Lemonade Stand Pictures | Lemonade Minis | Knoxville Photographers

Knoxville Child Photographer

 

Oh what fun these pictures were of my own sweet girls! My Knoxville lemonade stand made the perfect setting for my girls to have a little fun in a sweet set-up. They loved it! Pictures are much more fun when you get to play Lemonade Stand. My girls can be next to impossible to take pictures of, so them enjoying themselves was a major nod of approval!

 

Knoxville Sister Pictures

Fun sister pictures are the best! I love watching my girls have fun together, while making beautiful pictures for my walls. The two of them together in the lemonade stand are my favorites! These girls were so great together; I couldn't ask for better!

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Child and Tween Pictures

Now that I have a school aged child and a tween, pictures are so important! I love that they get to dress up and feel beautiful and special, especially when they see their portraits on the living room wall. As much as they dislike sitting still for pictures, they ADORE the results. 

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I can't wait to use this set-up again! They were just darling. 

First Birthday Pictures | Knoxville Photographers | Child Photographer | Ziva

Knoxville First Birthday Pictures

 

Meet Ziva, a very spunky, and smiley baby girl who just turned one! Sweet girl kept us on our toes during her first birthday photo session in Knoxville; I loved it! Her Mommy and Daddy were great at getting smiles, and such good sports about being silly to get those precious smiles. 

Rustic Barn Backdrop

For our first stop, we used a rustic, barn type of building for a lovely backdrop. Of course it was nothing in comparison to this little girl's smile! She's such a little star. 

Knoxville Flower Garden

The beautiful gardens in Knoxville are the perfect spot for photos! Miss Ziva loved touching the flowers and feeling the grass. The greenery and flowers were a great addition to her first birthday photos. 

Fairytale Knoxville Location

The last spot we used for Ziva's pictures looks like something right our of a fairytale! The mossy steps and trailing ivy just screams storybook to me. It's perfect for all types of sessions, and I love the magic it added to this cuties images. 

Lifestyle Photography Knoxville | Maternity Pictures | Knoxville Photographer

The Ellis Family

 

Say hello to this awesome couple! They're expecting their first little one this month; I can't wait to meet her in a few weeks. 

Kelsey suggested a lifestyle session at her Knoxville home, and of course, I was thrilled to oblige. I ADORE Knoxville lifestyle sessions, and when one comes my way, I'm one happy photographer. Posed portraits are great, but I also love a healthy mix of candid, beautiful in-between moments. 

Lifestyle Maternity Pictures Outdoors

The Ellises have a beautiful yard, with stunning light during golden hour, and we took full advantage. We started with some cute outdoor maternity poses that highlighted what a cute couple they are. What better place to start than the front porch?

A maternity session is complete without a cute belly shot. 

This one is a fabulous example of that beautiful light I was talking about. It makes Kelsey glow even more. 

Maternity Pictures with Fur Babies

The Ellises dogs are a huge part of their life, so of course we wanted to include them in a couple of shots. Even though they were SUPER excited to meet me, we managed to get a few really cute puppy pictures ( there might have been some bribing with treats, *wink, wink*). That smile on her face says it all <3.

Lifestyle Photography Indoors

To round off our session, we stepped inside their lovely home, and took a few indoor lifestyle portraits. Their darling nursery and kitchen made the perfect backdrop!

I hope you enjoyed these highlights!

Knoxville Photographers

 

Newborn Pictures | Knoxville Photographers | Lily

Maryville Newborn Photographer

 

Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing sweet Miss Lily and family! Her awesome Mom contacted me a few weeks ago to schedule a Fresh 48 session in the hospital and her newborn session. I noticed something funny when I glanced over her paperwork for the session. As you may already know, I have two little girls, Lila who is 8, and Mylie who is 6. When I looked at her questionnaire, I thought I MUST be mis-reading! The names and ages listed were Lylah- 8 and Mylee- 6. What are the odds of having little girls with the same names, and the same ages and both live in little Maryville? I have to say, it made it easy to remember their names!

Newborn with Sisters

These girls did GREAT for their picture, I'm so excited to share! They had to endure a lot of holding still while I got everything perfect, but I think the end result is well worth it. 

Harry Potter Newborn Nursery

Miss Lily has a fabulous Harry Potter themed nursery, and her whole family is full of huge fans. I can't tell you how many times I've read the books, and watched the movies, so I fit right in. Sadly, I haven't ordered any Harry Potter specific props yet (that'll be changing ASAP!), but I did have an awesome owl bonnet in honor of Headwig and used a gorgous mustard color for Gryffendor! 

Newborn Pictures

The last few pictures I have to share are some assorted favorites from the session on the beanbag. Lily was a champ once she fell asleep; her pictures are amazing!

This last one, is one of my favorites. I love what I was able to do with this image. It turned out simply beautiful. I hope Lily's Mom loves it as much as I do!

Family Photos | Knoxville Photographers | The Manuels

Knoxville Family Photos

I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the beautiful Manuel family a couple of weeks ago. This sweet family was visiting their hometown all the way from Texas! I'm so glad they squeezed in time for some family pictures in Knoxville TN. It's such a beautiful place, and I know they'll love taking these memories back with them. 

