“My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, both are infinite.” – William Shakespeare
Recently, I had the honor of traveling down to Panama City Beach, Florida to photograph Diana and Chad’s beautiful beach wedding in the sand at St. Andrews State Park. My beautiful wife, Fay accompanied me and was invaluable as my assistant for the day. We enjoyed spending time with both of their families as well as capturing fantastic memories that they all will treasure throughout their lifetimes. Here’s a small selection of photos from the wedding day for y’all to enjoy.
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Fay and I have been in the Memphis area for five years and honestly I thought this was where I was going to spend the rest of my days. Memphis has taught me many things and we have made many wonderful friends in the process. Memphis has also dished out a lot of stuff that has definitely made us stronger. The Russian proverb, “Life’s hammer shatters glass yet forges steel.”, is very appropriate. One of my favorite jokes is that I’ve been flipped off more in the last five years than my previous forty-four years combined.
A New Addition
On November 1st last year, our granddaughter, McKenzie was born and the gears started spinning about possibly moving back to be closer to her as well as our families. It was a difficult decision, but a few things fell into place and we moved back to where we grew up, although it has seemed to be very different from the place we left some years ago.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton
So now we are in Alabama to strike out and see what life has in store for us. We treasure our friendships we have made along the way and we hope that we all will still keep in touch. I will be traveling back and forth to continue shooting for my awesome clients.
Using My Powers For Good
Every morning Murphy and I head to Shelby Farms to the dog park. Usually, I’ll grab the camera to keep in practice and maybe learn something new.
Over the last few months I’ve developed a friendship with Eva and Tito; and Murphy has developed a friendship with their dogs, Smokie, Louie, and Wolfie. I asked Eva and Tito if I could capture a quick photo of them with their dogs intending to surprise them with a print. So I picked this one out and made a few prints for them.
Tomorrow is never promised to us … Seize the Day.
Today I saw them at the park. They were both very sad because Wolfie had passed away over the weekend.
I’m so glad that I thought to take this photo of them. I presented them with the prints and they held a special meaning to them, especially since Wolfie was there in the photo with them. I didn’t know it, but Wolfie had been sick for a long time.
I am humbled to hopefully have provided just a small ray of sunshine to my friends who were stricken with a tremendous loss.
“I can’t do everything, but I can do something” – Edward Everett Hale
Oh, The Places You Will Go………
This past Saturday saw the “Rick Grainger Whirlwind Tour” stop in Humboldt, Tennessee at the wonderful Crown Winery to photograph the wedding of the equally wonderful Catrina and Ben. I had photographed a few weddings at the winery before, but this one was to take place outside in the vineyard. The rainclouds came and went, but when it was time for the ceremony, we had beautiful skies and no precipitation. Hallelujah!
Catrina and Ben, it was an honor to be a part of your fantastic day and to be able to share it with both your families and all of your friends. Thank you very much!
The Good Stuff
Here’s a few photos from Catrina and Ben’s special day. Enjoy!
The beautiful cake was created by Frost Bake Shop out of Memphis.
But I’m a Wedding Photographer….
When you strive to do your very best for folks in your chosen expertise, the day will come when your very happy clients will ask you to do something outside of your expertise. Baby photography is something that I haven’t done a lot of. However, my clients know that I’ll put my heart and soul into my work and give them my very best; and you know what? I’m actually pretty good at it.
Your Mission Should You Choose To Accept It
I had the pleasure of working with Ms. McKenzie in Addison, Alabama for a very short, but fruitful photography session.
We started off quite well and she hammed it up for my camera. Very quickly however, she realized that she had something on her head that she wasn’t too sure about….
…and when she was done, she shot me a stare that Southern ladies must be born with.
All in all, it was a successful session. Many thanks to her parents, and especially her grandmother for entrusting me with such an important charge.
I had a wonderful time working with Eryka and Willie on their wedding day which just so happened to also be Independence Day. Here’s a small selection of photos for y’all to enjoy.
Venue: Carahills 2
It was an honor to spend part of the Independence Day weekend photographing Akia and Terry’s beautiful wedding at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; as well as their very lively reception at the Balinese Ballroom. I wish them both a lifetime of joy and happiness. Here’s a small selection of photos from the day. Enjoy!
DJ: Rockin’ Robin
Cameras and flashes aren’t the only things that need to have their batteries recharged.
Recently Fay and I had the opportunity to take a couple of days off and do something that both of us love to do … get in the car and drive to someplace we’ve never been before. This time that place was the Forgotten Coast of Florida.
The Forgotten Coast
Let’s just say that Apalachicola and St. George Island are beautiful, easy-going, and not overrun with throngs of tourists. This area still makes a significant portion of its living off of the oyster fishing trade, although readily welcomes the adventuresome souls that find their way there.
Port St. Joe
Another pleasant surprise was our first attempt to use AirBnB instead of a hotel. Definitely better than initially expected. So enjoy the photos and get out and explore if you can. There’s a fascinating world out there.
I had the opportunity to photograph the awesome Diane and David’s engagement session yesterday at Harbortown and the Mississippi River waterfront. They are a fantastic couple and I’m looking forward to working with them at their wedding in October. In the meantime, here’s a few from yesterday’s session. Enjoy!
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I am deeply honored to have been a special part of Courtney and Jeremy’s wedding yesterday. They immediately treated me like family and were an absolute joy to work with.
Here is a small selection of photos from their wedding. Enjoy!
Venue: Carahills 2
Cake: Frost Bake Shop
DJ: DJ Twinkie