Shannety and Fernand

Meet Fernand, aka Ferre. He’s an English bulldog, about 9 months old now. He is best buddies with his owner Shannety. And Shannety is so fond of him, she wanted a photo shoot with him. So we set out for a little walk and shoot at the Turnhout Begijnhof.

Shannety and Fernand in Turnhout

Shannety and Fernand in Turnhout

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum front, bordering the Music City Walk of Fame Park, resembles the keys on a piano keyboard combined with the tailfin of a 1959 Cadillac Sedan. And the tower is a replica of the WSM radio tower.

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville

Inside the building’s rotunda, all Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are commemorated with their own commemorative plaque below the Carter Family’s–yes, that would be the relatives of June Carter Cash–classic country song tittle Will The Circle Ge Unbroken.

The Honor Gallery at the County Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The museum showcases anything country related: from Elvis Presley’s “Solid Gold” Cadillac to instruments and wardrobe by famous country artists like Hank Williams, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, the Dixie Chicks, Minnie Pearl and Emmylou Harris, as well as the recording studio once used by Owen Bradley.

Elvis Presley's Solid Gold Cadillac at CMHOF

Gibson Guitar Belonging to Hank Williams at CMHOF

Guitar and Wardrobe of Taylor Swift at CMHOF

Wardrobe of American Idol 2005 WinnerCarrie Underwood at CMHOF

Dixie Chicks Wardrobe at CMHOF

Memerobilia of The Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl at CMHOF

Guitar Owned by Emmylou Harris at CMHOF

Owen Bradley's Recording Studio at CMHOF

And when I saw Taylor Swift’s tou bus parked in the museum, I waited for hours for Ms. Swift to come out. When I realized she wasn’t there, I finally gave up. But not before snapping a selfie in front of her tour bus.

Selfie in Front of Taylor Swift's Tour Bus at CMHOF

The Legendary Opry

The Grand Ole Opry truly a legend in the Music City. It started as a 1 hour long radio show on WSM on November 25, 1925. Back in 1925, it ran as a weekly show, Today, it runs several times a week, either from the Rynam Auditorium in downtown Nashville or from the Grand Ole Opry House on the banks of the Cumberland River.

Artists become member of the Orpy by invitation. Over the years, artists like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and The Gatlin Brothers have been invited to the Opry. And more recently, amazing young country artists like Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town had the honor of joining. Membership in the Opry remains one of country music’s crowning achievements.

You can listen to the shows at the Opry live online via 650 AM WSM.

The Ryman Auditorium is a 2300 seat theater in the heart of Nashville. It is considered the birthplace of Bluegrass music. Over the years it hosted many famous country artists and even Bruce Springsteen has played there on his Devils & Dust solo acoustic tour.

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

The Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. The grand Ole Opry House has 4400 seats and a circle at center stage is actually a part of the original Ryman Auditorium stage.

Seeing a show at the Opry was a dream come true and their backstage tour after the show was the icing on the cake.

Selfie in Front of the Grand Ole Opry House

Artists Taking the Stage at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House

Behind the Scenes at the Grand Ole Opry House

Visiting The Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Taking that trip to Tennessee in the spring all started when I said wanted to visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery someday. That someday turned into very soon. And early this year, that  very soon turned into this year.

We took a day trip from Nashville to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniel’s distillery. We choose their Taste of Lynchburg tour. It’s a 3 hour tour that starts with lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s Restaurant. No, strike that, it starts with delicious lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s. I will not forget their recipe for candied apples.

Miss Mary Bobo's Restaurant in Lynchburg, TN

The tour continues through the town square of Lynchburg, TN and past the cemetery where Jack Daniel and other members of the Daniel family are buried. Then on to the Jack Daniel’s distillery itself.

You are welcomed at a little museum that tells the story of Jack Daniel, Lynchburg and the distillery before you embareque on walking tour through the distillery. The process of make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is pretty much the same as any other distilled drink. But it is particularly nice to see the purification process through charcoal and how they treat the barrels to get the typical taste of Jack Daniel’s.

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

The tour ends at one of the more than 90 barrel houses for a tasting of their finest whiskeys. And after that, you can rest content in a rocking chair under the porch of their welcome house.

Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN

Selfie at the Jack Daniel's distillery

Ballet Heels with Carol-Ann

I met Carol-Ann about 10 years ago at a networking event for photographers and models. We did a shoot back then, but had since then not worked together. But we though it would be cool to work together again after all those years and a shoot with ballet heels in the spotlight seemed like a good plan.

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

Ballet Heels & Gorgeous Lingerie

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Lingerie Shoot with Kyara

Yesterday I posted about a lingerie shoot with Shannety. I mentioned that she brought a friend. This is Kyara. It was our 1st collaboration together and it sure was fun. I look forward to working with Kyara again: she’s a very nice person and she has the most amazing hips…

Makeup by the immaculate Elem.

Lingerie Shoot

Lingerie Shoot

Lingerie Shoot with Shannety

I had a lingerie shoot with Shannety a couple of months back. And she brought a friend. I will share those pictures tomorrow, but for now, the attention is on Shannety. Next to wearing her preferred lingerie, she wore a harness and feathered epaulettes by Lovechild Boudior and her make up was done by Elem.

Lingerie Photo Shoot

Lingerie Photo Shoot

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

There’s nothing wrong with combining latex fashion with regular clothes. It’s a combination you more and more in mainstream media and even on the catwalk of fashion shows of haute couture designers. And if they can do it, so can I. I had my muse Shannety in the studio earlier this year and we shot cool portraits.

The make up for this photo shoot was done by my dear friend and make up artist Elem. Latex fashion by William Wilde, Marquis and Mico Couture Latex.

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

Shannety in Mesh and Latex

Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have Dream

Doctor King was born in Atlanta, GA on January 15, 1929  in this house at 501 Auburn Avenue, about a block from the church where his father was a minister. The National Park Services are preserving the house and its surroundings as a National Historic Site. I had been there years ago and I remembered I was impressed. So it was way up high on my list of places to see in beautiful Atlanta.

Birthplace of Martin Luther King

Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA

Doctor King would be in the frontline of the American civil rights movement all his life. In 1963 he organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, AL and a march on Washington where he delivered his famous I Have A Dream speech. In ’64 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Price. In 1965 he helped organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, beautifully depicted in the Oscar-winning movie Selma directed by Ava DuVernay.

He was so important to the civil rights movement in the US that is birthday is in fact a legal holiday in the US.

In April 1968 he traveled to Memphis, TN to support the city’s sanitation workers who had gone on strike in protest against poor pay and dangerous working conditions. On April 4th, 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. An event that inspired U2 to write Pride (In The Name Of Love). So I obviously had to have the song in my travel soundtrack.

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN

After his death he was laid to rest at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site in Atlanta, GA. Later, his wife, Coretta Scott King was buried right beside him.

Tomb of Martin Luther King and Wife Coretta Scott King

Portrait of Shannety

I have this cute little portrait of Shannety that I wanted to share with you all today. It was just too cute to not share.

Shannety’s beautiful make up was done by Elem.

Portrait of Shannety