Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Photo Factor

My buddy and mentor Michael Gomez is starting a new website for photographers. The website is The website is going to be an amazing resouce for Nashville's photographic community. Check out the site The Photo Factor is going to be awesome. I will keep you updated as time goes by.

The first The Photo Factor workshop is October 17th and 18th. It will be an amazing workshop that is led by Michael Gomez. Michael is a master of light, and one of the best photographers that I know.

--Post From My iPhone

Friday, September 25, 2009

Chris and Telisha

Awhile back Wes Aldridge ( asked me to help him shoot a wedding. Generally I do not shoot weddings, but Wes told me that these are not your typical bride and groom that they were rock n' roll. So I decided to help out. Christ and Telisha had their wedding at the Cannery Ballroom, a rock club in Nashville, Tn. The resulting pictures above are pretty rockin.

Since shooting this wedding I have booked two more for this fall. I have decided that shooting a wedding can actually be cool.

Friday, September 18, 2009


A few weeks back I was assisting Michael Gomez ( at Studio Daylight ( Michael was doing a shoot for a modeling agency and gave me the opportunity to shoot one of the models. I did a super simple set up with a grey backdrop and natural light. Simplicity is key to this photo.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Introducing the new Mrs. Bumgardner!

After dating for three years Kati and I finally tied the knot on September 5th. It was truly one of the best days of my life.We had a small ceremony with our families and a few friends in Paxton, Il (near Kati's home town). The ceremony and reception were beautiful. The reception was very elegant. We had an amazing caterer LA Gourmet, who provided some of the best food that I have ever eaten at a wedding. Kati's mother surprised me with a red velvet armadillo cake with grey icing (right out of Steel Magnolias).

I got asked by many of the guest what it is like to pick a photographer when you are a photographer. The answer is simple you look for the same things in a photographer as anyone else. For a wedding you want a photographer that you get along well with and who has a photographic style that you love. You have to trust the photographer to take amazing pictures.

It is still kind of strange having your picture taken as a photographer. All sorts of things are running though your head. What aperture, shutter speed, ISO, flash power are they using? Is that softbox placed to high? Does that pose look natural? You just have to let go and let the photographer taking the pictures take the wheel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Carnton Plantation

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take a trip down to Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN with a few friends. The trip was supposed to be a quick location scouting jaunt for a bridal session that I wanted to do. The trip turned into a mini photoshoot. The Carnton Plantation is an amazing location photographically and also historically. The history of the Carnton Plantation is very rich. The Plantation was one of the locations where The Battle of Franklin took place during the civil war. The Plantation was used as a field hospital.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


My friend Jeremy Cowart had an amazing idea to help the community with photos. Below is the video that he made and posted on Scott Kelby's blog. I hope that a lot of people participate.