A Musicians Muse
As a photographer wanting to collaborate with others in the area, it can be difficult to include your passions or interests. But that's not the case with this wedding shoot. I love when themes of shoots are different from everything else that you see, and seeing how different can shape the future.
I noticed that even though I live just down the road from Nashville, which is also known as Music City, that I've never seen a wedding shoot based around just that- music. And why not? There are musicians, songwriters, producers, singers, and others of the like that move here every day. And a lot of them are getting married. So why not do a shoot around that?
But that's not the only reason. Music has always been apart of me, but even more so since I moved to TN almost five years ago. I am dating a bluegrass musician and I absolutely love it. Music has become even more apart of me as I continue to grow as a person. In fact, I'm slowly learning how to play fiddle and banjo.
So here are a few more points that I was able to draw inspiration from to bring this shoot to life:
The pink chair used in many of the shots, is from Earl Scruggs. Earl passed away in 2012 and was a huge influence in the bluegrass community as a banjo player. In 2016, my boyfriend and dad went to the estate sale and bought the chair for me. Ever since then, I've been trying to include it in a shoot.
I'm a huge fan of medieval and renaissance paintings that depict musicians playing their instruments, which is what I wanted to model the mandolin scenes after.
As someone who loves Nashville, and the culture of the middle Tennessee area, I also wanted to include other bits and pieces. This included handmade plates from Handmade Studio based in Nashville, Jack Daniels and wine from Arrington Vineyards (also goes with the line from Blake Sheltons song Honeybee "You'll be my glass of wine, I'll be your shot of whiskey").
I'm also a lover of boots and love it when I see anyone wearing boots for any and all occasions. And a wedding is the perfect occasion for some fancy boots!
I also wanted to make sure that my models knew how to properly play a guitar and mandolin, so what better models to use than those who can play. Jacob, the "groom" actually plays and is from VA (which is where bluegrass originated from).
So here's to a first wedding shoot! This of course will be the first of many, but this one will always have my heart!
Models: Alexandra McGarry and Jacob Allen