Thursday, June 19, 2014

Crescent Bend | Derby Day 2014

For the third year in a row, ALM Photo captured the fun and excitement of Derby Day at Crescent Bend, a gorgeous property on the river just west of Downtown Knoxville. A full day of exciting events, including an auction, river boat ride, horse show and race betting; take place around the running of the Kentucky Derby. Thankfully the rain stayed away this year, and Allan captured everyone arriving on the red carpet. This is a fun event for us to photograph because we are encouraged to enjoy ourselves and enjoy the delicious buffet, taste tempting desserts like horse-churned ice cream and  Derby pie, as well as traditional Derby Day drinks. I still don't like a Mint Julep, but this year I tried Kentucky Ale and it was tasty.

Oh, and you can't forget the fashion! Everyone is decked out in their finest Kentucky Derby garb for this party and there is a ladies hat contest and best-dressed man contest as well.

Here are some of our favorite images from the day. We love photographing events and would love to hear from you if you have an event needing coverage.

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby


Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby

Crescent Bend Derby Day, Knoxville, ALM Photo, Kentucky Derby
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

War Paint Academy Wedding Workshop | Hair, Makeup and Wedding Dresses!

Last month Allan and I headed out to Castleton Farms in Loudon, Tennessee to assist with Christian McNally's War Paint Academy Wedding Workshop. Christian wanted the makeup artists, hair stylists and models to have amazing photographs of the finished 'looks' for their portfolios and for critiques. We had a blast working with everyone! There were quite a few models and each was styled into two looks, most with wedding dresses, some with casual wear and all with stunning makeup and hair.

If you have never had the occasion to visit Castleton Farms, it is a gorgeous wedding and event venue nestled between deep green forests and secluded behind a huge gate well off the beaten path. Around the property there are several vignettes for holding events and weddings from intimate to large, indoor and outdoor, but all beautifully appointed and perfectly manicured.

The War Paint Academy workshop was held in the barn, which is a stately building fitted with fabulous amenities, including a men's lounge for groom and his groomsmen to hang out in before his wedding. We photographed the models in and around the barn so we could be sure to capture images of each and every one without a lot of trekking around. The light coming in the end of the bar through the giant doors was, in a word, amazing. And the lightly dappled shade under the gazebo beyond the barn was fabulous too. Some photographers find it extremely challenging to work with changing and/or natural light, but we embrace it. We had reflectors on hand and would have loved to have brought some lights, but time was a constraint, and to be honest, many of the images look as though we did use lights.

Here are some of my favorites from the day and there is a link to all of the images at the bottom of this post in case you would like to see more. We'd love to work with you if you or your business needs this type of event/workshop coverage or if you just need some fresh and fabulous images for your website and social media platforms. Contact ALM Photo's Creative Director, Lisa at lisa@almphoto.com or 865-406-3870 for more information or to book a complimentary creative consultation.




























Sometimes you just have to cut loose and have a little fun during a shoot. Christian photobombed his own shoot!


Link to all images from War Paint Academy Wedding Workshop
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