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Welcome!

We are Grant & Sara Dotson. As a husband and wife team, we bring a unique perspective to photography, one influenced by life experiences as well as comprehensive art and design training. Our cameras are an extension of not only our eyes, but our minds and hearts, instantly capturing moments and emotions just as they occur. We enjoy getting to know our clients on a personal level and helping them feel that they're a part of a partnership. Every client is different, and our photographs seek to reflect each individual personality for truly unforgettable memories.

 

Photo of Grant: Courtesy of Jamie Weiss. Thanks Jamie!

 


Hello (Again)

As I write this, it’s been 8 months since our last blog post. Whoops! It’s not that we haven’t been busy…in fact, since then we’ve delivered 18,928 photos for 71 client projects ranging from California, Florida, and New Jersey to right here at home.

So where have we been? Well, I’ve always thought of updating the blog as something to do after we’ve finished all of our obligations to our clients. Looking back, that may not have been the best plan—after all, at the end of each project there’s another waiting to be started. But now that the lull of a new year has set in, it looks like a great time to share some of the fun we’ve been having.

So in the coming days and weeks, I’ll be posting highlights of those shoots that haven’t made it to the blog yet. I’m probably too far behind to get them all up, but Sara and I are excited to get up here as much as we can. (And going forward, I’ll be making a point to share what we’re doing in something close to real time!)

In the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the shoots we’ll be posting soon.

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Brittney & Devin: Engaged

Brittney and Devin’s engagement shoot took place at private barn owned by a family friend. On the outside, it has a beautiful rustic look, but the real surprise is when you step inside—rows and rows of carefully restored antique cars. We photographed them both inside and outside, and they were complete naturals in front of the camera! Sara and I can’t wait for the wedding, which is just around the corner.

Hear more about the relationship in Brittney’s own words. Be sure to scroll down—the whole story is interleaved between the photos:

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Devin and I met through some friends in August of last year. They set us up on a blind date (which we had to be persuaded to go on). I knew within 10 minutes on that date that Devin was the one for me. It took him a little longer, which was fine with me.

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On 11-11-11, Devin proposed. We had been looking at rings for awhile and I found the one I wanted so I guided him towards it (basically, I showed it to him and said that it was the one I wanted lol). It had 9 diamonds in the center to make a square and then smaller ones surrounding those. Then it had 6 small diamonds on either side set into the band. Its sparkly :) We had gone into the store a few days after I had shown it to him to look at it again and it was gone! I was so upset because I knew he had not gotten it yet. Little did I know that Devin called them later that day to order me one. Then over the next week he kept avoiding the store and other jewelry stores so I was even more disappointed because even though we had talked about marriage I thought he had changed his mind.

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On the day he proposed, I had the thought that morning “Maybe he will propose tonight.” So we went out to Red Robin to eat that night and then shopped a little in the mall. We actually ran into my parents and chatted for a while then left the mall to see a movie. After we saw my parents I met disappointment again because I decided that Devin wasn’t going to pop the question that night. My dad even told my mom that it must not be the night.

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As we were leaving the mall, Devin decided that he wanted to go home to change his shirt. I thought that was a little odd but didn’t say anything or think of it again. When we got to his house, I walked into the kitchen and he went to find a shirt. Next thing I know, he has walked up behind me and wrapped his arms around me saying that he loves me. Then he spins me around, pulls out a ring box, opens it and asks me to marry him. I was so surprised! I said “Yes” and then looked at the ring. It was the one I had asked for!! It was so special that he proposed in the house that we will be spending our lives together in and that it was such a surprise.

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The movie was forgotten and we spent the rest of the night telling our families. We went back to my house, where we toasted with eggnog with my parents lol. Since then we have has so much fun getting ready for the wedding.

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Devin is the greatest. I’ve been in nursing school our whole dating and engagement time (I graduated 3 weeks ago!), and he has been so encouraging. I think I told him every single day that I hated school lol. Weekends before a test, I spent every day, all day studying and he never complained about not seeing me. I’m just so thankful that the Lord placed him in my life. We really believe that God directed our steps and placed us together in His perfect timing and we are excited to see what he has in store for us in the future.

