New Look, New Workshop dates, We reached 35K on Facebook and a SALE!!!

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Exciting day friends!!!

We are officially launching our NEW refresh on my website and blog!  I’m so excited for this new and improved version of JPP!  We loved our old site but we wanted it to be a little more “grown up” and really show off our images and our love for weddings and of course Ashley with Laynie and Belle made it amazing!  So, check it out, HERE!

The next exciting news that we have is that we have added a few more of the Nashville Slumber party workshops!  We hosted our first 2 a few weeks ago and we had a blast.  Wonderful group of girls, good food, good fellowship and I LOVED having everyone here staying in my cottage!  So come join us!

And lastly, we reach 35K on Facebook over the weekend!  That’s pretty exciting news!  So, just like always, I celebrate with offering 35% off anything in my STORE (except workshops) for 35 hours!  But, today I decided that if anyone signs up for any of the workshops (except the REAL wedding workshops, read below for that discount!) use the code 100off and it will take $100 off your registration!  Read HERE for more info on the workshops and to sign up!

BUT, that’s not all.  I have 2 REAL wedding workshops left this year!  One is in July and one is in August. If you sign up today, I am lowering the price to $1500 with $500 due today and then 2 monthly payments due in May and June!  There are just 2 spots left to each workshop, so once it’s gone, it’s gone!  And we will not have anymore REAL wedding workshops this year, so don’t miss out!  You can read all about the REAL Wedding Workshops HERE and just follow the link to sign up!

So, go check out the site, leave us some love on our blog, and come see me in Nashville or for one of the other workshops!!!  And THANK YOU for your support!  You add a little Happy to my life!

Until next time!

xo,

Julie

  • nicole gulick - April 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm

    so exciting! your site is gorgeous julie its just perfection and so you!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - April 8, 2014 - 1:27 am

    LOVE the new look of the site! Simply perfect and a reflection of you and your photography!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Corneau - April 9, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Love it! Looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - April 10, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Love the new layout! I want to come to a JP slumber party!!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne sanders - April 14, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    Julie! LOVE the new look! I’m still waiting for files #21 and #24…..you know what I’m talking girlfriend!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - April 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Julie, this is so beautiful and so YOU!!! Love the new look!ReplyCancel

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | What we wish we could tell you….

Being a wedding photographer we see a lot of the behind the scenes at weddings.  We see the stress, the tears, the moments and believe it or not, we can give some great advice when it comes to wedding planning.:) BUT, most of the time we just keep our thoughts to ourselves.:)

Well, I came across a blog today of a wedding photographer who was brave enough to share the truth.  And you know what, I 100% agree.

So, here goes.  I want you to read this blog post and know that more than likely, most wedding photographers are nodding their heads in agreement and giving a good southern AMEN.

So brides, read this and take heart.  It’s truth.

Type A Images, 25 things wedding photographers wish you knew…

Until next time,

xo,

Julie

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | Moments

Ok, so today’s Wedding Wednesday post is going to come from my heart.  I’ve had so much fun sharing ideas with you all over the past few weeks but today I’m going to talk about moments and why I am so passionate about capturing them when I shoot weddings.

I think we as photographers get so caught up on getting “the shot” that sometimes we forget about the  real reason we were hired.  Yes, our brides want those beautiful canvas worthy images of them on their wedding day and they want you to capture all the details that they worked so hard to create, but in 30 years, what images are going to tug at their heartstrings???  It will be the moments. Yes, I just said that.

You see, everyone that is attending that wedding is important to the bride and groom.  So important that we need to not only capture the wedding party and the details but we need to capture everything else that is going on as well.  Don’t just get so caught up on “shooting to be published” or “shooting for THAT shot” so that you be recognized by your peers.  The truth of the matter is that “my peers” did not pay me to shoot that wedding.  AND, if I never get a pat on the back from everyone on FB telling me what an AMAZING image that was BUT I made my bride cry because of a moment I captured,   well, in my book, I’ve done my job.

Brides, be careful when you hire a photographer that you are truly hiring someone who cares.  YES, really cares about you,  your family, and your guests.  Don’t just hire someone because they have beautiful posed images on their website.  In fact, I will tell you from being on the inside that MOST of those “perfectly posed” images that photographers post are not even from REAL weddings.  Ask to see a full wedding.  I am more than proud to show my potential brides a FULL gallery from a wedding.  I want them to see that yes, I can capture those beautiful magazine quality images, but I can also capture moments too.  You see, a true professional knows when to anticipate those moments and I will be honest with you, they are my favorites.

