Highlights from 2017 [Franklin, TN] Fall Mini Sessions

Happy New Year! Christmas cards have all been mailed, opened and posted on the fridge. Gifts have been exchanged and holidays have been celebrated. Bowl games have been watched, the ball has dropped, and now I can share highlights from my Fall 2017 Mini Sessions in Franklin, TN and Birmingham, starting with Franklin sessions that I shot in historic and quaint Leipers Fork. I will follow up with a separate post for Birmingham portrait sessions.

Kids and family portrait sessions are how I started my business 15 years ago, so it’s always fun to shoot what began it all for me. This year, there were new clients and returning clients in front of my lens…so many beautiful families, kids, couples and pups! Mark your calendars for the first week of August when I will announce Fall 2018 Mini Sessions dates on social media and online booking through my website. In the meantime, here are some highlights from Fall 2017 in Franklin. And, you can see Birmingham, AL Fall Minis here.

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Leipers Fork Fall Mini Sessions by Heather Durham Photography

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Merry Christmas from our Family to Yours

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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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