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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Brent & Mari - Sweet Murfreesboro Wedding

Brent & Mari were married Saturday at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro. It was a beautiful 60 degree day in February - not too unusual this year I guess.

Mari looked beautiful as her dad walked her down the aisle

Notice anyone familiar in this image? My husband Brad performed the ceremony for Brent & Mari. Brent's father Mike is Brad's boss. :)

Love this one - Mike is clapping and it was such a happy moment.

Mr. & Mrs Johnson

Love this one too. They exited to bubbles on their way to the reception.

Signing the marriage certificate. It's official now!

Mari moved in with Brent's parents for a while before the wedding. She left Brent little notes like this one and while we were signing the certificate I saw it and loved how Brent & Mari were reflected in the mirror.

The reception ended with a bonfire...

Perfect for snuggling.

Congratulations guys. May God richly bless your marriage. We love you!

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Friday, October 05, 2007

More Family Portraits in Murfreesboro

I had a great time yesterday playing in the rain with Steve, Tiffany, Leigha and Kevin for their family photo session in Murfreesboro. Normally I would have rescheduled the session since it was raining off and on and I hate to put my equipment at risk in the moisture, but these guys are headed overseas to become missionaries in just a few short weeks and I didn't want to miss this opportunity to treat them to a session!

We stuck close to porches and covered areas for most of the pictures. This worked out fine - I love this series. This is my favorite family shot of them.

We braved sitting down by the creek and this is where the rain picked up a bit. It was also really wet so we had to agree on no shots from behind after this one!

Kevin was pretty excited about the swing and he climbed up there and struck this pose - I couldn't resist. What a cutie.

Miss Leigha is so beautiful and she had great ideas for different shots too. Thanks for your help - you were great!


A little lovin'

I think this one would make a cool prayer card with the text on the bricks. (When I was in high school, we used to call Stephanie's parents' prayer card a "baseball card" when she would give them to us. Her parents were missionaries in Spain.)

Thanks for hanging out with me in the rain yesterday. I think it was worth it to go ahead with your session! God bless you in your journey ahead!

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Princess Lily Grace

Lily Grace is a precious princess and I had so much fun hanging out with her at the Oaklands in Murfreesboro. Lily Grace is three years old and as fun as can be! I used to work with her mom, Susan, at the Boys & Girls Club, so it was great to spend time with her family.

Here's Lily Grace

This one is my favorite from the whole day.

Her adorable dress is from Orient Expressed, one of my new favorite lines of children's clothing.

How about that expression?

Big brothers Matthew and Sean were hanging out, hiding behind trees and trying to avoid grass stains or ripped pants until it was time for them to join in the fun. They are great with Lily Grace. They are proud big brothers.

I cannot believe how grown up they are. I remember when Susan used to bring Sean to the Club asleep in his stroller while we worked on different projects.

My favorite shot of the three kids

Lucy the dog stopped by on her way to obedience school to get in on the photo session

Lily Grace had so much fun showing us her ballet skills. She ran and jumped and twirled and floated around. I used an effect on this one to make it perfect for a giclee print (like a watercolor painting on fine art paper).

Susan and Rob, thank you for letting me photograph your sweet family. You guys are awesome and we love you!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gibson Family Portraits in Murfreesboro

Boys boys boys. I love them. They are so full of curiosity and energy. They will drop everything to explore new places.

I met the Gibson's last night at my favorite photo spot for a Family Portrait Session. It was fun to see the boys faces light up at the train caboose and the old tractors that they were seeing for the first time. Here's a few family shots...

If you know how I shoot, I am pretty "trigger-happy" so I shoot in rapid fire. Eric was funny. He kept saying "Just one more picture, okay?" like "Lady, aren't you done yet? I have stuff to look at!"

Photos of the boys with Jeff were really important to Jana. So here are a few of my favorite ones.

AND, after several years of marriage and a few kids, I think it is rare for couples to get photos of just them. We were able to entertain the kids long enough for a few pics of Jeff and Jana by themselves.

