The Burleson Family Newborn Session - Collierville, TN

A few months after our sweet Christmas mini session, the Burleson Family became 4! I joined Katie, Chris, Jaxon and Dean (I mean, how cute is that name!) at their home in Collierville to document these sweet snuggles! I have to say, I've not seen a brother so proud as Jaxon, as he clearly is so in love with little Dean! Jaxon also didn't disappoint in the personality department! I could've posted at least 10 more of this fun little 5 year old! Much love to you, Burleson Family! 

(Jaxon, thanks for letting me wear your karate medal during the photo shoot!)

Mashed In - Food Photography - Memphis, TN

Mashed In Brewing brewed some flagship recipes just in time for Christmas and we were able to get our hands on some to photograph for marketing pieces! The branding, done by the very handsome Jared Rawlinson was themed around the Christmas spirit of the batch. Not normally a Stout fan, this Russian Imperial Stout was not only delicious, but is now the standard to which I judge my stouts! Watch out, other brands!

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal! 

The Burleson Family - Winter Family Session - Memphis, TN

This Collierville, TN session could easily be called "The Many Faces of Jaxon"...such a little personality already! While he was timid at first, after some family snuggles, he was ready for his closeup! I always love to see how the trains at the Collierville Town Square bring out the fun in both the kiddos and families! And being friends with Katie since high school, I felt so honored to photograph her sweet, growing family! Stay tuned for the newest addition's newborn session! 

Portrait of an Artist - David Rawlinson

This is a new project for me and something I've been playing around with doing for some time now. After my father in law, David, asked us to help get his artist website up, I took the opportunity to test out my videography skill on a family member (haha)! While this was a learning experience for both my husband (editing) and myself (videography), I think our successful teamwork displayed David fairly well as an artist. I'm so glad his story is on film and will not only be something our family cherishes for some time, but it gives his audience a way to learn more about him and his approach to art. Take a look below!

 

For a sample of David's watercolor paintings, visit his website by clicking here!

Curtis Family Mini Session - Signal Mountain, TN - Chattanooga Photographer

I can't really say how much I love the Curtis Family! Does the location look familiar? That's right, before Ellie's Senior Session, I did a mini session for the whole family! This one features not only their gorgeous yard, but their neighbors amazing rocky yard as well. Being a Memphian accustomed to flat terrain, this yard blew my mind! Hiking a neighbors yard to photograph a family atop some of Tennessee's most gorgeous landscape, ok! 

Oh, and there's the cute baby, too. Elliott, you are loved, darling! Don't grow out of those sweet cheeks, okay?

Ellie's Senior Session - Signal Mountain, TN - Chattanooga Photographer

I came to know Ellie through Ashley after doing her newborn session the year prior (see that here!) and Ashley, being the big sister she is, referred Ellie over to me to document her senior session on Signal Mountain. Believe it or not folks, the opening photos of this blog are in ELLIE'S BACKYARD! After seeing the location in our initial meeting, I insisted we at least start there! 

After learning that Ellie loves the outdoors, it all just seemed to click! Her mother asked if she wanted to be photographed with "her baby" and after seeing it, I was more than happy to oblige (she's got my dream car, you guys, a Jeep Wrangler!). I hope you enjoy these photos from Signal Mountain; I know I'd do this photo shoot all over again if given the chance! I don't know how I always end up working with the best people! 

Jody + Tyra's Wedding - Germantown, TN

Jody + Tyra's Wedding - Germantown, TN

Being a part of Jody and Tyra's day was truly an honor! The overall feeling of the day was that it was a family affair and they treated me just the same way! The couple being from Florida, the first time I met them was the day of the wedding and I was greeted with open arms and love like they'd known me forever! Talk about a great start to the day! Everyone that was a part of the day was so close, you couldn't tell where one family ended and the next one started! 

 

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Jonathan + Monica's Wedding - Chester Frost Park - Chattanooga, TN

Jonathan + Monica's Wedding - Chester Frost Park - Chattanooga, TN

Emotions were high at Jonathan and Monica's wedding at Chester Frost Park in Chattanooga, TN this summer! This family has the sweetest and most genuine story and it was obvious to all that were in attendance. The newlyweds were surrounded by their closest family and friends as they married at a location special to them, where they became a family of six! From details such as meeting beforehand to pray about their union (yes, Jonathan was blindfolded!) to Jonathan vowing to Monica's daughter during the ceremony, the day was truly about these wonderful people becoming a family under God. Music being important to them, they celebrated by having an open mic reception where family and friends took turns singing and playing music for guests to dance to, and really, they were ALL talented musicians!! What a great crowd! 

And in case you're wondering, yes, those photos below are of Jonathan serenading his new bride. Tears!! I hope you enjoy browsing through the photos of their day as much as I enjoy being a part of it. Thanks Jonathan and Monica, and congratulations again! We can't wait to see where your family goes! 

