1764 Lewisburg Pike
Franklin, TN 37064
Wednesday, 09 November 2011
Where are the Best Picturesque Places to Shoot?
As a professional photographer, I see a photo opt at every turn. I know that's what I've been trained to see in my studies. And...It's become almost automatic for me to capture the beauty of an individual or family just about anywhere at anytime!
This time of year is the prettiest time of year for me, especially this year! The colors that the Lord has provided are just so vibrant! And they're hanging around for a while longer it seems (or maybe it's just me being more observant). The best family portraiture is this time of year. The temperature is great, wearing warm colors are best, and it's just plain Picturesque!!!
I encourage families to do their portraits at their family home (grandparent's or parent's home place). It's where they spend most of their time and it's very personal to them. It means so much more to families when it's done at their home instead of the studio or on location. Our studio is located on our 40 acre family farm and we have lots of places for Family Portraiture, but I still recommend family portraiture at your home!
We LOVE this Family!
Posted on 11/09/2011 7:00 AM by Ann Thoni
Monday, 07 November 2011
Venues or Any Vendor....
Had a couple come in yesterday to interview us for their Wedding... "Absolutely beautiful couple"!!!
They were telling me about looking around for their venue for their Wedding. They went to some of the best and most beautiful places in Nashville. There's one in particular that they got terrible customer service from. She (the bride) played phone tag with someone and then went to the venue for a consult and she (the bride) was totally turned off by the lady conducting the consult!
Now, this is one of the premium venues in Nashville! Would you book your Wedding with a venue that gave you terrible customer service from start to finish? Does the beauty of a venue mean more or over-ride terrible Customer Service?
Posted on 11/07/2011 11:40 AM by Ann Thoni
Thursday, 03 November 2011
Congrats to David and Brandi on their upcoming nuptials....
What an AWESOME "Save the Date" shoot we had!!! Brandi and David brought the pumpkins to show their Wedding Date and their creativity in their images! LOVE IT!!! Awesome job guys!!!
Posted on 11/03/2011 7:20 AM by Ann Thoni
Tuesday, 01 November 2011
It seems there is always some type of drama at Weddings! If I think about it, I'm sure I could come up with something from every Wedding that we've done. Think about it folks....When you put two families together and you've hired all of these professionals to work your wonderful, unforgettable event...your Wedding....Some drama is inevitable!!!
In the society we live in today, there's drama at every turn. We turn the TV on...We all live to see reality shows! We watch the news...Nothing but drama! The weather....Mother Nature's drama! Really....If there wasn't a little drama, life would actually be boring!
During the planning stages of your Wedding Day, there may be family drama (seen a little), Wedding party drama, cake drama, disc jockey drama, and even photographer drama!
I actually think some people LOVE drama! Me, I try my best to stay clear of it!
Okay folks....This is a drama story for ya! The guy who's circled is a guy at this Wedding that nobody knew! He was in the middle of everything at the reception (don't remember seeing him at the ceremony, but I bet he was there). I believe he was a sport fan of the couple....They both played collegiate basketball. He took tons of pictures and I don't think a single soul said a word to him about being there!
This guy was so out of place...Everybody was like.... "Who is that guy?" I even asked! I guess you could call him a classic Wedding Crasher!
He was everywhere!
If you had a Wedding Crasher at your Wedding or say Your Daughter's or Son's Wedding, would you ask them to leave?
Posted on 11/01/2011 8:00 AM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Bridal Show Coming Up Sunday @ The Factory in Franklin 1:00 - 5:00
Come out and have an afternoon of fun at "Here Come The Brides Bridal Show" in Franklin! This is the our first time attending this particular show, so we're expecting a HUGE day of fun and giveaways!
Giveaways from every booth...Our giveaway is a "very nice" digital frame! So come see us and put your name in the hat for all the great giveaways!
Can't wait to meet new Brides and Grooms!!!
We have a few tickets left!
Posted on 10/26/2011 9:00 AM by Ann Thoni
Monday, 24 October 2011
How do you know you're getting what you're paying for from your Wedding Photographer?
I would have to say, do your homework! Research your photographer. Look at their work, read their testimonials, call previous people they've done work for. I could give a long list! If you read testimonials, they should speak for themselves...testimonials should all read differently. Each are composed by different people. I can't say enough about testimonials...ALWAYS, ALWAYS READ TESTIMONIALS. They will tell you tons!!!
When you hire your photographer, be sure they contract and never pay in full!! This is a no no.... "ESPECIALLY" if the photographer you're talking to isn't established! You want your photographer to do engagement pictures. This will give you experience with your professional before the Wedding Day. We do at least two sessions with most of our couples before their actual Wedding Day.... and when that Wedding Day arrives, they know us. They know our style of work and our work ethic. So they're very comfortable. They have no worries or concerns with our work. So, you know what that means... NO STRESS!
