Morgan + Kaivon
Wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee
Wedding Venue: The Mill and Mine Knoxville, TN
Makeup: Kimberly Mathes of Roses and Lace, assisted by Christina Damron
Hair: Lox Salon Knoxville (Stylists: Chelsea LeBlanc, Lou Hunter)
Greenery: Wholesale Greenery
Photography: Whitney S Williams
Desserts: Nothin' Bundt Cakes
Bartenders: The Pour Guys
Band: Groove Addiction
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Here's some of my favorite shots at Katelyn + Blake's fairytale wedding at the beautiful International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN.
Taken on a beautiful November day in east Tennessee.
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Turning back time to this magical evening with Christian. Rain was pouring everywhere in the region and there was the threat of postponing, but our little nook in the hills of east Tennessee remained dry, with just enough light to document this beauteous human.
This photo session rejuvenated my love and need to continue my conceptual fashion photography work. There is something about curating a scene based on the mood of natural surroundings, and the increasing darkness contributed to the story that unfolds in these images; one of mystery, loneliness, longing and independence.
Growing up, my favorite place was my grandmother's (aka Mamaw) secret garden. Today, I got to stroll through her garden with her great-grandchildren and take their photos; my nieces and nephew. Overwhelmed with happiness today.
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A Dream Wedding
Set in the hills of Jonesborough, Tennessee at the newly-built Serenity Knoll wedding venue, two wonderful people were wed: Kirsty and Clay. The day before, a storm hit the area that caused much debris and fallen trees, but the day of the wedding the clouds parted just enough to grace the wedding attendants with a magical day.
I arrived at the Historic Eureka Inn in Downtown Jonesborough, TN to photograph the bride and do her makeup. Kirsty's wedding dress (designed, dyed and constructed by her) hung on the armoire in the spectacular Jury Room of the hotel. Her hair was braided and adorned with flowers and beads by the talented Katie Williams of the Downtown Beauty Lounge, also located in Jonesborough. With the handmade paper-flower rainbow bouquet, the dress, the hair, the makeup...it all came together perfectly- and matched the bride's personality in a way that one might call kismet.
The ceremony began with the bride and groom dancing hand-in-hand down the aisle with a meditation to follow. In the meditative silence the only sound was the quite movement of the colorful prayer flags hanging overhead in the pavilion of Serenity Knoll. Immediately following the ceremony came cake before dinner, at the request of the bride and groom. The colorful, unique cake, created by Maxine Kenny, Steve Brooks and Gareth Zahnke, was cut and distributed first much to the delight of everyone. And it tasted heavenly.
The reception featured a dinner with foods from the newlywed's and others' farms enjoyed at tables decorated with magnificent floral arrangements. Following the dinner was a Contra Dance with live music that continued through sunset. And oh my, the sunset; after a storm, nature provides us with the most impressive, vibrant sunsets. Mother Nature really knows how to cap off a day like this.
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A special thank you to Gabriel Gould for being a fantastic second photographer.
On June 25, 2016, I photographed the Chelsea and Dylan's wedding at The Gallery event venue in Johnson City, Tennessee. There were so many stand-out moments at this wedding that made this day a delight to capture. A special thank you to Gabriel for being second photographer, and a shout out to Lisa Tolliver of Posh Productions for making the day run so smoothly (highly recommend her as your wedding planner). Enjoy taking a glimpse at this lovely day in East Tennessee, and if you would like to see more, go here.
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#TBT Tuesday: My coverage of Reem Acra's runway collection three years ago at Lincoln Center in New York; as an Editor for San Francisco-based Chictopia.
Originally published on Chictopia.com:
Drawing inspiration from Daido Moriyama’s fish net stockings photos and recent travels to Japan, Reem Acra was able to add an exuberant sultry flavor to her Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Known for her intricate details and embellishments, Reem Acra remained true to those sensibilities that always render her designs glamorous and elite, yet by using the influences of Japan and Moriyama, there was a definite vivacious addition to this collection. From black-to-red ombre fur coats to high-slit gowns revealing thigh-high stockings, one cannot help but see a little Red Light District in each look; and I say that kindly. No matter how hard Reem Acra might try to throw a little trash into her impeccably classy designs, they will still remain just that- impeccable and classy.
