Tennessee Wedding Photographers

Tennessee Wedding Photographers

I am so excited about this blog post today! Today we are officially announcing our associate team of Tennessee wedding photographers! You may or may not know, but Red Boat Photography was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Alex and I were living there during our early days a a married couple, and then God moved us to Tennessee. Since we were based in North Carolina, we continued to travel back to North Carolina for weddings. As the years have gone by and our business has grown, we’ve found the need to add in team members. And we couldn’t be more excited about the teammates God has brought to our business and we can’t wait to introduce you! And since we’re introducing and sharing info about them, we thought we would give a peak into Alex and mine’s life as well ūüôā

Knoxville Wedding Photographer

Tennessee Wedding Photographers 

My name is Katie Sams, and I am the owner and lead photographer at Red Boat Photography. My educational background is actually nursing, and I thoroughly enjoyed doing that for 8 years before leaving it to go full time into photography. While I miss the children I cared for in Raleigh, North Carolina, I really enjoy meeting new couples and walking with them and capturing one of the biggest moments of their lives! I am continually honored and humbled to receive that big responsibility, and I don’t take it lightly.

I shoot in both North Carolina and Tennessee weddings with my sweet husband Alex (who you’ll meet below!). I also travel anywhere in the US and recently photographed an engagement session in Helena, Montana! But if I have my druthers, I love nothing more than sipping sweet team and photographing couples at Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar in Winston Salem, North Carolina. You just have to visit that gorgeous place!

When I’m not working on a wedding, you can probably find me chasing around our two-year old, Hutch. He is such a crazy kid and definitely takes after his father haha!


Knoxville Wedding Photographers

Tennessee Wedding Photographers 

Alex is the hub of the wheel of Red Boat Photography. With a Logistics background, he makes sure all the details are taken care of. He is also an amazing photographer and I’m so fortunate to have him on my life-team and my wedding photography team!

Alex is also an adventurer! He has been to more countries that I can remember, and has been on 3 continents. A decorated Veteran, Alex has been all over America and in Afghanistan for his service to America. I am so proud of his accomplishments and dedication. Alex loves to hike and spend time in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

With formal photography education from Mars Hill University, Alex is a huge asset to Red Boat Photography.

I am so fortunate to be married to this wonderful man, and that he believes in me and my dreams.

North Carolina Wedding Photographers : Associate Team

These two are some of the most creative and talented photographers I know. I would trust them to photograph my own wedding! Their combined years of creative experience make them the perfect choice for your wedding. Check out their bios and more info!

Greensboro Wedding Photographers

North Carolina Wedding Photographers

Hello! I’m Mary Ellen Chandler. I am a BFA student at UNC Greensboro concentrating in New Media & Design. I love fonts. I love colors. And I could spend the whole day in Adobe Creative Suite and be perfectly content!¬† I love organic moments and the distinct narratives that can be captured within photos. I’m excited to start this journey as an associate photographer!
Favorite coffee – Tate Street Coffee House (their black & tan has kept me awake since freshman year)
Favorite hikes – when in Wyoming: the hike to Inspiration Point at the Grand Tetons.
When in the Blue Ridge- Max Patch
Favorite food: PIZZA
(Mary Ellen Chandler has been shooting weddings with me for several years now, but took some time off to pursue an Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in Greensboro, NC. Not only is she a fabulous photographer, she’s also my sister! I am so fortunate to have her on our team)


Winston Salem Wedding Photographers

North Carolina Wedding Photographers 

Hey there! My name is Devin Purgason, and I’m from Winston-Salem, NC. I’ve been snapping photographs ever since I can remember but I didn’t get paid for it until about four years ago. I’m the Director of Marketing at Piedmont International University by day and a seminary student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary by night. I love people, I love stories, and I love photography.

My favorite coffee shop is: Twin City Hive in Winston-Salem, NC

My favorite place to hike/walk: Brookstown and Downtown Winston – it’s where I live!

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo.

(Mary Ellen and I have known Devin for years! His fun-loving attitude, amazing creative talent, and peppy energetic disposition made him an obvious choice for our team. We are so blessed to have him on the team!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know us and learn more about what drives us. We can’t wait to hear your story and learn how we can best capture your moments for generations to come. Contact Us!