Vendor Spotlight- Jonathan Hargrove Photography

This week’s Vendor Spotlight is Jonathan Hargrove Photography! Check out his photographs here and enjoy! Jonathan has years of experience working with a wide variety of subjects ranging from weddings to individual portraits. His stunning images truly capture moments that you will want to remember forever! Jonathan makes a point for sessions with his clients to be fun and a great atmosphere. If you want to find a wedding photography that will come in with a genuine love of photography and enhance the entire photography experience of your wedding, make sure to check out Jonathan Hargrove Photography! Below are a few questions about Jonathan along with some questions about his photography!

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How did you get into photography?

I took a yearbook class in middle school and fell in love with photography at that point in time. I had a natural eye for taking pictures and pursued it by taking the photography classes offered throughout high school and then going to college to study photojournalism. I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.

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What do you love about photography?

The opportunity to meet and work with new people on every single shoot. The constant change of who I am working with and for is one of the attractive aspects. Photography requires interactions and the constant change is great motivation to always do my best and it keeps my work fresh by always seeing new faces.

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What would you say is your photography style?

My photography style is vibrant and focuses on the color and the subject. My photography pops with a huge color range and well lit subjects to make them the real standouts of every single images.

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Do you shoot digital or film?

Digital. I use two Nikon D7000s with a 24 – 70mm f/2.8 and a 50 mm f/1.4 mm

Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.

I offer one of the most lucrative packages for brides of all ranges. I also am more concerned with the photography and capturing the best images possible to provide the best memories. I love what I do and I love to share my abilities with others and to make their experience working with me unique.

 Some personal questions:

Mac or PC?

Mac

Tea or Coffee?

Coffee

Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures?

Facebook

Favorite Movie Right Now?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Vendor Spotlight- Brittany Hicken Burns: Harpist

This Vendor Spotlight focuses on Brittany Hicken Burns, a Nashville harpist! Brittany has performed in New York City and has made Nashville her home after learning from talented, accredited harpists in New York. Brittany has the talent to make any event perfect! She has years of experience and can be the perfect addition to your wedding. Her beautiful music is a very classic and elegant touch to any event! Brittany can offer a great way to entertain guests and have playing during your wedding! Below are questions about the music as well as a few questions about herself! Enjoy!

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What made you go into the business of harp playing? 

I wanted to play the harp from the time I was a little girl, so once I started lessons, pursuing it professionally was a natural choice. I still can’t think of a career that could be more fun and fulfilling than music!

Do you only play weddings? What are some of the other options you offer? 

In addition to weddings I enjoy playing for parties, church services and restaurants. I love performing with other people, so orchestral playing is my favorite, though I also enjoy performing solo recitals.

What are the normal types of weddings or events that you play? 

I have played every type of wedding from elegant hotels and cathedrals to country weddings in fields. It’s not always easy to get the harp to these locations, but it’s always worth it. After the many weddings I have witnessed, I still get choked up when the bride and groom take their vows. I always feel honored to be a part of their special day.

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Some personal questions: 

Mac or PC? 

My computer is a PC, but I love my iPhone, so I guess I’m a little mixed between mac and pc.

Team or Coffee? 

I actually don’t drink coffee or tea, but I like juice, and my favorite juice is ruby red grapefruit.

Favorite Things To Do in Nashville

I still feel too new to Nashville to have a favorite thing, but I love to eat, and so far I have really been enjoying the food in Nashville.

Favorite Song Right Now

Favorite song is always a tricky questions for me, so instead I prefer to narrow it down to a few composers: Bach, Brahms and Ravel.

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Vendor Spotlight- Abigail Bobo Photography

This week the Vendor Spotlight is highlighting the work of Abigail Bobo Photography! Located in Nashville, she has an obvious passion for her clients that is shown through her images. Abigail’s work can be found here, along with her blog and editorial. Make sure to check out all of her work because her images are truly stunning! The story behind Abigail and her passion are inspirational and her love of photography and people is evident. Below are a few questions about photography as well as a few about Abigail herself!

