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You know, I really love photography especially when you are able to be apart of a special occasion where you can capture and document genuine feelings and reactions. Just a few days ago, I came in contact with this young man named Scott.  Scott was telling me over the phone about his plan to fly into Nashville for vacation with his girlfriend, and while visiting, he wanted to do a surprise proposal. He was looking for someone to photograph the surprise. Now, I had never done a surprise proposal, and always wanted to be apart of something like that so without hesitation, I said “I’m all in.

I drove down to Nashville, Cumberland Park to be exact, and scoped out the area for Scott. I sent a few pictures of the area and what I was wearing so he can spot me. 3 o’clock rolls around, and it was game time. I was pretending that I was just another photographer taking landscapes on the bridge. The plan was to ask me if I could take a few pictures of him and his girl and that he would pay me for them.  I took a few standard touristy pictures and after that, the scene was set for for him to propose. Her reaction and excitement was priceless and was grateful to be apart of it. Congratulations Scott & Jade!!! If any of you out there would like to do a surprise proposal here in Nashville, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Color Outside The Lines

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Hello everyone!  I hope your weekend was just as good as mine.  So, let me share something with you that I did last week. For the first time since I have been in Tennessee, which has only been about two months, I actually got outside the studio to wonder the city of Nashville to take some landscape photos. It was my friend Jared’s idea to go out and explore and have fun. We also met up with another photographer friend Kris while we were in town. Some of you may or may not know but I love taking landscape photos, its almost theruptic for me like going fishing.  I have been so focused on building my business back up I almost forgot why I love photography in the first place.

The day we wondered out last week was pretty awesome compared to the weather we have been experiencing,  it was sunny, not to windy, and clear skies. What made it exciting for me was that while we were walking around, we all were noticing different light, shadows, and scenes the environment provided for us. There was no right or wrong, we just photographed what we thought was interesting,  it was a nice change of pace from the grind.  For me, it reminded me of how fun photography.

Listen, in photography there has to be an understanding of light,how to control it, and how to use it, but other than that the sky is the limit. You can choose to color within the lines or color outside of it, it doesn’t matter.  It doesn’t matter because photography is art too. Everyone has a different perspective to things they see around them. Don’t be afraid to be creative and share with others what you see. I hope all of you have a great week and don’t forget to make time for the things you love to do.


Marcus Serrano

My Start in Photography

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My First Camera

Some of you may or may not know how I got started in photography.  Honestly, I don’t think I chose photography, I believe it chose me.  I have always been interested with cameras and images but never really looked into taking pictures of any kind.  It all started when my wife bought me my first camera for Christmas in 2009. It was a Nikon D5000, a basic consumer camera.  I was super excited about it & immediately started to read up on how to use it.  At that time, it was just a hobby and only took simple snap shots in auto mode. I never thought about trying to make money from it or go any further with it.

Photographer Frustration

Now, fast forward to the year 2013. My wife wanted to get family pictures done with one of those traveling photo companies, you know the type, the ones where you dress up your kids with their costumes and the pictures are almost always done in sepia. Also, they entice you with a really cheap sitting fee of $20 but charge you like $1000 for a print or two. Well, maybe not quite $1000 but it seems like it. Anyway, there was a lot of people there and it was very hot in the rooms.  At that time, my wife just gave birth to our 5th child. When we started the session, the photographer kept trying to put my kids in weird unnatural positions. If you have kids or been around them, you know that they don’t sit for very long and have a short attention span.  I asked if he could just take pictures of them just being kids but he refused and continued to have them sit or pose.  The photographer started to get a little rude and I started to get frustrated and angry.  After a few shots, I have just about had it and we got the kids a took off.

Photography Epiphany

The conversation I had with my wife in the car when we left was basically me venting about the whole situation, thats when I had an epiphany.  I said “wait a minute, I have a camera and I can take pictures of the kids myself”. So, I decided to research composition, lighting, software, and editing. Believe it or not, I was all over Pinterest and YouTube learning from other photographers. While looking up all this stuff, I was testing and experimenting with my kids at home. At this point right here, is where I started to really fall in love with photography. I went from doing family lifestyle, to landscapes, weddings, and now studio work/portraits.

As you can see, I never went to school or had any previous experience, I taught myself. I don’t know everything there is to know about photography. I am always trying to learn from other photographers and those who know the industry. Right now, Michael Gomez of Westlight Studios in Franklin, TN, has taken me under his wing. He is a great mentor and I appreciate everything about him. I give thanks to God for giving me an eye and a love for photography and the opportunities to progress.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you guys have questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Take care and have a great day!!

Marcus Serrano