Heartland Meadows Engagement Lauryn and Dakota’s engagement session was at their wedding venue. I had heard of Heartland Meadows, but I had never been there. I also had no idea it’s practically in my back yard. I’m glad I got to see it before the wedding day though because this place is massive. It has […]

Engagements, Heartland Meadows

Heartland Meadows Engagement || Knoxville, TN || Lauryn & Dakota

December 2, 2020

on a dock at heartland meadows engagement


Island Homes Anniversary Session Another opportunity to shoot a local photographer and it was just so good. I first met Khristy when I shot one of her family member’s weddings in Indiana. What are the chances right?? How in the world would I get a wedding in Indiana and meet a Knoxville photographer while I’m […]

Anniversary, Family, Island Home Airport

Island Homes Anniversary || Knoxville, TN || Khristy & Matt

graffiti wall at island homes anniversary


World’s Fair Site Family Session I met the Bishop family for their World’s Fair Site family session last week, and my goodness I had so much fun with them. These kiddos are sweet to their core and just have the best smiles ever. We had their session scheduled in October, and the week before we […]

Family, World Fair Site, World's Fair Park

World’s Fair Site Family Session || Knoxville, TN || Bishop Family

walking down steps at world's fair site family


Knox Botanical Fall Family Session This little family is just precious. At the beginning of our session, I learned just how adventurous little Owen is. He was so not into being held, and as soon as you put him down, he took off. Usually, I can still distract them with something fun while they are […]

Family, Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Knoxville Botanical Gardens || Knoxville, TN || Sexton Family

knox botanical fall family


Courthouse Engagement Session Sarah and Troy are from California. They moved to Knoxville for Troy to complete his PhD in philosophy. They haven’t explored much because as soon as they moved here, the pandemic hit and everything shut down. The part of town they know best is downtown. They also wanted a staple Knoxville location […]

Downtown Knoxville, Engagements, Knoxville Courthouse

Courthouse Engagement Session || Knoxville, TN || Sarah & Troy

gay street at courthouse engagement


Every time I shoot a senior session, I’m reminded how far removed from high school I’m getting. I’m not one of those people that hates their birthday because it means I’m a year older. I’ve decided I’m just going to embrace the aging thing and count it as a win because it means one more […]

Forks of the River, Seniors

Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area || Knoxville, TN || Andrew Stucky

river senior session


Sequoyah Hills Family Session I recently wrote a blog about how meaningful it is when a photographer chooses you to photograph their kids. It’s the highest form of flattery when it comes to photography. Well, Tristan is also a photographer. She is amazing, and if you haven’t seen her work, you can follow her on […]

Family, Sequoyah Hills

Sequoyah Hills || Knoxville, TN || Blair Family

holding hands at sequoyah hills family


Roan Mountain Engagement Session There has been a lot of talk around Knoxville about the bald mountain at Roan Mountain State Park. Most of us photographers go to Max Patch, but then, a new location came into the conversation. This was the first time I got to try it out. It’s a little scary going […]

Engagements, Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain || Johnson City, TN || Lexie & Brett

foreheads together at roan mountain


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


Stanley’s Greenhouse Family Session I get all of my house plants and some of our landscaping plants from Stanley’s Greenhouse, and I get all of our pumpkins/gourds from Thress Nursery Gardens. From the very first time I went to Stanley’s Greenhouse, I’ve been DYING to shoot there. It is absolutely beautiful, and ALL of their […]

Family, Stanley's Greenhouse

Stanley’s Greenhouse || Knoxville, TN || Dyer Family

family photos at stanley's greenhouse


Knox Botanical Gardens 6 month session I cannot BELIEVE it’s already been 6 months since this little nugget was born. Does anyone else feel this weird time warp thing from 2020? On the one hand, I feel like the non-mask wearing days were forever ago and COVID has been around for years, but on the […]

Family, Knoxville Botanical Gardens

Knox Botanical Gardens || Knoxville, TN || Kinsley Grace is 6 Months

baby holding flower at knox botanical


Peter Kern Library Elopement Sara works with a past bride of mine at Altar’d State. She got my name from her but unfortunately, I was going to be in Maine the day she was getting married. I told her that I do have a team of photographers who shoot on my behalf when this happens […]


Peter Kern Library Associate Elopement || Knoxville, TN || Sara & Todd

bride and groom at peter kern library


Apple Barn Engagement Session Okay. I met Maggie for the first time while she was a bridesmaid in another wedding I was shooting. It was the morning of the wedding when Maggie came up to me and said, “So, Lindsay told me that you were a CPA??” A huge smile grew on my face, and […]

Engagements, The Apple Barn

The Apple Barn Engagement || Knoxville, TN || Maggie & Matt

apple barn engagement session


RT Lodge Engagement Session I learn so much about my couples at their engagement sessions, and every single session is different. For Rachel and Burton, I learned just how chill they are and how much fun they like to have. Exhibit A) As they unloaded from their car, Rachel grabbed a cooler in one hand […]

Engagements, RT Lodge

RT Lodge Engagement || Knoxville, TN || Rachel & Burton

arm around fiancee


Hunter Valley Bridal Portraits On Natalie and Anthony’s wedding day, Natalie was getting ready with her mom in the bridal suite. Her dress was not a simple assembly. It had a corset in the back that her mom had to thread and tie off. The bustle had 10 anchor points, and it took a solid […]

Bridal, Hunter Valley Farm, Weddings

Hunter Valley Bridal Portraits || Knoxville, TN || Natalie Lieben

flowy veil at hunter valley bridal

Knoxville, TN wedding photographer

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