Lauren turns 4 | Kingsport child photographer

I sure love this little girl.  Mostly because she’s mine, but also because she’s a lot of fun (and, yes, I know I’m totally biased).  I never seem to have the time to photograph my own kids the way I want to.  I have visions of perfectly dressed kids with amazing hair styles.  But that never seems to happen.  In fact, I lost all hope of that when this kid took a pair of scissors and cut several inches of her hair right down to the scalp.  But it kind of looks like bangs now, right?  Photography sessions take a lot of planning and being a pregnant mother of four means that I don’t have a lot of time for that.  Especially when I’m both the mother and the photographer.  So I decided one day, after driving by this spot a few times, to take my daughter there early in the morning after I dropped my older 3 off at school.  I had no idea what to dress her in, but I did like this blue and white striped dress.  So I laid it out.  She woke up earlier that I did that day and dressed herself.  Then her siblings told her it was St. Patrick’s day, so she put on her green pants and her favorite pink Nike’s and decided she needed a sweater, too.  She was so proud of her outfit.  I thought she looked darling and it was a perfect way to represent her little personality.  At the same time, I was glad I didn’t have to coordinate her outfit with anyone else and was grateful that I would be able to crop.

She’s always been a gem, but if you happen to have a 4 year old, you know JUST how much they love sticking their tongues out and making silly faces.  Mine is no exception.  She thinks she’s hilarious.  I think it’s hilarious, so we’re all good.  We just spent maybe 10 minutes there before heading home.  She then told me that she needed photos in our backyard.  If there’s anything I’ve learned from being a photographer the past few years, it’s that when my kids  are willing to be photographed, you go for it.  So we trekked up the hill in my backyard and got photos in front of our pretty yellow bush.  She was so excited to find all the blossoms and give them to me.  Last year her birthday photos were also in the backyard, but there was snow everywhere!  What a blessing this sweet girl is.  2016-03-23_00022016-03-23_00032016-03-23_00042016-03-23_00052016-03-23_00062016-03-23_00072016-03-23_00082016-03-23_00092016-03-23_00102016-03-23_00112016-03-23_00122016-03-23_00132016-03-23_00142016-03-23_0015

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Happy Birthday Bronson! | Kingsport family photographer

This lucky little guy just turned ONE!  He was ALL business during our photo shoot, but with a little coaxing, we got some smiles out of him.  He was without a doubt one of the best walkers I’ve met for his age.  I don’t think he fell once during the hour I was with them.  His mom and dad obviously adore him.  I mean, really.  Just look at those CHEEKS!  I kind of wanted to cuddle him the whole time.  It’s the sweet little guys like this one that make me so excited for my own baby this August!  2016-01-27_00042016-01-27_00022016-01-27_00052016-01-27_00032016-01-27_0001

Emmaline is ONE! | Kingsport child photographer

These first year babies are so much fun.  If you are part of the “Baby’s First Year Plan”  with me, your sessions are heavily discounted.  Because I love them so much.  Emmaline has ALWAYS snuggled her mom.  Her brother has never stopped adoring her and her dad always tells me how great his kids are.  For her first birthday, her mom spent forever making an elaborate cake.  She showed almost no interest in it.  So for her cake smash she got a cupcake and showed about the same level of interest.  But she was cute, so it was okay.  It was seriously the easiest cake smash clean up I’ve ever had.  Happy Birthday to you Ms. Emmaline!  Here’s wishing you many more!2016-01-27_00492016-01-27_00472016-01-27_00512016-01-27_0050

Baby’s first Christmas | Kingsport photographer

When Caroline first came to see me, she was getting over a cold.  Poor thing.  I was a little worried that she might be like all of my own babies are when they have colds:  Not very happy.  But she wasn’t!  She was DARLING!  Her mom brought the most beautiful red Christmas dress for her to wear and it was perfect.  It was even warm enough that we went outside for a few minutes.  Merry Christmas, Caroline!  I hope it was amazing for you!2016-02-11_00102016-02-11_00122016-02-11_00112016-02-11_00152016-02-11_00142016-02-11_0013