I’m sticking to it! )PGA Champions Tour 2014 Regions Tradition, Birmingham Alabama, Shoal Creek

It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Super Hero Window Washers! (Children’s of Alabama photographer)

These window washers from Squeegee Clean in Chelsea, dressed up in Super Hero costumes to scale down Children’s Hospital of Alabama and drop in front of patient windows and waiting areas to bring a little cheer. They did a fabulous job, fist bumping patients and blowing kisses to the little ones through the window glass! I’m not posting any images with the patients out of respect for their privacy; so you’ll just have to trust me that the looks on the children’s faces were priceless!! The story even made national news. Here it is featured on the Today show and some of the images in The Huffington Post.

Children’s of Alabama doctors, staff and nurses are the true heroes! Such a fun day for those kids…and us big kids too! I’m so grateful to be asked to capture it! And…as a side note…the view of Birmingham from behind the big, red, circle logo on the hospital rooftop is pretty fabulous!

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Birmingham Barons

Take us out to the ballgame! Last Friday night, our entire family went to a Birmingham Barons game…kids, aunts, uncles, cousins and our 92 year old grandparents! It was my family’s first time in the new stadium and I love the location! It’s surrounded by Birmingham landmarks…adjacent to Railroad Park, with a view of Children’s Hospital and UAB. All Birmingham landmarks. The highlights of the night for the kids were stadium dogs, ice cream and fireworks! And, wouldn’t you know they were on the Jumbotron dancing while I was in line getting food? Ugh! So sad I missed that shot! And, I didn’t know there was going to be fireworks, so next time I’ll be bringing my tripod!

It was a beautiful summer night watching America’s favorite pastime. If you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend it! We had the best time!

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Regions Tradition Golf Tournament, Sunday Final Round Highlights [Shoal Creek Golf Club]

Sunday was the final round of the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour golf tournament at Shoal Creek, and it was a tricky one to shoot. Scattered thunderstorms loomed over us throughout the day, with play being delayed several times. It was muggy and wet, and my protective rain covers kept going on and off my equipment. Twice I found myself sprinting for cover with all my gear when the bottom broke out all of a sudden. However, looking on the bright side…I was thankful that one of the storms hit right at lunch time!

Although the weather was not all sunshine and blue skies, our community came out in a big way to support the tournament. David Frost from South Africa took the win, one stroke under Fred Couples. Here are some highlights from the final round.

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David Frost was so kind to all the media! He wanted a champagne toast in the media center with everyone after his interviews. How nice is that?!

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My brother sacrificed a day with his family to join me out on the course. He loves the game of golf and is very good at it. I mean, really good! He was a huge help to me, checking weather radar, keeping me up to date on the leader board and navigating around the course. Plus, I can’t remember the last time we spent 12 hours straight together! What a fun day! Here’s a photo of us (waterlogged) with the champion.

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And I would like to give a shout out to David Frost Wine and Golf for the compliment of sharing my images on their Facebook page after the tournament.

Regions Tradition Golf Tournament, Saturday Highlights [Shoal Creek Golf Club]

Last weekend was the Regions Tradition PGA Champions Tour at Shoal Creek Golf Club and I had the great privilege and pleasure of being hired to cover it again this year. In addition to the fun of shooting a golf major, I was able to walk the course for two days with the PGA Tour’s senior staff photographer, Chris Condon. And oh, he wouldn’t want me to write about him in this blog because he’s very humble, but his images are amazing. He has shot golf’s greatest players for the PGA for over 15 years and he was kind enough to offer me lots of insight into shooting professional golf. I’m grateful to him for that.

Here are some highlights from Saturday’s round.

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