“A beautiful wife enlarges a man’s spirit.” ~~ [adapted from] Talmud, Berakot 57b

I know, I know. I’m way behind on my blog posts. I’m doing my best to catch up though.

I had the opportunity to photograph a beautiful Jewish wedding a few months ago in Germantown, Tennessee at The Great Hall. Diane, David, and their families and friends were an absolute joy to work with.

***Click Here*** to view their Love Story Wedding Book design.

And here are a few photos from their special day:

Getting ready.

Getting ready.

Dress detail.

Dress detail.

Diane with her bridesmaids.

Diane with her bridesmaids.

The beautiful bride.

The beautiful bride.

David hanging out with his groomsmen.

David hanging out with his groomsmen.

A rather suave groom.

A rather suave groom.

Signing the Ketubah.

Signing the Ketubah.

Wine from Galilee, Israel.

Wine from Galilee, Israel.

During the ceremony.

During the ceremony.

First dance.

First dance.

David during the Hora.

David during the Hora.

Diane during the Hora. Excitement and Concern.

Diane during the Hora. Excitement and Concern.

The wedding cake.

The wedding cake.

Rings and bouquet detail.

Rings and bouquet detail.

Kind words

Soon after delivering their wedding book, I received this awesome testimonial from Diane and David,

“My wife and I hired Richard Grainger to do our engagement and wedding pictures. Richard’s pictures were AMAZING and he was always there when we needed him. Every meeting was professional, and he always arrived early. Our engagement pictures were beautiful; we had multiple locations and a change of clothes, and we were very pleased with the locations he chose.
Richard was one of the most reliable people we had working with us at our wedding. He showed up on time, took great photos of both of us (and our wedding parties), and everything was just amazing. His prices were very reasonable and his work was above beautiful. Richard Grainger’s punctuality and professionalism can never be beaten.
Our pictures were always edited and delivered faster than the time quoted. We had another set of friends get married around the same time of year and they used a photographer that charged twice the price and were very disappointed with both the speed of the editing and the photographs themselves.
My wife and I would choose Richard for any and all engagements that need a photographer, and will recommend him to everyone we know.”

It was an honor to be a small part of Diane and David’s wedding day. Thank y’all very, very much!

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau

Imagine a custom-designed, hard cover book with several photos from the senior portrait session. Now imagine that same book with lots of space on the pages for best friends to actually write messages and you have a Senior Signature Book.

***CLICK HERE*** to see an awesome example of a Senior Signature Book design.

And here are some images to give you more of an idea of what it looks like:

Senior Signature Book

The Senior Signature Book comes in a protective box and even includes a permanent, instant drying pen.

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The book has a durable hard cover.

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Beautiful color or monochrome photos on thick pages.

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Completely custom designed.

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Plenty of room for notes from your very best friends.

Many thanks to Megan and Jill for entrusting me with capturing a very important time in Megan’s life.

Call or email me today to learn more about my senior portrait sessions.

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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

I had the honor of working with Megan recently to create her senior portraits. We sat down and discussed the things that were important to her at this point in her life and worked to incorporate them into her senior portrait session. Our goal was to create fantastic images that showcased her love of music and art as well as emphasize her femininity and fun-loving, playful nature. I feel that we overwhelmingly succeeded. Here’s a few for y’all to enjoy!

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“Our Never Ending Love Story Begins Today”

Here’s a few photos from Jeanetta’s and Derrick’s wedding for y’all to enjoy. It was a pleasure working with them to capture the fantastic memories of their wedding day.

The groom and the bride.

The king and his court.

The queen and her court.

A handsome ring bearer and beautiful flower girl.

Cutting loose on the dance floor.

 

Some intimate details.

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“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.

Giving away the bride.

Notice the brewing clouds in the background? Fortunately, they held off and stayed to the north of us.

A first dance at the shore.

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“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.

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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

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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!

wedding details

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom

dancing and cake

 

The beautiful cake was created by Frost Bake Shop out of Memphis.

bride and groom dip and kiss

bride and groom moments

limousine kiss

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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.

Baby girl

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….

Baby girl

 

…and when she was done, she shot me a stare that Southern ladies must be born with.

Baby girl

 

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.

Baby girl

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