Posted on July 26, 2012
Tuesday morning I had to meet my AMAZING babysitter Sammy with my boys where I was doing my session and the first thing they said when they saw my senior Spencer’s truck was “WOW MOM, THAT’S A BIG TRUCK’! His mom had told me I wouldn’t miss him, and she was right! Spencer will be a senior at Gordonsville High school. There was no complaining from this kid during his pictures. He was the sweetest, happiest, mannerly guy the WHOLE session. Spencer was a joy to photograph (as well as his sister, Shelby). I know their family must be so proud of them both. Here are some of my favorites. Congratulations and best of luck Spencer!
Posted on July 23, 2012
I have a habit of rolling down my windows when I get past Carthage and go towards Difficult (where I am from–believe it or not– for those of you that don’t know me). I think it goes back to having my AWESOME cabriolet I drove back in high school. I used to put the top down on that car and there was NOTHING better than the back roads, wind, no traffic, and the beautiful rolling hills of northern Smith County. What I wouldn’t give to have that car now! When I go to Smith County to photograph a family (especially the northern part of the county where I grew up), one of my favorite parts is my ride there. My car is quiet (no kids), the memories overflowing, and the road long. It’s such beautiful country-so untouched.
I spent the majority of my summers as a child in the tobacco fields, in the 150 degree heat -crying my dirt tears (crying in the tobacco fields from heat and fatigue causes dirt streaks on your face–my sister and I had lots of dirt streaks through the years). If you’ve never worked in the tobacco patch-well, its not easy. I know more than one time I complained about it—threw my fits and told my parents how mean they were for making me do this while my friends were at the beach. Funny thing is, I appreciate that time now and actually wish my boys had to do it. Working in the tobacco patch brings people together, gives you pride in what you have created, and you truly learn the value of hard (HARD) work. Lessons like that are hard to find these days. I still miss the smell of tobacco hanging in the barn–crazy, but it’s true.
Scotty and Ramona are friends with my parents and also have a farm close to where they live. I am always up for shooting in an environment that I am familiar with. I love the barns, high grass, dirt, and yes even the tobacco. It also helps that Ramona cans the BEST mini pickles on the planet and always packs me some for the road. I guess the saying “You can take the girl out of the country–but you can’t take the country out of the girl” is true.
Ramona-I know you love pictures just as much as I do, and I hope you love this little preview. Love you, Wen.
Posted on July 22, 2012
I thought I should share some pictures of my growing boys since so many of my family members don’t have facebook. They are the sweetest little things, but they don’t love posing for momma in front of the camera. They usually give me about 10 minutes in front of the camera and that’s it. This was no different but all I need is ten minutes with them. I don’t need 20 different pictures. Just one good one of each of them and then one of them together. So here they are, sweet Maddox and Miles; ages 6 and 3.
Posted on July 19, 2012
I feel like I am getting better about blogging. I love summer so much! My house is clean, laundry done, editing under control, and Josh and I have even found time to watch the first 4 of 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights. This used to be my favorite show but I missed several of the episodes way back when so we started from the beginning and lets just say we are OBSESSED! We watch 3 episodes a night and we have finally made it to the last season. If you haven’t watched this show, it’s awesome. Small town, football, drama and my major man crush Taylor Kitsch –how can you go wrong?! Clear Eyes, Full Hearts– Can’t Loose (those of you that watch it know this phrase well)!
Enough about Friday Night Lights–
This family is a great one. I have known them for quite some time. I used to teach with Stephanie. She is a FANTASTIC educator and she also makes the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet! Annie is soon to be on her way to UTC and Hunter is going to be in the 11th grade at MJHS. It was brought to my attention that I did Hunter’s kindergarten screening way back when, once again proving that time flies. I love that Stephanie wanted to make sure she got some family pictures before Annie went to school. To me, what is more important than pictures?
Stephanie, you are an awesome mom. Your kids are proof of that. I am so glad I got to teach with you and watch your “littles” grow. Annie, I am SURE you will do amazing things at UTC–you are one person that people don’t doubt the great things you will do. Hunter, I can’t BELIEVE how much you have grown. I hope your junior year is amazing and I hope your mom bought you that MAC for smiling so nice for the pictures hahaha!
Here are some of my favorites–
Posted on July 18, 2012
This sweet little duo was a session I had back in early June. They are twins and as cute as can be! While we couldn’t convince them to love on each other we still got some adorable shots of both of them. Could they be ANY cuter??!!
Did you know that I do offer custom printing and not just a cd with images? Some printing companies are just the pits BUT my prints are the bomb.com. If you purchase a cd from me I offer 30 percent off my printing prices. This is a great option for people that want those BIG PRINTS– They are BEAUTIFUL!
This mom ordered some beautiful prints of these kiddos and they were delivered to her house yesterday. I was glad to here how much she loved them.
Check out GG and Anna—adorableness!