We all want GREAT customer service. Consider the time it takes to see your edited engagement photos. What's the image quality when you're viewing them? What does the photographer do with your engagement images? There's a long list of items I could spill out, but a lot of it is your gut. If your gut is saying NO, then more than likely that photographer or vendor isn't for you!
So, do research and homework on your photographer before you sign that dotted line! It sure is worth the time and effort it takes!
Ask yourself this...what's the use of planning one of the most important days of my life if I can't expect the best work and products from my Wedding vendors?
Posted on 10/24/2011 9:00 AM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Okay, Your Boyfriend has Just Proposed...
...and you have the most beautiful ring you've ever seen! There's a bridal show coming up! You're all excited and can't wait to get started shopping, getting ideas, and planning your Wedding! Well then, a bridal show is the best place to get started. You can go to a bridal show, talk to vendors and get those ideas to get you started!
What to do when you get there? Soak it in...talk to vendors...look for that certain style that pops out at you. Get prices, if you have prices to consider once a bridal show is said and done, then you can figure your budget! Once you've set that budget, start making appointments with vendors that stick out in your mind for you and fiance' personal taste. I think my first appointment would be with a Wedding planner! This person is a MUST!!! If you want a perfect and stress free day, then hire that perfect planner!
Don't just visit one bridal show, attend several if possible! The more planning and effort you put into your Wedding Day the better it's going to be for you and your family.
We can't say enough about bridal shows for couples! They are a MUST when planning the perfect Wedding Day for you and your future spouse!!!
Next Bridal Show!
Sunday, October 30th @ The Factory in Franklin from 1 - 5:00!
Here Come the Brides, Bridal Show
This blog was inspired by a cousin that just became engaged over the past weekend!
CONGRATS Kristi and David!
Posted on 10/19/2011 6:30 PM by Ann Thoni
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Some of our Beautiful Venues....
Woodson Chapel Church of Christ
Holy Family Catholic Church
Cool Springs House
Arnolds Airforce Base, Lakeside Center
Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Harpeth Hills Church of Christ
Vanderbilt Legends Club
Scarritt Bennett / Wightman Chapel
Posted on 10/16/2011 7:15 PM by Ann Thoni
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Should Your Wedding Photographer Become a director at Your Wedding?
Absolutely, if your photographer knows what they're doing, they will direct!!!
Seems like at every wedding we've done, we're asked how something is done...even if there's a coordinator on the premises! You would think that's whom you should go to, but 9 times out of 10 they ask us!
We're always directing...
We set up scenes - this is a time maybe when the groom sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day. When this is done, it's always before the wedding ceremony. Nontraditional couples do this for before ceremony portrait sessions because of time restraints! We pose - during organized photography sessions, we're always posing! It could be just the couple we're working with or their families, but we're always positioning folks to get that professional look we want.
I hear of some photography studios spending several hours before and after weddings doing sessions. In my opinion, this is an overkill! A couple of hours of organized photography should be enough on a couples wedding day for your professional photographer.This is always discussed before the Wedding day, so, this is actually part of our directing, sort of speak! We were told by one of our brides how she was an attendant in a Wedding party a few months before her own Wedding, and they spent five hours before the ceremony doing pictures! Really??? That's absolutely ludicrous!
Directing is part of being a Wedding Photographer and that's an attribute you want to see in your professional Wedding Photographer! So, expect it!
A beautiful October Wedding!
Posted on 10/11/2011 7:10 AM by Ann Thoni
Friday, 07 October 2011
How important is it to you when looking for professional services?
I've been a consumer all my life and it's in my nature to want GREAT customer service! I see it coming back like it use to be 30 years ago. It's the biggest and most important attribute in the business world today, that I see anyway!!! We all have that desire and need to feel wanted in most everything we do, especially when we are spending our hard earned dollar!
Customer service is not about that initial sale or booking, it's about the entire time we spend with our clients! ! It's also wanting our clients to believe they got exactly what they paid for!! We spend a lot of time with our couples once they're booked for their Wedding! Sometimes we do a "Save the Date" image, we do their engagement images, then her bridal images, normally two weeks before the Wedding (wonderful time for hair and makeup trials), and then their Wedding day! We really get to know our clients personally, we get to know and understand what they want from us on their Wedding Day!
To us, it's all about wanting that client to return to us with their future families. It's knowing they've enjoyed their experiences with us and having that professional product to carry home to enjoy for a lifetime with their families!
That's the meaning of customer service to us! We're very proud to serve our clientele with the best professional products and services around!
One of our favorite couples EVER!!!
Tell us what customer service means to you!
Posted on 10/07/2011 8:25 AM by Ann Thoni
Monday, 03 October 2011
A Beautiful September Wedding...
