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Chefs Collaborative Summit 2017 | Atlanta Event

Photo-of-Chefs-Collaborative-Summit-2017-taken-by-Atlanta-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (58)Chefs Collaborative is a national network of chefs and food professionals who work to bring awareness, in short, to serving great food. Specifically, the organization’s mission is to promote and model a food system based on sustainable practices via seasonal, locally grown, minimally processed ingredients. The 8th Annual Chefs Collaborative Summit was held in Atlanta earlier this month at a series of locations that reads like a dream venue list for any weekend community gathering: the roof at Ponce City Market, Star Provisions, Miller Union, and The Fox Theater. Of course, since the event was heavily attended by farmers and chefs, the food was fresh and ridiculously good.

Some of my favorite local chefs: Steven Satterfield, Anne Quatrano, Continue reading

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9th Annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 2017 | Atlanta Event

Photo-of-Attack-of-the-Killer-Tomato-Festival-2017-taken-by-Atlanta-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (34)This past Sunday, I photographed my fourth Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival in as many summers. The 2017 celebration of all things (killer) tomato was the ninth annual day of nightshade-related festivities and took place at Park Tavern in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park for the second year in a row. The food and drink, if you’ve never attended an Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival, are tomato-centric concoctions prepared by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs and mixologists. Every year the event seems a little bigger, and this year was no exception, with big name chefs in from NOLA and LA!

One of the things I enjoy most about photographing “AKTF” each year is the pre-noon prep time, before the festival doors open to the public. Continue reading

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Michelle and Adrian | Atlanta Wedding

Photo-of-Backyard-Atlanta-Wedding-taken-by-Wedding-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (22)I love shooting photography for in-town Atlanta weddings, and Michelle and Adrian’s big day was no exception. The wedding took place at Michelle’s mother’s home in East Point, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from my home studio in Cabbagetown.

The couple was married in a gorgeous backyard ceremony that was chock full of family, friends, and love. The sun was out (for once this spring) and the food was homemade and amazing!

The bride and groom elected to get ready without my camera in their mutual rooms, so I took time at the start of the day to shoot some images Continue reading

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Shereen and Owen | The Foundry at Puritan Mill Wedding

Photo-of-The-Foundry-at-Puritan-Mill-Atlanta-Wedding-taken-by-Wedding-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (38)When curating a blog of wedding photos, I try to keep the total image count under one hundred. I figure that most of the photo enthusiasts that follow this blog don’t have a whole afternoon to look over my latest work. In any case, Shereen and Owen’s wedding photos were pretty difficult to pare down to just a handful of shots. I mean, with two ceremonies, some of the most beautiful flowers and table decorations that I’ve seen at a wedding to date, and multiple tearjerking speeches, it wasn’t easy to tell the story of the day without going over my self-imposed blog photo limit.

Even with what I am posting below, I feel like I am Continue reading

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Heather and Evan | Ponce City Market Wedding

Photo-of-Ponce-City-Market-Atlanta-Wedding-taken-by-Wedding-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (26)As an Atlanta wedding photographer, I go all over for weddings. This past spring, I traveled throughout the Southeast and the Carolinas, shooting weddings both in the mountains and by the lakes. I also travel pretty extensively (far from home) throughout the Metro Atlanta area for my food and commercial work. So it was a nice change of pace to shoot Heather and Evan’s wedding, which took place in my own backyard, on the roof of Ponce City Market, near the intersection of the Old Fouth Ward and Poncey Highland neighborhoods

Because everyone’s wedding is unique, I always ask my couples during our week-of-the-wedding consult, if there are any small items or important shots for me to look out for that I might otherwise miss: things like Continue reading

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Ethan’s Doljanchi | Atlanta Event

Photo-of-Korean-Dol-taken-by-Atlanta-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (36)I photographed Hannah and Nick’s wedding a few years back, when I was just entering the Atlanta wedding photography market. As one of my first wedding clients, Hannah and Nick definitely hold a special place in my heart, so I was pleased when they reached out to ask if I could photograph their son Ethan’s Doljanchi!