I think it was right after this shot where they started talking about their recent trip to Las Vegas...apparently it was AWESOME.

My favorite from the whole day. So tender.

Gibson's - thanks for inviting me into your life to tell the story of your family. Can't wait for you to see the rest!

If you would like to register to see the complete gallery from the Gibson Family Portrait Session in Murfreesboro, please click here.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bob & Misty, Murfreesboro Wedding at Daffodil Hill

Oh my goodness, yesterday's wedding was fabulous. It honestly belongs on the pages of Southern Living Magazine (if anyone has a contact there you just let me know!).

Bob and Misty were married at Daffodil Hill, a plantation home in Murfreesboro that has been featured on HGTV. It was built in 1888 and restored to its state of classical beauty by its owner Kirby McNabb, who also served as our host and coordinator for the wedding yesterday.

Misty and the girls got ready at the home of Lyndell Parks. I loved this shot of Misty's dress in one of the bedrooms just before she put it on.

Another random favorite shot...we were out photographing Misty by the fountain in the back yard of Daffodil Hill. This little frog was sitting on the edge of the brick just taking it all in. Kind of reminds me of a fairy tale!

The girls bouquets were awesome. The flowers for the wedding were by Henry's Florist.

Bob and Misty wrote their own vows. These are Bob's...I like his editing.

The lawn of Daffodil Hill was packed with people. It was standing room only! The weather was warm but breezy. The sunset cast a nice warm glow to the ceremony.

The beautiful bride and groom

As dark came the house and the tent reception lit up the night. I like how the moon was small but shining bright in the sky.

Misty's grandmother, Halley Neal, or "Granny" as she's called more often, was the caterer for dinner and desserts, including this beautiful wedding cake. Halley's company is Granny's Gourmet, and all of the food was delicious. Especially the chocolate groom's cake and tuxedo strawberries!

The band, Minus One, provided the music for the night and they rocked! I had never heard them before but apparently they are a Murfreesboro favorite and I can see why. They played hard until the police actually came and shut the party down near midnight.

See what I mean? When they got the dancing started, the floor never cleared!

Here's Matt who attended the wedding as my second shooter for the day (thanks Matt, you're awesome) and Chris from Trinity Video Productions at the end of the evening. We all sweated it out together but I just know the three of us were able to "make history" with Bob & Misty and their family and friends. Good work team!

And of course, you're all waiting for this slideshow so I hope you enjoy it!

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Couey Family Portraits in Murfreesboro

Meet the Couey Family.

Jonathan was a very thoughtful husband and gave his sweet wife Cindy a gift certificate for a family portrait session for Mother's Day. I love it when husbands do things like this for their wives - Cindy says that this is something she has been wanting to do for a while!

We met out at Cannonsburgh in Murfreesboro at 7:30AM for the shoot. It was a great temperature outside - mid-sixties- so we weren't even breaking a sweat to do the photos!

Avery is going into the 5th Grade this Fall. When the Couey's arrived for their session, the first thing I heard about was how much Avery liked my tattoo and then he showed me his guitar "tattoo" on his arm. I am really sad that I forgot to take a picture of our tattoos together - that would have rocked, Avery. But we became friends quickly over our love for ink.

Little Miss Maddie is so pretty - but don't tell her that because immediately she will pull the hairbow out of her hair. It's like "you're so pretty" means " take out the bow." She has the whole family trained already at 16 months old. :) Oh, and before you ask, Cindy made this adorable dress.

Avery is a great big brother. He was so patient with Maddie during the whole photo session. It is challenging to photograph kids in the 12-30 months stage...but when you have great "baby wranglers" it works pretty well. I love this kissing picture right here.

These kids have great blue eyes. I thought these three shots would make a nice storyboard. Click the picture to see it larger. It frames out to a 10x20 and the text is customizable.

Headed over the bridge

One of the best things about photographing at Cannonsburgh is the creek. I love a quick refresher at the end of a toasty shoot. Most kids love playing in the creek at the END of our session, and it is usually a great reward for good behavior! Maddie was so cute splashing around.