Congrats to this beautiful couple!!!
Posted on 10/03/2011 7:40 AM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
They are a MUST when planning a Wedding!
We were very fortunate to be a part of "The Pink Bridal Show in Murfreesboro" on Sunday and it was a wonderful show! A great venue at a beautiful location. It was also the perfect size...we were busy, but not too busy to speak to every bride that stepped into our booth. The must part comes from knowing and experiencing the bridal show setting. When we are at a bridal show, I can feel the excitement and anticipation in the air and not just from the brides and their families, but from the vendors as well! Most vendors that's been in this industry for sometime, loves Weddings! And the reason being is the happiness you feel for couples entering into a new place and era in their lives. Each life and each bride's story are unique in their on special way.
Had a bride's mother tell me an awesome story about how her daughter's engagement ring came about. This is her last child of four to get married. Of course, she had a gorgeous engagement ring on her finger! We (my daughter and I) always want to see the brides engagement ring (I guess we're those typical women that loves the romance and the diamonds)!!! The mother and the daughter lost their husband and father four years ago. The mother gave the daughter her diamond from her engagement ring. The daughter's engagement ring was stunning to say the least! The story absolutely gave me chills down my spine!!!
But anyway, I seem to always get sidetracked from my point!
Point being...our bridal shows are a one stop shopping for ideas and vendors for your Wedding! This is one of the most important days of your life, so don't compromise on any little detail of your Wedding. Talk to every vendor there, get a feel of what you want from your vendors! What we tell most brides is to interview at least three photographers before they decide on their wedding photographer. We all have different styles, personalities, prices, products, etc...and your Wedding would be hard to replace if you hire the wrong photographer or any other vendor for that matter!
So, bridal shows are a MUST when planning your Wedding!
What a great show we had on Sunday! Thanks to the Brides, Grooms, and Families for coming out to shop and learn!
Until our next show which is Sunday, October 30th from 1 - 5 at The Factory in Franklin! We have tickets, so feel free to stop in and get free tickets to the show!
We're also planning an Open House the weekend following our next show!
Posted on 09/28/2011 7:40 AM by Ann Thoni
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Are they important to a Bride and Groom?
First of all, let me say this...I wish I had attended a bridal show or two twenty-seven years ago! I'm sure they were around, but we sure didn't know about them! When we (my husband and I) were planning our Wedding, we were on our own! No insight, no advice that I remember, or none of any significants anyway!!!
If you have a budget and you're planning a Wedding, bridal shows are a MUST!!! The benefits are: GREAT IDEAS, learning different styles and techniques of wedding vendors, pricing information, etc. The options are abundant and very informational....
We've been attending bridal shows for three years and we LOVE meeting potential Brides and Grooms and talking about their Weddings. Bridal shows gives potential Brides and Grooms insight on what to expect and gives your potential vendors a step closer into providing a needed service for couples planning their Wedding!
As a Wedding Photographer, I feel Bridal Shows are almost like a one stop shopping for Wedding Vendors! They're a MUST for couples planning their wedding!
We have a FABULOUS BRIDAL SHOW scheduled for Sunday, September 25th in Murfreesboro.
"The Pink Bridal Show Murfreesboro"
Come join us, we would love to meet you and talk Wedding Photography!
We have a few tickets remaining to give away!
Posted on 09/18/2011 4:30 PM by Ann Thoni
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
What are Bridal Sessions? This is a question many brides ask us!
Bridal sessions are for the bride a few weeks before her wedding day! It's a GREAT day for the bride to try her hair style, her makeup, her flowers, etc.! This is a day for her to plan to be with her Mom and her girls, putting that beautiful wedding gown on and being pampered that one extra day before her actual Wedding Day! And the best reason for a bridal session is the beautiful bridal portraits for your Storybook Wedding Album and wall portraits for your home!
All brides, after all said and done, are so delighted they had their bridal session. It's a great day a bride can remember forever and a day to share with her Mom!!!
This is the Beautiful Bride from our Saturday's Wedding!
This is one of her many beautiful bridal portraits!
Congrats to Mike and Danielle!
You were a GORGEOUS Bride and your Wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Danielle!!!
Have a wonderful honeymoon!
Please share comments on how Beautiful Danielle is!
Posted on 09/13/2011 7:00 AM by Ann Thoni
Tuesday, 06 September 2011
Why we LOVE Photographing Weddings?
This question came to mind for this reason...I never thought I would ever enjoy Wedding Photography but, "I also said, I would never go digital"...isn't that laughable?
As a wedding photographer, we're always pushed for time on a Wedding Day! There's always a moment to capture, a place to be, maybe a little drama on that special day, and we really do enjoy capturing every moment of the day, and the pressure too, I guess! I know after each wedding we do, it takes me a day or two to recoup my energy! It's worth every single minute of energy and time!!!