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How did you get into photography?

I was originally a Marketing/Graphic Design major at a local private University with a nice scholarship, but I wasn’t happy with the school. You know that feeling when something just doesn’t seem quite right for you? That’s how I felt- it was a nice school, but it wasn’t for me.

So, I packed up and left. To give myself some time to think,

I took three classes at a local college next semester: Typography, 2-D Design

and Basic Photography.

The rest is history.

I detoured for two and a half years to finish my AA in photography at Nashville State. I’ve transferred to Thomas Edison State College to complete my BA in Photography online through advanced independent studies; I plan to have all my final papers and paperwork finished up by the end of this summer. I would love to get my MFA in photography and dig even deeper into the art side of photography one day.

I became a people photographer because I found out that I really, really love talking to people. I love to laugh with them and draw out their stories. And I love to see their faces light up when they see beautiful photographs of themselves. Becoming a portrait photographer was like coming home.

In the end, I didn’t find photography: photography found me.

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What do you love about photography?

I fell in love with the medium’s ability to freeze time, convey emotion and trigger memories. Actually, the question reminds me of my thesis paper for my BA. It was about the qualities of strong images that have the power to affect humans deeply. The findings were (in a nutshell) that still images look very much like human memories, which experts believe are stored in snap-shot like frames. While clearly not every still image has this power, a good photographer can encapsulate light and memory in a way that affects the human psyche deeply. It’s this possibility of creating images that have that special something that fascinates me.

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What would you say is your photography style?

I’m a photojournalist at heart and I have a fine arts background. I bring great lighting, strong technique and refined artistry to a documentary/fine

art style of photography. I love genuine moments and capture them with beauty and feeling.

I also shoot magazine and editorial work, so I often think of what would make a strong collection of magazine-worthy images. I like making a series of images that go together to drive a narrative.

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Do you shoot digital or film?

I’m what’s called a hybrid shooter. I think that film has a beautiful look and there’s intention in shooting each image, but it has its limitations, such as dark environments. Digital feels more colorful, spontaneous and experimental to me, but it doesn’t have the unexpected beauty of film. Therefore, I provide clients with the best of both worlds! On a wedding day, you’ll see me running around wearing a harness with a 35mm camera and my digital camera. I’ll haul the medium format camera out for portraits and sometimes also use a specialty camera like a Holga.

While clearly I love both mediums, I think that the content, emotion and beauty of an image should trump what it was shot on. In the end, it’s still light and love.

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Tell us why brides should choose you to capture their wedding day.

I believe in relationships.

I don’t believe in stressing people out about photos.

I believe in fast, rocking customer care.

I don’t believe in forcing smiles.

I believe in timeless, clean, photojournalistic, artistic photos.

I don’t believe in trends/weird editing colors/odd poses.

I believe in the importance of story.

I believe in the beauty of the human spirit.

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 Some personal questions: 

Mac or PC?

Oh MAC MAC MAC;)

It’s simply very user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention, it’s the operating system that Photoshop and Lightroom were designed to run on, so it makes working with those programs smooth and fast.

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Tea or Coffee?

I used to be a huge coffee junkie, but when I stayed in the UK for three weeks in the summer of 2013, I fell in love with tea. I found out that if you purchase a strong black breakfast tea from Twining’s (I drink Irish Breakfast) and use milk and a bit of sugar, it provides a smoother taste and gentle energy lift with no crash.

You may catch me getting dark chocolate mochas at coffee shops, but for the most part I don’t drink coffee anymore. Tea for me!

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Favorite Social Media Outlet for Sharing Pictures

While Facebook is still my primary means of using photographs as marketing tools because of the tagging capability, I’m starting to use Instagram a lot more. The clean, square format and ability to have photos laid out in a profile grid is positively enchanting and the sharing options are endless! You can catch me over there quite a bit at @abigailbobophotography;)

You can also find quite a few of my photos over on my new blog, South Facing Light!

