Tanya Wright Macks didn’t plan on becoming a wedding photographer. When she was still a photography student at MTSU in 2002, she got bullied into shooting her first wedding by a couple at school. After that first one, she realized that she had found her calling, and before long, she had created a successful wedding photography business. In 2010, her husband Bobby joined the team full-time, and Frozen Exposure Photography, as it is known today, was born.
Frozen Exposure is known for the passion they put into their work, which immediately becomes clear when you look at their portfolio. They recognize the importance of capturing absolutely perfect pictures on your wedding day, as you’ll be looking at them for the rest of your life. They also just really love what they do. Tanya says, “Our favorite part of being wedding photographers is having the honor of being chosen in a crowded field as the ones who get to capture and preserve one of the most important days in two peoples’ lives- the day that they make the commitment to each other to become one.” Choosing your photographer can be an extremely difficult decision, but Tanya’s obvious passion and talent makes it seem much easier.
Tanya loves how shooting weddings gives her the chance to “cover a wide variety of weddings styles, culture, and locations, but also to be where the family begins as well.” She truly values the connections she makes with the couples she photographs, and she is often hired to do family portraits for those same couples once they’ve had kids. The relationships she creates with her customers set her apart from other photographers who might not value their customers in a similar way.
With Frozen Exposure, you truly get what you pay for, which is why Tanya advises against hiring a photographer just because they’re inexpensive. She says: “The lower the price, the lower the quality of the product delivered. Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life- please do not choose a photographer based on price!” She also says to be wary of “associate or partner photographers” of well-known photographers, who lack the education and experience to take quality shots on your wedding day.
If you’re a little torn about where to take photos for either your engagement or your wedding, Tanya recommends downtown spots like Rocketown, Union Station, the Shermerhorn Symphony Center, and the Pedestrian Bridge. She also loves some of the farms that surround Nashville like Birdsong Events, Front Porch Farms, and Cactus Creek Barn.
Tanya has also noticed some upcoming trends in wedding photography, such as the “first look,” where you take pictures of the bride and groom before their ceremony. It gives you as a bride enough time to get quality portraits done without having to miss a big chunk of your reception. After all, your wedding is supposed to be a party for you- it’s not as special if you aren’t there for an hour of it! Tanya has also seen a greater call for “organics and naturals, greenery, and fun quirks like having berries or cotton incorporated into the bride's bouquet.” These kinds of shots can really set your wedding apart, and if you like being outdoors or eating healthy, this style might be for you!
As you can see, Frozen Exposure Photography is one of the best in the business, and you can rest assured that you’re selecting an amazing photographer if you choose them for your own wedding. They also did the photography currently showcased on our website's homepage and in the upcoming issue of Mid South Wedding Guide.