Children

Newborn Session with Tori and Gracelyn

This little angel was a living doll to photograph!  Look at this beautiful baby and tell her family what a beautiful baby she has...

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Levi's Smash Session

Levi turned One!  I love doing the Smash Sessions and coming up with new ideas to incorporate into the sets.  Pinterest is a great source for ideas as well as Etsy.  It's also nice to come up with my own simple design!

Black and White Photography

Don't you just love a black and white image?  The children were dressed all in white and had jet black hair.  This made a beautiful image with the contrast between light and dark.  Everyone should have one good image done in black and white.  To me, it goes with any decor and never looks dated...

Baptism

I was very honored to be the photographer at a recent Baptism at the St. Williams Catholic Church in Shelbyville, TN.  Three adorable siblings were baptized.  This was my first time to photograph a baptism and I feel like I captured everything that the parents wanted...

Warm weather means outdoors!

Now that warm weather seems to be here to stay, I'm shooting more and more outdoor family sessions.  But with April and May come all of the rain and thunderstorms.  This family did not have to reschedule but it's always a wait and see as to what kind of weather we're going to wake up to.  I like to shoot in the late evening to get that soft natural light.  It's literally a countdown of the clock, waiting and watching to see if you're going to be at the right spot at the right time!  

This is such a nice shot and the area is almost always in shade.

Props

This DreamCatcher is one of my newest props in the studio.  I made this myself and this is my first newborn to photograph using it.  I love it!  It is definitely a set that takes a lot of planning and extra hands to make sure baby is completely safe.  This is part photoshop.  The baby was never hanging in the air.  I never put a child/baby in danger for a photo.  Make sure that whoever does your photography always has your child's safety as their first priority!

What am I doing? Sometimes I just don't know...

I always wanted a home based, successful business...Dwane and I explored some options before we got married.  But we never dreamed it would be a photography business!    I didn't know I would get here from the path that I was put on, but here I am!  As some of you know, I had just gone into business when Victoria was in an accident.  I was never able to return to my job at the TN Fire and Codes Academy.  When we saw that I was going to be at home as Victoria's caregiver, I spent my nights on the computer doing an online class that I am still enrolled in.  I needed to earn an income.  

It took me three years to really start earning.  I put everything I made into equipment while I was getting the great tax credits the IRS gives during your start up years.  So now I am a full service studio, fully booked, and the first quarter of 2016 tripled from the first quarter of 2015.

I love what I do, love being at home, and look forward to more great sessions and events this year!

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From Adaley's Two Year Old Session

Where did February go?

February came and went.  I blinked and it was gone.  March is here and I will be another year older at the end of the month.  This year will be a 1/4 gone.  Time keeps ticking on.  I guess that's better than stopping completely.  We've just been so busy...

Valentine's Mini Sessions were great!  Here are some of the images for 2016, I'm looking forward to doing them again next year.

I've been adding a lot of new Newborn props and wraps, and shopping with new vendors.  My Maternity Sessions include a complimentary Newborn Session.  Come check out what I've been adding, look at my products, view my sample images, and tell me what you would like to do in your session.   Look at this beautiful image from a Newborn Session with Kennedy...


Finding Goodies...

You never know what you're going to find on Facebook...I had someone to had me to a Facebook group, which I usually hate, but this time it was to a group called Photographer Prop Sell and Swap .  Great listing of all kinds of great knitted, crocheted, handmade items.  The teddy and hat on the little boy below was purchased through one of the vendors.


January and February

These can be slow months for photographers, especially here in this part of the country when you just don't know what kind of weather you're going to have.  Last year with our snow and ice, things were extremely slow for me.  This year, I can not say that!  It is busy, busy!  I take January and February and paint, move around/rearrange, add props, order new items, and this year is no different, but I'm having to do it while I'm so busy.  So please excuse the mess!  The more props you have, the more storage space you need.  Now I need to repaint in the storage room, add shelving and totally redo that room.  I've already redone the room I shoot in, I just need to move things stop the storage room to declutter.  

