ISAIAH LEE :: 7 DAYS NEW :: NEWBORN STUDIO SESSION :: KNOXVILLE MATERNITY & NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

As soon as new parents Heather & Lee brought little man Isaiah in, I couldn't get over how tiny he looked! and all that hair!  

We were able to get a several photos with this sweet new family all together, then Isaiah literally slept for me for the rest of the session! He was absolutely perfect! and I could hold him all day. 

I told Heather, I feel like every time I have a newborn session - I get a tiny bit of "Baby Fever"... then my babies (Hunter and Grant) come home and I'm reminded how crazy my world already is (in the good way, of course!). 



FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Newborn sessions only seem like they're easy... It takes a lot of training, experience, and definitely quite a bit of preparation by the parents (Heather and Lee, you did amazing!) as well as all the right elements coming together at session time to help baby stay settled and sleepy. But they will let you know when they've had enough. :) I have a "Newborn Guide" that I send out to parents a few days in advance of their session date (as soon as baby arrives and we book the shoot). Consider putting something like this together for your clients, or at the very least - letting them know what to expect. It's overwhelming enough to have a brand new baby - whether that's your first baby or your fifth... so giving them a few pointers and tips will give them peace of mind that they're doing the right things. Knowing what to expect can calm nerves and set them at ease for the shoot as well. 

Blue and White striped nightcap & pants outfit from Azure Raine, White fuzzy basket stuffer from Leighton Heritage, all the stretchy knit wraps (Not cheesecloth material, as that can irritate baby's sensitive skin if not the right type of wrap) are from Red Owl Photo Props and Lavender Lou Handmade - All on Etsy!
Baskets and other fabrics are local craft store or department store finds! Always have an eye open for great baskets!

Just make sure the base of any basket/bucket used is sturdy and wide (you can also use weights in the bottom) and there are no rough edges or wiring! Always layer blankets inside to support the baby's back, and leave enough blanket to pad under their head - so they are NEVER resting right on the basket with either their head/neck or ankles/feet. Notice in all my baskets/crates, there's plenty of room between baby and the edges! Don't try to squeeze a baby into a tiny basket! :) 

COLE ISAAC :: 7 DAYS NEW :: NEWBORN STUDIO SESSION :: KNOXVILLE NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

I couldn't have asked for a sweeter baby! Cole was an absolute dream to photograph, and I was able to do so many poses with him! 

Here's a few of my favorites!

For Photographers:

Teal and Gray striped nightcap from Azure Raine, White fuzzy basket stuffer from Leighton Heritage, Wraps are from Red Owl Photo Props and Lavender Lou Handmade - All on Etsy!
Baskets and other fabrics are department store finds!

*Also, baby's safety is always the most important! No pose or photo is worth hurting those tiny little joints! Always move slowly and carefully, don't make them stretch out in ways they don't want to, and ALWAYS use an assistant or family member to spot the baby in poses like this one: 

HUDSON GRAY :: 6 DAYS NEW :: NEWBORN STUDIO SESSION :: KNOXVILLE NEWBORN & BABY PHOTOGRAPHER

I couldn't have asked for a sweeter baby to cuddle! This little dude LOVES to be held, but only fussed a little. We were able to get so many pictures in our time together!

I'm so excited to see this family grow over the next year. Hudson makes baby #3, and I'm positive brother and sister love him to pieces already! 

Teal & Gray striped sleep cap and pants from Azure Raine
Blue & Tan plaid newsboys cap and pants from Darling Desirae
All wraps from either Red Owl Photo Props or Lavender Lou Handmade

BLAKE & ALISHA :: SEVEN ISLANDS STATE PARK :: SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION :: KNOXVILLE WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

Some of my favorite things include Autumn. Flower Crowns. Happy couples. and new locations. This session combined all of those! So obviously, I love these! 

Alisha & Blake picked this location because it was where they took their first photo together! I loved being able to incorporate part of your love story into the photos! and I cannot wait to see what you've got planned for your New Year's Eve Wedding at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens! I'm so excited!

ALEX & MISAE :: SUMMER SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION :: KNOXVILLE BOTANICAL GARDENS & WORLD'S FAIR PARK :: KNOXVILLE WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

I've been looking forward to this session for SO long! Misae has been a dear friend for many many years, and she was engaged during the "Bouquet Toss" portion of her sister Keegan's Wedding back in May... and I'm so excited to also be photographing her wedding next June at Knoxville Botanical Gardens & Arboretum! 

We started our evening together at the Botanical Gardens, with all the charm and amazing sunlight this location offers... then headed downtown (as we were running out of daylight) for a few more fun photos around World's Fair Park. 

