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Hey y'all! The time has come for me to update the look, feel, and functionality of my blog. Moving forward, you can find my new blog here:

Of course, this blog will always be around, but for fresh content, including a series of posts on tips for booking a wedding photographer, refer to the link above.

Nashville Area Santa Photos - Making Memories with Santa Claus Mini Sessions in Murfreesboro

Today is officially November ... and I don't know about you, but October completely flew by! We barely had enough time to carve a pumpkin, and now Halloween has come and gone. You know what that means: the holidays are upon us! Soon we'll blink and be eating turkey, and then BOOM. Christmas. Before things get totally crazy, do yourself a favor and plan ahead for a little Christmas memory making with the kids.

I'm offering Santa mini sessions, and they're so much more than just standing in line for a photo op. It's a private meeting with the big man himself, where your kids will get the chance to share their Christmas wishes and soak in the wonder of the holiday. During my Santa minis, it'll be less about looking at the camera to say 'cheese' and more about me photographing quietly as your little ones interact with Santa Claus. And to top it all off, you'll walk away from your session with your digital photos on a USB, ready for you to use immediately. Because who has time to wait?

I have just a few teaser images for you ... this is my first year ever to offer portraits with Santa, and I couldn't be more excited! But because I've never done it before, I don't have a ton of images to show you just how awesome it's going to be. Instead, for now these few photos of my baby Oliver will have to do.

The sessions will take place in my studio in Murfreesboro, so there won't be any crowds to deal with, and we won't have to worry about the weather. Once you arrive at my studio, I'll have some yummy treats waiting, in case your kiddos need a snack distraction. Then, when it's their time with Santa, they'll be welcomed into the next room. The set will be decorations will be simple and classic ... enough to invoke the warmth of the holiday, but not too much to take away from the expressions on your children's faces.

Speaking of expressions, let's face it. There are some kids who might completely freak out at the sight of a bearded man in a red suit. And that's OK! Some of my favorite images of kids with Santa are the ones where the kids have totally lost it, including this one of my own son's grumpy face. Just look at that lip!

Ready to book? Here’s what you need to know: 

See you in December!

Destination Hawaii Wedding Photographers - Romantic Day-After Photos in Maui

Y'all, it's a looooong flight to Hawaii from Nashville. The maps of the United States lead us to believe the Hawaiian islands are just off the coast of Mexico, but bust out a globe and take a look. Hawaii is actually in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Like, it makes me wonder how anyone ever found it in the first place. So, if you're going to go through all the trouble of loading up your entire family and flying to the middle of the ocean for a vow renewal, you'd better be sure to get lots of pictures while you're there. We obviously got plenty at the actual vow renewal, but we wanted to take advantage of all the beautiful landscapes of the island, so we planned a day-after session. Here are my favorites!

Destination Hawaii Wedding Photographers - Romantic, Family Oriented Vow Renewal in Maui

I'm not gonna lie: my job is awesome. It takes me to cool places, I get to see amazing things, etc. But the thing that makes it over the top incredible? The people I get to meet and their stories I get to tell.

Take for example the Allens. They first called me about 7 years ago for family photo when it was just them and their two older boys. We had a great time together, so I got called back again for a larger family photo. Then again for her sister's senior portraits, then again when they welcomed their third son. Then again, and again, and again. I've had the great pleasure of being invited back into the lives of this family over and over, watching them grow, getting to know them, and documenting their lives.

One thing I didn't document for them was their wedding. Not just because they didn't know me, but because their wedding wasn't your typical wedding story. They eloped, nothing went as planned, and they have no photos. That's why, for their 10th anniversary this year they decided to give a wedding a proper go this time with a stunning vow renewal in Maui.

And folks, they took me with them.

Ashley has been dreaming and talking about doing this for about as long as I've been photographing them. And when it came time to actually start planning, she decided to give me complete control over the aesthetics for the day... talk about trust! Aside from selecting her colors and her dress, the rest of the visual details were left up to me.

Although I'm not a wedding planner, I've had enough experience in my decade long career to know what makes a wedding awesome. We connected with Bliss Maui to help with logistics and coordination on the island, and the results are beyond words. It was incredible to be a part of, and I'm so thankful to continue to tell this family's story. Take a look at my favorite moments from the day.
Coordination: Bliss Wedding Design & Spectacular Events 
 Floral Design: Petals 
 Catering + Venue + Bar + Goblets: Sugar Beach Events
Paper: Designs in Paper
Dress: Sarah Seven
Dress Boutique: The Dress Theory Nashville
Gauze table runners and silk ribbons: Adorn Company 
Hair and Makeup: Maui Makeup Artistry 
 Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event 
Rentals Lounge Set: Rio Event Design 
Ukulele Music: Manutea Nui E 
 Officiant: Kale Ka'alekahi