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    Hi!! Thank you SO much for visiting my blog!!! I try, as often as I can, to post glimpses into recent sessions, weddings, and personal ramblings (or photos of these two kiddos of mine) when the mood strikes :)!! So grab your drink of choice, settle in for a bit and click around til your heart is content! If I can help you in anyway, get in touch! I'd love to chat!

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Nashville Newborn Photographer – Adelyn

I’m on a blogging roll, friends!!!  Three in a week’s time is a record of late!!  I have so many sessions and weddings that I want to share!!  Baby Adelyn slept like a dream, and I’m so thrilled with how her gallery turned out!!  Her big brother, Simms, met me at the door, and his first words were “I have a baby sister!”  Needless to say, he adores her!!  Congratulations on this perfect blessing you guys, and thank you for trusting me to capture this beautiful time in your lives!!  Here’s a peek at just a few from our time together!

Lebanon, TN Senior Photographer – Katie – FCS Class of 2015

To see Katie as a senior kind of blows my mind!!  She was born when I was off at college, and to think that a baby has had time to grow into a beautiful young woman since then…well, it just can’t be possible!!  Time is passing way too quickly!!  Katie is just beautiful and exudes happiness.  Her smile and bubbly laugh are my fav and can totally light up a room!  I had such a wonderful time with her at her Senior session.  We started off around the square in Lebanon and then headed out for a more natural setting.  The clouds were heavy, but just as we finished up the sun decided to shine through just a bit and give us some beautiful golden light!  I’m so excited for Katie and all of the things that this exciting year will hold!!!!

Nashville Maternity Photographer – Emily & Matt

Emily and Matt’s baby girl will be here in a few short weeks, and I can’t wait to meet her!  I’m guessing, based on her mom and dad, that she’s going to be absolutely gorgeous!!  Emily & Matt live in the same neighborhood as some of my other fav clients and I was so excited when Emily contacted me about shooting her maternity session.  I’ve decided that I love maternity sessions more than just about anything else!!  It’s like an engagement, with a built in prop:)!  It doesn’t hurt when the couple has amazing style and we luck up with a beautiful sunset!!


Riverwood Mansion Wedding – Nashville, TN Wedding Photographer – Andrea & Drew

I’ve spent the past few days in Atlanta at Jasmine Star’s workshop.  It was fabulous, just as I expected, but she may or may not have called me out for not updating my blog in 2 whole months!!  I will share more about the workshop (hopefully) in the near future, but for now let’s talk about weddings!!!  It’s been a busy wedding season, and I can’t wait to share them all with you!  I’m skipping ahead today to Andrea & Drew’s May wedding that was held at Riverwood Mansion in Nashville, TN.

For those of you that may not know, this wedding is super special to me because Drew is my brother!  He and Andrea first met at one of those crazy muddy, obstacle course races a few years ago, and the rest is history as they say!  I have 3 younger brothers, but Drew is the closest in age to me.  Watching him grow into a man, and now a husband has made me more than proud.  He definitely isn’t afraid to pull out all the stops when it comes to wooing his girl!  He impresses me daily with all of the special things he does for Andrea, and I’ve even joked that he might need to give my husband a few pointers!  He proposed at the Top of the Rock in New York City over Labor Day weekend and then they moved forward planning for the May 30th nuptials!  Since I don’t have any sisters of my own, I never thought I would really get to be involved in planning another wedding (until Claire gets married of course), but I was lucky enough to be included in all of the fun parts of planning their wedding from dress shopping to catering tastings!  I am so grateful to them for making me feel included and asking my opinion on certain things, including the venue!  Riverwood Mansion is one of my absolute favorite spots in Nashville.  It’s so classic and unbelievably beautiful, not to mention full of amazing spots for photos!!  I was giddy when they chose it as their venue!!

Then came the time when Drew asked me how I planned to photograph the wedding AND be in it?!  Well, ummmmm…that doesn’t really work.  SO, I devised a plan that WOULD work!  I shot their engagement photos, as well as Andrea’s bridal portraits.  When it came to shooting the big day, I couldn’t just not shoot, so I helped shoot getting ready, first look, portraits of them before and after the wedding, and then some of the reception, and now I’m the one editing all of them:)!  I called on Rebecca Walker to take the lead as the main shooter and then for the ceremony and first parts of the reception, I had Chelsey come help out as well.  I will say that letting go and just being in the bridal party / family was tough, but honestly, it was the best of both worlds!!!  I’m so grateful to my friends and the role they played in making Andrea and Drew’s wedding dreams come true!!  AND, I’m elated to finally have a sister!!  I can’t wait to see what the years ahead will bring them!  Here’s just a small glimpse into their wedding day, but be sure to click on the link to their slideshow at the end if you’d like to see more!!  Oh yeah, and that flower girl…she’s all mine:)!  So is the (not so) littlest groomsman dancing fool:)!!



And here’s the link to their slideshow if you’re dying to see more!!

Special thanks to the vendors that made their day fabulous:

Florals:  The Enchanted Florist

Catering and Cake:  Main Event Productions

Bride and Bridesmaid Attire:  The White Room

HUMA:  Sylvia Fox

Grooms Attire:  J. Crew

Groomsmen Attire:  Street Tuxedo



Nashville, TN Newborn Photographer – Henry

My ideal newborn session is a mix of posed newborn photos with lifestyle photos mixed in, add a super cute family and you’ve definitely got a winner!!  I love the way Baby Henry’s session turned out, and figured it would the perfect one to update my blog  (hello it’s been almost 2 months!!!!).  Big brother, Charlie was so great in his new role loving on his baby brother and even smiled for a few solo photos while Henry was eating!  Enjoy a little sneak peek into their session!!