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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

Melanie & Colin are getting married this coming August in Memphis, but I had the opportunity to shoot their engagement session here in Nashville!!  I won’t say it was warm December day, but thankfully, the sunshine was beautiful and these two brought their own heat!! They are not only a beautiful couple, but were super fun to be around as well!!  We walked all over downtown and found different nooks to shoot in and then crossed the bridge for some of my favorites!!  I love that they chose outfits that were completely opposite,  and I want couples to know that dressing up for part of your engagement session is not only ok, but encouraged if it fits your personality and style!!  Here’s a peek at just a few of my favorites from their downtown Nashville engagement session!


  • China - January 13, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    Beautiful session and couple! These images are just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Jyn Armstrong - January 14, 2015 - 10:37 am

    Such a magazine worthy couple.ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - January 14, 2015 - 11:09 am

    Wow stunning!! Beautiful couple, perfect poses – get this featured!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Durham - January 15, 2015 - 11:36 am

    These are marvelous! I love their outfit choices, too!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Gulick - January 15, 2015 - 11:49 am

    so so very lovely! the adorable and locations are so perfect together! gorgeous jobReplyCancel

I simply love family sessions at the golden hour!  There’s something so magical about the glow of the sun!   I’m only able to shoot a 1-2 of these per week, so they book pretty far in advance during the prime season!  I highly encourage anyone that’s interested in booking a sunset session during warmer weather to contact me a few months in advance!  This session with the Brown family in October is one of my favorites from the fall!  Hensley Anne was so happy and had a blast exploring, throwing leaves and just loving on her mommy and daddy!  Here are just a few of my favorites from our time together!  Stay warm friends!!


2014 brought with it some wonderful couples!!  I realized earlier this week that I’ve only actually blogged a couple of these weddings!  I’m hoping during the slower (read dreary, dark) months, I can rectify that and show you lots more from these amazing days!!  There’s nothing I love more than documenting the love between two people!!  It gets me SO excited when I can see those sparks flying while I’m shooting!  When two people can really forget about the craziness of the wedding day and focus on that person right in front of them…THAT is what makes me giddy!!   I also love all of the small details that make up a wedding; every part of every person in the bridal party’s attire has been thought out and planned months in advance, every thing that the guests see and hear has been carefully considered, no detail left undone.   Wedding days are made up of so many special moments that just beg to be captured, stolen glances between the newlyweds, parents staring at their children that are about to embark on the journey of marriage.  I often find myself tearing up during the simplest of moments because one day someone is going to see an image and wish they could relive it.  Brides dancing with their dads, ring bearers dancing with their grandparents, flower girls that feel like princesses for the first time in their short lives, friends sharing in each others most important days….All of these moments and SO many more are what make weddings so magical for me. No two weddings are ever the same, but one thing is!  I always feel such an overwhelming sense of gratitude to those couples that allow me to capture these spectacular days!!  Thank you just never seems like enough, but those are the only words I know!  So, thank you to all of you who trusted me to capture these beautiful days!  2014 was definitely a year to remember, and 2015 is looking just as fabulous!!!




Ashley & Scotty were married this past weekend at The Cordelle, an amazing new Nashville event venue.  It was my first time to shoot there, and I was thoroughly impressed!  It’s the perfect mix of classic and modern, and a photographer’s dream!  The couple had planned for an outdoor evening ceremony on the side lawn of The Cordelle, however Mother Nature didn’t quite get the memo and poured rain on and off all day.  Their team pulled together and moved everything inside the venue, and even though it may not have been what they had planned, it was beautiful and absolutely perfect!  I was thankful for small pockets of dry weather that allowed us to dash outside for photos a few times!  The first time I met with these two, Scotty quickly told me that he really isn’t a fan of photos, but let’s be honest, the majority of guys aren’t!  I think you can tell that once we got going, and he laid eyes on his stunning bride, it got a lot easier!  I always say that I just need the groom to be all about his bride, and the rest will fall into place!!!  Thank you guys for trusting me to capture this important day, and enjoy your preview!!

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Special Thanks to all of the fabulous vendors that made this day possible!!

Venue:  The Cordelle

Event Planner:  Hugh Howser

Florist:  Phillipe S Chadwick Floral Design

Cakes:  Maggie Hamm

Band:  Band 24/7

Invitations, Programs and Signage:  You’re Invited

Second Shooter:  Rebecca Walker