baby ivey – round 2! [ chattanooga baby photographer ]

It’s been about 4 months since I hung out with Tobi, Corey, and Baby Ivey for Baby Ivey’s newborn session… I was excited about the opportunity to see them again. Tobi posts tons of pictures of Ivey on Instagram, and she seriously seems like the smiliest, most adorable child EVER! She did not disappoint :)

She was napping a bit when I first arrived at the house. One of her new things right now is to put her hand on Tobi’s face when she’s being rocked to sleep. Heart melt.

There’s always a fur-sister on hand to keep an eye out on things, no matter where Ivey is hanging out.

Home. Love.

Look at those lips! Oh my goodness, I die!

Tobi laid her down in her crib, and she woke up immediately. I wish I woke up in this kind of mood!

There’s always time for Instagramming.

Seriously. Cutest baby ever?

This series makes me laugh so hard. Ivey is just barely starting to sit up… she’s a little wobbly… and Tobi’s reaction is priceless :)

Snack break.

I want to squeeze her. And keep her.

Look at that little butt! Oh my goodness!

Tobi and Corey are such great parents. I love seeing them with Ivey.

Fur-sister attack.

Perfect little family.

We’ll wrap up with a shot of Itzy the kitty…who came out of hiding long enough to give me a serious evil eye. Cats make me laugh so hard. They have such attitude.

Tobi and Corey…love you guys! Ivey is absolutely perfect, and I can’t wait to come and photograph the 3 of you again sometime soon!!

much love,





the adorable porter family! [ asheville portrait photographer ]

While I was in Asheville a few weekends back, I had the opportunity to photograph the Porter family. I had photographed them before, but it had been years previous, so it was very exciting to get to see them again. Melissa is an amazing wedding planner in Asheville, and I’ve had the opportunity to work with her on quite a few amazing events (including Ansley and Jason’s wedding which was published in Weddings Unveiled magazine that Ian and I shot back in 2009), and hopefully I will have the chance to shoot with her many more times in the future!

When I arrived, I asked Addie and Kennedy who wanted to show me their room and hang out first… Kennedy’s enthusiasm was awesome. She was definitely excited about having her picture taken :) She was a dream to photograph…and the light in her room was awesome!

You can see so much of her personality in this, I think. So mischievous and a little silly :)

I love the details of her lips and her hair in this image.

Ahhhh… lovely light makes me so happy :)

Addie took her turn after I finished up in Kennedy’s room. It’s amazing how different the two sisters are. Addie is very determined and focused…it seemed like she was mature far beyond her 10 years.

See? Focused.

Riley the puppy was not a fan of me when I first arrived…his face in this picture is hysterical :)

10 year old entertainment…technology.

After I finished up with the girls in their respective rooms, we headed downstairs to hang out with Chris and Melissa. Riley needed a little bit of attention before we could do anything else, though.

Then we broke into a little dance party for a bit :)

I love these two of Chris and his girls…

We spent a bit of time in the front room where they hang out for family movie night. A tickle fight broke out fairly quickly after they sat down…have I ever mentioned that I think tickling is absolutely evil? I’m not even really ticklish, but I always feel sorry for people being tickled :) but they definitely look like they’re enjoying it :)

One of my favorites of the day :)

Chris is a spectacular musician. The girls couldn’t let him have the spotlight for long though. This image cracks me up!

We headed out to the backyard for a few minutes. Addie is an amazing soccer player, and she impressed me with her skills as she played around a bit with her dad (and Riley:) ).

And Kennedy showed off a bit of her gymnastic skills…

The light on the backyard swings was amazing. I love shooting in the fall…the light is so spectacular for so much of the day.

We finished up the session with a quick walk through the neighborhood to the park. I’m SO jealous of their proximity to such a great park. The kids and I would love that!