Child Portraits

This little girl is the SWEETEST! She just played, and hammed it up for my camera. Seriously, what a doll! I had a great time chasing her around and capturing the most beautiful posed and candid pictures. 

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How could anyone not just adore that face?? She did a fabulous job looking amazing for her portraits. 

At the end of our session, she brought me so many flowers, running back and forth between me and the field. It doesn't get much better than that <3

Family Portraits

We spent the other portion of our session on family pictures. I wanted to capture some beautiful images of this family of three together. Their busy schedules made it hard for them to carve out time for family portraits, and this was the perfect opportunity to get everyone together. 

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I knew it would be a great session when this was the very first picture I took during their session. They are such ahappy bunch. 

The in-between picture moments are sometimes the best. I love the sweet moments between parents and their beautiful babies. 

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I have one of the best jobs, spending time with families like these. I can't think of a better way to spend my evening. 

Rawlin's Five Year Old Portraits | Knoxville Child Photographer

Meet Rawlin! A spunky, energetic, full of life little boy! He's quite the character, and his favorite superhero happens to be The Flash. What better way to keep a little guy's attention than to let him dress up as his favorite superhero? 

We had tons of fun showing off in downtown Maryville while taking urban portraits. He ran around making everyone laugh by flying, and jumping all over the place. The results were fantastic! I couldn't ask for a better boy superhero. I adore his portraits; they're so much fun! 

 

Here's a few of my favorites: 

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How to look GREAT in pictures || Knoxville Professional Photographer

 

4 tips to make the most of your portrait session

Everyone wants to look great for their professional portraits! I've put together a few simple tips to help you look ( and feel) tip-top for your pictures.

 

1. Make your clothing work for you, not against you. 

If you have an area of your body that is bothersome to you, use your clothing to minimize it. For example, if you aren't a huge fan of your arms, I recommend wearing long sleeves, or even just a crop sleeve cardigan to help bring attention away from that area.

Are your legs not your thing? Wear a nice, long skirt, or pants that are a relaxed fit and stick to neutral colored bottoms with a brighter top to bring attention upwards. 

Another great example, the belly! After having two children, I avoid tight shirts, and really focus on tops that flow away from my body, especially for pictures! Top a beautiful shirt, with a great scarf, and you'll bring the attention right where it belongs, your lovely face. Almost any part of your body that you don't like, can be masked perfectly in your portraits with a few simple wardrobe adjustments.

Also, be sure to really check over your wardrobe choices. Check it standing up and sitting down ( things look totally different when you sit). Be sure sure you're not choosing something that may look too tight, clingy or see-though on camera. Don't forget to check and make sure your undergarments don't peek out anywhere. No one wants to be fiddling with straps for their entire session. 

When your clothes look great and hide any bits and pieces you're not happy with, you'll feel better and look phenomenal. If you need more examples, or help styling for your session, just ask, I'm happy to help!

2. Posture matters.

I am HORRIBLE about good posture and a terrible example most of the time ( although I'm trying to work on it). Good posture during your portraits really spruces up your overall images. Try to stand casually, without being rigid, but with your back straight, it really polishes those pictures!! Posture is especially important in sitting poses, be sure to keep your shoulders back. During your session with me, I'll do my best to remind you to keep that posture looking great!

Another awesome posture tip, if you have trouble with a double chin, try to keep your chip up slightly, while bringing your head forward to elongate the neck. Think of how chickens stretch their necks! Sounds silly, but it works! 

3. Leave your personal space bubble at home

Personal space bubble: everyone has one! If you're taking pictures with family members, you'll need to look super tight knit in your pose (for most poses). Everyone, myself included, has a tendency to leave a little bit of space between them and the nearest person. During a portrait session, this space looks a bit awkward in the finished images. You really want to show off you're closeness and connection as a family or a couple, so prepare to be super close during your session. We're talking squished in,  uncomfortably close. If you feel you're close-enough, you'll probably still need to move in closer, but I promise, it's for the sake of beautiful family pictures! Put your arms around your loved ones and pull them in!

4. Smile. REALLY Smile!

A smile is the most beautiful thing a person can wear. No really, it's true! A true smile in your portraits makes all the difference in the world. I know getting pictures done can be stressful with picking wardrobe, getting ready, making sure the littles behave ( and trying not to pull out your hair when they don't). Be a duck, let those things roll of your back and grin. I promise you'll love your portraits so much more if you do. Fake smiles may fool other people, but you'll look back and realize that you weren't truly smiling and the picture will lose a bit of it's luster. Do what you need to do, tell a joke to your husband, make a silly face at the kids. Get that smile out to shine!

My own children are a nightmare to photograph ( at least for me!). I totally know what it's like to force a smile. They can't seem to focus for five minutes on some days. There are times when keeping a smile on my face while also getting the two kiddos to look at the camera, fixing my tripod ( to take our own family portraits), using the wireless remote ( that for some reason refuses to function when my children are actually looking at the camera), and keeping everyone from running off at the last second, seems like too much to bear. I smile anyway, because I know the end result will be worth it!