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I’m so glad that I got to take sweet Fenn’s 12 month photos. We kept getting delayed by weather so I was afraid he was going to be 2 by the time we got to take photos! One of these days, we are going to build me a studio so that I don’t have to worry about this stupid Tennessee weather. Oh how a girl can dream! I do think that these turned out so so cute. The photos of Fenn with his sister are so adorable. I hate that he was in a weird mood and wouldn’t let his momma hold him for a few photos. It was almost comical how he would freak out anytime she tried to get a photo with him ….(and you can maybe see a photo or two of a freak out if you click on the full gallery link)


To see all the photos from this session, just click on this link: Fenn is ONE

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I wanted to write this post to somewhat explain why you may not see a lot of weddings on this website.

Since I started my business, I made the personal decision not to pursue a lot of weddings. This is because it was just too hard to shoot and edit weddings while working full time as a civil engineer 45+ hours a week. Last year, after the birth of my daughter, I jumped back into shooting families as soon as possible and it. was. hard! I ended up neglecting my husband and felt constantly stressed from trying to balance being a new mom, being the wife my husband deserved, working 7-5 as an engineer, and then owning my own photography business. It was too much and I decided that it was just best to not pursue photography anymore. Being a good wife and mother were more important in the long run and I thought that photography was the reason I wasn’t being able to do that anymore. So I started referring out all sessions to photographer friends of mine that I knew could make my past clients happy. It was so so hard to say no to the clients that I so much cared for, but I thought I was doing the right thing.  Fast forward to this past August when my very good friend died. Shea was an unbelievably talented photographer and someone that I looked up to so so much. She was entirely way too good for this earth and it’s still so shocking that she isn’t here anymore. She was most definitely one of the best persons in my life and I truly mean it when I say that I feel honored that I was her friend. When she passed away, we photographer friends made sure that her clients were taken care of. Shea had employed an amazing assistant, Kathryn Mitchell, who managed her business through the end of last year and made sure that her weddings were photographed and edited. Below is just one of the weddings that I helped photograph. I wanted to share some of the images that I took at this wedding and say I AM TAKING ON WEDDING CLIENTS! After helping finish out Shea’s remaining wedding clients, I realized how much I absolutely missed photographing weddings and needed it in my life. Even though I was working more, I was such a happier person to be around. My husband noticed a huge shift in me and we had a long hard talk about me pursuing photography again. This time, we put pen to paper and we made a plan together. A plan that both of us are happy with and believe will work. I have some huge goals for 2017 and those goal include a lot of weddings. I will be rolling out a referral program soon and sharing some more amazing plans very soon. This post is already entirely way too long, and if you’ve made it this far, you are a true friend. So I will now stop talking and let you see this gorgeous wedding…..

But first, one more really important thing, please note that with the exception of the self portrait directly below, these were all edited by Shea’s assistant to match her style of photography. These are not my edits, but I wanted to showcase some photographs that I took and absolutely love to show potential brides my skills as a wedding photographer.



You can see all of the images from this gorgeous wedding over on Shea’s client gallery website. Just click here to see them all: Cox Wedding

  • January 21, 2017 - 1:25 pm

    Makenzie - Jac these look incredible!! Beautiful bride, decor, and setting!!ReplyCancel

  • January 23, 2017 - 12:54 pm

    Christina - Jac these are stunning. So proud of you for being so raw and open. This is an amazing step to take and I know you will conquer.ReplyCancel

  • January 24, 2017 - 7:03 am

    Rebecca - These pictures are absolutely beautiful, Jac! You are such a talented photographer and it’s so easy to see. Your pictures are amazing and you have such great rapport with your clients. No bride would be disappointed choosing you to capture their memories!ReplyCancel

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My sweet cousin Makenzie is pregnant with her third baby boy. I am so so unbelievably happy that this baby boy will be here soon. This sweet boy has been prayed for so much. He is such a blessing.

The weekend of this maternity session, it was freezing in Clarksville, TN! I was so glad that Makenzie and I were on the same page for her maternity session. I love the intimacy of her cozy, in-home, maternity session.

So funny story: it was feeling too quite in the house when we were taking these, so I decided to open up Spotify and I clicked on the first acoustic album I saw.  Well, we were shooting some of these photos on the bed and her husband walked in right when a slow jam was on. I just couldn’t help but say “ok…so this is awkward”.  We all started laughing and I think he was just relieved that I knew it was just as awkward as it felt for him.

I really do love how sweet these turned out!!! The link to see all the images from the session is at the bottom of the post.


To see all of the photos from the session, just click here: Makenzie’s Maternity

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Oh be prepared to see a lot of precious newborn girl goodness. This session was so amazing. This sweet girl let me cuddle her and love on her and was just the most perfect little model for her in-home lifestyle newborn session. I hope you enjoy the photos and if you want to see all the photos from this session, just click the link at the bottom of the post.


click here for the full session

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As a photographer, it is so validating when clients come back to you year after year. I think I say “this is my new favorite session” after each session with this family. They are so sweet and fun! They know exactly how to relax in front of the camera which allows me to capture the most beautiful photos. I always love getting to catch up with them as we walk to different session spots – this time I got some amazing encouragement from Becky. Really grateful for sweet clients in my life that encourage me to go after those big dreams.

If you would like to see more of this family’s session, just click here!

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