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The Historic Tennessee Theatre’s breathtaking ceiling was renovated to be as identical to the original as possible, including the exact colors that were originally used.

A few weeks ago, I was given an amazing opportunity to explore one of Knoxville’s most prized assets: The Historic Tennessee Theatre. I, along with a group of friends, was given nearly unrestricted access with a camera to explore the renovated movie palace…and I made every effort to take full advantage of it!

The kind and talented Bill Snyder was the generous man who invited us in, gave us a brief history lesson, and played the mighty Wurlitzer Organ for our entertainment. Bill has been involved with the Theatre since the 70s, if I remember his stories correctly, and he had some wonderful stories to share. If you ever get an opportunity to talk to him, I would highly recommend you do so!

The Theatre appears in the film October Sky (some scenes were filmed in Knoxville). You can find out more interesting facts about the history of the Theatre and the Wurlitzer on its Wikipedia page—though the wiki isn’t as informative as Snyder!

Below are roughly 100 images I was able to capture during my tour. I wanted to share a glimpse into this beautiful and grand movie palace with everyone, so treat yourself to a photographic Tour of the Tennessee Theatre! Read more

Welcome to the third installment of a weekly movie blog series about the best movies you (probably) haven’t seen. Last week, we featured Green Street Hooligans, and the first post featured Finding Forrester.

(The idea is that each week I’ll throw out a movie that I think is really great, but isn’t a huge mainstream hit, or it’s not fresh and likely hasn’t been seen in quite a while—if at all. If you have seen it, share what you think about it—and feel free to rip me if you think it’s not worth watching! Then, in the comments, you all make one movie suggestion as well. It’s that simple, and it’ll be a lot of fun if you’re a cinephile like me.)

This week, my nomination for the best movie you (probably) haven’t seen is a throwback to the 90s and a loose, modern adaptation of a Charles Dickens novel. Great Expectations is a film in my “Top-5” and stars Gwyneth Paltrow (now well-known for her role as Pepper Pots in the Iron Man films)  and Ethan Hawke, with supporting roles from Robert De Niro and Anne Bancroft. Made in 1998, its story is based around the pursuit of unrequited love. Amazon’s summary:

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I just returned from a beautiful outdoor Destination Wedding in Aspen, Colorado! It was a fantastic trip and a wonderful experience for me as it was my first wedding as a groomsman.

Despite the fact that I was in the wedding party, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to shoot a gorgeous outdoor destination wedding in Aspen! The backdrop in the Rocky Mountains near the Maroon Bells was just too incredible for me to turn down, so aside from the ceremony itself, I had my camera by my side (the entire weekend, in fact) and got some breathtaking shots. Read more

I am very excited to announce the official launch of the first Moser Visuals brand:

Knox Wedding Photo + Video

 

Knox Wedding Photo + Video is Knoxville’s choice for brides who want their wedding to be an amazing event that also supports those in need!

Check out the new Knox Wedding Photo + Video website: KnoxWeddingPhoto.com & KnoxWeddingVideo.com.

I can’t wait for you to get to know this new brand and the brides that want to use their wedding to do some good. I’m such a romantic, so weddings, engagements, and couples photography and videography have always been a thrill for me. Hearing the stories of how couples got together (Facebook), where they got engaged (World’s Fair Park), and where they are getting married (Aspen, Colorado) really makes doing this job that much more rewarding (coolest stories I’ve been told are in parenthesis).

Follow Knox Wedding Photo + Video on Twitter: @knoxwedding.

Because a major emphasis of the Chadasha Foundation is helping Haitian children get life-saving heart surgeries they wouldn’t otherwise have access to (their “Heartbeat of Haiti” program), it only makes sense that I tie those kids hearts in with the lovestruck hearts of brides- and grooms-to-be that will support them. Thus the slogan:

Share Your Heart & Save A Heart!

It’s not just a slick slogan—it’s true. In fact, I’m working on a documentary about the “Heartbeat of Haiti” program right now, and investments in Knox Wedding Photo + Video support the continued production of it for Chadasha!

Like Knox Wedding Photo + Video’s work and philanthropy? Like us on Facebook!

I’m also excited to announce the following giveaway to promote Knox Wedding Photo + Video!

Today marks the launch of Knox Wedding Photo + Video, and to celebrate, I’m giving away some major wedding gifts!

The first 5 couples to book a wedding with Knox Wedding Photo + Video will receive a Romantic Engagement Portrait Session and five additional matted 11″x 14″ Keepsake Prints to put in your Keepsake Box (a $700 value) as a gift from Knox Wedding Photo + Video!

