I have been working as a Freelance Journalist since 1998 in Knoxville after spending eight years working at the Gulf of Mexico off and on as a beach photographer..I have been capturing Knoxville’s downtown on film and now digitally ever since and have watched the revitalization first hand. These are ten images taken in downtown Knoxville, TN for a magazine to be released in 2013 called KnowKnoxville. This is also the second year in a row working for this annual publication. Justin Fee
This is the latest home to be featured in Knoxville Magazine and was a blast to shoot. I grew up with this home being one of those fond memories I recall while riding in the back seat of my mom and dad’s car. My dad, Ray Fee often took the scenic route back to our home and I remember seeing this home with a tree growing out of the roof, with my mom, Ruth Ann recalling how she used to visit that home when she was a young girl. Then we would travel further down Woodson Drive and pass by a home my mom and dad both agreed was their dream home and how they wished they had purchased it when they had the chance. I on the other hand was always fascinated with the curved roof home with a tree growing up through it and clearly visible through the large front glass windows. I was always fascinated with the beauty of South Knoxville from the backseat of the car while feeling the sun on my face with shadows dancing by as we made our way home; a very inspiring and pleasant imprint was made that I still carry with me today.
I have been a busy beaver in South Knoxville…to mention a few things…covering various News Sentinel assignments, photographing a Persian style wedding a week ago today, a commercial photo shoot for TEC and four portraits for a new Johnson & Galyon website redesign…Hallelujah! So, I have not had time to blog as much as I did last year; not to say that I wasn’t busy last year, but blogging was new and more part of my routine. Let’s get real too; who is even reading these words that I am typing now. Moving on however, to document a few things to those who are reading and maybe to my future baby girl who will be joining us in about four months. She may decide to see what her old man was doing for 20 years of his life before she came into the picture…get it “picture” I am a photographer? These words may hold some significance to her in the future. I really do enjoy writing and find it important when covering news assignments to have good writing skills, but above all to be nonobjective when I have covered the news for the past twelve years living back in Knoxville, TN. Prior to that I lived on and off again in Panama City Beach, FL also working as a photographer and keeping journals in books about life and what was happening in my 20′s. Basically, I was blogging, facebooking, or tweeting about my life before these things ever came about because I actually needed to help release what I was feeling inside and writing was a great way to do that. The journals are all still here in the house somewhere and I intend on my children being able read the journals one day. Wow, I have just completed 270 words at the stop of that last sentence so I guess I will post up some photos I have taken lately. These will be a bit random but are all very recently taken in the last month or so. Peace to you!
Justin R. Fee ©2011
These are three different assignments I photographed for the Knoxville News Sentinel last month during the championships or tournaments each teams were playing in. I have worked with the Knoxville News Sentinel as a freelance photographer since 1998. It is the closest style to my approach of photography that I most love to shoot. However, for the past four years I have shot more Magazine assignments as well as Commercial photography in and around Knoxville, TN with some assignments as far out as Washington D.C. This type of work is extremely fun too. Typical work for me comes from answering the phone and being able to turn around a finished product with speed, integrity, and professionalism. So if you have a need for a photographer please contact me for a consultation and happy voice on the other end of the phone. Hallelujah!
First Friday in Knoxville, Tennessee was a nice treat this past “First Friday” in the month of March 2011. The venue we chose to attend was the Sunshere at the World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. It has a big jump on the elevator from floor 3 up to 4 with about 4 floors passing in between with no stops. When we got to level 6 it was a blast with music and art all around with Knoxvillians milling about as we do. The food was free with All Occasions providing some great appetizers and sliced meat. Also we enjoyed a couple of complimentary drinks until 7 PM. All in all it was a nice evening for all in attendance as I could perceive…until next go around. Justin R. Fee
I was hired by Knoxville Magazine for their February issue to visit five local local restaurants and photograph five featured drinks that will warm your spirit. Each restaurant had a bartender to appear in each photograph with their specialty drink. The shoot was supposed to be shot down and dirty in one afternoon. However, it easily became a two-day project for me with restaurants needing to be rescheduled. I enjoy the Lord working in mysterious ways and I was excited to finish the job. Food photography and environmental portraiture are quickly becoming my favorite areas of photography. I hope before long I can be chosen to photograph a book that astounds people who enjoy good food and drink photography as I do. So here are my favorite pics from the shoot. I hope you enjoy them. If you’re wondering . . . I did sample a couple of these drinks, and they were “fabulous” by the way, to quote the bartender at the Orangery, Caleb Whitson, who is also an old friend of mine. Who knew drinking beers in college would one day turn out to be an asset?