And of course I can’t post a blog post without pictures.  Here are just a few of my favorite “moments” from some of my latest weddings.  Don’t skimp on your wedding photography brides.  Put on your 30 year goggles (I have to thank my friends Bobbi+Mike for this reminder) and make sure that you will have images like this from your wedding day as well.  Be smart, do your homework and hire someone who cares about every.single.aspect.of.your.day.

Until next time,

xo,

Julie

  • Monica - March 19, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Absolutely Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - March 19, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    Gosh, this couldn’t be more true! Shoot from your heart!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - March 19, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    No truer words Julie! Love how much you share your heart and how open you are! Great post followed by gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • LeAnne Carpenter - March 19, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    And for this exact reason is why I hired you for my daughter’s wedding! These are the images that I want to look at and remember, “the emotion of the day”! And you do a amazing job!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Borgelt - March 20, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    Moments. Moments. Moments. The Good stuff. :D ReplyCancel

  • Katie D. - March 21, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    wow… I teared up looking at these. There is just so much greatness in each one. Love this post!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - March 21, 2014 - 1:29 pm

    These are lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - March 21, 2014 - 4:24 pm

    I always love the moments you are able to capture! They evoke so much emotion!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Yocum - March 22, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    What beautiful moments, and so very well said!!ReplyCancel

  • kim - March 24, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    what a great reminder! well said friend! beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • yvonne sanders - March 26, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    You caught my attention with the very first photo of the parents hands!ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - March 27, 2014 - 6:31 am

    love the whole sentiment of this post! you do such a beautiful job capturing moments for all your couples!!ReplyCancel

  • Tabithalynn Elder - April 3, 2014 - 6:10 am

    I just want to say that you are phenomenal. I stumbled upon your website a couple days ago on account of your Pinterest, and I immediately fell in love. I have always wanted to be an event photographer, with an emphasis on Wedding Photgrapghy. And then I discovered you! Your photos not only capture beautiful moments, they capture life. You inspire me SO MUCH! I pray that one day I am able to attend one of your workshops or that you visit Los Angeles. Thank you so much for being an amazing inspiration. I hope to be a great as you some day!

    Thank you so much Julie.

    Elder, TabithaReplyCancel

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | The First Look

So, I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for 20 years.  I know, I know, how is that possible when I’m only 29?:)

Back in the day when I got married in my VERY TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN Baptist Church, you did NOT see your groom before you walked down the aisle.  NO WAY, bad luck all around, but, I was a VERY stressed out bride and I pretty much demanded to see Matt, ALONE before the wedding because I KNEW he would calm my nerves.  And guess what, it worked.  So, I like to think that I invented “the first look” 20 years ago.:)

In the last few years, many of my couples have chosen the first look.  I never push anyone into doing one but I do highly recommend it.  There are so many pros to it!

Here’s a few of my reasons:

  1. The reactions are so sweet and sincere.  You are alone and you don’t have all the eyes of your family friends watching you.
  2. It really calms your nerves.  I promise!
  3. More time for pictures of the 2 of you.
  4. MOST of the pictures are finished BEFORE the ceremony!
  5. When I asked my brides and grooms what some of their favorites moments of the day were, most of them say “the first look”.

So, let’s take a look at some of our latest weddings and some first look moments.  I think you just might agree with me.

Until next time,

xo,

Julie

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Sigh, his face and how sweet is their connection???

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Pure joy…love it!
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WOW, you look amazing!!!  These two were so cute!
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Yep, I was crying too…
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Sigh…crying again…
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It’s so funny but they always ask me if they can kiss, Of course you can!!!
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And this one, well, I must admit, I was crying so hard that I was just shooting blind and praying we were in focus.  Gosh I love my job!
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  • Lissa - March 13, 2014 - 5:17 am

    Love these photographs and the whole post. Can’t wait for your workshop in a few weeks!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - March 13, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    Oh solo beautiful Julie!!! Love the emotion here!!!ReplyCancel

  • ali - March 13, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    so beautiful julie!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - March 13, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Beautiful moments Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Shebli - March 13, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    I so wish I would have done a first look!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - March 14, 2014 - 1:23 am

    Beautiful photos!! Julie – I love the emotion you are able to capture in your first look photos!ReplyCancel

  • kerrie - March 14, 2014 - 3:28 am

    what special moments that you captured :) love it!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - March 14, 2014 - 11:54 am

