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Kim And Jason Peek

Meet my brother Jason, and his fiance Kim. They came to Knoxville on February 8 for the explicit purpose of having me take their pictures. I was flattered that they had such confidence in my abilities, but at the same time I was nervous because they had much more confidence in me than I had in myself.

At the time, the only other wedding-related pictures that I had done was for Sarah Blake and Scott Duke-Sylvester, and for both parties I took them to the trial gardens on the edge of the Agriculture campus here at UT Knoxville. But for Jason, I couldn't do that. In February, the trial gardens are desolate. In fact, not only was nothing blooming, but it was being overhauled by the staff in preparation for spring.

So I took them to the only other places that I knew about. I tried to stay away from plants and trees, and instead concentrate on a city scene and buildings. I considered taking them to Cades Cove, where we could use some of the old churches; but with only one day with which to work, I decided against it because of the time constraint. I figured that we would only get a few shots from the Cove area at this time of year, anyway. I wasn't pleased with my options on scenery.

We started out at the river front downtown. We took a few shots there, then spent some time driving around looking for a few other places. We eventually decided to play around at Tyson Park for a while. After that, we dropped my brother off and made him hide while Kim put on her dress and the two of us went back to the river front. I took some pictures of Kim at both the river front and at the courtyard of the city courthouse (a.k.a. The Whittle Building). By that time, sunlight was getting scarce, and unbeknownst to me I was going to have a greater problem with exposure control than I thought, which is why there are no pictures here from the courthouse.

When we were done there, I took Kim home and she changed while we made my brother hide again. After that, the two of us went down to the old city for a few night shots. Again, I wish I had thought more about exposure, but I suppose experience only comes by making mistakes.


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