after a few weather glitches and issues scheduling our hour weekend session together, debbie threw in the towel and we knocked out a holiday card photo session in my tiny home studio at my house in 12 south part of Nashville. not romantic or all the feels of an in-home shoot, but these studio sessions are really great options for getting some shots of the kids together, sweet portraits, and offer opportunity for clean colorful photos in which we can still get sweet personalities in print. the “cora” sessions are short and sweet, 15 minutes and include all the files. so they are a budget friendly way to get updated photos year round. i thought id share what we got that morning in those few minutes together. stay tuned for a studio mini sessions this spring in march, and a few in the fall too!
i was so excited to see tori’s new digs, especially since i knew she’d have it designed down to every last detail. last year we had a french horn that made for one of my fav spunky photos of her girls, this year we had a scenic back porch swing, tea for two in their room, and a cavapoo that i almost stole and made the latest dawkins family member. tori is a super talented designer with a california luxe esthetic, and her girls are some of my favorite sisters out there. no lacking of personality or cuteness, which makes for great posing and tons of fun candid moments too. i think we captured a cohesive look in keeping with her cool design…she may have even inspired the dawkins to finally go for that furry member of the family….
i was SO honored when rory asked me to capture her family. she wanted FUN, real photos of her little clan and so we picked a park close to our neighborhood. an iconic park in nashville, but one where they could spread their wings, literally in some cases and be playful in a gorgeous sunset park evening. i try not to play favorites, and loved each little foster's personalities, but evie stole my heart and the show pretty quickly. she LOVED the camera, and i loved her for it. she also reminded me SO much of my little middle child, tate. beats to her own drum.
this family is the epitome of natural...free...kind....and loving and glad i was able to capture these memories.
thanks to rory for trusting me. xoxo
when emily called about a session, just a few days after i closed out my fall shoots, we had a little chat about exactly what she was looking for. i whole heartily admitted to her that i was in need a break. after over 70 family sessions this fall and a gorgeous wedding in belle meade, my creative inspiration tank was running on fumes. she got it right away. we postponed a few days to a weekend slot, and i got a solid 5 days off to catchup on a few work items (hello, accounting...) and be with my family.
by saturday, refreshed, i was eager to meet another new family and since we'd chatted by phone about our plan for the morning, it was a breeze. it doesn't always happen, but talking by phone or in person about expectations for a family session is really important. i want to know your goals, and i want to meet them. i also want you to know it will be fun, easy and casual with trust and a little free will.
the steffens were open, willing to share and love, and i was so thrilled to be the fly on the wall for and hour with this family. another "pinch me" session in the books. thankful for each and every one of you that lets me in your home and lives.
dream sessions. ive had so many amazing sessions with families this year y'all. somehow i've lucked into this glorious "job" where i get to photograph families in real moments. and this session was a big one for me. jocee generously bid on my donated session to a local pre-school, so i had never met her family prior to her contacting me for a fall session. i had no idea what she had in store for me. and then a week prior to our session, she sent me a PINTREST board. that's in all caps bc i was completely THRILLED. the minute i saw it, i called her and shared my excitement over the phone.
i guess i can consider myself an artist now, right? sounds a bit precocious, but i think people now rely on me for vision. but i also want to collaborate with a family (or mom) on what they will cherish, frame and put in albums in their homes. and i love creativity and input so we can create magic together. i can move people around, go through the motions that i do with every family, direct everyone...and i've gotten more comfortable in that role in helping create the moments between your loved ones. it doesn't always come easily when someone is right in your face with several cameras. but always know that ahead of time you can give me your ideas too, your vision. and we can create a plan of capturing your family together.
once i saw jocee's board, we connected on a few details - we needed to change the time of day we met for the shoot based on the location we'd picked. we worked together to find a time that would work and it was worth the extra effort and schedule hopping. i think we created something really beautiful, natural, loving....together.
when mom mentioned her sister-in-law was renting a farm near franklin, tn and it might be the right spot for our family session, i couldn't wait to see it. note to all of you families out there...a farm is ALWAYS a good idea. this was the perfect spot to capture these two siblings in fall, their friendship with each other, their sweet dynamic with each parent, and of course their quirky little personalities.
best of all, we had a wild and free backdrop for this family of four and i loved capturing the love they have. my goal is always to start with mom and dad first, and layer in the kids. its important to start the family at the heart of the home - the parents. and the kids can join in organically and bring the giggles and cuddles. audrey and foster were experts in this sweet addition to the family photo.
and finally, i hope to capture the mom. im usually hired by moms, and we rarely have photos of just us. it is so important to have a beautiful image just of her. because after the day to day grind of loving on your kids and balancing your family life, you deserve it.
happy thanksgiving to my clients. sending hugs and love your way. so much to be thankful for, its all around you!
when a mom has a particular spot in mind for our shoot, im all for it. i love a mom with vision and rachel had it for this years holiday shoot. but she let me have free reign of the gorgeous piece of farm property south of nashville. we sought out spots of incredible light and shadows, and the boys were the perfect subjects with all the scenic backdrops of foothills, equestrian fields and striking architecture. rachel has an thoughtful eye for design but more importantly she's an incredibly patient, playful and kind mom. the boys made our afternoon on the farm their own brotherly adventure and i loved being there to capture the joy. and i might have snuck in a couple of mom too...
when i think of a sanctuary, i think of a place of peace. nature. privacy. loved ones. pontotoc.
this place is one that hosts heart and history. I've been lucky enough to visit my friend there a few times now and each time i drive the winding road up to the main home, i get a euphoric feeling. when bonnie mentioned they were spending the weekend there and "is it ok if we have our session out at the farm?" - and all my dreams for fall came true. good friends and adorable kiddos. throw in some horses, primitive barns, and a john deere four wheeler to tour the property? yes please. with miriam in overalls and a bright squirrel sweater, and oakes decked out in stripes (my favorite) and ready to run - we had a truly free and easy morning. im thankful beyond words my dear friend has entrusted me in capturing memories at her parents home of her beautiful family.
enjoy pontotoc... and the cross family in their sanctuary.