Ritz Carlton Sandy Creek Barn

Ritz Carlton Sandy Creek Barn

This weekend’s wedding at the Ritz Carlton Sandy Creek Barn, in beautiful lake-living-fashion, the sun bestowed all its favor on us as it faded into twilight. It’s times like this that I struggle with being an artist and serving my clients well. With timelines being what they are, clients are usually eating dinner during sunset. In most cases, I simply leave the choice to join me for an image up to the client; however, I would say my approach in asking said question leads my clients in the right direction. I say, “this image will haunt me if I don’t give-it-a-shot.” 😉 Most of the time clients are ready to move the moment they hear my pitch. Thankfully Molly and James had time for drinks and to enjoy most of their dinner just as dusk was upon us. While we were shooting, I decided to show the back of my camera to the two of them and they thanked me for asking them to give these image a chance. Molly looked at the back of my camera and exclaimed, “that looks fake!” I burst into laughter at one of the best quotes of the day! I love my job.

Seconds to Set Up

Because I wanted to be sure my client enjoyed dinner with their guests, we only had a few seconds to capture this beautiful shot at sunset. Bowie and I ran, literally, ahead of Molly and James to test this shot. We were able to get a few poses before the sun completely disappeared. Can you believe Mrs. Molly’s unbelievable Francesca Miranda dress? Stunning!

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Starry Nights and Starry Eyes

The sun was not the only star that made an appearance on this beautiful wedding day; the stars were out and aligned for true lovers. I was happy to finally successfully shoot a long exposure image.  We love working with Morgan at the Ritz Carlton Sandy Creek Barn and look forward to working with such a wonderful team in the near future.

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Cheers until next time,

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Classic Wedding Album Design

Classic Wedding Album Design

Did you guys know I’m a photographer in disguise? 😊

Yes, it’s true, I started my career in 2006 as a graphic designer. It’s interesting to look back at that time. I worked at a newspaper, a print house, and a marketing company before I became a full-time wedding photography. I honestly think I became bored working as a designer; working on someone else’s idea became so exhausting. I’m glad I made the switch when I did. 📷

Our albums are classic wedding albums are designed by me and approved by you. We work together to create the story of your wedding through both of our perspectives. It’s such a neat process. Thanks to our amazing team at Vision Art, we love our final results!

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Almost all of our Team Wheaton Wedding Collections come with classic wedding albums, but we also offer a la carté options. Because the most fantastic day of your life should never be stuck on a hard drive.

Cheers until next time friends,

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Singing Praises: A Call for Reviews

groom sings to bride at Summerour Studio reviews

Singing Praises: A Call for Reviews

Greetings from Team Wheaton! (Sharon) – I’ve  been having some inner debates on exactly what I want this blog to be. Blogs are so diverse in today’s world I’ve been struggling with this new opportunity to do something a little different. I’m still struggling with how to talk to the faceless friends and potential clients that decided to glance over any over my blog post. At this point, I feel like sharing events in my world, plus all the neat things I’ve been learning as a new(ish) cultural wedding photographer.

We currently spend about half of the year in Nashville and half of the year in Atlanta traveling and servicing all my wonderful clients! Here in Nashville, I have few exciting opportunities on the horizon that I hope to share with you guys soon. Until that time, I think I’ll continue to write my stream of ramblings for the masses and of course, share some of the beautiful weddings we’ve been lucky enough to capture.

Hooked on a Feeling

You guys know that very famous song, “Hooked on a Feeling”? Bowie and I fell-in-love-all-over-again with this amazing song right after the first Guardians of the Galaxy came out a few summers ago. If you are as old (or older) than I am, you may remember this song being very popular in the late 90s.  A little show called Ally McBeal resurrected this song from all who may have forgotten it existed from its original release in the late 1960s. With the updated version from Blue Swede, and Ally’s biological clock ticking, the dancing baby was born. It was a memorial moment of 90s tv!

