15 Year Old Singer/Songwriter, Anna Grace Beatty

Last month I had the privilege of photographing 15 year old singer/songwriter, Anna Grace Beatty, who’s getting ready to release her first album. It’s not often you meet 15 year olds with such passion to pursue their dream career and at such a young age. I have no doubt this young musician has a bright future ahead of her, and I can’t wait to see where her talent and determination takes her in the music industry.

I love getting to play with different color treatments to set the tone and mood for editorial and commercial work. Here are some of my favorite images from our shoot in Historic Leipers Fork and Franklin, Tennessee.

Hair & Make Up: Lynsey Richardson | Wardrobe Styling: Celine Russell

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The Clarke Family [Franklin, TN Family Portrait Session]

I just met this beautiful and precious family in August but I feel like I’ve known them longer. They moved to Franklin from Birmingham, a few months before we did, to plant a church. Sean is the pastor of Five Stones Church, a church plant of Church of the Highlands. Rhiannon, his wife, is my small group leader, we all live in the same neighborhood, and our daughters take dance together. We’re kinda doing this transition thing together. And, yes, I’m glad our lives have intertwined in only a few short months. I’m super thankful God orchestrated it!

I had the privilege of photographing Sean, Rhiannon and kids this past fall, and we were blessed with gorgeous fall color and dreamy light bouncing around my camera lens. If only I could bottle up that light and carry it around with me every day, I’d be one happy girl!

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Sasha, Real People Model Portfolio

I met Sasha this past summer, while in France, shooting some work for her father, author Larry Taunton. She’s originally from Ukraine, was adopted by the Taunton family from an orphanage there and became a U.S. citizen 7 years ago. You can read her amazing story, in The Grace Effect, the book written by her father. She’s a beautiful girl inside and out, whose joy is contagious!

This past fall, Sasha came to Franklin for us to shoot her portfolio and a few months later signed on as a model with Real People agency in Birmingham, AL. I can’t wait to see her career take off!

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The Hines Family Snow Photo Session [Franklin TN]

Holly was one of the first people I met in my neighborhood after moving in. I felt like I was living in a fishbowl when we moved into our house, so someone referred me to her for window shades and she hooked me up with some privacy! Since then she’s taken me to my first Downtown Franklin First Friday Art Crawl and we’ve worked some here in the neighborhood together. Holly’s a Franklin native that really knows how to make the new girl feel welcome! She’s a sweetheart and her kids are delightful too!

I loved spending a little time with this cute family on our first snow day in Tennessee.

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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.

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Fall Break Fun – Exploring Nashville and the Music City Murals

It’s my kids’ first Fall Break living in Nashville, so my 13 year old daughter had two of her Birmingham friends up for the long weekend. Yesterday afternoon we decided to do a little exploring. I gave them a 3 hour tour to some of my favorite spots, finding murals as we made our way through Music City. I love this town! There’s always something fun to do and see!

Here’s a few of the shots I took along our way and I’ll share the locations, just in case you are planning a visit to Nashville soon…

House of Blues Studios | 518 East Iris Drive 

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Also in 12 South area beside Green Pea Salon |
2900 12th Ave South

(There’s also a really colorful flower wall across from this one,
but the sun was way too bright on it to shoot at the time we were there.)

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Also on 12 South in alley next to Draper James
(Reese Witherspoon’s Clothing Boutique)
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East Nashville on the side of the Joyner & Hogan Printers building | 600 Main Street 

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Printers Alley | Downtown Nashville between Third and Fourth Avenues,
running from Union Street to Commerce Street.

Note: I don’t suggest doing this one after dark with kids.
Best done in the afternoon before the night life picks up. 😉
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Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge | Shelby Street

I love this spot because you get great 360 degree views of downtown Nashville, Nissan Stadium Home of the Titans Football Team, Ascend Amphitheater and the Cumberland River, Riverfront Park and Cumberland Park.

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This brings us to the end of our afternoon exploring Nashville. We were running out of daylight and ready for dinner. There are many more murals all over the city, but we’ll save those for another day and later post.