We took on Weddings around 4 years ago, and I'm so glad we did! This is what God intended me to do with Forever Images!
Each couple brings something different and meaningful to the table, weddings and families are so different in so many ways!
A mother with her sons before she marries her best friend!
A Daughter looks at her Father with such admiration and joy!
The Bride's Family Prays with her before her ceremony!
This is exactly why I LOVE our Weddings. The first couple of Weddings we did, I knew this is what I was meant to do!
The captures you see here are only a very few reasons why we LOVE LOVE our Weddings....
Posted on 09/06/2011 1:35 PM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
What's the best way to find a professional that fits you?
When we have new clients come to the studio, one of the first things we ask is what other professional photographers have you interviewed? Most answers are "none"...that's actually great for us, because we LOVE to set the standard! Unless clients are just set on booking with us, we suggest that they should interview at least two more "professional" photographers! Some customers looked a little puzzled when we suggest this process, not sure why other than this day and time most vendors probably wouldn't suggest this to potential customers! We're here to attract new brides and grooms, but we enjoy teaching smart techniques as well! Most of the time, those potential customers return to book with us!
This is only one way to find that perfect professional that fits you!
Another important tip is set up appointments, spend a little time with potential professionals, ask lots of questions and your gut and intuition will guide you in the right direction with your decisions!
Remember, when choosing your professional photographer or any other professional for your event, go with your intuition, your gut says it all!
Posted on 08/31/2011 7:27 AM by Ann Thoni
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
How long should a family wait in between times getting family portraits taken? This question came to mind when we had the pleasure of shooting an old friends family, this family has never had professional pictures made. Her son is now at boot camp and this is something she wanted to do before he left for boot camp. Thank you Austin for your service!!!
When I talk about this to a client, I say if you can do family portraits every five years, you're way ahead of most people! Personally, our family (extended family) does this one a year, on Thankgiving Day. Sure, I'm a photographer and it's my business but, it's also my passion! I've always loved my pictures and as long as my family comes around on Thanksgiving, there will be pictures made!
These senerios are from one extreme to the other...
So, please tell me - how long should we go in between family portraits being made?
Posted on 08/23/2011 7:56 AM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
My perspective on testimonials - they're like pulling teeth sometimes, but they're worth every effort we put into them.
Here's the lastest testimonial from a June Mother of the bride. Testimonials are so very important to us...this family is the epitome of a very special family to me! I truly believe we've developed friends for life!
As a professional wedding photographer, any bride, groom or family looking for a professional photographer or any professional, testimonials say a lot about the professional you're looking for! Read testimonials! They're written by the consumer and are very informational, maybe not so much technical info, but more info on a personal level. Those little extras mean a lot, or they do to me as a consumer, and a professional!
The testimonial - submitted August 16, 2011
"Ann and Dawn (Forever Images)
Your work is absolutely breathtaking!! I was taken back/speechless the first time I laid eyes on my daughters beautiful, large bridal portrait, and I would not take anything for it. I’m enjoying looking at it each and every day. We also love our Storybook Wedding Album of our daughters’ wedding-the detail is immaculate- you captured every moment of this glorious day for us to reminisce for days on end. We are so thankful and blessed to have come across your work at a bridal show. Upon viewing your work, I knew right away that you were the one for the job. Your dedication and professionalism and customer services goes well beyond measure- I cannot praise you enough for what you have done for us. We would highly recommend your services to anyone and everybody – you do the most incredible and amazing work that I have ever seen.
Thanks once again for everything!"
Donna and Henry Ray
Posted on 08/17/2011 11:40 AM by Ann Thoni
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Met these guys at a bridal show...awesome way for Wedding Vendors to meet potential couples.
These two are amazing...we're getting to know them more and more each time we meet. Great engagement session we had...I remember Mike saying "this is like an awesome date, we should do this often". It feels great to hear our clients make comments like this!
We're looking forward to their Wedding!
Posted on 07/21/2011 6:22 PM by Ann Thoni
Wednesday, 29 June 2011
What a beautiful relationship I see these two have with one another! I actually know James from my daughter's high school days. James has certainly turned into a handsome young man! I'm seeing so many of my daugther's classmates getting married. It's amazing to me to see these fabulous young people turn into successful young adults!
The theme to Neena and James' Wedding was lots of color and lots of fun...just look at her shoes! AWESOME! I believe everybody who attended this Wedding Day had a great time, us included!
The mother of the bride was very prepared...didn't need the umbellas for rain, but they were GREAT for images!
Absolutely LOVE this capture...right before the ceremony....
We wish James and Neena the very best life has to offer!
Posted on 06/29/2011 3:51 PM by Ann Thoni