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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

Ashley & Chris’ lovely Mitchell House wedding took place in early June.  I met both Ashley & Chris for the first time on their wedding day, but they couldn’t have been any easier to get along with or photograph!   Ashley’s style was so classic, simple and absolute perfection.  They chose not to see each other prior to the ceremony, and Chris’ sweet reaction when he saw his bride for the first time was one of my favorite parts of their day!  I was so honored to be the one to capture this amazing celebration for them!

Venue:  The Mitchell House

Florist: Fresh by CarryAnn

Catering:  Wildberry Catering

Wedding Cake:  Patty Cakes

DJ:  Music Tree Entertainment


Tis the season to start blowing up the blog with all of the many things I’ve done in the past year!  I always have the best of intentions when it comes to keeping up my blog through the year, but inevitably it takes a back seat to shooting, editing, juggling all of my family responsibilities and just living life!!  I have SO much to share, and as soon as I get my monkeys back in school, I’ll definitely be posting more!  I just posted this newborn gallery, and wanted to share just a few of my favorites!!  I first met this family when their daughter was born a few years ago!  I was so happy to hear that they were expecting a baby boy and loved meeting him!  We shot these images just before Christmas in my Lebanon studio.  I’ve so enjoyed having the studio throughout most of 2015, and can’t wait to see what 2016 holds!!  Happy New Year friends!!


Nicole’s bridal session was absolutely fabulous!!  I had only talked to Nicole on the phone prior to this session, and that’s totally not the way things normally go! Since I love shooting engagement sessions with my couples to get to know them, and also to let them get a feel for how I work and get comfortable in front of the camera, I’ve typically spent time with them already!  So, when I walked in to The Mitchell House and saw Nicole in her gorgeous gown, I was speechless!  She is seriously stunning you guys!!  I can’t wait to blog images from her October wedding, but I have some serious catching up to do before that happens!  For now, here are just a few of my favorites from the bridal session!


  • Lora - December 22, 2015 - 12:34 pm

    These are gorgeous photos Chesley!ReplyCancel

It’s been awhile since I posted…well anything, but I have SO much to share!!  Finding the time to actually sit down and do it is the problem!  Wedding season has been phenomenal this year.  It’s, no doubt, been my favorite year ever, and I can’t wait to get those up on my blog!  I’ve also been photographing engagements for lots of couples that are getting married in other parts of the country!  These two are getting married next June in Michigan, but chose to do engagements while they’re still both in Nashville.  Since Chris proposed on the Pedestrian Bridge, they wanted to be sure to include that in their session.  You guys, there is just something magical about sessions in downtown Nashville at sunset and I always forget just how amazing it is until I get started!!!  There are definitely some hard things to deal with (traffic, parking, LOTS of people), but everything good far outweighs all of that!  I could make a list of the things that make it fabulous, or I can just show you the photos that do all of the talking!!


  • Ashley Durham - September 12, 2015 - 7:30 am

    These are beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Peters - September 22, 2015 - 3:56 pm

    Hi! I just recently got engaged and am looking to get engagement pictures done, preferably sometime in October when the leaves begin to change. I was wondering if you would have any availability. Thank you!ReplyCancel

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it on my blog yet, but back in February, my friend, Wendy Hardin (who also happens to be a photographer), decided to look at a potential studio space in The Mill at Lebanon.  We were pretty much sold from the get go and we moved in on March 1st!  The past 3ish months of being there have been fabulous.  I’ve started doing almost all of my newborn sessions in our new space, and I absolutely love having everything in one place (and out of my house :), lots of props to choose from, and amazing light no matter what the weather!  It’s also been a great option for some older babies as well!  I haven’t shared a newborn session from the new space and wanted to do just that!  I’d love to share some photos of the space as well, but that will have to be another day, or feel free to come by and peek in the window any time!

Carson was the best little guy!  He slept like a champ, and he also had the most perfect newborn complexion ever!!!  I love how his session turned out!!  Enjoy a few of my favorites!