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Favorite Movie Right Now

Sorry, can’t pick one! I love stories too much:)Right now I’m on a Wes Anderson kick; his cinematography is stunning. I also enjoyed The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, The Monument Men, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Finding Vivian Maier.

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Vendor Spotlight- Spin Wheels Cotton Candy Cart

Spin Wheels Cotton Candy Cart is the Vendor Spotlight this week! This business provides any occasion with hand-spun, gourmet cotton candy! Spin Wheels Cotton Candy offers a variety of 14 flavors of cotton candy to suit your taste! Check out their website to see all of the wonderful options they offer! Below are some questions about the business as well as some questions for Heather, the woman behind the treats!

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What made you go into the business of cotton candy?

I left a successful career in Communications several years ago to pursue a dream of opening a bake shop. I ran that small business for nearly three years, on the square in Gallatin, Tenn. The location was a struggle, and I was trying to think of creative ways to get out and about where the people were. My baked goods just couldn’t stand up to the heat of Tennessee summers, so I started thinking about a cotton candy cart that I could add to my offerings. Then, driving home from the shop one night the radio disc jockey was running a “call now” contest to win tickets to see Katy Perry in concert. I called, I won and we went to the incredibly fun show. At the concert, it smelled like Perry had pumped in the aroma of cotton candy- the whole arena smelled sugar sweet! And they were selling this amazing cotton candy on an LED glow stick. That’s when a light bulb of my own went off and I knew I wanted to do cotton candy in a whole new way, with amazing flavors and glow sticks like Katy Perry. That’s how Spin Wheels Cotton Candy Cart was born. In the beginning, I ran both businesses, with the help of so many friends, my husband and his parents. I was trying to juggle being in two places at once, baking and making orders while traveling around for cotton candy sales. The cotton candy business really took off, to the point where it began to foot the bill for my bake shop. That is when I knew it was time to close the bricks and mortar sweet shop I invested so much in to be able to grow the sweet cotton candy business I created.

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What are all the different ways brides can use your product?

We do quite a few wedding parties and bridal showers. Brides can book our cart, which comes with a professional server (yours truly), all 21 plus gourmet flavors and their choice of cones or glow sticks or both. Brides can also order personalized tubs of cotton candy as favors for showers or receptions, as a welcome to town gift for guests, or as a unique decor item. Tubs can customized with a monogram sticker, a photograph, ribbons or other personal touches.

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What flavors or options do you offer?

We are the only mobile, gourmet cotton candy cart in middle Tennessee offering more than 21 flavor combinations. We have everything from banana, strawberry, pina colada, watermelon or grape to bacon, maple, chocolate, chocolate covered strawberry and so many more flavors!

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Do you ship to different states?

We do, but our cotton candy is made fresh and really meant to be eaten fresh. So it really depends on where we are shipping to and when they want to consume the cotton candy, so that we can make sure our customers experience the very best of what we have to offer. If you have never had our cotton candy, freshly made, you really haven’t experience all that cotton candy can be. It is not like that cotton candy you will find in tubs at the supermarket.

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Some personal questions:

 Mac or PC?

A little of both. I’m old. Er… or… old school. So, I still have my PC, but I have a ton of Mac products, too.

Tea or Coffee?

I have never had a cup of coffee in my life. I love the smell of it, but that’s all. I do enjoy tea, but I must have lemon with my tea. And if you have some fresh mint, even better. This is why I don’t care for tea at that popular coffee chain with the green sign. They have no accoutrements for the tea drinkers.

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Favorite Nashville sweet?

I am in love with Legato Gelato! It is so crazy good, and their shop is adorable! I love their little tricycle cart, too. I always wanted to have one for another small business idea I’ve been dreaming up for a long time in the theme of the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz, on her bike, with that familiar music we all know when she is riding by and Dorothy sees her. Well, I’m keeping that idea under wraps… for now.

Favorite movie right now?

