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Cassidy Carson

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Hi, all! I’m @cassidycarsonphoto and I’m excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover! 🍾 I’m a destination fine-art film wedding photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. 

🎞 *The first time I shot a film camera* was in 2006 while attending college at @LouisianaTech. I minored in photography and learned to shoot film on a 35mm Nikon I bought on eBay. 

👯 *My biggest influence* is my friend + fellow photog, @kristinsweeting, from Nashville. She is so good at shooting film in low light and has rebuilt her business after having a baby and taking time off. She was really worried she wasn’t going to be as successful as she was, but she has come back with a vengeance. 

📷 *My favorite tool in my camera bag* is my collapsible lens hood. It’s super cheap and everyone can have one. It saves me from having to use my hand to block the sun to avoid lens flare. 

🌍 *Dream photoshoot* I’ve always wanted to go to Europe and shoot with my Contax645, and this year, my dream came true! My husband @stephenalynch and I spent 3 weeks in Italy + Greece. It was so amazing I didn’t want to leave! 

🎵 *My pump-up song* is the “Hamilton” soundtrack and anything by Drake.

Photo by @stephenalynch on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Santorini, Greece.

I got into photography because of a friend in college. He needed models for a photography project he was doing on movement. I needed an elective, and the way he talked about his photography course intrigued me, so I signed up. I later minored in photography. Fast forward to graduation, I interned for my old Bible study teacher who was a wedding photographer. I laugh now because I said I’d never shoot weddings, but God obviously had other plans. I worked alongside her for 8 months, learning the ins and outs of the business, before I branched out and shot my first wedding on my own. ⚡

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Savannah, Georgia.

Behind the lens, I feel confident and in control. I second-guess myself a lot in life, but when I’m holding my camera, I know what to do, and I do it quickly and efficiently. 👌 How do you feel behind the lens? I’d love to hear below.

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

My favorite thing is proving my couples wrong. Let me explain. So often I hear, “We’re so awkward in front of the camera!” I find that’s almost never the case once we get into the swing of shooting. Delivering photos where joy, confidence and intimacy radiate from my subjects is such a thrill. 🤵💕👰

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #thecordelle in Nashville, Tennessee.

One of the most important things about detail shots are the human elements. Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity of a ring on an invitation suite. However, what really resonates with clients is their ability to insert themselves into your photographs. I always include images of clients holding or wearing the details from a wedding. If a ring is passed on, it’s so special for the gift-giver to see photos of their loved one wearing that ring on their wedding day. 💍

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 at #cheekwood in Nashville, Tennessee.

A B+W photo is timeless. Romantic. And the lack of color allows you to easily pull focus toward what you want your viewer to see. Often for receptions, I choose to do B+W because there is so much happening, color can become distracting. B+W can help make for a more focused and seamless image. 🖤

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645.

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Movement on film is exciting. 🎉 It’s an experiment for the photographer and enchanting for the viewer. As photographers, it’s a risk. You’ll either get your images back and be in love, or they’ll look awful—which is also exciting! 🙂 Most fine-art photographers often think of an image as a still life, a frozen moment, and I’m excited that so many photographers are now implementing movement into their work. For viewers, you don’t always know what’s happening in a photograph. Movement helps give direction, revealing the story within the frame. 

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“What is my purpose? What do I want to be remembered for?” Honestly, I think about these questions all the time, and I have yet to come up with an answer for them. I’ll say this though, the best thing about my job is being surrounded by like-minded individuals. Sometimes, this industry can feel lonely and like you’re going at things alone. No one is an island, and there’s no way we can succeed without leaning on and confiding in each other. I challenge you to seek out people you can encourage and vice versa. A rising tide truly raises all boats.

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645.

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Too often I find myself forgetting the in-between photographs. The reactions to moments, the bridesmaids peeking in on the first look, the mom crying watching the father-daughter dance. They’re so important and incredibly special. If we’re missing them, then our clients most definitely are. I want to challenge photographers to avoid tunnel vision on the wedding day—slow down for just a moment and look around. What’s behind you could be your (and your client’s) favorite photo from the entire day. ✨

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Chase the light! The sun inspires me—I love bright, golden images. I don’t like working under cloudy skies, to be honest. I’m always seeking better light to please myself and my clients. I love how the light meshes and wraps around this (brave) groom on a ledge. 🌞

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #knappscastle near Santa Barbara, California.

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Don’t let your JPGs grow up to be JPGs! Print your work. My favorite thing about going home is looking at my Nan’s huge photo wall of our family. This is the rich, meaningful experience I want for my clients—to have prints of their images, tangible objects they can connect with and hold, rather than digital images they flip through on a device or store on a digital format that will soon become obsolete. 💜

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #knappscastle near Santa Barbara, California.

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Believe it or not, family portraits have become one of my favorite parts of wedding days. I know, crazy, right? Sure, they can be hectic and you often feel like you’re herding cats, but the payoff is often big. I usually tell jokes and do just about anything to get the reactions I’m looking for, which is always genuine laughter. 😄

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Beaufort, North Carolina.

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 I hope to leave a legacy of joy. The biggest reward for me is hearing a client say how much they love their images and how much they mean to them. It’s a gratifying feeling to know that I was able to deliver such a meaningful, tangible experience for them. Cheers to that! 🥂

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.