YMCA of Middle TN Family Swim Ad Campaign

It’s always a pleasure to shoot for The YMCA of Middle Tennessee. This Ad Campaign was photographed at the Donelson location last summer to promote their summer swim program. Here’s a few ads rolling out now, plus some of my other favorite images from the shoot…

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Simple Fall Decorating Ideas

Ahhhhh Fall! Cooler temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkins and mums on porches, firepit gatherings, s’mores, cozy sweaters, leather jackets and boots. All of these things make me extremely happy. I want our home to be a place that is warm and welcoming; however, Fall is also my busiest season, so I don’t have time for much fuss. I try to take what I already have and fill in with mums I purchase from our high school cheerleaders’ fundraising project and pumpkins from the little market down the street. I always lean towards minimal styling and non-traditional, greyed down colors. And, there always has to be shades of blue/green in my world…even for my pumpkins! Years and years ago, my hand tinting instructor told me “Always add a little blue to your image. It gives the eye a place to rest.” This is so true for me! Blues are peaceful.

Bright orange, black and purple for Halloween isn’t my jam, and red and green at Christmas is just a little too expected for me. Have you noticed the “other orange” pumpkins? They are a bit more subtle and go beautifully with the autumn colored mums that aren’t exactly yellow or orange, but have a hint of both. I plan to purchase a few rectangular lanterns like these, to add some flicker at night and a different shape to go with all of the round pumpkins.

Here are few vignette shots of my front porch and foyer table. Minimal. Nothing fussy, overdone, or even expensive. There’s nothing difficult about throwing mini white pumpkins in a unique bowl. If I had found where I put my pheasant feathers, I would have mixed those in with the pussy willow branches. Pheasant feathers are one of my favorite things to use in the fall because the colors and texture are amazing. My husband brought back real feathers from a hunt in North Dakota, but you can also purchase them online. I’ve included a link at the end of this post. Ostrich feathers and raw cotton branches are beautiful too!

I love to eat pumpkin spice and cinnamon flavors, but do not like for my house to smell like it, unless it’s the real bread or cake coming out of the oven. Sweet smelling candles give me a headache, so I go for more masculine and earthy scents in the fall like the Le Labo Santal candle shown here, cedarwood, tobacco and leather, etc. Locally, I purchase my candles at Two Old Hippies and White’s Mercantile, two of my favorite Nashville shops.

What about you? What do you do to keep your fall decor simple, yet interesting? What is your go-to color palette? Leave a comment here or on my Instagram! I want to hear from you! Happy Fall Y’all!




Williams Family Fall Mini Session Birmingham AL by Heather Durham Photography

Simple Fall Decorating by Heather Durham Photography


Organic TeakWood & Capiz Bowl | Pussy Willow Branches | Pheasant Feathers | My art was purchased from At Home in Birmingham, AL but try Art (similar) or Art (similar) | Glass Jar (similar) | Bird artwork on easel | Voyage et Cie Santal Candle | Danny Clinch photography book | Sinatra 100 photography book | Raw Cotton Branches | Porch Swing


A Day in Nashville with Jonathan Savage [Published Architectural Digest]

It’s always a pleasure shooting for Nashville designer, Jonathan Savage. Click on the preview image below to read the full article published in Architectural Digest.


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Jonathan Savage Interior Design Hermes Christmas Tree

It was a pleasure photographing Nashville top designer, Jonathan Savage’s personal home decorated for the holidays. His Christmas tree was appropriately dressed in shades of his branded Savage Interior Design orange with Hermes bags under the tree for extra holiday cheer. His pup Artie was even in the holiday spirit for our shoot. Cheers!HDP-SavageChristmas-1crop_-WEB.jpg







Designer: Jonathan Savage Interior Design • 615.244.5674


Abby in Studio

Had the best time turning my camera on AMAX Model, Abby Cook in studio a few weeks back. Here’s some of my favorites…





















Anna’s Photo Session in the Snow [Franklin, TN]

While living in Birmingham, we rarely had snow for photo shoots in its pristine white powder, and when we did, it was mostly ice and just too hilly and dangerous to get anywhere with my camera. Since moving here to Franklin, TN, I’ve hoped for more opportunities to shoot in the snow since my neighborhood is mostly flat with beautiful parks, creeks and farms nearby. I got my first opportunity yesterday. It looked like a winter wonderland here. Temperatures were in the teens, but Anna and I braved the cold to have a little fun. And oooooh how I loved the light from all that white. Snow is the perfect natural reflector!