I haven’t been to the movies in ages. It’s not my favorite thing to do. I’d rather be outside somewhere doing something fun. I’m a total sap, though. I will always love The Notebook. I like all the things about that movie that most women do, but one thing has always struck me about that movie. You get to see a couple near the end of life. You get to see the very raw side of love and marriage in its final stages. The young love scenario, we’ve all seen that before and this movie does that incredibly well, too. But I can’t think of a movie where you also get to see the characters as seniors, in assisted living, with dementia and heart disease, struggling to stay together and die together with dignity and peace. It was touching. I wept when I saw it in the theatre. And I’m still clinging to Sex and the City. I’ll be a fan to the grave. The series, the movies, all of it. I miss those characters.

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Vendor Spotlight- k2forma

This Vendor Spotlight highlights Kelly Koeppel of k2forma! Since 2007, she has offered a wide range of customized services to build your brand in a very personalized way. Delicate & Lovely is a letterpress and invitation company she started to extend her services for clients. Her products are made to suit your vision and are personal to each client she works with! Below are examples of her beautiful work as well as some questions concerning her business and a little about herself!

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What made you go into the business of k2forma?

I have always been an artist & designer. I went to Columbia College in Chicago and earned a degree in Fine Arts. I started k2forma in 2007 because I enjoy designing and working with clients as much as I enjoy building and running a business. Just this year, I started shifting our letterpress and invitation work to a separate company that I started called Delicate & Lovely. I did this to make it easier for our invitation clients to find us.

What makes this aspect of a wedding so special and unique for bride? And way are the options for the ways a bride can use your product?

We have two letterpress printers and a screen press, so we can make invitations, posters, drink coasters…really all kinds of things. We love dreaming up creative ways to surprise and delight. The more creative and offbeat, the better…we’re fairly non-traditional, so the more risk-taking the bride, the better.

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Some personal questions:

Mac or PC: Mac

Tea or Coffee: Tea

Favorite Things To Do in Nashville: I love going to all the amazing restaurants here in town. I think you could eat at a new and amazing place every day – there are so many great places to choose from. And then I have to hike all that food off. I love walking at Percy Warner Park and around some of the other parks in town.

Favorite Song Right Now: I listen to A LOT of music, all day and all night. I definitely consume a lot of music, so my favorite song or album tends to change frequently. I’ve been listening to Moon Taxi, Phantogram, and Queen lately. I’ve also been in a weird music mood where I’ve been listening to a lot of contemporary pop and 70’s rock all in the same play list. I can’t explain it. I also really love old 20’s & 30’s-era blues and folk music. I have just started listening to Jack White’s new album, there’s a lot of everything in there – which I enjoy.

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Other stuff about me

I was just in NYC for the National Stationery Show. It was cool to see all of these great designers and letterpress printers from all over the country. There are truly a lot of cool creative people making good work these days. It’s fun to see it all together in one massive show.

We recently worked with Metro Nashville Arts and Art At The Airport to create a mural that is scheduled to be up for the next year. The murals are in the Meeter-Greeter lounges, outside of the security areas at the airport. The mural is fun; it’s designed to photobomb people in the lounge. If you stand (or sit) in the right spot, then the people in the mural are giving you bunny ears, or you can go up and high-five other people in the mural. And it has a social media component where you can post your images of people interacting with the mural as well as images of people participating in art in the community. Our hope is that it’s a fun way for people to share their favorite spots in Nashville, and visitors who are coming to town can hit the Facebook page and see all these great recommendations from locals. Check it out the next time you’re at the airport!

The next big project on the horizon is organizing the 2014 Print Crawl coming this October. We did it last year and it was a success, so we’re hoping people will come out again this year. We have about nine letterpress and screenprinting shops around town that all come together for this event. It’s one part scavenger hunt and one part progressive party. Basically, people start at one shop and you make your way to all of the shops, printing a new section of a poster at each stop. If you hit all nine stops, then you walk away with a cool poster designed by all of these local artists and printed (in part) by you! It’s really fun and a great way to meet local artists and see their shops. This year it will be the second Saturday in October, so be on the lookout for that!

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