It gets better, though! These first five couples have an opportunity to get even more for their wedding day! Read more

Hey folks!

I’m feeling pretty candid about how I’m growing my business and want to experiment in a public social sphere, because I think y’all’s opinions can be really helpful to the success of Moser Visuals. Plus, once you try to do something yourself, it’s almost like you forget everything you’ve learned or thought as a consumer. Kinda like giving solid relationship advice to everyone else but being inept at applying anything resembling intelligent romantic decisions yourself.

As a part of my initial marketing plan, I’m experimenting with social specials. I’ve got a lot of ideas, but I need your help to know if they’ll be awesome or duds. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

First up: A Foursquare Special!

“Social Promo @ Moser Visuals Studio – Foursquare 1st Visit Gift: 1 photo on your 1st check-in! ($100 value). Check in @ The Studio today!”

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It’s been a long time coming.

The build-up to this moment has been like the “drumroll” before a kiss. So many events and experiences in my life have led to this day (well, not really this day, but I’m trying to be super duper dramatic here) that it has only been a question of “when” and not “if.”

This day, I’m finally posting a new blog! Oh, and I also left my well-paying and comfortable job at one of the largest cable network companies in America to start my own small business: Moser Visuals. Moser Visuals is a photo, video, and design company designed to support my volunteer role as the Director of Media for the Chadasha Foundation. Read more

SANTIAGO, D.R. — There’s nothing quite like witnessing an open heart surgery.

Seeing a human heart beating and a pair of lungs expanding and contracting is absolutely incredible.

You can also view photos from Pricile’s surgery. Keep in mind that many photos may be considered disturbing by some due to the nature of surgery.

I don’t have a whole lot of inspirational thoughts to share today because we’ve been going full-speed for a few days. In lieu of words, today I’ll just share some photos and a few updates.

Isenadaire was the last to arrive of the four kids we we able to take to Santiago so far. He's older than the others. His health problems are noticeable when he has to walk a lot, especially up and down stairs when he gets very fatigued.

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Erin Brenner prepares the instruments in the OR before Pricile's surgery.

Dr. Rodrigo Soto was our chief surgeon for Pricile's operation and he should be performing all the kids' surgeries when they are scheduled. Most of them should happen next week.

The following photos are from Pricile’s open-heart surgery and contain material that may be considered graphic to some due to the nature of the operation. They are tasteful, but display internal organs, blood and other subjects that may not be of interest to some. View at your own discretion. Read more

The final heat of the 2011 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. began with more drama than any men’s heat in the last 31 years. Denison had to finish within two spots of Kenyon to retain its lead and unseat the only overall champion the sport had seen in 31 years.

The full slideshow of photos from the event is located at the end of the story.

I remember showing up at my first UT football game as a photographer. Not a fan, student or band member, but with my mind focused on my goals for the next few hours and working to learn and accomplish those goals.  I was impressed with how nice the facilities were, but it didn’t come as a surprise to me–this is Tennessee, an FBS (Division I) SEC program with a top-10 all-time winning percentage.

Neyland Stadium is known for being one of the largest stadiums in America–over 100,000 in capacity, but after the multimillion dollar renovations to its interior and exterior, it is one of the nation’s most beautiful as well.

Money goes to what people care about most, and Volunteer football is a big-revenue operation. Neyland Stadium is one of the oldest, finest and largest stadiums in the country for a reason–people are fanatical about the cleated brethren that don the orange and white jerseys and hit the wooden sign that says “I will give my all for Tennessee today,” as they leave the locker room.

The Tennessee football locker room has been compared to the quality of NFL locker rooms.

That locker room, by the way, was recently renovated and named for Peyton Manning after he made a $1 million contribution to the Neyland Stadium renovation project. According to UT’s website, Phase II of this plan alone was an estimated $27.4 million.

The media rooms that I’ve worked in on field level and in the press box are beautiful and spacious areas. They serve a pre-game meal, halftime meal, and snacks and pizza after the game to working members of the press. A similar routine occurs at men’s and women’s basketball games in Thompson Boling Arena. In addition, all media get parking passes near the venue, a storage area for gear, work space for writing/editing/uploading and dedicated athletic department personnel to help them solve problems and accomplish (most of ) their needs.

None of that exists at the Division III (DIII) level. Read more

We arrived in Haiti early this afternoon.

Haiti is gorgeous. It saddens me that there is still rubble everywhere, but the people have great spirits here.

Here are a few pictures I took today. I’ll start filming and really taking pictures tomorrow in the epicenter of the earthquake here in Port Au Prince. Read more