This year on the runway, a lot of designers turned to a palette of black, red and white, and a lot of these collections fell short as a result. Perhaps a different color palette could have resuscitated these lackluster designs, but that is wishful thinking. Reem Acra understands— with an acute vision— that color, design and fabric need to sync, and she also never lets color distract from a beautiful garment. This is case-in-point why her all-black looks can shine just a brightly a huge red fur coat in her collections. The Reem Acra Fall/Winter 2013 collection, like so many of her past collections, aggrandizes the female form beautifully yet even in the most provocative looks, never looks cheap.
Theme Travels to Japan and Daido Moriyama’s abstract photographs of the female body in fish net stockings gives Reem Acra’s F/W 2013 collection a very sexy, very Bond-girl look. Kimonos, sculpted elements and high slits exemplify her approach to this collection.
Beauty Slicked-down low buns with severe side parts and a sultry berry lip.
Stand-outs A black illusion gown with web beading (and opera gloves to match), a black leather knee-length wrap-front dress and that red fur coat.
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Photography by Whitney S. Williams
The Jonesborough Days 2016 parade in Jonesborough, Tennessee took place on July 2. Accompanying the spectacular Jonesborough Days festival, the parade was filled with hometown goodness; decorated horses, Veteran recognition, adorable cheerleaders and baton twirlers, bands, old-time music, princesses, vintage cars, and more. The streets were lined with folks eager to cheer on their friends and family on the floats, on foot and in vehicles. The happiness was contagious, and is an atmosphere that could only bring sheer joy to a person's face- especially of my own, a gal who was born and raised in this beautiful, quaint town tucked away in the hills of east Tennessee.
During the parade, I practiced with some new vantage points and frames, like framing adorable siblings with the legs of the horse they were beaming at. The setting on Main Street is one that is a dream to photograph for sure, and getting a chance to do it professionally is rare and wonderful. Saying I love my job would be an understatement.
Photography by Whitney S Williams
Bill Cunningham's eye is that of someone who did not judge those based on their chosen attire; he embraced the quirky, the demure, the bold, the minimal, the trendy, the elegant. He saw style everywhere in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. He himself always chose to wear the same uniform: a blue hardware store jacket that he discovered on a trip to Paris and took a liking to because of its big pockets. Once one got too ratty, he'd find another exactly like it. As a result, you could spot him from a mile away at fashion shows, and when he was around, he created this atmosphere that was so delightful that it was almost intoxicating; he brought about the realization that dressing should never be taken too seriously.
These are some photos I've taken of Bill Cunningham during various fashion weeks in NYC, like at the Carolina Herrera show where he looked so thrilled by the designs; so much so that I started focusing on him instead of the clothes. Another: He was photographing Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe, and again, I just wanted to photograph him, because he is my hero; a true class act.
Heavy heart today. Rest in peace.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph my magical hometown Jonesborough, Tennessee for Modern Woodmen of America magazine. The magazine not only featured my photogenic town but also a local family who all happen to be members of Modern Woodmen. Check out my other post for family photos that I took in downtown Jonesborough for the magazine.
Model: Katie Dickens, Makeup/Styling/Photography: Whitney S W, Photo Assistant: Jada Nave
This is the lovely Katie, wearing a glorious, flowing tie-dyed shirt from the 90's that I've been itching to use in a photo shoot for years; finally found the right person for it. For makeup, I wanted to showcase Katie's stunning green eyes and perfect eyebrows *sigh* with some bright red shadow. Love how it looks with her golden hair.
6 Questions with Katie
What's your favorite travellin' song?
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero
What city do you want to visit again?
Black Hawk, Colorado...and Glenwood Springs, Colorado...Basically just Colorado.
What country do you want to visit most?
I would love to go backpacking across Europe. Ireland is pretty cool too.
Pride and Prejudice
John and George.
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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family for Modern Woodmen of America magazine. The magazine not only featured the family but also the town of Jonesborough, Tennessee, my very photogenic hometown. Check out my next post for scenic shots I took of downtown Jonesborough for the magazine.
