Chris Janson Days Afield & Opry Nights – Cover Story Shoot for Covey Rise Magazine, October 2019 Issue

Several months ago I had the opportunity to photograph a day in the life of Chris Janson and family at their farm here in Franklin, TN, then later that evening backstage before his performances at the Grand Ole Opry. Kelly and Chris Janson were kind and gracious hosts as we spent all day on their land, in their home and in their dressing room at the Opry getting a peek inside their life as country music artist and manager juggling celebrity life with real life.

Watching Chris and his son Jesse fish together reminded me of something my husband has always told me about his time hunting with our son…”The outdoor lifestyle is never just about the activity. So many real and meaningful conversations about life happen around a pond, in a field and in the woods.” It was clear that his outdoor experiences greatly influence and feed his creativity as an artist. It was a pleasure to see more of his story through my lens.

Don’t miss the behind the scenes video of our shoot on the Janson farm at the end of this post. Such Good Vibes and a fun day on the job! Thanks to the fine folks at Covey Rise for the assignment. It’s a privilege to have my images in such a beautiful publication.

Here’s a Behind The Scenes video from our cover story shoot at the Janson family farm in Franklin, TN.

Meet Baby Hunt

Breanne and I met years ago in Birmingham. She was a pilates participant in my classes there and also babysat my kids while she was in pharmacy school. So, when she contacted me to photograph her newborn baby boy at their home in Chattanooga, of course it was an absolute “yes”! Plus, who doesn’t love a road trip to charming Chattanooga? Here’s some of my favorite images from our morning together at their home perched on Lookout Mountain.

JFY Designs + Shane McFarland Construction Home in the Grove, Franklin TN

Such a fun project to shoot! This beautiful home is in The Grove, location of the 2019 Nashville Parade of Homes.

Photography: Heather Durham | Design: JFY Designs | Construction: Shane McFarland Construction | Pool: Rondo Pools TN

Morgan & Cooper’s Month-After Portrait Session

I absolutely LOVED getting even more time with this sweet couple! Morgan chose a bridal session in her Collection, but preferred to wait until after the wedding…and brought her new hubby Cooper along for the fun so they could have a few more portraits together in different locations around Birmingham. So, about one month after their wedding day we met at the historic Elyton Hotel downtown for bridal portraits on the 100 year old marble staircase and couple portraits in the beautiful ocean blue living room. Later, we made our way to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for golden hour. It was perfect.

Photography: Heather Durham | Planner: Magnolia Vine Events | Locations: Elyton Hotel + Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Hair & Make-Up: Brittany Massey | Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Tux: Joseph A Bank

Morgan & Cooper’s Reid Chapel & Haven Wedding, Birmingham AL



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Photographer: Heather Durham | Assistant Photographers: Rizza Phillips | Planner: Magnolia Vine Events| Floral Design: Thorne & Thistle | Wedding Gown: Heidi Elnora | Bride Shoes: Kate Spade |Tuxes: Joseph A. Bank | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale from Bella Bridesmaids |Wedding Invitations: Annabelles Too| Hair & Make Up Stylist: Emily Summerville| Silk Ribbon: Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Ceremony: Reid Chapel on the campus of Samford University | Reception Venue: Haven | Cake Artist: Pastry Art | Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited |Entertainment: Norris Dates and The Power Surge

“Young Spirits” Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, Nashville TN [Published in Bourbon + Magazine, Summer 2019]

Photography by Heather Durham on location at Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery in Nashville, TN.
Story by Jake Emen.

Barbecue & Bourbon Tasting with Pitmaster Carey Bringle, owner of Nashville’s Peg Leg Porker [Published Feature in Bourbon + Magazine, Summer 2019 Issue]

Photography by Heather Durham on location in Nashville at Peg Leg Porker
Story by Steve Coomes
Art Director Laura Buchanan

Film Images from The Hybrid Collective Workshop Hosted by Lauren Fair in Nashville, TN

Last month I invested in me. I invested in my business. I surrounded myself with hundreds of incredibly talented photographers from all over the world. I met with owners of film labs to learn more about their processes and how I can deliver the best images to my clients. I met with print labs to discuss new partnerships for the fine art prints I have always offered my clients, since the beginning of my business over 16 years ago.

