Sunday Morning TN Small Town Shoot…
Yesterday morning, the alarm went off way too early for my liking, but I had planned to meet up with a friend and fellow photographer, Eric Henderson, for another TN Small Towns shoot. Last week I started a new series visiting and shooting in and around TN’s smallest towns.
Our intention this freezing cold morning was to visit 4 identified locations south east from Nashville. The first was Lakewood Park, a census designated area near Beechgrove, TN. The sun was rising as we hit the rural unincorporated community. We found a small restaurant at the corner of Gnat Hill road and Hoodoo road. Yes, that are the real names!
Down the road from Heather’s we found a few photo opportunities including a farm house with evidence of kids, a tire swing and a bicycle left leaning against a tree. I had to stop and shoot the scene as the sun continued to rise.
Our next stop was Bell Buckle, a picturesque small town that is the home to a prestigious private school, The Webb School, and a very quaint strip mall of cafes and antique stores. The light was almost perfect as we neared the town forcing us to stop and shoot around a farm.
In Bell Buckle proper, we had a lot of areas to shoot with a plethora of subjects.
A little more than 5 miles south on state highway 269 is Wartrace, the third of our small towns we planned to visit. Not as many photo opportunities jumped out to us here, but we did find a few buildings of interest.
Our last stop was Eagleville, where we found our opportunities on the outskirts of the small town. Eric pointed out a view of the barn through the cattails to me and I shot it. Also, two trees overlooking the farm that drew my attention.