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Ranked One of the Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the U.S.

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13 Aug 2015

Ten years ago when I started doing photography seriously, I just wanted to figure out how to take a nice landscape photo, take photos at night that weren’t blurry, and maybe make a little money on the side to pay for better lenses. Fast forward 10 years and I have the incredible honor of being ranked as one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the US by Mywed.com. Haven’t heard of Mywed.com? Go check it out. It’s one of the most fascinating directories of the best wedding photographers in the world. With over 12,000 members worldwide it’s also one of the very biggest. And it’s not one of those elitist $200/yr-listing-sites, where you have to pay to get ahead. It’s completely free and completely open to anyone who is a professional wedding photographer. I know for me it’s a huge source of inspiration, and one of the few sites where I truly agree with 90% of the image awards given out.

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While we were always ranked well on there in the past, the contest that bumped up our ranking into the top 10 was Nikon’s “I AM Wedding Storyteller Contest.” Check it out – They just posted the results here: https://mywed.com/nikon/. While we weren’t lucky enough to take the #1 spot (and win a sweet camera), we were one of the 35 finalists (out of 1,620 incredible entries) and will get a free printed wedding album of the set we entered. The results of this contest (along with some editors choice awards over the past year) were enough to bump up our ranking on mywed.com to #7 out of all US photographers. You can view the current ranking here: https://mywed.com/United-States-wedding-photographers/. Definitely something very exciting!!

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But aren’t photography contests very subjective? Absolutely! One judge can love your work, and another think it’s mediocre. I’ve definitely been hurt at times, and totally flattered by the results in the past. That’s where mywed.com comes in. They rank photographers based on three things: editors choice awards, likes and comments from peers, and professionally sponsored contests. It sure isn’t perfect but it definitely takes a lot of the subjectivity out of the equation. You can’t just have a lot of your friends like your work and get ahead. You can’t just find one contest with judges that love your work. You can’t even just get some editor’s choice awards. You have to have an impressive combination of all three to really go up in the rankings. Is it the final say on who is good and who isn’t? Absolutely not. Is it an incredible honor to be listed up there with some of the best in the country? Definitely!

I’m incredibly humbled by all the support the wedding photography community, my clients, and my family has given me over the past 10 years, and I cannot wait to see where things go from here! Cheers!

Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot | Fleming & Chris

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12 Aug 2015

I remember meeting up with Fleming and Chris while they were visiting Greenville for the week to plan their wedding. They were down from DC and I just casually mentioned how awesome it would be to do their engagement photos up there later this year. We had a wedding booked in early August and would be up there for a few days for that. Hopefully I could have a few free hours to break away and get to shoot in some of the incredible backdrops Washington DC provides. It was a long shot.

And it worked out beautifully. We started at the National Arboretum to shoot in their azalea garden and the famous national columns before heading over to the main attraction, the Jefferson Memorial. The Jefferson Memorial was one of the only monuments I hadn’t gotten to see up close before, and wow was it incredible. Solid marble with beautiful detailing and of course those epic columns. I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to photograph at this epic location. Chris actually proposed to Fleming right on those very stairs, so it was especially fitting for them. They also looked the part with Fleming in a gorgeous formal dress and Chris in a tasteful suit jacket and pants. Definitely an amazing shoot I won’t ever forget!

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Thanks again guys! Can’t wait for the wedding next year!!

Conestee Nature Park Engagement Session

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11 Aug 2015

When I first met with Stephanie and Hunter and asked them about how they got engaged they mentioned that it happened at the Conestee Nature Park, one of my favorite local spots to go for a quick run or walk. With miles of boardwalks, trails, a lake and a marshland there is definitely lots of nature to take in. It turned out to be an awesome choice! With all the trees and water, it definitely kept things much cooler as well as provided a gorgeous backdrop to capture their engagement session. Check it out!

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Thanks again guys!! Can’t wait for the wedding!

Vietnamese Chinese Wedding at the Greenville Hellenic Center

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05 Aug 2015

I’m still completely stuffed from Minh and My Hanh’s wedding this past weekend. Yes I know that was a few days ago, but after 10 courses of gourmet Chinese & Vietnamese cuisine at their reception, its easy to understand why. Seriously some of the best food I’ve ever had at a wedding (which says a lot!).

So how was the rest of their wedding you ask? Well, it was a blast. With plenty of fun loving bridesmaids and groomsmen, some great music and dancing, and plenty of beautiful cultural touches during their reception at the Greenville Hellenic Center, it was definitely a memorable day. My Hanh sported three different dresses throughout the evening (including a gorgeous bright red one for most of the reception!) and Minh looked great in his custom fitted suit. The night ended with a beautiful sparkler exit as Minh and My Hanh ran off into the night. Check it out:

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Thanks again for having us guys! We had a blast!!

Ceremony: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church
Reception: St. George Hellenic Center
DJ: Robert w/ Pros Only
Catering: Royal China
Cake: Tasteful Elegance
Photography: J. Jones Photography
Planning & Coordination: Everlasting Impressions

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