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Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, Knoxville, TN

Friday, April 24, 2009
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Kendra was a bridesmaid in one of my favorite weddings last year, and I was very excited when she and Matt decided to have me photograph their June 2009 wedding. For their recent engagement session, we started at their wedding venue, the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, and ended in downtown Knoxville. It was a beautiful spring day, and the four of us (Marcus was with me) had fun hanging out and getting to know each other better. Here are a few of my favorite photographs.

Kendra & Matthew's Engagement Session

Kendra & Matthew's Engagement Session

Kendra & Matthew's Engagement Session

Kendra & Matthew's Engagement Session

Kendra & Matthew's Engagement Session
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Whitestone Country Inn, Kingston, TN

Thursday, November 13, 2008
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Ready for some more beautiful photos? I had such a difficult time choosing which ones to share from this session! I even enlisted my husband and sister to help, but we still had trouble narrowing it down.
Although they live in Georgia now, Lindsey and Aaron drove up for this session at Whitestone. They are such an awesome couple, and I really enjoyed seeing them again. Because the wedding was back in May when everything was warm and green, I wanted to show some variety and take advantage of the fall color with this session. The weather was a bit chilly, but we still had fun and came away with gorgeous photographs.

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session

Aaron and Lindsey's Couple Session
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Farm, New Market, TN

Monday, November 10, 2008
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Matt and Sarah are planning an early spring wedding so we did a fall engagement session. It was a beautiful day on Sarah's family farm in New Market. Because they met in high school and plan to build a house and stay in the immediate vicinity, the farm is part of who they are - past and future. It's great when couples choose a session location that is meaningful and familiar to them. It's a charming rural community, and I'm looking forward to returning for their wedding.

We had fun scouting out some different photo spots in the area including this spot above Cherokee Dam.

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session


Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

You can't have a photo shoot on a farm without including the barn. I love that the bull came to check out what we were doing (trust me, I wouldn't even attempt to pose a bull).

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

We did pose this little guy for a snapshot though. He's just a few months old and is already very attached to his family, wanting to follow them around like a little puppy.

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

Halloween had just passed, and they were quick to go in and cut down the corn maze. It was actually being cut as we were shooting, and we had to be careful not to get run over (they didn't know we were in there).

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session

This last picture is probably my favorite even though it's just a simple portrait. Sarah's top was such a great color for her, and she just looks so beautiful.

Matt and Sarah's Engagement Session
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Cades Cove, The Great Smoky Mountains

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Bridal and couple sessions always produce some of my favorite photographs. Whether you wait several months or do it the day after the wedding, it's always fun to dress up again and go out for more relaxed photos as a married couple. If you do it soon after the wedding, you have the added advantage of being able to re-use the wedding flowers and can often avoid a second tux rental. Chris went with the current trend and wore a nice suit for the wedding so that a tux wasn't even an issue.

While Jill and Chris are busy cruising around the Mediterranean on their honeymoon (I'm so jealous), here are a few of my favorite shots from their post-wedding portrait session last week.

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

Chris & Jill's Couple Session Photographs

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Friday, October 3, 2008
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Over the last two weeks I have heard from several clients who have either become pregnant or given birth recently. Many of these happy couples are now asking about maternity, baby, or family portraits. To celebrate everyone's exciting news, I'm offering a portrait special to all of my existing clients. I'm taking $100 off the regular $125 session fee for all portrait sessions including maternity, high school senior, baby, family, boudoir, model portfolio, and non-wedding couple sessions.

Details: All sessions are done on a weekday at a location of your choice within Knoxville, but I will travel up to 1.5 hours with a travel fee. A $25 retainer and contract are required to hold your date and cover travel within Knoxville. You must commit to a week on the calendar, and we will agree on the specific day during the week prior. A $200 minimum purchase is required in the form of a deposit to be paid on the day of the session. The entire deposit will be applied to your first order. All sessions must be booked before November 1 and completed before May 1, 2009.

Email (link to the right) or call today for more information or to book.

Congratulations Special for existing clients



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