I had the pleasure of photographing Caroline and Daniel’s Tuscaloosa, AL Engagement Session and Birmingham, AL Wedding several years ago. We had the best time together! After the wedding, they moved to Atlanta for Daniel’s job. Earlier this year I got an email from them asking me to photograph them with their pup at Piedmont Park to document a city that’s now also part of their story. How sweet is that?! I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’m thankful they want me to keep capturing milestones in their lives because they really are the sweetest! And, we were blessed with some amazing fall color in the park that day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I met Anna a few years ago when she asked me to photograph her adorable nephew who was in town. She truly is the sweetest soul, so I was excited when she asked me to photograph she and her husband Ben when she was pregnant with Nolan and then last month when Nolan turned one! He’s a doll face and super duper smart. He was moving my hand to scroll through his photos on the back of my camera. Did I mention he’s only one!? And, oh those baby blues!
Elizabeth’s Senior Session was just perfect. We were blessed with pretty light, pretty scenery, and obviously a pretty girl…pretty on the inside too!
I love this sweet and beautiful family! Brad and I met Kelly and KaiVan twenty years ago at the gym…before we were all married…and before kids. We’ve been close friends ever since. The guys share a love of hunting and the girls share a love of fitness and teaching group exercise classes. Our kids are close in ages with similar interests, so we have a lot of fun when we can get away together and we try to do it every fall. I look forward to it every time.
In November Kelly & KaiVan invited us to their family hunting camp, “Nelson’s Landing”, named after their son. My husband (and son) had been there many times and told me about it, however this was my first time. I love Fall, but it is always extremely busy for me; so I have to hold onto one full weekend for rest and relaxation with my family. This was that weekend. Beautiful fall weather, long dirt roads, swamps of flooded timber, riverbanks and barges, fall color in the spanish moss covered trees, fires in the firepit, kids doing smores and swinging in the tree swing, grilling out steaks, shooting practice, and a little bit of deer, squirrel and pig hunting for the boys. Most important of all, our families all together having fun with no wifi service! (I admit, no wifi is a challenge for me…but good for me!)
While there, we planned to photograph the Greiner family. Much to our surprise, Kelly grabbed my camera and took some shots of our family. Unfortunately we weren’t planning on getting photos of us, so we rolled out of bed and no one had showered. (Insert laugh and sigh.) Thankfully, at least what we all wore coordinated. Next time I’ll be a little more prepared! But, I loved our family shot so much I used it on our Christmas card! We rarely get family photos because I’m always behind the camera. Thanks Kelly!
The last day it was just our family there. It was fun for my daughter and me to be in the woods with our boys on their adventures, and with my camera in hand to capture them in their element. Of course it wasn’t serious hunting that way, but I loved permission to get a peek inside their world.
Here’s some of my favorite images from our weekend together…from portraits, to candid moments and everything in between…