Charlee & Brutus | Best Friends

Posted on May 20, 2014

When I was a little girl, I had a Chow.  He was the best dog I’ve ever had, so when a friend of mine posted pictures of Chow/Boxer pups two years ago and one of them looked JUST like my Chow pup, well, we had to get him.  Two years later, he’s growing out of his crazy wild puppy phase (although he’s still a crazy wild Boxer) and he’s my daughter’s best friend.  She just adores him, and he’ll let her do anything just to be near.


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Logan + Brandon | Engagements

Posted on May 19, 2014

These two are so adorable!  Brandon insisted that he wanted to get photos over and done with, but I know he secretly had a good time. icon wink Logan + Brandon | Engagements

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Hayleigh + Johnny | Prom 2014

Posted on May 17, 2014

You guys.  My first-born niece just went to prom.  Seriously!?  She’s supposed to be as small as my child — five or six years old, running around, being goofy.  She’s growing into a beautiful, strong, amazing young woman now and I’m so proud to call myself her aunt.

Also, her prom date is adorable.  Look at those dimples!

Okay, enough embarrassment… for now.

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When Brittany contacted me for her engagement session and said she & her fiance’ love to cosplay and wanted to incorporate some of their costumes into their engagement session, I knew we’d get along just fine.  icon smile Brittany + Eric | Hartselle Engagement

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I HATE Christmas!

Posted on October 4, 2013

Okay, whoa.  Before you take me seriously (because I know some of you were about to grab your pitchforks and come change my mind), I don’t really hate Christmas.  In fact, it ranks up there as my favorite holiday, right after the unnamed first-day-where-it-really-feels-like-fall holiday (yes, that’s a holiday… says me, right now).  However, being a photographer has really ruined my outlook on Christmas.  Where I used to get excited for December to roll around, now I am thoroughly sick of Santa before November is even done.  Why?  Well, because I have to start thinking about Christmas in September.  I know, right?  Most of you are complaining about Christmas decorations being pulled out in the stores before Halloween has even happened, and I wholeheartedly agree, but from a business standpoint it just has to be done.  You see, in order to get those Christmas cards that you tell yourself every year you’re going to send out (oh, because you got Susie’s in the mail and it was ADORABLE and you curse yourself for not remembering to get your family’s pictures done soon enough!), I have to think of packages to offer for you.  I then get out all of the Christmas decor, because it’s just a cliche’ and wonderful thing to do to offer Christmas mini sessions… right?  You don’t want a big session; you just want a few shots of your family in their Christmas sweaters so that you can send out that *one* shot on a Christmas card.

I don’t hate that.  I really don’t.  It just seems so… blah.  Everyone does Christmas mini sessions.  I can think of 10 photographers in my area alone who are offering them this year.  That’s WONDERFUL!  I think it’s a blast to go see Santa, get your pictures with him, yaddayaddayadda.  However, when I became a wedding & lifestyle photographer, it was so that I could showcase your family’s love… not to show them perfectly posed in front of a fake fireplace (pretty as it may be).  For this reason, I’ve changed Christmas.  Yes, I’m still thinking of it in September this year, but now it will hold much more meaning for you.

After all, would you rather have a cookie cutter image of your family, or a  custom video showing off your sentimental ornaments, family traditions, and yes, goofy personalities?  (I’d rather have the latter.)

Click on each link below to see a few different family Christmas videos.  Enjoy!!

Henson Christmas

Jaynes Christmas

Johnson Christmas

Perry Christmas

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Tami | Nashville Artist

Posted on September 5, 2013

I know I say it quite often, but I truly have one of the coolest jobs in the world.  How many jobs allow for traveling and meeting so many interesting people!?  Okay, probably a lot.  Let’s narrow that down… how many allow for travel, meeting interesting people, and are actually FUN jobs to do?  MY JOB!!  ;)

Meet Tami!  She’s a businesswoman who is, I’m sure, a whiz in the office.  Like most of us, Tami has a love that rarely gets seen.  I’m so glad that she allowed me into her home for her headshots so that I could see the “other side” of her personality!  I love, love, love Tami’s artwork.   It’s evident that she pours her heart into each piece.  I can only hope I gave a little of that back to her with these portraits!

