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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!

    photo by Sara E. Rose

When one of my client friends called me to do a session of her two little girls in their sunflowers, I asked if I could bring Claire along.  When we finished up with their photos, she jumped in the sunflowers for a few photos as well.  She’s super shy and often gets easily irritated with me when I try to take pictures of her if anyone else is around.  If it’s just the two of us, she’s completely fine, but add someone else looking at her and it’s a different story!  Thankfully, on this day, those other people brought out some laughs when all she wanted to give me were smirks.  I’m actually completely in love with her serious faces in these and thankful for the perfect mix of expressions.  Gah, if I could just freeze time and keep her at this sweet, innocent, but completely full of life and fun stage!!!

dress:  Pippy Lou

tieback:  Sew Whimsey



So, it’s been a minute or two since I last blogged!!  I mentioned a few posts back that early in July, I was able to attend Jasmine Star’s workshop in Atlanta, GA.  I had been wanting to attend one of her workshops for years, but traveling to the West Coast is a lot more difficult than traveling a few hours south!  As soon as I saw the email announcement that she was coming to Atlanta, I signed up without a second thought!  As the time drew near, I panicked a bit about going without my friend and partner in crime, Rebecca Walker, but I also knew that I wouldn’t be sorry!  In a last minute decision, my mom and kids ended up traveling with me and we made a little mini vacation out of it!  We visited the Coca-Cola Museum the day before the workshop and the Georgia Aquarium the day after!  All of that fun, plus meeting Jasmine, JD, and 20 other amazing photographers made it the best few days I’ve ever spent in Atlanta!

In true Hotlanta style, the day of the workshop was a scorcher!  Lucky for us, the workshop was held in the gorgeous DeKalb History Center!  It has beautiful light and stunning architecture, so we were able to start our shoot inside so our poor models didn’t melt too quickly!  Jasmine was wonderful at describing how she poses couples, while making them feel comfortable, and also creating movement and emotion in the images!

nashville-wedding-photographer-jasmine-star-workshop-001Our models, Michael and Kelly, are a real life couple and absolutely adorable together!  Can we talk about this stunning dress from Winnie Couture?!  Blew me away!!



After shooting inside for a bit, we ventured out into the sun and the heat for a bit.  We talked all about natural reflectors, creating beautiful images even in the brightest part of the day, and Jasmine & JD did a little demonstration too, and I couldn’t resist snapping their photo as well!


As you can see, nothing about the workshop disappointed!  The styling was amazing, the couple perfection, and Jasmine and JD were for real open books.  They shared openly and honestly and made everyone feel completely comfortable.  It was a great experience, and one I would highly recommend!!  You can see Jasmine’s post about the workshop here!

Extra Special thanks to Jasmine & JD and to all of the fabulous vendors that made it possible:

Venue:  DeKalb History Center
Florals:  Creme De Le Chic
Makeup:  Sarai Trammell
Hair:  Alicia Igess
Wedding Dress:  Winnie Couture
Models:  Michael and Kelly Lane

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!

  • Laura Bowra - July 21, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    Love! I’m Kalyn’s mom. Of course lots to work with but great job capturing personalities!ReplyCancel

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!!!!

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!!


  • Sara Rose - July 15, 2014 - 7:21 am

    LOVE this beautiful session, friend!! Love all the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - July 15, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Stunning mom to be and gorgeous lighting!!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda Wollard - July 21, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Gorgeous! Beautiful light!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Svoboda - July 21, 2014 - 10:15 am

    oh my. what a gorgeous couple. these images are just stunning. I LOVE their style and clothing selections and this location and that light is just breathtaking. INCREDIBLE job!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - July 21, 2014 - 10:35 am

    What a beautiful soon to be mama! You can just see the love between the two of them. Beautiful light.ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - July 21, 2014 - 3:51 pm

    Beautiful Maternity session!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Beasley - July 21, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    They are gorgeous! Love his bow tie!ReplyCancel

  • Jyn Armstrong - July 21, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    Love all of the colors and the gorgeous light!ReplyCancel

  • Dena - July 21, 2014 - 7:17 pm

    Love their outfits and that light is amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - July 21, 2014 - 10:24 pm

    Nice light, cute couple, great session!ReplyCancel

  • Leandra - July 21, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    These are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • China - July 22, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Oh my goodness! These are beautiful! LOVE her dresses!ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - July 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Simply stunnnnning! I adore this! :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - July 22, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    I love all of the colors, they’re such a cute couple! Beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - July 22, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    I couldn’t agree more that baby is going to be gorgeous! What adorable parents to be! Congrats to them! And how lucky are they to have such gorgeous images!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - July 23, 2014 - 8:11 am

    How beautiful!!! I love the light and posing – lovely!!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 23, 2014 - 12:36 pm


  • Kerrie Forrester - July 23, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Gorgeous light….gorgeous mama!!ReplyCancel

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  • Ingrid - July 25, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Gorgeous light and beautiful photos! Mama-to-be is so pretty and looks so happy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin Livingston - July 25, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    Beautiful couple and beautiful pictures! I love the love in their eyes!ReplyCancel

  • monica - July 25, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    beautiful couple. gorgeous light!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - July 29, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    Love love love!!!!!ReplyCancel