Lyrics: The story of a song

Lyrics have always been a huge inspiration of mine. I am very passionate about music that I love and the story of the song is just as important to me as the rhythm and the melodies!  When I find a song that speaks to me in rhythm, I immediately start to learn the words so I can know the little nuggets of wisdom the artist has left for us to find. “Hooked on a Feeling” is a simple enough song to be inspired by with lyrics like:

Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga
Ooga-chaka Ooga-Ooga

I can’t stop this feeling
Deep inside of me
Girl, you just don’t realize
What you do to me
When you hold me
In your arms so tight
You let me know
Everything’s all right
I’m hooked on a feeling
I’m high on believing
That you’re in love with me
The singer can’t believe his amazing luck that this lovely lady is in love with him. What luck to find such love in life. How lucky our bride felt to be serenaded with such a love song. I was grinning from ear to ear and may have even shed a tear at the adorable display! So here’s my question for you tonight, dear readers: Are you hooked on Sharon Theresa Wheaton? 😉

Reviews

Asking for a review is probably my most dreaded request as a business owner.  Bowie and I strive to serve our clients to the best of our ability every time we book a wedding. From start to finish I want the process to be easy and I want the execution to be flawless. These expectations are, in some ways,  to hard to accomplish. Being realistic and being perfect doesn’t work together and I struggle with wanting to be perfect all the time. I’ve been very lucky to learn something new about myself with each review I’ve received. Therefore, we push through and ask the tough questions. If you are reading this, and you feel you’d like to give us a review, we would love to hear from you! Any review is appreciated, but if you would like to leave a more in-depth review to be featured on the website, please contact the studio directly. You may also review us on Facebook.

Until next time friends,

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Rest Recoup Refocus Completely

Four Seasons Atlanta Jewish Wedding Hora

Rest Recoup Refocus

Greetings Internet,

If you have been following my page for a while, you may have seen some sporadic updates. Today, that all changes. I have lived in Nashville for over a year now. Over this year, I have had my time to rest, recoup and refocus in my life and business. While I was resting something really amazing happened; I turned into a new version of Sharon Theresa Wheaton.

Pain, Happiness, and Drive

2016 and now 2017 has been very interesting for Team Wheaton. We’ve had some pain and we’ve had some happiness. Having time to grieve this past year has been very helpful, but I still have more growth to experience. I am now focused and ready to work towards my dreams as a strong business owner. No more fear. No more worry and no more regret. My drive is back in full force and I’m ready to share it with the world. I’m thankful for the amazing clients I have had through this refocus period because they helped me understand what I’ve always know about myself and Team Wheaton; we rock, our work is amazing and we are a really efficient husband and wife, wedding photography team!

My new goal is to add decent writer to that list. Will I make mistakes? Oh yes. Will I fix those mistakes and move forward? Absolutely. I will no longer think and worry about being perfect. My plan is to act, make mistakes, fall on my face, look silly and then, get up and get better. Somewhere along the way, I forgot that making mistakes is how you get better. Somehow I forgot that making mistakes is how I made it here, but I will forget no more. I can rejoice with a happy heart, knowing I’ve become a stronger person both personally and professionally. 

Lessons from the Hora

To kick off this new day, let’s start with one of my favorite moments at a Jewish wedding, the Hora. The hora is super emotional for me. I like to dig in deep. I must be in the inner circles of the dancing. Needing to feel all the raw emotion of this honorary dance means sometimes getting smacked in the nose with an elbow. The very first Hora I ever shot, I felt like I was in a mosh pit. After being stepped on, smacked on the back and elbowed in the face, I couldn’t get enough. I went diving in for more.

I realized recently that as much as I love this song and dance, I have no idea what the lyrics to Hava Nagila mean. When I looked up the words, I knew a post about the Hora was the perfect way to reintroduce myself to the world. The words are simple but have so much meaning:

Hava nagila
Hava nagila ve-nismeḥa
Hava neranenah
Hava neranenah ve-nismeḥa
Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ

These words translated into English are:

Let’s rejoice
Let’s rejoice and be happy
Let’s sing
Let’s sing and be happy
Awake my brothers with a happy heart

and yes, dear internet, thanks to the support of so many people, I have awoken with a happy heart! I will rejoice, sing and be happy!

Until next time, Cheers, Salude, L’chaim!

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