When Anna walked up to meet me with her crystal blue eyes, wearing a cute CC beanie and the perfect pink lips to match her Hunter booties, I knew it was going to be a really great shoot.


Paris! C’est Merveilleux!

Paris! The architecture, the fashion, the flowers and the food are all intoxicating. This is a journal of my first visit to this enchanting city.

After shooting for my client in the southern region of France (see that post here), my friend Emily and I headed to Paris for three days, because we just couldn’t be that close and not see it!

I wanted to shoot more than just the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Arch de Triumph and the other big  tourist attractions. I wanted to find the tucked away streets and cafés that would be more unique, but 3 days is just not enough time in Paris to see and do it all. And, the Eiffel Tower is just so magnificent that I found myself wanting to go back various times of the day to capture it in different light. I apologize in advance for the number of Eiffel Tower images in this post. But hopefully you get it! ha ha!

As the taxi took us from the airport to our hotel, the anticipation was building. I kept reminding myself to see Paris with my eyes and not always be looking through my camera lens. I wanted to fully experience it as much as I wanted to shoot it, but sometimes that’s very difficult for me when I travel, unless I leave my camera in the hotel. And, I just couldn’t do that! Can you blame me?

hdp-paris2016-3_-webAfter 7 very busy days of work shooting, the first thing we did upon arrival was sit down for a latte in the hotel lobby. I have to give a shout out to Brownell Travel for booking us a fabulous hotel, just steps from the Champs-Élysées. The customer service was outstanding and we had a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance from our hotel windows.hdp-paris2016-4_-web

After taking a few minutes to relax,  it was time to walk the very old streets of Paris. Just look at these cobblestones! There’s so much history that has worn and weathered these stones. HDP-Paris2016-17_-WEB.jpgHDP-Paris2016-14.jpghdp-paris2016-28_-webhdp-paris2016-21_-webhdp-paris2016-156

The Arch de Triumph was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 and took 30 years to build. Unfortunately he never got to see it finished because he died 15 years prior to its completion. Read this: The Quick 10 Arch de Triumph by Mental_Floss.

Interesting fact…The Tour de France has finished at the Arch de Triumph every year since 1975, so I waited for my shot at the very busy roundabout. Thanks to this cyclist for showing up at just the right time!

HDP-Paris2016-348_-WEB.jpgHDP-Paris2016-371_-WEB.jpgDon’t mind us. We are just fine climbing up on a traffic light…in the middle of the Champs-Élysées…at the roundabout, in busy traffic to get our shot. I mean, we won’t ever see these people again, right? (No shame.)


hdp-paris2016-2_-webhdp-paris2016-41_-webhdp-paris2016-52_-webhdp-paris2016-48_-webSeeing Paris by boat, with a champagne cruise on the River Seine, gave us a different perspective of the city, especially of the unique bridges. Thanks again to Brownell Travel for booking the cruise for us when we requested it at the last minute.

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I’ll never forget our first night in Paris. As we walked up the stairs of the park in front of the Eiffel Tower, we heard Frank Sinatra playing. And, when we arrived on the top terrace, there were couples ballroom dancing to Sinatra with a view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the most romantic scene. Right then I knew why it’s called “The City of Love” and we quickly grabbed our cameras to start shooting.



The highlight of the trip for me, and I think for Emily too, was our private bike tour with Flora, which was planned for us by Brownell Travel. I really can’t describe what a wonderful way this is to see the city of Paris. It was a beautiful day riding our bikes, while Flora gave us a history lesson on Paris. She was extremely knowledgeable and a delightful tour guide. We began riding through the districts in the morning, stopped for lunch at a little corner cafe, saw highlights of famous art at The Louvre, went into Notre Dame Cathedral and ended at the La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre. It was the perfect “Cliffs Notes” for Paris. We carried our cameras over our shoulders while riding, but quickly discovered that we didn’t want to shoot (and wreck) as much as we just wanted to fully enjoy this experience. Oh we stopped occasionally to grab a shot, but not nearly as much as I expected we would. We were vacationing photographers at this point, which is [a little] different than working photographers.


