Tennessee State of the State 2018

As is annual tradition, I attended and photographed the governor’s State of the State speech at the state capitol for WPLN.org – aka photos for the radio. Here are a few shots from the night and a link to the story:

Governor Bill Haslam addressing state lawmakers during his final State of the State address before his term ends:

First lady Crissy Haslam:


 


A controversial statue inside the State Capitol:

King of the Wild Frontier:

 

Family of Four

With child number three on the way, it was imperative that we squeeze in one last family portrait as a family of four. We wanted a sequel to our final portrait as a family of three, so we visited local tintypist Giles Clement who created what may in fact be my favorite photo ever taken of our family.

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Belle Meade Plantation Wedding / Nashville, TN

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This was my first time photographing at Belle Meade Plantation and it was not a disappointment. Obviously the venue was lovely, but as luck would have it the couple was even nicer. I was also lucky enough to be able to work with the excellent Emily Kennedy of Kennedy Occasions and the all-time greatest wedding vendor, Amanda Jerkins (she did the flowers). An outstanding day indeed.

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Booking Fall Photo Sessions

People of Nashville and beyond: with fall weather drawing nigh, now is a great time to think about family portraits (think Christmas cards, etc.). My late September through October tends to fill up fast, so why not get something on the books right now?

If you’d like to set something up, I’d love to chat about it… email me at info@stephenjerkins.com or call/text my cellular telephone: 615.585.1330.

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The Nobility in Nashville + Atlanta

Attention: The Nobility is playing tonight at Foobar in East Nashville, sharing a bill with the mind-blowingly talented Daniel Donato’s new band Local Universe. We’ll also be in Atlanta on Saturday at the Star Bar with The Pinx, listening to their outstanding rock n’ roll music songs. Anyone who makes it to both shows gets a complimentary Filet-O-Fish® Value Meal from The Nobility, as our way of saying ‘thanks’.

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Bill Monroe Estate Sale / For NPR

Bill Monroe, the man who invented bluegrass music, finally had an estate sale almost 20 years after his death. I joined WPLN/NPR reporter Blake Farmer and photographed the morning of the event. Read/listen on NPR or read/listen on WPLN, with a few photo gallery extras.

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Canceled checks signed by Bill Monroe… electric bills, the IRS, Master Card and the like.

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Carly Turner of New Orleans and her purchase – a picture that once hung in Bill Monroe’s den:

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The Nobility / Ashford Castle

The Nobility continues to vie for your attention, and here is my attempt to remind you that A. we have merchandise to sell and B. we would love for you to buy some of it. Among the newest items are a “masher” t-shirt, a limited-run poster from the legendary Hatch Show Print, of course, the new album. All of these items you can buy here.

Robin Hilton on NPR’s All Songs Considered called our newest album “joyful, exuberant music” and he “really really loved it”. (humblebrag alert)

The new album:
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Shirts and posters:

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We also have a soon-to-be-officially-released 7″ vinyl (45 RPM) record. The A-side is a song from our full-length album, but the B-side, Hope You Still Want to Be Loved, is exclusive to the vinyl and features a previously-unreleased track we recorded with our harmony heroes The Secret Sisters. If you’d like to buy it now, there are ways (i.e. send me an email).

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Family Session – Normandy, TN

If you live in Middle Tennessee and haven’t yet traveled the back roads of Bedford County, do the right thing and pack some Lunchables™ for an afternoon drive. Your Instagram feed with thank you.

Here’s a rather great Normandy, TN (Bedford County) family who’s living the dream in a charming, restored 19th-century farm house.

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The Nobility on NPR’s All Songs Considered

The Nobility is honored to be featured today on NPR’s All Songs Considered! Take a listen to some of the nice things Robin Hilton has to say about the song “Wonderful Night” along with the rest of the record. Note: I incorrectly get credit for Sean’s song and tale of romance, but the kind words are no less valid.

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Spoiler: This is one of the things that Robin Hilton said about Ashford Castle “This whole record is… just so joyful. I really really loved it”