we're phillip & eileen blume, a husband-and-wife photography team based in athens, georgia. through our camera lenses, we aim to capture the excitement, joy, and intimacy of life's greatest blessings -- whether they be weddings, families, children, or simple daily happenings.
so, kick back, relax, and feel free to browse around and get to know us a little better. if you see something that sparks your imagination, please leave us a comment. we'd love to hear from you!
Yay! We’re having a par-tay at the studio today, and for good reason… 🙌💕🎉
After seven years feeling stalled with the same sad website, we are finally re-branding and making the jump to a newer and smarter Showit site! You’re on it NOW… www.TheBlumes.co. What do you think?!
Look around, feel it out (on desktop and mobile!!), and let us hear from you in Comments below! We’d love to hear both your compliments and constructive criticism as we continue to tweak things… and add a few exciting new features for you later this winter!
If you’re a photographer, DON’T STOP THERE!..
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Shutter Magazine is featuring our site in its new “branding” issue this month. It reveals our thinking behind the changes we made and Five Elements Your Photography Website Needs Now to be successful in today’s competitive Internet market. Can you really double your bookings with a website upgrade? Watch our bonus video above, and I’ll walk you through all five elements! (For more read the article in Shutter Magazine, available online and at Barnes & Noble booksellers everywhere.)
Thanks for celebrating with us, y’all! After too many years putting our website “on the back burner,” we’re now looking toward the future with a ton excitement about the many new ways we can serve our couples, families, and fellow photographers!
The Blumes – Phillip & Eileen
P.S. To find the giveaways and gifts from our Partners now, click here!
The beauty, sincerity, and joy of Allison and David’s wedding day was like a fragrance. It permeated everything so sweetly, we couldn’t stop smiling the whole day! These two are undeniable together, and we’ve loved getting to observe that in a thousand small ways as we’ve looked forward to their wedding day. With their absolutely amazing friends and family around them, we got to witness the start of something magnificent. Congratulations, Allison and David! Here’s to the journey ahead!
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The sense of warmth and genuine caring I get around these two is inspiring. Eileen and I first met Ashley briefly when we photographed her brother’s wedding some years ago. She has always been a bright light, smiling and happy for those around her! So we couldn’t be more thrilled that — despite her slight addiction to GSU football, which very nearly could have caused her to miss out on Chris — this guy who’s perfect for her kept on pursuing what is so obviously meant to be. Here’s to tacos and to an exciting wedding to come!
“Although Chris and I both attended Georgia Southern University and work less than 5 miles from each other, our paths never crossed until the fall of 2015. Chris and I initially met on a dating site where Chris reached out to me. We chatted on the site and, after getting to know each other a bit, we decided to meet for dinner. Little did I know that Chris had scheduled our date on a Thursday in which Georgia Southern was playing football.
“Seeing as I am a virulent Georgia Southern football fan, I cancelled the date to make sure I didn’t miss one minute of Eagle football. Chris was persistent as ever though and quickly rescheduled our date for the next week. Chris took me to a small taco stand that had been converted from an old Quizno’s, as you could tell from the re-used decor. Our first date was great as we spent hours talking and learning about one another. We scheduled another date from there and the rest is, as they say, history.”
“Chris is strong, warm-hearted, and caring. Chris has the ability to comfort me when life becomes difficult. He is there for me emotionally and helps me face the day to day challenges of life. Chris provides clarity for me in seeing situations from different viewpoints and that makes me a stronger woman. Chris is adventurous, and through our adventures I have been able to come out of my shell and experience more of what the world has to offer. Chris has opened up a whole new world to me that I never knew existed. I can’t wait to see where our adventures take us next!”
Chris, how would you describe your wonderful bride-to-be?!
“Ashley is a kind, loving, and caring woman who genuinely wants the best for everyone in the world. Ashley is always willing to sacrifice a piece of herself or her time for the benefit of others. Ashley is also very creative and crafty and enjoys designing and working on new projects around the house. These projects can range from revamping an old piece of furniture to landscape design for our home. Ashley is the love of my life and makes me a better man.
We know you’re super excited to celebrate your marriage with great friends and family! How should they prepare for the big day?
“We want everyone to have a nice time, share in our love, and see how happy we are together. We also want everyone to enjoy the venue, eat lots of good food, and to have danced so much they their butts are sore the next day!”
A new warmth filled his eyes every time she returned his gaze. As if he were seeing her for the first time again, but this time with the secure knowledge that their connection was forever.
“She is so much my best friend that we are almost the same person,” Harrison said. “I can’t wait for the rest of our lives together.”
Yes, Harrison is a lucky man. But Lauren is equally blessed. “He truly is irreplaceable,” she told us. “I am so lucky to be able to spend the rest of my life loving each new adventure with him by my side.” After the short time we’ve already spent with this incredibly sweet couple and their wonderful family, we couldn’t agree more!
We love their story — how they spent all their lives living so near each other, only meeting years later. You can read it in their own words below.. plus meet the rest of their furry family. Hope you enjoy these moments as much as we do! Congrats, Lauren and Harrison!
“Harrison and I both grew up in Athens, GA and have never lived more than 10 miles from each other. We did not meet, however, until 2009 when we both started working as camp counselors at Athens Y Camps in Tallulah Falls, GA. We became close friends at the end of the summer of 2011 while working a camp retreat. Shortly after the retreat, I started my freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University where Harrison was already a sophomore.
“We remained very good friends throughout college, although secretly we were both head over heels for each other. It wasn’t until shortly before Harrison’s graduation that he realized if he didn’t at least try he could possibly lose any chance he had with me. Little did he know that I had already fallen for him too, and before we knew it we were FINALLY dating and out of the friend-zone after 6 years.”
“Harrison is the man I’ve always prayed for. He is the perfect example of thoughtfulness, dependability and patience in a relationship. He makes me a better person every day just by how he loves me. Harrison makes every day an adventure with his contagious spirit, whether he is taking me on a beautiful hike or whether we are just in our backyard, everything is fun with him. Harrison is the most hard-working person and is constantly challenging himself to learn and do new things, which makes me admire and appreciate him even more. He pushes me to become the best version of myself, and his constant support for me is amazing. He truly is irreplaceable, and I am so lucky to be able to spend the rest of my life loving each new adventure with him by my side.”
“Lauren is the most ‘full of life’ person that I have ever met. She is funny, beautiful, loving, cute, and she is always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needs it. Lauren loves the outdoors and being in nature. We especially love hiking in the North Georgia Mountains. Lauren is an animal lover, which is great because we have 2 dogs, a cat and soon we will have 2 chickens as well. Lauren loves to nap but is always up for the next adventure. She is so much my best friend that we are almost the same person, and I can’t wait for the rest of our lives together.”
“We would love for our friends to say that our wedding was fun and very ‘us.’ We want it to be a perfect blend of timeless elegance and rustically relaxed. Our loved ones will hopefully look back and remember our wedding atmosphere as full of love and warmth.”