I’ll wrap this post up with another of my very favorites from the session. Sometimes you just get lucky and the timing and the light and the moment all come together perfectly. That’s how I feel about this image. It makes me very happy :)

Chris and Melissa, thanks so much for letting me hang out with you and the girls, and for giving me a glimpse into your amazing life! I had a blast!








baby day is not a baby anymore! [ asheville family photographer ]

I love Asheville. I don’t know that I’ve mentioned it here very much, but I was born in Asheville, and really, even though I’ve lived in Chattanooga since 1997, I still consider it home. It’s beautiful, the people are diverse in culture and backgrounds, while still being friendly, in general, and my immediate family and some of my dearest friends live there. I take every opportunity I can get to head home for the weekend and visit. So when Hadley contacted me about getting together to do a family session in October, I was more than happy to make arrangements for that to happen! (FYI, I am always happy to travel to Asheville for sessions. We’ll have to work around scheduling, but I can be pretty flexible. And I don’t generally charge my standard travel rates for sessions in that area…so if you’re interested, get in touch!) Okay, sales pitch over ;) Let’s talk about beautiful Day and her equally beautiful parents, Hadley and Kevin.

I hadn’t see this family since Day was just a baby. And although years have passed, I have a bit of mental block when it comes to imagining “my” kids growing up. I knew Day was not a baby anymore, but I was still beyond surprised when I pulled up in the driveway and was greeted by Hadley and Kevin, two energetic dogs (Chief and Diesel), and this little person. I looked around for Baby Day. And then, with a bit of a shock, I realized that the miniature grown up in front of me WAS Baby Day! System reset. :)

Once I got over the initial rush of disbelief, we got our session underway. Kevin and Hadley love Halloween, so they had just decorated their place for the holiday, and they had a few holiday activities they wanted to me to document. I love it when parents think ahead about the things they want to remember about their lives at this stage in such a thorough way.

I am a TERRIBLE pumpkin carver. 1. Pumpkin guts seriously make me want to vomit. 2. I can’t even cut along a template correctly, much less freehand anything. I’m now excited to know that there are other pumpkin decoration options out there for those of us who might be carving challenged. The little pumpkin kit that Hadley had picked up was super simple, and absolutely adorable!

(Eyelashes, eyelashes, eyelashes!)

Are they adorable, or what?

Totally have a crush on Kevin. Don’t tell him. (Way to go, Hadley! ;) )

This. Face.

With pumpkin #1 complete, we moved on to a different sort of pumpkin…Day loved it. The dogs, particularly Diesel, weren’t as sure about it.

I’ve always ALWAYS said that the “in between moments” are almost always the most important ones, whether at a lifestyle session, or at a wedding. This moment was in between. And I love it.

I don’t think children ever really grow out of their love for this kind of play. Even after they are far too big for it, I think they secretly still wish that someone could throw them into the air and catch them again.

Or maybe that’s just me ;)

I never ever pass up the opportunity to photograph reading time.


Little girl feet are almost as fun as itty bitty baby feet. Actually, I think I just like feet.

Every night involves a bit of snuggling and movie watching. It’s my favorite way to end the evening, too.

This image of Diesel trying to find himself a comfortable place to hang out made me laugh so hard.

More of that wonderful “Mommy, catch me!” sort of fun. I love the movement in the first, and the reflected expression in the second. I’ll call it skill, but you guys really know I just got lucky ;)

Kevin decided that he needed a bite to eat before we headed outside for a walk to wrap up our session, so he and Day whipped up some pancakes. I love how Day just makes herself comfortable on the counter. It’s much easier to cook that way.

We wrapped up our session with a family walk. The weather was perfect for it. (Another thing I miss about Asheville. Sigh.)

One last Halloween decoration…and some beautiful fall color to finish of this post…

Hadley and Kevin, thank you so much for giving me an excuse to come back to Asheville for a visit :) I’m happy to come back and hang out with you and Day and the boys, anytime. I hope you love these, and I can’t wait to be pleasantly surprised by how much Day has changed, the next time I see her! Don’t let her grow up so much next time though, ok?!



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