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maternity and family photo session in east Nashville abandoned airfield

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its year two getting some memories in print for this family and i couldn’t be more honored.  i met julia and justin through our mutual friend, and we have a million more now in common. the first time i shoot for a family i dont know well, is always a little experiment.  year two, i see what makes them tick.  julia is a friend so i know her now, but as a client i love her bc she’s up for anything.  she’s always smiling.  she’s obsessed with her son and being a “boymom”.  and she and justin have a doting, loving, and happy marriage that you see daily in her hilarious and sweet instagram stories with her boys. she’s a mom who values documented moments, building a gallery wall in her stairwell. and so this year, i really wanted to do something different and out of the normal places they visit. we went to one of my favorite spots to capture this growing family, right before field becomes a brother.  and give that boy a football, and he’ll play…for hours on end.  + sunset light magic + abandoned airfield = dream shoot.

foster the fun

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

labordes

this session was particularly meaningful for me this year.  blair and i have been friends for a few years now in nashville, and blair has been one of my biggest cheerleaders in building my craft over the past few years.  it all started with a wild and free sunset adventure on the beach in rosemary, and i feel like it has come full circle as they are now settling into their gorgeous home in belle meade after many years of moving for cregan's school and work and renting.  on top of that, blair and i collaborated together on a gorgeous wedding in november ant our shoot fell just a few weeks before the big event.   blair and i have worked so closely together this fall and im thrilled about her building her own brand and business.

kate and monroe are so thick as thieves. kate, whimsical and spunky, and monroe, sweet and gentle - they balance each other perfectly and they love each other hard.  when i showed up, they were ready to play, dance, swing and show off all their favorite spots in their new home.  while mom and dad got dressed, true personalities of these two in action unfolded and loved being a part of the everyday life of this family in their new stage.  Blair and cregan are still putting the finishing touches on their new nest, and i can't wait to photograph it when it's finished. my favorite current piece, cregan's heirloom vintage leather sofa.  

family starts here

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the family unit - the heart of the home.

i photograph lots of families in nashville and beyond.  my joy behind the camera comes from the kids.  people say all the time, "how do you deal with other people's kids? isn't it exhausting?" - and its not at all.  they are all so great, so much fun and they all have their own ideas and energy that they bring to each session.  i also love it when the moms and the dads are both able to be there - or even just one of them and are ready to play, get in the frame and love on their kids.  and there was a lot of this with this beautiful family on this gorgeous fall afternoon.  cami and wes have a clear vision to parent organically and be an active part of their kids lives.  and even more importantly, they are connected...to each other and then to jones and sophie.  im so lucky to find this hidden gem in SO many of the families i get to capture and am thankful they open their private moments to me. 

at home with bo

loved meeting this family on sunday afternoon.  they live in the heart of a gorgeous neighborhood in nashville and between caroline, a nashville native, and teddy's mom, the house is decorated in a stunning contemporary style.  i was immediately drawn into every detail, right down to the modern birdhouse hanging in the front yard.  bo is a precious 8 month old little boy and had perfected his handsome stoic stare for me.  he is scrumptious and this family was such a joy to be with on this gorgeous warm fall day.

turkish-t & the holidays

holidays are 55 days away and turkish-t has your covered - literally.  in the coziest, most luxurious cottons, lambswool, and fleece.  in the most contemporary and beautiful patterns that will update and adorn the homes of all your family and friends.

sue has really cultivated the most gorgeous fall line yet....more at www.turkish-t.com 

home with izzy and louisa

the ozburn family oozes casual and contemporary.  and are the example that living beautifully and authentically IS possible with children.  on this particular day, three of them.

i loved meeting this family - mark and hannah live in a gorgeous tudor home in nashville.  hannah is an interior designer (www.hannahozburn.com) and has just moved her business here to nashville after 6 years of working in design in new york.  i was shocked to learn they had only been in this home 1 year, it felt like a home where every wall, nook had been cultivated to personify them as a family.  the home spoke volumes about who these people are, the love they have for each other and the vision of life and laughter in a comfortable and beautiful space.  added bonus on this day, louisa's adoring older cousins, aunt catherine, and mark's kind and gentle mom. 

fall with the ozburns...

saturday at pontotoc

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.   

cozy fall - turkish t

my favorite time of year is here and mother nature is finally on board with cooler temps -   pumpkin patches, jeans and booties, and cozy blankets.  sue joyce, owner of turkish t, has the third one covered with her fresh new fall line of cashmere, woven wool, kiln prints, and iconic turkish t stripe towels to freshen up your home.  they are SO beautiful and will not only adorn your sofa and kitchen counters, you'll find the perfect gift for all the special family and friends on your gift list this year.  especially for us nashvillians, there's no better gift for our family and friends than the locally cultivated item and the original turkish towel.  sue has narrowed her favorites to this sophisticated and casual fall selection. this is just a snippet sneak peek of the first round of this line.  stay tuned for round two!

find these items at www.turkish-t.com where you can pick up your items locally in nashville, and also at ashblue and white's mercantile located in nashville and franklin.

 

louise at nine months...

sweet little louise - growing up SO fast and our next session will be her first birthday.  so excited to celebrate her first year of life with her mama who i've known over 10 years now....

xoxo

 

extended family

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planning your fall session with extended family is a great idea and i loved being with all three of these family units on sunday in brentwood.  each family is different - not just in age, genders and sizes - but in interests and mannerisms.  most importantly, the love is bigger and more dynamic when there are cousins and aunts and uncles involved.  and even greater when there are grandparents there.  this is a love that cannot be faked and it symbolizes for me, a start to a season that focuses on the important values.  being together as one big unit and making memories that will last generations.  

thank you to this special family for sharing these moments with me and letting me capture them in a way that made us both look forward to the holidays!

xoxo