As I was preparing this blog post, I took a minute to look back at the first time Jenn and I photographed the Blairs. (Check out their session from nearly two years ago here.) My, how quickly Jayden and Kerrington have grown up! We love watching families grow through pictures; it’s an added bonus when those families are great friends. Such is the case with Jason and Joy. We’ve known each other since Jason and I were in school together in Memphis…a time which is getting further and further in the past I might add! Since then, our numbers have grown a bit. With our Addison now added to the group, we roll into restaurants looking for a table for seven. Things have certainly changed! Also, speaking of change, the Blairs are expecting their third; congrats guys! It was great hanging out the other day; food, photography, and friendship…life is grand!
Tomorrow I’m honored to photograph a beautiful wedding. As I sit here at my desk I can’t help about Blue & Tabatha’s engagement session just a few short weeks ago. When I first met Tabatha, she sent me an email back in February & described their relationship. They knew one another for a bout a year before it got ‘real.’ Everything began to change as they were working alongside one another on a trip in Nicaragua. They were constructing a church beside a school they had helped build years before. Following a sweaty work day, the team retired back to their hammocks & slept under the stars… outside, no makeup on & yet, he was stricken by her beauty. Later, Blue would let her know what he saw in her. Following the trip, hiking, movies, dinners & time together became more frequent. On May 10, it became official as Blue asked Tabatha to be his girlfriend. And 2 1/2 years later on Sutton Ridge Overlook, Blue asked Tabatha to be his bride. Tomorrow, another step in Blue & Tabatha’s story is taken. Congrats friends! Here’s a peak at your engagement session.
Tabatha played college basketball so we had to work a ball into one of the shots.
Blue’s family owns & manages Hidden Mountain Resorts in Sevierville, TN. Their story is remarkable & so is their property. We could’ve photographed there indefinitely.
Check out the field in Blue’s front yard! Amazing. I told him to not be surprised if I show up on his property unannounced.
Tabatha, you look lovely my friend… rockin’ the cowgirl boots!
The handsome Blue.
And a quick stop at a cozy cabin before the sun sets.
Congrats friends… can’t wait to see you tomorrow!
With the newborns that Jenn and I have been photographing lately, if we’re not careful, I believe Jenn is going to catch a serious case of newborn fever! Actually, it might be a little late for that, and who can blame her when we get to photograph little ones as sweet as Mikelle. Recently we ventured to South Pittsburgh, TN to photograph Mikelle when she was only a few days old. This session was extra special because she is my second cousin (at least I think I did the family tree right on this one…gets a bit confusing after first cousins!). When we arrived, older brother Levi (whose newborn session by Ben can be seen here) was there to help us take pictures. You see, Mikelle had bought him a camera as a gift from her (fantastic idea by the way!), and he was there right by our side snapping away. After a quick bottle, it was right back to sleep; what a perfect baby! After naptime, we ventured outside where Levi picked some flowers for his new baby sister; I think he scared the bees off for us as well.
As has become tradition in the past few years, there is a family reunion in the fall where all the Brocks and Danners gather and catch up. When everyone starts to head out, we always joke with Travis and Rachel that it was great to catch up with you guys…see you in a year! Well, I’m glad we got to see you guys more than once this year. Mikelle is precious and you have a beautiful family. Thanks for inviting us in to capture these precious moments!