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Some of you may have noticed my absence from blogging for a while as well as some new changes to the look and feel of the blog.  Where have I been and what have I been doing?

The best way to sum it up is to say that I was in a chrysalis.  What is a chrysalis you ask?

Webster’s defines a chrysalis as “a protecting covering: a sheltered state or stage of being or growth”.  I came home last year from an amazing journey with lots of ideas and inspirations.  But as often happens, life and all of its trappings impose themselves on you.  And all those ideas?  Well, they get set aside to take care of the day to day.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to go and spend a couple of months working with another studio.  The experience provided a time to grow and learn. As a result, many of those ideas were allowed to blossom while others were pruned back for now.

Recently the time came for me to set out on my own again and I decided to take just a couple more weeks to make sure all of the pieces were in the right places.  And now it’s time for the new Studio J to leave the cocoon.

So what’s new?  I’m glad you asked.  I will be going into things more in depth over the next few weeks, but there are two fundamental changes that are influencing everything else.

Minimalism.  I will talk a lot more about this as we go forward, but it is something that really started to connect with me before the trip last year and is now an overriding influence in both my personal and professional life.  The essential thing to know for the moment is that “less really can be more”.  While you may see fewer images per post, they will be my absolute favorites and not having to prepare massive posts will allow me to post far more often.

Personal.  I realized on the road that one of the things that I love about my work was the personal connections I make with my clients.  I feel like it is a vital part of capturing images that truly reflects who my clients are.  Knowing that the task becomes increasingly difficult when I am shooting too much, I not accepting more than 20 commissions each year.

I also realized that I wanted people to have a chance to get to know me better, so I am making myself available more via social media.

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Monica & Evan, Part One | Memphis Wedding Photography

The Saturday after Thanksgiving, Darius and I headed downtown for Monica & Evan’s wedding.  It was a chilly day, but the bridal party braved the cold for a while to get some fun photos.

Later on, we headed over to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church for the ceremony.  We took a couple of quick photos in the church before everyone arrived.  There will be some more from their super fun reception coming soon…


Joy & Cub, Part Two | Memphis Wedding Photography

The reception.  After the ceremony, we all headed downtown to The Westin.  Before we went into the beautifully decorated room that Angela Mazanti had set up, I took the bridal party over to Beale Street for some fun photos.

Once we were done, we headed in for the party.  There were some amazing traditional dances first.  Then the bride and groom took to the floor to show everyone how it’s really done.  After that, the rest of the festivities picked up and things kept on going.

Enjoy the photos…