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!
We were thrilled to join you in supporting the Athens Area Cancer Auxiliary this year. The Toast of the Town gala was awesome!
AACA’s work is crucial and hits close to home for us. As the son of a cancer survivor — and as friends to others in the same battle — Eileen and I thank you. We know many of you share our experience, and all of you share the passion to find a cure!
We can’t wait to create some amazing artwork with you families who won our Blume Family Mini Sessions. Get excited — it’s gonna be fun, and a lot different than what you’ve come to expect from family photos!
Lastly, a special thank-you for jumping in the BlumeBooth! We had a ball meeting you, and your fun-lovin’ images are now available to download for FREE!! Just login to your complete image gallery here (using the Password provided to you by email). Enjoy!
Did love bring these two together? Or was it too much caffeine and absurd dance moves? The world may never know. (Read their story just below, and decide for yourself!) The important thing is, they’re together now and awesome at it!
Amidst life’s many important pursuits, Eileen and I remain convinced that a couple’s relationship must take priority. So I was fiendishly pleased to interrupt Lizzy and Cory’s super-hectic schedule in Charlotte, NC, and aimlessly explore new corner’s of this city with them. Their lives are currently filled with intense regimens of clinical residency, endless study, and intense testing — even up to the moment I arrived at their apartment! I admire Lizzy and Cory’s ability to stay focused on what matters — on the meaningful career path they’ve chosen, but also on the family they’ve chosen to build together. This is the good stuff — the stuff of life that makes it worth living.
In short, these two know how to “work hard, play hard.” I mean.. just look at those dance moves (below)! Hmm.. yeah, I’m not so sure those could possibly be what brought them together after all. Some things never change…
“I met Cory in the Spring of 2013 in Savannah, Georgia at a Mercer School of Medicine Orientation event. Cory was incredibly polite and kind and willing to answer almost any question thrown at him that morning about what it was like to be a medical student. Almost immediately, I was drawn to Cory’s gentleness and gregarious personality. I’ll never forget the first time he invited some of us over to his house on a housing tour, and I first heard about his love for his family and his passion for medicine. Two things I knew we had in common almost immediately.
“That next year as I began my first year in medical school, I repeatedly ran into Cory at social events and school gatherings. I always enjoyed our time together and our conversations were never dull… but it would seem that Cory never got the hint to ask me out. Then came Doctor Prom 2015.
“For those of you who have no clue what this event entails: picture a hundred plus medical students taking a break from tedious months of studying and other clinical duties to dance and relax with all of their other socially awkward friends. Quite memorable. As was usual for the two of us, we found each other on the dance floor where we proceeded to show off our finest dance moves… and for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing my one-of-a-kind dance moves: watch out. After all, they finally got Cory’s attention. Two days later, Cory asked me out on our first date. Maybe it was all the Starbucks coffee or maybe just nerves, but I left feeling like I wanted to get to know him even more and hoping he would ask me out again. He did (but you already know that).. and the rest of our story? Well it’s just beginning.”
“Lizzy is extremely dedicated in all aspects of her life. Since knowing her, she has made it clear her family and friends mean everything to her. With her career path to becoming a physician, she’s given 110% and not only wants to heal her patients, but she wants them to thrive. She is always up for new adventures and loves to travel. She has a bubbly, spontaneous, and energetic personality. She can be soft-spoken at times, and is always gentle-natured. Lizzy knows how to bring out the best in people and loves to see them flourish. She favors optimism and focuses on the good in both people and her experiences.”
We’re looking forward to your wedding soooo much! One day looking back, what do you hope your friends and family say about your big day?
“‘Oh what a night!!’ (singing involved here!) Cory and I hope that our wedding is both irreplaceable and most importantly, fun. We hope that our guests find this to be the best way to start a new year: what a better night to celebrate the new year with family, friends, good food and champagne?! We hope that they know they have been thoughtfully invited because of their lasting impact in our lives. We want to thank them, most importantly, for bringing us together and coming together as one on NYE!”
Like a fine wine, the best things in life are worth waiting for. We’re rejoicing today with Rebecca and Daniel, who are enjoying the fruit at the end of a long road — beginning back in kindergarten when they attended the same school, to meeting later and enjoying college as inseparable friends, to now (and finally!) taking on the world together as husband and wife. Life tastes good for these two! We couldn’t feel more ecstatic for them, as well as for…
…these three incredible kids, who complete this unfairly gorgeous family. The fun and love this crew shares inspires us, and we can’t wait to watch their adventures together unfold. Congratulations, Rebecca and Daniel! And.. cheers!
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His eyes lighting up as she walked down the aisle, he slightly contorted his face and pushed his tongue into his cheek to keep from crying. She noticed, but didn’t do anything to make it easier for him. She looked hard back into his eyes, smiling uncontrollably.
When it comes to emotional expression, rarely can a room of guests compete with the groom who has just seen his bride. And to be clear, the look on Walker’s face was the truest, most sincere expression of awe and gratitude imaginable. But the rest of the room, too, lit up in awe at the sight as these two individuals came together to pledge themselves to the adventure ahead of them. Sarah and Walker share in common a unusual personality — an affable, approachable, others-centered, servant-leader quality that is utterly magnetic. So an alternate scenario in which they wouldn’t have somehow attracted one another seems logically impossible. That magnetism could be felt in the heightened sense of joy from everyone who had come to celebrate them.
Every detail, from florals to delicious Southern food and the bride’s astonishing gown, came together and reflected the simple elegance that Sarah and Walker live in every day.
Just soak in some of the moments from this amazing day! There’s no denying these two are a blessing to each other.. and, as a team, now an even more powerful blessing to the world! We’re inspired by the ministry they have together now as husband and wife, and can’t wait to see what unexpected roads God leads them on. Congrats, Sarah and Walker!
Watch Sarah and Walker’s wedding slideshow video below, or view and order prints from their complete online gallery here!