I'm adding a lot of new kids props, clothing items, newborn wraps, hats, bows, etc.  Loving all the babies and children!  Check out some of the latest babies as I continue to update with the latest sessions.  I will also be adding new Maternity/Newborn/MommyandMe Plans in the coming months.  


Babies and Banjos

This little boy has a big sis who's newborn photo was taken on a guitar.  So of course his had to be taken on a banjo!  Love the color, love the idea, and happy for mom and dad to have two beautiful portraits of their babies to hang in their home.

Music soothes the soul and babies


Do you have a Tween? You must read...

dictionary.reference.com/browse/tween

preposition 1. contraction of between. noun 2. Also, tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age, considered too old to be a child and too young to a teen.  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tween

Moms, do you remember what it was like to be in the middle?  Whether it's the middle years of being between a child and a teen, a middle child (younger and older siblings), kind of over looked because of where you fall in the pecking order?  Do you now have a daughter who falls into this category?  Do you have photos of yourself when you were in this age group?  Probably not, most people don't.  These are not school photos.  These are portraits. Portraits to let your child shine.  

Your Tween is in a very important developmental stage of their life.  They need to know that they are special in their own way.  That their accomplishments matter.  They need to know that braces and/or glasses are a right of passage that don't make them who they are but define the character that carries them through what they think are the darkest hours of their existence.  That the rude remark from a friend at school, or the bad grade on a test, is something that will pass on to a memory. What matters is how they are taught to handle it today. That they have self-esteem and confidence in their own personal abilities, achievements, and looks.  This is who they are at this moment!

Let your Tween shine with their own special, customized, portrait session.  Bring their musical instruments, their sports equipment, let's go to the ball field or the basketball court and create something unique just for their personality.  Custom products, creative imaging, means a happy Tween!

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I would like to schedule/get more information on a Tween Portrait Session. Sessions are being held in January and February of 2016.



Composites

I love doing Composites!  I do one for every session.  My inspiration comes from the session itself.  What the person/child is wearing, the theme of the session, etc.  This is an 11x14 that I did for Ociel's session. I think I caught every expression: he gagged, cried, played, smiled and looked in wonder at the icing!

and Schyler's One Year Composite


Fun with a Smash Session

I wanted to try something different and Mom agreed to let me have a go at it.  This is Ociel.  He is one year old on July 10th.  I pulled out my stand mixer, spatula, made the diaper cover and banner, and bought the Chef's hat at Joann's Fabrics.  I also make my own cakes.  We didn't think we would actually get a shot with the hat on his head but we managed.  This set was fun to put together and I think it turned out great!  Tell me what you think? Do you have a budding Chef in the family?

Good Weather for a Family Session

Cindy, TJ, and Christian were the first family to be photographed outdoors in 2015.  February was nothing but cold, ice, and snow.  It was so good to be outdoors, shooting on Mr. Barton's farm, and enjoying the setting sun.  

It was a pleasure getting to meet and photograph this lovely, young family.  Check out their images and see if you can find the eggs…

2 months old

Newborn Photography

Have  you attempted to take Newborn Photos?  Of all the sessions I do, this is the hardest.  Each child is different.  They all have their own personalities.  You want to pull off all the creative shots, but you can only do what the baby will let you do.  This little one was a sweet heart!  He was the second Finch child for me to photograph.  He could be his brother's twin born 2 years apart lol!  Take a look at his photos and tell me if you agree?

 Sladen 2015

Sladen 2015


Daycare Spring Session #childrensphotography #daycarephotos

The little beauty that you will see at the end of this post has been on my site many times.  She was the first newborn that I ever photographed.  She's been in many sessions, along with her Mom and Dad.  She is now five years old and will be graduating from preschool.  She is a beautiful and charming little girl!

I always post Chloe's photos because her mother has given me permission to post them.  I keep signed "Permission to Photograph" releases on file.  I don't post anything that I don't have permission to post.  As photographers, we should always be respectful to parents wishes about images of their children on social media.  It's always a pleasure showing these images and I hope Mom, Dad and Grandparents enjoy sharing them as much as I do!

Spring Session at Little Eagle's Nest Daycare