Look how she wanted to play in the water, but she had a tight grip on big brother Avery for her security. He was so good with her - did I mention that already?

Jonathan, thank you so much for thinking about your wife and giving her the gift of family portraits. Cindy, thank you so much for sharing your story with me and being so encouraging as Brad and I journey to begin our family. Avery - when I see you at church I hope you won't be too embarrassed to say hi! See y'all soon.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Congratulations Buddy & Amber, Murfreesboro Wedding

Saturday was a gorgeous day for a wedding. The sun kissed everything in sight and brought blue skies over North Boulevard Church of Christ for Buddy & Amber's wedding.

We arrived to find Amber & her Mom getting started with hair and makeup. We were able to chat and catch up on things before the rest of the wedding party arrived. Hair and Makeup by Rain Tree Salon & Day Spa.

I was tickled to get a quick picture with Amber before we started some of our pictures. This day was relaxed and calm before the ceremony. So refreshing!

As we prepared for some group photos with the bridesmaids, I looked over to see Rebecca pulling double duty as assistant/photographer and bouquet holder! Rebecca you were a joy to work with!

Isn't Amber beautiful? She is just radiant.

And Buddy is not so bad himself! Lovin' the striped tie.

Here's the big kiss! Can you see how Buddy quickly flashed a thumbs up to the audience?

A quick hug and portrait.

I love how happy they are in this one!

We headed over to Stones River Country Club for a lovely reception.

Out on the dance floor, these guys were giving Buddy & Amber the same thumbs up that Buddy gave when he kissed the bride!

This was a great bubble-blowing crowd! I was having to seriously protect my camera lens for this exit!

Finally Buddy & Amber were able to escape for a quiet moment in the limo together. They are headed to Hawaii for their honeymoon!

I was blessed to have a great team to work with me at this event. Matt Dunmore drove in from Chattanooga to join me and Rebecca Adamson, who assisted me for the first time this weekend. Thank you guys - you rock!

Check out this slideshow from our day. Click the play button in the center and then give it a minute to load...the bar on the bottom right will show your progress. Enjoy!

Click here to see Buddy & Amber's engagement pictures and to register to view wedding pictures when they are released!

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Becky's Bridal Portrait in Murfreesboro

Meet Becky. Beautiful sweet Becky.

During my ga-zillion years working for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Becky was one of my "kids." She has always been such a fun girl to be around - she was a great athlete in soccer and softball, she was active in her church and in sharing her faith, and she loved to help others by being involved in her community. She is responsible, trustworthy, honest...the list goes on and on.

Becky was one of my guest book attendants at our wedding, which will be 5 years ago on May 11. Becky's wedding is going to be on May 13 - the same Mother's Day weekend like ours was. May 13 was also her Mom & Dad's anniversary, and it's Mother's Day this year! :)

Becky and I got up bright and early this morning and headed out around 6:45AM to a few locations around Murfreesboro to shoot. I love the morning light...and how there is a feeling of peace to this image.

Becky, I am so proud of you. You are a strong and beautiful young woman. I hope you enjoyed our session as much as I did! Thanks for getting up early with me! Enjoy your nap!

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Buddy & Amber's Engagement Pictures in Murfreesboro

I joined Buddy & Amber out in "the country" between Murfreesboro and Smyrna on Saturday morning for their Engagement Session. Because Buddy works on the farm, getting up at 4:30AM is typical, so he and Amber were bright-eyed and beautiful at 7AM when I arrived for the session. When couples are willing to get up a little early and go out as the sun is rising, the results are fabulous. Seeing the warm, soft light in Buddy & Amber's photos should give you an idea of why I LOVE shooting so early!

Here's Onyx - he belonged to Amber's Dad. He was such a good boy while getting his picture taken.

Buddy & Amber's wedding is coming up pretty soon on May 12 at North Blvd. Church of Christ and the reception at Stones River Country Club in Murfreesboro. To be notified when Buddy & Amber's gallery is available, click HERE to enter your email address.

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