Oak Roots Creative


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 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

Siblings goofing off at Admiral Farragut Park.

Maybe you’re wondering exactly how a photo session with me works. It’s a pretty simple process that I’ll break down for you here in just 10 steps. I always try to make it as painless as possible for my clients because my goal is for this to be a stress-free process for you! Let’s dive […]

My Photo Process Explained

A mother whispering to her son at Baker Creek Preserve.

Looking for the perfect spot for your family photos? Look no further! I’ve collected my top five favorite spots. Sure, there are plenty of other places, but these are my top picks. Baker Creek Preserve Yes, I love this place! Not only are there some great mountain biking trails and two natural play areas, but […]

Five Best Locations for Family Photos in Knoxville

A father holds a baby girl who has her fingers in her mouth.

A few years back, I got to photograph his beautiful family at one of my favorite spots: Baker Creek Preserve. At that time, they were a family of three. This time around, they are a family of four! Baby Alexandria is sooooo very calm just like her parents. She has three tiny teeth that I […]

Caraco Family Portraits at Baker Creek (Plus One!)

Portrait of a young boy laughing at Baker Creek Preserve.

This month I had a photo session with the. coolest. kid. ever! Michael David is the sweetest little dinosaur aficionado you will ever meet. And just look at those sweet strawberry blond curls! His grandfather contacted me to take birthday photos of Michael David (he’s turning 4 this month!) in his Jurassic Park Ranger outfit, […]

Michael David at Baker Creek Preserve

Family photo in front of the pond at Ijams Nature Center.

Oh, how I loved this photography session with the Littlejohns!! It was such a pleasure to work with them and get to know their beautiful family. Brandon and Talesha are such compassionate, patient, and attentive parents to their one- and three-year-old children. They exemplify the idea that life can be complicated but also full of […]

Littlejohn Family at Ijams Nature Center

Siblings goofing off at Admiral Farragut Park.

Picture a lovely spring evening on the shores of the Tennessee River. Wading birds, ducks, and seagulls line the water and the banks. A few boats cruise off in the distance. Beautiful houses line the banks of the opposite shore. A soft, cool breeze floats by and swirls around your body. This was the setting […]

Remington Family at Admiral Farragut Park

Portrait of a mother and daughter in a swing at Baker Creek Preserve.

“I’m Spirit! I’m Spirit!” Little Zora proceeded to prance around like a pony and whinny all around Baker Creek Preserve, yelling this at the top of her tiny, little lungs. Spirit’s parents (Jen and Neal,) are pretty used to this and take it in great stride. Apparently, they had heard this same thing quite a […]

Knight Family at Baker Creek Preserve

A toddler exploring outdoors at Ijams Nature Center.

My friends Jen and Neal came to town to visit recently. We took the opportunity to get some mother-daughter photos of Jen and her little daughter, Zora. Zora is full of energy and loves to explore. Those little legs will take her anywhere she wants to go, and faster than you would think! She also […]

Mother and Daughter Portraits at Ijams