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The Old City downtown, Knoxville, TN

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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We originally scheduled this photography session for two weeks from now, but then I saw that the Dogwood Arts Festival will be on Market Square that weekend. Not wanting to compete with the crowd, we switched dates. Unfortunately, there is apparently always something going on in downtown Knoxville these days. On Saturday, there was a Red Bull chariot race AND a marathon. We had beautiful weather though, and I had fun traipsing around downtown and shooting urban engagement photos with Matt and Molly.


Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

Molly and Matt's Engagement Session

I'm looking forward to the wedding in July and hoping that the weather will be just as gorgeous for their outdoor ceremony.
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Monday, March 22, 2010
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My little baby is growing up too fast! He has more than doubled his birth weight and is sitting up now. I pulled out the old scale that I used for newborn photographs so that I could document the change.

Before anyone asks... I did not let him balance up there on his own, but I edited my arm out of the photograph.

Oh How Quickly They Grow


Here are a few photographs that we took outside on Saturday.

Oh How Quickly They Grow

Oh How Quickly They Grow

Oh How Quickly They Grow

I do have some wedding stuff to post too, but I have albums and orders to finish up before I get around to it.
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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, February 13, 2010
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Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous.
It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.  
~Elizabeth Stone


Happy Valentines Day

Whether you're recently engaged or have been married for decades, I hope that everyone takes the time this weekend to reflect on how important your loved ones are and to let them know what they mean to you. In my opinion, our relationships are really what make life so rewarding and wonderful.
I am especially blessed to share my life with a wonderful husband and a perfect little baby. My days are filled with so many wonderful moments now, but some of my favorite come just as Hayden is waking up - when he looks at me with complete adoration and joy like I am the most important person in the world. His love is so pure and magical. I wish that all love could be so simple.

Happy Valentines Day

Here are a few more recent photos that I love. These next two are such "Hayden" looks.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

Sometimes he'll just sit and stare at his hands as if they are the most amazing new discovery, but he's also in love with his feet.

Happy Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day

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Farragut, Knoxville, TN

Sunday, January 31, 2010
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I hope that everyone is enjoying the snow. Marcus was a little disappointed that we didn't actually get snowed in as predicted, but I rather enjoy getting the benefits of the snow without all the hassle. Hayden still can't sit up on his own, but I found a way to get a photo of him in the snow. He wasn't all that impressed, especially when his hand got wet and cold, and he was ready for a nap once we got back inside.

I love this little red sweater and hat (great for hiding his bald head) that I got from Gymboree's after Thanksgiving sale. I originally got it for his visit with Santa which never happened so we decided to do some family photos instead. I'm not a big fan of everyone matching (all white shirts with jeans for instance), but I do like when there's a color scheme so we went with red and brown. In hindsight, I'm thinking that the blue jeans weren't the best choice. Always remember to wear a complete outfit for photo sessions because your pants (and even socks and shoes) may show.


Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Let It Snow

Let It Snow
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Home, Knoxville, TN

Friday, January 1, 2010
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It's so exciting to work with couples as they begin their marriage and then watch them as they start their families. After photographing weddings for both Sarah and her sister, I feel especially close to this family. It wasn't that long ago that Sarah and I were sharing pregnancy stories at Hayden's baby shower, and now we're both mommies! I'm a little jealous though. Thanks to a special diet while she was pregnant, Sarah ended up SMALLER after giving birth than before she got pregnant. I'm still trying to get rid of half the weight that I gained during my pregnancy, and the holidays haven't helped any. It's a good thing that babies are so cute and are worth all the trouble.

Sarah and Daniel's baby is definitely a cutie. They welcomed Miss Hallie Isbell Burtch into their lives on December 15, and she is such a doll. Congratulations to them and to all the other families who are celebrating this new year with new babies. In exchange for all the happiness that they bring, may we all resolve to shower them with our love, time, and patience so that they will be happy and healthy in 2010.

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie

Happy New Year , Baby Hallie
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