Lily’s 3 month session | Kingsport lifestyle photographer

Lily is such a bright-eyed little beauty.  She was having a rough morning when I got there and her mom called in her little sister to help out.  There is seriously nothing better than aunts who adore their nieces and nephews.  We got the best smiles out of her when her aunt was helping out.

Having a baby who cries a lot is so incredibly difficult, but these two handled it like pros. They let me know that she really just likes being held in close to her parents.  And when it gets really hard, they just whip out some Ed Sheeran and she usually calms right down.

I loved all of the quotes they had throughout their home.  Lily’s grandmother is really superstitious and wouldn’t let them hang anything in her room before she was born, which I find fascinating.  They were planning to put a bunch of stuff up after she was born, but she so far hasn’t let them do much.  I loved the happy yellow walls and the cheery bedding!  2017-06-09_00052017-06-09_00112017-06-09_00102017-06-09_00092017-06-09_00082017-06-09_00072017-06-09_00062017-06-09_00052017-06-09_00032017-06-09_00022017-06-09_0001

Baby Nolan | Kingsport newborn photographer

There is nothing more flattering than when a family returns to you for their photos.  It makes my day!  I photographed this darling big sister as a newborn and it was such a privilege to photograph her brother.  Isn’t he darling?  They brought some props that were meaningful to them:  Dad’s childhood truck, a milk pail, a set of antlers, and a vintage baseball.  And because dad used to coach basketball at King College, we of course had to try a basketball shot.  Not gonna lie.  It was a challenge.  But I think it turned out great!  I’m getting super excited about my own little boy making his entrance into the world soon.  2016-05-16_00012016-05-16_00022016-05-16_00032016-05-16_00052016-05-16_00062016-05-16_00072016-05-16_00082016-05-16_00092016-05-16_0010

Baby Violet | Kingsport newborn photographer

When this father told me they had named their daughter Violet, I was so excited that I had purple on hand!  I loved being able to make this photo a little more special for them.  These parents have been living in the U.S. for a few years now and were so excited to welcome their sweet daughter into their family.  Her mother and his father were able to fly all the way from China to be with them for the first few months of her life.  Although they didn’t speak English, I loved having them here for her photos.  It was obvious how much they adore this little girl.  2016-01-27_00562016-01-27_00542016-01-27_0055I have to admit that (being a biased mother of five children myself), I’ve always felt badly for Chinese families who have been limited to either bearing only one child or paying massive fees to have more.  But these two spoke very fondly of being only children.  They made the beautiful point that the child has not only it’s parents, but both sets of grandparents completely devoting their lives to raising her.  Isn’t that amazing?  Good luck to you, Fang family!  You have a lot of joy ahead of you!2016-01-27_0053

The Call family | Kingsport family photographer

This amazing family moved to Kingsport not too long after we did….eleven years ago…. I had just one little baby and their oldest was in middle school.  Now two of them are in college and the younger two are right behind them.  It’s crazy how quickly life moves forward.2016-01-27_00272016-01-27_0031What I love most about this family is how obvious it is that everyone loves each other and they know how to have FUN.  They are great friends and were so glad to be back together after the oldest had been serving as a missionary out west for the past 18 months.  2016-01-27_00292016-01-27_0030

Thank you for letting me photograph your girls!


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Emery’s 6 month photos | Kingsport photographer

I remember darling Emery’s newborn session so well!   You can see her newborn photos here.  She has grown up so much these last 6 months and is such an adorable little baby!  Her mom brought some really sweet tutus and some fun UT props.  She was so smiley and so happy!


Baby Nora | Kingsport Newborn Photographer

One of my photographer friends has decided that she no longer wants to do newborn photography.  So she’s referring her clients to me 🙂  This is one of her dear friends…who also happens to know some of MY dear friends.  Small world.  This is baby number four for her, and her mother in law was VERY excited about it.  So excited, in fact, that she paid for her session…and a mini session for the whole family for a Christmas card.  Isn’t that amazing?  While we were talking about when to do the photo session for the family, we realized that her mother-in-law would be in town for a few days and we could photograph the family then.  Unfortunately, it was REALLY cold outside that day.  But we did it anyway and did it VERY quickly.  Grandpa was nice enough to let the twins borrow his jacket for a little while.  They thought it was pretty fun 🙂

McVey Family | Kingsport Family Photographer

I had a lot of fun getting to know this darling family. In fact, they reminded me a lot of my own family, which made photographing them a little easier. Even better, the MOTHER used to teach Spanish. I used to teach Spanish. How neat is that?

Can you believe this awesome location is actually their backyard? It’s pretty great, isn’t it? It worked out perfectly because I could photograph the older two kids while we waited for the youngest to wake up. And then we were able to photograph just the kids together while we waited for their dad to get home.

These are just a few of my favorite photos. Aren’t they fun?