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Bridal Look: Modern Romance
This is Abby, and she is beautiful inside and out. It was such a pleasure taking her picture for this mock-bridal session in collaboration with Downtown Beauty Lounge in Jonesborough, Tennessee. I styled her in two wedding dress sets and fresh flowers and ferns in her hair. And if you keep up with my blog, you know how much I love to DIY props for shoots; totally did that with the bouquet below and want to do that for a living now (JK I have too many jobs already).
Sometimes, I'll do makeup for folks when I take their photos, and both of Abby's outfits feature a natural bridal makeup look; one neutral, one dramatic. Most brides want to look like themselves on their wedding day, so that's always my goal when styling their makeup or overall look. And I'm really loving minimalist jewelry with bridal dresses right now, and here, I used a simple gold choker and vintage bangle to balance out and modernize both looks.
I know I say this often, but I have to reiterate just how much I love taking photos. I over-prepare (by making props and such haha), stress out and triple-check all of my equipment in the days before a session, and question whether or not I'm actually good at what I went to school for, but when the shoot is over, I'm always so happy, so content; especially when I work with people who seem to genuinely enjoy working with me. This shoot was one of those magical ones where everything came together so perfectly and the team meshed so well. Cannot wait to work with Abby and Katie again!
Hair: Katie Williams at Downtown Beauty Lounge, Jonesborough, TN (She is amazing, and played photo assistant too, which should now be her second job because she killed it.)
Makeup & Styling, and Photography: Whitney S Williams
My approach to photographing weddings
I love what I do and put 110% into my client's photography sessions. With over 10 years of experience in photographing weddings and events, I am able to work well in any situation and am eager to produce photos that you will cherish for a lifetime. Looking for hair and makeup too? I can help you with all of that and put you in touch with other talented folks I trust.
Based in Jonesborough, TN, I am available to photograph your wedding, engagement and bridal sessions, whether your event will take place in the Tri-Cities of east Tennessee or beyond. Contact me.
I would love to chat with you about your wedding and see if we would be a good match for a photography session!
These portraits were taken for the new Portland Utilities Construction Company website (I made that too). The challenge was photographing the PUCC team individually and as a group, in a pretty small time frame. Fortunately, this is a wonderful bunch of folks who made my job very easy!
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I've taken a lot of photos of my niece Winter over the past four years. Here's a look back at this little gal's 1st birthday where we went all out to make it a magical event.
I had a lot of fun making that crown. :-D
Happy Birthday, Winter!
I'd love to photograph your little one's birthday festivities!
I could not be more excited to unveil the website that I designed for State of Franklin OB/GYN Specialists in Johnson City, TN. Working closely with the client to achieve their website's function and aesthetic goals, the result is pleasant, minimalist and easy to navigate. The site is also responsive, and looks really pretty on your mobile devices.
With many websites that I design, my photography is included. For SoFHA OB/GYN I provided interior and portrait photography services in order to enhance key elements of the website, such as the Providers bio page.
This site exemplifies the love and passion that I have for design, photography and helping businesses elevate their online appeal and reach. Contact me to find out what I can do for you to help your business grow. I'd be delighted to chat with you!
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To celebrate National Horse Day, here is a throwback to one of my favorite photo shoots ever of Serena and her horses Tag Along and Buttercup. I remember this day well. It was a warm, summer day on Serena's farm in Tennessee, with the session starting at sunset. The moon was brightly lit in the clear blue sky, and the atmosphere was calm and tranquil. So much mood, it was a photographer's dream. Tag and Buttercup were at ease most of the time, ready for their close-up. When I got the shot of Serena giving tag a big smooch (above), the sun highlighted the moment. It was perfect. Just perfect.
When the horses were away, and with the sun almost set, the focus was all on miss Serena. I was able to capture this beautiful lady in a lovely vintage outfit, that I handpicked just for her, in a setting that was more than ideal. She claims these photos helped her find her now husband. Does that make me a matchmaker?
For this family portrait session in the beautiful hills of east Tennessee, we had a perfect day on our hands, with the sunset glistening through the trees. While we had just a little time on our hands to do both family and senior portraits at sunset, we were able to get tons of beautiful shots. Really happy with how these turned out!
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