I have actually wanted to shoot a Dol for a while, but as usual, my marketing efforts fall to the wayside for the jobs that come to me organically. The photography gigs that just sort of appear in my email (weddings, food, Bone, Thugs and Harmony portraits, etc.) keep me busy as it is… so it was cool that Ethan’s Dol became one such job. I recognized many faces from Continue reading

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Kristin and Ryan | Cator Woolford Gardens Wedding

Photo-of-Cator-Woolford-Gardens-Atlanta-Wedding-taken-by-Wedding-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (2)Whew! Kristin and Ryan’s wedding had me up early on a beautiful, crisp Atlanta Sunday morning! Although I am pretty much a night owl, I actually really like getting up early- there’s a certain energy to that time of day that can’t be duplicated even a little bit later in the mid-morning hours. The problem is that I usually can’t drag myself out of my bed, snuggled in warmly with my cats, unless I have some place to be.

On Kristin and Ryan’s big day, that first “some place” happened to be the Artistry Salon and Spa in Buckhead, where the bride herself was kind enough to do all of the bridesmaids’ hair. The sun was still not up when I arrived, but I was hyped to get to work, with my favorite assistant at the ready, holding Continue reading

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Jackie and Scott | Chattahoochee River Engagement Shoot

Photo-of-Chattahoochee-River-Engagement-Session-taken-by-Atlanta-Photographer-Erik-Meadows (4)For Jackie and Scott’s engagement session, we ventured over to the Johnson Ferry Trail in Roswell, which hugs Atlanta’s mighty Chattahoochee River!

I tend to push the envelope with my images from time to time–mostly because I have to follow and adjust to the light, wherever it happens to be! Because of some of my contortions through the riverside foliage, I am pretty sure Jackie and Scott thought that there was a chance that I might actually end up in the Chattahoochee. I try to do a lot of ab work in the gym to be ready for some of my more ambitious photos. As long as my subject looks good, I’m good… even if I have to engage in some pretty aggressive pretzeling maneuvers.

And really, the only thing I don’t care about getting Continue reading

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Betsey and Owen | Lake House Wedding, North Augusta, SC

Photo-of-Atlanta-Lake-House-Wedding-taken-by-Erik-Meadows-Photography (48)Back-to-back weddings this past spring took me from the mountains of Highlands, North Carolina, to Betsey and Owen’s lakeside ceremony in North Augusta, South Carolina. My first South Carolina wedding, if I am not mistaken, was unique in that it seemed like everyone was getting a haircut and a massage to start the day. I was tempted to step up for a fresh trim and a rub down, followed by a jump in the lake. It was pretty hot out and being on the road, I had plenty of extra clothes!

My assistant and I had to make due with tailgating our walnuts and Kettle chips out of the back of the Prius instead, as we don’t ever break on the shooting! I was struck by how relaxed everyone was though, so I am in favor of all of my weddings having a hair stylist and a masseuse, moving forward. Continue reading

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JCT Kitchen and Bar’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival 2016 | Atlanta Event

Photo-of-JCT-Attack-of-the-Killer-Tomato-Festival-2016-taken-by-Atlanta-photographer-Erik-Meadows (30)This past Sunday, I photographed my third JCT Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival in as many summers. The 2016 version of the annual celebration of tomato indulgence took place at Park Tavern, which sits at the edge of Piedmont Park, the mecca of Atlanta greenspace. The food and drink, if you’ve never attended an Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival (you may have guessed), are tomato-centric concoctions prepared by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs and mixologists.

One of the things I enjoy most about photographing AKTF each year is the quiet morning time, before the festival really kicks into high gear. While the chefs and mixologists are unloading, prepping, and mingling amongst themselves, I get a chance to catch up with with a big chunk of the Atlanta Continue reading