• Who’s This Randy Dude?

    Well, that's me! I'm from East TN, married to the lovely Laura, have way too many kids (two of which are Active Military), and we live in Knoxville.

    On the photography side I have the coolest photography studio in Knoxville (ok, maybe I am a bit biased), have won several awards, teach a variety of photography classes & workshops, love working with kids, high school seniors, and families, and shoot a lot of sports (bad habit #3). My images have been published worldwide, including on two Sports Illustrated covers and many other national and international magazines and newspapers. I have photographed everything from newborns to underground mines to some very awesome images of kids and high school seniors, and yeah it's a blast!

    My goal is to produce stunning images of my subjects using creative backgrounds, a great relationship with my subjects, dramatic lighting, and awesome posing. Thanks for stopping by!

    Click here for my sports photography site.

Knoxville Wedding Photography (as an assistant) :)

I love photographing weddings. Having the chance to share nearly every minute of a couple’s most important day of their lives is nothing short of an amazing experience. I don’t aggressively promote myself as a wedding photographer due to the fact that I normally can’t ever make my crazy schedule work, but my buddy Reed Carringer has been shooting quite a few lately and I normally come along as the “second shooter”.

Second shooting is awesome…I just sort of lay back, make sure Reed is not missing anything important, shoot whatever the heck I want to, carry some lights around, etc. And I still get to share this super important cool day with the couple.:)

Last Saturday was a bit different as Reed was working as a second shooter for Lindsey Kant (another awesome photographer) at Sarah and Nathan’s wedding at the Twin Cedar Farm in Rockford, TN. Sarah was a gorgeous bride, the groomsmen were crazy, and a venue that is just to die for…it all sounded cool enough for me to ask to tag along. As the fourth shooter.  And it was a blast!!!

Lindsey doing her thing :)

Pinhole effect image shot with Sony DSC-RX10

  • Jeff Jacoby - Randy…great stuff! Might have to join you guys sometime. After I get out of this crazy business…I have thought about shooting some weddings and other stuff to supplement my retirement. Always fun to hang out with great guys and talented photographers like you and Reed! Plus, not bad value for Bride and Groom…heck if you get one good shot…its FREE! :) Only 17 weeks til the home opener at Neyland! Can’t wait!

    Did you see the stuff I did with Mallory and Courtney with caps and gowns and then with Faymie and Andrea the following week? Would love feedback and suggestions! All were VERY pleased. All shots were done with an on-camera flash…trying to keep these free jobs simple! (Plus, I don’t even own an off camera flash!)

    Hope you guys are great! Talk to you soon!

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Knoxville Photography Studio

For those who do not know, we underwent a small disaster at the studio starting in January when some water pipes froze and busted upstairs…the back half of the studio looked like a rain forest or something. Seriously…

After a ton of work and lots of help from many friends, we finally have things back to normal.

We had a blank wall that I thought would look good painted in graffiti, so super helper James found this guy:)

Thursday I was finally able to photograph the lovely Molly on the new wall and some other new backgrounds, super excited about our new setup! Here’s a few of our favorites.

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Knoxville Family Photo Session

Late last fall I photographed this wonderful family at the UT Botanical Gardens…we were a bit late in the year but everything turned out really well! I love large extended families like this because we can break them out in separate groups and I’m always super pleased with the results:)

And yes, some of these characters happen to be former UT Quarterback Erik Ainge, his gorgeous wife Amanda, and their adorable kids (we also photographed the little ones in the studio, I’ll share them later). Be sure to catch Erik’s radio show over at Tennessee Sports Radio, it’s a blast!

Here’s a few of my favorites…

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Amanda finally found a center to play LeafBall with :)

Amanda finally found a center to play LeafBall with :)

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Knoxville Family Photographer

In between shooting for the University Of The Cumberlands for three months and then shooting some national championship youth football and soccer in Florida for two weeks, I finally got to do one of the things I truly love…photographing an awesome family in and around the studio in Knoxville, TN.

I knew it was all going to be good when I realized their little one was a three year old girl, I seem to have that age figured out:)Super cool family, we all really had a great time!

Here are a few of our favorite images from the session…

 

And here are a few of these amazing wall portraits just before delivery on Christmas Eve, center image is a 40″ wide by 30″ tall canvas

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VW (Tori) and The Caterpillar

No children, animals, bugs, insects, or future butterflies were seriously harmed in this photo session.

VW: Oh Boy!!! A Caddypillwar!!! Caterpillar: Uh Oh… Must. Run. Fast!!!

VW: This is fun!!! Caterpillar: Hey, that tickles:)!

VW: I’m going to pet him and love him and take care of him… Caterpillar: Uh, thanks kid, but I’m good…just leave me here on the ground, OK?

VW: I’m going to pet him and love him and take care of him… Caterpillar: Honest, I’m good, just put me on the ground and we will all be happy…it was fun while it lasted…

VW: I’m going to pet him and love him and take care of him… Caterpillar: OK kid, this is getting old real fast…

VW: Uh Oh!!! Caddypillwar fall down and go boom!!! Caterpillar: (screaming) HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………………….

VW: Is the Caddypillwar sick!!! Caterpillar: Uh yeah, I just fell from the top of the Empire State Building, Remember???

VW: I’m going to pet him and love him and take care of him… Caterpillar: It’s gonna be one rough evening….

 

 

  • Boston Family Photographer - Randy these are absolutely adorable. I love every one them. What a fantastic album these would make for the family to enjoy.

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