 

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Reba | Life Coach

Posted on September 3, 2013

This past summer was such an incredible time for me, in business and in my personal life.  I traveled to several different cities for work and met some amazing people.

One of the most amazing and inspirational people I met this summer was Reba.  While en route to Memphis for a wedding, my husband & I passed a biker.  No, not a motorcyclist — an honest-to-goodness bicyclist.   She appeared to have some serious gear, both on her person and on her bike.  We were intrigued, and since we had some time to spare I pulled over and got out my camera.  As she got closer, I waved her down.  We introduced ourselves and spoke briefly about her mission work.  Let me tell you, this is a woman you want to follow!  Visit her website HERE, and be sure to check in often because she updates daily with her travel stories!!

Reba, thank you so much for allowing me to take these images.  I hope you love them!   I pray that all of your travels are fun, safe, and full of love.

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Charlee Tuesday | Kindergarten

Posted on September 3, 2013

At some point, my baby grew up.  She went from this little squishy thing to a short human being who has full conversations, her own opinions, and her own sense of style.  I’ve noticed these things individually over the past couple of years, but now that they are compounded into this GIRL (not baby!), they’re all painfully obvious.

This year, my girl began kindergarten.  The first year of 13+ that she’ll sit in a school desk, learn from hundreds of books, and have many influential teachers & friends.  We’re only two weeks into the school year and I’m already loving her stories about her new friends, the classroom rules, and the playground design (clearly the most important aspect of kindergarten).   She is also a self-proclaimed animal lover and has decided that she will be a zookeeper when she grows up.  Nothing new there, as she’s always been intrigued by animals.  She also still hates my camera, as noted by the images below.  Oh well; I tried.  ;)

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Laura + John | New Orleans Engagements

Posted on September 1, 2013

These two were SUCH a blast!!  I’m so honored that they chose me for their engagement session in Nawluns.  For those of you who don’t speak the dialect, that’s New Orleans.  ;)   From shooting in John’s grandmother’s old house to eating at one of their favorite restaurants, we had a great afternoon & evening together.

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Today’s blog post will be a little bit different than normal.  I’m sharing pictures, but also loads of information!  Exciting, right? icon wink Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know

If you’re a Facebook stalker, you may have noticed that I have done quite a bit of party & event photography in the last year that has had nothing to do with weddings.  (If you aren’t a Facebook stalker, where have you been?!)  Part of this experience has included features on party blogs, websites, and in magazines.  It has been a blast!  Although I’ve always offered party photography, I find that the combination of planner + photographer is absolutely invaluable.

So… you’re planning a party.  Birthday party?  Anniversary party?  Get-together at your place?  No matter what the event, planning will be stressful.  You’ll likely forget something trivial, like forks or plates, and you’ll be too busy playing hostess all evening to really sit down and enjoy your friends.

This is where a party planner comes into play.  With a budget and a theme in mind, your planner will be able to pull together so many elements that you never even dreamed of while you maintain your sanity.

Where does the photographer come in?  Well, you know all of those moments during a party when you say “Hey, we need a picture together!” or “That looks cute!” or even months after the party when you’re reminiscing and think “We should have gotten a picture of that moment!”

Hi.  I’m your photographer.  Let ME do that for you!! icon wink Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know  No, really.  Let me.  Put down your point&shoot, enjoy your friends, and let me capture the awesomeness as it unfolds.

 

Anyway, before I ramble too much, I’ll let the photographic evidence speak for itself.  A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Enjoy this novel! icon wink Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know

 

The following images were events styled by the wonderful Capes & Crowns.   We’re a pretty dynamic duo, if I say so myself!  Lauren has had virtually every party featured on the top party blogs and/or in magazines.  Check out the difference between her snapshots of the party details and my shots. icon smile Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know

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I certainly hope you could tell the difference. icon wink Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know  Now… the next time you have to (or just WANT to!) throw a party, call Capes & Crowns to put it all together… and don’t forget the photographer! icon smile Pros & Planners | What You Need to Know



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