We are Terry & Carly Mercer, in the Louisville/Maryville, TN area... and 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, Ow, Wow, and Holly Crap... capturing motion, memories, emotions, and motivation...
Maybe you found one of my business cards from the 'old days' (when I was busy shooting Sports Action or Concerts) and you're curious where we are now. Or, maybe you recently were handed one of the cards when we were 'out and about' thrifting, going to estate sales, or shopping - and we figured it was easier than 'writing down' our phone number or email address. Regardless, WELCOME!
We purposefully took our 'commercial photography site down' (all the sports action & concert photography) which was literally millions of images over the years. We did this March 2020 when the closures started, events were put on hold, and the places that were open were afraid to advertise they were open and not living in fear.
So, after much thought, discussion, and soul searching... since we are both in our 60's, Carly was recovering from knee & shoulder surgery from a fall with her heavy camera pack on... 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, we took it ALL as 'HERE'S YOUR SIGN' and closed our photo store down (but kept our domain(s)). The cost of the image 'store' didn't make sense when we weren't really able to shoot the things that really made us money.
However, 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.
Carly & Terry
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).
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 'with a camera' (or cell phone) 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.
(NOTE: we DO NOT usually or often shoot weddings)
YOU are meeting us within 15 minutes of OUR PLACE... near Louisville, TN or Maryville Tennessee.
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 portable changing room, green screen, or any particular props or goals are wanted.
Something we ROCK AT! Having done hundreds of these over the years! Choose your back ground, drapes, curtains, or use our GREENSCREEN (let us know in advance). The base charge is for 20 to 100 people (individuals or sets) through the line; more people will cost a bit more (estimate about $2-5 for each additional person). We quickly capture approximately 2 to 5 shots - per person/set usually 1 or 2 quick poses, with their EYES OPEN, as well as usually any 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.
3 Doors Down
4 Bolt Main
A Thousand Horses
Aaron Kirby and Tennessee Jam Band
Aaron Tracy Music
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
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 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
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
Up Church. Ryan
Way Sneaky Eddie
Will 'Mo' Carter
William Michael Morgan
Zach Dylon and D-Railed
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?
Mr. Billy Bob Thornton
One of the nicest celebrities I've met, a few times
Mr. Kevin Costner
Truly a star, and one of the nicest celebrities I've met.
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 do 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.
Well, it can be, has been, usually is. But over the years, there have been some serious experiences, and less that perfect times. We've been grouped, puked on, had gear accidently broken & stolen; we've fallen, been rained on, had equipment malfunctions, and I've 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 artists before & after the shows, to learn 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... that can help further their career, notoriety, and fan base. THAT IS OUR GOAL!
One of the many times we've photographed him, his Meet & Greets and shows.
Close-ups, head shots, IN-FLIGHT are the challenging type of images we enjoy capturing. (yes, lightening and rainbows also)