It’s always important to me to attend at least one industry conference each year. Continuing education is invaluable. I never want to feel like I’ve learned everything there is to know. I want to always be a student, honing my skills. Conferences are always a shot in the arm of inspiration, but sometimes they can also make you feel “less than” or overwhelmed with information and how to apply it to your business right away. As soon as those feelings creep in I try to realign them with the truth that I am enough. My worth is in Christ and I am created to be me, not anyone else. I do me. I stay true to my style, my goals and my desire to keep learning and pursuing the best ways to serve my amazing clients. Then I stop for a minute, take a deep breath and realize how deeply grateful I am that THIS is what I get to do every single day. It brings me so much joy.

I already shared the shoot hosted by the talented Eric Kelley and you can see that post here. Now, I want to share some of the film images from an inspiration shoot and workshop hosted by another leader in the wedding photography industry, Lauren Fair, who has been named Top Wedding Photographer in the world by BRIDES and The Knot. I enjoyed meeting her after following her work for a while now. She and her husband Tim are kind people and wonderfully humble educators. I love how this shoot turned out because of the efforts of an incredibly talented vendor team. My business started with film exclusively over 16 years ago. After a long sabbatical, it feels good to slowly weave film back into my workflow as a hybrid shooter, which just means that I’m an artist who chooses the medium (film or digital) that best suits the client, the situation and the light. I hope you enjoy this lovely wedding inspiration shot on film…

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Nashville Wedding Styled Shoot at Green Door Gourmet Farm by Heather Durham Photography Hosted by Lauren Fair

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Credits/Vendor Team + Instagram Accounts:
Workshop: The Hybrid Collective @TheHybridCo
Workshop Host + Lead Photographer: Lauren Fair @laurenfair
Photographer (Images shown here): Heather Durham @heatherdurhamphotography
Film Lab: Photovision @photovisionprints
Creative Direction: RSVP Events @rsvpeventdesigns
Floral Design: Melissa Broadwell @melissabroadwell
Venue: Green Door Gourmet @greendoorgourmet
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier @moniquelhuillier, @moniquelhuillierbride
Hair & Makeup: Erin Ryser @erinvryser
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes @bellabelleshoes
Paper Goods: Ink & Press Co @inkandpressco
Lingerie: Girl & A Serious Dream @girlandaseriousdream
Garters: The Garter Girl @gartergirl
Jewelry: Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry @waltonsjewelry
Menswear: Street Tuxedo @streettuxedo
Tabletop Rentals: White Glove Rentals @whitegloverentals
Linens: La Tavola @latavolalinen
Cakes: Copper Whisk Cakes @copperwhiskcakes
Styling Surfaces: Locust Collection  @locustcollection
Mixology: Bar Magnolia @barmagnolia
Ribbon: Tono & Co @tonoandco
Furniture Rentals: Please Be Seated @pleasebeseatedrentals
Candles: Creative Candles @creative.candles

Jane Elizabeth & Taylor’s Mountain Brook Club Wedding, Birmingham AL

Jane Elizabeth and Taylor’s April wedding….it was stunning! Just wait to you see the reception floral design. It’s next level gorgeous! The couple even brought their lab “Honey” along for portraits after their First Look. My favorite image of the day? As you are scrolling, look for the black and white, wide reception room shot with JE and Taylor in a moment as if they were the only ones in the room. That image is what I look for at every reception. It encompasses the story of the entire day from planning and design by the talented Meghan Cease of M. Elizabeth Events, to all the important people in your life celebrating with you, and most importantly your joy and emotion in the midst of the moment of it all coming together. It’s everything!

I loved spending the day with this Alabama girl, Arkansas Razorback and their sweet families! I say this every time, but y’all my brides are the sweetest! I feel truly blessed to be invited into your lives.

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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Jane Elizabeth & Taylor's Cathedral Church of the Advent and Mountain Brook Club Wedding by Heather Durham Photography

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