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A UTK student at Morgan Hall with her parents and dog.

When Oprah Winfrey said, “When I look to the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes,” I just know she was talking about Hailey Rose Viars. This beautiful senior just graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee—the UT Institute of Agriculture to be exact. Hailey Rose majored in agricultural leadership, education, and communications. […]

Hailey Rose’s College Graduation

The Kolesars hold their newborn daughter in their Knoxville home.

On arriving at the Kolesar home that overlooks Melton Hill lake, Kristin and Ken were taking turns walking and bouncing baby Evelyn.

At-home Newborn Session with the Kolesars

A newly married couple at the Knox County Courthouse.

Love in the time of COVID. So many couples have cancelled or postponed wedding day celebrations this year  because of the pandemic.  Stephanie and Andrew? Well, they didn’t exactly have a wedding planned, and they didn’t really want a traditional ceremony. So they decided to go ahead and tie the knot at the Knox County […]

Stephanie & Andrew’s Knox County Courthouse Elopement

A big, white dog looks up at a pregnant couple standing in the woods.

Driving up to Kristin and Ken’s beautifully wooded lot in Knox County, I was greeted by the lush greenery and the peaceful river at the base of their property. I hopped out of the car and started scoping out spots for our session at the Kolesar home. I was very excited for this session with […]

Kolesar Maternity Session at Home

Portrait of a little girl in a yellow dress with blue and white flowers.

Standing under the tall hemlock trees, Annie started off a little shy, hiding behind her hat and big beach ball. But within five minutes, she had really warmed up! In no time flat, she was bouncing around, throwing her ball to me, and offering me her Ninja Turtle action figure. In my book, being offered […]

Annie’s Second Birthday at Knoxville Botanical Gardens

A pregnant woman in a white dress smiles and stands in a lush green field with flowers.

Meet my lovely new neighbors, Amye and Aaron, who are about to be plus one baby boy!  (Update and great news: although he arrived nearly a week late, little Oliver is here and our neighborhood is busy setting up meal trains for this new family of three.) This evening session was hot, hot, hot, but […]

Cole-Crump Summer Maternity Session at Ijams Nature Center

Knoxville artist Shannon Johnson stands at Talahi Park.

If you’re not familiar with Shannon Johnson’s artwork, you need to go visit her Instagram account right now! Shannon is a seriously talented mixed media artist right here in Knoxville. You can find her artwork done in acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, needle and thread, and even brewed tea and tea bags among other mediums! […]

Branding Photography in Sequoyah Hills with Shannon Johnson

A pregnant woman and her husband embrace in a garden.

Meet the beautiful Bock family: Michael, Brooke, and Beatrix. As you can *clearly* tell, this family is about to be +1 very soon! I met this lovely trio at Island Home Park along the Tennessee River.  The first thing I noticed when they got out of the car was Brooke’s beautiful dress. It’s stunning! And […]

Bock Family at Island Home Park

Male in a chambray shirt for a branding photo.

Hi, friends. It’s time for two of my favorite things. Birthday cake and celebrations! (Did you think I was going to say wine and puppies?…That would be a good guess.) Yes, my birthday is coming up soon, if you couldn’t tell. And this year I’m celebrating by gifting a 30-minute branding/head shot session to one lucky […]

Birthday Branding Session Giveaway!

A grandmother holds her baby granddaughter and smiles.

“Ugh…I don’t know what to wear.”  …searches closet…    “I don’t have anything to wear.”   …feeling of exasperation sets in… “How do I get everyone else dressed?”  “When will I have time to eat today?” “What if the kids are cranky and misbehave?” Sound familiar? If the answer is yes, that’s OK. Please don’t stress! There’s an answer […]

How to Prepare for a Family Photo Session