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Our wedding is in the church that I grew up in. The sanctuary is actually in a gym so my mom has had a time trying to dress it up but it is going to be gorgeous. My mother and aunt are doing all the decorating and catering and we’ve kept everything a secret. The colors of the wedding were just leaked out but no one has seen my dress :) I’m so excited!! lol

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Courtney & Grayson’s Engagement

Courtney’s wedding is coming up this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited! She’s from the Dalton area and we love working down there and often see people that we’ve worked with before. Courtney was a previous bride’s maid of honor and is one of the sweetest girls…I remember her so well. Her relationship with Grayson has a fabulous story and they have such a connection.

Grant had an amazing time during the shoot and loved all of the images from it.

Congratulations to Courtney and Grayson…we hope you love your images!

How did you meet?
My sorority has an annual philanthropy event called “Anchor Splash”. Most of the fraternities and sororities put together teams to compete in various swimming events. The main event is a synchronized swimming competition. I was assigned to be the coach for the fraternity that Grayson was pledging. It was during this time that we met and started to get to know each other. Grayson likes to say that his swimming abilities impressed me! :)

Anything special you’d like to share about dating?
Grayson and I have been together for over 6 years now, with at least 2.5 years spent long distance. Grayson was in the Marines and was deployed for 7 months and had about 5 months of training before he was sent to Iraq. It was a difficult time, but his Homecoming was one of the most exciting days of our relationship and I will never forget that emotion!

Describe your proposal.
My best friend from high school and her husband moved to China and were coming home for a couple of weeks during September. Her parents were throwing a small BBQ for family and friends on Saturday, September 24th. I knew that it would be a 6-7 hour drive for Grayson to make it to Dalton for the weekend, I also knew that he had been sick the week before and he had to drive to Kansas the following Monday for work. So when I mentioned the BBQ to him, I didn’t expect him to make it. The morning of the party, my friend called me and told me that she wouldn’t be in town until about 30 minutes before the party started, so to kill time I went to the nail salon and got a manicure. While I was there, my friend called and told me that she had arrived earlier than expected and she wanted me to come over so she could see me before the crowd got there. I went straight to her house when I got done and walked up to the front door, and noticed the handle move. I didn’t knock, and after a few seconds, the door finally opened and there stood Grayson with a small little box in his hand. I stepped backwards completely in shock and said “uhhh…what are you doing here?” It was at that point Grayson dropped to his knee and asked me to marry him and all I could do was jump on him and hug him! After a few seconds I realized I never answered him and finally shouted “yes!”

What is your ring like?
My ring is beautiful and is very special for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because Grayson picked it out completely by himself. He didn’t want any hints from me or anyone else! The second reason is because the three stones are from his mom’s engagement ring. Grayson’s parents decided years ago that they wanted to let Grayson use the stones when he decided to propose. Grayson and I have decided that it is a tradition that we want to continue one day with our children.

How would you describe the way you feel about each other?
It’s hard to put into words. We have grown to be best friends and we love each other so much. We’ve experienced a lot during our 6.5 years together, but I wouldn’t change a thing. God has truly blessed us with each other.

Do you have any special plans for your wedding that you’d like to share?
Our dogs, Jack and Clara will be apart of the wedding! Jack (a Newfoundland) and Clara (a Maltipoo) are both very important to us and we’re very excited to be getting married at a venue that is pet friendly!

Ashley & Noah’s Wedding

Ashley and Noah’s wedding can only be described with one word. Fabulous. But I’m going to use more words too…:) It was so spectacularly beautiful, classic but unique, and full of the love and joy of a couple who will spend the rest of their lives together. Their wedding and reception was at the Hunter Museum and Soirées coordinated this spectacular event. We loved the vision of the couple who like the abstract and the unexpected.

A  huge congratulations to this wonderful couple. We loved working with you and hope you enjoy your photos.

Ashley and Noah…

Ashley had her makeup done at Elea Blake and her hair at STYLEbar. Both are fabulous places that we love to shoot at!

They had their First Look at the Chattanoogan…so pretty!

As you can see we had the most beautiful light and colors outside.

The beautiful ceremony!

And the spectacular reception!

Congratulations guys…it was such a pleasure working with you!! :)