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One of the best things about living in Franklin, TN is the many festivals held on Main Street in the charming downtown. In December, it’s a Dickens of a Christmas. People dress up and act the parts of the famous Charles Dickens novel. It is quite a sight. Some pets even get into the spirit. As you know Jonathan always has his camera with him and snapped a shot of a dog dressed up for the event. Thank you to Randy from franklin dog for featuring this picture and writing the article. We absolutely love to take pictures of pets. Anyone who knows us says our Chihuahua’s are the most photographed dogs on the planet. Check out the article on the Franklin Dog web site (it even features a photos of the amazing Sandy)!

Sitting on your coffee table may be a makeshift scrapbookof less-than-professional snapshots of your Franklin dog. But visit and see why there are a couple of Franklin dogs with portfolios to brag about. After all, they’re owned by quite a creative couple, professional photographers Jonathan and Blakley Fletcher.

Weddings, portraits, special events — the website showcases work in a multitude of categories, including pets. You’ll also find emotion-packed pictures of historic Franklin. The couple fell in love with the city on an earlier visit and moved here last year from Houston, TX putting them closer to family in north Mississippi.

Jonathan and Blakley didn’t come alone. About eight years ago, the Fletcher home welcomed two chihuahua pups (sisters, actually), Sandy (the boss) and Cheesecake (afraid of her shadow, afraid of walking on hardwood floors and afraid of drinking out of a bowl that is anything but plastic).

“We can’t imagine life without them,” Jonathan says.

So which is easier to photograph: people or pets?

Jonathan answers, “Many times it’s easier to photograph pets for the simple reason that they cannot help but be themselves and give you their honest emotions all the time. And really, a real emotion, feeling or action is what makes a photograph really stand out.”

Here’s a tip for even amateur photographers: “We find it’s best to find out what makes the pet happiest and photograph them doing just that. Some of my favorite photos of one of our dogs is her in a completely airborne, leaping position as she chases her little miniature soccer ball across the yard. Chasing the ball is what makes her the happiest, and you can’t help but see that and smile when you look at the photo,” he says.

“Sure sometimes a dog will lick the camera lens, whereas a human client might not,” he says. “But it’s all a part of the fun.”


We have been rabid, I mean avid fans of Howie Day for nearly ten years now. When we first got into his music, it was just Howie and a Takamine acoustic guitar. As Howie gained in popularity, he eventually added a full band to the mix. I never thought we would have the chance to see Howie play a solo acoustic show in a small venue again. Lucky for us, that wasn’t the case. When we heard that he was playing solo at the awesome 3rd & Lindsley in downtown Nashville, wild animals couldn’t keep us away. As a matter of fact, some of our closest friends from Houston, TX made the trip out for the show.

Nashville’s Independent Radio station Lightning 100 was broadcasting their “Nashville Sunday Night” program live throughout the show. The opener opener was singer/songwriter Mikey Wax. He brought the house down with his piano chops. Check him out, he’s very talented.

Next up was Serena Ryder. The word “wow” pretty much sums up her performance. I can’t even think of one of those clever “She sounds like ______ mixed with ______” expressions. She’s got a sound and style of her own.

Serena’s captivating performance had us fired up for Howie’s set. Howie was in great form and seemingly mezmerized the crowd with his powerful, always on pitch vocals and percussive guitar work. Enough blabbering, here is Howie’s setlist and the photos from the show.

Sorry, So Sorry
Be There
No Longer What You Require
Sound The Alarm
She Says
40 Hours
Bittersweet Symphony (Verve cover)
Untitled New Song (on piano)
Longest Night


What better day to take Paul & Rachel’s engagement photos than Valentine’s Day? None I say! It was pretty cold outside so we all met up at The Factory near downtown Franklin. If you haven’t been, The Factory is a cool old building that has been converted into artsy retail, restaurants, churches and businesses. We had a lot of fun roaming around with these guys and I can honestly say that I have never met anyone other than Paul who can break out into hilariously authentic, side splittingly awesome belly laughter on cue. (Thanks for playing along with all of our crazy ideas guys!) We cannot wait to shoot their wedding at The Carriage Inn in Murfreesboro TN next month!

wedding-northey » framedbyfletcher - November 24, 2010 - 10:48 am

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