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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

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

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

My grandmother opening chocolates at Christmas.

My grandmother passed away a year ago today, January 30, 2019. She had Alzheimer’s and experienced a grueling decline over the course of a few years. Even so, her death came too quickly, and it was a shock to us. I saw her Christmas Eve 2018. She was in good spirits, although tired and needed […]

Memory is Fleeting; Photos are Forever

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

Portraits of my grandmother opening a Christmas gift.

Cue the Scarlett O’Hara accent. The stone pineapple statues on the front porch to symbolize that you’re welcome. The goodies on the kitchen table and rice cooking on the stove. Don’t forget the pound cake, old photos, stacks of books, and the History Channel playing on the TV. Oh, and the legendary catfish stew. Let’s […]

Portraits of My Grandmother

A couple stands at Meads Quarry lake in autumn.

When Danielle stepped out of the car for our photo session at Meads Quarry, she had a gift bag dangling from her arm, and a big smile on her face. We had texted beforehand, so I knew that the gift wasn’t for me. It was for her husband, Brandon. And to be honest, I was a […]

Nave Family at Meads Quarry

Three generations of women and a baby stand together in front of a lake.

Three-generation portraits session? Yes, please! Photographing three generations of the Rex family all at once was such a treat. You may remember my recent family session with the Caracos. This time, I got to work with the extended family: grandparents and siblings. We met at Meads Quarry for our session. The day was warm but […]

Rex Family Portraits: Three Generations

A printed photograph of a little boy and his mother sits atop a shelf.

Don’t forget to print your photographs. It’s something that has gone out of fashion in recent years. Digital images are convenient and easy to send literally anywhere in the world via the internet. But… People no longer flip through albums and relive their sweet memories.  No more sifting through photo boxes, lingering on smiles and letting […]

Why Printed Photography Matters