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Atlanta is fortunate to have a beautiful skyline, convenient access to lakes and mountains and a city sprawl filled with restaurants, old homes, and artistic spaces to accommodate special celebrations.  We all know the coveted Swan House.  We envy the couple who selects the Georgian Terrace Hotel for their big day, or the young boy who celebrates his Mitzvah at the Aquarium.  But, let’s not forget some of these incredible spots that can host intimate gatherings and larger groups.  They each have preferred vendor lists, a talented staff, beautiful backdrop and style – making your event unique and photo-worthy.

The Solarium is located in Decatur in the quaint Oakhurst neighborhood.  Designed by acclaimed Atlantan architect, Neel Reid, in 1918 who is also known for building the Alexander Hotel, Atlanta Amtrak Station and many homes in the Ansley Park neighborhood.  The Solarium offers a lot of natural light and provides a beautiful backdrop of Georgian Revival architectural details.  If cost savings is a priority, this venue should be at the top of your list.

Orchids abound at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Options range from the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen, a Japanese Garden, the Sourwood Terrace and Canopy Walk and many more.  Here is a complete list.

The Fernbank Museum has been booked by brides and we most certainly recommend it for corporate, Mitzvah and birthday gatherings.  Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!?

5Church Atlanta is located in Midtown.  Home to Jamie Lynch, chef, of Top Chef.  The restaurant offers a private indoor space and a rooftop.

A step back to a simpler time of gatherings.  If vintage interiors, bowling, and vibrant, ample space appeal to you, The Painted Pin is your next venue go-to.  A fun space to entertain kids or a place where grownups can be a kid, The Painted Pin in Miami Circle offers a full bar, bocce, Ping-Pong and Skee-Ball.  Did you see those chesterfield sofas and candy spread?!?!

Maybe one of the less obvious places to get married is Stone Mountain Park.  We know it for its beauty and hiking, but there is also an antebellum estate and formal garden.

If all else fails, just call Legendary Events.  Led by Tony Conway, Legendary offers full service design, catering and florals … As well as a venue: The Estate by Legendary Events.  Conway has catered to major executives, celebrities, and brides since 1997.









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Fall is here! The weather is perfect and the outdoor colors are breathtaking. This is an excellent time to schedule a family portrait session in LifeonFilm’s backyard Decatur studio.Let us capture your family in a natural environment featuring the studio’s classic elements of water, air, fire, and earth.The relaxing and carefree atmosphere will provide a great mix of shots featuring your family in formal and candid settings.The backyard studio is the perfect setting for your family’s end of year photos. It is designed to create backgrounds that express adventure and fun.A soothing water feature and in-ground hot tub is used to encourage water play and relaxation. A log wall and fire pit is perfect for capturing warm, rustic family photos. The easily accessible treehouse, featuring hanging bells, glowing lanterns, and a delightful porch swing is a hit with kids.Last, but certainly not least … our small flock of hens, ever ready to make a special photo appearance, if their presence is desired.The beautiful hand painted, stone mural is a favorite among children who are fascinated by the colorful designs.

Our studio is also designed to accommodate families with special needs. The upper and lower level patios are wheel-chair accessible and sensory considerations are in place for individuals on the Autism spectrum.150331familyportraitjgilrm-1A convenient, private area is available for outfit changes and sprucing up.

If you’re looking to take advantage of the stunning fall canvas for your next family portrait, contact LifeonFilm Photography and schedule your family’s session today. We look forward to helping you tell your family’s story … one image at a time.

