Backyard Elopement May 16th was their original date. They had planned it all out, we went to Gatlinburg for their engagement photos, and it was set to roll with all their favorite people in Pine Mountain State Park. And then Corona happened. Like you’ve heard dozens of times already. Like you’ve experienced for yourself probably. […]

Elopement, Weddings

Backyard Elopement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Courtni & Jacob

May 22, 2020


The Studio at Fountain City Newborn Session At the end of The Studio at Fountain City newborn session, Beth told me that I didn’t have to put all the time in to write them a blog post. At the time, my editing to-do list was small and I wanted to share the photos from my […]

Newborn, The Studio at Fountain City

The Studio at Fountain City Newborn|| Knoxville, TN Photographer || Peyton James


Wedding Card Designs and Wedding Place Cards by Basic Invite I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been doing flatlays every single wedding for the last year and a half or so and really marketing them! That’s because I LOVE them. I love details and I love styling them and I love paper products. In case […]

For Brides, Wedding Planning 101

Wedding Card Designs by Basic Invite


Sampon’s Hollow Elopement Jonathan and Kaela had a Sampson’s Hollow Elopement last week with two very special little guests. One of the massive benefits to doing a small intimate wedding is that you can really do it however you like, with absolutely no rules. Sometimes this means letting your pups be your only guests. Technically […]

Elopement, Sampson's Hollow

Sampson’s Hollow Elopement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Jonathan & Kaela


Dandridge Wedding This couple decided to go forward with their May 9th wedding despite the coronavirus. Of course they had to make a ton of changes in order to make that happen, one of them being a Dandridge wedding ceremony vs. a water stone quarry wedding. But I want to point out some silver linings […]


Dandridge Wedding || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Lauren & Tucker


Hunter Valley Elopement Lindsay and Kendrick were due to be married on June 5th this year. They have a lot of their friends traveling from out of town and they wanted all of those people to still be able to come. They decided to go ahead and do a small Hunter Valley elopement and reschedule […]

Elopement, Hunter Valley Farm, Weddings

Hunter Valley Elopement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Lindsay & Kendrick


Knoxville Newborn Session You never know what someone is going through. This couple tried to get pregnant for 10.5 years. They went through SO much. From surgeries to medical menopause to fertility drugs to IUIs to acupuncture to IVF. When they reached out to me at the beginning of April, I was not accepting any […]


Newborn || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Hollis Guy

Mom and dad snuggling newborn in green hat at knoxville newborn session


Shoreline Elopement There are so many brides having to change their wedding plans right now. To the normal person, it looks like two options: 1. Postpone everything and have the big party later or 2. Elope and have a super small gathering now. Really, there are so many more options than that. You can stream […]


Shoreline Elopement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Holly & Randy

Couple in front of three crosses at their shoreline elopement


Wedding Pandemic Options This is not a Wedding Planning 101 post I ever foresaw myself writing. I don’t think any of us expected there to be a whole season of weddings so drastically changed by a single event. Nonetheless, here we are. So what are your options? As I’m writing this, I know a lot […]


Wedding Planning 101: Pandemic Options


Sunset Castleton Engagement Mikia and Wes are getting married August 1st, 2020, at Castleton Farms, and that’s actually their original wedding date! 5 of the 7 August weddings I have are reschedules from April and May, but not these two. They just somehow knew August would be the golden month and snatched it up! The […]


Sunset Castleton Engagement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Mikia & Wes

couple sitting in a vineyard at sunset Castleton


Baxter Gardens Engagement I learned something about Lindsay and Kendrick at their engagement session that I love. They are both hilarious. The entire session at Baxter Gardens, they had each other laughing, had me laughing, and it felt more like I was hanging out with friends than taking engagement photos. Typically, I do a combination […]


Baxter Gardens Engagement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Lindsay & Kendrick

Holding hands at Baxter Gardens


The Studio at Fountain City Engagement Session Right before this pandemic, Dustin and I moved into a house on Gibbs Drive in Fountain City. There was a painting studio in the back that I have since converted to a photography studio. I had just finished it when COVID-19 took over the nation. I was planning […]

Engagements, The Studio at Fountain City

The Studio at Fountain City Engagement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Natalie & Anthony

couple sitting by tulips at studio at fountain city


Melton Hill Maternity In the days leading up to Kayla and Micah’s Melton Hill maternity session, I watched the weather intensely. It kept changing from rain to not rain back to rain and back to no rain again. I messaged her making sure we were on the same page, and finally, Sunday morning, we decided […]


Melton Hill Maternity || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Kayla & Micah

melton hill maternity


Lilly is 2 Years Old Right when the US went on lockdown and the social distancing rule was implemented, Jennifer reached out to me to photograph her granddaughter’s 2 year old pictures. This was literally the day after the stock market crashed, and I was basically in the mindset that I wasn’t going to be […]


2 Years Old || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Lilly is TWO

2 years old sitting at table with teddy and gnome


Front Porch Project This family is really quite something. We did their yard session before the total shut down due to COVID, and we didn’t even realize that we were really setting a trend. It’s now referred to as the front porch project (obviously kidding), but we totally did a “front porch project” session before […]


Front Porch Project || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Gilliam Family

mom and dad holding kids at front porch project

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