Amanda and Alex were married in late December in the outskirts of Memphis. I met Amanda 4 years ago when I photographed her sister Rebecca's wedding, and always hoped that I'd one day get to photograph Amanda. About a year ago, I met Amanda and her mom at a local bridal show, and we reconnected. She is a fun loving, animated young women with an infectious smile, you can see why Alex was drawn to her. Together, they both have an incredibly warm approach to everyone that they meet. The wedding was held in a new event center in Arlington. Carahills offers a rustic and elegant country setting for couples who want a ceremony and reception in a romantic rural setting. I love winter weddings, and each winter wedding has it's own charm. Here are just a few of the photographs of their wedding that I selected for the local newspaper feature article that will be in Sundays Wedding Lifestyle section. Congratulations to Amanda and Alex!
This soon to be released issue for 2010 will feature some of the images that I shot with my team last summer. We had a great shoot with a tropical rainforest theme designed for brides to embrace the elements of nature. My beautiful wife Janice handled the incredible hair fashions for the shoot which gave the models an extra touch of elegance. Shooting in a southern rainforest has it's challenges. We treked through about a mile of narrow trails on a muddy day using a Kawasaki Mule 4 wheeler. Once we reached our scouted destination, we had to deal with a very hot humid day, full with mosquitos, bugs, poison ivy and a few snakes. Fortunately, the models braved the elements that most brides won't have to. I've shot in locations in the Jamaican rainforest, many tropical islands, and up in high mountain terrain, I'd say this was about the most challenging shoot dealing with the heat. One of the models got attacked by a mosquito, which whelped up on her face after a few minutes. Of course, timing each model arriving by 4 wheeler caused some delays, and our day got away from us fast. We shot in morning sunlight, mid-day sun, afternoon direct sunlight, late afternoon sun, and that perfect light at the end of the day, and for the last segment, some rainclouds came upon us for the wrap up. Special thanks to Southern Bride Magazine and their editors, the staff, the interns, and all of the models, makeup artists, florists, drivers, gear roadies, and the Memphis Museum team for helping us simulate a real southern rainforest. As you can see, the results were well worth the work and sweat.
An award winning professional photographer offering cutting edge photography for individuals and businesses. Michael has worked with grammy award winning recording artists, high end brides, celebrities, and everyday people. His style is unique, offering natural light photojournalistic styles to high end studio looks. His work appears in magazines and books, and he was recently named one of the Top 25 wedding photographers in Tennessee. Michael is a member of WPPI, PPA and more. Michael is based in Memphis and Nashville Tennessee and travels all across the South. He offers architectural photography, editorial for magazines, food styling, celebrity portraits, concert photography, cinematography for films, lighting for productions and more.
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Our principal photographer is Michael Allen. Michael is available for assignments year round at locations across the globe.
Michael's associate photographer is Tracy Leigh Welch. Tracy is an incredible photographer who has helped Michael on shoots across the South, and is available for assignments in the local Memphis area.
Our studio hairstylist and associate photographer is Janice Allen who owns Eston Salon based in Memphis. Janice offers editorial styling for our corporate shoots, editorial and modeling shoots, and is available for assignments in the local Memphis area.
Our makeup artist is Melissa Jadhav who offers several photographers her professional makeup services for photo shoots.
Our set designer is Morgan Armstrong, who owns MemphisModern.com and she helps Michael on shoots for food styling, wardrobe selection, hair and makeup and set design. She's well respected in the IDS interior design community in Memphis and helps facilitate the organization.