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Pollard Family Maternity Session - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Chattanooga, TN Photographer

Pollard Family Maternity Session - Chattanooga Choo Choo - Chattanooga, TN Photographer

Ok, so first off, how gorgeous is Yolnique?! The Pollard family chose the Chattanooga Choo Choo as the backdrop for their maternity family photo session and honestly, I'd never truly taken in the beauty of the gardens until I started shooting Yolnique in these first photos. Not only is it gorgeous, it's where Anthony proposed to Yolnique! The gazebo photos hold a special place because that's where he popped the question! Fast forward years later and here we are celebrating the soon arrival of his son! So. Sweet. Thank you for involving me at such a precious time in your family's lives! Lastly, how darling is little Moriah?! She couldn't wait for her little one to arrive, and I think that's obvious in this session! 

Baby boy Pollard has graced us all with his presence and everyone is happy and healthy! We can't wait to meet you, little one! Thank you again, Pollard family!! 

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Jerry + Tanea - Couples Session - Chattanooga, TN

Jerry + Tanea - Couples Session - Chattanooga, TN

If you tried to tell me there is a sweeter couple than Tanea and Jerry, well, you'd be wrong! Just look at these guys; they made it so easy on me with their session at the Sheraton Read House in downtown Chattanooga, TN. I set up my equipment and they got to sweet talking each other; no posing needed for this newly married couple! The difficult part: editing! Almost every photo I took of this couple was perfect, so editing was an excruciating task; I can't imagine having to just pick one! 

I love the backdrops we used for this shoot. We had originally planned all outdoors but mother nature in Chattanooga doesn't always give what you ask for! We relocated the majority of it to the Sheraton Read House downtown, snooped around the Starbucks then headed to the Hunter Museum for just a few sweet shots then called it a very cold day. Enjoy sifting through these images!! 

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Sabastian is ONE!! - Chattanooga, TN

Sabastian is ONE!! - Chattanooga, TN

How sweet is this little man?! I visited Sebastian's home to capture this little personality turning ONE YEAR OLD! We played and laughed and chased, oh my! It's been a while since we photographed a little one, but the cardio you work into the shoot and the giggles alone are so worth it! I think Sebastian would've been just fine with me photographing him jumping on the bed all day but we worked around the house visiting the back yard (that swing, my gosh, love it!) and playing peek-a-boo which all lead up to the CAKE SMASH!! This little guy wasn't so sure about being watched while he tore into his amazing cake by Chatta Cakes but he was darling enough to reach over and share it with his mommy...awww! 

Do I even have to mention those blue peepers?! Watch out girlies, Sabastian has some sparklers!! Happy Birthday, baby boy! 

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Mitch + Claire - Couples Session - Chattanooga, TN

Mitch + Claire - Couples Session - Chattanooga, TN

This session with Claire and Mitch was SO precious! Claire's family and my husbands family were close as the kiddos grew up, so since Jared and I got married, I've known Claire...she's kind of been adopted into the Rawlinson family as "Claire Bear"....(sorry Claire, I had to!). That being said, after I met her Mitch, we were slightly protective but the good news is he gets to stick around!! This couple is the epitome of sweet and lovable...just look at these photos and try to argue!! They totally dote on each other which left my job fairly simple; stand back and capture what happened! With their first year mark approaching, they wanted a little session of their life right now and what better place to go than to Lula Lake?! Claire and Mitch love to spend their time together on trails and discovering new places, so these water falls on Lookout Mountain totally fit the bill! Thanks for inviting me and my camera into your lives for an hour guys! Mitch, it won't bee too long and you'll have an adopted Rawlinson nickname too!! You picked your gal well! Happy one year, you guys! 

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The Pack Family - Newborn Lifestyle Session - Chattanooga, TN

The Pack Family - Newborn Lifestyle Session - Chattanooga, TN

Oh my word, the Pack Family, you guys! I couldn't get enough of this precious little family of 4 (see Brinkley, the pup, below!) during our shoot in their home in Chattanooga. It's so clear that Ashley and Tyler are just oodles in love with each other and that love has extended to darling, brand new little Elliott! The smooches, the snuggles, oh my! We used their newly self-renovated home as the backdrop to capture the family's love in action! As inviting as the rest of the house is, Elliott's nursery is so charming and tells a story of family. Between his rocking chair handed down from grandparents, Ashley's hope chest that is now third generation and little gifts from friends around the room, you could just feel the love that Elliott already has so early in his sweet life. 

Oh, have I mentioned the "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" outfit that was made by his grandmother?! I could go on and on but I'll let the photos speak for themselves! We can't wait to watch you grow little Elliott! 

 

(P.S. - How can you tell these two will be awesome parents?! As we got ready for the sweet sans clothes shots, Elliott decided it was the right time to potty about 3 - 4 times. Their parents...well just check out how CHILL they were below!)

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