Plan your next Smoky Mountain Family Getaway That subheading makes it sound like I am a travel agent. I’m not, but I am a photographer who LOVES having my family photos taken when we do trips to cool cities with new landscapes. And it’s hard, you guys. It’s hard to find a good, trustworthy, local […]

Family, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Family Getaway || Sevierville, TN || Ackerman Family

February 17, 2021

family photo at smoky mountain family getaway


Foothills Parkway Engagement Oh my goodness. Do you remember that day last week that it hit 60 degrees and the sun was showing off and all was right in the world? Yeah. That’s the day that Ashley and Jordan chose to do their Foothills Parkway engagement session. To say that I was thankful for getting […]

Engagements, Foothills Parkway, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains

Foothills Parkway Engagement || Great Smoky Mountain National Park || Ashley & Jordan

at foothills parkway engagement


Cades Cove Sunrise Engagement Session You want to know what one of the most flattery things is to a photographer? When another photographer picks you to photograph their child’s wedding. While we were shooting Meg & Andy’s Cades Cove sunrise session, I can’t remember how it was brought up, but Meg and Andy both shared […]

Cades Cove, Engagements, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove Sunrise Engagement || Knoxville, TN || Meg & Andy

cades cove sunrise


Cades Cove Family Session I met up with the McCowan family last week for a sunrise Cades Cove family session. Typically, Cades Cove is open before sunrise, and you can roll in and watch the sun rise over the mountain tops. Since COVID, however, they don’t open until 8 am, and as the time approaches, […]

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove Family Session || Smoky Mountain National Park || McCowan Family

Cades Cove family session


Christina and Kevin are from Michigan. They hired me in 2019 before coronavirus and scheduled their wedding for September 2021. At the time, I didn’t have any 2021 weddings past June. They held down the fort solo for a long time. Then, COVID hit, and 2020 weddings started getting postponed. New brides started planning for […]

Cades Cove, Engagements, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Smoky Mountains

Cades Cove Engagement || Smoky Mountains || Christina & Kevin


I can already tell that any photographer who comes across this engagement session is going to message me asking where it is. It is an AMAZING location called Eagle Rock with some of the best views around, but unfortunately, it is not open to the general public. It’s actually a retreat that Adam works at […]

Engagements, Smoky Mountains

Eagle Rock Engagement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Amy & Adam

Under the trees at this Eagle Rock engagement by Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Amanda May Photos.


Cades Cove Wedding and AMP Associate Photographer Ashley and Kyle eloped in Cades Cove on September 28th. I already had a wedding that day so my associate photographer, Brittany, photographed this one for me! This is something new I started offering this year, and I have to say I love it. Here’s the thing with […]

Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains, Weddings

Cades Cove Wedding || AMP Associate Photographer || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Ashley & Kyle

Cathedral veil at this Cades Cove wedding by Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Amanda May Photos.


2018 Favorite Portraits There is a second branch to Amanda May Photos, and that is portrait photography. Portrait photography includes seniors, families, newborns, maternities, birthdays, headshots, fundraisers, anniversaries, and more. It’s pretty much anything I shoot that is not a wedding or an engagement, which are the main purpose of AMP. Sometimes, it means shooting […]

Adair Park, Amanda May Photos Studio, Anniversary, Baxter Gardens, Bicentennial Mall Park, Cades Cove, Calhouns on the River, Commercial, Cumberland Falls, Downtown Knoxville, Downtown Nashville, Estate of Grace, Family, Fruit and Berry Patch, Hope Resource Center, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Lakeshore Park, Lifestyle, Maternity, Meads Quarry, Melton Hill Park, Newborn, Neyland Stadium, Norris Dam, Oakes Farm, Percy Warner Park, Personal, Sampson's Hollow, Seniors, Shelby Bottoms, Smoky Mountains, Spout Springs Vineyard, Steeplechase, University of the Cumberlands, UT Campus, UT Gardens, Volunteer Landing

2018 Favorite Portraits || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Personal

Toddler toss at this 2018 Favorite Portraits by Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Amanda May Photos.


2018 Favorite Engagements Yesterday, you saw my 2018 favorite wedding photos post. One of my FAVORITE posts to look back on in my year review analysis. Now, I want to share my 2018 favorite engagements post. Also long, but not nearly as long as the wedding post. I’m sure it took your browser a solid […]

Baxter Gardens, Downtown Knoxville, Engagements, Estate of Grace, Knoxville Botanical Gardens, Lakeshore Park, Meads Quarry, Melton Hill Park, Neyland Stadium, Norris Dam, Sampson's Hollow, Smoky Mountains, Steeplechase, University of the Cumberlands, UT Campus, UT Gardens, Volunteer Landing, World Fair Site, World's Fair Park

2018 Favorite Engagements || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Personal


Smoky Mountain Engagement Session When we were choosing a location for Sarah and Chase’s engagement session, Sarah proposed going to Chase’s uncle’s cabin for a Smoky Mountain engagement session. I, being the mountain lover that I am, am ALWAYS down with shooting in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She then proceeds to tell me […]

Engagements, Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountain Engagement || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Sarah & Chase

Wooden gate at this Smoky Mountain Engagement by Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Amanda May Photos.


Parkside Resort Destination Wedding I’ve shot at a lot of resorts in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area for destination weddings over the past couple years. They always have beautiful views, but this Parkside Resort destination wedding really showed me a different side of the Smoky Mountain cabin vibe. These cabins are so modern. They weren’t logs […]

Destination Wedding, Smoky Mountains, Weddings

Parkside Resort Destination Wedding || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Lindsey + Nick


Alpine Village Wedding Chapel Brittany reached out to me about a few short weeks before her and her fiancé were coming to Pigeon Forge to elope. I guess technically it wasn’t an elopement because it was a little more planned and their closest family and friends joined them, but it definitely was a teensy, tiny, […]

Elopement, Smoky Mountains, Weddings

Alpine Village Wedding Chapel || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Brittany & Daniel


Sevierville, TN Family Session If you noticed the name of the blog, you probably thought it was really obscure. Sevierville, TN? So the session was in an entire city? Well, not quite. But it was literally on the side of the road on the way back to my parents lake property. We drove and drove […]

Family, Smoky Mountains

Sevierville, TN Family Session || Knoxville, TN Photographer || The Rodman Family

Standing facing camera at this Sevierville, TN family session by Knoxville Wedding Photographer, Amanda May Photos.


Smoky Mountain Engagement Session When couples want to have a Smoky Mountain Engagement Session it gets me so excited! There are only a few places in the United States that have access to mountain views like Knoxville does. I hear locals say things like whyyyyy would anyone vacation to Knoxville??? Insinuating that Knoxville isn’t cool and there’s […]

Engagements, Smoky Mountains

Townsend Engagement Session || Knoxville, TN Photographer || Stephanie & Brandon

Knoxville, TN wedding photographer

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