Meet Camille, a musician in Nashville, Tennessee with a heart of gold! I met Camille a few years ago at a mutual friend’s bachelorette party (whose recent sunflower maternity session you can see here!) Camille and I had talked about photos a few times over the years, but recently we finally made it happen! I think both of us are so glad we did! The resulting photos perfectly expressed both of our visions!
I moved to Nashville over three years ago, or more accurately, I moved to Franklin, Tennessee. The combination of being a homebody and working in the opposite direction of Nashville admittedly has kept me from experiencing a lot of the Nashville culture. This year I’ve made an effort to experience more of this amazing, popular city that I call home!
12th South Ave. is one of the areas I’ve visited a lot this summer. I will admit most of those trips were night trips to indulge in some of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream after an evening out at the movies or on a date; however, even in the daylight there is so much going on in this Nashville neighborhood! I was especially excited by all of the murals. I immediately knew I wanted to do a photo series with the murals of Nashville, starting with the ones on 12th South.
But before we get to the beautiful murals of 12th South, let me introduce you to…
Welcome to the world, Braskey Clark! You may not recognize him here, but I’ve photographed Braskey once before. The baby bump featured in this session was once little baby Braskey. Doesn’t he look so precious in his jeans and suspenders?
Braskey’s little blue blanket bundle (try saying that five times fast) was set on top of an old Chevy truck. This truck has a special meaning though. You see, this truck belonged to his great-grandfather, who also happens to be his namesake. Braskey’s mama, Hope, contacted me to photograph Braskey and crew with this antique truck. Of course a truck this special deserves to have a few photos on its own!
Home can be a confusing word for me. It can mean “home” as in where I live, or it can also be referring to Indiana. Most of my childhood was spent in Indiana and it’s where my parents currently live. It truly feels like home when I visit, so of course I love when I have clients in Indiana! This photo session was one such occasion.
Joy and Tim wanted their engagement photos to be taken on the Indiana University campus. Joy and I brainstormed tons of ideas over e-mail months before the photo shoot. I love when my clients bring new ideas to the table!
Joy was a leasing tenant when she and Tim first met. They flirted back and forth for months, sometimes for nearly an hour while he was paying his rent! One afternoon Joy went for a stroll in the park and they crossed paths. Kismet!
We spent the evening much like that “meet cute,” strolling around Indiana University’s campus looking for little nooks to create the perfect, romantic story through their engagement photos. I just love the way their outfits complimented one another’s!
I think every one of my photo sessions I find a way to get my clients super close to trees. In this location we were both next to the tree, and then later inside of the tree! It sure makes for some beautiful photos.
Before Joy changed dresses, we took a few photos in the creeks. If I have couples willing to get in a creek, you better believe I’m going to find a way to make it happen! Luckily IU’s campus has very easily accessible waterways.
Both Joy and Tim were wearing brand new shoes for this photo session! I had to get a photo of them – so cute!
Tim and Joy’s first date was at an outdoor concert at IU’s art museum. Joy had the creative idea to incorporate the light totem outside of the museum in their engagement photos. The installation casts beautiful, moving colors against the limestone museum building. It is almost reminiscent of the Northern Lights!
We also used the dramatic, curving red sculpture for a nice pop of color for some photos outside of the museum. Who doesn’t love a dramatic, leaning kiss?
You can truly see their love in the way they look at each other. I imagine a love like theirs his hard to hide! It radiates from them!
We ended the evening in a cozy corner with some copper string lights. I took some inspiration from photographer Brandon Woelfel who is known for his use of light strands in photos, but with my own spin. I fashioned a heart out of the wire string and, well, you can see the results! I’m so glad Tim and Joy were on board with this idea, as I’m sure it looked a little crazy from their point of view!
I’m very excited for Joy and Tim’s December wedding this year! I can’t wait to see what photo magic we create for their love story.
“The righteous care for the needs of their animals” – Proverbs 12:10a
Last month, I had the opportunity to work with Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue. They are a rescue “committed to ‘Helping His Helpless’ through quality care and healing, adoptions, and population control awareness.” Coincidentally, I had been searching for a way I could aid in animal rescue through photography (because I can’t adopt every fur baby, no matter how much I want to!). So when Proverbs said they were looking for a photographer to help with their Big Payback Campaign, I was all in! (Donate here)