A coloring book for everyone that loved the 1970s!

Here's what I've been working on the last few months! I have created a coloring book that will take you back to some of the fun things of the 1970s! The 1970s were my "growing up" years. I loved all the artwork in bright colors and the bold designs. I spent many hours creating colorful doodles on my blue denim three ring binder, my brown grocery bag book covers, and my folders. My favorite medium was Flair markers, but I also used colored pencils and pastels. If you're a child of the '70s like I am, I think you will enjoy some coloring fun and de-stressing with my coloring book "Memories of the 1970s". It's available on Amazon here. Let me know what you think of it. If you love it, I'd appreciate you leaving a positive review on Amazon.

Art for Your Heart ™

Art for Your Heart ™....what is that you ask? Art for Your Heart ™ encompasses my photography, painting, and other projects that make your heart happy. I am still doing traditional photography of people and pets, plus I'm also offering digital drawings and painted portraits, fine art, and even coloring books!

Capturing your story and creating Art for Your Heart™ that will take you back to a special moment in time is my goal. Art for Your Heart™ could be a family portrait, painting of your pet, a fine art piece for your home, or a coloring page that takes you back to your youth. Memories and smiles will be the results!

Commission your own Art for Your Heart ™ by completing the form on my "Contact" page. I look forward to working with you! 

 Painted portrait. Photograph by Pete Rezac, Reno, NV, painted by Alisa Whitley.

Painted portrait. Photograph by Pete Rezac, Reno, NV, painted by Alisa Whitley.

 Skipper says "Hi!" in this traditional portrait by Alisa Whitley

Skipper says "Hi!" in this traditional portrait by Alisa Whitley

 "FIre and Ice" Fine Art print by Alisa Whitley

"FIre and Ice" Fine Art print by Alisa Whitley

Rachel and Ryan are married! - Nashville photographer

On May 21st, I had the pleasure of attending Ryan and Rachel's wedding. Ryan's mom is one of my best friends. I've know Ryan since Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles were the most important things in his life. Now he's all grown up and has a sweet, beautiful wife! I was not the hired photographer -  and I promised I stayed out of the way! I was just another guest with a camera this time. :)

Lennon Holt 6 months session | Nashville children's photography

Lennon is six month's old! It seems like it was only a few days ago that I shot his newborn photos. He's growing up so fast! Of course he'll always have big brothe Denney to look after him.


Not-a-Workshop, Nashville - Knoxville Portrait photography

This past Saturday I was honored to be able to hang out with and learn from some other great photographers at the "Not-a-Workshop" hosted by

Joshua Gull

. Josh's idea was to get a bunch of photographers of all skill levels together and demonstrate techniques and how-to's. We had a great morning shooting and spent the afternoon talking workflows and business. Other speakers included

Rich Lavigne

, wedding and portrait photographer from New Jersey,

Annabelle Dando

, wedding photographer from the Baltimore/Annapolis/Washington, D.C. area, and Nashville's own wedding photographer 

Kristen Steele

. We all had a great time, learned a lot, AND got to witness

Andy Stacy

propose to

Kayle Erin Brooks

. :) Here are a few of the photos of Andy and Kayla I took. 


Day256: Baby Lennon arrives

Today at 7:55 a.m. one of my daughter's best friends had her second child, a beautiful baby boy named Lennon. He weighed in at 10 lbs. 2 oz. and was delivered by a scheduled c-section. He wasn't due for another week! Mom, baby, dad, and big brother are all doing fine. I took a lot of photos to help document Lennon's birthday. Here's one of my favorites.

Day166: Sugar Lump's 6 month portraits

Ok, I'll admit I didn't take these today. It's been a long, long day and I'm really tired......not a good excuse, but that's my story! Since I didn't have a new shot (that I liked) to post today, I thought I"d treat you to some remarkable cuteness. Sugar Lump is now six months old. I did a portrait session of her when she was three months old, and she has grown a lot for such a little puppy! Here is a sample of her six month portrait session that I recently shot.  [gallery link="file" columns="2"]

Photos for the Flood: Raising money for flood relief efforts

Here are the photos of the two wonderful families I had the privilege of working with at Photos for the Flood. The summer heat didn't stop a fantastic turnout of both photographers volunteering their time and talent and families supporting the flood relief efforts (and getting new portraits in the process)!  Altogether, just under $3000 was raised to help with the flood relief efforts. We had a great organizer and great turnout all around. I'm happy that I could be a part of this! [gallery link="file" columns="2"]








Photos for the Flood

I am excited to be participating in Photos for the Flood this weekend. Sarah B. Gilliam has been gracious enough to organize this fund raiser for Nashville flood victims. Below is the except from her blog, including the list of Nashville photographers that are volunteering their time for this worthy cause.


After the flooding in our wonderful state, I'm sure many of you want to help those affected by flood. Maybe you have already, or are unable to roll up your sleeves or you were affectedd, too.

Please join me, my favorite ice cream shop- Pied Piper Creamery and my fellow photographer friends in a benefit for the victims of the flooding.

The sessions are 20 minutes (booked every 30 min) from 9 AM- 5 PM on Saturday and from 10 AM-6 PM on Sunday. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Nashville Area Red Cross and Hands On Nashville.

There are NO rules for this shoot- take advantage of the talent, folks- this could easily be your engagement photo, 1 year pictures, updated family photo, senior picture, pet portrait... Just know that you have 20 minutes. :)

Bring some props, bring a friend, bring a giving attitude!!!

Pied Piper Creamery will be donating 25% of their profits from this weekend to these organizations as well. So grab a homemade waffle cone and a homemade icecream for the road, for bribery, whatever ;)

Here are a list of the incredible talents donating their time:

Abby Gray www.abbygrayphotography.com

Alisa Whitley www.alisawhitley.com/blog

Allan Williams www.awilliamsphotograph.com

Amber Vongsamphanh www.lotusblossomphotography.net

Donna Butler www.photographybydonnalee.com

Erin Lee www.doveweddingphotography.com

Jessica Winn www.jessicawinn.net

Heather Latimer www.frogsandfaeriesphotography.blogspot.com

Kate Crafton www.katecrafton.com

Kreslyn Ruckman www.kreslynruckman.blogspot.com

Kristen England www.kenglandphotography.com

Kristen Steele www.kristensteelephotography.com

Marcia Truitt www.inarastudios.com

Margo Keene www.margokeenephotography.com

Matt Dudley www.mattdudley.com

Megan McGee www.meganmcgeephotography.blogspot.com

Melanie McLellan www.mclellanstyle.com

Phil & Mindy Thorton www.phindystudios.com

Sara Rose www.saraerosephotography.com

Sarah Richmond www.averystory.com

Shane Irwin www.shaneirwinphotography.com

Shea Halliburton www.byshea.com/blog

Summer Hillesheim www.whitehillphotography.com

Wendy Cunningham www.wendycphotography.com

Whitney Carlson www.doveweddingphotography.com


Day136: When the water recedes....

When the water receded the cleanup began. This isn't the dump....it's some of the debris from one house that was flooded two weeks ago in the worst flood in Nashville's recorded history. 13 inches of rain fell in two days causing the area rivers to rise as much as 13 feet above flood stage. This is the sight on many streets and some entire neighborhoods around Nashville. Several houses on one side of this street were flooded. All are in the process of cleaning up, making repairs, and getting on with life. From the road, you can see construction dumpsters filled to overflowing behind these houses. On the roadside, awaiting pickup by the garbage trucks, are the remnants of people's lives. I'm proud to live in the Nashville area. People here pull together and get things done, even when faced with disaster. Neighbors helping neighbors, doing whatever it takes. That's the way we do it here.