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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Thursday, July 1, 2010
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Stacy and Seth were two of my clients (back when I was first starting my business) that became friends. Unfortunately, they don't live very close now. We mostly just have to keep in touch online so I was very excited when they came to Knoxville in May for a session with their son Nathan.

He was a little shy at first (or maybe just tired from the drive), but Stacy and Seth did an excellent job of just playing with him and not paying attention to the camera. It didn't take long for him to warm up, and then he was very playful and expressive. He's one of those boys that wants to be constantly moving so there's really no chance of doing any sort of posed photographs. To him, it was just a really fun trip to the park with his parents, and he obviously enjoyed himself. I enjoyed just being there to photograph the three of them spending time together.

Nathan had just turned two, and Stacy even baked a little cake for some photos to document the occasion. At first he was a little confused because we wanted him to sit on the table, but kids always love candles and icing. I got SO many great photos that day, and it was nearly impossible to choose just a few to share.

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two

Little Nathan is two
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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The pre-crawling stage is such a great time for baby photography because the kids are expressive and active but can't quite run away from the camera yet. Photographing babies at any age can be a challenge, but it is SO worth the effort. It is truly amazing how quickly they grow and change. Now that I'm a mother, I am even more aware of just how important it is to document these early moments for yourself and your child.

Baby J is such a sweet little guy! The photo session wore him out, but he was really very cooperative and seems older than just 7 months. I'm excited to share some of my favorite photographs from our session. Isn't he just adorable?

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

Almost Crawling

It's exciting and scary to go from having a lap baby to a wiggly, little crawler who can take off in a split second. Luckily, J's mom and dad were there to lend a hand with the baby wrangling.

Almost Crawling

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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Here are a few more photos from my session with Casey and Sarah who will be graduating next week. Congratulations, girls!

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

Sarah and Casey's Senior Session

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Friday, May 7, 2010
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I always have a tough time choosing my favorite photos to share on the blog. However, this senior session was ridiculously good, and I'm going to have to split it into two posts.

It was a shared session with best friends Sarah and Casey from (my alma mater) Central High. The girls took turns assisting and being photographed, and they kept each other smiling despite the heat.

Up first are photos of Sarah in her prom dress. Prom photos are great! You get the beautiful dress like a bridal session, but the colors are so fun.

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

Sarah's Prom Session

I have to say that it is not a good idea to leave your photography prop chair sitting around while you go off to take photos elsewhere. Marcus had joked that I could just leave it on the side of the road when we finished, but I wasn't even done yet! We were gone maybe ten minutes while we waited for the sun to get lower. Then as we were driving back to it, we saw that a couple had stopped in their truck and were about to take the chair. They tried to play it off by sitting down and waiting to see if we drove on by. When we stopped, they decided to make their get away. Good thing too because I'd hate to fight a stranger over a pink, velvet chair.

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Downtown, Knoxville, TN

Monday, April 19, 2010
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I'm always surprised at how two people so obviously perfect for each other can be brought together. Afia and Paul have a great story. They met in high school in Senegal even though neither one of them is from Senegal. Years later, here they are about to be married in Tennessee, but neither is from Tennessee.

Paul may be the funniest engineer I've ever met, and he kept us all laughing as we traveled around searching for photography locations. Afia is a natural in front of the camera, and has great style. Isn't this yellow dress adorable?  I'm so excited for their wedding in July!

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session

Afia & Paul's Engagement Session
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