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Anne & Steve’s Wedding

Wow.  The following blog post is about to be huge so I won’t mince words.  Anne & Steve’s wedding was crazy fun.  We had over two hours with just them and the bridal party, so we went all over and played.

I want to send some special shout outs to Savannah and Lisa for helping me out, and the couple and the bridal party for putting up with all of my craziness.  And a special shout for Craig, who toughed it out despite cutting his finger open and having to get it bandaged up.

On to the photos…



May 20, 2008 - 6:45 am

Sean McLellan - #9 is suhweet (wink-wink-nudge-nudge) 🙂

Regina & Charles’ E-Session

Wow.  So Saturday afternoon, I had the great privilege of photographing Regina & Charles.  We started off at LeMoyne-Owen College where they met.

Charles is hilarious.  He kept us all laughing as they talked about college and how long he pursued Regina.  He also whispered a lot of things in her ear that aren’t repeatable on the blog.  But it kept Regina relaxed and looking fabulous in the photos.

Regina works at the airport so we ended the shoot there.  Seeing the look on the security people’s face when I had my gear going through the checkpoint was pretty funny.  And a special thanks to Jennifer, Regina’s coordinator, who came along to help with details and who gladly held my lights when I needed it.

I can’t wait for their really awesome wedding this fall.  Thanks you two for being so much fun and indulging my vision.  Enjoy the photos.

May 15, 2008 - 7:53 am

Reseda Wallace - The photos are Great!!! A lifetime of legacy and love. Luv the Orange..

May 15, 2008 - 8:24 am

Krystal - Gorgeous Pictures!!

May 20, 2008 - 1:34 pm

Marlon Van Buren - Off the chain! That was a really good shoot sis! Ya’ll starting to look alike…lol! perfect!

May 20, 2008 - 4:11 pm

Noel Van Buren - Regina you look gorgeous!! You guys make a wonderful couple, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Day 10 – Christmas In Canton

So it’s time for a little of my personal art.  I have an obsession with photographing Christmas lights.  Every year I photograph the lights in my parents hometown of Jonesboro, LA.

On my way home this year, I decided to stop off in Canton, MS.  Actually, I was seriously craving some Taco Bell (it’s a road trip thing).  I was driving along and came across the incredible town square.  Since I had the gear in the car, I couldn’t resist taking an extra 30 minutes to play.

Enjoy the images.

April 11, 2008 - 10:22 pm

Melissa - The carousel pics are seriously gorgeous.

Places like this still exist?

April 15, 2008 - 5:51 pm

Michelle - Wow. I think I will try to visit that place next year. A little road trip might be nice. I love the blue tree!

Day 1 – Ellie & Cody

Wow.  So I’m on Day 1 of 30, and it’s time to introduce the first big change…new image formats.

Ok.  I’ll get to more announcements tomorrow, but it’s time to get down to the business at hand.  Ellie & Cody were awesome.  They were real troopers.  We shot for a long time so we could get some fun afternoon shots and some early evening ones too.

After the sun went down, we went to The Cheesecake Corner for some amazing cheesecake before we finished up for the night.  After they see the rest of them in a week or so, I’ll post the slideshow for your viewing pleasure.

So enjoy the images and check back tomorrow for the big scoop…





April 1, 2008 - 11:53 pm

Ellie - OMG jake! they are amazing!!!! i cant wait to see the rest of them!

April 2, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Meg Campbell - Jake your perspective is amazing and original, your angels are super sharp and cool….I want to be like you when I grow up, haha. Love, Meg

April 6, 2008 - 8:57 pm

Allison Rodgers - LOVE the third from the last – super cool.

Allison 🙂

May 2, 2008 - 9:57 am

Kasey Stringer - Okay, do you remember Rachel Anderson from Quitman…this girl looks like her….in photos at least. Your blog is great man!!!

Virginia & John’s Wedding

Wow.  It seems like so long ago since I last posted.  I have so many things for you loyal readers, but I had to wait until Virginia & John’s wedding to start.

So Saturday, Savannah and I headed down to the beautiful Second Presbyterian Church.  The one thing that stood out about Saturday was how cold it was for Memphis, even at this time of year.

What an amazing private moment these two had, it was truly great to be a witness to.  They had such a sweet interaction all day. 

Virginia and John were so great, they not only went outside at the reception but they also convinced the bridal party to go outside for some shots as well.

After a beautiful ceremony, we all went over to Memphis Botanic Gardens for a kicking reception.  April Cole and her band kept people dancing up a storm.

Some of you will notice the new collage.  I will be doing those on the blog from now on.  There will be other new things coming out in the next few weeks.

Have a great honeymoon you two, I can’t wait for you to see the rest of the images.

Enough chatter, on to the pics…



January 23, 2008 - 8:14 pm

Jenna Braddock - (sister of the groom) These pictures are so beautiful! Great job.

January 24, 2008 - 10:15 am

John - Jake,
these are amazing. Our jaws dropped when as we were scrolling through the pics. Great job.
John and Virginia

January 24, 2008 - 7:24 pm

Claudia Kennedy - These are absolutely beautiful!!!! I am so sorry we could not be there but seeing these is the next best thing!!! Virginia, you were a beautiful bride! and look so much like your mother….what a wonderful thing!!!

January 24, 2008 - 7:40 pm

cecily darrick etc. ayers - good job photographer!
thanks for letting us be a part of your special weekend

January 25, 2008 - 11:13 am

Jenna Houmes - I love the pictures. You did a great job of capturing the special moments of the wedding.

January 30, 2008 - 2:16 pm

Dave Williamson - These are great. I am currently weeping with joy, and regret for not being able to attend. Can’t wait to hear about it first hand John!

January 30, 2008 - 4:09 pm

Joy Pinder - Love the pics, I wish I could of been there but these pics took me there for the moment. So proud of John B.:)

January 30, 2008 - 8:02 pm

Linda Wilson - I loved the pics! Especally the one where they’re dancing and John is whispering something in Virginia’s ear!!! 🙂

January 30, 2008 - 10:59 pm

Fahime Mohammad - Beautiful Pictures. Once again congratulations and I wish you both all the healthiness, happiness, wealthiness and then as many children as you both desire.

January 31, 2008 - 11:02 am

Richard Segal - Congratulations John!
What a beautiful bride!!
May God richly bless you and Virgina and may He be greatly glorified through your lives together!
PS to Virginia: you married a big sinner with a warm and wonderful heart. I love him. If he gives you any trouble let me know :).

January 31, 2008 - 8:59 pm

mary e anderson - Thank you so much for sharing these incredible pictures with us. This was a breathtakingly beautiful wedding! God Bless you both dearly. 🙂 You are loved!

February 1, 2008 - 10:53 am

Pamela Ferguson - WOW!!!!! Great photos; you captured Virginia’s beauty and their joy so very well. Thank you for posting!