I am a Senior Portrait Photographer located in Nashville, TN.
My style is warm, real and creative. I love people and art. Photography is a powerful tool to capture a moment, to tell a story or become a piece of art which you can treasure for a lifetime. The core elements that draws me to creating a photo is beauty and story.
Photography was a natural development for me as I’ve been in the “creative” world for as long I can remember! Growing up, I attended art camps, worked on the homecoming float and painted murals. In college, I landed on an art/ business major. Then I started my career in graphic design which led me to photography.
My love for photography grew out of a love for exploring creation. I love venturing about or stopping on a drive to shoot. Photography allows me to slow down and engage the world around me and really notice God’s amazing creation. It has taught me that the world is always changing: that a spider web might not be there tomorrow or the sun may not hit the trees in the same way for several days; that irises last about a week; leaves fall and snow drifts; love changes; homes decay; and trees grow; that today will not look like tomorrow. Then in 2005, I became a mom and my world-view changed and I now experience this profound truth in a whole new light. My work has a new purpose: to capture life moments. The fleeting moments of children and the wondrous moments of celebrating love. Preserving life moments through photography allows us to remember and connect.
I’m also a wife and a mom. My husband is a film maker, so our worlds overlap a lot (and I’ve gotten to help with several documentary projects). We became parents through adoption. We now have two amazing, beautiful boys who were born in Guatemala. Because of their stories, we have been inspired to “give back” through our art and businesses. My husband and I now have a non-profit that uses creative arts to positively impact at-risk communities around the world.
You’ll notice that I have a team of fantastic creative folks that work with me! I value creative collaboration, so there will rarely be a time that I’m alone on a shoot.Kayla is a fantastic creative assistant and helps a ton with admin stuff.If hair & make-up are part of your shoot, you’ll get to meet LeeAnne Blair or Rebekah Hall (from Studio 3 in Cool Springs)! My fun creative friend, Ian Collins, is an outstanding photographer and typically photographs weddings and engagement sessions with me. I’m also part of a share creative space in Franklin called The Lodge.
While I specialize in Senior Portraits, I do photograph weddings, families and boudoir.
I look forward to working with you!
photos here by Melissa Dudek