Knoxville Wedding Photographers
Daniel + Martha Howell. Who are we?

We're a husband and wife team who loves to photograph the emotions of weddings, make friends with our clients, and have fun working.

We could live at Starbucks, although Daniel prefers black coffee and Martha likes "girly" drinks like Frappuccinos. We both love listening to the musical genius that is Harry Connick Jr. Our favorite vacation spot is the Big Easy - every time we leave, we know what it means to miss New Orleans. We call Sweetwater home and are happy to be here; it reminds us of where we grew up. Our little family consists of us and two adorable dogs.

Enjoy our blog and checking out our newest work and learning about us in the meantime!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Natalie and Lonnie - Engagement Session

Lonnie & Natalie were a blast to work with! We had fun taking images of them having fun! The location was downtown Knoxville, however I'm sure this session would have been just as fabulous at any location because of their love for each other! We loved their willingness to forget that the camera was even there - enjoy!















Monday, February 23, 2009

Bridal Show Recap

We had a blast meeting you all at the bridal show - I hope you've had time to look through our packets and are ready for a consultation! Remember, you must book a consultation by March 10 to receive the free $100 print credit if you book a wedding package.


Our fabulous booth was built by Daniel - he has SO many talents. But, boy, the walls were heavy! :)



Well, there were tons of you who signed up for a free e-session! Many of you told me "I never win anything. I have such bad luck." For that reason, I've decided to take luck out of the equation. Instead, simply send in 1)the story of your proposal, 2)why you love your fiance, OR 3)the sweetest thing your fiance has ever done for you! I'll then post them on the blog and let you ALL vote on your favorite. We might even give away several free engagement sessions according to the response.

Just email us your submissions (they can be as short or as long as you would like!) to

Even if you weren't at the bridal show, you're welcome to join in and submit your love story! Good luck! You have until March 1st to submit!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Don't Eat That!

When my grandmother passed away (see a couple of posts down for pictures of her), I knew I wanted at least one of her quirky magnets as a daily reminder of her. The one I had my eye on said "You can't trust skinny cooks"... however, a cousin called it first. So, I grabbed a cute little pig that says, "Don't eat that, you'll get fat!". This little pig has been through a lot and lost a head in the process!

It happened to be holding up our new marketing materials on our fridge when Daniel decided that we needed a picture of it! Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Great Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat

Daniel & I were blessed by our experience at the Great Smoky Mountain Marriage Retreat this past weekend. We enjoyed the enriching sessions and the time we had to relax together!

I thought that I'd share a list that Brad Harrub gave in one of his lessons...

"Gifts You Can Give Your Marriage"

- Start and end each day with a kiss
- Wear your wedding ring
- Talk about your dreams
- Send a card to your spouse for no reason
- Say "I Love You" every day
- Do it (whatever it may be) your spouse's way
- Wink at each other
- Pray for each other
- Cuddle
- Send a gift for no reason
- Flirt with each other
- Hold hands
- Be gentle
- Encourage one another
- Give each other back or foot rubs

I hope this list gives you all some ideas to help strengthen and keep the romance alive in your marriages!

Monday, February 16, 2009

*Sneak Peek* Natalie & Lonnie's Engagement Session

This was a busy weekend for Daniel and I. We had a fabulous time at the Great Smokey Mountain Marriage Retreat (more to come on that later) and we were able to shoot Natalie and Lonnie's E-Session in downtown Knoxville on Valentine's Day! Here are a few from that session to peak your interest!




Friday, February 13, 2009

Mary Beth & Chris - Engagement Session - ENJOY!

We had a blast shooting Mary Beth & Chris's E-Session in the Great Smokey Mountains! The first thing we noticed upon arriving was how fabulous Mary Beth was dressed - I LOVE her funky purple dress, her killer boots, and the red coat that she used to keep warm!

Fashion aside, we wandered through the Tremont area on a pleasant day in January. Just goes to show that even in the dead of winter, sessions can be rockin'!










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We are so looking forward to their wedding this summer!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Trip Down Memory Lane...

*Note - These photos were obviously not taken by us (as we were not alive!). Also, they haven't been retouched - they're presented here as scanned in...Just thought I'd preface...

This first photo is of my grandmother and grandfather on their wedding day. It's the only photo they ever had of the day they said "I Do" - sometimes we forget how important one single photo can be; not just for one person's life - but for their children and their children's children.

They wed in Florida before my grandfather was to be deployed (in WWII). One day my grandmotehr was recalling that day - and what she remembered the best was her brand new alligator pumps. SHOES! :) I love it.


A portrait of my grandmother....


Her basketball team (in 1935 as it says on the photo)...


Another portrait (perhaps taken when she was working at Oak Ridge?)...


I hope you enjoyed these and remember to never forget the value of a photo!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We're So Excited - Knoxville & Chattanooga Wedding Photography

I was thinking about how to express how excited I am ... and I think the image below (from Miriam & Nick's 2007 Wedding) comes pretty close to showing how I'm feeling:

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As I've hinted at somewhat in previous posts, "times they are a'changing" (yes that's a reference to a Dylan song), here at Daniel Howell Photography. Starting April 1st, we will have expanded and new hours for sessions - meaning that we will actually be able to do sessions on weekends AND weekdays. This allows us to be more flexible for all of you! Also, our turnaround time should be increases substantially - meaning you get your images sooner! WooHoo!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Bridal Show Reminder - Chattanooga Times Free Press Formal Affair Event

When: Sunday, February 22nd - 1:00pm-5:30pm
Where: Chattanooga Convention Center
Why: To Plan Your Wedding & Formal Event
More Info:

As I mentioned in previous posts, we've started our "bridal show" special - $100 print credit with the purchase of any wedding package. You must mention this offer to take advantage of it - it will be available until 15 days after the show.

ALSO! Don't miss our new albums that will be debuting at the event!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Answer to Contest Post - Bob Dylan

A couple of you did get it right (see a few posts below about guessing who the artist was) - the picture of the young handsome artist whose music I (Martha) absolutely adore is of Robert Allen Zimmerman, better known to the world as Bob Dylan.

I was first introduced to Bob Dylan when I became obsessed with Jakob Dylan & The Wallflowers (circa "Bringing Down the Horse" album). In fact, the first real concert I attended featured Dylan (along with Paul Simon - what an AMAZING concert). The second time I saw Dylan he a was a bit older and a bit harder to understand - yet still captivating. For Bob Dylan newbies I recommend first starting out with "Blonde On Blonde" - you'll love it. Some argue that while he may be a poetic songwriter, singer he is not. I disagree - listen to the Byrds sing "Mr. Tambourine Man" then listen to Dylan's - the meaning comes to life with Dylan's (as they are his words he of course knows what they truly mean)!

So, there's my musical thought for the day - for those of you who have yet to experience the power of Dylan, give him a shot.

Oh, and don't be surprised if we name our firstborn after Mr. Zimmerman.

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Engagement Session Guestbooks!

Our sample of our new product - guestbooks with your engagement session images - just arrived! This is a hard cover coffee table style book that incorporates your e-session images, but also gives guests room to "sign in". Right now these books are $250 - so be sure to include this in your wedding day budget!

Front Cover:
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Inside Spread:
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On another note....what's happening in Sweetwater right now - SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!

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Sunday, February 1, 2009

*Sneak Peek* Mary Beth & Chris E-Session in the Smoky Mountains!

More to come later. I have two words that describe our e-session yesterday: SUPER FUN! :)

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