The two oldest homes in Paris. hdp-paris2016-173_-web

hdp-paris2016-158_-webHDP-Paris2016-20_-WEB.jpgWe stopped at this cute little corner cafe for lunch.hdp-paris2016-225_-webThese shoe skates were parked at a table near by us at lunch…a cafe guest’s unique form of transportation.hdp-paris2016-229_-webThen there were these. I couldn’t resist grabbing this shot while I waited in line behind these French women.HDP-Paris2016-398_-WEB.jpg

After lunch we were off to the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral.

hdp-paris2016-201_-webhdp-paris2016-207_-webHDP-Paris2016-96_-WEB.jpgLook at this detailed iron work on the old wooden front doors of the cathedral. HDP-Paris2016-214.jpgI enjoyed hearing Flora tell us about Saint Denis, the Christian martyr and saint. He’s the statue (below) holding his head in his hand. Saint Denis is said to have picked his head up after being decapitated and walked six miles, while preaching a sermon of repentance the entire way. Truth or folklore?HDP-Paris2016-215_-WEB.jpghdp-paris2016-84_-webHDP-Paris2016-102_-WEB.jpghdp-paris2016-234Next, we went to see highlights at the Louvre, the world’s largest museum and historical monument.hdp-paris2016-83_-webhdp-paris2016-231hdp-paris2016-86_-webThe Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by the Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, which has been acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world” and is viewed by 8 million people every year. (Source: Wikipedia)


Goppion created an especially transparent yet virtually impermeable antiglare glass face composed of multiple, alternating layers of glass and PVB sheets. For security, the display case is made of thick steel and further protected by rear armour-plating made out of high-resistance steel. The painting’s support system allows the Museum staff to remove it quickly in the event of emergency. A compression system seals the perimeter at multiple points, achieving a higher-than-requested level of security and airtightness. To address the unique climate-control issues the project presented, we worked with the Polytechnic University of Milan, to design and build a complex, combined passive/active, system to both stabilize relative humidity and filter the air within the case. The system includes two completely independent and redundant units; if one fails the other takes over automatically and immediately. (Source: Goppion website)

Read this: 14 Things You Don’t Know about the Mona Lisa by Mental_Floss

People watching around her highly secure exhibit is quite entertaining.

hdp-paris2016-243_-webhdp-paris2016-244_-webWinged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothracehdp-paris2016-240_-webThe Venus de Milo marble sculpturehdp-paris2016-237_-webLiberty Leading the People painting by eugene Delacroixhdp-paris2016-250_-webA hand painted mural on the ceiling of The Louvre.hdp-paris2016-235_-web

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The last destination on our bike tour was the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which stands for the Sacred Heart of Paris. As we made or way up a hill on a narrow street through buildings, the pristine white cathedral came into sight. I think Emily and I both said “Wow!” out loud. It’s perched high on the hill, with the most incredible 360 degree view of all of Paris from the top.


hdp-paris2016-277_-webAs we made our way out of the cathedral and around the corner towards Montmartre, there was a gentleman sitting by the steps playing the accordion. At the time, it felt like a soundtrack to our lovely day and it made me smile.

hdp-paris2016-281_-webMy favorite area in Paris is the artist’s district, Montmartre. Scattered all over the courtyard surrounded by cafes, were illustrators and painters, working at their easels creating portraits.hdp-paris2016-291_-webhdp-paris2016-283_-webhdp-paris2016-282_-webhdp-paris2016-285_-webhdp-paris2016-294_-webhdp-paris2016-297_-webEmily and I walked around admiring the artwork, then grabbed a café table to relax and enjoy dinner overlooking the courtyard. The weather was perfect and I could have stayed there for hours just taking it all in, but I wanted to photograph the Moulin Rouge lit up at night. So off we headed to our hotel to grab my tripod and make it there right before dusk.hdp-paris2016-298_-web(iPhone Photo)d23252cd-913b-4e82-9ec9-205ead96004c

HDP-Paris2016-319_-WEB.jpgOur last day in Paris was a little dreary, but as we looked back on our trip we were so thankful for dry weather, so we could walk and ride bikes everywhere we went. It truly is my favorite way to tour.


A boot camp class was going on near one of the museums. After all of our bread and dessert I was tempted to join them!


As our trip came to a close, we found ourselves making our way to the Champ de Mars park, at the base of the Eiffel Tower, to enjoy sunset. Maybe there will be another trip to Paris in my future, but just in case there isn’t, I wanted to grab more shots of this magnificent structure. But first, we had sweet crepes and champagne, lying on our jackets in the grass below the tower, and toasted to an amazing trip!

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Wendy Garner Media

Wendy Garner is known for her award winning work for years as a Birmingham news anchor, reporter and host of the show Daytime Alabama. Wendy and I have known each other for years through mutual friends and connected through social media; so when she asked me to take professional portraits of her for her business, Wendy Garner Media, I happily agreed. She’s a kind soul, beautiful inside and out, and spending the afternoon with her walking around downtown Birmingham was a treat! Here are some of my favorite images of Wendy…