As I was going through these after getting home, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much! This session was so much fun, and you can just see the love and adoration Misae and Alex have for one another in all of these! 

I love these photos and I love this couple! Enjoy!

ADAM & EMILY :: SUMMER SUNSET ENGAGEMENT SESSION :: IJAM'S NATURE CENTER & MEAD'S QUARRY :: KNOXVILLE WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHER

I absolutely LOVE LOVE! and Emily and Adam are so obviously head over heels in love with one another! It makes my job to capture this stage in their journey together so easy! Not to mention they are both professional models, so just a tiny bit of coaching for how I like to do things, but they're naturals!

(You know I'm excited when I use a "!" at the end of every sentence!) ;) 
Aren't they just the sweetest? 

Ruby Lyn :: 7 Days New :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn & Baby Photographer

Sweet Ruby! I thought she would just snuggle up in those baskets all day! I think it's safe to say she likes to be swaddled. 

I absolutely love these color combinations her Momma and I picked out for little miss Ruby! 

Welcome Sophia :: 13 Days New :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn & Baby Photographer

Little Miss Sophia was an absolute dream to photograph! Even though she was almost 2 weeks old, she did so perfectly! Sometimes older babies want to stay awake and chat, but she was so perfect, and slept for most of her session! We did get some photos toward the end of her beautiful eyes, so I'm excited to get to those. She was so tiny and sweet, I really could have just cuddled with her all day.

I know Brittney and Alex are just on cloud nine with this sweet girl. Y'all are already wonderful parents! Enjoy!

Charles Asher :: 10 days new :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

Welcome sweet Asher! 

Y'all. I think i'm obsessed with these color schemes for baby boys! I love blues and neutral tans and creams. I do love the occasional bright color or bold pattern, but these are just so sweet! (Not to mention neutrals are so easy to incorporate into your home decor through prints or canvases!) 

Asher was a dream to photograph! I know his milestone sessions will be just as easy! This sweet family now has three adorable kiddos, and Asher will be the second on a "Baby Plan" and I couldn't be more excited!  

Enjoy!

ALEX & BRITTNEY :: MATERNITY SESSION :: MELTON HILL PARK :: KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE MATERNITY & NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER

Some of my favorite memories growing up was hearing my Daddy softly playing the guitar in the evenings after supper... and loudly to wake us up in the morning! (and yes, I'll always call him Daddy!)  

So I absolutely LOVED that Alex brought his guitar to serenade Brittney and Sophia for a bit!


Brittney & Alex were awesome enough to endure the heat and humidity at Melton Hill Park with me a couple of weeks ago for their maternity session...  (yes, I am behind on blog posts and pretty much all social media updates!)

I can't wait to meet Miss Sophia soon! 

Parker James :: 8 Days New :: Newborn Studio Session :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

Parker James is here! and he is so tiny and sweet!

Chelsea and Nick, y'all make having an eight day old baby look so easy! Of course, Parker is such a sweet baby! He wanted to look at us most of the session, but we got some really cute expressions and LOTS of smiles! I couldn't believe it! 

Welcome Morgan Leanne :: 7 Days New :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

Sweet baby Morgan is here!

She was one of the easiest babies to work with! I couldn't believe how well she was doing! 

And I'm loving these bright colors! This is something new for me, as I usually work in neutrals and very soft colors! I LOVE it! :)

Big sister Hayley was also so easy to photograph as a newborn! I'll post a side by side of sisters at the bottom of this post! :) 

Enjoy!

Hayley Elizabeth, February 14, 2014 (Left) and Morgan Leanne, May 31, 2016 (Right)

Gage & Savannah :: The Emporium Center :: Knoxville, TN :: Downtown, Urban Wedding :: Knoxville Engagement & Wedding Photographer

We couldn't ask for a more perfect day for a wedding! Savannah and Gage are probably one of the sweetest couples I've worked with, and I am so happy for them! It's absolutely clear that they want to honor God with their lives, and in their marriage! Savannah and Gage - It was an honor to capture your day for you! 

To see the entire preview gallery, go HERE. But here's just a few of my absolute favorites from the Brazzell wedding:

Source: brazzellwedding

Welcome Charlotte :: 5 Days New :: Knoxville Newborn Photographer

It seems like we've been talking about little Charlotte for months, and planning and dreaming of all the cute ideas we had for her photos... But little Miss had other plans for us! She was actually born on my birthday, May 16th - and if it's true what they say about similarities between people born on the same day is true... She's going to be strong-willed and determined like me! I can't complain one bit about getting to cuddle this sweetie! but goodness, little angel you hold the record for longest awake time for a newborn! 

So here's a sneak peek for the Henry family from Charlotte's shoot!