We are Terry & Carly Mercer, and live in the Louisville/Maryville, TN area... that's EAST TENNESSEE, near the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains for most folks; and about 3 hours from just about anything & everything, except our family & the ocean (both we miss), but in general love it here.
We know cameras, photography... still & video, and a variety of other things. When we are behind a camera, our goal is to capture the Awe, Wow, Ow!, Unique, Intense, Extreme, and Holy Crap... stopping motion, making memories, capturing emotion, sparking motivation, and/or celebrating life! We each shot Sports Action and Concerts for many years.
Maybe you recently were handed one of the cards when we were 'out and about' thrifting, going to estate sales, or shopping; we figured it was easier to hand out one of the 'old photography cards' than 'writing down' our phone number or email address. Hopefully you'll find something that makes you smile, think, or just enjoy. If you're wanting to get ahold of us, you already have our phone number & email (on the card).
Carly & Terry
We both started in photography as children; quickly falling in love with the creative medium and ability to 'stop time' and 'capture the unique, beautiful, wonderful... happy moments & fulfilling memories.'
We particularly love challenging shoots, which the average person isn't going to capture well, consistently, or as often as WE CAN & ACTUALLY DO!
WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW MUCH (dollars) will impact our decisions and choices as to WHICH projects we *might* choose to take on and agree to.
Different projects require a different amount of prep time (odds are we have the gear for just about any shoot - just have to charge the batteries, prepare the storage devices, and deal with the lighting & background aspects.
(NOTE: we DO NOT usually or often shoot weddings ~ but will consider it, IF things seem right - our time and expenses are covered, portal to portal, including post processing time). Base price is $3500 for a wedding shoot, plus travel expenses if more than 30 miles from Louisville, Tennessee.
As 'the house photographer' at Cotton Eye Joe for nearly 8 years, and the regular camera guy at a few other music venues, such as Two Doors Down, Smoky Mountain Harley, and often traveling to the heart of 'country music' - in Nashville Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena & Antique Archaeology for shoots, we were getting a bit burned out.
It was constantly charging batteries, processing photos, and a new gig every couple days. Then, two key venues changed ownership, the owner at another sadly passed away unexpectedly; so, after much thought, discussion, and soul searching we decided to cease pushing for the music photography, unless it was financially worthwhile. This decision was made easier, since we are both in our 60's, Carly was recovering from knee & shoulder surgery from a fall with her heavy camera pack on in 2020, and the world was going crazy, with three of the venues we used to regularly shoot 'Meet & Greets' and celebrities at either closed down or changed ownership, so we took it AS 'HERE'S YOUR SIGN.'
The monthly cost of the image 'store' didn't make sense, particularly when we weren't really able to shoot the things that really made us money. So, when they jacked up the cost, we closed our online photo store down (but kept most of our website domain(s) ~ some of which we will be selling).
We purposefully took all the sports action & concert photography down; which was literally millions of images over the years. We did this actually before the closures started, events were put on cancelations, concerts on hold, and the places that were open were afraid to advertise they were open and not living in fear.
At the same point, it didn't make sense to 'hand out' a business card with our name, phone number, and no website. So... here it is... hope you find something that makes you smile, or sparks some positive emotions.
We LOVE photographing live shows, band portfolio shots, EP/ALBUM cover images, web images... and MEET & GREETS!
Equine (Eventing, Hunter/Jumper, Racing, Rodeo, etc)., Basketball, Track & Field, Dance, Skating, Swimming, MOTION & ACTION are our specialty
Head shots, Babies, Kids, Parents, Couples, Senior Photos, modeling or acting portfolios, pet photos, etc. ... we do NOT usually sign up to 'shoot weddings' unless we know you (the money makes sense, and we believe we can likely meet or exceed expectations).
3 Doors Down
4 Bolt Main
A Thousand Horses
Aaron Kirby and Tennessee Jam Band
Anthony "Salvestor" Franco
Antique Archaeology (Nashville Venue)
As Girls Go
Big & Rich
Billy Bob Thornton & The BoxMasters
Burnin Hermans, The
Casey Donahew Band
Charles Esten (Decon TV Nashville)
Charlie Daniels Band
Connor Christian & Southern Gothic
Cornfields & Crossroads
County Wide Band
Dan & Shay
Dean Alexander (Bachelor)
Dee Jay Silver
Dixie Lee Damn It
Doug Frasure (drummer)
Eli Young Band
Granger Smith (Earl Dibbles Jr.)
Jamie Lynn Spears (Britney's Sis)
Jason Kidd Peterson
Jason Stinnett Band
Jeff Joplin Band
Joe Lasher Jr.
