Tonya Damron


March 1, 2018

7 Tips to Choose the Perfect (For You) East TN Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer doesn’t have to be stressful. And if you’re looking for an East TN wedding photographer, here are some things to consider to make your search as close to stress-free as possible.

#1 Know what kind of wedding photo style you’re looking for

There are generally three styles when it comes to wedding photography – traditional, photojournalistic and classic. Traditional would be your parents and grandparents wedding photos. Photojournalistic would be like capturing the event as it unfolds during the day. Classic is a combination of these two styles to get some great posed shots as well as photographs of the events throughout the day.

#2 Think investment over budget

Your wedding photos are the one thing you get to keep and look at over and over again. Think investment over budget! In a world where everyone is budget conscious, keep in mind which things last long-term on your wedding and which things do not. If you can’t make it work to have a professional photographer all day, ask about capturing the highlights of the day.

#3 Let’s talk candidly

Those magical photos of the intimate parts of your wedding don’t happen by accident. The perfect sunset photos don’t happen without planning and knowing how to produce good lighting is a skilled crafted. Knowing when and where to look and focus in those moments isn’t something you pick up on your first day shooting wedding photos, it takes experience. You want someone who knows what they are doing – years in the business and capturing the kind of photos you want is key to amazing wedding photos.

#4 Contact your favorite to set up an in-person meeting

Your wedding photographer will be spending lots and lots of time with you on your wedding day so you definitely want to have good rapport with them. You can like your caterer as long as they have amazing food, but you have to LOVE your wedding photographer! Not clicking with them will show in your photos and make the day long for the both of you! You want your wedding photographer to know about you two as a couple so they can capture the unique things about you.

#5 Ask to see a few entire wedding portfolios

You’ll want an idea of the whole day from start to finish and the moments they capture throughout the entire day – from getting ready all the way through the send-off.

#6 Know what’s in the collection

Ask all of your questions about what’s included in a collection – from how many hours you have the photographer, to an additional photographer, to post-processing time, albums, canvas printing, and more. You’ll want to know exactly what to expect and exactly what you’re getting.

#7 Seal the deal

Your personalities mesh, you love their style and photos? It’s time to sign on the dotted line and lock down your picture-perfect Knoxville wedding photographer.

The struggle is real…

…you want knock-out wedding photos from a photographer who knows what they’re doing so you know you have nothing to worry about.

I want to help you make that reality happen! I hope these tips help you capture your wedding day memories in a timeless way so you can enjoy them forever!


I’m Tonya, aka wedding photographer, believer, and world traveler. I’ve been photographing weddings for 10 years and I know how hard it can be to find the right photographer for your wedding. That’s why I created these tips for you and continue to refine my craft as a photographer.

When not photographing weddings in East Tennessee or around the world, you’ll find me hiking national parks, sipping coffee, chasing sunsets, planning my next adventure or taking naps with my pup Bailey. I have more things in the color neon yellow than a construction worker, and if I could describe myself in one word, it would be “spunky”.

If you are reading this and thinking to yourself, “She sounds like someone I’d like to hang with”, then say hello to your new BFF and photographer! Send me a quick note here and we can chat about your wedding!


“This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”
– Jodi Picoult



Why I’m Different

You want to know that you’re making the right choice when it comes to your wedding vendors. You want to know that it will go smoothly and you will get the photos you’re hoping for and dreaming about.

I’ve made photographing weddings the main part of what I do because I love working with couples and giving them a great experience. Everything about the wedding for me – getting to know you guys as a couple, capturing those precious moments from your wedding, and delivering amazing finished photos to you – is all wrapped up into my passion for my work.

My favorite moments to capture at a wedding are the raw emotions of the day – the moments that can happen in an instant. To moments that when days get long (and they will) you can look back on and remember what day one felt like!

Your wedding should be as stress-free as possible. With 10 years as a full-time wedding photographer, I’m well-known in the wedding industry and work well with other vendors. I love building a good rapport with my clients and having fun and maybe even being a little adventurous as we spend the day together from getting ready all the way through the send-off.

After your wedding, while you relax and settle into your newly married life, I’ll be poring over your images, making color edits that are true-to-life and have them back to you within a week….YES ONE WEEK! I’ll sit down and go through the images with you and because of the timeless style, you won’t just love what you see that day – you’ll love these photos for the rest of your life.


“I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have.”
-Anna Godbersen

Some of My Work

You can check out many more of my favorite wedding photos right here on my portfolio page.

You can check out many more of my favorite wedding photos right here on my portfolio page.

You can check out many more of my favorite wedding photos right here on my portfolio page.

What My Brides Say

“When we were planning our wedding, photography was where we wanted to put the most money. Obviously, this is the only thing you will have after your wedding is over. Thus, we looked around and finally found Tonya. We met with her and instantly fell in love with her demeanor, her liveliness, and her spirit. She made us feel so confident in her and her work, and we couldn’t help but fall in love with not only her photos, but with her as well. Our engagement photos were so perfect, and as we are getting our wedding photos back (literally a week after we got married, which is huge!) we are falling in love with our wedding photos even more!! She definitely kept in touch with us during the entire planning process and didn’t just wait until the say of to reach out to us and make sure we were doing okay. She is passionate, and she treats each bride as her own family member. We are in love with her and we highly recommend her if you want CLASSY and TIMELESS photos! :)”

Review on Wedding Wire from Abbey


“I can’t say enough about how happy I am that I chose Tonya as our wedding photographer. First, I should start by saying her photos are amazing. I knew I didn’t want whitewashed, cookie-cutter pictures of the most important day of my life – I wanted them to be colorful and bright, highlighting the joy of the day, and boy, did she make that happen! Secondly, Tonya is just an all-around wonderful human being. I can’t tell you how many late-night FaceTime calls I had with her – she would always take time to talk with me, even with our 3-hour time difference. All in all, I can’t recommend her enough!”

Review on Wedding Wire from Annie Knapp


“Tonya is your best choice, no questions asked. We enjoyed working with her so much, and I’m positive we will continue to use her services for years to come! Not only is she INCREDIBLY talented, she is also an amazing person. She makes everything fun, enjoyable, and stress-free. The second my husband and I saw her work, we knew we needed that for our wedding! Her photos are beautiful, and I can’t even believe how happy we are with them.”

Review on Wedding Wire from Sarah


“The moment I met Tonya I loved her! She shot our engagement, wedding, maternity and now countless family photos! We live in North Carolina and come to Tennessee (to visit family) but also specifically so we can catch up with Tonya and she can take more timeless photos which we have in countless canvases all over our home. She is talented, she makes the time to fit us in her schedule, and she is a great person all around. You feel as though you are her only client every time. Our family has our forever photographer with her that’s for sure!”

Review on Google from LR


You Deserve the Best

You deserve the best from your wedding photographer and I want to give you the best experience by making sure you get as much one on one time with me as possible.

Send me an email, tell me about your wedding day, and from there we can grab some coffee! I can’t wait to get to know you and join you in celebrating your marriage.


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