The Collection exists to bring superior images, along with trusted service, to a variety of brides. When working with The Collection, you can trust you will receive excellence in service and the highest quality for your investment.
The Collection is a new name, but not a new face to wedding photography. Each photographer, hand picked by owners Peter & Whitney Carlson, are held to the highest degree of perfection.
The collection exists to bring superior images, along with trusted service, to a variety of brides. When working with a photographer from The Collection, you can trust you will receive excellence in service and the highest quality for your investment.
The Collection is not a co-operative of photographers, but one trusted photography studio supplying a variety of creative and artistic photographers.
All photography coverage includes 2 photographers. We dedicate the day to you so your photographer of choice will only photograph your wedding on your wedding date.
WHO IS THE COLLECTION:
Erin shot her first wedding in 1990, at the age of eight, with her Kodak 110 camera and her guinea pig, Lora, who was dressed like a bride. Her decision to be serious about photography came about 10 years later while she was playing drums for a Chicago-based alternative rock band. She noticed that no one knew how to take photos of a chick-drummer. Erin then spent numerous years photographing musicians in the Chicago area.
Erin also enjoys relaxing outside during the summer with friends, reading books by Brennan Manning, watching The Office, and discovering magical atmospheres. She is sad that LOST has completed. Her guilty pleasure is visiting Opryland Hotel and can’t wait for it to reopen. When Erin is not busy with photography and the mentioned activities, she is still rocking out as the Marketing Director for a music–based advertising and sponsorship company.
Jessica has been photographing weddings for over two years, and has had a considerable amount of training over the years from her older sister Whitney Carlson of Dove Wedding Photography.
Jessica lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Alex and 120pound black Labrador Triton. She is a 6th grade school teacher that loves the outdoors. When she is not teaching or photographing, she spends her time with her husband hiking, rafting, camping, and watching LOST marathons.
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39 Reviews for The Collection
Recommended by 99% of couples
User6027839 · 2+ years ago
Erin and her team are unbelievably amazing.Sent on 05/13/2016
reasons to choose her
1. The pictures speak for themselves - she's amazing at capturing the joy in the moment. She's not intrusive, not bossy, and still able to take beautiful shots.
2. She's super professional - very prompt and responsive prior to the wedding, evaluates your site prior, and comes early to set up, and stays late to make sure all photos are downloaded in a safe place before leaving.
3. She goes above and beyond her role - I didn't have a day of coordinator, and Erin and her team helped me survive: they helped trim flower stems, redo my hair, set out dinnerware, among many others. Prior to the wedding, I also didn't know anything about Nashville and wedding planning, and she followed up with her colleagues to help me figure out lots of catering questions.
4. She and her team are SUPER FUN
If I had to choose again, I would no doubt choose Erin to be my wedding photographer a second time. It is 100% worth it. You have a million other decisions to make, so focus on getting those done and rest assured you won't regret choosing Erin and her team.
Sasha · Married on 02/20/2016
Erin Lee Allender is amazeballs! Her photos speak for themselves. I am now a picture snob. She gave us such valuable and well documented memories of our special day. She shot my best friend's wedding and I knew that she would be my photographer when my time came. After the venue, her services were the second item I purchased. Photography is pricey if you want quality, but she is well worth it. I have already booked her for my future children at her new business, Erin Lee Allender photography. She will no longer be a part of the Collection, but the impact she made on this brand will stand the test of time.Sent on 06/20/2016
She knows how to read people. That is what makes her so gifted. She could tell when my energy was fading, She even stopped during the reception to get me a drink when I was overwhelmed with taking photos for guests. Erin helped sew one of my bridesmaids into her dress when the side seam burst right before she was to walk down the aisle. She is gal's gal and people's person. She is awesome. Her services were a great investment.
kristen · Married on 10/10/2015
Erin was great. Very professional and has a great eye. You can tell she's done this once or twice :)Sent on 10/18/2015
I have worked with them many times. They have a creative flair in everything that they do.