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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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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 fee 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

  • Karey Ronnow - July 24, 2014 - 11:40 pm


  • 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

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



  • Brittany - July 9, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    Gorgeous! Isn’t it refreshing when a venue has a beautiful bridal suit!? ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - July 14, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    What a gorgeous wedding, amazing images for them to cherish forever!ReplyCancel

  • Cris Passos - July 14, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Beautiful wedding and images!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - July 14, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Oh how beautiful! Amazing breathtaking work!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - July 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    # 1: STUNNING work! That bride is just beautiful!
    # 2: You met Jasmine Star??? Jealous ;) ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay Quigno - July 14, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    WOW. Can I just say WOWZA! You did such a great job… perfect lighting… this wedding is absolutely gorgeous. Really nice job. STUNNING really!ReplyCancel

  • Maura - July 14, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Amazing! These are absolutely beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • Kerrie Forrester - July 14, 2014 - 10:39 pm


  • dena - July 15, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful wedding and beautifully captured by you!! Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - July 15, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Simply Stunning! Gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - July 15, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    These are terrific!!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - July 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    These are great! Love the venue… Couple is just adorbs!ReplyCancel

  • liz - July 15, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Gorgeous wedding. Love your work.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - July 15, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Awesome wedding and even more so that it was your brothers. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Beasley - July 16, 2014 - 4:14 am

    Beautiful wedding! That must’ve been juggling so much but it turned out awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Ronda Wollard - July 16, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Gorgeous Work!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - July 17, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    Such a beautiful couple, and I love the sweet images you got of the two of them!ReplyCancel

  • Cailtlin L - July 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    These first look pictures almost had me in tears! LOVE!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - July 21, 2014 - 8:40 am

    Aww congrats to your little brother! What a beautiful day that you captured! They were so lucky to have you pulling double duty but also that you had help come along! Just gorgeousReplyCancel

  • Marisa - July 29, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Great job being in the wedding AND taking photos!!ReplyCancel