Winter White Cosmo
Nick made this riff on the Cosmo using cranberry-infused vodka (they plan on making their own soon), Cointreau, white cranberry juice, and lime. This was a brisk, pick-me-up drink – very clean and refreshing.
Stephanie marinates diced pears in red wine, adds a splash of Grand Marnier and pours it all into a chilled martini glass with a cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass – or heats the wine and serves the drink gently steaming.
The Spaghetti Western
Bistro by the Tracks
This decidedly metropolitan drink strikes me as a riff on the Manhattan. Lana mixes up Basil Hayben Bourbon, adds one of her personal discoveries, Luxardo Cherry Liqueur, and then shakes it up with lemon and ice. Once strained and topped with club soda, it’s an elegant way to warm up.
Twisted Mary Martini
Amie makes use of one of the most interesting new vodkas to hit shelves: Bakon Vodka. He muddles fresh basil and then adds Bakon vodka, muddled lemon, raw horseradish, olive juice, Zing Zang bloody mary mix and pours this concoction into a glass with a seasoned salt rim. That’s a festive way to punch up a brunch!
Caleb looked back to a classic drink – the Brandy Flip. Using Ibis XO brandy, cream, and a little nutmeg makes for a pretty festive beverage, but what really makes a flip is a whole raw egg. Caleb shakes organic, free-range eggs to make this frothy reflection on the good old days.
© Photographfee 2011
Donovan Swick, owner of Swick Aesthetics, hosted a fantastic fashion show at the Valarium in Knoxville, TN on December 14, 2010. The show included his latest fashion designs for the year ending 2010. I found the opportunity to be a part of this high energy environment to be extremely stimulating as an artist; and decided to add Photographfee to the list of photographers that were going to be there. I enjoy fashion photography and merge my background of Journalism with the fun and energetic atmosphere of a runway show. The designer at this particular show played a part of the show and directed the models at the end of the catwalk with a pipe in his mouth and long black object resembling a whip. The music was pumped out of gigantic speakers with a dj mixing the music provided by the muti-dimensional designer, Donovan Swick, in front of a crowd of about one hundred…wish you were there!
© Photographfee 2010
The 5th Annual Second Harvest Chili Cook Off was held at the World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee on Sunday, November 7, 2010.
© Photographfee 2010
I went to the Battle of Fort Sanders re-enactment held in Corryton, TN on Saturday, October 9, 2010 for the Knoxville News Sentinel and covered Fredrik Christiansen a sharp shooter for the confederate soldiers in the Battle of Fort Sanders re-enactment. Fredrik had traveled from Norway to participate in the re-enactment and was one of the main people the writer “Fred Brown” a long time reporter for the Sentinel was covering. I also shot two of the re-enactment battles I saw that day. This was a very rewarding assignment and I enjoyed the battlefield action as well as the general spirit of the over 500 re-enactors who were gathered on the sprawling farm in Corryton, TN. The farmland or dirt as he referred to it was owned by Smiley Clapp.
These photos are all shot with a long lens, 70mm to 200mm, with my new 7D canon body. The clarity of the lens has always been great and now armed with over 18 megapixels the images are beginning to look very nice. Keep in mind I have been shooting digitally for around 5 years now, but before that shot 35mm film, professionally, for 15 years. So, the realism of digital is just now sinking in for me digitally speaking vs former images shot with film or even transparencies. I guess I have been Blessed to have experienced both of those genres in photography. I shot this with all available light during the three hour assignment and pretty much enjoyed the scenic surrounding of the pastureland and the House Mountain being in the background of course. I have climbed that mountain several times and never thought I would be photographing a confederate re-enactment in the shadows of that mountain…what a Blessing Lord thank you! I am never ceased to be amazed at where I am taken with my career choice or the interesting people I come in contact with. Journalistic photography is probably the biggest contributor to the various places I have visited. I wonder when I will be called to work outside of this country?
© photographfee 2010