    So true! A lot of my brides are more traditional, but it definitely less stressful and time-crunchy to do a first look.ReplyCancel

  • christine d - March 14, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    I agree, Julie…the first look is amazing! I have seen brides get so drunk that they had to be put to bed very early. Good thing they had that first look! I have also seen grooms show no reaction whatsoever as the bride comes down the aisle when all the bride wanted was a big reaction. Had they been alone for a first look, I know those grooms would have shown what the bride wanted to see, but they held it in in front of all the guests. The first look is really an amazing thing. I hope all of your Nashville brides let you photograph first looks!ReplyCancel

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Julie Paisley Photography | Nashville Wedding Photographer | Wedding Wednesday | Bridesmaids Dresses

Your bridesmaids are some of the most important people on your big day and while your dress is the MOST important item, their dresses do rank pretty high as well.  I must admit that I’m always excited to see what my brides pick for their girls to wear.  I wanted to highlight some of my most recent favs and hopefully you can gain some inspiration for your big day!

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I loved these cute little dresses that my bride Rachel chose for her girls.  Her wedding theme was nautical so the navy dresses were just perfect and those shoes?  Talk about cuteness overload!
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Coral has been a very popular color lately and I personally love it.:) But, these dresses are just downright adorable and of course the cowboy boots!;)
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How cute are these GREY dresses?  Jennifer paired these dresses perfectly with her sunny yellow theme!
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And of course you can NEVER go wrong with blush…
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Ok, so these is totally one of my most favorite color combinations!  I must admit that I squealed a little when I saw these dresses!
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Oh how I love when my brides let their girls pick out their own dresses.  This is one trend that I hope stays around for awhile.:)
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Bridesmaids can wear lace too!
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Again, another same color scheme but different styles, just love this!
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Ummm….are you feeling happy yet?  Yes, that’s A LOT of bridesmaids but goodness their dresses sure are pretty!
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Yes of course you can accessorize your bridesmaids!
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And who doesn’t love a little sparkle?  I know I do!

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And sometimes simple and classic wins…
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I hope you enjoyed this little “bridesmaid fashion” post.  Your girls are important, make them feel beautiful too!

Until next time,

xo,

Julie

  • christine d - February 28, 2014 - 1:06 am

    I have never been a bridesmaid, but I would jump at the chance to wear one of these dresses! Gone are the days of the hideous dress that is only worn once! Gorgeous wedding images start with great wedding party attire!ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - February 28, 2014 - 1:16 am

    Oooh this gives me some good ideas for my wedding! Thank you! :) ReplyCancel

  • China - February 28, 2014 - 1:20 am

    Bridesmaids dresses have come a long way! They are all so awesome. I love how much style can be added to a wedding through the wedding parties attire. Great post Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin - February 28, 2014 - 1:23 am

    AMAZING! Thank you Julie!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tina Joiner - February 28, 2014 - 1:28 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! There are quite a few weddings that I haven’t seen before! Amazing work Julie!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Cowie - February 28, 2014 - 2:12 am

    BeautifulReplyCancel

  • Christina Corneau - February 28, 2014 - 2:12 am

    I love love love when the bridesmaids all have a different dress in the same muted pallet!! Those are always so gorgeous!! Although part of me wishes these girls would know the h*ll of giant puffy taffeta sleeves and tulle bows on the butt – I sure don’t want to have to photograph that!! These are gorgeous as always Julie!ReplyCancel

  • brianna - February 28, 2014 - 2:21 am

    such great bridesmaid inspiration! i love this! so helpful for other brides-to-be!ReplyCancel

  • ali - February 28, 2014 - 2:30 am

    love the new trend of different dresses for the girls!! great examples julie :) ReplyCancel

  • Karey Ronnow - February 28, 2014 - 2:41 am

    absolutely LOVELY! I am just loving the “trend” of bridesmaid dresses lately – and the fact that there is right or wrong thing to do!! Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 28, 2014 - 3:54 am

    Every time I thought I found a favorite, I’d get another favorite. Bah, I just love them all :) ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Davis - February 28, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Love them all, definitely now something you can actually wear again :) ReplyCancel

  • Becky - March 1, 2014 - 12:00 am

    LOVE LOVE the first navy dresses!! GORG! And the mint ones, I know you were drooling over!! I really like how different bridesmaids dresses are these days and how much they vary from one wedding to another. Beautiful as always Julie!ReplyCancel

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