“You miss a 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky
Barely a week has gone by since we undertook the opportunity of a lifetime. Between that, the hopeless jetlag and the fact that we did make it to Dollywood, we are just starting to process it all. We are weary and elated and have much to share on our experiences being mentored and “what the flashed” by the most fabulous celebrity photography duo… Bob and Dawn Davis. We simply adore you. And we miss you so very, very much.
Thank you so much for the most incredible real wedding experience. To shoot alongside you for 3 days of this Southern extravaganza, to tap into your incredible knowledge and expertise has us both humbled, at a loss for words (truly…) and both more confident, completely overwhelmed and amazed by your generosity of spirit and the passion you have for your craft and industry. We survived Nashville, and Nashvegas survived us. Probably, barely. And certainly the streets in the US are safer for our return to the RIGHT side of the road.
I was planning on keeping this little touch base blog post briefly to about 2 paragraphs. Am sure I will fail miserably as there is so much in our hearts and so much thanks to give and so many photos to post very soon. Goodness, Dawn, you know you had me at that tree before we had even explored the stunning and historic Cedarwood Antebellum Mansion. The location, the venues, the details, the techniques, the people… All were simply epic. It was heavenly. Honestly it was all so worth it at the end of Day 1, following a golden row boat ride and a pillow fight in the paddock and that back-lighting shoot. Way before the wedding bells, you both took us to another level of this compelling photo journey. And especially, in light of all that has transpired this year, we are forever grateful. Always.
Bob and Dawn…you radiate light, love and utter fabulousness.
But before the photo odyssey we must give shout-outs to all our gorgeous new friends and fellow photographers. It’s a bit of a love-fest, we know. And this is already paragraph 4. But let’s keep it real, it really was an incredible group – so full of warmth and sharing and creativity. Random for sure, endearing and wacky in a good way. Thank you so much for including us so wholeheartedly, putting up with our nonsense and helping us get from A to B, even if it meant taking the interstate to get to Kmart (300 meters down the road). It was amazing to shoot alongside you all and we know this is just the start of many, many catch-ups, photo adventures and of course the trouble that always ensues (yes, the police were involved at one point). We miss you all so much. How can it be that it is ovah?
To the divine couple Tiffany + Miles and Tiff’s mum Arline…thank you truly for allowing us all this extraordinary opportunity. There really are no words for what this gesture means. As photographers we know you get it. We will try and show you what is in our hearts as best we can… in the photos.
To Bob and Dawn’s supreme team; Michele, Zach and Angie…well what can we say? Other than you are amazeballs (that’s Whitney speak). We love all y’all, you know it. Michele, we will get our reality TV show up and running one of these days – when we actually get in the right side of the car. Zach our new goal is to match your freeway mania. And Angie. Angie. Angie. Angie. Our walking Nikon manual. Everyone needs an Angie and us neekon users are beyond grateful that you were there. We are sure you will be most impressed with our lenscap proficiency and maneuvering when next we meet. Hopefully Trace may even be able to keep a lens on her camera. And that in turn you will one day pronounce the brand correctly. You are a total gem and we are still stunned you didn’t throw us off the pedestrian bridge in utter frustration. And that our paths have crossed is a once in a lifetime thingy. We get goosebumps. You ALL mean the world to us. And now we don’t feel quite so alone over here in Japan.
So we’re sharing just a few of the very few images we took during the mentoring process. We actually took none of us the entire trip except for our little morning polaroid project. We took a snap on our fuji instax mini 50S before we set-out the door each day. We signed it and left it with the tip for housecleaning. Incredibly the money was taken and yet our polaroids remained. Untouched. Shocking. We’d usually be offended but this just means another chance to share with the world. So here we are. Nashtrash at it’s best… Dee and Tee – the series.
Here we are at paragraph 8. And thinking about what comes next…Well that will be 3 blog posts starting next week featuring the pre-shoot, the wedding and the quite fabulous post-shoot along and in the middle of Broadway (brides, hot-dogs, zombies and cowboys all starring). Plus another 2 posts dedicated to our Smoky Mountain travels and the moments and mayhem in between (all in a Dollywood visor).
And then WPPI 2012 here we ALL come. It’s a date and we so cannot wait to see you all again. Bring. Vegas. On.
Before then, as Nashville becomes a beautiful memory full of tasty biscuits, catfish and grits we’d love to share our most recent awards from the First Half WPPI International Photography Contest. We received this news just before we left for Nashville and had no time to post it. We were very honored to receive TWO 2nd places. One in the Commercial: Landscape/Nature section, the other in Photojournalism: Non-Wedding Photojournalism… And 7 Accolades of Excellence in the following mixed bag of categories Commercial: Scientific/Industrial, Commercial: Landscape/Nature, Photojournalism: Wedding Photojournalism. Congratulations to our other peers. Our two Louis’ friends – Louis Pang with a first in the Bridal Details and Jose Luis Guardia Vazquez with his 1st and 3rd in the coveted Bride & Groom alone category. And LOVE Tauran Woo’s 3rd place in the Engagement category. Just stunning. With over 3200 entries, it was definitely fierce… We love all their work, along with so very many others and are constantly motivated to improve with each and every shot. What a whirlwind few weeks of moving imagery.
Now back to editing, planning and dreaming of our next endlessly inspiring encounter with Bob and Dawn and the Davis Love Story cast of thousands.
With love, Dee + Trace x