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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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For Mother's Day this year, I wanted to get some new photos of Hayden. He wore his Easter outfit and played around in our backyard. Then we took him to the park for a ride on the swings. He LOVES the swings!


My Mothers Day 2011

My Mothers Day 2011

My Mothers Day 2011

My Mothers Day 2011

I think he may look a little bit like his mommy. Here's a photograph of me when I was about one.

My Mothers Day 2011
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, April 18, 2011
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I know that some people have been wondering where I've been lately, and I apologize for being MIA. For those of you who don't already know, Marcus and I are expecting another little boy this fall!

While I did photograph some weddings when pregnant with Hayden, it wasn't easy. This time I decided that I would only photograph a limited number of portrait sessions during the pregnancy. That means that there is less to put on my blog but more time to spend with my growing toddler and getting ready for baby number two.

It seems that I picked a very good time to be pregnant as several of my friends and former clients are also expecting. I'm so excited to meet the babies, and I should have some very cute newborns to share in the coming months. For now, here is a photograph from Lisa's mini maternity session. She's expecting a boy and a girl. Twins!
Baby Boom
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On Location, Sweden

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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It's been cold lately, but it somehow doesn't really feel like it should be Christmas yet. Today I was going through some old photos on the computer and ran into a few from six years ago when Marcus and I were in Sweden for Christmas. Even though are resized jpg and not high quality, there's something about sub-zero temps, snow, and ice that really puts me in mood for the holidays so I thought I'd share a few of the photos anyway.

Swedes have a tendency to call every big, old house a slott (which translates to castle), but sometimes you find some really cool ones.

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Sunsets and snow just make everything more beautiful.Brrr
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It was freezing cold, but we stopped on the side of the road to get a shot of the Northern Lights.

Brrr

... and then there's the ice hotel. This is a photo of us in the ice chapel and then a photo taken from outside the chapel door. The pews are made of ice covered with reindeer hides, and they do perform weddings there.

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Brrr!!! I doubt you find many brides wearing strapless dresses there.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday and stay warm!

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On Location, Oak Ridge, TN

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
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I love photographing weddings and working with couples as they begin their lives together, but it's really special when those couples start their family and contact me to do newborn photos.

This little guy was born November 14. His parents emailed me from the hospital to schedule the session, and we were able to photograph him when he was just five days old. Isn't he adorable?

 Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Baby G is here

Thanks for letting me hang out with you guys and photograph your beautiful family!

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Maryville, TN

Sunday, October 31, 2010
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Happy Halloween!!

I'm about to dress Hayden up for his first official trick-or-treating, but first I wanted to do a quick post to share some photos from Rachel and Brian's wedding at Butterfly Gap Retreat in Maryville last weekend. They had a beautifully sunny and warm fall day for their afternoon ceremony. Rachel incorporated the colors of Autumn into her bouquet, and even this little yellow jacket liked it. I especially loved the orange ranunculus.


Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

She also had a gorgeous long veil {I love, love those}

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Butterfly Gap's peninsula is the perfect location for an outdoor wedding in the fall.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

I've seen plenty of outdoor ceremonies include a unity candle. However, it doesn't work very well if there is a breeze. To avoid any issues, Rachel and Brian opted for a ceremonial wine pouring instead. I thought that was a really great alternative.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

To carry the fall theme into the reception, they decorated with pine cones, acorns, pumpkins, and granny smith apples - simple and inexpensive but perfect.

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Butterfly Gap has really cool architecture, and the walls on the studio are one example. They rotate open!

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Hart / Bledsoe Wedding October 23, 2010

Congratulations to you two and all the other couples celebrating their first Halloween as husband and wife!
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