Shhhh.....this is a secret for grandma! Childrens painted portrait

I was recently commisioned by a very proud grandpa to paint a portrait of his two grandsons. The painting is a gift to his wife for their anniversary. I was able to take a very low resolution cell phone image and turn it into this painting of two very handsome young men. My client says he bets his wife will cry when she sees it. As long as they are happy tears, that's ok! I'm sure sweet surprises like this are why they are celebrating over 20 years of marriage! It makes me so happy to be able to help with surprises like this, no matter what the occassion!

Rimma - painted pet portrait

My latest painted portrait is of Rimma. She's a beautiful chocolate lab that loves to be with her humans, especially when they are outside. They have watched her grow from a four pound puppy to a 64 pound  bundle of love. She's almost the same color as her favorite sofa, so it's easy for her to nap inconspicuously. I think she may be a bit spoiled, but after all, she is just a furry four legged baby! 

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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.

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.

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Dana's maternity photos

 About two weeks ago I had the honor of shooting a maternity session for one of my best friend's daughter. I remember when Dana's feet didn't hang over the end of a chair and it seemed she always had Cheeto dust on her mouth and fingers - Cheetos are still one of her favorite things. Now she has a "little Cheeto" of her own - baby Gauge was born yesterday evening. He decided to come a week early. Hopefully I'll have some newborn shots of him to share in the next couple of weeks. :)

Day206: School supplies...part 2

My five year old granddaughter's kindergarten teacher must be planning on a lot of sticky projects. The supply list states four bottles of glue for each child. Of course I know how quickly you can run out of glue if you have a lot of paper pieces, macaroni, or sparkly things to glue onto a project! :) I liked the reflection of the glue bottle in the plastic on the notebook paper.

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"]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day108: New Leash on Life

Today I volunteered some of my time to photograph some of the dogs and cats at the New Leash on Life animal shelter in Lebanon, TN. It is a no kill shelter that tries to help dogs and cats find new homes. This is where I got my dog, Skipper, eight years ago. It has only recently become a no kill shelter. If anyone the Lebanon, TN area reads this and is looking for a pet, please consider one of the dogs or cats at New Leash on Life. I found them all to be furry babies looking for a permanent home and someone to love. I'll post some more of their photos later this week.
 

 

 

Day85: Rosie

This is my niece dog Rosie. She's spending the weekend while my brother and sister-in-law are out of town. She's loves Skipper's squeaky toys. They get a good workout when she's here. She also likes to wind up and lay in one of Skipper's beds. She has to go around in circles two or three times to get wound up small enough to fit.