Kristian Bush (from Sugarland)
Kudzu, The Band
Larry the Cable Guy
Laura Bell Bundy
Love & Theft
Maddie & Tae
Marshall Tucker Band
Michael W Smith
Mocking Bird Sun
New Busy, The
Old Southern Moonshine Revival
RON GANNAWAY (Drummer)
Runaway June (John Wayne's Granddaughter's band)
Russell Dickerson (Bachelorette)
Scooter Brown Band
Shuaggah Pies, The
SlimFest 2015, 2016, 2017
Spencer Ted Bassett
Steve Rutledge and the Groove Evolution
Struggle Jennings (Wyland's Grandson)
Swon Brothers, The
Texas Tony & The Tornado Ramblers
The Daniel Lee Band
The Dirty Dougs
The Dixie Werewolves
The Royal Hound
Tim Haines (drummer)
Trace Cryus (Metro Station/Miley's Bro)
Twang and Round Army
Tyler Blake Barham
Way Sneaky Eddie
Will 'Mo' Carter
William Michael Morgan
Zach Dylon and D-Railed
Mr. Kevin Costner
Truly a star, and one of the nicest celebrities we've had the opportunity to meet.
Mr. Billy Bob Thornton
One of the nicest celebrities we've met and talked with, a few times
We love capturing MOTION and fractions of seconds!
One of the most fun & challenging images: low light + fast motion, no flash
How many sticks do you see?
Converting an captured image
to a piece of PEN & INK ART WORK
Or an explosion of colors to join the incredible music
If the artist/celebrity or their label, or the venue pays us for shooting the Meet & Greets, then they set the rules (and prices/deal with the fans). IF, however, they aren't paying us, we'll consider doing the Meet & Greet shoot, but will have a modest charge for digital images and/or PRINTS.
UNLESS the artist or label is paying us the agreed upon amount for the shoot, with the terms clearly defined, all copyrights of the images BELONG TO US! While we do not wish to have anything other than top notch images distributed, the results of the camera work ARE OUR CRAFT! And we will not, and do not, sign any 'rights grab' or limiting access contracts! We aren't unreasonable, and prefer happy artists (management & label execs); but do not expect us to shoot for free or low cost AND sign some contact that limits our ability to profit from the work: effort, timing, experience, and investment(s) WE HAVE MADE!
Sorry, NOPE! It's there, but to honestly DO OUR JOB, other than figuring out the TIMING of certain movements, we are FOCUSED on the changing lighting, the movement of the fans and artists on stage. If we start tapping our feet, swaying our body, or trying to sing along our work product wouldn't be very good! So, we usually wear EAR PLUGS; so we can FOCUS on the settings of our gear, the sets being played, and action happening. We are there to capture moments & memories, and generally do it very well, not listen to the music.
Well, it can be, has been, and usually is. But over the years, there have been some serious experiences, and less that perfect times. We've been groped, puked on, had gear accidently broken & stolen; we've fallen, been rained on, had equipment malfunctions, threatened, and even stopped a few fights during some of the wilder concerts. But usually, IT IS FUN; and often we are lucky enough to communicate with many of the celebrities, artists, and band members before & after the shows. Often they are used to 'being photographed' - and express WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR - wanting and needing, photography wise. Most hope for an amazing EMOTIONALLY SPARKING IMAGE that can become some marketing or advertising ART WORK, or POSTER, which can help further their career, notoriety (in the media), and/or reward their fan base. THAT IS OUR GOAL!
YOU are meeting us within 15 minutes of OUR PLACE... near Louisville, TN or Maryville Tennessee.
The actual shoot usually only takes about 5 to 10 minutes; with the 'setup' (back ground, lighting, best location/angles scouting) usually happening prior to the shoot; and the post processing could take 15 minutes to many hours after the shoot, depending on the goal, situation, and desired results.
Some images lend themselves to some really cool & awesome 'after effects' - that can help turn the photograph into a piece of FINE ART. See Billy Bob & Kevin Costner's image examples below.
Generally about 1 to 3 'outfits' - a few different 'options' at or around the general location, usually one of the local parks, or scenic areas of the customers choosing. Often about 1 to 2 hours of 'time' (travel & shooting) + post processing (after the shoot).
Let us know if we need to bring a portable changing room, green screen, or any particular props or goals are wanted.
This type of shoot usually lasts for 30 to 60 minutes, sometimes a bit more. Post processing takes about 2 to 3 times as long as the shoot for the best results.
There is usually two images of each individual, two of the 'whole group' - and one or two of any combination (mother _ child, father + child, mother & father, just children, boys vs girls, etc.). As long as people co-operate, these shoots can be fun, quick, easy, and result in some amazing captures and great memories.
Something we ROCK AT! Having done literally hundreds of these over the years!
Choose your back ground, drapes, curtains, or use our GREENSCREEN (let us know in advance, so we can bring it and any additional lighting). The green scree seriously allows the most amazing results! BUT, CAN take us the most time post processing afterwards.
The base charge is for 20 to 100 people (individuals or sets) through the line, up to 1.5 hours of 'shot time;' more people (or time) will cost a bit more (estimate about $2-5 for each additional person).
We quickly capture 2 to 5 images per person/set usually 1 or 2 quick poses, 99.99% of the time with their EYES OPEN; as well as images of autographing. End results is usually 1 to 3 images of each person, couple, or group meeting the celebrity - WITH whomever they are 'meeting.'
Resulting images are usually made available within 1 to 3 business days.
One of the many times we've photographed him, his Meet & Greets and shows.