who is Mary Craven

who is  
Mary Craven

"I'm just a girl with a camera living in nashville with her husband, 3 kids and a passion to capture real & authentic moments."

My process of photographing involves capturing real, candid, authentic moments of you and your loved ones. I docu­ment the beautiful in your everyday life and the people you cherish the most. My goal is to capture those present fleeting moments of you and your loved ones and get them on film. These images are not just for you but they are for future generations to treasure and remember, just the way it happened. When you work with me, I promise to always capture those special moments so you will have them forever. My work is up close and personal because I want to tell your story. I am looking to draw out those candid moments, laughs and smiles and get you in a form that is not posed or structured. I bring my passion for documenting my own life, events, family and friends, to yours.

My mission

YES, we grab that shot first, but it's in those "rolling on the floor" or "chasing your little sister" moments where we document the essence and innocence of where your story is right now. To create raw emotion, we have to give it permission to live freely. 

With over 10 years in the industry, I have streamlined my processes to allow me to dive deep into building connections with my clients and making them feel comfortable and confident. I don't expect my clients to show up dressed to the nines just to grab a traditional "everyone look here" portrait.


Sue joyce, Turkish-t

"I almost hate to tell anyone, Mary Craven is my hidden gem. Her natural, carefree style, has been instrumental in helping tell our story so organically. She has an innate ability to see the story before it is told and to capture it while it’s being lived."

carl kirkland, client

Outstanding! Mary Craven has a unique ability to discover the personality of the subject

Jamaica Zralek - Red Leaf Interiors

"Mary Craven's photography is magical. Whether she is photographing my family or my work, she always captures more than just a picture. She captures a feeling. She captures the story. 
Her crisp, clean aesthetic and love of natural light make every photo feel dreamy. 
Mary Craven is an absolute joy to work with. Our shoots are always easy, always fun and she always delivers beautiful pictures that are timeless. 

Helen, Bride

"Mary Craven is so talented and such a joy to work with. She brings a brilliant mix of mix of laid back boho chic, efficiency & fun with you. Mary Craven gets things done in a seemingly effortless way which gave me peace of mind.”

Denise Bahil, client

We absolutely loved working with Mary Craven! She is kind, respectful of your time, and wonderful with children. This was our first time working with her and we will definitely be back!

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