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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

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!

Branding headshot of a woman in downtown Knoxville, TN.

Getting ready for new head shots or a branding session doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s pretty simple. Just follow these steps, and you’ll already have a great start!   What message do you want to convey? If you’re familiar with the concept of branding, you may know that it’s important to define […]

How to Prepare for Head Shots and Branding Sessions

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

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

Family portrait at Baker Creek Preserve in Knoxville.

OK, it’s time to announce the winner of the free mini-session that I’m giving away! Thank you to everyone who nominated your friends and family for the free mini-session! I appreciate your help, and I loved reading all of your beautiful suggestions. You all had such wonderful and kind things to say, and it was […]

Free Mini-Session Winner Announced!