summer is here

Just like that, summer is here! My grandma always says that the “older you get, the faster the years go”.  So true. I can’t believe I am going to have a 4th and 3rd grader next year. I can’t believe I will have a TEN year old this year either. What in the world?! But, since I technically still have 1 1/2 days left before my guys are home for summer, I wanted to share this beautiful family shoot down by my FAVORITE place.

I haven’t seen the Cooper crew in a few years and I had missed them terribly. It would be the first time I would meet their youngest, Cannon. “Hey, Pretty!” is what I hear when the back door opens. What a charmer! Still makes me giggle. But, I knew we were in for a wonderful session capturing beautiful portraits AND life. And, can we pause for a moment and talk about their outfits? Perfect combination for that beautiful sunshine filled afternoon.

I am excited about summer because it means life slows down a little. Alarms will still be going off but not as much. I hope I can savor some of it. I hope you can, too. Looking forward to seeing those sweet families booked in June + July. Lots of anticipation about shoots at the lake like the Cooper’s below and Stevie’s 2 year shoot, downtown Nashville like the Norris family, bell buckle like the Schmidt’s, and even the park like the Wilson family shoot.  And, even one or two shoots at clients homes. Those are super special. Excited about spending time with my crew and I am looking forward to doing more work that matters.

Here’s to being present where ever we are this season.

Here’s to summer, y’all!




Jill Norris - Oh man! These are so wonderful!!! Love the last picture. Such a sweet family!!

Sarah Wren - These pictures are great! The cutest family around, even if they are related to me!

family shoot in downtown nashville

It’s been a good season, y’all. Can I just say that? I am pushing myself to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. When I met my brother and his fiance a month ago for their shoot I said “I must get some families down here!” I’ve only met a handful of sessions in downtown Nashville and only ONE of the families met me on the bridge. Guys, that was 5 years ago! That’s crazy town. It’s time to see our city and be thankful for it. So, what better family to start then one who has been with me for almost SIX YEARS! I love this crew. Always happy. Always up for whatever. Always so loving! So wonderful watching these two peanuts grow over the years. What a JOY they are to my soul. And, I loved that after 6 years of photo shoots, Jill surprised her die hard VANDY fan hubby with an outfit change to BLACK and GOLD! How fun and special, y’all!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Hope you are surrounded by the ones you love the most.




Family shoot down in Bell Buckle

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream and that’s kind of the same thing! My life motto!

I have been photographing this crew since big brother was brand new. I can’t even really put into words what that means to a family photographer. To be with a family from the very beginning and after 3 boys! Such a blessing! We’ve had MANY wonderful shoots, but this one will go down as a top favorite. I had never been to Bell Buckle (I grew up in Murfreesboro, so it’s really a shame!). But, Bell Buckle did not disappoint and won my heart as soon as I pulled in. Small town, everyone is so friendly, and the ice cream shop opens at 8! WHAT!! The Town Hall is right smack dab in the middle of these adorable antique shops and an oh so kind lady came out to welcome me to their little town. She said she grew up there, left, and came running back. That’s when you know it’s something truly special. We sat down in front of a landmark, The Bell Buckle Cafe, and then made our way down the street. We would stop when the train would come by. And, we could stop and wave at the garbage man. Sometimes we get so rushed to get it right, but the truth is, if we just slow down and notice the little things…that’s when beautiful things happen.

What a super fun shoot with one of my favorite families. Love them with my whole heart.

Now, who wants to meet me in Bell Buckle again soon?




when she was two

Watch carefully, the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves. Atticus

That is one of my favorite quotes and is so true when you are capturing children in their truest form. Let the kids be themselves. Let the kids be shy and then open up when they are ready. Let the babies dance and sing and wear those sunglasses when they want. Let them chase bubbles. Give them the opportunity to JUST BE.

Because 20 years from now that’s who I want to remember “when she was two”.

Love you, Stevie Rose.




with all my heart

I prayed that if this isn’t what He wanted me to do anymore, to gently strip it all away. Because I knew it would HURT. BUT, I felt deeply that He was asking me to lay this job at His feet and walk away. I cried inside. I cried to friends. I cried to my mom. I cried to Terry. I don’t know why I am telling y’all this, but I feel like I need to. I have loved this job for 6 years. I have loved so many families through all the seasons. And, after praying and all the tears and a few days of complete silence, everything started to change. Did I not hear God correctly? Yes, yes I did. I know I did. He just wanted me to redirect my heart and soul. This was never about me. To love people and love them well. Even if it hurts sometimes and people don’t love you the same way, LOVE THEM ANYWAY. Show them what you feel. Use your tender heart to show them what I have given you to see, Sara. That’s what I keep hearing. He just needed my attention. My full attention. 

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5.9

I pray I serve you well, Lord.

Thank you, Wilson Family for allowing me to see YOU.




Happy Monday, Friends!

Can’t believe it’s MAY! Can’t believe booking for July, August, and September open WEDNESDAY at 10 am!

—–> how to book? email me Wednesday at 10 am at

—–> are you accepting new clients? YES

—–> are you offering mini sessions? I offer both full and mini sessions year around. I would be happy to send you info today about both!

—–> are you working weekends? I work 2 Saturday’s a month with limited availability. I am off on Sunday’s.

—–> what are your available Saturday’s? July 2, 23 / August 13, 20 / September 3, 24

I hope to meet you and capture your life!


3rd qtr blog 2016



sadler brand new

bliss. the moment we stop thinking and start being.

That’s what I think of when I think of this sweet family. They love with a love that is more than love. They laugh and giggle and play and are happy. And, not because life is perfect but because they know it’s a choice. They are grateful to the core. A beautiful inspiration for us all.

1 Samuel 1.27

So happy you are here, Sadler! Can’t wait to watch you grow and to laugh, giggle, and play some more!