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Wow, has it been a busy couple of months for me! Things are winding down for the year and the holidays are coming up. I realized I haven’t posted in months! So I wanted to start off with Chris and Amelia’s engagement session downtown! I just loved shooting with these two, they found me via Brittany and Justus Anderson. I shot Brittany and Justus’s engagement, bridal, and wedding this past year and Chris is a friend of Brittany’s. So, I was so excited to hear that because I adore the Anderson family so so much! Chris and Amelia are getting married in Tupelo this spring, which is where Amelia is from. They met at a college party at the school Amelia attended and the rest is history, she moved to Horn Lake to be with Chris and start their future together. They found me and booked me over the summer, and we secured their dates for everything early on. This couple is the definition of being prepared! They wanted an urban and downtown setting, so we walked around Memphis and shot at different locations. We started in the art district and ended at the cobblestones by the river. One thing I can say about Amelia is that the girl has some style and I have total shoe envy of her. Much like me she wasn’t going to trek from Main Street all the way to the river in 6 inch  heels, so she took them off and fearlessly walked the streets of Memphis barefoot! So not only does she have style, but she’s brave too, some of my favorite personality traits!

I just loved shooting with them, hearing their love story, watching them laugh together, and figuring out their style. I can’t wait until their wedding in June! 

The second I met Courtney and Myron I knew I liked them and I knew I’d have a blast working with them. Both of them are the kind of people who really hug you when they hug you, they don’t just pat your shoulder and give you the “buddy pat” during your first meeting. They bring you in close and squeeze you, making both of their super sweet personalities and huge smiles contagious. Last week we met for coffee and a wedding consultation, the couple is getting married this December and needed engagement photos for a save the date card as well. I even got Courtney to try Tastykakes and she’s a believer that they are the most addicting and fantastic snack cakes in the entire world. (If you’ve gotten a wedding welcome packet from me you’ve read about my obsession for Tastykakes in my bio.) During our consultation we quickly marked the 12th off in my calendar and decided to meet downtown for an engagement photo session. Myron works at Raymond James and Courtney works at the new Bass Pro Headquarters at the Pyramid and they live only a few minutes away, so we figured downtown would be a great place to tell their story.

Courtney has the coolest job at Bass Pro. She’s one of the people who takes care of the wildlife there- namely the fish and alligators. She feeds them and even dives into the tank at the top of the pyramid to clean it. I’ve been to the Pyramid twice and never seen the 7 foot alligator gar fish she’s told me about, but I’m making it my mission to find this fish the next time I go. I had a ton of questions about her job- namely what do they do with all the coins people throw in there! She said they have to clean them out, they’ve already had one duck die from a quarter (I think that was the coin that led to that poor animal’s demise) So please remember this phrase next time you go to toss money in there. “Every wish KILLS a fish” Keep that change in yo pockets please!

They’ve been together for 7 years now and became engaged this past spring. Myron was actually a roommate of Courtney’s brothers and she met him while crashing on their couch before everyone moved into the dorms at college. They bonded over guitar hero and it’s been a happily ever after since then. One thing I noticed was how much they smile and laugh around each other. Myron gets Courtney to beam this gigantic, beautiful smile and I’m pretty sure it lights up the entire world.

We started in the art district, hit main street, and ended right at the Mississippi River. We booked it through town, running around carrying changes of clothes and shoes, yelling at the River City Pedalers as they followed us through town (not intentionally I’m sure, but every time we turned around there they were!) We got some amazing photos and laughed the entire time. I absolutely can’t wait to cover their wedding on 12.26.2015, if the engagement session is a preview of how the day will go down I know it’s going to be a blast.

Congrats you two! 

I’ve got limited time this fall for any mini sessions, so I set aside ONE day only for fall mini sessions. They’ll be held October 17th and spots are limited. They’re $135 for a 30 minute session, 5 digital images with a print release, and 25 holiday cards. Payment will be due at booking in order to hold your spot. Please message me at if you are interested.



Christmas Mini Session

On a very hot 25th of July I photographed a wedding at the Memphis Botanical Gardens for Tori Lewis and Luke Johnson. Luke’s in the Navy and currently stationed in Virginia, Tori is enrolled in school here in Memphis. Luke was on planned leave for two weeks before he had to ship out on a sub for several months, and came home to marry his sweetheart Tori. From there they honeymooned and he immediately left on duty. The first time I met both of them I seriously wanted to say “awww” at how cute they were. Luke was such a gentleman, and Tori was a very blushing bride. She had jitters on her wedding day, but managed the heat and nerves with the help of her family and her bridesmaids. Tori decided on doing a first look with formal photos before the ceremony and an immediate commute to the reception following. We were pressed for time but managed to get everything in. She paired her dress with some Vans sneakers (I totally fell in love with her at that moment! I seriously love brides who think outside the box and aren’t afraid to absolutely be themselves and comfortable on their big day, plus her wedding gown was this insane princess style ball gown from Lowe’s in Arkansas, and I thought the sneakers gave it such an edge!)

The reception was small and intimate, held at Just for Lunch off Poplar Ave in Memphis. There was a first dance, father daughter dance, mother son dance, cake cutting, and tons of laughter. All in all it was such a sweet day with two wonderful people. Best of luck you two, Luke thank you for your service and stay safe!!



It has been a super busy summer for me and I could not have loved it more! Back in June Jada contacted me about doing some photos for her kids. She has a daughter named Sydney and a son named Colin and both started new schools this year. It was kind of a big deal since Syd started middle school and Colin started kindergarten! I asked Jada what kinds of activities the family enjoyed doing together and she said they were very outdoorsy, like hiking, being near the water, traveling, etc. She said she had seen my trash the dress shoot from this past April and LOVED the water photos, so we decided to start in the woods and end up down by the Wolf River where the kids could splash around and have some fun! They were a bit nervous to start, but they loosened up after a few minutes! I love it when siblings goof around with each other and their abundance of silliness had me cracking up. I met Jada at the Memphis College of Art and knew she had some background in photography, so I brought along an old camera for her daughter to toy around with during the session. After all was said and done I got a text message from her that said Syd asked about Jada’s old Nikon D90 camera and wanted to learn photography. I was so amped about that!!! Here are a few snaps from our time together. We’re reconnecting in November to do a full family session and I am so excited to work with these guys again!