Posted on July 17, 2012
Hi Ya’ll, I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! I am busy editing, doing sessions, and playing with my boys while the summer winds down, where did the summer go?! I am adjusting to the idea that I will not going back into the classroom, though I will admit it is hard. I cried when the county deleted my email address and normally I would be getting my classroom ready for my new kindergarteners so its just weird. It’s a great move but one that is incredibly hard and emotional. Teaching 12 years is a long time and I will miss my relationships with the students, families, and teachers.
The rest of my year is almost booked. All the weekends until December have booked dates on them but I will now be shooting 2 sessions on Saturdays/Sundays so I have a few more I can add. I will be shooting Tuesday/Thursdays as well and people have been taking advantage of and that makes me happy! I have been getting emails about mini sessions…..already…… I will be offering a mini session day in October and one in November. I will be taking clients that have booked me before, then opening it up to new clients. I will be sharing more about this in the next couple of months so be on the look out.
Now on to this little newborn session. Larry and Tasha went to TTU with me. They now live in Knoxville but since Larry is from Mt. Juliet they came and stayed with family so I could do sweet little Isaiah’s newborn session. He was such a good little boy and the first photo is currently one of my favorites I have ever done. I just put a book of my work in a OBGYN’s office here in Hermitage (thanks Dr. Huggins) and this one is big in the book—I LOVE IT! Something about those lips and his content little face-I could eat him up! Here are some of my favorites from the session. His big brother was such a good boy too so I thought I would share some with Ethan and Isaiah together.
Larry and Tasha, thanks for spending the morning with me and congratulations on your new little guy. Both boys are amazing!
Posted on July 12, 2012
Oh sweet Staci. I first met Staci in college when we worked School Aged Child Care together. We IMMEDIATELY hit if off and quickly became partners in crime. My group meshed with her group and it just became “OUR GROUP”. Staci helped me stalk Josh in our early dating days (REVERSE…REVERSE….REVERSE), she was a normal dance floor partner, we spent one weekend watching an entire season of the real world (I am not sure we left the apartment at all), and countless hours laughing and talking about life. We have also shared our heartaches. Loosing Staci’s sweet mom to leukemia and losing our dear friend Misty to cancer at age 22, we have experienced some raw and heartbreaking emotions. We’ve seen the best and worst of times together. Here’s one thing I know about Staci-she is genuine and a true friend in every sense of the word.
Staci’s roots are in Tennessee but she has recently lived in Minnesota and now PA near our other dear friend Leslie (I am so thankful they are so close to each other). When she came to visit a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending the day on the lake with her and our other Ya-Yas and then doing her pictures later that week. It was so great to catch up with her and see how beautiful her children are.
Staci, I love you and I am so blessed to have you in my life. Thanks for trusting me with your pictures. Your kiddos are beautiful and hopefully I can make it up north soon and I will get Craig in some pictures too :0)
Love You, Wen.
Posted on July 10, 2012
I am so glad it has rained all day but that means my session for tonight has been cancelled. We like sunny skies and a dry ground so we will patiently wait. July is turning out to be quite busy so I better blog while its raining and kids are napping!
I had this session yesterday morning and while the temperature was a little lower the humidity was OUT OF CONTROL! I was soaking wet when I left! I can almost handle the heat better than humidity. Luckily the sun was hiding behind the clouds otherwise we might have melted into puddles!
Jessie it was nice to meet you and your family! Your kiddos are really gorgeous and your in-laws were a great help. One of my favorite pictures from the day is the one of them with the kids. Your kids seem very happy and are really just too cute!
Posted on July 5, 2012
Newborn Photography is the hardest type of photography I have ever done. It’s like no session I do. It is SO tiring, such hard work, and sometimes just HARD! After saying this, I find myself wanting to do more and more newborn sessions–I have decided I like a good challenge!
When the new year started I made 2 photography goals. One of the goals was to travel to take a newborn workshop. It’s VERY important to me as a photographer to know HOW to photograph a newborn safely. I always CRINGE when I see a photographer flop a baby into uncomfortable positions or settings and then take a picture. A baby should feel/look comfortable, SAFE, and content in newborn pictures; plain and simple. I want to cry when I see crying and uncomfortable babies.
I went to Nebraska last week for Kelley Ryden and Tracy Raven’s Dreamland newborn posing 2 day workshop. I along with 7 other AWESOME photographers spent 2 days learning everything newborn photography related. Kelley and Tracy are twin sister’s that photograph newborns. They have been featured on The Today Show and have a coffee table book in bookstores. If you haven’t seen their work, just google them–their work is very inspiring.
The 2 days went by so fast, it was almost a blur! We had 6 newborn “models” and we discussed newborn posing, safety, in-camera techniques, and soothing techniques. I learned many things from them and I am studying like crazy to improve my skills.
Here are some photos I took from the workshop.
**The pictures are posed and styled by Kelley and Tracy.