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It’s always an honor when families call upon me to record momentous milestones in their lives. I’ve captured a lot of events during my time as a photographer and I must say that bar/bat mitzvahs are my favorite.Witnessing young men and women commit themselves to their faith and all that it involves, is sacred. Add the awesome celebrations that follow and it’s clear to see why I delight in capturing these moments.During our first meeting, I could tell Perri and her family were a fun, loving bunch. You could feel the warm personalities radiating from each member. Perri has a positive impact on those around her and is surrounded by love and support from family and friends.The bat mitzvah ceremony was held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Rabbi Brian Glusman was the officiant. Family and friends from New York, New Jersey, Florida, and of course, Georgia, were on hand to help Perri celebrate this important life event. Her parents, Jason and Janel, beamed with pride as Perri effortlessly carried out the roles required of her during the ceremony.The celebration was nothing short of breathtaking. Perri’s father, Jason, served as event coordinator and was able to find the right vendors to help him put together a Jersey Boardwalk themed celebration. Vibrant and vivid colors were all around, guests feasted on popcorn, cotton candy and lots and lots of sweets! There were starbursts, lollipops, salt water taffy, and rice crispy treats to name a few.Dressed in a fabulous polka dot dress and illuminated sneakers, Perri seemed to enjoy being the center of attention as guest after guest greeted her with congratulations, hugs, and plenty of requests for pictures. She and her guest danced the night away with tunes provided by Vibe Entertainment. The photo booth provided by Life on Film Photography was a big hit with Perri and her friends as they donned props and captured memorable snapshots to take home.I can truly say that Perri and her family know how to celebrate. In addition to the Schwartz family, I would like to thank all of the vendors: Let’s Celebrate Events, Vibe Entertainment and Legacy Catering and Events for doing such a fantastic job and creating an atmosphere full of creativity, fun, and love that were a joy to capture.

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As a photographer, I get to experience some pretty cool locations, but I also have the honor of an invitation to some of the best and most entertaining celebrations of my client’s milestones … even the ones where I am partying with mostly teenagers. In fact, they may have the most fun when it comes to really enjoying the festivities, as most recently evidenced by the Alexander’s awesome party for their daughter Maya at Le Fais Do Do.160123MayaAlexanderCelebrationLRM-0031


If you ever wondered why girls get the reputation for being made of sugar, spice and everything nice, look no farther than sweet Maya’s ballerina-drenched Bat Mitzvah. In fact, if you can pull yourself away from the dreamy desserts table that Zest Atlanta catering company packed with everything from magenta macaroons to pretty pink cake pops and decadently dipped Oreos, you won’t find anything in the room that wasn’t supremely nice.  


Speaking of sweet, that includes the members of the Alexander family. Maya’s the middle child in and is just as sweet as her older sister Lenore, who also has a knack for creating artistic party themes, as her mitzvah was centered around paintings and art. Not to be outdone by his sisters, the youngest sibling, Nolan is certain to have his own style in a few years. In fact, he was a pretty impressive as my assistant director, helping pose his sisters at Maya’s portrait session.

But it’s not like the Alexanders to sit still for long – and that goes for all generations. One of the best parts about this party was that when you needed to take a break from the food, there was an incredible DJ from EsPeuté Productions, who kept the dance floor vibe as irresistible as those macaroons. I love seeing a pro that can get absolutely everyone moving; and in this case, even after the ballerinas cleared some room, the family stepped in and danced until the lights came on. That was something I will never forget!

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Getting engaged is one pretty awesome thing to celebrate … your wedding day, even better. Still in love and holding hands regularly fifty years later – that calls for a serious party! 10 LOF 151125Morris50thLRM-60For Wayne and Sandra, it also meant an added surprise from their entire family.

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These lovebirds tied the knot after Wayne proposed in a small Mexican restaurant in an almost-just-as-small Alabama town. He didn’t get down on one knee but she said yes anyway, and they began a long love story that is still turning pages today.

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The most recent chapter opened up this past Thanksgiving, when the extended family flew in from South Carolina for a surprise reunion and anniversary party for the Mr. and Mrs. at The Ritz Carlton. Handsome, bow-tied boys and adorable little girls, smiling faces, generation-spanning stories and a lot of energy made this a picture-perfect time spent together. With so much love in one room, we were thrilled to be the illustrator of such a sentimental story. Here’s wishing many more chapters for Wayne and Sandra!09 LOF 151125Morris50thLRM-55

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